Northwest Region Cottage Grove preview

SHELTON, Wash. (July 21) - Game on. Round two of the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters versus the ASCS Northwest Region begins Friday at the Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., which hosts a two-day event...

SHELTON, Wash. (July 21) - Game on.

Round two of the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters versus the ASCS Northwest Region begins Friday at the Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove, Ore., which hosts a two-day event featuring the stars of today against the stars of tomorrow.

"There is some tough cars up here and then our National gig is wide open," said Tim Crawley, who is fifth in the ASCS National Tour points. "It's just making it good for the spectators."

For the first time this season, a non-National Tour member claimed a National Tour event when Roger Crockett of Medford, Ore., won on Friday night.

"I want to see the locals win because that's what the fans want to see," Lucas Oil ASCS National Coordinator Tommie Estes Jr. said. "They want to see the circus come into town and the locals outrun them."

The ASCS National Tour and Northwest Region split the two races last weekend at the Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash., setting up an intense rematch for the ultimate bragging rights.

But this time, the Northwest Region drivers might have a better advantage. The Cottage Grove Speedway is a high-banked 1/4th mile clay track, drastically smaller than the 3/8th mile Grays Harbor Speedway that was conducive to speeds averaging 100 miles per hour per lap.

"I think when we get to that smaller track our guys might shine a little more just for the fact that there isn't that many small tracks back there (in the Midwest)," Northwest Region driver Steven Tiner said. "I wouldn't be surprised to see a regional guy pull off a victory there.

"We can definitely run with the guys. I think they know that we're a threat and they take it like they're just going to come here and cake walk it."

The Northwest racers also have a couple of races to understand the level of competition the National Tour brings.

"You can't lag or hold back one bit," said Jared Ridge, who currently leads the Northwest Region points. "I think we're capable of sticking with them."

The Northwest Region point's battle is wide open as well. Ridge holds an eight-point advantage over Tiner, with Crockett only 14 points out of the top spot.

The front gate will open at 4 p.m. with racing scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m. on both days.

Adult tickets are $20 for Friday and $25 for Saturday - or $40 for both days. Tickets for seniors and juniors ages 12 to 17 are $15 and children ages 5 to 11 are $7 each day.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tim Crawley , Roger Crockett