Sprint Bandits TNT Wheatland preview

Stanbrough Leads Explosive Sprint Bandits TNT Battle into Lucas Oil Speedway Lonnie Wheatley, WHEATLAND, Mo. (August 17, 2006) -- Hailing from Avon, IN, Jon Stanbrough is in the midst of a career year, with 19 feature wins already logged in the...

Stanbrough Leads Explosive Sprint Bandits TNT Battle into Lucas Oil Speedway

Lonnie Wheatley, WHEATLAND, Mo. (August 17, 2006) -- Hailing from Avon, IN, Jon Stanbrough is in the midst of a career year, with 19 feature wins already logged in the books for the 2006 season. Along the way, he's also captured USAC's Sprint Week championship as well as the King of Indiana Sprint Series title.

Now, he's looking for the trifecta with a run at the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits COMP Cams Tour 'N Topless Midwest Swing championship.

And after two of five nights, Stanbrough is in the driver's seat although he is far from taking total control as a meager six points separate the top six drivers in points and just 24 markers separate first from tenth.

Stanbrough enters Thursday night's O'Reilly Sprint Bandits COMP Cams TNT event at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, MO, with hot laps getting under way at 7:00 p.m., with a scant four-point advantage over defending series champion Levi Jones of Olney, IL. Stanbrough finished third at both I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE, on Tuesday night and Wichita's 81 Speedway on Wednesday night, with Jones finishing fourth in both events.

A quartet of drivers are just another two points back, including I-80 winner Robert Ballou of Rocklin, CA, and 81 Speedway winner Jesse Hockett of Warsaw, MO, along with Bud Kaeding of Campbell, CA, and Dickie Gaines of Mitchell, IN.

Also still in the thick of the COMP Cams TNT championship points race, which offers a $2,500 bonus to top point earner over the five nights on down to $1,000 for fifth in points, are Mat Neely (Robinson, IL), Shane Hollingsworth (Indianapolis, IN), Cory Kruseman (Ventura, CA), Charles Davis, Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) and Preston Peebles II (Lubbock, TX).

Thursday's card at Lucas Oil Speedway includes a driver autograph session from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., with Mat Neely's Lucas Oil Products No. 2b Sprint Car on display.

From there, the series wraps up the week of intense competition with the annual Wingless Classic at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS, on Friday and Saturday, with Saturday night's winner pocketing $10,000.JPast winners of the prestigious event that awards a coveted Pedal Car trophy include Bud Kaeding (2005 and 2002), Jesse Hockett (2004 and 2003) and Troy Rutherford (2001).

Racing action at Lakeside Speedway gets under way at 7:30 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night.

Current O'Reilly Sprint Bandits COMP Cams TNT Midwest Swing Points -- Top 20 (Through Two of Five Events):

1. 14-Jon Stanbrough (Avon, IN) 288

2. 11d-Levi Jones (Olney, IL) 284

3. (tie) 12-Robert Ballou (Rocklin, CA) 282

3. (tie) 29-Bud Kaeding (Campbell, CA) 282

3. (tie) 21x-Dickie Gaines (Mitchell, IN) 282

3. (tie) 75-Jesse Hockett (Warsaw, MO) 282

7. 2b-Mat Neely (Robinson, IL) 276

8. 10-Shane Hollingsworth (Indianapolis, IN) 270

9. 38-Cory Kruseman (Ventura, CA) 268

10. 21s-Charles Davis, Jr. (Buckeye, AZ) 264

11. 11p-Preston Peebles II (Lubbock, TX) 262

12. 15-R.J. Johnson (Phoenix, AZ) 248

13. 16-Lee Stark (Sidney, OH) 236

14. 70-A.J. Martin (Linden, CA) 230

15. 83s-Larry Neighbors (Oklahoma City, OK) 226

16. 57-Mike Martin (Yuma, AZ) 220

17. 0c-Leighton Crouch (Lubbock, TX) 218

18. 97-Bret Mellenberndt (Sioux Falls, SD) 216

19. 92-Daron Clayton (Sikeston, MO) 201

20. 55-Tony Everhart (El Cajon, CA) 197

The semi-banked, 3/8-mile Lucas Oil Speedway clay oval is located in Wheatland, MO, 0.2 miles south of U.S. 54 on SR 83, then east. For more information, contact the track at 417-282-5984 or check www.lucasoilspeedway.com.

The semi-banked, 0x00bd-mile Lakeside Speedway dirt oval is located in Kansas City, KS, off I-435 Exit 18, then one mile northwest on State Road 5. For more information, contact the track at 913-299-2040 or check www.lakesidespeedway.net.

Additional information regarding the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits is available at www.sprintbandits.com.

-credit: lw

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Series Sprint
Drivers Bud Kaeding , Cory Kruseman , Levi Jones , Preston Peebles , Leighton Crouch , Mike Martin , Jon Stanbrough , Larry Neighbors , Shane Hollingsworth , Jesse Hockett , Daron Clayton , Troy Rutherford , R.J. Johnson