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O'Reilly ASCoT Northern Swing Finale Saturday at Huron!



Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (June 26, 2008) – The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series puts the wraps on its 2008 Northern Swing with Saturday night's stop atop the semi-banked, 3/8-mile Dakota State Fair Speedway dirt oval in Huron, SD.




The ASCS Northern Swing opened last Friday night at Iowa's Knoxville Raceway with Louisiana's Jason Johnson snaring his fifth series win on the season, with Kansas shoe Tony Bruce, Jr., becoming just the second driver to post multiple ASCoT wins thus far in 2008 with a Tuesday night score at I-90 Speedway in Hartford, SD.




Pursuing an unprecedented fifth ASCS National championship, Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, enters Saturday night's card at Dakota State Fair Speedway with a 30-point advantage after finishing second to Bruce on Tuesday night at I-90 Speedway.




Wright has his hands full with Johnson, who has finished second in ASCoT points over each of the past two seasons and topped last year's event at Dakota State Fair Speedway.




Oklahoma City native Wayne Johnson, who finished second to the unrelated Jason Johnson last year in Huron, enters Saturday's card ranked third, with past ASCS National champions Zach Chappell of Talala, OK, and Garry Lee Maier of Cimarron, KS, rounding out the current top five.




Other top National contenders expected for Saturday night include 2006 Rookie of the Year Nick Smith (Broken Arrow, OK), leading Rookie of the Year contender Eric Baldaccini (Keller, TX), Kenneth Walker (Sapulpa, OK), 18-year-old Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) and 17-year-old Kathryne Minter (Bedford, TX).




Fargo's Wade Nygaard is out to the early lead in ASCS Northern Plains Regional points after winning last Thursday night's opener at Red River Valley Speedway and then finishing 15th in Tuesday's card at I-90 Speedway. Nygaard is 20 markers ahead of defending Northern Plains champion Lee Grosz of Harwood, ND, with Sioux Falls racer Eric Lutz two more points back in third.




The Series:




O’Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour (ASCoT)




When & Where:




Saturday night, June 28 – Dakota State Fair Speedway at 7:00 p.m.




Track Information:




Dakota State Fair Speedway (Huron, SD) – 3/8-mile, semi-banked dirt oval located just south of US 14 on the northwest edge of Huron. For more information, contact the track at 605-352-4848.




O’Reilly ASCoT Dakota State Fair Speedway:




Jason Johnson survived a late bid from Wayne Johnson to reach victory lane as the ASCS National Tour invaded the high-speed Dakota State Fair Speedway for the first time in June of 2007.




Dakota State Fair Speedway National winners include: Jason Johnson 1.




Dakota State Fair Speedway O'Reilly ASCoT Race-by-Race Winners: Jason Johnson (6/23/07).






Current O’Reilly ASCoT Points (After 15 of 42 Nights):






Top Fifteen: 1. Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 1,827, 2. Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) 1,797, 3. Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK) 1,739, 4. Zach Chappell (Talala, OK) 1,685, 5. Garry Lee Maier (Cimarron, KS) 1,608, 6. Eric Baldaccini (Keller, TX) 1,437, 7. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) 1,364, 8. Nick Smith (Broken Arrow, OK) 1,353, 9. Kenneth Walker (Sapulpa, OK) 1,286, 10. Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) 1,252, 11. Jason Sides (Bartlett, TN) 1,130, 12. Kathryne Minter (Bedford, TX) 1,083, 13. Gary Taylor (Sapulpa, OK) 1,042, 14. Aaron Berryhill (Broken Arrow, OK) 979, 15. Chris Tarrant (Greenville, TX) 861.






Top Fifteen: 1. Wright-Cooper Motorsports 9 / 01 – 1,827, 2. Lanny Row 41 – 1,797, 3. Mike Hammers 94 – 1,739, 4. David Chappell 50z – 1,685, 5. Scott Brown 11x – 1,608, 6. Harry Baldaccini B4 1,437, 7. Travis Rilat 29 – 1,364, 8. Kip Smith 15s – 1,353, 9. Sandra Walker 2 – 1,286, 10. Lori Dover 53 - 1,252, 11. Bobby Sparks 91 – 1,207, 12. Sides Motorsports 7s – 1,130, 13. Tracy Minter 13 – 1,083, 14. Aaron Berryhill 97 – 1,054, 15. Mike Eubanks 5* - 1,042.




2008 O’Reilly ASCoT Feature Winners:




Jason Johnson 5, Tony Bruce, Jr., 2, Kenny Adams 1, Aaron Berryhill 1, Jack Dover 1, Danny Lasoski 1, Terry McCarl 1, Nick Smith 1, Skip Wilson 1, Gary Wright 1.




O'Reilly ASCoT – A Look Ahead:




July 4 Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)


July 5 Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO)


July 11 67 Speedway (Texarkana, AR) – ASCS Speedweek


July 12 I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) – ASCS Speedweek


July 14 Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK) – ASCS Speedweek


July 17 Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) – ASCS Speedweek


July 18 State Fair Speedway (Oklahoma City, OK) – ASCS Speedweek


July 19 Lawton Speedway (Lawton, OK) – ASCS Speedweek




The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series is currently slated for 42 nights of racing action at 22 different tracks throughout a dozen different states, with more than $1,000,000 in purse money and point fund to be distributed during the 2008 season.






The nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body with a dozen different Regions throughout the United States in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, the American Sprint Car Series' (ASCS) 17th year of activity will include approximately 250 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout 28 different states and Canada.




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

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