Rocky Mountain Region: Wyoming preview

Wyoming Weekend on Tap for ASCS Rocky Mountain Region TULSA, Okla. (June 12, 2006) -- With the championship points battle already heating up, the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region sets sail for a pair of events in ...

Wyoming Weekend on Tap for ASCS Rocky Mountain Region

TULSA, Okla. (June 12, 2006) -- With the championship points battle already heating up, the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region sets sail for a pair of events in Wyoming this Friday and Saturday.

Friday night, the series makes its first stop of the season at Gillette Thunder Speedway in Gillette, WY, before moving on to Sweetwater Speedway in Rock Springs, WY, on Saturday night.

Thornton, Colorado's Keith Rauch, the 2004 ASCS Rocky Mountain Region champion, leads a tightly-bunched pack of championship contenders into the weekend, with only eight points separating the top three in points and just 61 markers between first and sixth.

Rauch, a May 28 feature winner at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Olathe, CO, enters the weekend double just two points ahead of Edwards, CO, shoe Patrick Bourke, who his vying for his first series crown. Another six points back is Bellvue, CO, racer Jake Pierson, who has finished third in ASCS Rocky Mountain Region points over each of the past two seasons.

Entering the weekend ranked fourth is 2001 ASCS Rocky Mountain Region champion Nick Haygood of Centennial, CO, with Denver's Jeff Heffner just 40 points out of the lead in fifth. Picking up the pace in recent events to climb to sixth is Thornton, Colorado's Eric Miller, who has claimed runner-up Rocky Mountain point finishes for three consecutive years.

Sixteen-year-old Josh Fellows of Loveland, CO, enters the weekend ranked seventh, with the balance of the top ten including Greg Schaefer (Ft. Lupton, CO), 16-year-old rookie contender Chad Corken (Highlands Ranch, CO) and defending series champion Gary Taylor (Wheat Ridge, CO).

Haygood was a 2002 ASCS Rocky Mountain Region winner at Gillette Thunder Speedway, while Taylor puts the wraps on his '05 championship drive with a Gillette triumph last September.

Haygood also found his way to ASCS Rocky Mountain Region victory lane at Sweetwater Speedway in 2004, with Bourke and Miller splitting Sweetwater victory honors last year.

Friday's action at Gillette Thunder Speedway is set to get under way at 7:00 p.m., with Saturday's card at Sweetwater Speedway going green at 7:30 p.m.

The semi-banked, 1/3-mile Gillette Thunder Speedway dirt oval is located 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 or 307-660-5233.

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.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Greg Schaefer , Gary Taylor