Sooner Region Paris, Cowtown previews

ASCS Sooner Region Ready for Paris & Cowtown TULSA, Okla. (June 6, 2006) -- The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region travels south of the border this weekend for a pair of nights of glitz and glamour in Paris and ...

ASCS Sooner Region Ready for Paris & Cowtown

TULSA, Okla. (June 6, 2006) -- The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region travels south of the border this weekend for a pair of nights of glitz and glamour in Paris and Cowtown.

Friday night, the ASCS Sooner Region makes a series debut at Paris Motor Speedway in Paris, TX, with the weekend south of the Red River wrapping up with Saturday night's card atop the 0x00bc-mile, high banks of Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale, TX.

While it is the series debut at Paris Motor Speedway, Cowtown Speedway has proven to be wildly unpredictable in Sooner Region lore with seven different drivers taking victory honors in seven previous ASCS Sooner Region visits to Kennedale.

Defending series champion Sean McClelland of Collinsville, OK, will be on hand to try to maintain his current point lead. With three series triumphs to his credit this season, McClelland extended his point lead to 50 markers with a second place finish in this past weekend's ASCS Sooner vs. Mid-South Shootout at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway, tops amongst the Sooner Region reps.

A pair of Texans will try to make up some ground on their home turf, including two-time 2006 ASCS Sooner Region feature winner Sam Hafertepe,r., of Sunnyvale and two-time ASCS Sooner Region champion Kevin Ramey.JHafertepe is 50 points off McClelland's pace, with Fort Worth's Ramey just two more points back in third.

Tulsa's Brian McClelland enters the weekend ranked fourth in points, with 2001 ASCS Sooner Region champion J.P. Bailey, from Fort Worth by way of Collinsville, rounding out the top five.

Others among the current top ten in points include Jimmy Taylor (Oklahoma City), Johnny Miller (Burleson, TX), Dex Eaton (Owasso, OK), Justin Melton (Flower Mound, TX) and Eric Baldaccini (Keller, TX).

Other Sooner Region contenders expected for the weekend include Derek Cottrell, Travis Jenkins, Cody Wampler, Michael Brown and Trey Robb. The 14-year-old Robb missed this past Saturday night's card when his tow rig broke down en route to Little Rock.

Friday's card atop the high-banked, 0x00bc-mile Paris Motor Speedway clay oval is set to get under way at 8:00 p.m., with Saturday's action at Cowtown Speedway going green at 7:00 p.m.

Paris Motor Speedway is located 7.4 miles east of Paris, TX, Loop 286 on US 82, then 3.9 miles south on FM 196. For more information, contact the track at 903-982-6062.

Cowtown Speedway is located just east of Fort Worth, TX, off I-20 Exit 442-A, then 1.7 miles southeast on Mansfield Highway, then 1.4 miles southwest on New Hope Road. For more information, contact the track at 817-478-9952 or 817-572-0848.

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 Johnny Miller , Dex Eaton , Kevin Ramey , J.P. Bailey , Sean McClelland