Story By: BRYAN HULBERT / ASCS – TULSA, OK – Getting a look at the 2019 lineup for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com, the Series 28th year of competition is looking at a slate of 51 events. With a few nights of racing still in the works, more tracks will be finalized as series officials head into the Indoor Racing Season with the Tulsa Shootout and Chili Bowl Nationals.
“Right now, we have five events as TBA as we work out some details, but we’re excited to see some tracks returning to the National Tour that has been absent for a few years, as well as continuing to add new tracks,” commented ASCS Scheduling Coordinator, Terry Mattox. “We’re hoping to announce a few of those TBA events between PRI and the Chili Bowl.”
Kicking off the 2019 lineup with the 46th Devil’s Bowl Spring Nationals on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16, the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com stays in the “Lone Star State” through the following weekend as Golden Triangle Raceway Park returns after a five year absence from the tour lineup on Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 thanks to Griffith Truck and Equipment.
Followed by a trio of tracks that take the term “high-banked” very seriously, Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb. is set for April 25 with U.S. 36 Raceway on Osborn, Mo. on April 26 and Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo. on April 27.
Setting teams east, the National Tour returns for the Battle of the Groves II at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn. on Friday, May 3 and Selinsgrove Speedway in Selinsgrove, Penn on Saturday, May 4. Sunday, May 5 is reserved as a rain date for Selinsgrove. Working on details for May 10 and 11, the series first new track of the season comes on May 17 at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich.
Working back to the Midwest for the Memorial Day Weekend, Lake Ozark Speedway is on board for Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. Steering west back into Texas, Route 66 Motor Speedway in Amarillo on Saturday, June 1 is followed by the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Summer Nationals on Tuesday, June 4. Lawton Speedway in Lawton, Okla. follows on Wednesday, June 5 then Creek County Speedway on June 6 before the week wraps up at Salina Speedway in Salina, Kan. on Saturday, June 8.
Kicking off the march to the Northwest, Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D. is Friday, June 14 with Black Hills Speedway back on the lineup on Saturday, June 15.
A quick jog to Washington will see a $15,000 prize up for grabs once again at the 48th Annual Jim Raper Memorial Dirt Cup at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 22. On to the Fred Brownfield Classic at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. on June 28 and 29, the series does have a TBA to fill during the Independence Day Weekend.
Expanding the stay in Montana, the Grizzly Nationals at Gallatin Speedway in Belgrade, Mont. on Friday, July 12 and Saturday, July 13 is followed by the return to Billings, Mont. at Big Sky Speedway on Friday, July 19 and Saturday, July 20.
Getting teams back into Iowa for the 29th Knoxville 360 Nationals, the three-night, $15,000 to win affair is August 1, 2, and 3 and kicks off Southern Iowa Sprint Week. The Ultimate Challenge at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa takes place on Tuesday, 6 with the tour off until August 18 with things firing back up at Missouri State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Mo. Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Ark. on Saturday, August 24 will lead into Labor Day Weekend with West Burlington, Iowa’s 34 Raceway getting its first taste of the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by Sawblade.com on Friday, August 30 before the return to Lake Ozark Speedway for the Lake Ozark 360 National on August 31 and September 1.
Three nights with $10,000 on the line at the 9th annual Hockett/McMillin Memorial on September 19, 20, and 21, the Creek County Speedway Fall Fling will move to the early weeks of October with the dates falling on October 11, and 12. The Devil’s Bowl Winter Nationals hits the following week on October 18 and 19 with the 2019 season wrapping up during NASCAR weekend at Texas Motor Speedway as Tony Stewart presents the Vankor Texas Sprint Nationals on November 1 and November 2.
2019 Lucas Oil ASCS presented by Sawblade.com Preliminary Lineup:
Date – Track (City, State)
3/15/19-Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)
3/16/19-Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)
3/22/19-Golden Triangle Raceway Park (Beaumont, TX)
3/23/19-Golden Triangle Raceway Park (Beaumont, TX)
4/25/19-Eagle Raceway (Eagle, NE)
4/26/19-US 36 Raceway (Osborn, MO)
4/27/19-Randolph County Raceway (Moberly, MO)
5/3/19-Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
5/4/19-Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, PA) – Rain Date 5/5
5/17/19-I-96 Speedway (Lake Odessa, MI)
5/25/19-Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO)
5/26/19-Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO)
6/1/19-Route 66 Motor Speedway (Amarillo, TX)
6/4/19-Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)
6/5/19-Lawton Speedway (Lawton, OK)
6/6/19-Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK)
6/8/19-Salina Speedway (Salina, KS)
6/14/19-Brown County Speedway (Aberdeen, SD)
6/15/19-Black Hills Speedway (Rapid City, SD)
6/20/19-Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA)
6/21/19-Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA)
6/22/19-Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA)
6/28/19-Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA)
6/29/19-Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA)
7/12/19-Gallatin Speedway (Belgrade, MT)
7/13/19-Gallatin Speedway (Belgrade, MT)
7/19/19-Big Sky Speedway (Billings, MT)
7/20/19-Big Sky Speedway (Billings, MT)
8/1/19-Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
8/2/19-Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
8/3/19-Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
8/6/19-Southern Iowa Speedway (Oskaloosa, IA)
8/18/19-Missouri State Fair Speedway (Sedalia, MO)
8/24/19-Riverside Int. Speedway (West Memphis, AR)
8/30/19-34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA)
8/31/19-Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO)
9/1/19-Lake Ozark Speedway (Eldon, MO)
9/19/19-Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO)
9/20/19-Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO)
9/21/19-Lucas Oil Speedway (Wheatland, MO)
10/11/19-Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK)
10/12/19-Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK)
10/18/19-Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)
10/19/19-Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)
11/1/19-Texas Motor Speedway (Ft. Worth, TX)
11/2/19-Texas Motor Speedway (Ft. Worth, TX)
American Sprint Car Series Rules Updated for 2019 Season
The rules for the 2019 season of the American Sprint Car Series have been updated and posted to www.ascsracing.com. As announced a couple weeks ago, updates to the Chassis and Wing T-Posts will be mandatory as the series continues to work with the Sprint Car Council.
“We want to make sure that we are working in order to improve the safety of our sport. There is no one thing that can be done, and it extends even beyond the cars themselves. Adding the bars in order to lessen the distance between the front and rear uprights of the chassis that surround the driver is a very inexpensive improvement that doesn’t hinder the driver’s ability to exit the car,” stated ASCS National Director, Matt Ward.
Aluminum Left Front Radius Rod will remain legal, with steel highly recommended. Axle Tethers will also remain highly recommended. In agreement with Knoxville Raceway, the safety rules of the track will supersede the American Sprint Car Series during the 360 Knoxville Nationals.
While the updates to the support bars as the only major change to the 2019 rules package, one small change was made to the redraw procedure. Rather than the top-eight in Passing Points drawing from first to eighth, the draw will be split into the top four drawing the first two rows, then fifth through eighth in points drawing rows three and four.
On the change, ASCS Founder, Emmett Hahn, explained, “We started doing first through fourth, then fifth through eighth on the two-day shows and it worked out really well and was a lot fairer to the guys who raced hard and earned their place at the front. We talked to some of the teams, and since we take the top four, we just kept that theme and applied it to every show, so it’ll still shake things up, but not punish the high point guy either.”
The only other change, which pertains to National Tour events, is dropping the requirement for 4 Qualifiers from 55 to 50 cars.
All other aspects of the American Sprint Car Series rule book will remain unchanged. Any questions regarding the rules can be directed to the ASCS office at (918) 838-3777. The office is open Monday-Friday between 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. (CT).