East Bay Winter Nationals news 2005-12-28

ASCoT Opener Kicks off East Bay Winter Nationals TULSA, Okla. (December 28, 2005) -- The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour kicks off the 2006 campaign with the opening night of East Bay Raceway Park's 30th Annual Winter ...

ASCoT Opener Kicks off East Bay Winter Nationals

TULSA, Okla. (December 28, 2005) -- The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour kicks off the 2006 campaign with the opening night of East Bay Raceway Park's 30th Annual Winter Nationals in Tampa, FL, on Thursday night, January 26.

The ASCoT season opener encompasses three full nights of racing, dubbed the Eighth Annual "King of the 360's", culminating with the $10,000-to-win Ronald Laney Memorial on Saturday night, January 28.

The three-night event also kicks off nine nights of Sprint Car racing at East Bay Raceway Park, with the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless 410-ci wingless sprint car series taking to the 1/3-mile semi-banked, dirt oval on January 30, January 31 and February 1. Winged 410-ci Sprint Cars follow on February 2-4. The final nights of both the wingless and winged 410-ci events also offer $10,000 to the winner, with the Fast Lane Apparel Triple Crown Challenge, worth $50,000, at stake for any driver that can top all three portions.

After becoming the ASCS National Tour's first repeat champion of the decade in 2005, Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, begins his pursuit of a third consecutive ASCS title at East Bay Raceway Park. Among those expected to challenge Wright for the expanded ASCoT crown in 2006, including '05 series runner-up Darren Stewart (Bixby, OK), '05 Most Improved Driver Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX), '05 Rookie of the Year Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS), '03 series champion Travis Rilat (Forney, TX), two-time Knoxville Raceway champion Jake Peters (Sioux Falls, SD), Jerrod Hull (Sikeston, MO), James Mosher (Albuquerque, NM), thirteen-year-old Trey Robb (Newcastle, OK), Jesse Hockett (Warsaw, MO) and two-time Sprints on Dirt champion Dustin Daggett (Portland, MI).

Entry forms for the ASCoT season opener at East Bay Raceway Park, as well as the O'Reilly Sprint Bandit's TNT triple and other Winter Nationals events, are available at www.eastbayracewaypark.com/winternationals.html or by calling the track at 1-813-677-RACE or 1-877-457-5611.

Including ASCoT and the American Sprint Car Series Regional Tours (Gulf South, Mid-South, Midwest, Northern Plains, Rocky Mountain, Sooner, Southern, Sprints on Dirt), the American Sprint Car Series will present close to 200 nights of racing in 2006.

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

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