Midwest vs Northern Plains Greenwood I-80 preview

ASCS Regional Clash This Weekend at I-80 Speedway TULSA, Okla. (April 6, 2009) -- Midwest action for the American Sprint Car Series gets under way this weekend as the opening two legs of the ASCS Midwest vs. Northern Plains ...

ASCS Regional Clash This Weekend at I-80 Speedway

TULSA, Okla. (April 6, 2009) -- Midwest action for the American Sprint Car Series gets under way this weekend as the opening two legs of the ASCS Midwest vs. Northern Plains Challenge Series takes place at Nebraska Raceway Park's I-80 Speedway.

A stout field of competitors is expected for each night's $1,500-to-win card, with Friday's top four finishers locked into Saturday night's main event. Both nights award full points to both the ASCS Midwest and Northern Plains Regions.

Missouri's Brian Brown has found I-80 Speedway to his liking over the past several years, winning two of the three ASCS Midwest vs. Northern Plains feature events contested over the past three seasons. Brown topped fields of over 50 entries on both occasions, with one of the 2006 events succumbing to weather and both of last year's cards nixed by Mother Nature.

Overall, Brown has topped four of nine ASCS features contested at I-80 Speedway over the past four years, with other ASCS winners at I-80 including Jack Dover, Chuck Swenson, Billy Alley, Jake Peters and Terry McCarl.

This weekend's double opens up a full slate of competition for the ASCS Midwest Region in 2009, with 13 events set at a half dozen tracks throughout Nebraska, Missouri, South Dakota and Iowa. The ASCS Northern Plains forces will join in on a half dozen of those events over the course of the season.

Concentrating on the Lucas Oil ACS Sprint Car Dirt Series in 2009, Springfield, Nebraska teen Jack Dover is expected for Friday night's action aboard the familiar Gary Swenson entry. Dover is the reigning ASCS Midwest Region champion.

Harwood, North Dakota's Lee Grosz kicks off his bid for a third consecutive ASCS Northern Plains championship with this weekend's double after edging Sioux Falls shoe Eric Lutz for the top spot last year. Lutz has yet to miss a Northern Plains event in three years of action, while Grosz has missed just one show.

Racing action is slated to get under way at 7:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night. A practice session is also slated for Thursday night from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Nebraska Raceway Park's I-80 Speedway is located in Greenwood, NE, between Lincoln and Omaha off I-80 Exit 420, then 0.4 mile north on SR 63 then west. For more information, contact the track at 402-944-2233.

The American Sprint Car Series, in its 18th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing events, brings the best of Sprint Car racing to nearly 100 different tracks throughout 25 states and Canada in 2009. Anchored by the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of a dozen different Regions throughout the nation.

-credit: ascs

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