Northwest Speedweek preview

Northwest Speedweek will be busy and fast The inaugural ASCS Northwest Region season has been somewhat slow in getting started. That changes soon. The American Sprint Car Series Northwest Region kicks into high gear with Northwest Speedweek...

Northwest Speedweek will be busy and fast

The inaugural ASCS Northwest Region season has been somewhat slow in getting started.

That changes soon.

The American Sprint Car Series Northwest Region kicks into high gear with Northwest Speedweek July 14-19.

Over the span of six nights, the top 360 Sprint car drivers in the Northwest will be racing six nights.

In the past, Speedweek included a night off for teams to regroup. But not this year.

Teams started the season with a May 24-25 Memorial Day weekend doubleheader at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma , Wash.

The next weekend of racing, an Oregon doubleheader June 6-7 in Lebanon and Cottage Grove , was rained out.

Speedweek will allow teams to make up for the lack of action.

The racing kicks off Monday, July 14 at Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford . The event marks the first of four straight nights of racing at different Oregon tracks.

Next up on the docket is a tilt on Tuesday, July 15 at the picturesque Cottage Grove Speedway in Cottage Grove .

From there, drivers and teams make the haul to Willamette Speedway in Lebanon for a race on Wednesday, July 16.

With the week halfway done, the series wraps up the Oregon portion Thursday, July 17 at Sunset Speedway in Banks.

After four nights at four Oregon tracks, Speedweek crosses over the Washington border and concludes with a two-night show at Grays Harbor Raceway, regarded as one of the top dirt tracks in the country following an extensive renovation by former track promoter Fred Brownfield for the 2004 season.

The Evergreen State Sprint Challenge runs Friday, July 18 and Saturday, July 19. The weekend marks the second of four times the series races in Elma in 2008.

Following Speedweek, ASCS Northwest Region teams compete in a non-points event at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville , Iowa .

The 2008 season ends with five more points events: Aug. 31 in Elma, the Fred Brownfield Memorial Sept. 19-20 in Elma and then championship weekend Sept. 26-27 in Yakima , Wash.

Heading into Speedweek, Seth Bergman leads the points with 292 markers. Henry Van Dam, returning from a frightening wreck suffered last year, is just four points behind in second. Jayme Barnes, who won the prestigious Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway June 21, is third with 286 points.

Rounding out the top-10 in points are Rob Held, Jared Ridge , Jared Peterson, Brendan Boyce, Jonathan Allard, Mitch Olson and Todd Zeitler.

Barnes won the season-opener on May 24, while Bergman parlayed a win May 25 into the points lead.

For more information on the ASCS Northwest Region, please visit www.ascsnorthwest.com.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Jonathan Allard , Mitch Olson