Gulf South Region South Texas double preview

Crucial ASCS Gulf South Weekend Double Looms TULSA, Okla. (September 25, 2006) -- A critical weekend double looms for the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region, with just one event remaining after this weekend's pair of events in South...

Crucial ASCS Gulf South Weekend Double Looms

TULSA, Okla. (September 25, 2006) -- A critical weekend double looms for the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region, with just one event remaining after this weekend's pair of events in South Texas.

Friday night, the series makes its final stop of the year at Motorama Speedway in Beaumont, TX, before moving to Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, TX, for the last time in 2006 on Saturday night. Both events offer up a winner's share of $2,000.

Beaumont's Gary Watson enters the pivotal weekend with a 36-point advantage over Texas City shoe Greg Rilat in the championship points race, with defending series champion Ray Allen Kulhanek of Danbury, TX, 65 points off the lead pace in third.

Watson picked up his lone feature win of the season at Motorama Speedway on June 23, while Kulhanek scored his single feature victory of '06 the next night at Houston Raceway Park.

Lane Whittington of Denham Springs, LA, enters the weekend ranked fourth, with Larry Hartwell of Pasadena, TX, rounding out the current top five. The balance of the current top ten includes Richard Holt (McLeod, TX), Kent Lewis, Jr. (Willis, TX), Brandon Berryman (Missouri City, TX), Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) and Ty Johnson (Eunice, LA).

In the series last three events, Tulsa's Brad Best has reached victory lane two times while Fort Worth's Kevin Ramey has cracked victory lane as well. Ramey, who sits atop the ASCS Gulf South Region's career win list, is expected for this weekend's double.

Friday's card at Motorama Speedway fires off at 8:00 p.m., with Saturday's action slated to go green at 7:15 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 Kevin Ramey , Ray Allen Kulhanek