Weekend Rewind: American Sprint Car Series
TULSA, Okla. (July 7, 2014) – A little more than a review of the weekend’s racing action inside the ASCS Nation, this week’s glace at the action picks up on Monday, June 30 with the ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek.
Between ASCS 305cid and 360cid competition, the season now stands at 50 winners in 87 race nights accounting for 101 ASCS sanctioned events. In all, 46 tracks have hosted ASCS events in 2014 across a dozen states (AR, AZ, CA, KS, MO, MT, NE, NM, OK, OR, TN, and TX).
Monday, June 30, 2014
• Rico Abreu (ASCS Northwest) – Taking his third ASCS victory of the season, Rico Abreu topped action at the Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, Ore. Abreu gave high praise to Brian Crockett and the entire track crew at the Oregon oval, saying the track was the best he’d seen.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
• Colin Baker (ASCS Northwest) – A visit to the Coos Bay Speedway netted Colin Baker his first ASCS Northwest Regional victory of his career. Baker currently leads the ASCS Northwest standings.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
• Kyle Hirst (ASCS Northwest) – Victory again for the California shoe, Kyle Hirst raced the Finley Farms No. 77 to victory at the Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore. The win is Hirst’s second of the year in ASCS competition.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
• Jonathan Cornell (ASCS Warrior) – The kick off to the Tiger Towing Red, White, and Blue Tour for the Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region, Jonathan Cornell topped the field of 31 at the Double X Speedway for his first ASCS victory of the 2014 season.
Friday, July 4, 2014
• Jonathan Cornell (ASCS Warrior) – One victory certainly deserves another as the Kiowa Line Builders No. 28 again found victory, this time at the Callaway Raceway in Fulton, Mo. Cornell also has the distinction of grabbing the win in the series first visit to the Missouri oval.
• Kyle Hirst (ASCS Northwest) – Night one at the Cottage Grove Speedway saw Kyle Hirst parked in victory lane for the third time since the ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek began at the Siskiyou Motor Speedway on June 29.
• Travis Elliot (ASCS Gulf South) – Greeted by many of his friends and competitors in victory lane, Travis Elliot led start to finish at the Shady Oaks Speedway for his first career ASCS Gulf South victory. Elliot is the 55th winner against the south Texas based region.
Saturday, July 5, 2014
• Bob Ream, Jr. (ASCS Southwest) – Grabbing his first ASCS career victory on March 15 at the Arizona Speedway, the veteran non-wing racer turned winged driver backed up his Arizona Speedway victory on Saturday with a mid-race pass on Kaylene Verville. The win is Ream’s third this season, and second in as many races with a win in Tucson on June 28.
• Logan Forler (ASCS Northwest) – Racing up and down the west coast in 2014, Logan Forler found victory at the Cottage Grove Speedway to cap off the 2014 ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek. The win is Forler’s second career win with the Northwest Region.
• Brandon Berryman (ASCS Gulf South) – The Battleground Speedway saw the grandstands near capacity, and Brandon Berryman in victory lane for the first time in 2014, leading non-stop for the night’s $2,500 prize.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
• Double X Speedway (ASCS Warrior) – A perfect weekend for Jonathan Cornell as the VKCC Motorsports No. 28 worked past Jason Johnson in the closing laps for a repeat victory at the Double X Speedway in California, Mo.
A few details about the weekend:
• First Timers – There were a few first time winners over the weekend. Colin Baker picked up his first ASCS Northwest victory at the Coos Bay Speedway on July 1. Travis Elliot finally raced to victory with the ASCS Gulf South Region on July 4 at the Shady Oaks Speedway. First time seasonal wins went to Brandon Berryman and Logan Forler.
• Chased by Rain – While several events were chased by rain, two events during the weekend fell to wet weather. Just as the drivers had draw in, and lineups were set, ASCS Gulf South at Cotton Bowl Speedway on July 3 the rains began to fall. Taking a four day swing to three, the ASCS Warrior Region rescheduled the July 5 date at the Randolph County Raceway to July 19.
• Speedweek Winner – Six nights, six podium finishes, and three wins gave Kyle Hirst the title of “Champion” in the 2014 ASCS Northwest Regional Speedweek. Hirst found victory at Siskiyou Motor Speedway (6/29), Willamette Speedway (7/2), and Cottage Grove Speedway (7/4). Hirst’s margin of victory was 135 over Colin Baker. J.J. Hickle raced to a third in Speedweek points with Trey Starks and Jonathan Allard making up the top five.
• Red, White, and Blue Tour – Taking three wins in three nights, Jonathan Cornell pocketed $6,328 for his efforts with each night paying $1,776 plus an extra $1,000 for his repeat victories. Cornell won by 54 points over Kyle Bellm. Zach Chappell recent return to competition ended with a third in points.
• Hard Charging – Bob Ream, Jr. was the biggest mover over the weekend in terms of winning, coming from eleventh to victory at the Arizona Speedway. Jonathan Cornell’s win on July 3 was from the sixth spot. Kyle Hirst from fifth took the win on July 4.
• From the B-Main – After a seventh place finish in his Heat put Evan Martin in the B-Main, the drive was on from there as Martin advanced to start eighteenth; ultimately charging to fifth at the Double X Speedway. Jay Russell joined the forward march from seventeenth to seventh on Thursday night.
• Zach Chappell – It’s been a while since the name Zach Chappell made a regular appearance in ASCS finishes, but the former ASCS National Champion fared well in his recent return to action, posting a trio of top-tens during the Warrior Region’s Red, White, and Blue Tour including a runner up at the Callaway Raceway on Friday night.
• Rickey Hood – The hall-of-fame driver made his first ASCS start of the season this past Saturday night with the ASCS Southwest Region, moving through the field to fifth from fifteenth at the Arizona Speedway.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real returns to action for three nights. Friday, July 11 will see the National Tour square off with the ASCS Frontier Region at the Electric City Speedway in Great Falls, Mont. before moving down the road to the Billings Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 12. The Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D. welcomes the National Tour on Friday, July 18.
ASCS Lone Star makes the trek to the Lubbock Speedway on Friday, July 11 and Abilene Speedway on Saturday, July 12.
The Speedway Motors ASCS Midwest Region will make the trip to the Park Jefferson Speedway in Jefferson, S.D. on Friday, July 11. West Texas ASCS 305 takes on El Paso on Friday night and Las Cruces on Saturday.
For a complete listing of ASCS events in 2014, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
The 2014 season marks the twenty-third year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, which brings the best of Sprint Car racing to dozens of different tracks throughout the nation. Anchored by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.
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