Gulf South July 4th weekend preview

ASCS Gulf South Gears Up for Fourth of July Weekend Double TULSA, Okla. (June 27, 2006) -- Texas City, TX, veteran shoe Greg Rilat leads the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region into a pair of $2,000-to-win events over the upcoming...

ASCS Gulf South Gears Up for Fourth of July Weekend Double

TULSA, Okla. (June 27, 2006) -- Texas City, TX, veteran shoe Greg Rilat leads the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region into a pair of $2,000-to-win events over the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The series stops off at the semi-banked, 0x00bc-mile Fast Trax Speedway clay oval in Chatham, LA, on Saturday night before moving on to the 0x00bc-mile South Texas Speedway dirt oval in Corpus Christi, TX, on Monday night.

Riding a streak of four consecutive top-five feature runs, Rilat has opened up a 30-point advantage in his pursuit of a first ASCS Gulf South Region championship.

Hot on his heels though is Beaumont, TX, shoe Gary Watson, fresh off a career-first ASCS win in Friday's Motorama Speedway Gulf South event.

Defending series champion Ray Allen Kulhanek of Conroe, TX, has jumped to third in points after snaring his first feature win of the year Saturday night at Houston Raceway Park, with Chris Sweeney (Channelview, TX) and Lane Whittington (Denham Springs, LA) rounding out the current top five.

The balance of the current top ten includes Larry Hartwell (Pasadena, TX), Richard Holt (McLeod, TX), Stephen Chevallier (Downsville, LA), 15-year-old Channin Tankserley (Highlands, TX) and Darryl Wills (Deer Park, TX).

Saturday's action at Fast Trax Speedway gets under way at 7:00 p.m., with Monday's card at South Texas Speedway firing off at 7:30 p.m.

Fast Trax Speedway is located four miles southeast of State Road 34 in Chatham, LA, on State Road 4. For more information, contact the track at 318-249-2443.

South Texas Speedway is located in Corpus Christi, TX, two miles southwest of SR 358 on Old Brownsville Road (CR 665). For more information, contact the track at 361-548-0669.

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.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darryl Wills , Ray Allen Kulhanek