Keeping base in the state of Texas for another week, teams with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV will move from the red dirt of Kilgore, Texas to the black clay of the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite for the 39th Winter Nationals.
A storied history that begin in 1994, the Devil’s Bowl has hosted the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV 70 times with Shane Carson taking the first ASCS installment on June 21, 1994. In the overall history of the National Tour’s involvement with the Mesquite, Texas oval Gary Wright tops the list in number of victories with twenty; double than that of Jason Johnson who holds ten wins.
Scheduled for Friday October 19th and Saturday October 20th, the Winter Nationals will also include the 6th Annual Steve King Foundation Golf Tournament of Champions presented by Smiley’s Racing Products and Hoosier Tire that will be held on Thursday October 18th at the Buffalo Creek Golf Club in Rockwall, Texas.
According to an e-mail issued by the event coordinators, “The Registration Fee for this event is $90 per individual or $350 for a Golf Team of 4. The fee includes the golf tournament, a boxed lunch, and the Bar-B-Que dinner at the Awards Banquet. You can register and pay online using Paypal. This does not require you to have a Paypal account. You can also Register online and select the option to pay by check.” Additional information can be found at www.stevekingfoundation.org.
In the thirty-nine year history of the Winter Nationals, twenty drivers have raced their way to victory with only eight of those winning multiple times. Sammy Swindell has bested the ½ mile clay oval eight times (1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1987, 1994, 1998, 2000). Gary Wright holds five Winter Nationals trophies (1992, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2005). Other drivers with multiple victories include Doug Wolfgang (1980, 1981, 1988), Bobby Marshall (1976, 1977), Dave Blaney (1985, 1993), Jason Johnson (2007, 2008), Mark Kinser (1996, 1997), and Steve Kinser (1982, 1990).
Joe Saldana (1974), Jam Opperman (1975), Bobby Davis Jr. (1986), Jack Hewitt (1991), Joey Saldana (2001), Tyler Walker (2002), Shane Stewart (2004), Travis Rilat (2006), Kevin Ramey (2009), Jack Dover (2010), and Danny Lasoski (2011) make up the remaining drivers with Winter National victories.
Coming into the final ten races of the 2012 championship battle, only seven of the next events will count towards the overall point’s battle. This weekend’s Winter Nationals along with races in El Paso, Texas, Las Cruces, New Mexico and finally the Western World in Peoria, Arizona will all be full point paying events for the drivers with the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV. Excluded is the Short Track Nationals.
Jason Johnson continues to lead the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV national point standings by 50 markers over Wayne Johnson who picked up the $13,000 payday this past weekend at the Lone Star Speedway which was a non-point special event. Brady Bacon trails by 185 in the championship standings with Johnny Herrera and Tony Bruce Jr. currently making up the top five.
October 19th – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Gates Open @ 6pm / Racing @ 8pm
October 20th – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Gates Open @ 6pm / Racing @ 8pm
Track Information: Devil’s Bowl Speedway
Address: 1711 Lawson Road Mesquite, Texas 75181
Phone #: 972-222-2421
Overall Devil’s Bowl Lucas Oil ASCS winners include: Gary Wright 20, Jason Johnson 10, Wayne Johnson 6, Kevin Ramey 4, Danny Jennings 3, Sammy Swindell 3, Shane Carson 2, Terry Gray 2, Garry Lee Maier 2, Mike Peters 2, Travis Rilat 2, Shane Stewart 2, Tony Bruce, Jr. 1, Tim Crawley 1, Jack Dover 1, Edd French 1, Sam Hafertepe Jr. 1, Johnny Herrera 1, Danny Lasoski 1, Larry Neighbors 1, Alan Payne 1, Jake Peters 1, Mike Ward 1, Brian Brown-1
Devil’s Bowl Lucas Oil ASCS Race-by-race Winners: Shane Carson (6/21/94), Alan Payne (5/12/95), Mike Ward (7/23/95), Mike Peters (9/1/95), Sammy Swindell (9/2/95), Sammy Swindell (9/3/95), Wayne Johnson (6/18/96), Terry Gray (7/6/96), Terry Gray (11/1/96), Johnny Herrera (11/2/96), Shane Carson (4/5/97), Wayne Johnson (6/18/97), Edd French (10/31/97), Mike Peters (11/1/97), Gary Wright (6/19/98), Gary Wright (10/3/98), Garry Lee Maier (10/4/98), Gary Wright (7/8/99), Garry Lee Maier (7/30/99), Gary Wright (10/1/99), Gary Wright (10/2/99), Gary Wright (7/21/00), Gary Wright (10/6/00), Larry Neighbors (4/20/01), Gary Wright (7/20/01), Gary Wright (10/6/01), Travis Rilat (4/19/02), Jason Johnson (6/7/02), Wayne Johnson (10/4/02), Gary Wright (10/5/02), Kevin Ramey (4/18/03), Tim Crawley (10/17/03), Gary Wright (10/18/03), Shane Stewart (10/23/04), Danny Jennings (3/18/05), Danny Jennings (3/19/05), Danny Jennings (6/9/05), Gary Wright (10/21/05), Gary Wright (10/22/05), Kevin Ramey (6/24/06 – Spring Nationals makeup feature), Kevin Ramey (6/24/06 – Summer Nationals), Gary Wright (7/13/06), Jason Johnson (10/13/06), Travis Rilat (10/14/06), Wayne Johnson (3/16/07), Jake Peters (3/17/07), Gary Wright (5/12/07), Gary Wright (7/19/07), Jason Johnson (10/12/07), Jason Johnson (10/13/07), Tony Bruce, Jr. (3/14/08), Gary Wright (3/15/08), Jason Johnson (5/10/08), Gary Wright (7/17/08), Jason Johnson (10/17/08), Gary Wright (10/18/08), Shane Stewart (3/20/09), Jason Johnson (3/21/09), Gary Wright (10/17/09), Kevin Ramey (10/19/09), Sammy Swindell (3/19/10), Jason Johnson (10/15/10), Jack Dover (10/16/10), Jason Johnson (3/25/11), Sam Hafertepe Jr. (3/26/11), Wayne Johnson (10/21/11), Danny Lasoski (10/22/11), Jason Johnson (3/24/12), Wayne Johnson (6/15/12), Brian Brown (6/16/12).
2012 Feature Winners: Jason Johnson-12, Wayne Johnson-9, Brady Bacon-7, Tony Bruce Jr.-3, Danny Lasoski-2, Shane Stewart-2, Jeff Swindell-2, Brian Brown-1, Seth Bergman-1, Jason Martin-1, Dustin Morgan-1, Danny Wood-1, Cody Baker-1, Jordan Boston-1, Brock Lemley-1, Mason Moore-1, Brad Loyet-1, Brooke Tatnell-1, Kevin Swindell-1, Justin Henerson-1, Terry McCarl-1
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV Points (top 10): 1. Jason Johnson 6,035; 2. Wayne Johnson 5,985; 3. Brady Bacon 5,850; 4. Johnny Herrera 5,487; 5. Tony Bruce Jr. 5,429; 6. Brad Loyet 5,427; 7. Seth Bergman 5,012; 8. Logan Forler 4,972; 9. Dustin Morgan 4,848; 10. Gary Wright 4,815
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV – A Look Ahead:
October 25 – I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Short Track Nationals)
October 26 – I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Short Track Nationals)
October 27 – I-30 Speedway – Little Rock, AR (Short Track Nationals)
November 9 – El Paso Speedway Park – El Paso, TX
November 10 – Southern NM Speedway – Las Cruces, NM
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV on the web:
All Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series national events are broadcast live on www.racinboys.com for anyone who is unable to attend the races live. Official results, points, and race notes are posted at www.ascsracing.com. The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV can also be found on Facebook and Twitter @LucasOilASCS.
Lucas Oil ASCS on TV:
A full schedule of tape-delayed races for the 2012 season can found at www.motorsportshour.com.
The 2012 season marks the 21st 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 and into Canada. 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. For information regarding availability and listings in your area log onto www.mavtv.com.
Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MavTV include: Hoosier Racing Tire, Brodix, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, General Tire, K&N Filters, PitstopUSA.com, FSR Radiators, Schoenfeld Headers, Driverwebsites.com, Weld Wheels, Maxwell Industries, Print Place, Simpson, Wesmar Racing Engines, 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 Letter. Sign up with your Cell Phone by texting ASCS to 22828.
by Bryan Hulbert