Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (May 19, 2008) – Just over eight months ago, North Dakota's Natalie Sather was crowned the first female champion in American Sprint Car Series history. Now, with the 2008 season reaching full steam, the 23-year-old Fargo racer kicks off her ASCS Midwest Region title defense as the series fires off at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, NE.
Friday night's event atop the semi-banked, 3/8-mile Junction Motor Speedway dirt oval marks the season opener for the ASCS Midwest Region after a pair of scheduled April attempts at I-80 fell victim to Mother Nature.
With the legendary Kenny Woodruff fine-tuning the Shaver-powered Gateway Chevrolet No. 94s J&J, Sather moved atop the ASCS Midwest Region point charts in the latter portion of July and never looked back en route to capturing the title with a 64-point advantage over 2006 series kingpin Toby Chapman.
Among her top runs to the title was a fifth-place showing in last year's Memorial Day weekend event at Junction Motor Speedway.
Sather will be joined on Friday night's card by a host of top contenders from Nebraska and the surrounding area, including the likes of Brian Brown, Jack Dover, Mike Boston, Jay Russell and many others.
Friday's action at Junction Motor Speedway is set to go green at 7:00 p.m.
Junction Motor Speedway is located in McCool Junction, NE, off I-80 Exit 353, then 5.6 miles south on US 81, then 0.3 miles west on CR 4, then north. For more information, contact the track at 402-724-3100 or 402-773-5538.
The ASCS Midwest Region is currently slated for 10 nights of action at eight different tracks throughout Nebraska and the immediate surrounding area stretching into Kansas, Missouri and Iowa.
The nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body with a dozen different Regions throughout the United States in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, the American Sprint Car Series' (ASCS) 17th year of activity will include approximately 250 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout 28 different states and Canada.
Past ASCS Midwest Region Winners at Junction Motor Speedway:
6/29/07 – Brian Brown
5/25/07 – Garry Lee Maier
6/30/06 – Brian Brown
5/26/06 – Jake Peters
5/27/05 – Jason Danley
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.