Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region set for $5,000-to-win showdown at Southern New Mexico Speedway

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March 29, 2016

The first trip into New Mexico for the Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region in 2016 will be a lucrative one as the Southern New Mexico Speedway in Las Cruces gears up for the ASCS Southwest Sprint Car Shootout on Friday and Saturday, April 1-2.

Formerly an event for 305 Sprint Cars, the two-day affair also takes the place of the former Pre-Season Scramble with Friday’s prelim paying out $1,250 to the winner while Saturday will offer a $5,000-to-win, $500-to-start feature.

Going into the doubleheader weekend at the 5/16-mile oval, Arizona’s J.T. Imperial leads the Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region by a slim five markers over Bob Ream Jr. Imperial, with top-fives in each of the season’s first three events in Arizona, will be looking to extend his advantage over not only Ream, but eight-time ASCS Southwest Regional Champion Rick Ziehl, who has jumped to third in tour standings. Off the lead by only 16 points, the Southern New Mexico Speedway is Ziehl’s home track.

Ryan Linder currently holds fourth with three top-tens to his name in 2016. Linder placed fourth in the series visit in 2016.

Casey Buckman currently rounds out the top-five in tour standings.

Arizona’s R.J. Johnson hold the sixth position with Colton Hardy, just off his first ASCS Regional victory at the Arizona Speedway, in seventh. Lance Norick holds eighth with Jeremy McCune and Logan Forler completing the top-ten.

This weekend’s ASCS Southwest Sprint Car Shootout is presented by American Linen and Uniform Supply of Las Cruces. Both nights, gates open at 5 p.m. with races at 7:45 (MDT). Saturday’s night’s finale will also include a fireworks show. In addition to the Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region, both night will also feature Street Stocks, Super Trucks and 600cc Micros.

The Southern New Mexico Speedway is located 11 miles west of Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Take Exit 132 at the Airport, then left to the frontage road. For more information, log onto www.snmspeedway.com or call (575) 524-7913.

The Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region returns to the Southern New Mexico Speedway again on Saturday, July 30.

The 2016 season for the ASCS Southwest Region is the ninth year of competition throughout Arizona, New Mexico, and west Texas. The ASCS Southwest Region is powered by Carlyle Tools, Hoosier Tires, Brodix, Team Lucas, and SpeedMart. Fans can follow along with the ASCS Southwest Region on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ascssouthwestregion. For continued updates including official finishes, points, and more on the ASCS Southwest Region, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.

QUICK STATS

ASCS feature winners at Southern New Mexico Speedway:

11/12/2010 - Jack Dover
11/13/2010 - Steve Kinser
11/11/2011 - Johnny Herrera
11/12/2011 - Matt Covington
11/10/2012 - Travis Rilat
11/2/2013 - David Gravel
11/8/2014 - Aaron Reutzel
6/27/2015 - Jesse Baker

2016 feature winners: Logan Forler 2; Colton Hardy 1.

Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region driver standings (top 10) 1. J.T. Imperial 390, 2. Bob Ream Jr. 385, 3. Rick Ziehl 374, 4. Ryan Linder 357, 5. Casey Buckman 347, 6. R.J. Johnson 345, 7. Colton Hardy 338, 8. Lance Norick 315, 9. Jeremy McCune 306, 10. Logan Forler 300.

2016 Carlyle Tools ASCS Southwest Region schedule:

2/27/2016 Central Arizona Speedway, Casa Grande, AZ (Logan Forler)
3/12/2016 Canyon Speedway Park, Peoria, AZ (Logan Forler)
3/19/2016 Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ (Colton Hardy)
4/1/2016 Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, NM
4/2/2016 Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, NM
4/16/2016 Canyon Speedway Park, Peoria, AZ
4/23/2016 Central Arizona Speedway, Casa Grande, AZ
5/14/2016 Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ
6/4/2016 Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ
6/18/2016 Canyon Speedway Park, Peoria, AZ
7/9/2016 Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ
7/29/2016 El Paso Speedway Park, El Paso, TX
7/30/2016 Southern New Mexico Speedway, Las Cruces, NM
9/10/2016 Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ
9/24/2016 Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ
9/30/2016 Fairgrounds Speedway, Cortez, CO
10/1/2016 Aztec Speedway, Aztec, NM
10/8/2016 Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ
11/25/2016 Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ
11/26/2016 Arizona Speedway, Queen Creek, AZ