July 1, 2007
The American Sprint Car Series National Tour and the Winged Outlaw Warriors will do double duty this week in central Missouri.
The series will be at Missouri State Fair Speedway on Tuesday and Double-X Speedway in California on Wednesday.
The Fourth of July show in California will be in memory of Daniel McMillin. He was driver Jesse Hockett’s crew chief and best friend, who was killed in a car accident July 1, 2006.
Hockett, of Warsaw, will donate the proceeds to Warsaw High School in McMillin’s name.
Admission for Wednesday’s races is $15. Children 5 and younger will be admitted for free. Hot laps begin at 7 p.m.
The ASCS is returning to the State Fairgrounds for the second straight year.
Brian Brown won last year’s 25-lap feature, avoiding a 10-car melee on turn four of the first lap. Twenty-four drivers competed in the feature race, according to the Racinboys Web site.
Tickets for the Sedalia event cost $22 for adults and $6 for children 6 to 12. Children 5-and-younger will be admitted for free. Pit passes cost $30.
Tickets will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Tuesday at the ticket office and at the gate before the race.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are set for 7 p.m. and races are scheduled for 8 p.m.
Three-time defending series champion Gary Wright, of Hooks, Texas, holds a six-point lead over 2000 series champion Wayne Johnson, of Oklahoma City, in the ASCS national standings.
Jason Johnson, of Eunice, La., who was the runner-up for last year’s series championship, is third, 31 points back.
No other drivers are within 100 points of the leader.
Wright is the series’ all-time leader in wins. He had 106 through the 2006 season. Garry Lee Maier was a distant second with 37.
Two-time defending Warriors series champion Randy Martin, of California, leads Smithton rookie Josh Fisher by 14 points and Gabe Maycock, of Middleton, by 16.
Brown and World of Outlaws star Danny Lasoski have won the two Warriors races this season at the state fairgrounds.
The Sedalia Wood Bat Invitational baseball tournament begins Friday at Liberty Park Stadium.
Eight teams are set to compete in the two-division junior Legion tournament.
Sedalia will compete against Bolivar, Boonville and Springfield Catholic in the “A” bracket.
Cole Camp, Macon, Oak Grove and Warrensburg will battle in the “B” bracket.
Each team will play three games, and each division will crown a champion.
Sedalia will face Boonville at 8 p.m. Friday in the first round, Bolivar at 10 a.m. Saturday in the second round and Springfield Catholic at 9 a.m. Sunday in the third round.