Lucas Oil ASCS Ready to Rock ‘N Roll at Riverside!
Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (September 27, 2010) – Fifty laps! It’s a distance that the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters National series will traverse just once during the 2010 campaign.
And, that time has come, as the Lucas Oil Sprint Cars will take to the fabled ¼-mile Riverside International Speedway gumbo clay oval in West Memphis, AR, for the Second Annual Rock ‘N Roll 50 this Friday and Saturday night, with both nights filmed for later broadcast on VERUS and MavTV.
Two full nights of competition, including heat races, “B” Mains and an “A” Main both nights, will culminate with Saturday night’s $6,000-to-win Rock ‘N Roll 50 championship main event, with the winner taking away a customized Gibson Guitar trophy as well.
It couldn’t come at a better time for Lucas Oil ASCS National title contender Tim Crawley, who carries a two-race win streak into the weekend. From Benton, AR, the four-time series champion swept both nights of last year’s inaugural Rock ‘N Roll 50 at Riverside.
Crawley broke into Lucas Oil ASCS National victory lane for the first time this year at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway on August 28 and then made it two wins in a row with this past Saturday night’s triumph at Missouri’s Lucas Oil Speedway.
Over the past three nights of competition, Crawley has climbed from seventh to fourth in the series $60,000 championship points chase, trailing only the battling lead trio of Jason Johnson, Brady Bacon and Shane Stewart.
While Crawley carries the hot hand into the weekend, Johnson, Bacon and Stewart have been hot all year with four National wins apiece.
A native of Eunice, LA, 2008 series champion Johnson carries a 62-point lead over the Oklahoma duo of Bacon and Stewart into the weekend double. Bacon, the 20-year-old out of Broken Arrow, is just eleven points ahead of reigning series champion Stewart of Bixby.
While Crawley swept last year’s Rock ‘N Roll 50, the three leading title contenders all found the going to be challenging at the historic “Ditch”. Johnson posted finishes of seventh and tenth, Stewart was eighth and ninth while Bacon was a DNF in both feature events.
Among those that Crawley has vaulted past in the points chase is 20-year-old Springfield, NE, ace Jack Dover, who seemingly had this past Saturday night’s feature at Lucas Oil Speedway in hand until an unfriendly nod from Lady Luck determined otherwise. Still ranked fifth in points, Dover will try to capture his first National win since topping last year’s Steve King Memorial at Jetmore.
Fresh off his 300th career ASCS National feature start on Saturday night, becoming just the fifth driver to reach such a mark, Zach Chappell enters the weekend ranked sixth with Rock ‘N Roll 50 promoter Tony Bruce, Jr., of Liberal, KS, and famed TBJ Promotions in seventh.
Norman, OK, veteran shoe Danny Wood enters the weekend ranked eighth, just two points ahead of leading Brodix Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Hirst of Loomis, CA.
Little Rock, AR, native Ricky Logan rounds out the current top ten in points, with the balance of those vying for a share of the $250,000 points fund including Ohio’s Darren Long, four-time series champion Gary Wright and Rookie of the Year contenders Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK), Dustin Morgan (Tulsa, OK) and Channin Tankersley (Highlands, TX) along with Missouri’s Josh Fisher in the Van Dyke No. 5h machine.
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