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ASCS Gulf South Region Fires Back to Action This Weekend TULSA, Okla. (July 23, 2007) -- It will be a mix of familiar ground and new territory when the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region fires back into action with a pair...

ASCS Gulf South Region Fires Back to Action This Weekend

TULSA, Okla. (July 23, 2007) -- It will be a mix of familiar ground and new territory when the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region fires back into action with a pair of events in Southeast Texas this weekend.

On Friday night, the ASCS Gulf South Region takes to the high-banked, 0x00bc-mile Motorama Speedway gumbo clay oval in Beaumont, TX, for the Fourth Annual Glenn English Memorial. Then on Saturday night the series invades the semi-banked, 0x00bc-mile 105 Speedway clay oval in Cleveland, TX, for the first time in Gulf South history.

The ASCS Gulf South Region has been plagued by rain thus far in 2007, with eight of twelve events rained out. Three of the four events that have been completed have taken place at Motorama Speedway, with Jason Johnson, Brandon Berryman and Michael Dupuy each posting wins.

Johnny Miller topped the other feature event completed this year during a May 19 stop at Houston Raceway Park. The ASCS Gulf South Region has once succeeded in beating the weather on one occasion since May 19, when Dupuy scored his win at Motorama on June 22.

Berryman, a May 18 winner at Motorama, holds a slim four-point lead over Skip Wilson entering this weekend's action, with Johnny Miller just twelve points off the lead pace.

Hailing from Missouri City, TX, Berryman took in a pair of events this weekend to get tuned up, posting a ninth-place finish in the ASCS Speedweek finale at Lawton (OK) Speedway on Saturday night and then snaring sixth in ASCS Rocky Mountain Region action at Dodge City Raceway Park in Kansas on Sunday night.

Mesquite, TX, shoe Wilson and Burleson, TX, racer Miller both took in the final three legs of ASCS Speedweek as well, with both drivers qualifying for the feature events at Devil's Bowl, State Fair Speedway and Lawton.Defending series champion Gary Watson of Beaumont, TX, enters the weekend ranked fourth, just 28 points off the lead pace, with 2005 series champion Ray Allen Kulhanek of Conroe, TX, rounding out the current top five.

The balance of the current top ten includes Jimmy Brooks (College Station, TX), three-time ASCS Gulf South points runner-up Greg Rilat (Texas City, TX), Chris Sweeney (Channelview, TX), Kent Lewis, Jr. (Willis, TX) and Tommy Bryant (Montgomery, TX).

Friday's action at Motorama Speedway fires off at 8:00 p.m., with Saturday's card at 105 Speedway going green at 7:00 p.m.

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

105 Speedway is located six miles west of US 59 on SR 105, then 0.3 mile north on Fostoria. For more information, contact the track at 281-592-7223.

Following the early season rainouts, the 2007 slate for the ASCS Gulf South Region now consists of 15 events at eight different tracks throughout Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

The 2007 season marks the 16th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series. With 13 different Regions in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, ASCS will sanction approximately 240 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout at least 30 different states and Canada.

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

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Johnny Miller , Ray Allen Kulhanek