Southwest Region Tucson preview

ASCS Southwest Set for USA Raceway on Saturday TULSA, Okla. (April 27, 2009) -- Round Three of the 2009 American Sprint Car Series Southwest Region championship points races unfolds Saturday night when the winged forces take to...

ASCS Southwest Set for USA Raceway on Saturday

TULSA, Okla. (April 27, 2009) -- Round Three of the 2009 American Sprint Car Series Southwest Region championship points races unfolds Saturday night when the winged forces take to Tucson's 3/8-mile USA Raceway clay oval.

While the series points lead will likely be up for grabs, Saturday's card will also feature a handful of competitors in the Arizona Race Mart Wheelie Challenge.

With Johnny Herrera, who topped this season's opening two nights of ASCS Southwest competition, expected to be unavailable for Saturday's card, it could very well be fellow Albuquerque shoe Derrik Ortega in the catbird's seat for the series points lead.

Ortega, who became the youngest champion in ASCS history by taking the Rocky Mountain Region crown at the age of 17 last year, holds the current edge over the balance of his ASCS Southwest rivals. Ortega enters Saturday's action just six markers ahead of defending Southwest champion Rick Ziehl.

Another ten points back are a pair of drivers expected to contend for the Discount Tire Co. ASCS Wing vs. Non-Wing Challenge Series title, Charles Davis, Jr., and Mike Martin. That duo is just two points ahead of another winged/non-winged crossover, Ronnie Clark.

The balance of the early top ten in ASCS Southwest points includes John Gaston, Cody Cambensy, Ben Gregg and Daniel Hutto.

Saturday's ASCS Southwest Region opener at USA Raceway goes green at 7:00 p.m.

The semi-banked, 3/8-mile United Sports Arizona Race Park clay oval is located east of Tucson off I-10 Exit 268, then 1.6 mile south on Craycroft Road, which turns into Los Reales. For more information, contact the track at 520-574-8515.

The ASCS Southwest Region is currently scheduled for eleven nights of competition. Nine of those events will take place at Tucson's USA Raceway with New Mexico's Hollywood Hills Speedway and Arizona's Manzanita Speedway each hosting one event.

The American Sprint Car Series, in its 18th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing events, brings the best of Sprint Car racing to nearly 100 different tracks throughout 25 states and Canada in 2009. Anchored by the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of a dozen different Regions throughout the nation.

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

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Rick Ziehl , Mike Martin , Ronnie Clark , Johnny Herrera , Ben Gregg