ASCoT: Sizzlin Summer update 2008-07-15

16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Speedweek Resumes Thursday at Devil's Bowl TULSA, Okla. (July 15, 2008) -- With the opening three rounds of the 16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek in the books, the points landscape for the ...

16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Speedweek Resumes Thursday at Devil's Bowl

TULSA, Okla. (July 15, 2008) -- With the opening three rounds of the 16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek in the books, the points landscape for the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series has already changed dramatically.

So, it's anybody's guess as to what will transpire as the final three nights of intense action unfold this Thursday, Friday and Saturday as the 16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Speedweek winds down.

Action picks back up on Thursday night at the famed Devil's Bowl Speedway clay oval in Mesquite, TX. Then on Friday night, it's up to Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway. Then on Saturday night, the Speedweek finale takes place atop Oklahoma's red clay at Lawton Speedway.

Three drivers have graced victory lane through the opening three nights of ASCS Speedweek. Gary Taylor snared his first career ASCS National win in Friday night's opener at 67 Texarkana Speedway, Gary Wright added his 121st career series win in Saturday night's card at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway and Jason Johnson continued his title assault(s) with Monday's win at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, OK.

Entering Thursday's event at Devil's Bowl, Jason Johnson is in the driver's for not only his second ASCS Speedweek crown, but his first ASCoT National championship as well. The Eunice, LA, shoe holds a slim 8-point lead over Oklahoma City native Wayne Johnson in the Speedweek points chase, as the unrelated Johnson duo are the only two drivers to finish among the top five through the opening three legs of Speedweek.

Most noteworthy over the first three rounds has been the virtual collapse of Gary Wright's season championship hopes. The six-time Speedweek champion did add his 28th career ASCS Speedweek feature win in Saturday night's card at I-30, the 100th feature event in Speedweek history.

But the rest of the week has been disastrous for the four-time ASCS National champion, as a DNF at Texarkana and then the use of a provisional after shearing a distributor gear pin at Creek County Speedway has put Wright 97 points off the season-long points chase after entering the week eight points ahead of Jason Johnson.

Wright will try to reverse his fortunes over the latter portion of Speedweek at Devil's Bowl, State Fair Speedway and Lawton Speedway, where he has tallied up 32 of his career ASCS National Tour feature wins (17 at Devil's Bowl, 11 at State Fair Speedway and 4 at Lawton).

At the same time, Jason Johnson will try to put the finishing touches on a second Speedweek title as well as move a few steps closer to his first $50,000 series championship. Johnson has enjoyed his share of success at both Devil's Bowl and State Fair Speedway over the past two seasons with nine overall wins. But, if "The Ragin' Cajun" has an Achilles Heel, it could well be at Lawton Speedway, where a provisional derailed his title hopes last season.

Lurking in second in both Speedweek and season points is Wayne Johnson, who is waiting patiently for that one slip by the points leader that could change the entire points race.

Zach Chappell of Talala, OK, enters the rest of the week third in Speedweek points, just eight markers ahead of Forney, TX, shoe Travis Rilat. Gary Taylor, hailing from Sapulpa, OK, by way of Washington, holds down the critical fifth spot in Speedweek points right now, but not by much.

With the top five in final Toyota Tundra ASCS Speedweek points receiving bonus money at the end of the week, Taylor is just two points ahead of Rose, OK, racer Jamie Passmore. Also within a dozen points are three more contenders, including Brad Bowden (Hernando, MS), Sean McClelland (Tulsa, OK) and Claud Estes (Godley, TX).

Thus far, 43 different drivers have competed in at least one leg of the 16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Speedweek, with 18 drivers taking in all three events thus far.

Those competing in each event so far include Eric Baldaccini, Brad Bowden, Zach Chappell, Matt Covington, Claud Estes, J.J. Hickle, Jason Johnson, Wayne Johnson, Garry Lee Maier, Sean McClelland, Kathryne Minter, Jamie Passmore, Travis Rilat, Nick Smith, Channin Tankersley, Gary Taylor, Kenneth Walker and Gary Wright. All drivers competing in all six rounds will be eligible for a set of Brodix heads to be awarded via a drawing during the Speedweek finale at Lawton.

The Series:O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour (ASCoT)
When & Where:16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek:

Round Four -- Thursday night, July 17 -- Devil's Bowl Speedway at 8:00 p.m.

Round Five -- Friday night, July 18 -- State Fair Speedway at 7:30 p.m.

Round Six -- Saturday night, July 19 -- Lawton Speedway at 8:00 p.m.

The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series is currently slated for approximately 40 nights of racing action at nearly 20 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.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Wayne Johnson , Gary Taylor , Matt Covington , Jason Johnson , Sean McClelland