Gulf South Region Thunder Valley preview

Love's ASCS Gulf South Region Ready for Thunder Valley TULSA, Okla. (March 8, 2004) -- A strong contingent of cars is expected this Saturday night at Thunder Valley Speedway in Union Hill, LA, as the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores American...

Love's ASCS Gulf South Region Ready for Thunder Valley

TULSA, Okla. (March 8, 2004) -- A strong contingent of cars is expected this Saturday night at Thunder Valley Speedway in Union Hill, LA, as the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region kicks off the 2004 ASCS racing season.

Headlining the field of entries will be defending O'Reilly ASCS National champion Travis Rilat of Forney, TX, two-time and defending ASCS Gulf South Region champion Kelly Angelette of Thibodoux, LA, defending ASCS Sooner Region champion Kevin Ramey of Fort Worth, TX, and four-time ASCS National champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN.

Rilat topped the closest points battle in ASCS National Tour history in 2003, edging Gary Wright by just 12 markers for the series crown, while Angelette withstood a shattered wrist from a non-racing incident late in the season to secure his second ASCS Gulf South Region title by a narrow margin over Travis' father, Greg Rilat.

Ramey posted five Sooner Region feature victories en route to his series championship, while Gray capped a string of four consecutive ASCS National crowns in 1998.

Other top contenders expected for Saturday night's added-purse, $2,000-to-win event include Greg Rilat, Brandon Berryman, Todd Johnson, Stephen Chevallier, Tina Creswell, David Forbis and Chris Sweeney, all of whom finished in the top ten in 2003 ASCS Gulf South Region points.

Rick Behr, who claimed a top ten finish in 2003 ASCS National points, is expected to be on hand as well.

More than 30 cars are expected for Saturday night's Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region season opener.

The event kicks off the 13th year of Sprint Car racing action for the ASCS. Overall, including the ASCS National Tour and three regional tours (Gulf South, Sooner and Rocky Mountain), the ASCS will present nearly 100 nights of racing at more than 40 different race tracks in 14 states.

The Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region will present 20 events at eleven different tracks throughout Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas in 2004. Ninety-three different drivers competed in at least one ASCS Gulf South Region event in 2003.

Thunder Valley Speedway is located two miles west of Louisiana State Road 112 on State Road 113, then north. This Saturday night's race program is slated to go green at 7:00 p.m. For additional information, contact the track at 318-748-4470 or 318-634-7290.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Travis Rilat , Kevin Ramey