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ASCS Speedweek Fires Off This Weekend in Arkansas! TULSA, Okla. (June 2, 2009) -- It's that time of year. Travel plans are all laid out. Vacation days are line up and those mysterious "flu-like" symptoms may conveniently arise at...

ASCS Speedweek Fires Off This Weekend in Arkansas!

TULSA, Okla. (June 2, 2009) -- It's that time of year. Travel plans are all laid out. Vacation days are line up and those mysterious "flu-like" symptoms may conveniently arise at just the right time to fit in that extra night or two.

That's right, the 17th Annual ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek fires off this Friday night, marking the first of six nights of competition at six different tracks throughout Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

Featuring the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters, the popular ASCS Speedweek kicks off Friday night at Texarkana 67 Speedway before moving on to Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on Saturday.

After a two-night break, competition resumes at Creek County Speedway near Tulsa, OK, on Tuesday night, June 9, before wrapping up with three consecutive nights from June 11-13 at Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX), State Fair Speedway (Oklahoma City, OK) and Lawton (OK) Speedway.

And, for the first time, the stars of the Sprint Car racing world will be joined for the week by the ASCS2 Outlaw Micro Sprints. The ASCS2 Outlaw Micros will be in action at five of the six events, sitting out only the Devil's Bowl Speedway portion of ASCS Speedweek.

A $10,000 ASCS Speedweek points fund is in place, with each individual night's feature winner pocketing $3,000.

Eunice, Louisiana's Jason Johnson, "The Ragin' Cajun", is the defending ASCS Speedweek champion as well as the reigning Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters National champion. Johnson will try to become the first driver to post back-to-back Speedweek titles since Gary Wright accomplished the repeat feat in 1999 and 2000.

In addition to Johnson and Wright, other past ASCS Speedweek champions expected for the week include Tim Crawley and current Lucas Oil ASCS points leader Shane Stewart. A full host of top contenders are expected to vie for a first ASCS Speedweek crown as well.

ASCS Speedweek Particulars:17th Annual ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek featuring the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters

When & Where:ROUND ONE: Friday night, June 5 at 7:30 p.m. -- Texarkana 67 Speedway

ROUND TWO: Saturday night, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. -- I-30 Speedway

ROUND THREE: Tuesday night, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. -- Creek County Speedway

ROUND FOUR: Thursday night, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. -- Devil's Bowl Speedway

ROUND FIVE: Friday night, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. -- State Fair Speedway

ROUND SIX: Saturday night, June 13 at 8:00 p.m. -- Lawton Speedway

ASCS Speedweek Point Fund:

The top seven in final ASCS Speedweek points, "The Magnificent Seven", will divvy up the $10,000 point fund in the following manner:

Champion - $2,000
2nd - $1,600
3rd - $1,500
4th - $1,400
5th - $1,300
6th - $1,200
7th - $1,000

Track Information:

Texarkana 67 Speedway (Texarkana, AR) -- 0x00bc-mile semi-banked clay oval located east of Texarkana on I-30 to Exit 7, then 0.5 miles southeast on State Road 108, then 2.6 miles northeast on U.S. 67. For more information, contact the track at 870-773-0029.

I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) -- 0x00bc-mile high-banked clay oval located seven miles southwest of Little Rock on I-30 to Exit 126 (Alexander Road), then south to frontage road, then east. For more information contact the track at 501-455-4567.

Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK) -- 0x00bc-mile semi-banked dirt oval located southwest of Tulsa off I-44 Exit 211, then 0.3 miles south on State Road 33, then one mile west on State Road 66, then south. For more information, contact the track at 918-247-6675.

Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) -- 0x00bd-mile high-banked clay oval located six miles east of Dallas' I-635 on US 80, then three miles south on Lawson Road. For more information, contact the track at 972-222-2421.

State Fair Speedway (Oklahoma City, OK) -- 3/8-mile slightly-banked dirt oval located at Oklahoma City's Oklahoma State Fairgrounds near the intersection of N.W. 10th and May Avenue, one-half mile north of I-40 off Exit 147-C. For more information, contact the track at 405-948-6796.

Lawton Speedway (Lawton, OK) -- 0x00bc-mile semi-banked clay oval located off I-44 Exit 36, then 2.5 miles west on Lee Boulevard, then 1.4 miles south on Sheridan Road. For more information, contact the track at 580-355-6417.

ASCS Speedweek Past Winners by Track:

Texarkana 67 Speedway (Fifth time to host ASCS Speedweek) - Tim Crawley (1998), Gary Wright (2000), Tim Crawley (2005), Gary Taylor (2008)

I-30 Speedway (Eleventh time to host ASCS Speedweek) - Tim Crawley (1993), Garry Lee Maier (1994), Gary Wright (1995), Garry Lee Maier (1996), Gary Wright (1997), Terry Gray (1998), Travis Rilat (2004), Tim Crawley (2005), Gary Wright (2007), Gary Wright (2008)

Creek County Speedway (Twelfth time to host ASCS Speedweek) - Mike Ward (1993), John Hunt (1993), Garry Lee Maier (1994), Gary Wright (1995), Wayne Johnson (1996), Phil Gressman (1998), Tim Crawley (1999), Tim Crawley (2000), Jason Johnson (2006), Darren Stewart (2007), Jason Johnson (2008)

Devil's Bowl Speedway (Fourteenth time to host ASCS Speedweek) - Shane Carson (1994), Mike Ward (1995), Wayne Johnson (1996), Wayne Johnson (1997), Gary Wright (1998), Garry Lee Maier (1999), Gary Wright (2000), Gary Wright (2001), Jason Johnson (2002), Danny Jennings (2005), Gary Wright (2006), Gary Wright (2007), Gary Wright (2008)

State Fair Speedway (Sixth time to host ASCS Speedweek) - Zach Chappell (2001), Shane Stewart (2003), Jason Johnson (2006), Gary Wright (2007), Gary Taylor (2008)

Lawton Speedway (Sixth time to host ASCS Speedweek) - Gary Wright (2002), Gary Wright (2003), Kevin Ramey (2006), Gary Wright (2007), Jason Johnson (2008)

ASCS Speedweek on the Web:

Those unable to catch all the action in person can listen to every ASCS Speedweek event featuring the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters live at www.racinboys.com.

Official results, Speedweek championship point updates, photos and race notes will be available at www.ascsracing.com.

The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters is currently slated for approximately 33 nights of racing action at 16 different tracks throughout the nation, with the country's top Sprint Car drivers set to battle it out for their share of the $250,000 points fund.

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.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Danny Jennings , Wayne Johnson , Kevin Ramey , Gary Taylor , Tim Crawley , Jason Johnson