Mike Sweeney returns to Ascot Park tonight and will be shooting for his second straight 40-lap victory in the windup of the two-day Labor Day sprint car sweepstakes at the half-mile dirt track in Gardena.
Last year, Sweeney edged past Dean Thompson, the most prolific winner in California Racing Assn. history, on a restart with two laps to go.
Sweeney wound the 1984 season in fourth place in the standings and turned in four victories.
This season, the third generation driver from Carson, currently is in second place, only a few points behind leader Eddie Wirth and is enjoying his best season ever, having accounted for seven of his 12 lifetime victories in 1985.
Sweeney, 28, started racing sprint cars in 1974 after gaining experience in quarter midgets and a few midget races. He recorded his first sprint car win in 1979 at El Centro and won his first main at Ascot Park last year on Aug. 11.