Gulf South vs. Sooner Shootout preview

Annual ASCS Sooner vs. Gulf South Shootout This Weekend! TULSA, Okla. (August 18, 2008) -- The annual tradition continues, as the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South and Sooner Regions will square off against each other with a pair...

Annual ASCS Sooner vs. Gulf South Shootout This Weekend!

TULSA, Okla. (August 18, 2008) -- The annual tradition continues, as the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South and Sooner Regions will square off against each other with a pair of events in Texas this weekend.

On Friday night, the ASCS Gulf South forces take on the ASCS Sooner Region contenders at Waco's Heart O' Texas Speedway. Then on Saturday night, the Gulf South vs. Sooner Shootout hits the famed Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, for the sixth consecutive year.

Both of this weekend's events offer up a $2,000 winner's share.

While Regional bragging rights are on the line, both Regional titles are hanging in the balance as well.

Tulsa's Brian McClelland is trying to close in on a second consecutive American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region title, while three-time Gulf South points runner-up Greg Rilat is trying to put the series championship away for the first time.

McCelland enters the weekend ahead of Grahama, TX, shoe Kolt Walker, who has cut the gap to just 29 points with a handful of events remaining including this weekend's double. Oklahoma City's Joe Wood, Jr., is third in ASCS Sooner points, with Glenpool, OK, racer Matt Covington and Lawton's Michael Brown rounding out the top five.

With eight ASCS Gulf South events remaining, veteran Texas City shoe Greg Rilat holds a 34-point lead over 2006 series champion Gary Watson of Beaumont, with defending champion Brandon Berryman of Missouri City, TX, just another four points back in third. Chris Sweeney of Channelview and Tommy Bryant of Conroe round out the current top five.

While Sooner Region contenders have dominated victory lane in past Shootout action, Berryman broke through to become the first Gulf South regular to reach victory lane in last year's event at Heart O' Texas Speedway. Louisiana's Jason Johnson topped last year's Gulf South vs. Sooner event at Devil' s Bowl Speedway.

Both nights of racing action are slated to get under way at 8:00 p.m.

The semi-banked, 1/3-mile Heart O' Texas Speedway clay oval is located in Waco, TX, off I-35 Exit 343, then 0.6 miles north on east frontage road.JFor more information, contact the track at 254-829-2294.

The 0x00bd-mile high-banked Devil's Bowl Speedway clay oval is located six miles east of Dallas' Loop I-635 on US 80, then three miles south on Lawson Road. For more information, contact the track at 972-222-2421.

The ASCS Gulf South Region is set for 23 nights of racing action at ten different tracks throughout Texas and Louisiana in 2008.

The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region is slated for 20 nights of racing action at ten different tracks throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas in 2008.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Matt Covington , Jason Johnson , Kolt Walker