Lone Star Speedway & I-30 Speedway on Tap this Weekend! TULSA, Okla. (April 5, 2010) -- In 18 previous years of racing action, on only one occasion has a driver reeled off five consecutive Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented...
Lone Star Speedway & I-30 Speedway on Tap this Weekend!
TULSA, Okla. (April 5, 2010) -- In 18 previous years of racing action, on only one occasion has a driver reeled off five consecutive Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters feature wins in a row. JWhen the Lucas Oil Sprint Cars take to Texas and Arkansas ovals this weekend, Sammy Swindell will have the opportunity to tie the five in-a-row mark established by four-time series champion Gary Wright in 2005.
It will be a challenging weekend for the Lucas Oil Sprint Car troops with Friday's action atop the high-banked, 0x00bd-mile Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, TX, followed up by Saturday's card atop the high-banked, 0x00bc-mile I-30 Speedway red clay bullring in Little Rock, AR.
Friday's action at Lone Star Speedway marks a return of the Lucas Oil National Sprint Cars to Kilgore, TX, for the first time in nearly eight years, while Saturday's event at I-30 Speedway is the first of three single-night events leading up to the track's prestigious 23rd Annual Short Track Nationals in October.
While Mother Nature cut the Lucas Oil Sprint Cars recent season opener at the Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, down to one night, it was Sammy Swindell besting a field of 62 entries to win his third series feature in a row after topping his prelim at USA Raceway's Western World Championships and then the $15,000-to-win WWC finale last November.
With three wins in a row, a sweep of this weekend's feature events would allow Swindell to tie Wright for the series mark of five wins in a row.
"The Texan" scored five consecutive wins in July of 2005 with victories at Paris, TX, I-30 Speedway, Cameron, MO, Oklahoma City, OK, and Tulsa, OK.
While Swindell has been stout in the Swindell Motorsports/J&D Motorsports No. 10 Maxim entry, the odds will still be long with fields of approximately 50 cars expected for both nights of competition this weekend, including upwards of two dozen or so Lucas Oil National championship point chasers.
Out to the early lead, Swindell is a likely Lucas Oil ASCS title contender along with a half dozen past champions including Shane Stewart, Jason Johnson, Gary Wright, Travis Rilat, Tim Crawley and Zach Chappell. Defending champion Stewart of Bixby, OK, salvaged a sixth-place finish in the Devil's Bowl opener after utilizing a provisional to start the main event in 23rd.
Also returning for another year of Lucas Oil ASCS National competition are Danny Wood, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jack Dover, Jesse Hockett, Sean McClelland, Kenneth Walker, Darren Long, Brady Bacon, Ricky Logan and Eric Baldaccini.
The Brodix Rookie of the Year contingent is a stout one as well, with 17-year-old Austen Wheatley of Lake Stevens, WA, out to the early lead over 19-year-old Highlands, TX, shoe Channin Tankersley. Other rookie contenders include California's Justyn Cox and Kyle Hirst, Oklahoma's Dustin Morgan and Matt Covington, New Mexico's Joshua Hodges, Idaho's Joe Ramaker and Texas' Aaron Reutzel.
Friday's card at Lone Star Speedway also marks the initial points event of the season for the ASCS Lone Star Region.
The ASCS Lone Star forces will be led into Friday's card at Lone Star Speedway by reigning champion Kevin Ramey, while the Saturday card at I-30 Speedway will be bolstered by an abundance of Memphis contenders and I-30 Speedway track regulars including reigning I-30 champion Justin Sturch.
The Series: Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters
When & Where: Friday night, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. -- Lone Star Speedway Saturday night, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. -- I-30 Speedway
Lone Star Speedway (Kilgore, TX) -- 0x00bd-mile high-banked dirt oval located off I-20 Exit 583, then 0.5 miles north on SR 135, then one mile east on FM 1252 then 0.5 miles south. For more information, contact the track at 903-986-9731.
I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) -- 0x00bc-mile high-banked clay oval located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Rd.), then south to frontage road, then east. For more information, contact the track at 501-455-4567.