Sprints on Dirt Crystal preview

ASCS Sprints on Dirt Fire Off at Crystal! Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (April 28, 2008) - The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz kicks off its 29th year of Sprint Car racing action with Saturday night's season-opening ...

ASCS Sprints on Dirt Fire Off at Crystal!

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (April 28, 2008) - The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz kicks off its 29th year of Sprint Car racing action with Saturday night's season-opening event at Crystal Motor Speedway in Crystal, MI.

Saturday's card marks the first of three series stops atop the semi-banked, 3/8-mile Crystal Motor Speedway clay oval with the series to return for the Mid-Season Championship on July 19 and then again on August 30.

Warsaw, Indiana's Tim Norman opens up his series championship defense after capturing his second ASCS Sprints on Dirt crown in the past three seasons last year. Norman has eight career SOD wins at Crystal Motor Speedway, last reaching Crystal victory lane in 2001.

Last year, Norman outlasted Brett Mann and Ben Rutan in a torrid ASCS Sprints on Dirt championship battle, with Bill Johnson and Gary Fast rounding out the top five. The balance of the top ten in points included Joe Bares, Ryan Ruhl, Ryan Grubaugh, Jake Stebner and Kirk Cheney.

Two-time series champion Dustin Daggett has found Crystal Motor Speedway to his liking, winning the last four series events at Crystal including a sweep of last year's three features. The last driver other than Daggett to top an ASCS Sprints on Dirt feature was Steve Irwin, with a July 2006 score.

Saturday's action at Crystal Motor Speedway is set to go green at 7:30 p.m.

Crystal Motor Speedway is located in Crystal, MI, 5.5 miles north of SR 57 on Crystal Road, then east on Sidney. For more information, contact the track at 989-235-5200.

In its 29th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing, the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints On Dirt presented by Victor Reinz will sanction 26 nights of action at 14 different tracks throughout Michigan, Ohio and Ontario.

The nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body with 14 different Regions throughout the United States in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, the American Sprint Car Series' (ASCS) 17th year of activity will include approximately 250 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout 28 different states and Canada.

-credit: www.ascsracing.com.

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