Arkansas weekend preview

TULSA, Okla. (September 2, 2003) - Current O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and United Trailers point leader Travis Rilat will try to fend off fast-closing Hooks, TX, hotshoe Gary...

TULSA, Okla. (September 2, 2003) - Current O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and United Trailers point leader Travis Rilat will try to fend off fast-closing Hooks, TX, hotshoe Gary Wright as the series is set for an Arkansas weekend.

On Friday night, the tour makes its second stop of the season atop the high-speed 3/8-mile semi-banked Batesville Speedway, before moving on to Little Rock's quarter-mile high-banked I-30 Speedway clay oval on Saturday night.

With five feature triumphs to his credit, Rilat of Forney, TX, holds a 14 point lead over Wright entering this weekend's action. Rilat has posted nine consecutive top-ten finishes, with his last finish outside the top ten on July 12, when the series last visited I-30 Speedway.

Meanwhile, Wright has been red-hot in recent action, winning three in a row and ten of the past fifteen O'Reilly ASCS features, running his season total to fourteen in ASCS National competition and his career total to 75.

While the Texas pair of Rilat and Wright lead the way, Oklahoma shoes Zach Chappell and Darren Stewart remain in the championship hunt as well.

Only 26 points out of the lead, 2001 ASCS National Champion Chappell has finished in the top ten in all sixteen features since Knoxville's 360 Nationals, utilizing consistency to close the gap on the leaders and stay in striking position for a second series championship.

While an early exit in this past Friday night's main event in Haughton, LA, set Stewart back in the points battle, the series leading Brodix Rookie of the Year contender rebounded with a runner-up finish on Saturday night in Chatham, LA, and remains in the hunt, just 54 points off the pace.

The leading championship contenders will face a number of top challengers over both nights of racing, including thee-time ASCS National champion Tim Crawley, Shane Stewart, Aaron Berryhill, fifth-ranked Cody Branchcomb, sixth-ranked Toby Brown, Jason Martin, A.G. Rains, Rick Behr, Pete Butler, Jimmy Taylor and many more.

Batesville Speedway is located eight miles west of Batesville, AR, at the junction of SR 14 and SR 25, on Heber Springs Road. Racing action is slated to begin at 8:00 p.m. For additional information, contact the track at 870-251-1200.

Saturday's action at I-30 Speedway kicks off at 7:30 p.m. I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock on I-30 to exit 126 (County Line Road), then south to frontage road, then east. For additional information, contact the track at (501) 455-4567.

The 2003 O'Reilly Auto Parts American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and United Trailers features approximately 50 nights of racing at 25 different tracks throughout Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas. Including the Regional events throughout the Gulf South, Sooner and Rocky Mountain Regions, the American Sprint Car Series will present close to 100 nights of racing at nearly 50 different tracks in fourteen states.

More information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Aaron Berryhill , Cody Branchcomb , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat