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C.J. Johnson Leads ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Into Weekend Double TULSA, Okla. (July 23, 2007) -- At the crossroads of the 2007 American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region, C.J. Johnson leads the way as the series travels to South ...

C.J. Johnson Leads ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Into Weekend Double

TULSA, Okla. (July 23, 2007) -- At the crossroads of the 2007 American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region, C.J. Johnson leads the way as the series travels to South Dakota and Wyoming this weekend.

On Friday night, the series makes its lone stop of the season at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD. Then on Saturday night, the ASCS Rocky Mountain Region makes its one stop of the year at Gillette Thunder Speedway in Gillette, WY.

With eight events in the books and eight more to go, including this weekend's pair, Johnson of Quinter, KS, holds a 34-point lead over defending series champion Patrick Bourke of Edwards, CO.

Thornton, Colorado's Keith Rauch, the 2004 series champion enters the weekend ranked third, with 2001 champion Nick Haygood of Centennial, CO, fourth in points. Eighteen-year-old Chad Corken of Highlands Ranch, CO, is just two points behind Haygood in fifth.

Friday's action at Black Hills Speedway goes green at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday's event at Gillette Thunder Speedway firing off at 7:00 p.m.

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 0.5 mile east on SR 44. For more information, contact the track at 605-393-1552.

The semi-banked, 1/3-mile Gillette Thunder Speedway dirt oval is located in Gillette, WY, off I-90 Exit 129, then 0.5 mile south on Garner Lake Road, then 1.7 miles east on SR 51. For more information, contact the track at 307-682-7290.

The ASCS Rocky Mountain Region 2007 slate consists of 16 nights of action at ten different tracks throughout Colorado, western Kansas, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nebraska and South Dakota.

The 2007 season marks the 16th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series. With a dozen different Regions in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, ASCS will sanction approximately 240 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout at least 30 different states and Canada.

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

-credit: ascs

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