ASCoT: West Plains preview

O'Reilly ASCS National Tour Set for West Plains Motor Speedway TULSA, Okla. (September 24, 2007) -- The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series fires back to action this Saturday night by making the series lone stop of the...

O'Reilly ASCS National Tour Set for West Plains Motor Speedway

TULSA, Okla. (September 24, 2007) -- The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series fires back to action this Saturday night by making the series lone stop of the year atop the semi-banked, 3/8-mile West Plains Motor Speedway red clay oval on Saturday night.

The O'Reilly ASCoT National series' final stop of the year in Missouri marks the fifth visit in series history to West Plains Motor Speedway, with one stop each season prior to last year's event being rained out.

Leading the way into the event is three-time and reigning series champion Gary Wright of Hooks, TX. Shooting for another $50,000 championship, "The Texan" has established a 56-point lead over Oklahoma City native Wayne Johnson on the strength of a dozen wins in 29 feature events.

Wright's banner season has extended his series-best career win total to 118 ASCS National Tour triumphs.

Wright was victorious in the series most recent stop at West Plains Motor Speedway in 2005, with other series winners at West Plains including Tim Montgomery (2004) and Tim Crawley (2002 and 2003).

Fifty-six points off the lead pace, 2000 ASCS National champion Wayne Johnson still has a chance to overtake Wright in the championship points race with six nights of action remaining.

Also still in contention is Jason Johnson of Eunice, LA, last year's National Sprint Car Driver of the Year. Racking up seven National feature wins this year and 14 overall ASCS wins including Regional victories, "The Ragin' Cajun" enters the West Plains event 98 points off of Wright's lead pace.

Forney, TX, shoe Travis Rilat, the 2003 ASCS National champion, enters the event ranked fourth, with leading Brodix Rookie of the Year candidate Foster Landon of Collinsville, OK, rounding out the current top five.

Other top contenders expected to be in action include 2006 Rookie of the Year Nick Smith of Broken Arrow, OK, young gun Brad Bowden of Hernando, MS, three-time ASCS National champion Tim Crawley of Benton, AR, 2007 Knoxville Raceway champion Brian Brown of Grain Valley, MO, A.G. Rains of West Memphis, AR, and three-time Winged Outlaw Warriors champion Randy Martin of California, MO.

The Series: O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour (ASCoT)
When & Where:Saturday, September 29 -- West Plains Motor Speedway

Track Information:
West Plains Motor Speedway (West Plains, MO) -- 3/8-mile, semi-banked red clay oval located six miles east of West Plains, MO, on US. 63.JTrack phone: 417-257-2112.

O'Reilly ASCoT West Plains Motor Speedway History:
The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series first appeared at West Plains Motor Speedway in 2002 and has stopped off at the 3/8-mile on an annual basis since that time. Last year's event was rained out.

Current O'Reilly ASCoT Points (After 31 of 37 Nights):
Top Twenty: 1. Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 3,840, 2. Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK) 3,784, 3. Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) 3,742, 4. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) 3,584, 5. Foster Landon (Collinsville, OK) 3,176, 6. Darren Stewart (Bixby, OK) 2,512, 7. Nick Smith (Broken Arrow, OK) 1,882, 8. Eric Baldaccini (Keller, TX) 1,701, 9. Andy Shouse (Oklahoma City, OK) 1,559, 10. Chris Schmelzle (Victoria, BC) 1,448, 11. Johnny Miller (Burleson, TX) 1,427, 12. Kenneth Walker (Sapulpa, OK) 1,369, 13. Chuck Swenson (Watertown, SD) 1,292, 14. Kevin Ramey (Fort Worth, TX) 1,263, 15. Danny Jennings (Norman, OK) 1,214, 16. Aaron Berryhill (Broken Arrow, OK) 1,079, 17. Natalie Sather (Fargo, ND) 1,073, 18. Coleman Gulick (Binghamton, NY) 1,042, 19. Joe Wood, Jr. (Oklahoma City, OK) 1,020, 20. Tim Crawley (Benton, AR) 982.

The 2007 season marks the 16th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series. With 13 different Regions in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, ASCS will sanction approximately 240 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout at least 30 different states and Canada. Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Johnny Miller , Aaron Berryhill , Brian Brown , Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Danny Jennings , Wayne Johnson , Kevin Ramey , Tim Crawley , Jason Johnson , Andy Shouse