Rocky Mountain Region Colorado, Wyoming preview

ASCS Rocky Mountain at Hayden & Rock Springs TULSA, Okla. (August 15, 2006) -- It will be a blend of something new along with something familiar as the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region fires back into action in...

ASCS Rocky Mountain at Hayden & Rock Springs

TULSA, Okla. (August 15, 2006) -- It will be a blend of something new along with something familiar as the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region fires back into action in Colorado and Wyoming this weekend.

On Friday night, the series brings the thrills and chills of Sprint Car racing to the semi-banked, 0x00bc-mile Hayden Speedway dirt oval in Hayden, CO, for the first time in track history. Then on Saturday night, the series moves on to Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, WY, for the second time this season.

Closing in on his first series championship, Patrick Bourke of Edwards, CO, leads the way into the weekend with a 116-point advantage over Denver's Jeff Heffner in the championship points chase. Loveland, CO, racer Josh Fellows, who celebrated his 17th birthday last Thursday, enters the weekend ranked fourth, with former series champ Keith Rauch and three-time series runner up Eric Miller, both of Thornton, CO, rounding out the current top five.

Centennial, CO, racer Nick Haygood, also a past ASCS Rocky Mountain Region champion, enters the weekend ranked sixth, with the balance of the current top ten including 16-year-old Rookie shoe Ricky Montgomery (Lakewood, CO), Mark Sweet (Rock Springs, WY), John Jacob (Aurora, CO) and Jake Pierson (Bellvue, CO).

Oregon's Danny Horner topped the series June 17 event at Sweetwater Speedway.

Friday's victor will go down in the history books as the winner of the Sprint Car race in Hayden Speedway track history.

Hayden Speedway is located on the west edge of Hayden, CO, on US 40, then 0.4 miles south on Poplar, then bear left, then 1.8 miles on CR 53 past the fairgrounds. For more information, contact ASCS Rocky Mountain Region director Jim Starr at 303-429-3974 or 303-905-6194 or the track at 970-824-5873.

The high-banked, 3/8-mile Sweetwater Speedway is located in Rock Springs, WY, off I-80 Exit 104, then 0.9 miles north on US 191, then 1.1 mile west on Yellowstone Road. For more information, contact the track at 307-352-6791, ext. 204 or 307-389-3308.

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.

-credit: ascs

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