Speedweek preview

11th Annual ASCS Speedweek fires off this Friday TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2003) - Many of the nation's top drivers are gearing up for the much-anticipated 11th Annual American Sprint Car Series Speedweek, which kicks off at Batesville (AR) Speedway...

11th Annual ASCS Speedweek fires off this Friday

TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2003) - Many of the nation's top drivers are gearing up for the much-anticipated 11th Annual American Sprint Car Series Speedweek, which kicks off at Batesville (AR) Speedway this Friday night. This year's edition of ASCS Speedweek features eight nights of racing over nine days.

After the traditional ASCS Speedweek opener at Batesville (AR) Speedway this Friday, the series moves on to Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, AR, on Saturday, then to Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway on Sunday night.

After a day off on Monday, action resumes as the ASCS makes its first ever visit to Outlaw Motor Speedway near Muskogee, OK, on Tuesday (June 3), before moving on to Tri-State Speedway near Ft. Smith, AR, on Wednesday (June 4) and Paris (TX) Motor Speedway on Thursday (June 5).

Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, hosts the seventh leg of Speedweek on June 6, with Speedweek coming to a conclusion at Lawton (OK) Speedway on Saturday night, June 7.

After beginning the season with Brodix Rookie of the Year hopes, Darren Stewart of Bixby, OK, has much more at stake, as he leads the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and United Trailers points chase entering Speedweek. Stewart has posted top-ten showings in each of the series' first ten events of 2003, including one triumph, establishing a 32 point lead over Travis Rilat of Forney, TX, who has raced to victory lane three times in ASCS National competition.

Other top contenders expected to vie for the Speedweek crown include Hooks, TX, hotshoe Gary Wright, who has recorded a pair of victories over the past two weekends, former ASCS National champions Zach Chappell, Garry Lee Maier and Tim Crawley, along with other top shoes including Shane Stewart, Kevin Ramey, Toby Brown, Nick Smith, A.G. Rains, South Dakota's Jake Peters and California's Rick Williams.

In total, more than 100 drivers will take part in this year's edition of ASCS Speedweek.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Rick Williams , Nick Smith , Kevin Ramey , Tim Crawley
Teams Williams