ASCS Sets Preliminary Schedule

Brian Brown (21) battles Jack Dover Friday at Central Missouri Speedway in Warrensburg, Mo., during the ASCS Midwest Region feature. (Ken Simon photo).
Brian Brown (21) battles Jack Dover during ASCS sprint-car competition last summer. (Ken Simon photo).

TULSA, Okla. — The Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters National series has released a preliminary version of its 2011 racing schedule with 40 nights of competition at 16 tracks throughout 13 states, including the first national events in California.

Several additional dates are under discussion as well and will be announced as details are finalized.

With a $250,000 points fund, including $60,000 earmarked for the series champion, the series embarks upon new territory when the season opens at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., Feb. 9.

Two nights later, the series moves on to Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., with another potential date or two before taking to Tucson’s USA Raceway the following weekend, Feb. 18-19, for the annual Copper on Dirt event. USA Raceway will also host the Lucas Oil ASCS season finale with the 44th annual Western World Championships Nov. 17-19.

Action resumes March 25-26 with the 38th annual Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals in Mesquite, Texas. The half-mile oval also hosts the Winter Nationals Oct. 21-22.

April brings a two-night stand at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway April 15-16. The quarter-mile oval also hosts the series June 4, Aug. 27 and Oct. 27-29 for the 24th annual Short Track Nationals.

The series returns to Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, Ill., May 6, before slipping down the Mississippi to Riverside Int’l Speedway in West Memphis the following night. The month of May wraps up with the third annual Steve King Memorial at the Jetmore (Kan.) Motorplex May 28-29.

After kicking off June at I-30, Nebraska’s Eagle Nationals is up next June 10-11 before a pair of Missouri stops two weekends later at La Monte’s LA Raceway and Eldon’s Lake Ozark Speedway, the annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial event.

July features the North by Northwest Tour, kicking off July 8 at Iowa’s Clay County Fairgrounds, moving on to South Dakota’s I-90 Speedway the following night and then to Washington’s Grays Harbor Raceway (July 15-16), Oregon’s Cottage Grove Speedway (July 22-23) and California’s Placerville Speedway for the first time (July 29-30).

After finishing up the North by Northwest Tour, its back to the nation’s heartland for the 21st annual ASCS Knoxville Nationals Aug. 4-6.

September features the series annual stop at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo.

After late season classics at the Devil’s Bowl Winter Nationals and I-30 Speedway’s Short Track Nationals, the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters National series will wrap up the 2011 campaign with a two-night stand at Las Cruces’ Southern New Mexico Speedway and then USA Raceway’s Western World Championships.

Lucas Oil ASCS presented by K&N Filters 2011 Schedule

Feb. 9 Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, Calif.

Feb. 11 Kings Speedway Hanford, Calif.

Feb. 12 TBA

Feb. 18-19 USA Raceway Tucson, Ariz.

March 25-26 Devil’s Bowl Speedway Mesquite, Texas

April 15-16 I-30 Speedway Little Rock, Ark.

May 6 Tri-City Speedway Pontoon Beach, Ill.

May 7 Riverside Int’l Speedway West Memphis, Ark.

May 28-29 Jetmore Motorplex Jetmore, Kan.

June 4 I-30 Speedway Little Rock, Ark.

June 10-11 Eagle Raceway Eagle, Neb.

June 24 LA Raceway La Monte, Mo.

June 25 Lake Ozark Speedway Eldon, Mo.

July 8 Clay County Fairgrounds Spencer, Iowa

July 9 I-90 Speedway Hartford, S.D.

July 15-16 Grays Harbor Raceway Elma, Wash.

July 22-23 Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, Ore.

July 29-30 Placerville Speedway Placerville, Calif.

Aug. 4-6 Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, Iowa

Aug. 27 I-30 Speedway Little Rock, Ark.

Sept. 24 Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, Mo.

Oct. 21-22 Devil’s Bowl Speedway Mesquite, Texas

Oct. 27-28 I-30 Speedway Little Rock, Ark.

Nov. 11-12 Southern New Mexico Speedway Las Cruces, N.M.

Nov. 17-19 USA Raceway Tucson, Ariz.