Wright Leads O'Reilly Sprint Bandits COMP Cams Challenge
TULSA, Okla. (March 31, 2004) -- By virtue of passing the most cars in heat races and qualifying races during the opening weekend of O'Reilly Sprint Bandits action at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, Gary Wright has captured the early lead in the Sprint Bandits COMP Cams Challenge.
Every position gained in every heat race and qualifying race in O'Reilly Sprint Bandits action over the course of the season will lead one step closer to the COMP Cams Challenge Award, worth $1,000 at the season-ending awards banquet to be held at Harrah's North Kansas City Casino & Hotel on November 6. Five points are awarded for each position gained in heats and qualifiers.
Hooks, TX, ace Wright passed a dozen cars in heats and qualifiers over the course of two nights at Devil's Bowl, racking up 60 points toward the COMP Cams Challenge. While Wright seemingly picked off cars at will in preliminary action, his fortune didn't carry over to either night's feature event. A blown oil filter gasket sidelined him while leading the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits inaugural feature on Friday night, with suspected engine ailments sending him pitside on Saturday night as well.
Sikeston, MO, shoe Jerrod Hull currently sits second in the Sprint Bandits COMP Cams Challenge with 40 points. Terry McCarl of Altoona, IA, is third with 30 points, while Little Rock's Ricky Logan is fourth with 25 points. Five drivers are tied for fifth with 20 points, including Shane Stewart, Zach Chappell, Travis Rilat, Jason Martin and Jeff Day.
After the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits take on the wingless stars of the USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series at Memphis Motorsports Park on May 7, the next points race for the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits is at Auto Tire and Parts Race Park on Wednesday night, May 12. The AT&P event leads into a doubleheader at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on Friday and Saturday, May 14-15.
More information regarding the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits is available at www.sprintbandits.com.