Gulf South Houston weekend double preview

ASCS Gulf South Set for Weekend Double TULSA, Okla. (August 15, 2006) -- The American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region is set to provide an exciting weekend of racing actions for fans in the Houston area with events at Motorama Speedway in...

ASCS Gulf South Set for Weekend Double

TULSA, Okla. (August 15, 2006) -- The American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region is set to provide an exciting weekend of racing actions for fans in the Houston area with events at Motorama Speedway in Beaumont, TX, on Friday night and Baytown's Houston Raceway Park on Saturday night.

Closing in on a first series championship, Texas City, TX, veteran Greg Rilat enters the weekend with a 40-point advantage over Beaumont shoe Gary Watson. While Rilat has amassed a series-best seven top-five feature finishes, Watson scored his first career ASCS Gulf South Region feature win at Motorama in the series most recent stop atop the high-banked, 0x00bc-mile gumbo clay oval on June 23.

The lead pair is chased by defending series champion Ray Allen Kulhanek of Conroe, TX, who scored his first win of the year on June 24 at Houston Raceway Park. Last Tuesday, Kulhanek shed his wings and made the cut for the O'Reilly Sprint Bandit Tour 'N Topless $30,000-to-win Ultimate Challenge "A' Feature event at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa against a stellar field of 410-ci wingless aces.

Lane Whittington of Denham Springs, LA, enters the weekend ranked fourth with one 2006 series win to his credit, with Larry Hartwell of Pasadena, TX, rounding out the current top five.

The balance of the current top ten includes Richard Holt (McLeod, TX), Chris Sweeney (Channelview, TX), Kent Lewis, Jr. (Willis, TX), Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) and 15-year-old Channin Tankersley (Highlands, TX).

Friday's card at Motorama Speedway fires off at 8:00 p.m., with Saturday's action slated to go green at 7:30 p.m.

Beaumont's Motorama Speedway is located 9.5 miles west of I-10 on US 90. For more information, contact the track at 409-752-7200 or 409-752-2370.

Houston Raceway Park is located east of Houston in Baytown, TX, off I-10 Exit 798, then three miles south on SR 146, then 0.8 miles southeast on FM 1405, then 1.5 miles northeast on FM 565. For more information, contact the track at 281-383-7223.

The 2006 ASCS Gulf South Regional schedule consists of 22 events at ten different tracks throughout Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas.

In its 15th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing in the United States, the American Sprint Car Series will present approximately 180 nights of racing in 2006 including the National Tour and its Regional Tours (Gulf South, Mid-South, Midwest, Northern Plains, Patriot Sprint Group, Rocky Mountain, Sooner, Southern and Sprints on Dirt).

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

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Ray Allen Kulhanek