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Stout ASCS Field set for Fast Trax Double TULSA, Okla. (September 20, 2004) - A loaded field of top contenders is expected at Fast Trax Speedway in Chatham, Louisiana, this Friday and Saturday night as the O'Reilly ...

Stout ASCS Field set for Fast Trax Double

TULSA, Okla. (September 20, 2004) - A loaded field of top contenders is expected at Fast Trax Speedway in Chatham, Louisiana, this Friday and Saturday night as the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour joins forces with the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region.

While Gary Wright carries a 108 point advantage in the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers championship points chase into the weekend double, the ASCS Gulf South Regional points race is up for grabs, with Jerry Bell just two markers ahead of Chris Sweeney.

With eight feature wins and 29 top-ten finishes in 30 features, including 23 top-five runs, Hooks, TX, veteran Wright is just four racing nights from his first O'Reilly ASCS National Tour championship. Defending series champion Rilat, a winner earlier this year in Fast Trax Speedway Gulf South competition, will seek to close the gap this weekend before making one last bid for a second title in the Devil's Bowl Speedway Winter Nationals on October 22-23.

2001 ASCS National champion Zach Chappell enters the weekend ranked third, while fourth-ranked Toby Brown rides a wave of recent strong finishes into the two-night event. A winner of three ASCS National events this season, Darren Stewart enters the weekend ranked fifth.

Other top shoes expected for this weekend's action include four-time series champion Terry Gray, Jason Johnson, Cody Branchcomb and 2004 Brodix ASCS National Rookie of the Year contenders A.G. Rains, Jimmy Taylor, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Natalie Sather.

While Bell holds a meager two-point edge over Sweeney in the ASCS Gulf South points chase entering the weekend, Greg Rilat (30 points back) and Todd Johnson (57 points off the pace) both remain in strong title contention.

Other top Gulf South contenders expected for the weekend include Scottie McDonald, Stephen Chevallier, Ray Allen Kulhanek, Brad Stokes, Richard Holt, Rod Craddock, Brandon Corn, Greg Coleman and Brandon Berryman.

Some lucky fans will have an opportunity to go for a ride in the Brown Racing Xpress two-seater Sprint Car, which will be on hand for both nights of racing.

The host hotel for the weekend will be the Jamison Inn, located at I-20 and Thomas Road in West Monroe. Simply request the ASCS racing rate of $55 when making reservations. Call 318-361-0750 to make reservations.

Both nights of racing at Fast Trax Speedway are set to go green at 7:00 p.m. Fast Trax Speedway is located four miles southeast of SR 34 in Chatham on SR 4, then north. For more information, contact the track at 800-925-3166 or 318-249-2443.

The weekend will get off to an early start when Hooters of West Monroe, LA, hosts a live radio remote from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening. Gary Wright, Travis Rilat, Greg Rilat and Toby Brown are among the drivers expected to be in attendance at Thursday's Hooters gathering.

The 2004 O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers consists of nearly 40 nights of racing at 20 different tracks throughout Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

The Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region 2004 slate consists of 17 events at nine different tracks throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.

More information about the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Cody Branchcomb , Travis Rilat , Ray Allen Kulhanek , Jason Johnson