3/7/2013 5:00:00 PM Double points action at the I-10 Speedway
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The Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway will open its gates this Saturday night for the latest round of their current Winter Blast Racing Season, presented by Next Era Energy Resources.
Dave Grayson Special to the Times
BLYTHE - The Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway will open its gates this Saturday night for the latest round of their current Winter Blast Racing Season, presented by Next Era Energy Resources.
The quarter-mile paved oval, located at the Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe, will be presenting an evening of winter action highlighted by the Gene Price Motorsports Late Model River Series.
Also of strong interest here is the fact that the local stars and cars, from the speedway's street stock and factory stock divisions, will be racing for double points. The racing gets underway at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by the local Smart & Final Store.
The Gene Price Motorsports Late Model River Series is a dual track points championship between the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway and the Havasu 95 Speedway, located in nearby Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
This highly acclaimed series is sponsored by Gene Price, the proprietor of a Parker, Ariz. based shop specializing in high performance auto parts and race car fabrication. It's also the home of two highly potent NASCAR K&N Pro Series West race teams that have won the series' championship for the last two, consecutive years.
Local Blythe driver Mike Sutterfield is a two time series' champion looking to lock up a championship hat trick this year. In six races, during the winter racing season, Sutterfield has compiled a pair of feature wins, four top five finishes and 252 championship points.
Jim Putnam is second in the series' standings, 24 points behind the leader. That lead is not exactly insurmountable, but there is an element of time here. There are only three races left in the series' season and if Putnam is going to steal this title, it's showtime. Putnam will need a little racing help from Sutterfield to close that gap plus maintain his own level of consistency.
Circumstances found Putnam missing the first series race but he quickly rebounded with a feature win and four top finishes to compile his 228 points.
The Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway's street stock division will be making their fifth appearance of the season and will be racing for double points Saturday night: a concept that often places an extra edge on the racing.
Kirk Almquist has been on fire so far this season and, in four appearances, has compiled three feature wins, a second place finish and 198 championship points.
Rick Boone, with four top fives this season, is ranked second in the standings with 180 points. A good points night on Saturday for Boone could help eradicate some of Almquist's 18-point advantage.
Also making their fifth appearance of the season, and racing for double points, will be the fan favorite factory stocks. The double points concept could create some serious impact on the division's championship profile because there are only four points separating the top four drivers.
Two-time feature winner Ethan Miller leads the rankings with 65 points. Robert Spivey, who scored his first win of the season on Feb. 2, is second and only a single point from first.
Michael White is still seeking his first win of the season but, in his last three appearances, has scored two seconds and a third, which places him third in the standings only three points away from the top.
John Lowrence, who won his first feature two weeks ago, is ranked fourth in the title hunt and is only four points away from the leader.
Racing fans need to note that the speedway's traditional Friday night test and tune session will not be held for this particular weekend. On Smart and Final race day Saturday the spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. The 7 p.m. race start will be preceded by the speedway's autograph and photo session that will allow fans to visit trackside to see the cars and meet the drivers.
Adult general admission tickets for Saturday are $10. Senior tickets, ages 55 plus, along with tickets for military personnel and the handicapped are $8. Teen tickets, ages 13 to 15, are $5.
Palo Verde High School students can receive a $1 discount on their tickets by presenting their school ID cards. Kids tickets, ages 6-12, are $3 while kids five and under are admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. The speedway also offers a budget friendly family package for $20, that admits two adults and two kids 17 and under.
For out of town race teams and fans, the America's Best Value Inn is the official motel of the Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway. They offer beautiful and spacious rooms at very affordable rates. When making a reservation, mention the discount code: LUCAS OIL. Call 760-922-5145 for reservations which can be made online at www.americasbestvalueinn.com.
For more information regarding the speedway's Winter Blast Racing Series, dial up their official website at www.i10speedway.com.