ASCoT: Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals preview

Rilat Leads O'Reilly ASCoT into Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals TULSA, Okla. (March 13, 2006) -- Forney, TX, hotshoe Travis Rilat leads a tightly-packed group of O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour championship contenders into this...

Rilat Leads O'Reilly ASCoT into Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals

TULSA, Okla. (March 13, 2006) -- Forney, TX, hotshoe Travis Rilat leads a tightly-packed group of O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour championship contenders into this weekend's 33rd Annual Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals in Mesquite, TX.

This weekend's Devil's Bowl double, which is expected to attract well over 50 entries from throughout the country, is set for Friday and Saturday night, with both cards getting under way at 8:00 p.m.

In addition to the series championship contenders, a number of other top drivers including World of Outlaws racer Daryn Pittman, Louisiana's Jason Johnson, Aaron Berryhill and Brian Brown are expected for the weekend's racing action.

With five O'Reilly ASCoT events in the books, a mere 45 points separates the top six drivers. Rilat, the 2003 series champion, holds a razor-thin six point lead over two-time and defending series champion Gary Wright of Hooks, TX. Rilat posted a pair of top-five finishes in this past weekend's action at Baton Rouge Raceway and Houston Raceway Park to move atop the standings.

Rookie of the Year candidate Nick Smith of Broken Arrow, OK, is third in points, just seven points out of the lead, with Bixby, OK, racer Darren Stewart in fourth. Another pair of rookie candidates, Tim Montgomery of Fredericktown, MO, and Baton Rouge winner Jesse Hockett of Warsaw, MO, are fifth and sixth.

The balance of the current top ten includes 2001 series champion Zach Chappell (Talala, OK), Jerrod Hull (Sikeston, MO), Houston Raceway Park winner Sean McClelland (Collinsville, OK) and Mike Chadd (Lincoln, NE).

Other championship contenders include Jan Howard (Byhalia, MS), Jake Peters (Sioux Falls, SD), Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS), Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX), Dustin Daggett (Portland, MI), 13-year-old Trey Robb (Newcastle, OK), Joey Montgomery (Fredericktown, MO), Sean Walden (Bentonville, AR), Abe Sherwood (Drumright, OK), Doc Sloan (Imperial, MO) and Cody Branchcomb (Sapulpa, OK).

Following this weekend's Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals, the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour move on to Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway on March 24-25.

Devil's Bowl Speedway is located six miles east of Dallas' Loop I-635 on US 80, then three miles south on Lawson Road. For more information, contact the track at 972-222-2421.

In its 15th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing in the United States, the American Sprint Car Series will present approximately 175 nights of racing in 2006 including the National Tour and its Regional Tours, including Gulf South, Mid-South, Midwest, Northern Plains, Rocky Mountain, Sooner, Southern and Sprints on Dirt.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Aaron Berryhill , Brian Brown , Cody Branchcomb , Daryn Pittman , Travis Rilat , Jesse Hockett , Nick Smith , Jason Johnson , Sean McClelland