Rocky Mountain Region season finale preview

ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Title on the Line Saturday Night TULSA, Okla. (September 20, 2004) - A pair of Denver-area drivers will slug it out for the 2004 American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region championship this Saturday...

ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Title on the Line Saturday Night

TULSA, Okla. (September 20, 2004) - A pair of Denver-area drivers will slug it out for the 2004 American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region championship this Saturday night at Denver's Rocky Mountain National Speedway as the 2004 ASCS Rocky Mountain Region campaign comes to a conclusion.

Through 20 events contested thus far in 2004, a mere four points separate Thornton, CO, shoes Keith Rauch and Eric Miller, with Rauch holding a slight edge entering Saturday's season finale.

Rauch took over the point lead earlier this season when 2002 champion Mike Dreiling was sidelined for the balance of the year with medical complications while leading points.

Staying within striking distance throughout, Miller closed the gap on Rauch over a three-event Labor Day weekend then moved into the series lead on September 11 by capturing his first win of the season at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD.

Rauch rebounded with a pair of strong performance this past weekend at Billings Motorsports Park however, finishing third on Friday night and second on Saturday night. Rauch escaped the weekend four points ahead of Miller, who finished fourth and sixth at Billings.

While Rauch and Miller, who notched an ASCS Rocky Mountain Region triumph in Denver last year, fight it out for the championship this Saturday night, a number of other drivers will attempt to end the 2004 season on a winning note. Among those will be Jake Pierson, currently ranked third in points, along with fellow top-five runners Jeremy Sheaffer and Jace Pennetta.

Also in the top ten entering this year's final event are Nick Haygood, eight-time 2004 feature winner Randi Miller, Scott Milan, Geoff Dodge and John Jacob.

Saturday night's racing action is slated to get under way at 6:00 p.m. The 3/8-mile semi-banked Rocky Mountain National Speedway dirt oval is located east of Denver on I-70 to Exit 286 (Tower Road), then 6.5 miles north, then one mile west on 88th, then one-half mile north on Buckley. For more information, contact the track at 303-371-1600.

The 2004 American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region slate consists of 21 events at 12 different tracks throughout Colorado, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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

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