ASCS PATRIOTS REVISIT BIRTHPLACE WHILE EXPLORING NEW TERRITORY THIS WEEKEND TULSA, Okla. (June 19, 2006) - The first of three two-race weekends on the 2006 schedule for the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group will take place at two...
ASCS PATRIOTS REVISIT BIRTHPLACE WHILE EXPLORING NEW TERRITORY THIS WEEKEND
TULSA, Okla. (June 19, 2006) - The first of three two-race weekends on the 2006 schedule for the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group will take place at two tracks that none of the top three in points have run their sprint car on before, which should help to level the playing field for an exciting weekend of racing.
Friday night, the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group will return to the Freedom Raceway for the first time since 2003. Even though Stateline Speedway held the first official Patriot Sprint Group event, Freedom was the track where the Patriot Sprint Group was born.
In the early part of the decade, the tight track that measures just over 0x00bc-mile hosted weekly sprint car racing in Western, NY. Since July 4, 2003 though, Sprint Cars have not graced the dirt for competition.
On that Holiday event, Kyle Drum picked up his first career Patriot "A" Main victory at a track he learned to drive a Sprint Car upon. It now appears to be time for a new team to grace victory lane.
Chuck Hebing has been the focus of attention so far this season, due in large part to his four wins in the first five races of 2006.J"Cobra" has never run a sprint at Freedom, but lucky for him neither has Bryan Howland or Rich Swarthout, the drivers that enter the sixth race of the season just behind Hebing in the standings.
Don Adamczyk gets to ease up on the traveling this weekend and may be able to benefit on his experience at Freedom, as limited as it is.JAdamczyk, along with Chris Muhleisen and Gary Troutman, are coming off their best finishes in almost two years and figure to play a major role in the action on Friday Night.
In addition to all of the normal racing action, Slocum Milk Hauling will present a Dash for Cash. Two dashes have been run so far this season, with Blake Breen and Rich Swarthout winning those events.
Freedom Raceway is local on Bixby Hill Road, just outside of Delevan, N.Y. Delevan is located 35 miles from the New York State Thruway on Route 78. Racing will begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the track at 716-492-1564.
After the action subsides Friday Night, the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group will travel up the road to run their first race ever at the Merrittville Speedway. Located just past Niagara Falls in Thorold, Ontario, the speedway welcomes the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group with open arms.J Merrittville will be the first of three full-point Patriot Races in Canada this season, just twelve miles over the border. The 3/8-mile facility has hosted Sprint Car Racing before, but never has witnessed what the best of the Patriot Sprint Group can do.
Chuck Hebing and Rich Swarthout have run before at Merrittville, but that was in modified action, never in a sprint car. Bryan Howland is also walking into the event unsure of the setups and conditions of the speedway. Even for those that have run at the track in the past, it is still a major unknown with owner Pete Bicknell and his crew expanding the track on the backstretch and changing the parameters of the oval.
Look for a number of local drivers to run at their home track on Saturday. In addition to ASCS Patriot Rookie of the Year Contenders Rob Pietz and Tim Zack running, Joe and Rob Middlemiss, Glenn Styres, Fast Fred Cade, Tim Phillips, Stan Zanchin, Keith Dempster and Jamie Collard also plan to figure into the mix.
Drivers and race teams have been encouraged bring hero cards and pictures for the annual autograph session that takes place after their sprint car events. At the conclusion of the night, the grandstands will empty into the pits seeking autographs. The drivers will have their permanent markers on hand to engrave permanent memories for the young race fans.
Like The Hill, the first race at Merrittville will also carry with it an inflated purse, which will reward a $50 bonus to every driver finishing in the top ten at the end of the night.
Merrittville Speedway is located in Thorold, ONT, one mile west of PR 406 on CR 20 to Merrittville Hwy, then 1.5 miles north. Racing action is set to get under way at 7:15 p.m. For more information, contact the track at 905-892-8266.
The 2006 Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group schedule consists of 22 nights of racing at fourteen different tracks throughout New York, Pennsylvania and Canada.
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 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.