Creek County season opener preview

Stellar field expected for ASCS Sooner Region opener at Creek County. TULSA, Okla. (March 17, 2003) - Sapulpa, Oklahoma's Creek County Speedway is gearing up for the large field of Sprint Cars that is expected for this Saturday night's (March...

Stellar field expected for ASCS Sooner Region opener at Creek County.

TULSA, Okla. (March 17, 2003) - Sapulpa, Oklahoma's Creek County Speedway is gearing up for the large field of Sprint Cars that is expected for this Saturday night's (March 22) season opening American Sprint Car Series Sooner Region event.

Defending ASCS Sooner Region champion Danny Jennings will lead the contingent of Sooner Region regulars, as they will be joined by several top ASCS National Tour shoes, including 2001 national champion Zach Chappell. A number of other drivers from Texas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska are expected as well for the evening's action atop the quarter-mile, semi-banked clay oval.

Hailing from Norman, OK, Jennings topped the final three events of the 2002 season to claim the championship. Jennings will battle a host of challengers as he defends his crown, including 2002 Sooner Region runner-up Roy Larkin, 2001 ASCS national Rookie of the Year Robert Sellers, Kevin Risley, Marcus Jackson, James Shoun and Amarillo's Derek Drown.

Several other drivers will be making a concentrated effort to snare the 2003 ASCS Sooner Region title, including Foster Landon, who notched his first Sooner Region victory last season at Lawton Speedway. After a year's absence, Nick Smith returns to action and looks to pick up where he left off in 2001 when he scored a pair of Sooner Region victories. Stephanie Chappell, who claimed a ninth place finish in 2001 ASCS national points, will also be a top competitor on the ASCS Sooner Region.

Several of the top ASCS National Tour regulars are expected as well, including Zach Chappell, who will be making his debut aboard the Penn Racing machine. Also on hand will be Missouri's Toby Brown, who notched his second consecutive top five finish in ASCS national points in 2002, Wayne Pennington and last year's ASCS Brodix Rookie of the Year, Cody Branchcomb.

Nebraska's Billy Alley, last year's Eagle (NE) Raceway champion and National 360 Sprint Car Rookie of the Year, will make his Oklahoma debut as well at Saturday's Sooner Region opener. A number of other drivers from out of state are expected to make the journey to Creek County Speedway, including Missouri's Jesse Hockett and Iowa's Larry Ball, Jr.

More than 30 cars are expected for Saturday's ASCS Sooner Region opener at Creek County Speedway. Pit gates open at 4:00 p.m., with grandstands opening at 5:00 p.m. Racing action is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Creek County Speedway is located twelve miles southwest of Tulsa, one mile west of I-44 Exit 211 on State Road 66. For more information, contact the track at 918-247-6675. More information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Jesse Hockett , Nick Smith , Danny Jennings