ASCoT: Donnie Ray Crawford to debut at OKC

Crawford Lands ASCoT Ride; Makes First Start Friday in OKC TULSA, Okla. (May 7, 2008) -- There will be a new face in the pit area when the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series rolls into Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway ...

Crawford Lands ASCoT Ride; Makes First Start Friday in OKC

TULSA, Okla. (May 7, 2008) -- There will be a new face in the pit area when the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series rolls into Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway this Friday night for the opening leg of the Red River Shootout, as third-generation racer Donnie Ray Crawford has been named the new driver of the Bobby Sparks No. 91 entry.

Following Friday night's card, the Broken Arrow, OK, racer will follow the series to Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, on Saturday night before finishing out the balance of the season with Sparks on the ASCS National Tour.

The 20-year-old Crawford joins a stellar core group of 13 full-time travelers on the O'Reilly ASCoT National series that includes past champions Gary Wright, Travis Rilat, Zach Chappell, Wayne Johnson and Garry Lee Maier, along with two-time series runner-up Jason Johnson and 2006 Brodix Rookie of the Year Nick Smith. Crawford joins a rookie crop that includes Eric Baldaccini, Kenneth Walker, Gary Taylor, Kathryne Minter and Chris Tarrant.

Taking over the ride currently ranked eighth in ASCoT owner points, Crawford surrenders the ASCS2 Micro Sprint points lead in both the Multi and Non-Wing classes.

Taking top honors in Micro Sprint action at the Tulsa Shootout on a number of occasions in recent years, including besting fields of over 100 entries in both "A" Class and Non-Wing action in 2007, Crawford notched a top-five finish in the 2007 edition of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in his Midget racing debut.

Crawford went on to rank second in 2007 SMRS Midget points, picking off his first feature win along the way at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, MO, on May 28.

This year, Crawford has jumped out to the early ASCS2 points lead in both the Multi and Non-Wing Micro Sprint classes, also adding an SMRS Midget win at Minneapolis (KS) Raceway last Friday night, May 2. Crawford's Midget win came aboard a Midget owned by Mike and Megan Eubanks, who also field Gary Taylor's ASCoT mount.

Crawford got his feet wet in the Sprint Car ranks with three starts in the latter portion of the 2006 season, making an ASCS Sooner Region feature start at Mid-America Speedway before taking in both nights of the Devil's Bowl Speedway Winter Nationals.

Crawford takes the wheel of the Wells-powered Sparks Construction/RESM Transport No. 91 Eagle that has been piloted over the past several years by Darren Stewart.

Sparks opened the season with Nebraska's Don Droud, Jr., at the helm. But after just one top-ten finish through the opening ten nights of action, the team parted ways prior to last Saturday night's event at Lake Ozark Speedway, where Missouri racer Tim Montgomery filled in for the night by charging from 19th to seventh.

Friday night's O'Reilly ASCoT action at Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway fires off at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday's second leg of the Red River Shootout at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, going green at 8:00 p.m.

The semi-banked, 3/8-mile State Fair Speedway clay oval is located on the Oklahoma State Fair Grounds near the intersection of N.W. 10th and May Avenue. For more information, contact the track at 405-948-6796.

The high-banked, 0x00bd-mile Devil's Bowl Speedway clay oval 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.

The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series is currently slated for 42 nights of racing action at 22 different tracks throughout a dozen different states, with more than $1,000,000 in purse money and point fund to be distributed during the 2008 season.

The nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body with a dozen different Regions throughout the United States in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, the American Sprint Car Series' (ASCS) 17th year of activity will include approximately 250 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout 28 different states and Canada.

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

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Wayne Johnson , Donnie Ray Crawford , Gary Taylor , Chris Tarrant , Jason Johnson