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ASCS Gulf South Region Kicks Off 2008 Season This Weekend! TULSA, Okla. (February 25, 2008) -- The American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region kicks off its seventh season of racing action in top style with a premium doubleheader of racing ...

ASCS Gulf South Region Kicks Off 2008 Season This Weekend!

TULSA, Okla. (February 25, 2008) -- The American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region kicks off its seventh season of racing action in top style with a premium doubleheader of racing action in Southeast Texas this weekend.

One driver could get the 2008 season under way on a strong note by collecting as much as $5,000 with a sweep of the weekend's feature events. Simply making the "A" Feature events on both nights will net a driver $700.

On Friday night, the ASCS Gulf South Region opens the season at the newly renamed Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont, TX, for the "Prelude to the Gulf Coast Nationals". Friday night's feature event atop the high-banked, 0x00bc-mile, gumbo clay oval known in recent years as Motorama Speedway will mark the 100th feature event in ASCS Gulf South history and offers up $2,000 to the winner with $300 to start.

Then on Saturday night, the series moves on to Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, TX, for the Inaugural Gulf Coast Sprint Car Nationals. Saturday night's 24-car main event features a $3,000 winner's share with $400 just to start the finale.

Brandon Berryman of Missouri City, TX, reigns as the defending ASCS Gulf South champion after edging Skip Wilson of Mesquite, TX, by just ten points for the 2007 title to become the fifth different champion in series history.

Along his way to the title, Berryman picked off four feature wins, including single triumphs at both the Golden Triangle and Houston Raceway Park ovals.

Berryman and Wilson will be joined by other top ASCS Gulf South Regional contenders including the likes of 2006 series champion Gary Watson, who finished just 20 points behind Berryman in third last year, three-time ASCS Gulf South Region points runner-up Greg Rilat and Chris Sweeney among others.

And, with the enticing combination of added purse money and the early-season timing of the event, a number of invaders are expected as well with Springfield, Nebraska's Jack Dover among the out-of-state hotshoes that will try to take the top money out of Texas.

Friday's action at Golden Triangle Raceway Park fires off at 8:00 p.m., while Saturday's card at Houston Raceway Park goes green at 7:00 p.m.

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

Houston Raceway Park is located east of Houston on I-10 to Exit 798, then three miles south on State Road 146, then 0.8 miles southeast on FM 1405, then 1.5 miles northeast on FM 565. For more information, contact the track at 281-383-2666 or 281-383-7223.

The ASCS Gulf South Region is set for 26 nights of racing action at eleven different tracks throughout Texas and Louisiana in 2008.

-credit: ascs

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