ASCoT: Manzanita added to schedule

O'Reilly ASCoT Adds Manzanita's Western World Championships TULSA, Okla. (February 19, 2007) -- The 16th year of racing action for the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series continues to become more intriguing as the days pass by,...

O'Reilly ASCoT Adds Manzanita's Western World Championships

TULSA, Okla. (February 19, 2007) -- The 16th year of racing action for the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series continues to become more intriguing as the days pass by, as it was announced that the series will travel to Phoenix, AZ, for the first time this October.

The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour winged machines will take to Manzanita Speedway's ½-mile clay oval on October 5-6 for the first edition of the ASCS Western World Championships, with the ASCS Canyon Region wingless sprints battling it out on the 1/3-mile on both nights as well. Manzanita Speedway promoter Dennis Wood is enthused about the blockbuster event. "This is an event that could attract 120 to 130 cars or more. With the best of the ASCS National Tour on the ½-mile along with the wingless ASCS Canyon Region on the 1/3-mile, it offers the best of both the winged and wingless worlds, it should be spectacular."

With the October 5-6 addition of Manzanita Speedway, the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series on Tour are currently slated to be in action at 23 different tracks throughout 15 different states across the country, with several additional dates yet to be announced.

The addition of the ASCS Western World Championships at Manzanita Speedway just adds to an already stellar schedule that already includes prestigious events including East Bay Raceway Park's "King of the 360's", Black Rock Speedway's Bully Hill Nationals in Dundee, NY, Virginia Motor Speedway's East Coast Nationals, Iowa's ASCS Knoxville Nationals and I-30 Speedway's Short Track Nationals in Little Rock, AR.

Also mixed in is the 15th Annual COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek, as well as the series first swing through the Northern Plains, composed of a "Speedweek" type slate of events through Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota.

Next up for the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour is the 34th Annual Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals in Mesquite, TX, on March 16-17, with Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway Spring Nationals following a week later on March 23-24. Both events attracted a stout field of entries in 2006. Hooks, TX, ace Gary Wright, bidding for a fourth consecutive series title, kicked off his title defense on the right foot by pocketing a $10,000 triumph in the three-night season opener at Tampa's East Bay Raceway Park on January 27.

While Wright exited Florida with 147 points, a 38 point improvement over last year's East Bay outing, he will still have his hands full as perhaps the stoutest field of championship contenders in series history will vie for the $50,000 championship. Others expected to chase the title include past ASCS National champions Wayne Johnson and Travis Rilat, Louisiana's Jason Johnson, 2006 Brodix Rookie of the Year Nick Smith, 2005 National Tour runner-up Darren Stewart, 2005 ASCS Sooner Region champion Sean McClelland and 2001 National Tour runner-up Larry Neighbors. Expected to vie for Rookie of the Year honors as well as championship accolades are Canadian Chris Schmelzle and Oklahoma's Foster Landon.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Wayne Johnson , Jason Johnson , Sean McClelland