Chappell, Hafertepe to run ARCA Nashville

O'Reilly ASCS Drivers to Take on ARCA at Nashville TULSA, Okla. (March 23, 2005) -- Just a few short days ago, Zach Chappell and Sam Hafertepe, Jr., were slinging their powerful Sprint Cars around the famed Devil's Bowl Speedway half-mile clay...

O'Reilly ASCS Drivers to Take on ARCA at Nashville

TULSA, Okla. (March 23, 2005) -- Just a few short days ago, Zach Chappell and Sam Hafertepe, Jr., were slinging their powerful Sprint Cars around the famed Devil's Bowl Speedway half-mile clay oval in Mesquite, TX, during the 32nd Annual Spring Nationals. With a rare idle weekend for the American Sprint Car Series coming up however, the duo will take to Nashville Superspeedway for Saturday's ARCA RE/MAX PFG Lester 150.

While 19-year-old Hafertepe of Sunnyvale, TX, made three ARCA starts last year, Saturday's event will mark Chappell's debut in the ARCA ranks. Hafertepe made his ARCA debut at Nashville last August and ran among the lead pack much of the way before taking the checkered flag in thirteenth.

Current plans call for Hafertepe to make at least four ARCA starts this year aboard the Hafertepe Racing Chevrolet, while Saturday's event marks the first of up to fifteen possible ARCA outings in 2005 for Talala, OK, driver Chappell in the Vision Racing AmericashAdvance.com Chevrolet.

Both drivers posted strong lap times during recent testing atop the 1.33-mile semi-banked concrete oval, with a mere four-hundredths of a second separating the duo. Chappell and Hafertepe will join former American Sprint Car Series racer Christi Passmore among this weekend's ARCA entries.

Twenty-two year old Chappell, the 2001 O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores champion, has competed in 199 consecutive ASCS National Tour events dating back to 1999 and started his 100th consecutive feature last Friday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway.

Chappell's "199" mark is just one behind Toby Brown's current record streak for events competed in, while 101 consecutive feature starts (after Saturday night's event) is a series record.

Chappell can become the second driver in ASCS National Tour history to reach the 200 consecutive events competed-in mark during the series next event at Memphis Motorsports Park on April 22-23.

After finishing third in ASCS Gulf South Region points in 2003, Hafertepe earned a tenth-place ranking in O'Reilly ASCS National points during his Rookie campaign while also mixing in his three ARCA starts along the way.

ASCS fans can keep track of Chappell's No. 37 and Hafertepe's No. 32 on SPEED Channel this Saturday, with the PFG Lester 150 getting under way at 12:30 p.m. CST.

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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Drivers Christi Passmore