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Wright Makes Late Move to Win ASCS LoneStar Opener

Wright Makes Late Move to Win ASCS LoneStar Opener

3/12/2011

Lonnie Wheatley, KILGORE, Texas (March 12, 2011) – National Sprint Car Hall of Fame bound Gary Wright took full advantage of a late caution flag to win Saturday night’s 25-lap season-opening The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region main event atop the newly reconfigured 3/8-mile Lone Star Speedway clay oval.

Reigning ASCS Lone Star champion Eric Baldaccini paced the initial 21 circuits before a late caution flag set the table for the Hooks, TX, veteran to pounce upon his 16th career ASCS Regional triumph to go along with an all-time best 126 Lucas Oil ASCS National scores.

While Wright tacked another feature win on to his legendary career, the night was highlighted by Travis Rilat’s successful return to the seat after critical burns less than eight months ago. Rilat needed just three laps to race from sixth to win his heat race and then claimed third in the feature behind Wright and Matt Covington.

As Wright started the feature from seventh aboard his No. 9 entry, Baldaccini led the way to the green flag with George White alongside. Gunning into the lead at the outset, Baldaccini was closing in on a fourth career ASCS Lone Star triumph when a caution flew after 21 laps for Jeffrey Newell’s stalled mount.

With Baldanccini’s left rear tire low on air pressure and Wright on his tailtank on the restart, “The Texan” charged into the lead and raced on to the checkered flag as Baldaccini lost several positions in the closing circuits. Covington, a Lucas Oil National Sprint Car winner at Lone Star Speedway last year, claimed runner-up honors with Rilat in the show position. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., climbed from eighth to fourth, with Baldaccini rounding out the top five.

White was sixth, with Martin Edwards, Travis Elliott, Beau Smith and 15th-starter Justin Melton completing the top ten.

Baldaccini, Covington, Rilat and White topped heat race action for the 28-car field, with Newell winning the 12-lap “B” Main.

The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region Results from Lone Star Speedway:

First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 2. 14-Michael Lang, 3. 33-Mark Huddleston, 4. 11-Justin Melton, 5. 20-Chad Wilson, 6. 15b-Curtis Wayne Brown, 7. 7w-Dustin Welch.

Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, 2. 15T-Travis Elliott, 3. 51-Beau Smith, 4. 76-John Ricketts, 5. 17w-Brad Welborn, 6. 17-Bruce Griffith, Jr., 7. 12w-Dale Wester.

Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 29-Travis Rilat, 2. 45-Martin Edwards, 3. 40-Junior Jenkins, 4. 74e-Claud Estes, 5. 11x-Jeffrey Newell, 6. 36-John Pate, 7. 15d-Brady Demeree.

Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 10-George White, 2. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 3. 9-Gary Wright, 4. 64j-Johnny Miller, 5. 79-Ryan Hall, 6. 14b-Robert Byrom, 7. 54-Evan Pardo.

“B” Main (12 Laps): 1. 11x-Jeffrey Newell, 2. 17w-Brad Welborn, 3. 64j-Johnny Miller, 4. 36-John Pate, 5. 79-Ryan Hall, 6. 14b-Robert Byrom, 7. 15d-Brady Demeree, 8. 54-Evan Pardo, 9. 17-Bruce Griffith, Jr., 10. 7w-Dustin Welch, 11. 15b-Curtis Wayne Brown. DNS: 12w-Dale Wester.

"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 9-Gary Wright, 2. 95-Matt Covington, 3. 29-Travis Rilat, 4. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 5. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 6. 10-George White, 7. 45-Martin Edwards, 8. 15T-Travis Elliott, 9. 51-Beau Smith, 10. 11-Justin Melton, 11. 74e-Claud Estes, 12. 17w-Brad Welborn, 13. 76-John Ricketts, 14. 40-Junior Jenkins, 15. 36-John Pate, 16. 33-Mark Huddleston, 17. 20-Chad Wilson, 18. 14-Michael Lang, 19. 11x-Jeffrey Newell, 20. 64j-Johnny Miller.


The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Gary Wright 150, 2. Matt Covington 142, 3. Travis Rilat 135, 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 130, 5. Eric Baldaccini 125, 6. George White 122, 7. Martin Edwards 119, 8. Travis Elliott 116, 9. Beau Smith 113, 10. Justin Melton 110.

ASCS LoneStar Season Kicks off @ LoneStar Speedway

3/7/2011

ASCS Lone Star Season Kicks Off at Lone Star Speedway!

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (March 7, 2011) – Unpredictable. That’s the word, as The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region has been all kinds of unpredictable over the past couple of years. Throw a newly reconfigured Lone Star Speedway into the mix for Saturday night’s season opener and the unexpected is all that can truly be expected.

Kilgore, TX, will be the site of all the lid-lifting action, as The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region kicks off its 2011 season this Saturday night at Lone Star Speedway.

Billed as “The Fastest ½-Mile Dirt Track in Texas” in recent years, Lone Star Speedway has undergone an off-season transformation. Rather than the scary fast high-banked ½-mile of the past, The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star forces will be faced with a new challenge atop the new 3/8-mile oval.

While Eric Baldaccini of Keller, TX, reigns as ASCS Lone Star champion, Kolt Walker ranks as the only driver that captured multiple series victories during a 2010 season that featured 14 different winners in 15 events. Walker topped last September’s ASCS Lone Star card at Lone Star Speedway.

Walker’s September 11 score at Lone Star was his second series triumph in a row after a July 24 win at Devil’s Bowl, snapping a string of 13 different winners in as many races dating back to the 2009 season finale.

In addition to Kermit, TX, native Walker, other drivers collecting ASCS Lone Star scores in 2010 included Baldaccini, Claud Estes, Justin Melton, Brian McClelland, Gary Wright, Tommy Bryant, Gary Taylor, Wayne Johnson, Matt Covington, Jason Johnson, Kenneth Walker, Sean McClelland and Ray Allen Kulhanek.

While wins were spread about, 23-year-old Baldaccini rose to the top of the point charts with a half-dozen top-fives and a series’ best 11 top-tens to claim the 2010 championship by 81 markers over Godley’s Claud Estes. Baldaccini’s 2010 series win came at Boyd Raceway on June 11.

While Baldaccini outdistanced Estes for the crown, others among 2010 Lone Star top ten included Melton (Flower Mound, TX), Brandon Corn (Gause, TX), Martin Edwards (Mesquite, TX), John Ricketts (Burleson, TX), Kolt Walker, Brian McClelland (Tulsa, OK), Preston Peebles II (Lubbock, TX) and Scott Reneau (Trinidad, TX).

Among those looking to add his name to the list of ASCS Lone Star winners will be Sunnyvale’s Sam Hafertepe, Jr., who will try to make it two wins in as many weekends after topping Friday night’s ASCS Gulf South card at Beaumont’s Golden Triangle Raceway Park.

Saturday’s action at Lone Star Speedway, the first of two scheduled The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star events atop the 3/8-mile clay oval with a return engagement set for June 11, gets under way at 7:30 p.m.

Lone Star Speedway is located in Kilgore, TX, off I-20 Exit 583, then 0.5 mile north on SR 135, then one mile east on FM 1252, then 0.5 mile south. For more information, contact the track at 903-986-9731.

The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region is currently slated for 17 nights of competition at nine different tracks throughout Texas and into Oklahoma in 2011.

Past ASCS Regional Feature Winners at Lone Star Speedway:
9/11/10 – Kolt Walker (Lone Star)
4/9/10 – Matt Covington (Lone Star with National)
5/24/09 – Brandon Berryman (Gulf South)

* - Indicates events held in conjunction with Lucas Oil ASCS National series.


The 2011 season marks the 20th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, with approximately 200 nights of competition at tracks throughout the nation and into Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.

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

ASCS Lone Star Sprints take to the new Dirt

ASCS Lone Star Sprints take to the new Dirt

3/6/2011

Join LoneStar Speedway on its 2011 season opener, as we welcome The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region Sprint cars. Come watch as the Sprints kick up some dirt on the newly renovated LoneStar Speedway. This is the first points race of the year for the Lone Star Sprints. It’s sure to be an event you do not want to miss. Also racing will be the modifieds, limited modifieds, and factory stock. Gates will open at 4 p.m. with the Green Flag flying at 7:30 p.m.

This is a full night of racing action. General admission is $10.00 per person. Reserved seating is $15.00 per person (all ages). Ages 6 and under are free (General admission only). Pit passes are $30.00 per person (all ages). Take I-20 to exit 583 and go north ½ mile then turn right on FM 1252.

Playday 03/05/11 CANCELED

2/28/2011

To all of our drivers, car owners, and fans, we are canceling our playday this Saturday, March 5th. This is due to the large car count at The Dirt Track at Texas Motor Speedway. Please enjoy watching the best of the best in Modifieds, Limited Modifieds, and the SUPR Dirt Late Models.

We will see you all at LoneStar Speedway on Saturday, March 12 for our regular weekly race program featuring modifieds, limited modifieds, and factory stock. We will also be hosting the ASCS Lone Star Region Sprint Cars.

First Official Playday of 2011 Season

2/16/2011

LoneStar Speedway will be hosting its first official playday of the 2011 Season on Sunday, February 27, 2011. We will open the gates at 1:00 p.m. Test and tune will be from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission to the grandstands is free. Admission into the pits is $10.00 per person. Bring your car and try out the newly reconfigured 1/4 mile track.