Special to The Times
SALINA — The last time the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series competed in Oklahoma was 2008.
Even longer ago than that was the last time the ASCS raced the Salina Highbanks Speedway.
The ASCS returns Friday night, marking its first appearance at the track since July 17, 2001.
Salina Highbanks first hosted the sprint car series on May 9, 1998, when Paul White took the checkered flag.
Since then, the series has produced three winners in its next five appearances — Tim Crawley (May 1999), Gary Wright (July 1999, July 2000) and Wayne Johnson (May 2001, July 2001).
The 2012 season marks the 21st year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, which stages Sprint Car races at dozens of tracks throughout the nation and into Canada. Anchored by the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series, ASCS also consists of 10 regions throughout the nation.
Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series.
What — Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series
Where — Salina Highbanks Speedway
When — 7 p.m. Friday
Tickets — Adults $15, children 5-12 $5.
Pitt passes — Adults $35, children 12-under $25.