By Lonnie Wheatley
TULSA, Okla. (September 6, 2011) – The Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP takes to Michigan’s high-banked, ½-mile Hartford Motor Speedway on Friday night for the track’s annual “King of Michigan” event.
While current ASCS SOD points leader Dustin Daggett has been dominant in recent years at Hartford, he’ll face some added competition on Friday night as current Lucas Oil Sprint Car National points leader Shane Stewart will vie for King of Michigan honors as will California native Randy Hannagan.
Daggett, the two-time ASCS Sprints on Dirt champion hailing from Portland, MI, has topped eight of the last nine SOD events contested at Hartford Motor Speedway, including the event earlier this year in May. He has claimed Hartford’s King of Michigan crown on six previous occasions, including three of the last four years. Brett Mann took top honors in 2008.
Daggett extended his series’ best career win total to 83 with his seventh win of the year this past Friday night, pushing his points lead in the title chase to 174 points over two-champion Brett Mann. Robert Huisken holds down third, with Ryan Ruhl and Saturday night winner Davey Brown rounding out the current top five.
The balance of the current top ten in ASCS Sprints on Dirt points includes Jim Lingar, Matt Lumbert, Andy Teunessen, Ryan Grubaugh and Marques Huffer.
Friday’s action at Hartford Motor Speedway fires off at 8:00 p.m.
Hartford Motor Speedway is located in Hartford, MI, off I-94 Exit 46, then 1.3 miles north on Center Street, then four blocks west on Prospect Street. For more information, contact the track at 269-621-4482.
The 32nd year of competition for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by ARP consists of 27 scheduled nights of action at 13 different tracks throughout Michigan, Ohio and Ontario.
The 2011 season marks the 20th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, with approximately 200 nights of competition at tracks throughout the nation and into Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil Sprint Car Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of ten different Regions throughout the nation.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.