Salina Highbanks set for Lucas Oil ASCS in Oklahoma Open Wheel Thunder Nationals
(Photo Credit: Mayes County Pictures)
TULSA, Okla. (August 9, 2014) - The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real returns to competition on Saturday, August 16 at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla.
After two weeks in Iowa competing in the 360 Nationals, Front Row Challenge, and Knoxville Nationals, crews will return their focus on the season championship as Brad Loyet carries the field into the Saturday spectacle that has been dubbed the "Oklahoma Open Wheel Thunder Nationals" with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real joined by the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region along with the Oil Capital Racing Series (OCRS) and Open Wheel Midgets.
Loyet's best finish at the Salina Highbanks Speedway is third, which the Loyet Motorsports No. 05 has done twice; first on August 24, 2012 then August 17, 2013. Currently leading by 59 markers over Jason Johnson, Loyet has three wins on the season.
Jason Johnson has parked the Stenhouse, Jr. Racing co owned by Curb Agajanian Performance Group No. 41 in Victory Lane twice at the Salina Highbanks; putting history on the side of the four-time National Champion who hopes to pick up his first Lucas Oil ASCS National competition of the 2014 season.
Jeff Swindell Is the series most recent winner at the Oklahoma oval. In what was one the series most exciting races of 2013, the Heartland Catfish No. 94 exchanged the lead on three occasions, including hair-raising passes through slower traffic with Jason Johnson. The Tennessee veteran currently trails Loyet for the series points lead by 138 markers with two wins on the season.
Johnny Herrera holds forth in driver standings. Herrera's best finish of third at the Salina Highbanks came on June 22, 2012, after an engine failure took Herrera out the lead on the closing lap. The top five currently rounds out with Aaron Reutzel who will see the four-tenths mile oval for the first time with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour this Saturday.
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. is currently sixth. Hafertepe has already turned laps this season at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in 410cid competition with a twentieth place showing. Seth Bergman's last appearance at the Salina High Banks ended in a DNF after getting tangled early on in the night's A-Feature on August 17, 2013.
Matt Covington holds eighth in series standings with is last appearance of eleventh in 2013. Blake Hahn and Tony Bruce, Jr. currently complete the top ten with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
Saturday's $4,000 to win affair gets underway at with Hot Laps at 6:30 P.M. (CT). Race time is set for 7:00 P.M. with the OCRS and Open Wheel Midgets completing the night's card. Adult admission is $20.00 with family packs available for $45.00. For more information on the Salina Highbanks Speedway, log onto http://www.salinahighbanksspeedway.com or call (918) 434-7223.
For continued updates on the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Winners: Salina Highbanks Speedway
- 5/9/98—Paul White
- 5/15/99—Tim Crawley
- 7/27/99—Gary Wright (Speedweek)
- 7/19/00—Gary Wright (Speedweek)
- 5/5/01—Wayne Johnson
- 7/17/01—Wayne Johnson (Speedweek)
- 4/27/12—Wayne Johnson
- 6/22/12—Jason Johnson
- 8/24/12—Jason Johnson
- 8/27/13—Jeff Swindell
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV American Real
Oklahoma Open Wheel Thunder Nationals
Saturday, August 16 - Open at 5:00 P.M. / Racing at 7:30 P.M.
Salina Highbanks Speedway
Address: 3164 HWY 20 E. Pryor, OK 74361
Phone: (918) 434-RACE (7223)
Online audio will be available at http://www.racinboys.com. Live broadcasts are brought to you by Lucas Oil and presented by the McCarthy Auto Group, located in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Live Timing and scoring is available at most Lucas Oil ASCS events via Race Monitor that is available in the App Store of your Smart Phone or Tablet. The American Sprint Car Series app can also be downloaded for free in the Google Play store.
2014 A-Feature Winner(s): Brad Loyet - 3, Aaron Reutzel -2, Rico Abreu - 2, Tony Bruce, Jr. - 2, Christopher Bell - 2, Jeff Swindell - 2, Brian Brown - 2, Patrick Stasa - 1, Derek Hagar - 1, Seth Bergman - 1, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 1, Sammy Swindell - 1, Davey Heskin - 1
2014 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10): 1. Brad Loyet 2,376; 2. Jason Johnson 2,317; 3. Jeff Swindell 2,238 4. Johnny Herrera 2,218; 5. Aaron Reutzel 2,211; 6. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 2,194; 7. Seth Bergman 2,133; 8. Matt Covington 2,075; 9. Blake Hahn 2,061; 10. Tony Bruce, Jr. 2,059;
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.
Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. More information can be found on Lucas Oil Products at www.lucasoil.com. MAVTV is the presenting sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. Log onto www.mavtv.com for information regarding availability and listings in your area.
Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV include: Hoosier Racing Tire and Brodix.
Team Lucas Sponsors for the American Sprint Car Series consist of Protect the Harvest, iON Camera, Smokey Mountain Moonshine, C&R Radiator, Hawk Performance Products, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, and General Tire.
Product and Contingency Sponsorship provided by: K&N Filters, KSE Racing Products, SpeedMart, Competition Suspension, Engler Machine and Tool, FSR Radiator and Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, Driverwebsites.com, Weld Wheels, Saldana Racing Products, Maxwell Industries, Print Place, Simpson, The Joie of Seating, Wesmar Racing Engines, Hinchman Indy Racewear, Rod End Supply, Smiley's Racing Products, Speedway Motors, and Hilborn Injection Systems.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com as well as Twitter (@LucasOilASCS) and Facebook. News and information can also be sent to you with the ASCS E-News by texting ASCS to 22828 with any mobile device.
Submitted By: Bryan Hulbert