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Source — Dave Grayson
Date Posted — October 26, 2011
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The Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway will treat its fans to a full evening of action this Saturday night, October 29th, on the quarter mile paved oval located at the Colorado River Fairgrounds in Blythe-California. The latest round of the speedway's Winter Blast Racing Series will feature a 75 lap main event by the ASA Speed Trucks, the always fun Factory Stocks, the debut of the Women's Factory Stocks and the thrill of a BMX Stunt Show. This full evening of entertainment is being presented by Standage Tire and Auto.

One of the major factors that packs the grandstands at the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway are those fabulous Factory Stocks. Going into Saturday night, this racing is rubbing group will be taking the green flag for the third time in the current Winter Blast season. They have already begun developing their traditional tight points profile.

Ethan Miller, with a main event win this season, leads the standings with 36 points. Robert Spivey, another feature winner, and John Marcum are tied for second with 30 points each. Bryan Craig and Dustin Hightower are tied for fourth at 24 points each while series veteran Tom Nordell is right behind them at 23 points. Any on track combination could greatly alter these standings in a very dramatic way because, after all, this is Factory Stock racing.

Adding to the fun for the fans will be the presence of the Women's Factory Stocks who will be making their season debut Saturday night. These drivers will be living proof of a modern day racing adage that says "girls can race too and sometimes even do it better than men."

In their 15th season, the ASA Speed Trucks has continued their long standing tradition of top flight truck racing that often redefines the term tailgate party. They will conclude their 2011 season in Blythe Saturday night. The regional touring series, for mid sized race trucks, brings fans to their feet at race tracks in California, Nevada and Arizona. Their starting grid features the Chevrolet Colorado and S-10, the Ford Ranger, the Dodge Dakota and the Toyota Tacoma.

The drivers of these trucks reflect multiple generations and the series' races often features experienced veteran racers against young teen drivers who are hoping to launch their careers. That philosophy can be clearly seen in the very tight series championship the series will be resolving Saturday night.

Gilbert-Arizona's Jeff Catlin leads those standings and is expected to be formidable Saturday night in his efforts to claim his first series championship. Catlin is an 18 year racing veteran who has spent many of those years racing in the ASA Speed Trucks. He knows exactly what his Chevrolet Colorado needs, in terms of pre race prep and knows exactly what to do with it once the race starts.

But Catlin will have to keep a sharp eye for the presence of Taylor Miinch Saturday night who is second in the standings only four points out of first. This Alpine-California resident is only 17 years old but he's actually a 13 year racing veteran. His career began in kart racing where he won the IKF national championship five times. Miinch is a perfect example of the series' young, up and coming, talent.

Also at issue here is the third position in the series' standings. Brandon Underwood, who won his first series event earlier this month at the Havasu 95 Speedway, holds down third going into Saturday night. However lurking behind him are Mike Herda, four points away, and Jason Black, six points away.

Another highlight of the Lucas Oil I 10 Speedway evening will be an exciting BMX Stunt Show. The stunts the riders of these small bicycles will be performing will amaze you. Look for dare devil moves very similar to what has been seen from the "X Games" on ESPN television.

The latest round of the Winter Blast Racing Season actually begins on Friday night with a test and tune session, from 6 to 9 pm, for all of the race teams. This practice session is free to spectators. On Saturday, Standage Tire and Auto race day, the spectator gates will open at 5 pm with the racing getting under way at 7pm. As always the racing will be preceded by an on track autograph session allowing fans to meet the drivers and get an up close look at their cars.

General admission tickets for Saturday are $10. Tickets for seniors, 55 plus, military personnel and the handicapped are $8. Teen tickets, ages 13 to 17, are $5 while kids tickets, ages six to 12, are $3. Kids five and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paid adult. Palo Verde High School students will receive a $1 discount on their tickets by presenting their ASB cards. The speedway also offers an economical family package for $20 which admits two adults and two kids.

For more information regarding the Winter Blast Racing Series dial up the official website at

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Article posted by staff on October 26, 2011.