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TEXAS WORLD DIRT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 11, 2016) – The Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track will host a tripleheader weekend of racing highlighted by two nights of Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) championship events during the Texas World Dirt Track Championship. 

The two-night event begins Friday and includes racing from Sprint Cars along with Limited Modified and Factory Stock. The action concludes Saturday with the crowning of champions for the Limited Modified and Factory Stock division, followed by the second of two ASCS championship features.

The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex will be well represented in the Texas World Dirt Track Championship with more than two dozen area drivers pre-registered across the three series. 

The list of notable racers from the DFW area include 2014 ASCS winner Sam Hafertepe Jr., of Sunnyvale, 16-year-old Alvarado High School student and ASCS driver Zane Lawrence, of Lillian, and the defending Texas World Dirt Track Championship Limited Modified champion Nick Clinkenbeard, of Weatherford. 

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Two-time defending Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track ASCS champion Seth Bergman regained his championship form last weekend with an impressive performance at the ASCS national event at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Bergman, who qualified for his 200th career ASCS national tour feature, started 16th and fought back for a sixth-place finish. 

Bergman is looking to win his record third consecutive ASCS race at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track. With his wave of momentum gained from last week’s racing, Bergman is prepared for the Texas World Dirt Track Championship. 

“It is nice knowing I’ve had success there,” Bergman said. “There’s a little bit of pressure knowing we haven’t been the race team we need to be. I have a name to live up to there. I’m working really hard to get everything to where we can get back on track.” 

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Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series championship leader Johnny Herrera returns to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track looking to extend his early-season success. Herrera has a victory and four top-five finishes in ASCS national tour competition, giving him a 12-point leader over Matt Covington headed into this weekend’s Texas World Dirt Track Championship. 

Herrera is still in search of his first win at the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track, but he has seen his share of excitement at the .4-mile clay oval. In 2013, Herrera and Josh Baughman got into a physical exchange following a heat. 

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ASCS Red River Region championship leader Brandon Hanks is set to compete in this weekend’s Texas World Dirt Track Championship. Hanks, of Burlison, Tenn., picked up his third win of the season last weekend at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo. He holds an 84-point advantage over second-place Mickey Walker.

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The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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