Rocky Mountain Region Black Hills preview

ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Climbs Black Hills on Friday TULSA, Okla. (July 5, 2006) -- After two weeks off to regroup, the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region fires back into action this Friday night with its only stop...

ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Climbs Black Hills on Friday

TULSA, Okla. (July 5, 2006) -- After two weeks off to regroup, the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region fires back into action this Friday night with its only stop of the season at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD.

At the midpoint of the season, Edwards, CO, racer Patrick Bourke leads the way in the championship points race as seven different drivers have graces ASCS Rocky Mountain Region victory lane through the opening eight events of the season.

Although shut out of victory lane, Bourke has amassed a 34-point advantage on the strength of seven top-ten runs, including three runner-up showings. Nipping at Bourke's heels is Bellvue, CO, shoe Jake Pierson, who scored his first career ASCS Rocky Mountain Region win during '05 action at Black Hills Speedway.

Denver's Jeff Heffner enters the weekend ranked third, with perennial ASCS Rocky Mountain Region championship contender Eric Miller and 2004 champion Keith Rauch, both of Thornton, CO, rounding out the current top five.

Sixteen-year-old Josh Fellows of Loveland, CO, enters the event ranked sixth, with the balance of the top ten including former series champion Nick Haygood (Centennial, CO), Greg Schaefer (Ft. Lupton, CO), Mark Sweet (Rock Springs, WY) and Lakewood, CO, rookie contender Ricky Montgomery, who celebrated his 16th birthday on Sunday, July 2.

The semi-banked, 3/8-mile Black Hills Speedway dirt oval is located in Rapid City, SD, three miles south of I-90 Exit 61, then one-half mile east on SR 44. For more information, contact the track at 605-393-1552.

The 2006 ASCS Rocky Mountain Region schedule consists of 18 events at eleven different tracks throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, New Mexico, Montana and South Dakota.

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.

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Series Sprint
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