Sprints on Dirt Merritt preview

ASCS Sprints on Dirt Gear up for Merritt Speedway TULSA, Okla. (June 6, 2006) -- The wide-open championship points battle for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz continues this Saturday night as the ...

ASCS Sprints on Dirt Gear up for Merritt Speedway

TULSA, Okla. (June 6, 2006) -- The wide-open championship points battle for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz continues this Saturday night as the series takes to the semi-banked, 0x00bc-mile Merritt Speedway clay oval.

With five events already in the books for the ASCS Sprints on Dirt thus far in 2006, a like number of different drivers have made trips to victory lane. The parity of victory lane winners is reflected in the point standings as well, as Dain Naida and Ken Mackey enter Saturday's card knotted atop the point charts.

Naida and Mackey, winners of the most recent pair of ASCS SOD events, are just ten markers ahead Gary Fast, who has climbed to third in points. Gregg Dalman, a winner at Canada's South Buxton Raceway, enters the night fourth in points, with defending series champion Tim Norman and Canadian Kyle Patrick tied for fifth, a mere 24 points out of the lead.

The balance of the current top ten includes Joe Bares, Kevin Atkins, Davey Brown and Brett Mann.

Two-time series champion Dustin Daggett has enjoyed the most Sprints on Dirt success at Merritt Speedway in recent year, racking up a handful of wins since 2001. Other winners in recent years include Bill Johnson (2005), Tim Allison (2004), Davey Brown (2003) and Gregg Dalman (2000).

Last year, three different drivers were victorious in Sprints on Dirt action at Merritt Speedway, including Daggett, Len Robison and Billohnson.

Saturday's card at Merritt Speedway is slated to go green at 7:30 p.m.

Merritt Speedway is located in Merritt, MI, ten miles west of US 27 on SR 55. For more information, contact the track at 231-328-4351 or 231-328-2150.

The 2006 Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz slate consists of approximately 30 nights of racing at fourteen different tracks throughout Michigan, Ohio and Canada.

In its 15th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing in the United States, the American Sprint Car Series will present approximately 180 nights of racing at nearly 100 tracks throughout 27 different states and Canada in 2006 including the National Tour and its Regional Tours (Gulf South, Mid-South, Midwest, Northern Plains, Patriot Sprint Group, Rocky Mountain, Sooner, Southern and Sprints on Dirt).

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series and the ASCS Sprints on Dirt is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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