Gulf South Region title on line at Many Motor Speedway

TULSA, Okla. (September 29, 2003) - After severely breaking his wrist just three weeks ago, Kelly Angelette of Thibodaux, LA, will try to lock up his second American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region championship in this Saturday night's series...

TULSA, Okla. (September 29, 2003) - After severely breaking his wrist just three weeks ago, Kelly Angelette of Thibodaux, LA, will try to lock up his second American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region championship in this Saturday night's series finale at Many (LA) Motor Speedway.

Angelette was well on his way to the championship when the series was originally scheduled to compete at Many Motor Speedway on September 13. A day after that race was postponed by rain, Angelette was injured in a dirt bike incident while riding with his ten-year-old son, breaking every bone in his left wrist.

After extensive surgery on Monday, September 15, Angelette returned home two days later. Then, against the advice of doctors who claimed he would never drive a race car again, Angelette competed in the September 20 twin 20-lap features at Thunder Valley Speedway just six days after the injury, utilizing a special hand grip that allowed him to drive one-handed.

Angelette showed minimal effects from the injury, courageously finishing tenth in the first feature and fourth in the second main event. The pair of finishes was good enough to maintain a 50 point lead over Greg Rilat and Sam Hafertepe, Jr., who are tied for second going into this Saturday night's ASCS Gulf South Region finale at Many.

While Angelette faces further surgical procedures that will likely include the fusion of his wrist, thus resulting in complete loss of motion, it will not prevent Angelette from finishing what he set his sights on at the beginning of the season; winning a second consecutive ASCS Gulf South Region championship. With a 50 point edge, Angelette need only qualify for the main event to secure the title and remain the "Cajun King".

Angelette will be faced with plenty of worthy rivals this Saturday night. Along with Rilat and Hafertepe, other top shoes expected to be in competition include Tina Creswell, Brandon Berryman, Todd Johnson, Chris Sweeney, Stephen Chevallier, Cody Pearson, Scottie McDonald and many more.

Approximately 25 cars are expected for Saturday night's racing action at Many Motor Speedway, which is slated to get under way at 7:00 p.m.

Many Motor Speedway is located one mile north of Many, LA, on US 171, then 0.3 miles east on Long Road. For more information, contact the track at 318-256-0708.

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

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