O'Reilly ASCS Tuesday's Top Ten TULSA, Okla. (April 4, 2006) -- Not even a rainout of this past weekend's only scheduled American Sprint Car Series event can trump the impending inevitability of Tuesday's Top Ten....
O'Reilly ASCS Tuesday's Top Ten
TULSA, Okla. (April 4, 2006) -- Not even a rainout of this past weekend's only scheduled American Sprint Car Series event can trump the impending inevitability of Tuesday's Top Ten. TTT consists of ten random items regarding the ASCS world, arranged in no particular order as always.
Dive on in.
1. No Foolin' -- Saturday was April 1, a perfect day for foolin' about. But Mother Nature would have none of that. There wasn't even time for any antics in the pits prior to the scheduled ASCS Mid-South Region opener at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway. A shower hit early and sent everyone home for the night. Soon after, steady showers and storms drenched the area.
2. Try Again -- With the inaugural ASCS Mid-South Region event rained out, Swinging Bridge Raceway (among the most unique race track names in the country) near Jackson, MS, will now have the honor of hosting the first ever ASCS Mid-South Region event. The series invades the former Jackson Motor Speedway on Friday night, April 14, before moving on to Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS, on Saturday night, April 15. Both events are versus the Southern United Professional Racing (SUPR) sprint car series. The Saturday night card at Magnolia Motor Speedway offers up $2,000 to win.
3. Mo' Money -- To drum up some added interest in its Canadian Nationals on September 15 and 16, Ontario's Ohsweken Speedway is kicking in an extra $100 to the winner of every "A" Feature event for both the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz as well as the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group.
The ASCS Patriot Sprint Group kicks off a 20-plus slate of events at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, NY, on April 30, with the ASCS Sprints on Dirt firing off an approximate 30-event slate a few nights later at Crystal (MI) Motor Speedway on May 6.
4. Testing -- When the rain hit Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on Saturday, ASCS Mid-South Region championship hopeful Bryce Vowan made a slight detour on the eastward trek toward his Forrest City, AR, home.JAlong the way, Bryce dropped in at Sixty-Four Speedway in Augusta, AR, where the ASCS Mid-South Region will be in action on June 17.
Bryce turned a few laps atop the 4/10-mile Augusta clay and whipped the crowd into a frenzy, stopping the clocks at 115 m.p.h.
5. MIA -- Fans around the Mid-South as well as Northern California may have been wondering -- What ever happened to Steven Tiner? Well, the "California Kid", who relocated to the Mid-South a couple of years ago, was spotted working on Danny Lasoski's pit crew during the recent ASCoT double in Oklahoma City.
Tiner informed that original 2006 plans called for him to compete on the full ASCS National Tour, but when the opportunity to crew for Lasoski came along he had to take advantage of it. Look for Tiner to return to the seat in '07.
6. Oh Baby -- ASCS Gulf South racer Eric Payne and his wife Candace welcomed their daughter Grace Kay Payne into the world on Friday, March 24. Grace Kay tipped the scales at 7 lbs., 6.5 ounces and 20 inches long. Check out some happy Paynes at http://www.ascsracing.com/gallery/paynefamily.jpg.
7. Oh Baby, Part II -- A regular population explosion among the ASCS Gulf South Region, as just five days after the Payne baby, racer Tina Creswell and her husband Shane became the proud parents of a baby girl on March 29. Madison Diane Creswell weighed in at 7 lbs., 2 ounces and also 20 inches tall (I'm not so sure about this method of measuring babies by how "long" they are, makes 'em sound like trout or catfish). Check out the Creswells at http://www.ascsracing.com/gallery/creswellfamily.jpg.
Interestingly, the Paynes and Creswells are close friends, with Eric filling in for Tina in the No. 02 entry over the latter portion of the '05 season after Tina found that she was expecting a child.
8. Patriot Visit -- ASCS prez Emmett Hahn will fly to Rochester this Saturday to meet with officials and drivers of the recently acquired Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group. The meeting will be held at the Greater Rochester Holiday Airport Inn meeting room, located just north of the Greater Rochester International Grounds. Hahn will meet with PSG officials at 2:30, then meet with drivers, owners and prospective owners at 4:30 p.m.
9. Betting Frenzy -- The mere mention in a recent TTT of Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Kevin Ramey betting on who could draw the lowest number ballooned into as many as a half dozen drivers getting in on the action at Oklahoma City. J.P. Bailey, Travis Rilat and Abe Sherwood were among those joining the fray with Hafertepe and Ramey, with Rilat somehow stealing the pot despite drawing something in the thirties of a possible 100.
10. New Ponies -- A couple of weeks off for the National Tour isn't necessarily a bad thing. Especially for some of the Northern teams that had been on the road for a solid three weeks.
Include Michigan's Dustin Daggett in that category. After junking one car and struggling with some engine problems, the two-time Sprints on Dirt champion was ready for a little time to regroup. The team wasted little time diagnosing its issues and has pumped up its engine program with Gaerte power now inside the frame rails.Look for Dustin to start making the climb up from 19th in points when action resumes at Poplar Bluff (MO) Speedway and Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on April 28 and 29.
There should be loads and loads of information to pass along next week with the Midwest, Northern Plains, Sooner and Gulf South Regions all in action over the coming weekend. Deciding where to go is the trickiest part.
That's it for Volume II, No. V, of TTT. As always, notes, comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next week, any information you may desire regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com/.