Sprints on Dirt Owendale preview

ASCS Sprints on Dirt Short Track Challenge Resumes Saturday at Owendale TULSA, Okla. (July 7, 2008) -- The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz return to short track action with Saturday's event at Michigan's Owendale ...

ASCS Sprints on Dirt Short Track Challenge Resumes Saturday at Owendale

TULSA, Okla. (July 7, 2008) -- The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz return to short track action with Saturday's event at Michigan's Owendale Speedway. The event marks the third leg of the ASCS Sprints on Dirt MAHLE Clevite Short Track Challenge.

With the North vs. South Shootout series and Ohsweken's Northern Nationals both in the books, it's Goshen, Indiana's Brett Mann that has broken out to the series points lead.

Mann carries a 24-point lead over Ben Rutan into Saturday's event, with Dain Naida 62 points off the lead pace in third. Three-time and reigning series champion Tim Norman of Warsaw, IN, is a distant fourth in points, with Ryan Grubaugh, who topped last year's stop at Owendale, rounding out the current top five.

Gregg Dalman, currently seventh in overall points, is out to the early lead in the Short Track Challenge on the strength of a runner-up finish at Thunderbird Race Park on May 10 and then a win at Cherry Speedway on June 6. Dalman holds a 12-point lead over Norman, with Mann and Rutan tied for third another two points back.

Owendale Speedway's "Super Race Day" gets under way at 4:00 p.m.

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

In its 29th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing, the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt presented by Victor Reinz will sanction 26 nights of action at 14 different tracks throughout Michigan, Ohio and Ontario.

The ASCS Sprints on Dirt MAHLE Clevite Short Track Challenge is comprised of eight series events on tracks of 3/8-mile or less.

The nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body with a dozen different Regions throughout the United States in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, the American Sprint Car Series' (ASCS) 17th year of activity will include approximately 250 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout 28 different states and Canada.

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

-credit: ascs

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