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Wright Rides Wave into O'Reilly ASCS Oklahoma Double TULSA, Okla. (July 25, 2005) -- History could very well be in the making as the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country ...

Wright Rides Wave into O'Reilly ASCS Oklahoma Double

TULSA, Okla. (July 25, 2005) -- History could very well be in the making as the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores invades the Sooner State for a pair of events this Friday and Saturday night.

Friday night, the series takes to Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway as Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores kicks off its annual fund-raising efforts for the Children's Miracle Network. Then on Saturday night, the series makes the trek up the Turner Turnpike to make its second stop of the season at Tulsa Speedway.

Both events will be run in conjunction with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region.

Riding a wave of three consecutive wins, extending his season total to eight, defending series champion Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, could pen more entries into the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour record books over the course of the weekend.

"The Texan" has the opportunity to become the first driver in series history to snare four consecutive feature wins in Friday night's card at Oklahoma City. Then, if Wright could pull off the weekend sweep with a victory at Tulsa Speedway on Saturday night, Wright would reach the magical "100" victory mark in ASCS National Tour competition.

After sweeping the recent weekend of racing at Paris, TX, and Little Rock, AR, Wright made it three wins in a row this past Friday night at US 36 Raceway in Cameron, MO. It marked just the eighth time in series history that a driver has claimed three wins in a row, with Wright accounting for six of those occasions. Wright had a potential fourth win in a row on the line at Oklahoma City on May 20, only to have fellow Texan Kevin Ramey take the win after Wright was caught up in an early tangle.

With his 98th career ASCS National Tour win this past Friday night, Wright, the defending series champion, extended his series lead to 86 markers over Bixby, Oklahoma's Darren Stewart, who suffered a rare DNF when he suffered a broken right rear wheel.

Leading Brodix Rookie of the Year contender Tony Bruce, Jr., of Liberal, KS, enters the weekend ranked a strong third in points, just 52 points ahead of Sunnyvale, TX, teen Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Carthage, MO, shoe Toby Brown, the ASCS Ironman, enters the weekend ranked fifth.

Others currently in the top ten in O'Reilly ASCS National Tour points include Rookie of the Year contender Jake Martens (Fairview, OK), Jan Howard (Byhalia, MS), Jimmy Taylor (Oklahoma City, OK), rookie shoe Lee Sowell (Nesbit, MS) and last year's Rookie of the Year, A.G. Rains (West Memphis, AR).

The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region features a heated championship points battle entering the weekend as well, with Collinsvillle, OK, racer Sean McClelland holding a slim 16-point advantage over Norman's Danny Jennings.

Mustang's Kerry McAlister is third in Sooner Region points, with others in the top ten including Cody Branchcomb (Sapulpa, OK), Brian McClelland (Tulsa, OK), Foster Landon (Collinsville, OK), Preston Peebles II (Lubbock, TX), J.P. Bailey (Collinsville, OK), Derek Cottrell (Fletcher, OK) and 16-year-old Dex Eaton (Owasso, OK).

Among others expected for the weekend's racing action are Liberal, KS, racer Jason Martin, who recently captured his first career ASCS National Tour victory, Fargo, ND, shoe Natalie Sather, defending Sooner Region co-champions Kevin Ramey (Fort Worth, TX) and Andy Shouse (Oklahoma City, OK) and former ASCS National champions Travis Rilat of Forney, TX, and Zach Chappell of Talala, OK.

With Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores kicking off its fund-raising efforts for the Children's Miracle Network at State Fair Speedway on Friday, autographed Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., jackets will be up for grabs via a silent auction.

Friday night's racing action atop the semi-banked, 3/8-mile State Fair Speedway clay oval is set to get under way at 7:30 p.m. State Fair Speedway is located at Oklahoma City's State Fairgrounds near the intersection of N.W. 10th and May Avenue. For more information, contact the track at 405-948-6796.

Saturday's card at the semi-banked, 3/8-mile Tulsa Speedway clay oval is slated to go green at 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Speedway is located north of Tulsa on US 75 to 66th Street, then east. For more information, contact the track at 918-425-7551.

The O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores will present approximately 40 nights of racing in 2005 at 20 different tracks throughout Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

The 2005 American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region slate consists of 19 events at eight tracks throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Arkansas.

In total, including the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour, the Southern Tour and the Sooner, Gulf South, Rocky Mountain and Midwest Regions, the American Sprint Car Series will sanction more than 100 nights of racing in 2005 at approximately 50 different racetracks throughout at least 16 different states.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Tony Stewart , Darren Stewart , Kasey Kahne , Preston Peebles , Cody Branchcomb , Travis Rilat , Dex Eaton , Danny Jennings , Kevin Ramey , J.P. Bailey , Andy Shouse , Sean McClelland