National series Speedweek news 2009-05-28

ASCS Speedweek Right Around the Corner! TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2009) -- For the past 16 years, some of the most memorable moments in American Sprint Car Series history, both on and off the track, have taken place during the ...

ASCS Speedweek Right Around the Corner!

TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2009) -- For the past 16 years, some of the most memorable moments in American Sprint Car Series history, both on and off the track, have taken place during the series' annual Speedweek.

That tradition continues when the 17th Annual ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek featuring the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters fires off next Friday night, June 5, with the first of six events at six different tracks throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

For the second year in a row, ASCS Speedweek fires off atop the tight confines of Texarkana 67 Speedway on the Arkansas side of the state line. The following night, Saturday June 6, it's up Interstate 30 to Little Rock's I-30 Speedway for Round Two of ASCS Speedweek.

After two nights off, a third consecutive 0x00bc-mile bullring is on tap with Creek County Speedway near Tulsa, OK, hosting Round Three on Tuesday night, June 9.

One more idle day precedes the final three-race stanza of the 17th Annual ASCS Speedweek, with Devil's Bowl Speedway (June 11) in Mesquite, TX, Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway (June 12) and Lawton (OK) Speedway (June 13) hosting the final half of Speedweek.

While this year's Speedweek events will not award points towards the Lucas Oil ASCS National championship, a $10,000 points fund has been established for the week. The week's magnificent seven, the top seven point earners, will each walk away with some extra money at week's end with the champion taking the lion's share of $2,000. The balance of the ASCS Speedweek points fund is $1,600 (2nd), $1,500 (3rd), $1,400 (4th), $1,300 (5th), $1,200 (6th) and $1,000 (7th).

Eunice, Louisiana's Jason Johnson enters as the reigning ASCS Speedweek champion after taking his second such title in three seasons with two Speedweek feature wins last year. Johnson climbed to third on the all-time ASCS Speedweek feature win list behind Gary Wright (29 wins) and Tim Crawley (12) with nine career wins.

While Johnson took two wins last year, he was matched by Gary Wright and Gary Taylor. The victories marked Taylor's first pair of National triumphs while six-time ASCS Speedweek champion Wright has now snared at least one Speedweek win in 13 of the last 15 years, shut out in only 1996 and 2004.

All three of last year's Speedweek feature winners are expected to vie for this year's Speedweek title along with a host of top challengers including 2003 Speedweek champion Shane Stewart, 2004 Speedweek champion Tim Crawley, Danny Wood, Travis Rilat, Nick Smith, Jack Dover, Eric Baldaccini, Sean McClelland, Kenneth Walker, Seth Bergman, Matt Covington, Brady Bacon, Kathryne Minter and many more.

Each ASCS Speedweek event pays $3,000 to win and $300 to start.

17th Annual ASCS Speedweek Schedule:

Friday, June 5 -- Texarkana 67 Speedway (Texarkana, AR) 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 6 -- I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 9 -- Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK) 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 11 -- Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) 8:00 p.m.

Friday, June 12- State Fair Speedway (Oklahoma City, OK) 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 13 -- Lawton Speedway (Lawton, OK) 8:00 p.m.

ASCS Speedweek has been in place since 1993 with seven different drivers earning Speedweek titles and 31 different drivers posting at least one win in the 104 Speedweek features contested thus far.

Additional information regarding the 17th Annual ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedway is available at www.ascsracing.com/speedweek.asp.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Gary Taylor , Tim Crawley , Jason Johnson , Sean McClelland