Rocky Mountain Region Aztec preview

Rookie Contender Ortega Leads ASCS Rocky Mountain Region to Aztec TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2008) -- With a stacked rookie crop that goes seven-deep, it should come as little surprise that one of those rookies leads the way into this...

Rookie Contender Ortega Leads ASCS Rocky Mountain Region to Aztec

TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2008) -- With a stacked rookie crop that goes seven-deep, it should come as little surprise that one of those rookies leads the way into this weekend's American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region double at New Mexico's Aztec Speedway.

The series takes to the high-banked, 3/8-mile Aztec Speedway clay oval in Aztec, NM, on both Friday and Saturday nights this weekend, with both nights of action firing off at 7:00 p.m.

While veteran ASCS Rocky Mountain Region contenders Bob Schaeffer and Keith Rauch topped this past weekend's season-opening features at Colorado's Thunder Mountain Speedway, it was 17-year-old rookie contender Derrik Ortega that came away with the series early points lead.

The Del Norte High School honors student in Albuquerque, NM, earned high marks on the track over the weekend, posting a pair of podium finishes (third and second) to escape the weekend with a slim four-point lead over 54-year-old shoe Schaeffer.

Ortega competed in last September's ASCS Rocky Mountain Region double at Aztec Speedway, earning an eighth-place showing on the opening night.JOrtega currently heads a Rocky Mountain rookie crop that includes fellow New Mexico racer Colt Treharn, the Billings, MT, trio of Michelle Dodge, Jeremy McCune and Tim Spatzier and Rapid City, SD, siblings Danielle and Jake Ossenfort.

With Ortega out to the early lead over Schaeffer in points, Chad Corken is third after the opening weekend of action with Jerry Brey and Greg Schaefer rounding out the current top five. The balance of the current top ten includes Treharn, Jace Pennetta, Patrick Bourke, Dustin Hall and Rauch.

Albuquerque's Johnny Herrera has enjoyed recent ASCS Rocky Mountain Region domination at Aztec Speedway by reaching victory lane in the last five events completed atop Aztec clay.

Aztec Speedway is located in Aztec, NM, 1.2 miles south of US 550 on SR SR 544, then 0.2 miles east on Legion. For more information, contact the track at 505-334-2023.

The nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body with a dozen different Regions throughout the United States in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, the American Sprint Car Series' (ASCS) 17th year of activity will include approximately 250 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout 28 different states and Canada.

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

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
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