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ASCS Sooner Region Rumbles into I-30 Speedway on Saturday TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2008) -- The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region championship points battle shifts into the state of Arkansas this weekend as the series invades...

ASCS Sooner Region Rumbles into I-30 Speedway on Saturday

TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2008) -- The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region championship points battle shifts into the state of Arkansas this weekend as the series invades the high-banked, 0x00bc-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval in Little Rock this Saturday night.

Saturday's stop at I-30 Speedway marks the series lone event of the year within the Arkansas state borders, as the primarily Oklahoma and Texas-based ASCS Sooner Region competitors take on a stout contingent of I-30 Speedway contenders.

With Texas shoe Kolt Walker and Oklahoma racer Brian McClelland battling tooth and nail for the series title, it is Washington-state transplant Gary Taylor that has carried the hottest hand in recent action.

Now calling Sapulpa, OK, Taylor has topped three of the series most recent four feature events with a runner-up showing in the other event.JAnd despite missing one of the series six events thus far, the O'Reilly ASCoT National Rookie of the Year contender has climbed to fourth in Sooner points behind Walker, McClelland and Sherman Davis.

After snaring his first series win of the year at Boyd Raceway on May 16, defending series champion McClelland of Broken Arrow, OK, has closed to within 21 points of Kolt Walker. Hailing from Graham, TX, Walker took over the series points lead after the third event of the season and is the only driver that has made the cut for all six Sooner features contested thus far in 2008.

Sherman Davis of Sand Springs, OK, has climbed to third in points after posting his first top-five run in the series most recent event at Cowtown Speedway on May 17. Sherman enters Saturday's card 95 points out of the lead and just three points ahead of Taylor, with Lawton's Michael Brown just one more point back in fifth.

Oklahoma City's Joe Wood, Jr., has climbed to sixth in points, with the balance of the top ten including Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK), Justin Melton (Flower Mound, TX), leading ASCS National Tour Rookie of the Year contender Eric Baldaccini (Keller, TX) and Travis Rilat (Forney, TX).

Zach Pringle has fared the best of I-30 Speedway's regulars thus far in 2008 with three wins atop the 0x00bc-mile clay oval. Other weekly I-30 winners this year have included Tim Crawley and Lewis Jenkins, Jr., while Oklahoma's Nick Smith topped the ASCS National Tour at I-30 Speedway in April.

Saturday's action at I-30 Speedway goes green at 7:30 p.m.

I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Rd.), then south to frontage road, then east. For more information, contact the track at 501-455-4567.

The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region is slated for 20 nights of racing action at ten different tracks throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas in 2008.

The nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body with a dozen different Regions throughout the United States in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, the American Sprint Car Series' (ASCS) 17th year of activity will include approximately 250 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout 28 different states and Canada.

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

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Gary Taylor , Tim Crawley , Matt Covington , Kolt Walker