Sprints on Dirt Muskegon preview

ASCS Sprints on Dirt Open Short Track Challenge Saturday at T-Bird! TULSA, Okla. (May 5, 2008) -- After a wet night at Crystal Motor Speedway this past weekend, the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz try to open the...

ASCS Sprints on Dirt Open Short Track Challenge Saturday at T-Bird!

TULSA, Okla. (May 5, 2008) -- After a wet night at Crystal Motor Speedway this past weekend, the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz try to open the season again this Saturday night at Thunderbird Race Park in Muskegon, MI.

Saturday's card atop the semi-banked, 3/8-mile Thunderbird Race Park also marks the opening leg of the ASCS Sprints on Dirt MAHLE Clevite Short Track Challenge, a race series within the series.

Thunderbird has offered up a variety of different winners in recent years, with seven different winners in the eight ASCS Sprints on Dirt events contested on the Muskegon clay since 2000. Only Howell, Michigan's Steve Irwin has scored more than one win, with a 2006 victory to go along with his first Thunderbird win in 2001.

Ohio's Mike Brecht topped last year's ASCS Sprints on Dirt event at Thunderbird, with other recent winners including Brett Mann in 2005 and Dustin Daggett in 2004.

Warsaw, Indiana's Tim Norman opens up his series championship defense after capturing his second ASCS Sprints on Dirt crown in the past three seasons last year. Last year, Norman outlasted Brett Mann and Ben Rutan in a torrid ASCS Sprints on Dirt championship battle, with Bill Johnson and Gary Fast rounding out the top five. The balance of the top ten in points included Joe Bares, Ryan Ruhl, Ryan Grubaugh, Jake Stebner and Kirk Cheney.

Saturday's action at Thunderbird Race Park is set to go green at 7:00 p.m.

Thunderbird Race Park is located north of Muskegon, MI, on US 31 to Russell Road exit, then one mile north, then 0.5 miles west on Riley Thompson Road. For more information, contact the track at 231-766-3300.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Bill Johnson