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ASCS Sprints on Dirt at I-96 & Owendale This Weekend TULSA, Okla. (July 5, 2006) -- Manitou Beach, Michigan's Ken Mackey will try to build upon his burgeoning Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz championship...

ASCS Sprints on Dirt at I-96 & Owendale This Weekend

TULSA, Okla. (July 5, 2006) -- Manitou Beach, Michigan's Ken Mackey will try to build upon his burgeoning Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz championship points lead as the series takes to a pair of Michigan dirt oval this weekend.

On Friday night, the series makes it second stop of the season at the 0x00bd-mile I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, MI, where Mackey scored his first series win of the year on June 2. Then on Saturday night, the 0x00bc-mile Owendale Speedway in Owendale, MI, features the ASCS Sprints on Dirt as the feature portion of its annual Super Race Day.

With two triumphs in the series last three events, including "King of Michigan" honors on Friday night at Hartford Speedway Park, Mackey has broken open a tight points race by establishing a 46-point lead over former series champion Dain Naida of Belleville, MI.

Still short of the series' midway point of the 2006 season, Naida can close the gap with a strong weekend, as can other top contenders Gary Fast (Kalkaska, MI), Gregg Dalman (Lyons, MI) and Kyle Patrick (Tilbury, ONT).

Others among the current top ten in ASCS Sprints on Dirt points include Kevin Atkins (Warsaw, IN), Joe Bares (Traverse City, MI), Davey Brown (Eaton Rapids, MI), Louie Carufel (Port Huron, MI) and Ryan Grubaugh (St. Johns, MI).

Defending series champion Tim Norman of Warsaw, IN, is less than 20 points out of the top ten after missing a pair of events due to a broken hand suffered in a shop accident.

Friday's action at I-96 Speedway is slated to get under way at 8:00 p.m., while the ASCS Sprints on Dirt portion of Owendale Speedway's Super Race Day will get under way at 7:00 p.m.

I-96 Speedway is located in Lake Odessa, MI, off I-96 Exit 64, then 0.5 mile south, then 0.7 mile west. For more information, contact the track at 616-642-0555.

Owendale Speedway 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.

The 2006 Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz slate consists of approximately 30 nights of racing at fourteen different tracks throughout Michigan, Ohio and Canada.

In its 15th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing in the United States, the American Sprint Car Series will present approximately 180 nights of racing at nearly 100 tracks throughout 27 different states and Canada in 2006 including the National Tour and its Regional Tours (Gulf South, Mid-South, Midwest, Northern Plains, Patriot Sprint Group, Rocky Mountain, Sooner, Southern and Sprints on Dirt).

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series and the ASCS Sprints on Dirt is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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