Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots to Crown a Pair of Kings This Weekend TULSA, Okla. (August 25, 2009) - For the second-straight season, Mother Nature has helped to setup a late-season double header weekend spanning two countries, and this time two legs...
Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots to Crown a Pair of Kings This Weekend
TULSA, Okla. (August 25, 2009) - For the second-straight season, Mother Nature has helped to setup a late-season double header weekend spanning two countries, and this time two legs of the Five Crown Tour .
The Lucas Oil ASCS Patriots return to Stateline Speedway this Saturday, making up the July event that was rained out after hot laps. That race will complete the PJ Motorpsorts King of the Southern Tier. On Sunday, the Patriots head into Canada to the Humberstone Speedway for the final race in the King of the Golden Horseshoe Series.
Five drivers have a realistic chance to be the first King of the Southern Tier, including Jared Zimbardi, who leads that series by 10 points. Zimbardi won the June Stateline event for his only victory of the season. The Little Valley, NY driver has struggled to put together quality results this month and needs to be productive this weekend to close the gap in the overall championship battle with Bryan Howland.
Howland, of Auburn, NY, is 30 points ahead in the championship battle but is one of two drivers 10 points back of Zimbardi in the King of the Southern Tier Standings. Don Adamczyk, of Williamsville, NY, is tied with Howland and is stoked to be headed to Stateline, one of his best tracks. The Ironman of the Patriots will have some work before Saturday though as he and the crew will have to repair a cracked torsion tube on his No. 21 JEI.
Bubba Broderick, from Brookfield, CT, won the last King of the Southern Tier event at Arcade International. Broderick is only 16 back from Zimbardi and is perhaps the favorite when it comes to Stateline.
Bobby and Blake Breen, both from Savannah, NY, sit fifth and sixth, respectively, in both overall points as well as the King of the Southern Tier Standings. Bobby nearly won the Stateline show earlier this year while Blake scored the win last August.
Among the locals that will be on hand for this show include Kyle Moffit of South Dayton, Gary Troutman of Andover, Chris Shuttleworth of Wellsvillle, Scott Bonnell of Fairview, PA and Gary Kreiss of Erie, PA.
Sunday at Humberstone, the Patriots look to get their third race in at the 1/3-mile facility for the first time since 2007. Last year, most of the teams were at the track when a heavy shower hit Port Colborne, Ontario.
Chris Muhleisen won the first Patriot show at the track in 2003, when it was known as Gasport. "The Copper Chopper" also gave Chuck Hebing a run for his money back in 2007 but had a brake issue and came up just short.
With Humberstone being the final race in the King of the Golden Horseshoe, a number of drivers are looking to crack in to the point fund. Blake Breen currently leads the standings, but this will be his first time to Humberstone since he ran a mini sprint there back in 2003.
Hometown favorite Dave Dykstra is second in the Golden Horseshoe Standings and has thougsands of laps around the track. The former sportsman-modified competitor was second in the last sprint show to be held at Humberstone.
Scott Kreutter, of Alden, NY, is third in the Golden Horseshoe Standings on the strength of his Merrittville win and should fair well at Humberstone as well. Bryan Howland, Bobby Breen and Jared Zimbardi also have an opportunity to take home the Golden Horseshoe crown.
A slew of locals will be on hand for this race including Stan Zanchin, Tim Zack, Jay Pietz, Jamie Collard, Kevin Loveys, Mikey Kruchka, Travis Cunningham, Glenn Styres, Keith Dempster, Ryan Hunsinger, John Burbridge Jr. and Kevin Job.
Among the drivers travelling in to be part of the weekend are Gordy Button, Brandan Warner, Dave Wickham, Derek Jonathan, Doug Bowman, Devin Caron and Chris Jones. It should certainly make for a wild weekend.
Racing starts at Stateline at 7:00 p.m. while Humberstone goes green at 6:45 p.m. For more information, visit www.ASCSpatriotsprints.com.