Nick Smith enters ASCoT competition

Nick Smith Set to Tackle O'Reilly ASCoT Trail TULSA, Okla. (February 17, 2006) -- Yet another top contender has thrown his hat into the mix for the 2006 O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour crown, as Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's ...

Nick Smith Set to Tackle O'Reilly ASCoT Trail

TULSA, Okla. (February 17, 2006) -- Yet another top contender has thrown his hat into the mix for the 2006 O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour crown, as Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Nick Smith will make a run at the series title.

After an impressive season-opening set at East Bay Raceway Park that finds Smith ranked fifth in early-season ASCoT points, the 22-year-old will hit the road full time aboard the Ostrich-powered American Materials No. 15s J&J with new crew chief Jimmy Jones spinning the wrenches.

Smith notched a pair of top-five feature runs against a stellar field in his first visit to the Tampa, FL, one-third mile clay oval on January 26-28, catching the eye of the MPHG Promotions team owner as well as team crew chief Jones.

"The team owner was impressed with how well we ran, and since we're doing well with ASCS he wants us to concentrate on that and run the full ASCoT schedule with Jimmy helping out," Smith explained of the opportunity.

"And when we don't have ASCS stuff, I'll be driving the Indianapolis-based MPHG Promotions No. 81 in a lot of 410-ci event, both winged and non-winged."

While still a young gun at 22 years of age, Smith has been racing Sprint Cars since 1998 and has four career ASCS Sooner Region feature wins to his credit, including an August 27 triumph at Tulsa Speedway last season.

Smith jumped on the ASCS National Trail over the latter portion of the '05 campaign and climbed to eleventh in final points to earn COMP Cams Newcomer of the Year honors.

"Other than Tulsa Speedway a few years back, this will be our first time to chase a points deal so I'm pretty pumped about it," Smith explained. "Hopefully we can at least come away with Brodix Rookie of the Year this season."

Smith is off to a good start in that pursuit, escaping East Bay Raceway Park's "King of the 360's" Nationals, which attracted 83 entries, ranked fifth in points. Only one expected series full-timer is currently ahead of Smith, that being Fredericktown, Missouri's Tim Montgomery. Smith is just nine points behind Montgomery entering the March 10 and 11 twin bill at Baton Rouge Raceway and Houston Raceway Park.

Smith joins a stellar cast of drivers expected to vie for the 2006 O'Reilly ASCoT title that also includes Montgomery, Gary Wright, Travis Rilat, Zach Chappell, Darren Stewart, Jake Peters, Dustin Daggett, Tony Bruce, Jr., Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Jerrod Hull, Jesse Hockett, Joey Montgomery, Doc Sloan, Cody Branchcomb, Abe Sherwood, Trey Robb, Sean McClelland, Andy Shouse, Mike Chadd, Jan Howard, Chuck Swenson and James Mosher.

In its 15th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing in the United States, the American Sprint Car Series will present approximately 175 nights of racing in 2006 including the National Tour and its Regional Tours (Gulf South, Mid-South, Midwest, Northern Plains, Rocky Mountain, Sooner, Southern and Sprints on Dirt).

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Cody Branchcomb , Travis Rilat , Jesse Hockett , Nick Smith , Andy Shouse