Lucas Oil ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Begins In Lubbock and Amarillo
TULSA, Okla. (June 5, 2017) Turning 25 in 2017 is the ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek and this year’s test of driver and machine will see stops in Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri with seven races across nine nights. Speedweek 2017 for the American Sprint Car Series is also the fourth edition of the Bob Westphal Memorial Cup in honor of the late founder of Wesmar Racing Engines.
Kicking off on Friday, June 9 at West Texas Raceway in Lubbock, Texas the return to the three-eighths mile is the first time in 13 years that the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series has seen action in Lubbock. Formerly known as Tech Motor Speedway, then Lady Luck Speedway, the track saw five events from 2002 to 2004. Of those five events, two drivers traded off trips to Victory Lane with Travis Rilat topping action three times to Gary Wright’s pair of triumphs.
Friday, June 9 at West Texas Raceway will get underway at 8:00 P.M. (CDT) with Hot Laps. West Texas Raceway in Lubbock, Texas is located at 12503 Highway 87. Admission for this weekend is $20 for adult with kids age four and under free into the grandstands. More information, including directions can be found at http://www.westtexasraceway.com.
Breaking a 13 year as well hiatus in 2016, Route 66 Motor Speedway is back on Speedweek for the second year. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. picked up the win one year ago for his first score at the Texas oval. In 14 visits since 1994, eight drivers have picked up a Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour win at Route 66 Motor Speedway.
Saturday, June 10 at Route 66 Motor Speedway begins at 7:00 P.M. (CDT). Route 66 Motor Speedway is located at 4101 TX-335 Loop. Admission for this weekend is $20 for adult with kids age four and under free into the grandstands. More information, including directions can be found on the track’s Facebook page.
Following Saturday’s events, the series will take Sunday and Monday off to regroup for five consecutive nights starting on Tuesday, June 13 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. Into Oklahoma on Wednesday, June 14, the series will stop at Lawton Speedway with Creek County Speedway on Thursday, June 15 in Sapulpa.
The Show-Me State follows on Friday, June 16 with a trip to Randolph County Raceway in Moberly before the finale at the “Diamond of Dirt Tracks” Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland.
Going into Speedweek, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. leads the way with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network. Hafertepe was the overall winner of Speedweek one year ago, and carried that momentum to a $60,000 payday with his first Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Championship.
Trailing, but not by much, is Johnny Herrera with Wayne Johnson in tow. Taking a weekend to experiment at Knoxville Raceway, the new setup paid off for Johnson with his first win of the 2017 season. Matt Covington holds fourth with Aaron Reutzel looking to add to his win total. The 2015 series champion will be having to rebuild however as a weekend in Minnesota proved destructive for the No. 87 team.
Seth Bergman sixth is trailed by Justin Henderson. Josh Baughman, Blake Hahn, and Dustin Morgan to make up the series top-ten going into Speedweek.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the seven Regional Tours that make up the ASCS Nation and its over 150 nights of racing in 2017, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Friday, June 9 – West Texas Raceway (Lubbock, TX)
Saturday, June 10 – Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, TX)
Tuesday, June 13 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)
Wednesday, June 14 – Lawton Speedway (Lawton, OK)
Thursday, June 15 – Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK)
Friday, June 16 – Randolph County Raceway (Moberly, MO)
Saturday, June 17 – Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO)
2017 Lucas Oil ASCS A-Main Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. – 5 (3/17 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway; 3/18 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway; 4/7 – Texas Motor Speedway; 4/8 – Texas Motor Speedway; 4/15 – Missouri State Fair Speedway); Aaron Reutzel - 1 (5/11 – Lakeside Speedway)
ASCS STARS CENTER STAGE AT ARIZONA SPEEDWAY
ASCS Wing Sprint Cars return to Arizona Speedway for the 2nd time in the last three weeks. Fans can only hope for more of the same as last meet saw JT Imperial rocket through the field to take the win with reigning champ Rick Ziehl crossing the line in the 2nd spot followed by Colton Hardy. Non Wing switch over Matt Rossi also put up a fight adding the number 2 car to the list of teams that can challenge for a win at the banked oval along with Josh Shipley who worked his way through the field to challenge for the lead only to have equipment failure leaving him unable to finish the feature. With what might be the most diverse group of competition the Winged division has seen in years all of the above mentioned will be looking for the win along with the likes of Bob Ream, Lance Norick, James Aragon and the rest of the ASCS contingent.
Pure Stocks, Modlites, Robert Horne Ford Bombers and Lady Stocks will also add to the action.
Steve Soboski will look to extend his 2017 Championship points lead in the Pure Stock division as will Justin Fitts in the Bomber division. The dynamic duo of Brenden and John Priest have placed the target on their backs as the modlite teams to beat and wrenches have flown all week in the other teams garages to reel in the 2 standouts.
Racing action begins at 7:15pm. Cost of admission for this show is $15 for adults, $12 seniors, kids 11 and under are FREE!!!!!!.
Spectator gates open at 5:00pm and pit gates open at 4:00pm. Arizona Speedway is located within ET Motopark at 47800 N Ironwood Dr, San Tan Valley, AZ 85140. 4 miles south of US60 on Ironwood Dr. just 5 minutes from Mesa, AZ.
For more info log onto www.ArizonaSpeedway.net or www.Facebook.com/ArizonaSpeedway or call 480-926-6688.
1. Sam Hafertepe Jr. 892
2. Johnny Herrera 751
3. Wayne Johnson 717
4. Matt Covington 704
5. Aaron Reutzel 691
6. Seth Bergman 681
7. Justin Henderson 675
8. Josh Baughman 655
9. Blake Hahn 644
10. Dustin Morgan 609