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O'Reilly ASCoT: Inaugural Cowtown Sprint Nationals This Weekend! TULSA, Okla. (October 6, 2008) -- The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series fires back into action in grand fashion with this coming weekend's invasion of...

O'Reilly ASCoT: Inaugural Cowtown Sprint Nationals This Weekend!

TULSA, Okla. (October 6, 2008) -- The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series fires back into action in grand fashion with this coming weekend's invasion of the high-banked, 0x00bc-mile Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale, TX, for the Inaugural Cowtown Sprint Nationals.

The nation's premier touring Sprint Car series takes to the Cowtown high banks near Fort Worth for two full nights of racing action this Friday and Saturday, kicking off the final three weekends of competition for the series in 2008.A regularly featured stop on the ASCS Sooner Regional Tour in recent years, the Inaugural Cowtown Sprint Nationals will mark just the second time for the ASCoT National series to take to the Cowtown oval and first time since 2005.

Leading the way into the Cowtown Sprint Nationals is Louisiana's Jason Johnson, who is closing in on the $50,000 series championship. Johnson has amassed a lead of 91 points over four-time and reigning series champion Gary Wright entering the final three weekends of the 2008 season.

Johnson, "The Ragin' Cajun", has posted ten series feature wins this season to move into sole possession of second on the series career win charts with 38 victories. With three triumphs this season, Hooks, TX, ace Wright has pushed his series' best career win total to 122.

Oklahoma City's Wayne Johnson, the 2000 ASCS National champion, enters the Cowtown Sprint Nationals ranked third in points after posting a $10,000 score in the ASCS Knoxville Nationals, with 2001 ASCS National champion Zach Chappell of Talala, OK, and 1992 ASCS National champion Garry Lee Maier of Cimarron, KS, rounding out the current top five in points.

Twenty-year-old Eric Baldaccini of Keller, TX, enters the event ranked sixth, with the balance of the current top ten including Nick Smith (Broken Arrow, OK), Kenneth Walker (Sapulpa, OK), Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) and Gary Taylor (Sapulpa, OK). Seventeen-year-old Kathryne Minter of Bedford, TX, is just outside the top ten in points in eleventh.

Baldaccini is leading the Brodix Rookie of the Year chase with other Rookie contenders including Walker, Taylor and Minter.

The O'Reilly ASCoT National contenders will be bolstered by the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region forces, which will complete the 2008 season with the Cowtown Sprint Nationals. Tulsa's Brian McClelland, vying for a second straight Sooner crown, will try to fend off Graham, TX, shoe Kolt Walker in the Sooner season finale.

McClelland holds just a seven-point advantage over Walker in the Sooner title race entering the Cowtown Sprint Nationals, with Joe Wood, Jr., Matt Covington and Justin Melton rounding out the balance of the current top five in Sooner points.

Following this weekend's Cowtown Sprint Nationals, which will likely draw a field of approximately 50 entries, the O'Reilly ASCoT National series finishes off the 2008 campaign with the 35th Annual Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals in Mesquite, TX, on October 17-18 and then the $15,000-to-win 21st Annual Short Track Nationals at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on October 23-25.

The Series:O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour (ASCoT)
When & Where:Friday, October 10 -- Cowtown Speedway at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 11 -- Cowtown Speedway at 7:00 p.m.

Track Information:
Cowtown Speedway (Kennedale, TX) -- 0x00bc-mile, high-banked dirt oval located near Fort Worth off of I-20 Exit 442-A, then 1.7 miles southeast on Mansfield Hwy., then 1.4 miles southwest on New Hope Road. Track phone: 817-478-9952.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Justin Melton , Wayne Johnson , Gary Taylor , Matt Covington , Kolt Walker