Patriots Genesee, Cayuga preview

ASCS PATRIOT SPRINTS GO FAIRGROUND HOPPING THIS WEEKEND TULSA, Okla. (July 20, 2008)- After a weekend off for the ASCS Patriots, the action returns with a two-race weekend at a pair of tracks located on County Fairgrounds that are also coming...

ASCS PATRIOT SPRINTS GO FAIRGROUND HOPPING THIS WEEKEND

TULSA, Okla. (July 20, 2008)- After a weekend off for the ASCS Patriots, the action returns with a two-race weekend at a pair of tracks located on County Fairgrounds that are also coming off a hiatus.

A number of competitors are prepared to pound the ground both on the dirt, as well as on the New York State Thruway.

GENESEE

For the first time ever, the ASCS Patriot Sprint Region runs a full-point show at the 1/3-mile Genesee Speedway this Saturday for the Bill Alhart Memorial presented by Gater News Online. This event will mark the halfway point for the Patriots, who have already enjoyed an exciting 2008 season.

Former ASCS Patriot Regular Mike Lauterborn is now in his second year of promoting the Batavia, NY facility. It has always been his dream to host a sprint car event, and this will be his first chance to have a Patriot race.

The race is being held in honor Lauterborn's sprint car Crew Chief and former Genesee Race Director Bill Alhart, who was tragically killed on his way to a race last Fall.

The Gater Racing News will be presenting the night of racing through their new E-Gater Format. This online edition can be found at www.GaterNews.com.

Bryan Howland, of Auburn, NY, has won the last two ASCS Patriot events and currently leads the overall standings by 24 points over 2007 runner-up Jared Zimbardi. Howland scored a top-five in his only trip to the Genesee County Fairgrounds last season.

In that event, in which the Patriots co-sanctioned, defending series champion "Cobra" Chuck Hebing showed off his ability to adapt to any oval, conquering the slick 1/3-mile. Coming home in second in that event was fellow Ontario, NY resident Mike Stelter. Stelter has been campaigning a Genesee Speedway logo on his car so far in 2008 and has been planning for this Saturday, one of his best opportunities at his first career ASCS Patriot Win.

While Hebing and Stelter were out front at the end of the night, Kyle Moffit, Jared Zimbardi and Scott Kreutter were all fast at the beginning of the night in a special time-trial format. Look for that trio of 20-somethings to content again this Saturday.

As part of special promotion on the night, cash bonuses of $100, $50, $30 and $20 will be paid out to the top-4 finishing Canadian residents, respectively.

CAYUGA COUNTY

The ASCS Patriot Sprint Region makes their first of two trips to the Cayuga County Fair Speedway this Sunday, with the running of the A-Verdi Storage Containers Open Wheeled Event.For many of the Patriot regulars, CCFS is one of their favorite stops, helping to produce one of the healthiest fields of the year. The tight, narrow and high-banked 3/8-mile creates some of the best racing on tour with a curved backstretch and unique corners.

This Sunday's event in Weedsport, NY will also be the fourth feature of the year in the A-Verdi King of Central New York Series. Overall series leader Bryan Howland also holds a slim lead in these standings heading into a track just minutes up the road from his home.

On this week last year, Jeff VanDusen broke into Victory Lane for the first time in a Patriot race with an impressive win in front a large crowd at CCFS. Chuck Hebing lead early in that event before hitting the wall. "Cobra" has historically be strong at another one of his former modified tracks, with two Patriot wins.

Rick Wilson won the first Patriot race to be held at Cayuga County in 2003, also his first of 14 PSR wins. Wilson was runner-up to VanDusen last year and will also be on hand in his Riverside Bar and Grill No. 42w.

-credit: ascs

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