Patriots Rolling Wheels finale preview

ASCS PATRIOTS CLOSE 2007 SATURDAY AT ROLLING WHEELS TULSA, Okla. (October 1, 2007)- A successful fifth season of ASCS Patriot action around the Northeast Region of the U.S. is set to reach its conclusion at one of the series' quickest and most...

ASCS PATRIOTS CLOSE 2007 SATURDAY AT ROLLING WHEELS

TULSA, Okla. (October 1, 2007)- A successful fifth season of ASCS Patriot action around the Northeast Region of the U.S. is set to reach its conclusion at one of the series' quickest and most familiar facilities.

The Rolling Wheels Raceway will once again this year play host to the final sprint car race in New York of the year with the Perennial Super DIRT Week Sprint Car Challenge at the Wheels.

Last year 68 sprint cars flocked from every direction to the 5/8-mile speed plant, located just outside the Central New York Town of Elbridge, for one of the best fall afternoons in the two decades of history this race has. This year, a record car count and record temperature may be set once again.

Newly-crowned 2007 ASCS Patriot Regional Champion Chuck Hebing won his first title last year at Rolling Wheels, when the "Cobra", who had flipped in his previous two times in a sprint car, made his only voyage in the Guy Howie-owned No. 19H count when he dominated the 25-lap, $3,000-to-win Season Finale.

Hebing picked up right where he left off at Rolling Wheels this year, as he swept the pair of ASCS Patriot races in dominating fashion, helping to bring his ASCS win total to 11 this year. The Ontario, NY driver has now won the last four 360-sprint races at "The Fast Track".

Bryan Howland won at Rolling Wheels in 2005 and is always a factor at his hometown track. Blake and Bobby Breen also perform well at the largest track on the series and should lead the Patriot brigade.Jason Barney and Justin Barger both finished this event in the top-five last year and expect to do the same. The "JB" drivers were also both in the top-five at Rolling Wheels earlier this year in ASCS Patriot competition.

Look out for other Patriot Representatives such as Jared Zimbardi, Scott Bonnell, Tim Hogue and Tim Kelly to impress what should be a massive crowd at the spacious facility.

While the Patriot representation is a show within itself, it is just 1/3 of formula for this race's continued success. Competitors from Ontario, Quebec, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Deleware and beyond are all expected to contend for the $3,000 top prize once again posted for this year's 25-lap feature.

Steve Poirier has only one start at Rolling Wheels but has become a feared competitor in just his second year of full-time sprint car competition. The 2007 ESS Champion recently won the Canadian Sprint Car Nationals for a second straight year and has found a way to navigate on fast and slick speedways. No driver from Quebec has ever won at Rolling Wheels but that could change this Saturday.

Jeff VanDusen has also been strong on tracks like Rolling Wheels. He should be a factor, just as names such as Jeff Cook, Lance Yonge, Bubby Kerrick and Jessica Zemken expect to be.

Curt Michael's second place showing last year was no fluke for the veteran from Delaware. With his fourth consecutive URC Championship in sight, he leads the contingent from the South, which includes past winners Kramer Williamson and Trevor Lewis, as well as other like Davey Sammons, Michael Carber, and Ed Aikin.

There will also be a $25 Tully's Good Times Restaurants Gift Certificate given to the Patriot Competitor with the best time of the night.

For more information on this event, please visit www.ASCSracing.com or www.ASCSpatriotsprints.com.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Justin Barger
Teams Williams