Patriot Region season preview

HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED 2007 ASCS PATRIOT TOUR TO BEGIN THIS WEEKEND TULSA, Okla. (May 1, 2007) - For the first time in ASCS Patriot History, opening weekend will involve two races in as many days at a couple of the finest tracks on the ...


TULSA, Okla. (May 1, 2007) - For the first time in ASCS Patriot History, opening weekend will involve two races in as many days at a couple of the finest tracks on the circuit.

Season five comes alive on Saturday, May 5, as the ASCS Patriots return to the Fulton Speedway for the first time since 2004. Fulton is a high-banked 3/8-mile facility in Central New York that is known for have plenty of room for side-by-side action.

Chuck Hebing is coming off a fantastic 2006 season; complete with 10 total wins, including seven in ASCS competition. Hebing is a former modified competitor at Fulton and should be a contender to win the ASCS Patriot Season Opener for the second season in a row. Cobra Motorhomes and Trailers, along with F/A Products, will also be the night sponsors; the last time Hebing's business sponsored a night, he won.

Hebing was seventh in the only sprint race at Fulton last year, an event that was won by Bryan Howland. "Flyin' Bryan" also had his first career Central New York Mini Sprints victory at Fulton. The 2005 Champion should be ready to contend once again this year.

In the only two ASCS Patriot races at Fulton, the winner has been Rick Wilson. "The Joyceville Jet" is a master at getting around Fulton and should be back with a vengeance with an upgrade to the power plant of the potent No. 42w.

The last time Wilson won at Fulton, George Suprick was the runner-up. After attending only select shows last season, Suprick returns to Fulton to run at one of his favorite racetracks.

Other top competitors that should be at this exciting event include three-time Fulton winner Mike VanDusen, last year's runner-up Justin Barger, Blake and Bobby Breen and Jason Barney.

It also should be noted that the last two winners of the season opener have gone on to win the championship that year.

After action concludes on Saturday, the series quickly moves down the road to Elbridge, site of the second race of the season at the Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.

Rolling Wheels is easily the fastest track on the ASCS Patriot Schedule, with the 5/8-mile facility producing lap times that produce average laps of 120 mph. With this race early in May, the track should have plenty of bite to it.

Hebing was the only sprint winner at "The Fast Track" last season, winning both the ASCS Patriot event in May as well as the final race of the season during Super DIRT Week. Bryan Howland went nuts after winning his second-career sprint race at a track just seven miles from his house in Auburn. Howland sets his sights on winning at The Wheels more than any other track; you can bet he'll be ready to go.

Going back to Rick Wilson, he has won the only other ASCS Patriot-only event at Rolling Wheels.Don Adamczyk, Jared Zimbardi, Geoff Quackenbush, Chris Muhleisen and Ray Preston have historically found great success at this track and will need to do the same as they gun for the 2007 Championship.

Both the Fulton and Rolling Wheels will also be A-Verdi Storage Containers/ King of CNY events for additional money to additional drivers running those select seven races with the Patriots. With Red Bear Hand Cleaner, Shuttleworth Asphalt Sealing and Mike Emhof Motorsports combining to make all King of CNY Races $1,500-to-win, these races should be overflowing with excitement.

Saturay's action at Fulton Speedway goes green at 7:00 p.m., with Sunday's card at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park firing off at 5:00 p.m.

Fulton Speedway is located in Fulton, NY, 1.1 mile south of SR 3 on SR 481, then two miles southwest on SR 57. For more information, contact the track at 315-668-7223 or 315-593-6531.

Rolling Wheels Raceway Park is located two miles west of Elbridge, NY, on SR 5, then south. For more information, contact the track at 315-689-7809.

The 2007 season marks the 16th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series. With a dozen different Regions in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, ASCS will sanction approximately 240 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout at least 30 different states and Canada.

For all information leading up to, during and after this weekend, be sure to visit ASCS Patriots page on or

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