Tuesday's Top Ten 2006-06-20

ASCS Tuesday's Top Ten -- June 20, 2006 TULSA, Okla. (June 20, 2006) -- Yet another edition of Tuesday's Top Ten sneaks in under the deadline, at least in selected time zones across the globe. Once again, ten random items of ...

ASCS Tuesday's Top Ten -- June 20, 2006

TULSA, Okla. (June 20, 2006) -- Yet another edition of Tuesday's Top Ten sneaks in under the deadline, at least in selected time zones across the globe. Once again, ten random items of varying degrees of significance and/or interest have been compiled and assembled in no particular order for perusal.

Let the perusing commence.

1. 580 -- If the American Sprint Car Series trend over the past several years is any indication, Sprint Car racing is on an apparent upswing.

In 2003, the ASCS established a new standard of 411 different competitors. That total climbed to 437 in 2004, then jumped to 539 in 2005. That total has already been eclipsed in 2006, with 580 different drivers already taking part in at least one ASCS event this year. And that's just past the midway point of June, including events run through June 17.

While 170 drivers have competed in at least one ASCoT National event, the all-new Northern Plains boast the most different competitors of any Region with its total climbing to 108 after last week's triple-header.

2. Rough Return -- In 2002, Michael Dupuy ranked second in ASCS National Tour points. Then, not even 25 years old yet, Dupuy returned to his Amite, LA, in favor of a regular job and the regular married life.

Hitting the occasional Sprint Car event here and there since that time, Dupuy made his first ASCS appearance since May of 2003 by taking in Saturday night's ASCS Gulf South Region event at Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, MS, just 30 miles or so up the road from Amite.

Dupuy's ASCS return was short-lived however, as an opening lap fracas in the night's opening heat race launched him out of the park. Dupuy was uninjured, although the same couldn't be said for the car.

3. South Wins! - With the wind blowing mightily all day like a West Texas whore, most of the life was virtually sucked out of South Dakota's Park Jefferson Speedway dirt oval for last Thursday night's Annual rendition of the track's Annual North vs. South Challenge.

It's safe to say the South took this one, as Louisiana's Jason Johnson found plenty of racetrack to rally from the tail of his heat race and then took his series' best eighth win of the year by wiring the field for his third feature win of the week.

4. Where's The Beef? -- Iowa is well known for its beef products along with other bovine-related donations to the economy.

So it was odd when Jake Peters ordered a cheeseburger from the pit concession stand at Denison's Crawford County Speedway on Friday night and was served up a slice of cheese sandwiched by a pair of buns, but minus the expected burger patty. Attempt number two offered up the beef, this time minus the cheese however.

"The Snake" tried to beef it up in the feature, leading much of the way before a late move by Brian Brown and a pesky turn two denied Peters his second ASCS Midwest Region feature win of the year. Ranked second in both ASCS Midwest and Northern Plains points, Peters kidded afterwards that, "I guess I need more skills."

5. Saturday Triple -- While the Sooner Region got drenched on Saturday night, the other three ASCS events offered up a set of first-time 2006 winners. Michigan's Dustin Daggett and Oregon's Danny Horner both scored first career ASCS wins, while Louisiana's Lane Whittington posted his first Gulf South win of '06 and second of his career.

The set of winners ran the total of different winners in 2006 ASCS action to 36 in the opening 58 features of the season. Another dozen feature events are on the slate for the next seven nights.

6. Big Drive -- "Drive of the Year" is subject to many factors, but anytime a driver makes it to victory lane after a ninth-row start, it merits mention. And that's exactly what Dustin Daggett pulled off at Michigan's Merritt Speedway on Saturday night by racing from 17th capture ASCS Sprints on Dirt honors, becoming the sixth different winner in as many ASCS SOD '06 events in the process.

And it should serve as an excellent tune-up for the ASCoT Rookie contender who tries to crack the top ten in points with this weekend's three feature events, including the regularly scheduled Friday and Saturday cards at State Fair Speedway and Devil's Bowl Speedway along with Saturday's makeup of the March 17 rain-interrupted event.

7. Going Yard -- After 14th and 13th place runs aboard his own car at I-90 Speedway on Tuesday and Park Jefferson on Thursday, 19-year-old Chad Humston of Giltner, NE, strapped into Gary Swenson's entry for the first time Friday night at Crawford County Speedway in Denison, IA.

After outdueling Minnesota's Curt Lund for the final transfer spot in the night's First "B" Main, Humston climbed Jason Danley's right rear tire entering turn one and sailed out of the park in frightening fashion.

Quickly pulled from the wreckage, Humston was transported to a local hospital and later released, fortunate to complain of little more than a few aches and pains the following day.

8. Speedweek Resurrected -- Word of the demise of ASCS Speedweek was premature, as it was announced over the weekend that the 14th Annual COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek will take place at six different tracks from July 7 to July 15.

An interesting mix of tracks makes for an intriguing Speedweek, with Creek County Speedway and Lawton Speedway rejoining the Speedweek slate as new Speedweek stops in Bolivar and South Coffeyville's Mid-America Speedway open the six-race series. Oklahoma City and long-time ASCS Speedweek stronghold Devil's Bowl Speedway round out the field of tracks.

Along with the expected National Tour competitors, some strong outside competitors are expected as usual.

9. Crucial Stretch -- With the addition of the Speedweek dates, the next four weekends will prove to be critical in the O'Reilly ASCoT championship points chase. Eleven National Tour feature events will be contested over the next four weeks, with the $50,000 championship picture expected to become more clear. Question is, can Nick Smith maintain his early season strength to stay atop the points race?

10. Rocky Mountain Air -- Only the ASCS Sprints on Dirt boasts a greater percentage of different winners (100% with six winners in six races thus far) than that of the ASCS Rocky Mountain Region.

With former series champ Randi Miller thundering to victory lane at Gillette and Northern Sprint Tour hotshoe Danny Horner then scoring Saturday's Wyoming win at Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, the ASCS Rocky Mountain Region has now featured seven different winners in eight events. Only Johnny Herrera has repeated with an Aztec weekend sweep.

In Closing: The past couple of weeks have been rough on the racing front to say the least. First, New Mexico's Robert Gomez lost his life in a motorcycle accident a weekend ago. Gomez always took in ASCS action when in the area, last taking in the ASCS Rocky Mountain Region double at Aztec Speedway on June 2-3.

Then shortly after hearing the news that vintage racer Courtney "Roger" Schuur had perished at Knoxville on Friday night came the shockingly sad news that NST leader Fred Brownfield had been struck and killed by a modified in Washington.

Thoughts are with friends, families and loved ones of each of these fallen racers.

Putting the wraps on Volume II, No. XVI, of TTT. As always, notes, comments, questions and suggestions are always welcome at ascsed@aol.com.

Until next week, any information you may desire regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Brian Brown , Nick Smith , Johnny Herrera