Sprints on Dirt Michigan double preview

Mann Leads ASCS Sprints on Dirt Into Weekend Double TULSA, Okla. (July 10, 2007) -- Although shut out of victory lane through the opening seven events of the season, Goshen, Indiana's Brett Mann still leads the Engine Pro ASCS ...

Mann Leads ASCS Sprints on Dirt Into Weekend Double

TULSA, Okla. (July 10, 2007) -- Although shut out of victory lane through the opening seven events of the season, Goshen, Indiana's Brett Mann still leads the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz into this weekend's pair of events in Michigan.

On Friday night, the series takes to I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, MI, for the second time this season. Then on Saturday, the series takes part in Owendale Speedway's "Super Race Day".

Finishing among the top five in all seven feature events thus far, Mann holds a slim 16 point lead over two-time ASCS Sprints on Dirt champion Tim Norman of Warsaw, IN. Norman topped the ASCS Sprints on Dirt stop at I-96 Speedway on June 1.

Jerome, Michigan's Ben Rutan enters the weekend double ranked third, with Bill Johnson of Linden, MI, and Gary Fast of Kalkaska, MI, rounding out the current top five.

Despite missing one event, Dustin Daggett of Portland, MI, has climbed back up to sixth in points on the strength of five wins in six starts.

Joe Bares of Traverse City, MI, enters the weekend ranked seventh, with the balance of the current top ten including rookie contender Ryan Ruhl (Angola, IN), Dain Naida (Bellville, MI) and 17-year-old rookie shoe Jake Stebner (Elmira, MI).

Friday's action at I-96 Speedway fires off at 8:00 p.m., with Saturday's "Super Race Day" at Owendale Speedway getting under way at 3:30 p.m. The Sprint portion of "Super Race Day" gets under way later in the day.

The high-banked, 0x00bd-mile I-96 Speedway dirt oval is located in Lake Odessa, MI, off I-96 Exit 64, then 0.5 miles south, then 0.7 miles west.JFor more information, contact the track at 616-642-0555.

The semi-banked, 0x00bc-mile Owendale Speedway dirt oval is located 2.8 miles easta of the flashing light in Owendale, MI, on Sebewaing Road. For more information, contact the track at 989-678-4447.

The 28th year of action for the ASCS Sprints on Dirt consists of 20 championship events at ten different tracks throughout Michigan as well as Ontario.

The 2007 season marks the 16th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series. With a dozen different Regions in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, ASCS will sanction approximately 240 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout at least 30 different states and Canada.

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

-credit: ascs

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