Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (April 28, 2009) He's won just about everything imaginable in Sprint Car racing. Of course, when a guy piles up more than 600 feature wins over the course of a career, that's just about inevitable. And he's not done yet.
Sammy Swindell will try to add yet another major win to the ledger this Friday night when he takes on the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL.
The Germantown, TN, racer isn't a complete stranger to either Tri-City Speedway or the American Sprint Car Series. But, when he unloads the Tom Rolfe Racing No. 10 Maxim this Friday night, it will mark his first visit to Tri-City Speedway since its reconfiguration prior to the 2007 season and his first dose of ASCS competition since 1995.
Albeit, Swindell's previous taste of ASCS competition was successful to the tune of a Devil's Bowl weekend sweep in September of 1995. And, the Sprint Car racing legend enjoyed his share of success atop Tri-City Speedway's former ½-mile oval, cracking victory lane on eleven different occasions.
Now, Swindell will try to make more history with the new era of the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters at the "new-look" Tri-City Speedway on Friday, taking on a stellar field of entries that will include the likes of Jason Johnson, Gary Wright, Shane Stewart, Paul McMahan, Tim Crawley, Travis Rilat, Danny Wood, Nick Smith, Brian Brown, Tony Bruce, Jr., Jack Dover and several dozen more.
Racking up victories with virtually every sanctioning body possible over the years, the three-time Outlaw champion opened the 2009 season with a resounding Chili Bowl Nationals victory in Tulsa, OK, to become the prestigious event's first five-time winner.
Friday's $6,000-to-win Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters event will headline a twin bill of open wheel racing action that also includes a $2,000-to-win POWRi Midget event.
Tickets for Friday's Lucas Oil ASCS debut at Tri-City Speedway are just $25, with kids twelve and under admitted for free.
Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters
When & Where:
Friday night, May 1 at 7:00 p.m. Tri-City Speedway
Tri-City Speedway (Pontoon Beach, IL) 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located off I-270 Exit 4 then 0.5 miles south on SR 203 by Granite City. For more information, contact the track at 800-617-9077.
Lucas Oil ASCS Tri-City Speedway History:
The first page in series history at the track will be written on May 1 when Kevin and Tammy Gundaker bring the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Series to Tri-City Speedway for the first time. It marks just the fourth event within the state of Illinois in series history and the first since a Terry Gray triumph at Peoria in August of 1997.
Current Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters Points:
Top Twenty: 1. Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK) 296, 2. Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) 294, 3. Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 290, 4. Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, NM) 282, 5. (tie) Nick Smith (Broken Arrow, OK) and Danny Wood (Norman, OK) 260, 7. Paul McMahan (Hendersonville, TX) 258, 8. (tie) Brian Brown (Grain Valley, MO) and Eric Baldaccini (Keller, TX) 248, 10. Michael Dupuy (Amite, LA) 240, 11. Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS) 238, 12. Sean McClelland (Tulsa, OK) 232, 13. Mike Chadd (Lincoln, NE) 226, 14. Dustin Morgan (Collinsville, OK) 222, 15. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) 215, 16. Joe Wood, Jr. (Oklahoma City, OK) 211, 17. (tie) Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) and Zach Chappell (Talala, OK) 209, 19. (tie) Tim Crawley (Benton, AR) and Trevor Lewis (Upper Black Eddy, PA) 205.
Brodix Rookie of the Year Points (Top Five): 1. Paul McMahan (Hendersonville, TN) 258, 2. Brian Brown (Grain Valley, MO) 248, 3. Dustin Morgan (Collinsville, OK) 222, 4. Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) 209, 5. Trevor Lewis (Upper Black Eddy, PA) 205.
2009 Lucas Oil ASCS Feature Winners:
Jason Johnson 1, Shane Stewart 1.
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters A Look Ahead:
May 9 I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR)
May 23-24 Jetmore Motorplex (Jetmore, KS – $10,000 to win Steve King Memorial)
Lucas Oil ASCS on the Web:
Those unable to catch all the action in person can listen to every Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt 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 ASCS on TV:
The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters will be featured in ten one-hour shows broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on the VERSUS Network
Events to be aired on VERSUS include the following:
Event Date Track (Location) Air Date & Time (All Times Eastern)
March 20 Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) 5/2/09 @ 6:00 p.m.
March 21 Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) 5/9/09 @ 6:00 p.m.
May 23 Jetmore Motorplex (Jetmore, KS) 7/4/09 @ 6:00 p.m.
May 24 Jetmore Motorplex (Jetmore, KS) 7/11/09 @ 6:00 p.m.
August 6 Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA) 9/12/09 @ 6:00 p.m.
August 7 Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA) 9/26/09 @ 6:00 p.m.
August 8 Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA) 10/31/09 @ 6:00 p.m.
September 26 Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO) 11/14/09 @ 6:00 p.m.
The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters is currently slated for approximately 33 nights of racing action at 16 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.
The American Sprint Car Series, in its 18th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing events, brings the best of Sprint Car racing to nearly 100 different tracks throughout 25 states and Canada in 2009. Anchored by the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of a dozen different Regions throughout the nation.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.