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ASCS SOONER REGION MAKES CREEK COUNTY SPEEDWAY RETURN TULSA, Okla. (May 16, 2006) -- The American Sprint Car Series cut its teeth at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, OK, so it's only fitting that the American Bank of ASCS Sooner Region makes a...

ASCS SOONER REGION MAKES CREEK COUNTY SPEEDWAY RETURN

TULSA, Okla. (May 16, 2006) -- The American Sprint Car Series cut its teeth at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, OK, so it's only fitting that the American Bank of ASCS Sooner Region makes a return to the high-banked, quarter-mile clay oval bullring this Saturday night.

The ASCS Sooner Region has been booming in 2006, averaging more than 38 cars per event. Forty-two cars filled the pit area at South Coffeyville, OK, last Saturday night, tying the newly established series record set at Oklahoma City on April 21. Saturday's card marks the first ASCS event at Creek County Speedway since early in 2003.

While dubbed the ASCS Sooner Region, the series has evolved into a rivalry between drivers both to the north of the Red River as well as to the South. Feature wins have split evenly between Oklahoma and Texas racers, with half the current top ten in points hailing from Oklahoma and the other half from Texas.

Thus far, Collinsville, OK, racer Sean McClelland, the defending series champion, has posted two feature wins to move atop the early standings.JBut the other two feature win trophies have gone to the south side of the Red River, with 20-year-old Sunnyvale, TX, hotshoe Sam Hafertepe, Jr., posting a pair of wins.

Hafertepe enters Saturday's card at Creek County Speedway a mere four points behind McClelland in the championship points chase. But with both committed to ASCS National Tour events in North Dakota in June, two-time ASCS Sooner Region champion Kevin Ramey of Fort Worth, TX, could be sitting in the catbird seat at the moment.

Ramey, the career ASCS Sooner Region feature win leader despite being shut out of victory lane thus far in 2006, is just 34 points off of McClelland's pace. After working the Lawton Speedway crowd into a lather, McClelland and Ramey never had the opportunity to dice with one another at South Coffeyville as McClelland finished second after a front row start while Ramey raced from deep in the field to finish fourth.

Tulsa's Brian McClelland enters Saturday's card ranked fourth, with Fort Worth's J.P. Bailey in fifth. Fourteen-year-old Trey Robb of Newcastle, OK, climbed to sixth in points with a strong third place finish at South Coffeyville, with the balance of the top ten including Owasso's Dex Eaton, Justin Melton (Flower Mound, TX), Cody Wampler (Walters, OK) and Eric Baldaccini (Keller, TX).

Saturday's racing action is set to get under way at 7:00 p.m.

Creek County Speedway is located southwest of Tulsa, OK, off I-44 Exit 211, then 0.3 mile south on State Road 33, then one mile west on US 66. For more information, contact the track at 918-734-7223 or 918-357-3977.

The 2006 American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region slate consists of 15 events at eight different tracks throughout Oklahoma and northern Texas.

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 Justin Melton , Dex Eaton , Kevin Ramey , J.P. Bailey , Sean McClelland