"It is worth remembering that the time of greatest gain in terms of wisdom and inner strength is often that of greatest difficulty." - Dalai Lama
Tulsa, Oklahoma (May 21, 2012) It was on a summer night in August 2006 the life of Steve King was cut short in a crash that according to witnesses was among the hardest hits they had ever seen but out of the tears that would fall would come a foundation and race that truly matched the character of Steve King.
In honor of his memory, the Steve King Memorial came to pass at the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kansas; Steve’s hometown. Along with a race in his honor, the Steve King Foundation was established to, according to stevekingfoundation.org, “provide assistance to race car drivers, pit crew members, racing officials and track operations personnel who are involved in dirt track racing and are seriously ill, severely injured or killed.”
Entering its fourth year, the Steve King Memorial will take place Memorial Day Weekend with races scheduled for Saturday May 26th and Sunday May 27th at the Great American Dirt Track in Jetmore, Kansas.
Of the list of drivers who have won preliminary and finale events during the Steve King Memorial, two of them have been directly helped by the Steve King Foundation. Travis Rilat who took the first prelim victory in 2009 and the defending Steve King Memorial champion Jack Dover have both received assistance from the Steve King Foundation. Several drivers with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV have also received help from the Steve King Foundation including current ASCS points leader Wayne Johnson. Other ASCS drivers include Zach Chappell, Dustin Morgan, and Danny Wood.
This weekend’s races will also include several events around the Jetmore area. A full list of events can be downloaded at http://www.tbjpromotions.com/downloads/8075/fi8075_2856.pdf. The Open Wheel Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday morning and is open to all. Full details are available at http://www.tbjpromotions.com/downloads/8075/fi8075_2856.pdf.
Past Champions of the Steve King Memorial include: Jack Dover (2009, 2011), and Brady Bacon (2010).
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV
When and Where:
May 26th & 27th - Great American Dirt Track - Jetmore, KS - Pits open @ 4pm / Racing @ 7:30pm
Track Information: Great American Dirt Track @ the Jetmore Motorplex
Directions (according to NSD) - 6.6 miles south of SR 156 in town on US 283 (ESR)
Address: 100 Motorplex Dr. Jetmore, KS 67854
Phone #: 520-385-0551 or 1-800-694-8044
Website: www.greatamericandirttrack.com and www.tbjpromotions.com
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV Driver Points (top 10): 1. Wayne Johnson 1,217; 2. Jason Johnson 1,187; 3. Brady Bacon 1,157 4. Johnny Herrera 1,060; 5. Gary Wight 1,039; 6. Brad Loyet 1,023; 7. Tony Bruce Jr. 997; 8. Danny Wood 984; 9. Seth Bergman 944; 10. Dustin Morgan 931
Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV Owner Points (top 10): 1. Wayne Johnson 1,217; 2. JJR/Stenhouse 1,185; 3. B.B.R. 1,157 4. Herrera/Main 1,060; 5. Gary Wight 1,039; 6. Loyet Motorsports 1,023; 7. One Eight Motorsports. 997; 8. Wood Racing 984; 9. P.P.M 944; 10. M&M Motorsports 931
2012 Feature Winners: Jason Johnson-3, Wayne Johnson-2, Tony Bruce Jr., Seth Bergman-1, Dustin Morgan-1, Danny Wood-1
Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV - A Look Ahead
June 8-9 Eagle Raceway (Eagle, NE) - Eagle Nationals
June 15-16 Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) - Summer Nationals
June 18 Jones Motor Speedway - Chatham, LA (Speedweek)
June 19 Diamond Park Speedway - Murfreesboro, AR (Speedweek)
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.
Lucas Oil ASCS on TV: A full schedule of tape-delayed races for the 2012 season can found at www.motorsportshour.com
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by MAVTV is scheduled to compete 68 times throughout the United States with divers competing for their share of a $250,000 point’s fund.
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, Schoenfeld Headers, Driverwebsites.com, Weld Wheels, Maxwell Industries, Print Place, Simpson, Wesmar Racing Engines, FSR Radiators, and Hilborn Injection Systems.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.
Photo Credit: Jim Rosas