Sprints on Dirt Ionia preview

ASCS SOD Goes Old School in Michigan TULSA, Okla. (July 14, 2009) -- The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP turns back the clock this week returning to the roots of open wheel racing Friday to Ionia, Michigan for the Ionia Free ...

ASCS SOD Goes Old School in Michigan

TULSA, Okla. (July 14, 2009) -- The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP turns back the clock this week returning to the roots of open wheel racing Friday to Ionia, Michigan for the Ionia Free Fair.

The ASCS SOD teams return to the gigantic Ionia County Fairgrounds half-mile oval that was regarded the fastest on the tour last season. Saturday the time warp theme continues with a trip to the track that held the first ASCS SOD event 30 years ago, Crystal Motor Speedway in Crystal, Michigan, for the second of three appearances of the 2009 season.

Last season at Ionia was the first ASCS SOD event at the "World's Largest Free Fair" in 25 years. Ryan Grubaugh was victorious during the successful return of sprint car racing to the fair. The event does have an earlier start time with the first race pushing off at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday is the Mid-Season Championship for the ASCS SOD tour at Crystal. Gregg Dalman continues to lead the point standings looking for his first Sprints on Dirt title and trip to victory lane during the 2009 season.

Defending champion Brett Mann gained ground on Dalman after his victory at Owendale Speedway and will be looking to turn his single victory into a win streak. Mann, Dalman, and the rest of the field will look to keep the Dustin Daggett juggernaut from capturing his fourth feature win in a row at Crystal. Race time at Crystal Motor Speedway is at 7:30 p.m.

The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP is in its 30th season of competition. Twenty-two point paying races are on the calendar with three special non-point races making up the 25 event schedule contested throughout Michigan, Ohio, and into Canada.

The American Sprint Car Series, in its 18th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing events, brings the best of Sprint Car racing to nearly 100 different tracks throughout 25 states and Canada in 2009. Anchored by the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of a dozen different Regions throughout the nation.

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

-credit: ascs

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