Patriot Sprint Freedom Raceway canceled

FREEDOM RACEWAY CANCELS SECOND ASCS PATRIOT RACE TULSA, Okla. (August 23, 2006) - It is with great disappointment that the announcement must be made that the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group will not be returning to the...

FREEDOM RACEWAY CANCELS SECOND ASCS PATRIOT RACE

TULSA, Okla. (August 23, 2006) - It is with great disappointment that the announcement must be made that the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group will not be returning to the Freedom Raceway for the scheduled race on September 1.

Billy Law of Freedom informed ASCS Patriot officials on Tuesday that the event would not be able to take place, canceling the first leg of Championship Weekend along with the first of two Bully Hill All-Star Dash Qualifiers.

"They had a great crowd for the first race there this year despite it being graduation weekend and with the weather being bleak, so it's unfortunate that we didn't get an opportunity to reach all of the Patriot fans from that area this season," noted ASCS Patriot Director Rich Vleck.

Back in June when the Patriots did run at Freedom, it was local favorite Chris Muhleisen dominating the 20-lap feature for his seventh career win at the track; unfortunately he will not be able to that list.

The event was also to be sponsored by Jerge's Used Auto Parts of Belfast, NY, a series sponsor that was set to help make this event happen. This was also set to be another major event for title sponsor Bobcat of Buffalo, which has an office located just miles from the 1/3-mile.

"I really feel terrible for sponsors like Jerge's and Bobcat of Buffalo that don't get the opportunity to get their name out there with our series once again this year," noted Vleck. "Moreover, I hate this situation for guys like Muhleisen, Gary Troutman and Brad Knab who call Freedom home, they circled this race at the beginning of the year, I hate the fact that we now have to cross it out."

Despite the work of Billy Law to get the Patriots back to Freedom, it was only good for one race, and with the Bully Hill Dash Qualifying position still outstanding, it will be moved to the next night at McKean County.

McKean County will be the only track to play host to two ASCS Patriot races in 2006. Not only the winner will get a Bully Hill Dash Qualifying spot now, so will the second-place finisher. This dash qualifying spot will be used the following week at Black Rock, which will give one of the six drivers in this race a provisional into the $4,000-to-win A-Main.

Chuck Hebing simply needs to start either a heat or feature at McKean County to lock up the ASCS Patriot Sprint Group title and become the fourth winner in the four-year history of the series. More on this race can be found next week; for more information log onto ASCSracing.com.

-credit: ascs

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