Series West Memphis pre-event notes 2010-04-14

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars on Deck: Rock 'N Roll 50 at Riverside! TULSA, Okla. (April 14, 2010) -- Fifty laps is a rockin' good time. And it happens just one time per year with the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters. That ...

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars on Deck: Rock 'N Roll 50 at Riverside!

TULSA, Okla. (April 14, 2010) -- Fifty laps is a rockin' good time. And it happens just one time per year with the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters.

That occasion is just a little over a week away, as the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars take to the fabled Riverside International Speedway next Friday and Saturday, April 23-24, for the Second Annual Rock N' Roll 50, which will be recorded for later broadcast on both VERSUS and MavTV.

Two full nights of racing action will unfold atop the 0x00bc-mile black gumbo clay oval, with the Saturday night Rock 'N Roll 50 feature winner coming away with the $6,000 winner's share and the coveted Les Paul Gibson guitar.

Last year, the Lucas Oil ASCS National Sprint Cars returned to Riverside for the first time in nearly five years with three-time series champion Tim Crawley of Benton, AR, racing to victory lane on both nights aboard Mike Ward's McCarver-powered Boater Sports No. 88 Maxim, besting a field of 50 in the process.

Last year's event marked the first 50-lap feature event in ASCS National history. And after a slow start to the season, that weekend sweep propelled Crawley's drive to a strong sixth-place finish in the final 2009 rundown.

Crawley kicked off the 2010 campaign in similar fashion, ranked just 20th after the opening pair of events at the Texas 0x00bd-miles of Devil's Bowl (March 19) and Lone Star Speedway (April 9). But a fourth-place run at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on Saturday night resulted in a jump up to eleventh in points for Crawley.

Crawley, along with the other couple of dozen Lucas Oil ASCS National championship contenders, chases defending champion Shane Stewart into the Rock 'N Roll 50 weekend.

Stewart, a native of Bixby, OK, carries a meager three-point lead over Missouri's Jesse Hockett into the weekend. Stewart has advanced a total of 35 positions in the initial three feature events of the season to post finishes of sixth, third and eighth.

Pulling double duty at Riverside next weekend as event promoter and racer, Tony Bruce, Jr., of Liberal, KS, enters just 13 points out of the lead in third with top-ten runs in all three features contested thus far.

Twenty-year-old Brady Bacon of Broken Arrow, OK, is fourth in points on the strength of a pair of podium finishes in the opening three events, with 2008 series champ Jason Johnson of Eunice, LA, rounding out the current top five.

The balance of the current top ten includes Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals winner Sammy Swindell, I-30 Speedway victor Zach Chappell, Danny Wood, leading Brodix Rookie of the Year contender and Lone Star Speedway winner Matt Covington and 20-year-old Jack Dover.

The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters has averaged 55.7 cars per event thus far in 2010, with three different winners in as many races including Sammy Swindell, Matt Covington and Zach Chappell.

The Series: Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters

When & Where:
Friday night, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. -- Riverside International Speedway
Saturday night, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. -- Riverside International Speedway

Track Information:

Riverside Speedway (West Memphis, AR) - 1/4-mile semi-banked gumbo clay oval located west of Memphis, TN, on I-55 to Exit 4 in Arkansas, then 0.3 miles south, then 0.2 miles east on Broadway, then south on Legion Road. Event information including advance ticket sales is available at www.tbjpromotions.com.

-source: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Sammy Swindell , Shane Stewart , Jesse Hockett , Tim Crawley , Matt Covington , Jason Johnson