ASCoT: Texarkana, Little Rock preview

O'Reilly ASCoT Set for Pair of Arkansas Bullrings TULSA, Okla. (April 23, 2007) -- The stars of the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series are gearing up for the intense, wheel-to-wheel, breathtaking action reserved...

O'Reilly ASCoT Set for Pair of Arkansas Bullrings

TULSA, Okla. (April 23, 2007) -- The stars of the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series are gearing up for the intense, wheel-to-wheel, breathtaking action reserved for the bullrings of America with a pair of events atop 0x00bc-mile Arkansas clay ovals this weekend.

On Friday night, the ASCS National Tour invades Texarkana's Sixty-Seven Speedway oval located just a few miles east of the Arkansas-Texas state line. Then on Saturday night, the series migrates a couple of hours up the interstate to Little Rock's I-30 Speedway.

And with the $50,000 championship points chase beginning to take shape, there's nothing like a change of pace to shake things up after opening the season with eight events on tracks ranging from 1/3-mile in distance to 0x00bd-mile.

But don't necessarily expect the change in venue size to slow down Hooks, TX, ace Gary Wright, as he has enjoyed his share of success in ASCS action at both Texarkana and Little Rock. Wright has topped three of seven National Tour events at Texarkana's 67 Speedway, with another nine of his 110 career ASCS National Tour triumphs coming atop I-30 Speedway's high-banked clay oval.

The three-time and reigning series champion, Wright has broken out of the gates quickly in 2007 by winning four of the opening eight feature events and finishing outside the top three just once to build an early advantage of 49 points over Oklahoma City native Wayne Johnson.

Johnson, hoping to add a second ASCS National championship to his 2000 title, has reached victory lane twice this year. Two of Johnson's 22 career ASCS National Tour feature wins have come at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway.

Then just another 47 points behind Johnson, Oklahoma's Darren Stewart is engage in a tight battle for third in points with Texan Travis Rilat and Louisiana's Jason Johnson. A mere 22 points separate the trio of Stewart, Rilat and Jason Johnson. And while each driver has been among the top ten in at least five of eight feature events this year, all three will be looking to crack victory lane this weekend.

Oklahoma's Foster Landon, currently the leading Brodix Rookie of the Year contender, has climbed to sixth in points. Fellow rookie contenders Andy Shouse of Oklahoma City and Canadian Chris Schmelzle are ranked eighth and eleventh, respectively.

Burleson, TX, racer Johnny "Baja" Miller cracked the top ten in this past weekend's event, as did Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Aaron Berryhill, both of whom are also expected for this weekend's action.

A number of other top competitors are expected for the weekend, including 2006 Rookie of the Year Nick Smith, three-time ASCS National champion Tim Crawley and four-time ASCS National champion Terry Gray.

The weekend will actually kick off night earlier, as Chili's Bar & Grill of I-30 Exit 220B in Texarkana, TX, will host a Pre-Race Party from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday night, will all racers and fans invited.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Aaron Berryhill , Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Wayne Johnson , Jason Johnson