Southwest Region Tucson preview

ASCS Southwest Saturday at USA! TULSA, Okla. (May 26, 2009) -- The Arizona clay will be flying once again when the American Sprint Car Series Southwest Region takes to Tucson's 3/8-mile USA Raceway this Saturday ...

ASCS Southwest Saturday at USA!

TULSA, Okla. (May 26, 2009) -- The Arizona clay will be flying once again when the American Sprint Car Series Southwest Region takes to Tucson's 3/8-mile USA Raceway this Saturday night.

And, with the series opening four nights of action in the books, it's defending ASCS Southwest champion Rick Ziehl of Las Cruces, NM, that has risen to the top of the point charts in the early portion of his quest for back-to-back titles.

A winner of one series feature last year, Ziehl has once again utilized consistency to move out front with a pair of third-place finishes and a pair of eighth-place finishes.

Ziehl is just ten points ahead of Peoria's Ben Gregg, who collected eight Southwest wins last year, with Buckeye's "Chargin'" Charles Davis, Jr., just another two points back in third as he adapts to the winged ranks.JDavis picked off his second wingless ASCS Canyon Region win this past weekend with a $2,500 score in Sunday's Buddy Taylor Memorial at Hollywood Hills Speedway.

Peoria's John Gaston, who snared his first career win on May 2, enters Saturday's action ranked fourth, just 20 points out of the lead. Yuma's Mike Martin rounds out the current top five, with the balance of the top ten including Ronnie Clark (Tucson), Joshua Hodges (Tijeras, NM), Derrik Ortega (Albuquerque, NM), Cody Cambensy (Tucson) and Daniel Hutto (Tucson).

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

The 3/8-mile USA Raceway 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 ten nights of competition, with nine of those events at USA Raceway.

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 , Ben Gregg