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ASCS Northern Plains Region Goes to Casino on Saturday Night TULSA, Okla. (September 6, 2006) -- The American Sprint Car Series Northern Plains Region makes its first visit to Casino Speedway in Watertown, SD, as the high-banked, ...

ASCS Northern Plains Region Goes to Casino on Saturday Night

TULSA, Okla. (September 6, 2006) -- The American Sprint Car Series Northern Plains Region makes its first visit to Casino Speedway in Watertown, SD, as the high-banked, 3/8-mile clay oval puts the wraps on its 52nd season of racing action.

And, after logging countless miles this season in pursuit of the inaugural ASCS Northern Plains Region championship, local Watertown resident Chuck Swenson won't have far to drive this Saturday as he can move one step closer to the title with a strong outing.

Atop the series win charts with four feature triumphs in 16 events, Swenson holds a commanding 365-point lead over his closest rival, 18-year-old Lee Grosz of Harwood, ND.

While Swenson closes in on the ASCS Northern Plains Region championship with just four events remaining, the battle for the runner-up slot is an intense three-way battle between Grosz, Eric Lutz of Sioux Falls, SD, and Curt Lund of Redwood Falls, MN, with only 20 points separating the trio.

Grosz holds an eight-point edge over Lutz for second entering Saturday's card, with two-time feature winner Lund just a dozen more points back in fourth. Rounding out the current top five is Brett Geldner of St. Peter, MN, with the balance of the top ten including Dustin Lindquist (Floodwood, MN), Jake Peters (Sioux Falls, SD), 16-year-old Mike Sitzmann, Jr. (Tappen, ND), Dusty Ballenger (Harrisburg, SD) and Scott Winters (Butterfield, MN).

Ten different drivers have posted at least one ASCS Northern Plains Region feature win this year with 18 events in the books.

Saturday's racing action at Casino Speedway fires off at 7:00 p.m.

Casino Speedway is located in Watertown, SD, four miles northwest of US 212 on SR 20, then 0.7 miles south on Stokes-Thomas Lake Road (next to the city park). For more information, contact the track at 605-882-2855.

In its first year of action, the all-new ASCS Northern Plains Region has a full slate of 22 events at eleven different tracks throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.

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 is available at www.ascsracing.com/.

-credit: ascs

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