Mid-South Region West Plains preview

Stewart Leads ASCS Mid-South Region to West Plains Motor Speedway TULSA, Okla. (September 19, 2006) -- The American Sprint Car Series is set for its fifth annual event at West Plains Motor Speedway in West Plains, MO, on Saturday night,...

Stewart Leads ASCS Mid-South Region to West Plains Motor Speedway

TULSA, Okla. (September 19, 2006) -- The American Sprint Car Series is set for its fifth annual event at West Plains Motor Speedway in West Plains, MO, on Saturday night, as the ASCS Mid-South Region takes to the semi-banked, 3/8-mile red clay oval.

The lone Sprint Car event each year at West Plains Motor Speedway, past ASCS winners at West Plains include Tim Crawley (2002 and 2003), Tim Montgomery (2004) and Gary Wright (2005).

Bixby, Oklahoma's Darren Stewart, last year's O'Reilly ASCS National Tour runner-up, leads the ASCS Mid-South Region championship chase into the Saturday night card. Stewart padded his point lead with a last corner pass to win the series most recent event at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS, on September 3.

With the win, Stewart became the sixth different ASCS Mid-South Region winner in as many feature events this season. Other ASCS Mid-South winners this year include two-time and defending ASCS National champion Gary Wright, Dale Howard, Jason Johnson, former ASCS National champion Travis Rilat and three-time ASCS National champion Tim Crawley.

Stewart, piloting Olive Branch, MS, car owner Bobby Sparks' No. 91 RESM Transport entry, holds a 127-point lead over Forrest City, AR, racer Bryce Vowan in the ASCS Mid-South Region championship points chase. Dale Howard, from Byhalia, MS, is just 13 points behind Vowan in third.

The ASCS Mid-South Region will be challenged by the forces from the O'Reilly Winged Outlaw Warriors on the card. The WOW contingent will be lead by current point leader Randy Martin of California, MO, who secured his first series title in last year's event at West Plains Motor Speedway.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m., with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. and racing action going green at 7:00 p.m.

West Plains Motor Speedway is located six miles south of West Plains, MO, on US 63. For more information, contact the track at 417-257-2112 or 870-994-7447.

The inaugural season for the ASCS Mid-South Region consists of eight events at seven different tracks throughout Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Louisiana.

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 at nearly 100 tracks throughout 27 different states and Canada 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 Darren Stewart , Travis Rilat , Tim Crawley , Jason Johnson