This week in racing 2006-04-20

TULSA, Okla. (April 20, 2006) -- Regional American Sprint Car Series action takes center stage this weekend with a half dozen events taking place at six different tracks throughout Oklahoma, North Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi. The Gulf...

TULSA, Okla. (April 20, 2006) -- Regional American Sprint Car Series action takes center stage this weekend with a half dozen events taking place at six different tracks throughout Oklahoma, North Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi. The Gulf South, Sooner and Southern events also serve as a last chance to tune-up for the upcoming round of O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour double at Poplar Bluff (MO) Speedway on Friday night, April 28, and Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on Saturday night, April 29.

The Series: ASCS Gulf South RegionWhen & Where:Friday night at 8:00 p.m. -- Baton Rouge Raceway in Baton Rouge, LA.

Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. -- Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, MS.

Track Information:

Baton Rouge Raceway (Baker, LA) -- 0x00bc-mile semi-banked clay oval located off I-110 Exit 6, then one mile east on Louisiana SR 408, then 7.1 miles north on SR 67, then 0.4 mile west. Track phone: 225-774-4524 or 225-275-5040.

Pike County Speedway (Magnolia, MS) -- 3/8-mile high-banked clay oval located off I-55 Exit 8, then 0.2 mile east on Gillsburg Road. Track phone: 601-783-2500.

Past Gulf South Winners:

Baton Rouge Raceway -- None; first ASCS Gulf South Region event at Baton Rouge Raceway.

Pike County Speedway -- Marshall Skinner (10/15/05); Kelly Angelette (4/12/03).

Notable:

After receiving burns to his legs in the ASCS Gulf South Region season opener two weeks ago, Jason Johnson returns to action as the series takes to Baton Rouge Raceway for the first time after the National Tour broke the Baton Rouge ice on March 10. Both events this weekend are in conjunction with the Southern United Professional Racing (SUPR) sprint car series.

Among the top series championship contenders, Lane Whittington races before a partisan hometown crowd on Friday night at Baton Rouge Raceway, as Denham Springs is a suburb of Baton Rouge. Whittington was third in '05 Gulf South Region points behind Ray Allen Kulhanek and Greg Rilat and enters this weekend ranked third after the series' opening event of 2006.

Current ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top 10):

1. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) 150, 2. Brandon Berryman (Missouri City, TX) 146, 3. Lane Whittington (Denham Springs, LA) 144, 4. Chris Sweeney (Channelview, TX) 142, 5. Greg Rilat (Texas City, TX) 140, 6. Stephen Chevallier (Downsville, LA) 138, 7. A.J. Weaver (Houston, TX) 136, 8. Gary Watson (Beaumont, TX) 134, 9. Abe Sherwood (Drumright, OK) 132, 10. Darryl Wills (Deer Park, TX) 130.

2006 ASCS Gulf South Region Feature Winners:

Travis Rilat 1.

Next Up for the ASCS Gulf-South Region:

May 5 at 67 Texarkana Speedway (Texarkana, AR) vs. ASCS Mid-South Region

May 6 at Fast Trax Speedway (Chatham, LA) vs. ASCS Mid-South Region

The Series: American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner RegionWhen & Where:Friday night at 7:30 p.m. -- State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, OK.

Saturday night at 8:00 p.m. -- Lawton Speedway in Lawton, OK.

Track Information:

State Fair Speedway (Oklahoma City, OK) -- 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located on the Oklahoma State Fair Grounds near the intersection of N.W. 10th and May Avenue. Track phone: 972-222-2421.

Lawton Speedway (Lawton, OK) -- 0x00bc-mile semi-banked clay oval located off I-44 Exit 36, then 2.5 miles west on Lee Boulevard, then 1.4 miles south on Sheridan Road. Track phone: 580-355-6417.

Past ASCS Sooner Region Winners:

State Fair Speedway (Stand-alone Sooner Region only) -- Danny Wood (4/29/05); Kevin Ramey (9/3/04).

Lawton Speedway (Stand-alone Sooner Region only) -- Kevin Ramey (9/17/05); Sean McClelland (7/2/05); Sean McClelland (4/30/05); Danny Wood (9/11/04); Danny Wood (7/3/04); Travis Rilat (5/1/04); Kevin Ramey (9/20/03); Nick Smith (7/5/03); Kevin Ramey (5/3/03); Danny Jennings (9/14/02); Zach Chappell (8/3/02); Foster Landon (7/6/02); Danny Jennings (8/18/01); Robert Sellers (7/7/01); Travis Scott (6/2/01).

Notable:

A pair of Lanny Edwards' promoted tracks host the ASCS Sooner Region this week, the first of three Oklahoma City-Lawton weekends. Lawton Speedway ranks as the unofficial "capital" of the ASCS Sooner Region by hosting more Sooner events since the series inception in 2001.JThe recent trend at Lawton Speedway has been to win two in a row, with Danny Wood topping the final two Lawton Sooner Region features of 2004 and Sean McClelland winning the first two of 2005. Kevin Ramey won the final Lawton event of 2005 and would have to win Saturday to continue the trend.

National Tour contender Sam Hafertepe, Jr., leads the way into the weekend after capturing the recent series opener at Cowtown Speedway.JSeventeen-year-old Dex Eaton of Owasso, OK, ranks among the top of the likely ASCS Sooner Region championship contenders after a fifth-place run in the Cowtown opener.

2006 American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Points:

1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX) 150, 2. Johnny Miller (Burleson, TX) 146, 3. Brad Welborn (Allen, TX) 144, 4. George White (Fort Worth, TX) 142, 5. Dex Eaton (Owasso, OK) 140, 6. Sean McClelland (Collinsville, OK) 138, 7. Andy Shouse (Oklahoma City, OK) 136, 8. Gavin Punch (Collinsville, OK) 134, 9. Justin Melton (Flower Mound, TX) 132, 10. Carl Edwards (Springfield, MO) 130.

2006 ASCS Sooner Region Feature Winners:

Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1.

Next Up for the ASCS Sooner Region:

May 6 at Mid-America Motor Speedway (South Coffeyville, OK)

May 20 at Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK)

The Series: Heintz Performance ASCS Southern TourWhen & Where:Friday night at 8:00 p.m. -- Carolina Speedway in Gastonia, NC.

Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. -- New 311 Speedway in Madison, NC.

Track Information:

Carolina Speedway (Gastonia, NC) -- 4/10-mile semi-banked dirt oval located off I-85 Exit 17, then 1.5 miles south, then 0.4 mile east on US 29, then 9.2 miles south on SR 274. Track phone: 704-869-0313.

New 311 Speedway (Madison, NC) -- 0x00bd-mile high-banked clay oval five miles west of Madison, NC, on US 311. Track phone: 336-427-0816.

Past ASCS Southern Tour Winners:

Carolina Speedway -- Mike Hudson (10/9/99); Billy Wilburn (7/16/99); Mike Hudson (10/10/98).

New 311 Speedway -- Brooke Bowman (9/24/05); Steven Graham (6/11/05).

Notable:

After establishing a solid foundation in 2005, the Heintz Performance ASCS Southern Tour kicks off a strong 16-event slate of 2006 racing action this weekend in North Carolina. Jeff Young takes over the seat of the mount driven to the 2005 series title by Scott Young, as Scott has moved on to the stock car ranks as part of DEI, Inc. 2005 Heintz Performance ASCS Southern Tour Points:

1. Scott Young (Mooresville, NC) 854, 2. Coby Adams (Mooresville, NC) 818, 3. Doug Gold (Concord, NC) 804, 4. Mary Anne Williams (Chester, VA) 800, 5. Butch Pendergrass (Pfafftown, NC) 753, 6. Danny Mercy (Warrenton, NC) 705, 7. Dustin Apple (Elon, NC) 636, 8. Tim Perry (Mooresville, NC) 565, 9. Philip Hearp (Danville, VA) 522, 10. Kris Brooks (Mooresville, NC) 503.

Next Up for the ASCS Southern Tour:

May 12 at Mileback Speedway (Gray Court, SC)

May 13 at Antioch Speedway (Morganton, NC)

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 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 , George White , Travis Rilat , Scott Young , Nick Smith , Justin Melton , Dex Eaton , Danny Jennings , Kevin Ramey , Darryl Wills , Ray Allen Kulhanek , Jason Johnson , Andy Shouse , Sean McClelland
Teams Williams