Lone Star Region Cowtown double preview

Ramey Leads ASCS Lone Star Region Into Weekend Double TULSA, Okla. (May 11, 2009) -- Not even a broken leg can keep Kevin Ramey down, as the Fort Worth shoe leads the American Sprint Car Series Lone Star Region into a pair of events this ...

Ramey Leads ASCS Lone Star Region Into Weekend Double

TULSA, Okla. (May 11, 2009) -- Not even a broken leg can keep Kevin Ramey down, as the Fort Worth shoe leads the American Sprint Car Series Lone Star Region into a pair of events this weekend.

It will be a mix of some new terrain and then familiar turf with this weekend's RPM-Cowtown double. Friday's card at RPM Speedway in Crandall, TX, marks the first Sprint Car event at the new facility, while Saturday's $2,000 to win event takes place at Kennedale's Cowtown Speedway, a Sprint Car racing haven.

After fracturing his left leg just below the knee in an April 25 crash at Cowtown Speedway, a hobbled Ramey climbed back into his rebuilt Sprint Car for this past weekend's ASCS Lone Star vs. Sooner Region Shootout despite medical orders to the contrary.

And, the two-time ASCS Sooner Region champion responded with a pair of solid top-ten feature runs, including an eighth-place showing among Friday night's 56-car field at Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway and then a fourth-place run among 44 entries Saturday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway near Dallas.

Those finishes, combined with a runner-up showing at Waco and a Cowtown win during the inaugural weekend of ASCS Lone Star competition, have allowed Ramey to open up a 68-point advantage over Princeton, Texas' Brad Welborn in the Lone Star title chase.

While Welborn enters the weekend as Ramey's closest chaser, the firefighter is just eight markers ahead of Oklahoma shoe Brian McClelland. McClelland is pursuing both the ASCS Sooner and Lone Star championships in 2009 after posting back-to-back Sooner titles in 2007 and 2008.

Flower Mound's Matt Clevenger enters the weekend ranked fourth, with Fort Worth's J.P. Bailey rounding out the current top five. The balance of the top ten includes Kolt Walker (Graham, TX), Justin Melton (Flower Mound, TX), Eric Baldaccini (Keller, TX), Claud Estes (Godley, TX) and Michael Lang (Mesquite, TX).

Friday will find the entire ASCS Lone Star field on equal footing as Sprint Cars christen the RPM dirt oval.

Cowtown Speedway is a different story with nine different winners in the last nine ASCS Regional events atop the high-speed, high-banked dirt oval. Ramey is the series most recent winner at Cowtown with his April 4 triumph snapping a victory drought in ASCS competition of 41 nights.

With three overall ASCS wins at Cowtown, Ramey is just one of three drivers to post multiple series victories at the facility. Matching Ramey, Travis Rilat has posted three Cowtown wins while Sam Hafertepe, Jr., has topped two features. Last year's Cowtown ASCS winners included Rilat, Gary Taylor, Brad Welborn, Kolt Walker, Gavin Punch and Brian Brown.

Friday's racing action at RPM Speedway is slated to go green at 8:30 p.m., with Saturday's card at Cowtown Speedway firing off at 7:00 p.m.

The semi-banked, 0x00bc-mile RPM Speedway dirt oval is located southeast of Crandall, TX, on US 175 to CR 4106 (Bud Story Road exit) to the intersection of CR 4104. For more information, contact the track at 972-427-6822.

The high-banked, 0x00bc-mile Cowtown Speedway dirt oval is located in Kennedale, TX, just east of Fort Worth off I-20 Exit 442-A, then 1.7 miles southeast on Mansfield Highway, then 1.4 miles southwest on New Hope Road. For more information, contact the track at 817-478-9952.

The inaugural season of ASCS Lone Star Region competition will consist of 18 events at nine different tracks throughout North Texas along with one venture north of the Red River to Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway.

The American Sprint Car Series, in its 18th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing events, brings the best of Sprint Car racing to nearly 100 different tracks throughout 25 states and Canada in 2009. Anchored by the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of a dozen different Regions throughout the nation.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Travis Rilat , Justin Melton , Kevin Ramey , Gary Taylor , Kolt Walker , J.P. Bailey