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Covington Captures First Lucas Oil ASCS Triumph wi

Covington Captures First Lucas Oil ASCS Triumph wi

4/10/2010

Lonnie Wheatley, KILGORE, Texas (April 9, 2010) - Glenpool, Oklahoma's Matt Covington captured his first career Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters feature victory by wiring the field in Friday night's 30-lap main event atop the high-banked, ½-mile Lone Star Speedway.

The 20-year-old bested a rugged field of 52 entries, beating Brandon Ikenberry to the stripe to assert himself as the leading 2010 Brodix Rookie of the Year contender after earning Newcomer of the Year honors last year along with a runner-up finish in 2009 ASCS Sooner Region points.

A few more laps though, and the outcome could have been different.

"I could feel the right rear chattering worse and worse after that last restart," Covington commented in reference to the final restart with five laps remaining. "I knew it wouldn't last much longer, I was just hoping we could make it to the finish."

Racing into the redraw by winning his heat race from the front row outside, Covington drew the front row outside for the main event and outgunned pole starter Kenneth Walker for the lead at the drop of the green flag aboard the Covington Motorsports Wesmar-powered T&L Foundry No. 95 Maxim.

As action quickly heated up, the caution lights flickered early when Justin Spoerl slapped the turn three wall and was forced pitside with race-ending damage with just one lap in the books.

Vaulting from fifth to second on the opening round, Travis Rilat put the pressure on Covington when the green flag flew again and the pair traded sliders on the fourth lap with Covington maintaining command as another caution flew when reigning ASCS Lone Star champion Kevin Ramey spun exiting turn four.

Back under way, Covington opened up an advantage of several car-lengths over Rilat, as the 2003 series champion was left to fend off Brandon Ikenberry in the Big Game Tree Stands No. 24x entry. Ikenberry ultimately got the best of Rilat by the time the caution flew after eleven laps for the disabled machine of Preston Peebles II.

Ikenberry kept Covington in his sights the rest of the way but was never able to mount a serious challenge as tire management became key in the final circuits.

"It's tough sometimes when you're leading, you don't know exactly where you need to be," Covington explained. "Right before that one caution (lap eleven for Peebles), I had been buzzing around the top and I caught all those lapped cars that were all running through the middle, that's when I knew I had to get down there."

With minimal tread remaining on Covington's right rear when the race's final caution flew with 25 laps in the book for Rilat, who surrendered third with his own shredded right rear, Covington nursed it home to preserve the victory.

"It feels great to get this first one, this is our biggest win by far," Covington explained of the $6,000 victory.

Ikenberry settled for a strong runner-up finish in his series debut, with defending series champion Shane Stewart surging from eleventh to claim the show position aboard Paul Silva's Wesmar-powered Rockstar Energy Drink No. 57 A.R.T., moving atop the $60,000 championship points chase in the process.

Jason Johnson climbed from tenth to snare fourth in the Jason Johnson Racing Don Ott-powered Haynes/Don Pope Transportation No. 41 Maxim, with Brian Brown rounding out the top five in the FVP No. 21 Maxim.

Dustin Morgan was the second of three Brodix Rookie of the Year contenders among the top ten by finishing sixth just ahead of fellow rookie shoe Kyle Hirst of Loomis, CA. Jesse Hockett picked off Hard Charger honors by racing from 19th to eighth, with Matt Sherrell and 21st-starter Tony Bruce, Jr., completing the top ten.

Ramey rebounded from his early spin to claim eleventh, tops amongst the ASCS Lone Star ranks.

After Rilat exited five laps short of the checkered with abused right rear rubber, Danny Wood held fourth until his right rear gave way on the final circuit to demote him to 15th in the final rundown.

Riding a wave of three consecutive Lucas Oil ASCS National wins in a row into the night, Sammy Swindell was forced to utilize a provisional to start the main event. Swindell worked his way into the top ten, only to have his tire give out less than two laps shy of the checkered flag.

Hirst, Brown, Morgan, Covington, Ramey and Bean Elliott topped heat race action, with Spoerl and Jack Dover victorious in the twin "B" Mains.

The night's first red flag flew in the fourth heat race when Matt Clevenger got into the turn three wall and spun, leaving no place to go for Zach Chappell, Martin Edwards, Sean McClelland and Peebles. Edwards got upside down and was done for the night along with Clevenger and Chappell, while McClelland and Peebles were able to continue on.

Koty Adams flipped down the frontstretch in an opening lap scrum in the First "B" Main, with the red flag flying again on the second try when Chris Coker and Brandon Moseley got together after Joshua Hodges lost power in the opening pair of corners.

Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car action continues on Saturday night at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway, with racing action going green at 7:30 p.m.

Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars presented by K&N Filters
Lone Star Speedway Results:

Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points to "A" Main; Balance to 2 "B" Mains):

Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 6-Kyle Hirst, 2. 29-Travis Rilat, 3. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 4. 71-Channin Tankersley, 5. 10a-Ricky Logan, 6. 75-Jesse Hockett, 7. 30-Brandon Corn, 8. 9-Brian Parker, 9. 14e-Todd Evans.

Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 21-Brian Brown, 2. 35-Matt Sherrell, 3. 57-Shane Stewart, 4. 24x-Brandon Ikenberry, 5. 6s-Justin Spoerl, 6. 10-Sammy Swindell, 7. 99-Brady Bacon, 8. 11-Justin Melton, 9. 80-Josh Hawkins.

Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 93-Dustin Morgan, 2. 91x-Taylor Milton, 3. 2-Kenneth Walker, 4. 74e-Claud Estes, 5. 87x-Billy Melton, 6. 1r-Scott Reneau, 7. 7-Don Young, 8. 45x-Johnny Herrera, 9. 11m-Brandon Moseley.

Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, 2. 41-Jason Johnson, 3. 88-Tim Crawley, 4. 44w-Austen Wheatley, 5. 0c-Preston Peebles II, 6. 1-Sean McClelland, 7. 31-Matt Clevenger, 8. 50z-Zach Chappell, 9. 45-Martin Edwards.

Heat Five (8 Laps): 1. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 2. 3g-Darren Long, 3. 9x-Gary Wright, 4. 53-Jack Dover, 5. 5h-Justyn Cox, 6. 76-John Ricketts, 7. 87a-Andrew Marshala. DNS: 24-Justin Carver.

Heat Six (8 Laps): 1. 30x-Bean Elliott, 2. 94-Danny Wood, 3. 74x-Joshua Hodges, 4. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 5. 45k-Kolt Walker, 6. 16-Koty Adams, 7. 5c-Chris Coker. DNS: 17-Bruce Griffith, Jr.

"B" Mains (Top 3 From Each Advance to "A" Main):

First "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 6s-Justin Spoerl, 2. 75-Jesse Hockett, 3. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 4. 9x-Gary Wright, 5. 99-Brady Bacon, 6. 44w-Austen Wheatley, 7. 30-Brandon Corn, 8. 1-Sean McClelland, 9. 74e-Claud Estes, 10. 80-Josh Hawkins, 11. 24-Justin Carver, 12. 87a-Andrew Marshala, 13. 9-Brian Parker, 14. 71-Channin Tankersley, 15. 87x-Billy Melton. DNS: 1r-Scott Reneau, 50z-Zach Chappell, 45-Martin Edwards.

Second "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 53-Jack Dover, 2. 10a-Ricky Logan, 3. 88-Tim Crawley, 4. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 5. 5h-Justyn Cox, 6. 7-Don Young, 7. 45x-Johnny Herrera, 8. 11-Justin Melton, 9. 76-John Ricketts, 10. 45k-Kolt Walker, 11. 74x-Joshua Hodges, 12. 5c-Chris Coker, 13. 11m-Brandon Moseley, 14. 10-Sammy Swindell, 15. 16-Koty Adams. DNS: 31-Matt Clevenger, 14e-Todd Evans, 17-Bruce Griffith, Jr.

Lone Star Speedway "A" Main Event:

"A" Feature (30 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, 2. 24x-Brandon Ikenberry, 3. 57-Shane Stewart, 4. 41-Jason Johnson, 5. 21-Brian Brown, 6. 93-Dustin Morgan, 7. 6-Kyle Hirst, 8. 75-Jesse Hockett, 9. 35-Matt Sherrell, 10. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 11. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 12. 88-Tim Crawley, 13. 3g-Darren Long, 14. 10a-Ricky Logan, 15. 94-Danny Wood, 16. 53-Jack Dover, 17. 30x-Bean Elliott, 18. 10-Sammy Swindell, 19. 2-Kenneth Walker, 20. 29-Travis Rilat, 21. 91x-Taylor Milton, 22. 9x-Gary Wright, 23. 0c-Preston Peebles II, 24. 6s-Justin Spoerl.

Lap Leaders: Matt Covington 1-30.

Note: Gary Wright and Sammy Swindell utilized provisionals based on 2009 owner's points to start the "A" Main. It was Wright's second provisional of the year and Swindell's first.

Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars presented by K&N Filters Points (Top 15): 1. Shane Stewart 257, 2. Sammy Swindell 244, 3. Jason Johnson 236, 4. (tie) Jesse Hockett and Tony Bruce, Jr. 235, 6. Danny Wood 230, 7. Ricky Logan 218, 8. Matt Covington 215, 9. Kevin Ramey 212, 10. (tie) Travis Rilat and Brady Bacon 200, 12. Jack Dover 196, 13. Brian Brown 190, 14. Dustin Morgan 187, 15. Kyle Hirst 184.

ASCS Lone Star Region Points (Top 10): 1. Kevin Ramey 150, 2. Bean Elliott 142, 3. Preston Peebles II 135, 4. Justin Spoerl 130, 5. Eric Baldaccini 125, 6. Brandon Corn 122, 7. Justin Melton 119, 8. (tie) John Ricketts and Claud Estes 116, 10. (tie) Kolt Walker and Josh Hawkins 110.

Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series Record in Jeopardy

Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series Record in Jeopardy

4/6/2010

Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series Record in Jeopardy with Weekend Double

Lone Star Speedway & I-30 Speedway on Tap this Weekend!

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (April 5, 2010) - In 18 previous years of racing action, on only one occasion has a driver reeled off five consecutive Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters feature wins in a row.

When the Lucas Oil Sprint Cars take to Texas and Arkansas ovals this weekend, Sammy Swindell will have the opportunity to tie the five in-a-row mark established by four-time series champion Gary Wright in 2005.

It will be a challenging weekend for the Lucas Oil Sprint Car troops with Friday's action atop the high-banked, ½-mile Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, TX, followed up by Saturday's card atop the high-banked, ¼-mile I-30 Speedway red clay bullring in Little Rock, AR.

Friday's action at Lone Star Speedway marks a return of the Lucas Oil National Sprint Cars to Kilgore, TX, for the first time in nearly eight years, while Saturday's event at I-30 Speedway is the first of three single-night events leading up to the track's prestigious 23rd Annual Short Track Nationals in October.

While Mother Nature cut the Lucas Oil Sprint Cars recent season opener at the Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, down to one night, it was Sammy Swindell besting a field of 62 entries to win his third series feature in a row after topping his prelim at USA Raceway's Western World Championships and then the $15,000-to-win WWC finale last November.

With three wins in a row, a sweep of this weekend's feature events would allow Swindell to tie Wright for the series mark of five wins in a row.

"The Texan" scored five consecutive wins in July of 2005 with victories at Paris, TX, I-30 Speedway, Cameron, MO, Oklahoma City, OK, and Tulsa, OK.

While Swindell has been stout in the Swindell Motorsports/J&D Motorsports No. 10 Maxim entry, the odds will still be long with fields of approximately 50 cars expected for both nights of competition this weekend, including upwards of two dozen or so Lucas Oil National championship point chasers.

Out to the early lead, Swindell is a likely Lucas Oil ASCS title contender along with a half dozen past champions including Shane Stewart, Jason Johnson, Gary Wright, Travis Rilat, Tim Crawley and Zach Chappell. Defending champion Stewart of Bixby, OK, salvaged a sixth-place finish in the Devil's Bowl opener after utilizing a provisional to start the main event in 23rd.

Also returning for another year of Lucas Oil ASCS National competition are Danny Wood, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jack Dover, Jesse Hockett, Sean McClelland, Kenneth Walker, Darren Long, Brady Bacon, Ricky Logan and Eric Baldaccini.

The Brodix Rookie of the Year contingent is a stout one as well, with 17-year-old Austen Wheatley of Lake Stevens, WA, out to the early lead over 19-year-old Highlands, TX, shoe Channin Tankersley. Other rookie contenders include California's Justyn Cox and Kyle Hirst, Oklahoma's Dustin Morgan and Matt Covington, New Mexico's Joshua Hodges, Idaho's Joe Ramaker and Texas' Aaron Reutzel.

Friday's card at Lone Star Speedway also marks the initial points event of the season for the ASCS Lone Star Region.

The ASCS Lone Star forces will be led into Friday's card at Lone Star Speedway by reigning champion Kevin Ramey, while the Saturday card at I-30 Speedway will be bolstered by an abundance of Memphis contenders and I-30 Speedway track regulars including reigning I-30 champion Justin Sturch.

The Series:

Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters

When & Where:

Friday night, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. - Lone Star Speedway
Saturday night, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. - I-30 Speedway

Track Information:

Lone Star Speedway (Kilgore, TX) - ½-mile high-banked dirt oval located off I-20 Exit 583, then 0.5 miles north on SR 135, then one mile east on FM 1252 then 0.5 miles south. For more information, contact the track at 903-986-9731.

I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) - ¼-mile high-banked clay oval located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Rd.), then south to frontage road, then east. For more information, contact the track at 501-455-4567.

Lucas Oil ASCS Lone Star Speedway History:

The Friday night, April 9, return to Lone Star Speedway marks the first visit to the lightning-fast, high-banked ½-mile in the modern era of the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series.

It's not exactly new territory though, as the series visited the Kilgore speedplant on 13 occasions from 1993 to 2002 with ten different drivers cracking victory lane.

Interestingly, six of those ten past Lone Star Speedway ASCS winners are still active drivers on the Lucas Oil ASCS National series. Wayne Johnson, Danny Wood and Gary Wright each doubled up with a pair of Lone Star wins, while Louisiana's Michael Dupuy topped the last series event at Lone Star in 2002.

Lone Star Speedway Lucas Oil ASCS National winners include: Wayne Johnson 2, Danny Wood 2, Gary Wright 2, Tim Crawley 1, Michael Dupuy 1, Jason Johnson 1, Garry Lee Maier 1, Larry Neighbors 1, Alan Payne 1, Mike Ward 1.

Lone Star Speedway Lucas Oil ASCS Race-by-Race Winners: Wayne Johnson (6/5/93), Garry Lee Maier (4/15/95), Alan Payne (7/22/95), Danny Wood (6/20/96), Mike Ward (6/20/97), Gary Wright (10/10/98), Danny Wood (4/16/99), Gary Wright (9/2/00), Larry Neighbors (9/3/00), Tim Crawley (5/25/01), Wayne Johnson (5/26/01), Jason Johnson (9/29/01), Michael Dupuy (4/13/02).

Lucas Oil ASCS I-30 Speedway History:

A staple of the ASCS National Series, I-30 Speedway hosted the first official ASCS National event on May 15, 1993, with Memphis shoe Mike Ward dropping in on victory lane. Since that time, 16 different drivers have posted at least one ASCS National win in the 44 events contested at I-30.

Gary Wright has enjoyed the most success at I-30 with a dozen triumphs, with his most recent Little Rock success including Speedweek and Short Track Nationals prelim wins in 2008.

Tony Bruce, Jr., has enjoyed the most success recently at I-30 Speedway, topping the last two editions of the track's prestigious Short Track Nationals while also capturing the 2009 leg of ASCS Speedweek, which didn't count as an official National win. Both STN triumphs were worth $15,000 to the Liberal shoe.

I-30 Speedway Lucas Oil ASCS National winners include: Gary Wright 12, Tim Crawley 4, Garry Lee Maier 4, Terry Gray 3, Jason Johnson 3, Wayne Johnson 3, Mike Ward 3, Tony Bruce, Jr. 2, Travis Rilat 2, Shane Stewart 2, Pete Butler 1, Ricky Logan 1, Jason Meyers 1, Eric Sandage 1, Tim Shaffer 1, Nick Smith 1.

I-30 Speedway Lucas Oil ASCS Race-by-Race Winners: Mike Ward (5/15/93), Tim Crawley (6/24/93), Terry Gray (7/17/93), Garry Lee Maier (6/18/94), Garry Lee Maier (8/13/94), Terry Gray (5/20/95), Ricky Logan (6/24/95), Gary Wright (7/15/95), Mike Ward (5/18/96), Garry Lee Maier (6/15/96), Garry Lee Maier (8/3/96), Mike Ward (5/17/97), Gary Wright (6/14/97), Wayne Johnson (9/26/97), Wayne Johnson (9/27/97), Gary Wright (5/16/98), Terry Gray (6/13/98), Eric Sandage (8/25/01), Pete Butler (6/22/02), Gary Wright (7/13/02), Gary Wright (9/21/02), Gary Wright (6/21/03), Tim Crawley (7/12/03), Shane Stewart (9/6/03), Gary Wright (6/5/04), Travis Rilat (7/10/04), Gary Wright (8/28/04), Tim Crawley (6/11/05), Gary Wright (7/9/05), Travis Rilat (10/1/05), Jason Johnson (7/29/06), Jason Johnson (4/28/07), Gary Wright (7/14/07), Shane Stewart (10/25/07), Tim Shaffer (10/26/07), Jason Meyers (10/27/07), Nick Smith (4/26/08), Gary Wright (7/12/08), Gary Wright (10/23/08), Tim Crawley (10/24/08), Tony Bruce, Jr. (10/25/08), Wayne Johnson (11/5/09), Jason Johnson (11/6/09), Tony Bruce, Jr. (11/7/09).

Current Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters Points:

Top Twenty: 1. Sammy Swindell (Bartlett, TN) 150, 2. Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK) 142, 3. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK) 135, 4. Danny Wood (Norman, OK) 130, 5. Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS) 125, 6. Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK) 122, 7. Jesse Hockett (Warsaw, MO) 119, 8. Ricky Logan (Little Rock, AR) 116, 9. Zach Chappell (Talala, OK) 113, 10. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) 110, 11. Austen Wheatley (Lake Stevens, WA) 108, 12. Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) 106, 13. Kevin Ramey (Fort Worth, TX) 104, 14. Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, NM) 102, 15. Sean McClelland (Tulsa, OK) 100, 16. Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) 98, 17. Danny Jennings (Norman, OK) 96, 18. Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 94, 19. Derek Hagar (Marion, AR) 92, 20. Michael Lang (Mesquite, TX) 90.

Brodix Rookie of the Year Points: 1. Austen Wheatley (Lake Stevens, WA) 108, 2. Channin Tankersley (Highlands, TX) 89, 3. (tie) Justyn Cox (Clarksburg, CA), Dustin Morgan (Tulsa, OK), Joe Ramaker (Boise, ID), Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK), Kyle Hirst (Loomis, CA), Joshua Hodges (Tijeras, NM) and Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX) 65.

2010 Lucas Oil Sprint Car Feature Winners:

Sammy Swindell 1.

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars presented by K&N Filters - A Look Ahead:

April 23/24 - Riverside Speedway (West Memphis, AR) - VERSUS/MavTV
May 29/30 - Jetmore Motorplex (Jetmore, KS)

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars on the Web:

Those unable to catch all the action in person can listen to every Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters live at www.racinboys.com.

Also, the Lucas Oil ASCS Show airs on www.racinboys.com each Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET, recapping the previous week's events while also previewing upcoming action.

Official results, championship point updates, photos and race notes will be available at www.ascsracing.com.

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars on TV:

The Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters will be featured in ten one-hour shows broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on the VERSUS Network and MavTV.

Events to be aired on VERSUS and MavTV include the following:

Event Date - Track (Location) - VERSUS Air Date & Time (All Times Eastern & Subject to Change):
March 19 - Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) - 6/6/10 @ 6:00 p.m.
March 20 - Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) - Rained Out
April 23 - Riverside Speedway (W. Memphis, AR) - 7/31/10 @ 5:00 p.m.
April 24 - Riverside Speedway (W. Memphis, AR) - 8/1/10 @ 4:00 p.m.
June 11 - Eagle Raceway (Eagle, NE) - 11/21/10 @ 4:00 p.m.
June 12 - Eagle Raceway (Eagle, NE) - 11/21/10 @ 5:00 p.m.
September 25 - Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) - 11/28/10 @ 6:00 p.m.
October 28 - I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) - 12/5/10 @ 5:00 p.m.
October 29 - I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) - 12/5/10 @ 6:00 p.m.
October 30 - I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) - 12/19/10 @ 4:00 p.m.


The Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters is currently slated for 37 nights of racing action at 18 different tracks throughout the nation, with the country's top Sprint Car drivers set to battle it out for their share of the $250,000 points fund.

In its 19th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing, the American Sprint Car Series brings the best of Sprint Car racing to approximately 100 different tracks throughout 30 states and Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of eleven different Regions throughout the nation.

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

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars on Deck: Kilgore & Little Ro

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars on Deck: Kilgore & Little Ro

4/1/2010

Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (March 31, 2010) - The chase for the 2010 Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars presented by K&N Filters $60,000 championship got under way successfully at Devil's Bowl Speedway less than two weeks ago, even if Mother Nature did her part in throwing a curve ball at the season opener.

Now, action resumes in earnest when the Lucas Oil Sprint Cars return to action with a pair of events next weekend in Texas and Arkansas, testing the mettle of the series title contenders with a pair of challenging dirt ovals.

On Friday night, April 9, the Lucas Oil Sprint Cars return to Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, TX, for the first time since 2002. Then on Saturday night, it's a quick trip up to Little Rock's I-30 Speedway for the first of several tune-up opportunities for the always much-anticipated Short Track Nationals.

Friday's card at Lone Star Speedway will also be the opening points race of the year for the ASCS Lone Star Region.

After launching the 2010 season atop the ½-mile Devil's Bowl Speedway clay oval on March 19, the Lucas Oil Sprint Cars pick right back up on another slightly-bigger ½-mile in the form of Lone Star Speedway on April 9.

It will be a weekend of great transition however, as the teams go from Kilgore's fast half-mile on Friday night to the quick, ¼-mile bullring at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on Saturday night.

The Lucas Oil Sprint Cars kicked off the season with Sammy Swindell besting a field of 62 entries at the 37th Annual Devil's Bowl Speedway Spring Nationals on Friday night, March 19, with Mother Nature getting the nod on the scheduled Saturday portion of the event.

Swindell chased down early leader Sean McClelland on the sixth round and raced on to his third consecutive Lucas Oil ASCS National feature win in front of 18th-starter Wayne Johnson, 20-year-old Brady Bacon, three-time series points runner-up Danny Wood and two-time Short Track Nationals champion Tony Bruce, Jr.

With three consecutive series wins dating back to last November's Western World Championships preliminary and then the $15,000 WWC finale, Swindell has the opportunity to match Gary Wright's series record of five National wins in a row during next weekend's double.

But, with at least a couple of dozen drivers declaring title hopes in 2010 along with all variety of other top contenders, Swindell will have his work cut out for him with fields of approximately 50 entries expected for both the Lone Star Speedway and I-30 Speedway events.

Out to the early lead, Swindell is a likely Lucas Oil ASCS title contender along with a half dozen past champions including Shane Stewart, Jason Johnson, Gary Wright, Travis Rilat, Tim Crawley and Zach Chappell. Defending champion Stewart of Bixby, OK, salvaged a sixth-place finish in the Devil's Bowl opener after utilizing a provisional to start the main event in 23rd.

Also returning for another year of Lucas Oil ASCS National competition are Danny Wood, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jack Dover, Jesse Hockett, Sean McClelland, Kenneth Walker, Darren Long, Brady Bacon, Ricky Logan, Eric Baldaccini and Michael Dupuy.

The Brodix Rookie of the Year contingent is a stout one as well, with 17-year-old Austen Wheatley of Lake Stevens, WA, out to the early lead over 19-year-old Highlands, TX, shoe Channin Tankersley. Other rookie contenders include California's Justyn Cox and Kyle Hirst, New Mexico's Joshua Hodges, Oklahoma's Dustin Morgan and Matt Covington, Idaho's Joe Ramaker and Texas' Aaron Reutzel.

The ASCS Lone Star forces will be led into Friday's card at Lone Star Speedway by reigning champion Kevin Ramey, while the Saturday card at I-30 Speedway will be bolstered by an abundance of Memphis contenders and I-30 Speedway track regulars including reigning I-30 champion Justin Sturch.

The Series:

Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters

When & Where:

Friday night, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. - Lone Star Speedway
Saturday night, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. - I-30 Speedway

Track Information:

Lone Star Speedway (Kilgore, TX) - ½-mile high-banked dirt oval located off I-20 Exit 583, then 0.5 miles north on SR 135, then one mile east on FM 1252 then 0.5 miles south. For more information, contact the track at 903-986-9731.

I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) - ¼-mile high-banked clay oval located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Rd.), then south to frontage road, then east. For more information, contact the track at 501-455-4567.

Lucas Oil ASCS Lone Star Speedway History:

The Friday night, April 9, return to Lone Star Speedway marks the first visit to the lightning-fast, high-banked ½-mile in the modern era of the Lucas Oil ASCS National Series.

It's not exactly new territory though, as the series visited the Kilgore speedplant on 13 occasions from 1993 to 2002 with ten different drivers cracking victory lane.

Interestingly, six of those ten past Lone Star Speedway ASCS winners are still active drivers on the Lucas Oil ASCS National series. Wayne Johnson, Danny Wood and Gary Wright each doubled up with a pair of Lone Star wins, while Louisiana's Michael Dupuy topped the last series event at Lone Star in 2002.

Lone Star Speedway Lucas Oil ASCS National winners include: Wayne Johnson 2, Danny Wood 2, Gary Wright 2, Tim Crawley 1, Michael Dupuy 1, Jason Johnson 1, Garry Lee Maier 1, Larry Neighbors 1, Alan Payne 1, Mike Ward 1.

Lone Star Speedway Lucas Oil ASCS Race-by-Race Winners: Wayne Johnson (6/5/93), Garry Lee Maier (4/15/95), Alan Payne (7/22/95), Danny Wood (6/20/96), Mike Ward (6/20/97), Gary Wright (10/10/98), Danny Wood (4/16/99), Gary Wright (9/2/00), Larry Neighbors (9/3/00), Tim Crawley (5/25/01), Wayne Johnson (5/26/01), Jason Johnson (9/29/01), Michael Dupuy (4/13/02).

Lucas Oil ASCS I-30 Speedway History:

A staple of the ASCS National Series, I-30 Speedway hosted the first official ASCS National event on May 15, 1993, with Memphis shoe Mike Ward dropping in on victory lane. Since that time, 16 different drivers have posted at least one ASCS National win in the 44 events contested at I-30.

Gary Wright has enjoyed the most success at I-30 with a dozen triumphs, with his most recent Little Rock success including Speedweek and Short Track Nationals prelim wins in 2008.

Tony Bruce, Jr., has enjoyed the most success recently at I-30 Speedway, topping the last two editions of the track's prestigious Short Track Nationals while also capturing the 2009 leg of ASCS Speedweek, which didn't count as an official National win. Both STN triumphs were worth $15,000 to the Liberal shoe.

I-30 Speedway Lucas Oil ASCS National winners include: Gary Wright 12, Tim Crawley 4, Garry Lee Maier 4, Terry Gray 3, Jason Johnson 3, Wayne Johnson 3, Mike Ward 3, Tony Bruce, Jr. 2, Travis Rilat 2, Shane Stewart 2, Pete Butler 1, Ricky Logan 1, Jason Meyers 1, Eric Sandage 1, Tim Shaffer 1, Nick Smith 1.

I-30 Speedway Lucas Oil ASCS Race-by-Race Winners: Mike Ward (5/15/93), Tim Crawley (6/24/93), Terry Gray (7/17/93), Garry Lee Maier (6/18/94), Garry Lee Maier (8/13/94), Terry Gray (5/20/95), Ricky Logan (6/24/95), Gary Wright (7/15/95), Mike Ward (5/18/96), Garry Lee Maier (6/15/96), Garry Lee Maier (8/3/96), Mike Ward (5/17/97), Gary Wright (6/14/97), Wayne Johnson (9/26/97), Wayne Johnson (9/27/97), Gary Wright (5/16/98), Terry Gray (6/13/98), Eric Sandage (8/25/01), Pete Butler (6/22/02), Gary Wright (7/13/02), Gary Wright (9/21/02), Gary Wright (6/21/03), Tim Crawley (7/12/03), Shane Stewart (9/6/03), Gary Wright (6/5/04), Travis Rilat (7/10/04), Gary Wright (8/28/04), Tim Crawley (6/11/05), Gary Wright (7/9/05), Travis Rilat (10/1/05), Jason Johnson (7/29/06), Jason Johnson (4/28/07), Gary Wright (7/14/07), Shane Stewart (10/25/07), Tim Shaffer (10/26/07), Jason Meyers (10/27/07), Nick Smith (4/26/08), Gary Wright (7/12/08), Gary Wright (10/23/08), Tim Crawley (10/24/08), Tony Bruce, Jr. (10/25/08), Wayne Johnson (11/5/09), Jason Johnson (11/6/09), Tony Bruce, Jr. (11/7/09).

Current Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters Points:

Top Twenty: 1. Sammy Swindell (Bartlett, TN) 150, 2. Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK) 142, 3. Brady Bacon (Broken Arrow, OK) 135, 4. Danny Wood (Norman, OK) 130, 5. Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS) 125, 6. Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK) 122, 7. Jesse Hockett (Warsaw, MO) 119, 8. Ricky Logan (Little Rock, AR) 116, 9. Zach Chappell (Talala, OK) 113, 10. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) 110, 11. Austen Wheatley (Lake Stevens, WA) 108, 12. Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) 106, 13. Kevin Ramey (Fort Worth, TX) 104, 14. Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, NM) 102, 15. Sean McClelland (Tulsa, OK) 100, 16. Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) 98, 17. Danny Jennings (Norman, OK) 96, 18. Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 94, 19. Derek Hagar (Marion, AR) 92, 20. Michael Lang (Mesquite, TX) 90.

Brodix Rookie of the Year Points: 1. Austen Wheatley (Lake Stevens, WA) 108, 2. Channin Tankersley (Highlands, TX) 89, 3. (tie) Justyn Cox (Clarksburg, CA), Dustin Morgan (Tulsa, OK), Joe Ramaker (Boise, ID), Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK), Kyle Hirst (Loomis, CA), Joshua Hodges (Tijeras, NM) and Aaron Reutzel (Clute, TX) 65.

2010 Lucas Oil Sprint Car Feature Winners:

Sammy Swindell 1.

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars presented by K&N Filters - A Look Ahead:

April 23/24 - Riverside Speedway (West Memphis, AR) - VERSUS/MavTV
May 29/30 - Jetmore Motorplex (Jetmore, KS)

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars on the Web:

Those unable to catch all the action in person can listen to every Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters live at www.racinboys.com.

Also, the Lucas Oil ASCS Show airs on www.racinboys.com each Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. ET, recapping the previous week's events while also previewing upcoming action.

Official results, championship point updates, photos and race notes will be available at www.ascsracing.com.

Lucas Oil Sprint Cars on TV:

The Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters will be featured in ten one-hour shows broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on the VERSUS Network and MavTV.

Events to be aired on VERSUS and MavTV include the following:

Event Date - Track (Location) - VERSUS Air Date & Time (All Times Eastern & Subject to Change):
March 19 - Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) - 6/6/10 @ 6:00 p.m.
March 20 - Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) - Rained Out
April 23 - Riverside Speedway (W. Memphis, AR) - 7/31/10 @ 5:00 p.m.
April 24 - Riverside Speedway (W. Memphis, AR) - 8/1/10 @ 4:00 p.m.
June 11 - Eagle Raceway (Eagle, NE) - 11/21/10 @ 4:00 p.m.
June 12 - Eagle Raceway (Eagle, NE) - 11/21/10 @ 5:00 p.m.
September 25 - Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) - 11/28/10 @ 6:00 p.m.
October 28 - I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) - 12/5/10 @ 5:00 p.m.
October 29 - I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) - 12/5/10 @ 6:00 p.m.
October 30 - I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) - 12/19/10 @ 4:00 p.m.


The Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters is currently slated for 37 nights of racing action at 18 different tracks throughout the nation, with the country's top Sprint Car drivers set to battle it out for their share of the $250,000 points fund.

In its 19th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing, the American Sprint Car Series brings the best of Sprint Car racing to approximately 100 different tracks throughout 30 states and Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of eleven different Regions throughout the nation.

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

RULE CHANGES FOR MODIFIEDS!!!

3/25/2010

Modified weight rule 2,450 aluminum heads allowed, 6 inch spoiler not to be confused with USMTS rule changes. Hoosier IMCA stamped or KK704 American racer only. Grooving and siping allowed on tires.

Ryan Newman's Tornado Car Featured at Lonestar!

Ryan Newman's Tornado Car Featured at Lonestar!

3/21/2010

Race fans attending the Saturday March 27th World of Outlaws Late Model series event at Lone Star Speedway will receive a special treat. The Tornados snack food “Bold Is How We Roll” tour hauler will be on hand serving fans a free hot cooked sample right off the grill from 3pm-7pm.

Tornados are sponsoring the #39 Ryan Newman driven, Tony Stewart Racing owned, NASCAR Sprint Cup on nine weekends during the 2010 race season. Their show car will also be on display for fans to check out, along with a souvenir trailer where fans can get free autograph cards, temporary tattoos, pins and more.

Please click www.MyTornados.com for more information on the “Bold Is How We Roll” tour.

Visit www.LoneStarSpeedway.com to save $5 on advance tickets or pit passes to this stellar event, which are available until 5pm on Friday, March 26. Tickets and pit passes will be available at the track on race day.

World of Outlaws Late Model drivers such as 2009 series champion “Kid Rocket” Josh Richards, Steve Francis, Darrell Lanigan, Tim Fuller and Rick Eckert will all compete in the one night show, plus a host of others. The Modifieds and Limited Modifieds will each be racing for $1,500 to win and $100 to start. The Factory Stocks will race for $500 to win and the Winged Modifieds will be racing for $600 to win.

Here is the breakdown of ticket and pit pass prices, and advance purchase discounts are available at the track website until 5pm on 3/26/10:

WoO LATE MODEL SERIES – SATURDAY 3/27/10

- Gates open at 4pm, races at 7:30pm
- Pit Passes: Advance $30.00 (all ages, through 3/26; 5pm), Race Day $35.00 (all ages)
- Reserved Grandstand Section: Advance $25.00 (all ages, through 3/26), Race Day $30.00
- General Grandstand Admission: Advance $20.00 (through 3/26), Race Day $25.00
- Kids 6-12: $10.00 (General Admission only)
- Children 5 & Under: Free with Adult Admission (General Admission only)
- Note: there is an open practice set for Friday, March 26 from 6pm-10pm; $10 pit pass/person; grandstand admission is free

Make your plans now to try out the new Tornados snack food for free, get Ryan Newman souvenirs and witness the only scheduled 2010 appearance of the World of Outlaws Late Models, this Saturday March 27, at the “Fastest ½ Mile Dirt Track In Texas,” Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore!