COMP Cams Speedweek preview

TULSA, Okla. (July 7, 2004) - Seven nights of intense racing over the span of nine days gets under way this Friday night as the ultra-competitive 12th Annual COMP Cams American Sprint Car Series Speedweek kicks off at Batesville...

TULSA, Okla. (July 7, 2004) - Seven nights of intense racing over the span of nine days gets under way this Friday night as the ultra-competitive 12th Annual COMP Cams American Sprint Car Series Speedweek kicks off at Batesville Speedway.

After Batesville Speedway hosts the opening round of ASCS Speedweek for the sixth consecutive year, the series moves on to Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on Saturday night. Saturday's card will mark the return of Speedweek to I-30 Speedway for the first time since 1998.

After an off day on Sunday, Speedweek action resumes on Monday night, July 12, as Tulsa Speedway hosts ASCS Speedweek for the first time ever. The next night, Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, OK, near Ft. Smith, hosts round four of Speedweek for the third consecutive year.

Following an off day on Wednesday, July 14, the final three legs of Speedweek take place at Delta Bowl Speedway in Tunica, MS, on Thursday, Memphis Motorsports Park on Friday and the historic Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, AR, on Saturday night, July 17.

Texas aces Gary Wright and Travis Rilat enter Speedweek engaged in a torrid battle for the 2004 O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers crown. Although Rilat owns the edge in feature wins, with five compared to Wright's four, Wright holds a slim 10-point lead entering Speedweek.

Coming off a sweep of New Mexico's Hollywood Hills double, Darren Stewart of Bixby, OK, enters Speedweek a close third in points, just 62 points off Wright's pace. 2001 series champion Zach Chappell of Talala, OK, enters Speedweek ranked fourth, with 1992 champion Garry Lee Maier of Cimarron, KS, fifth in points.

Toby Brown has climbed to sixth in points, with Brodix Rookie of the Year contenders A.G. Rains, Jimmy Taylor, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Natalie Sather rounding out the current top ten in points.

Other top contenders expected for COMP Cams Speedweek competition include defending Speedweek champion Shane Stewart, defending ASCS Sooner Region champion and 2001 Speedweek kingpin Kevin Ramey, two-time ASCS Gulf South Region champion Kelly Angelette, Kansas travelers Jason Martin and Tony Bruce, Jr., Memphis-area drivers Mike Ward and Jan Howard, and 2003 ASCS Most Improved Driver Cody Branchcomb.

Twenty-six different drivers have entered ASCS Speedweek victory lane over the course of 73 features contested since 1993, with an average car count of 36.4.

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.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Cody Branchcomb , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Kevin Ramey