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ASCS Mid-South Headlining Ralph Henson Memorial At I-30 Speedway
TULSA, Okla. (September 28, 2017) The annual tribute to Ralph Henson is next for the ASCS Mid-South Region at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on Saturday, September 30.
Henson, who passed away in October 2007, enjoyed over 35 years behind the wheel
. Starting with Drag Bikes in 1962, Henson transitioned to Sprint Cars in 1965 and was a dominant force behind the wheel with wins and championships across the Mid-South, including six at I-30 Speedway, before hanging it up at the age of 68.
Entering its 10th year, the Saturday affair at "Hammer Hill" will see the winner pocketing $2,046, with the race paying $346 to start. The top-six in Passing Points after Heat Races will also get a shot at extra money in the Xtreme Towing Dash for Cash.
Derek Hagar is the defending champion of the Ralph Henson Memorial, holding off Sammy Swindell for the victory one year ago. In nine events up to this point, there have been eight different winners with Zach Pringle standing as the only driver with a pair of wins in 2010 and 2011.
For the ASCS Mid-South Region, this weekend counts as another chance to make up ground in the 2017 chase to the championship, which was recently taken over by Mississippi's Andy McElhannon. Moving to the point's lead over Tennessee's Brian Bell, the pair is being chased by 2015 race winner, Tim Crawley, who trails by 116 points. Ernie Ainsworth and Justin Webb make up the top-five in regional tour standings. Howard Moore in sixth is the season's only multi-race winner, with his second on the year coming at I-30 Speedway on September 9. Kevin Hinkle, Wally Henson, Marshall Skinner, and Dakota Gains make up the top-ten.
The last tune-up leading up to the 30th annual COMP Cams Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires, the field is expected to be deep with talent as teams prepare for the $15,000 to win, $2,000 to start event, happening October 12-14.
Saturday, September 30 at I-30 Speedway opens at 5:00 P.M. with racing underway at 7:30 P.M. (CDT). In addition to the ASCS Mid-South Region, Saturday will also include Bumper to Bumper Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, ModLites, 600cc Micros, and the Powder Puff. Admission is $15, Kids 6-12 are $1 when accompanied by a paid adult ticket. Children five and under are free into the Grandstands. More information on "Hammer Hill" can be found at http://www.i-30speedway.com or by calling (501) 455-4567.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the seven regional tours that make up the over 150 dates across the ASCS Nation in 2017, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
A-Main Payout: 1. $2,046 2. $1,546 3. $1,046 4. $846 5. $746 6. $646 7. $546 8. $446 9-20. $346
Xtreme Towing Dash For Cash: 1. $200 2. $150 3. $100 4. $75 5. $50 6. $25Ralph Henson Memorial Winners: Derek Hagar (2016), Tim Crawley (2015), Jordan Mallett (2014), Cody Gardner (2013), Dale Howard (2012), Zach Pringle (2010 and 2011), Jeff Swindell (2009), Gary Wright (2008).
Casey's Midwest Fall Brawl at I-80 Speedway Next For Lucas Oil ASCS National and Nebraska 360 Series
TULSA, Okla. (September 28, 2017) One of the fastest ovals in the Midwest is on deck for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network and the Carpet Land Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series with the $5,000 to win, $500 to start Casey's Midwest Fall Brawl on Saturday, September 30.
A unique event, the 2016 edition saw the melding of a Late Model style format with Sprint Car flair that propelled Terry McCarl to victory in the SnowPlow.com No. 24. A double Heat Race format that is used in the Silver Dollar Nationals, the same format will again be used for the 2017 showdown.
On top of the $5,000 winner's check, Searsboro Telephone, Co. will also dole out $1,000 to the night's Hard Charger, who did not use a Provisional. Another $300 will be given out as well in the podium draw.
Since 1996, a total of 15 events have been held at I-80 Speedway with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network with 13 winners. Danny Lasoski and Wayne Johnson are the only repeat winners.
In 2017, the Carpet Land Nebraska 360 Sprint Car Series has been to the four-tenths mile oval five times with four drivers earning wins. Thomas Kennedy swept the season opener on April 7 and 8. The return on May 5 went to Ryan Roberts with Terry McCarl winning on July 20. Absent since August 25, Jack Dover is the series most recent winner during the "Speedy Bill Smith Memorial".
Rolling into the weekend, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. has continued to put the whip to his 2017 National Tour Championship pursuit with his expanding to 343 points following Saturday's $10,000 score in the Hockett/McMillin Memorial to bring his year to date National Tour win total to 14, and within one of Gary Wright's single-season record of 15 set in 2003.
Suffering two nights of engine woes, Aaron Reutzel continues to hold second, but the pair of DNF finishes has allowed Wayne Johnson to move within 72 markers. In fact, second through fifth is now within 130 points of each other as Matt Covington and Johnny Herrera make up the five positions at the top of the National Tour standings.
Seth Bergman sixth is trailed by Blake Hahn with Brodix Rookie of the Year leader, Skylar Gee eighth ahead of fellow rookie contender, Harli White. The top-ten rounds out with Josh Baughman, who suffered a pair of vicious crashes in Wheatland, Mo.
Saturday, September 30 at I-80 Speedway opens at 2:00 P.M. with the Lucas Oil ASCS Driver's Meeting at 5:00 P.M. Cars are slated to be on track at 6:00 P.M. Tickets are $20 for the grandstands with fans also treated to Malvern Bank Super Late Models and ModLites. Pit Passes are $35. For more information or to purchase tickets to I-80 Speedway, log onto http://www.i-80speedway.com.
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Who: Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Driver's Meeting: 5pm
Track Contract Information - I-80 Speedway:
Address: 13909 238th St, Greenwood, NE 68366
Year To Date:
2017 Lucas Oil ASCS A-Main Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 14 (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; 6/13 - Devil's Bowl Speedway; 6/14 - Lawton Speedway; 6/23 - Skagit Speedway; 6/24 - Skagit Speedway; 7/14 - Black Hills Speedway; 8/20 - Missouri State Fair Speedway; 8/27 - Smoky Mountain Speedway; 9/2 - Jackson Motorplex; 9/23 - Lucas Oil Speedway); Aaron Reutzel - 5 (5/11 - Lakeside Speedway; 6/15 - Creek County Speedway; 6/17 - Lucas Oil Speedway; 6/22 - Skagit Speedway; 7/15 - Black Hills Speedway); Wayne Johnson - 2 (7/7 - Gallatin Speedway; 7/8 - Gallatin Speedway); Sammy Swindell - 2 (9/21 - Lucas Oil Speedway; 9/22 - Lucas Oil Speedway); Jake Bubak - 1 (6/9 - West Texas Raceway); Kyle Bellm - 1(6/10 - Route 66 Motor Speedway); Brian Brown - 1 (6/16 - Randolph County Raceway); Matt Covington- 1 (6/30 - Grays Harbor Raceway); Roger Crockett - 1 (7/1 - Grays Harbor Raceway); Terry McCarl - 1 (7/29 - Knoxville Raceway); Gregg Bakker - 1 (7/30 - Mason City Motor Speedway); Tim Shaffer - 1 (8/3 - Knoxville Raceway); Greg Hodnett - 1 (8/4 - Knoxville Raceway); Clint Garner - 1 (8/5 - Knoxville Raceway); Tim Crawley - 1 (8/24 - Riverside International Speedway);
2017 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 4,408; 2. Aaron Reutzel 4,065; 3. Wayne Johnson 3,993; 4. Matt Covington 3,959; 5. Johnny Herrera 3,935; 6. Seth Bergman 3,825; 7. Blake Hahn 3,761; 8. Skylar Gee 3,478; 9. Harli White 3,065, 10. Josh Baughman 1,855;