ASCS Speedweek Resumes on Thursday with Johnson on Top TULSA, Okla. (July 11, 2006) -- Louisiana's Jason Johnson will try to extend his O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour winning streak as the 14th Annual ASCS COMP Cams Sizzlin'...
ASCS Speedweek Resumes on Thursday with Johnson on Top
TULSA, Okla. (July 11, 2006) -- Louisiana's Jason Johnson will try to extend his O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour winning streak as the 14th Annual ASCS COMP Cams Sizzlin' Summer Speekweek resumes this Thursday with the final three nights of the prestigious six-event series.
ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek resumes with Round Four at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Thursday night, then moves up I-35 to Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway on Friday night. Speedweek concludes with Saturday night's event at Lawton Speedway in Lawton, OK.
With triumphs in each of the three opening events of Speedweek this past weekend, Johnson is well on his way to becoming the sixth different ASCS Speedweek champion in as many years. Johnson has opened up a 36-point lead over defending Speedweek champion Darren Stewart of Bixby, OK.
Thus far, 60 different drivers have competed in at least one of the opening three events of ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek, with 20 drivers competing in all three events over the past weekend at Bolivar (MO) Speedway, Mid-America Speedway in South Coffeyville, OK, and Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, OK.
In the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour $50,000 championship points chase, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Nick Smith broke out to a 45 point lead over two-time and defending series champion Gary Wright after "The Texan" was collected in a wild Friday night crash.
But Wright closed the gap back to 23 points by the end of the weekend when Smith finished outside the top ten at Creek County.
Meanwhile, Johnson is climbing into the championship battle, just 71 points out of the lead after running his season victory total to six in National competition. Johnson slipped past Warsaw, Missouri's Jesse Hockett in the point standings over the weekend. Hockett is now ranked fourth, just 76 points out of the lead.
Former series champion Travis Rilat of Forney, TX, is fifth, with the rest of the top ten including Stewart, Jan Howard, Sean McClelland, Trey Robb and Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
Thursday's action atop the fabled 0x00bd-mile Devil's Bowl Speedway clay oval gets under way at 8:00 p.m., with Friday's card atop the 3/8-mile State Fair Speedway oval firing off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek finale at Lawton Speedway goes green at 8:00 p.m.
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.
State Fair Speedway is located at Oklahoma City's Oklahoma State Fair Grounds near the intersection of N.W. 10th and May Avenue. For more information, contact the track at 405-948-6796.
Lawton Speedway is located off I-44 Exit 36, then 2.5 miles west on Lee Boulevard, then 1.4 miles south on Sheridan Road. For more information, contact the track at 580-355-6417.
The 2006 O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour features a record $150,000 point fund, with $50,000 earmarked for the champion. The series will contest 30-40 events throughout Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Virginia, Michigan and Iowa.
In its 15th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing in the United States, the American Sprint Car Series will present approximately 180 nights of racing at nearly 100 tracks throughout 27 different states and Canada in 2006 including the National Tour and its Regional Tours (Gulf South, Mid-South, Midwest, Northern Plains, Patriot Sprint Group, Rocky Mountain, Sooner, Southern and Sprints on Dirt).