19th ASCS Summer Speedweek Set To Begin
TULSA, Okla. – The 19th Lucas Oil ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek begins Friday at Kennedale Speedway Park.
A staple of the Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real schedule from 1993-2009, the event ceased for two years before reemerging in 2012.
For its 19th year, the Lucas Oil ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek will carry a fitting tribute. With the loss of longtime friend, and ASCS engine builder Bob Westphal earlier this week, the 2013 Lucas Oil ASCS Sizzlin’ Summer Speedweek Champion will receive the Bob Westphal Memorial Trophy. The trophy will be presented by Bob’s son, Kelly Westphal at the 2013 National Awards Banquet at the Cocopah Casino and Resort in Yuma, Ariz.
A quick breakdown of the history of Speedweek finds a tradition that has seen 115 nights of competition across Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.
Only 36 drivers have emerged victories during Speedweek with only seven earning the title of Speedweek Champion. Terry Gray topped the first Speedweek in 1993 and totaled four Speedweek championships (1993, 1995, 1996, and 1998) but the king of Speedweek is none other than Gary Wright.
Wright cruised to six Speedweek titles (1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, and 2007) and amassed 30 victories at 16 facilities across six of the eight states visited during Speedweek competition. A single trip to Mississippi went to Tim Crawley while a pair of nights in
Kansas belonged to Terry Gray and Kevin Ramey who earned the Speedweek crown in 2001. Tim Crawley finished atop the Speedweek standings in 2004 and again in 2009.