This week in racing 2006-04-27

ASCS This Week TULSA, Okla. (April 27, 2006) -- The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series fires back into action this weekend with a pair of events in Missouri and Arkansas. Also on the weekend ...

ASCS This Week

TULSA, Okla. (April 27, 2006) -- The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series fires back into action this weekend with a pair of events in Missouri and Arkansas. Also on the weekend docket for the American Sprint Car Series is a Western Kansas season opening double for the Rocky Mountain Region as well the first Patriot Sprint Group event under the ASCS banner in New York.

The Series: O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on TourWhen & Where:Friday night at 7:00 p.m. -- Poplar Bluff Speedway in Poplar Bluff, MO.

Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. -- I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, AR.

Track Information:

Poplar Bluff Speedway (Poplar Bluff, MO) -- 3/8-mile high-banked red clay oval located east of town on Business US 60. Track phone: 573-785-8989.

I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) -- 0x00bc-mile high-banked clay oval located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126. Track phone: 501-455-4567.

Past O'Reilly ASCoT Winners:

Poplar Bluff Speedway -- None; first ASCS National event at Poplar Bluff Speedway.

I-30 Speedway -- Travis Rilat (10/1/05), Gary Wright (7/9/05), Tim Crawley (6/11/05), Gary Wright (8/28/04), Travis Rilat (7/10/04), Gary Wright (6/5/04), Shane Stewart (9/6/03), Tim Crawley (7/12/03), Gary Wright (6/21/03), Gary Wright (9/21/02), Gary Wright (7/13/02), Pete Butler (6/22/02), Eric Sandage (8/25/01), Terry Gray (6/13/98), Gary Wright (5/16/98), Wayne Johnson (9/27/97), Wayne Johnson (9/26/97), Gary Wright (6/14/97), Mike Ward (5/17/97), Garry Lee Maier (8/3/96), Garry Lee Maier (6/15/96), Mike Ward (5/18/96), Gary Wright (7/15/95), Ricky Logan (6/24/95), Terry Gray (5/20/95), Garry Lee Maier (8/13/94), Garry Lee Maier (6/18/94), Terry Gray (7/17/93), Tim Crawley (6/24/93), Mike Ward (5/15/93).

Notable:

The O'Reilly ASCS National Tour has averaged 58.6 cars per event through the first eight nights of racing 2006, with five different drivers claiming wins in the seven feature events. The March 17 feature at Devil's Bowl Speedway was postponed by rain to June 24.

Friday's event at Poplar Bluff Speedway marks the first Sprint Car event ever atop the 3/8-mile clay oval.

I-30 Speedway has hosted 30 previous ASCS National Tour events, including the first official ASCS National Tour event in 1993 when Memphis racer Mike Ward took the victory. Gary Wright has snared the most I-30 wins, with nine of his 104 triumphs coming atop the Little Rock clay. Other past I-30 Speedway ASCS winners include Garry Lee Maier (4), Mike Ward (3), Tim Crawley (3), Terry Gray (3), Wayne Johnson (2), Travis Rilat (2), Ricky Logan (1), Eric Sandage (1), Pete Butler (1) and Shane Stewart (1).

Two-time and defending series champion Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, enters the weekend atop the point charts despite being shut out of ASCS National Tour victory lane thus far in 2006. Wright enters the weekend just 11 points ahead of Rookie of the Year contender Nick Smith of Broken Arrow, OK. Smith is one of five Rookie contenders among the top ten, with others including Jesse Hockett, Tim Montgomery, Jerrod Hull and Sean McClelland.

Current O'Reilly ASCS National Points (Top 20):

1. Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 759, 2. Nick Smith (Broken Arrow, OK) 748, 3. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) 723, 4. Jesse Hockett (Warsaw, MO) 708, 5. Zach Chappell (Talala, OK) 707, 6. Tim Montgomery (Fredericktown, MO) 691, 7. Darren Stewart (Bixby, OK) 683, 8. Jerrod Hull (Sikeston, MO) 672, 9. Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) 665, 10. Sean McClelland (Collinsville, OK) 664, 11. Jan Howard (Byhalia, MS) 653, 12. Mike Chadd (Lincoln, NE) 634, 13. (tie) Aaron Berryhill (Broken Arrow, OK) and Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX) 581, 15. Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS) 577, 16. Jake Peters (Sioux Falls, SD) 541, 17. Trey Robb (Newcastle, OK) 538, 18. Dustin Lindquist (Floodwood, MN) 526, 19. Dustin Daggett (Portland, MI) 512, 20. Kevin Ramey (Fort Worth, TX) 508.

2006 ASCS National Tour Feature Winners:

Jason Johnson 2, Terry McCarl 2, Jesse Hockett 1, Sean McClelland 1, Travis Rilat 1.

Next Up for the ASCS National Tour:

May 26 at Wythe Raceway (Wytheville, VA)

May 27 at Virginia Motor Speedway (Saluda, VA)

June 8 at Dacotah Speedway (Mandan, ND)

June 9 at Dacotah Speedway (Mandan, ND)

June 13 at I-90 Speedway (Hartford, SD)

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The Series: ASCS Rocky Mountain RegionWhen & Where:Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. -- Jetmore Motorplex (Jetmore, KS).

Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. -- Wa Keeney Speedway (Wa Keeney, KS).

Track Information:

Jetmore Motorplex (Jetmore, KS) -- 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located 6.6 miles south of State Road 156 on US 283. Track phone: 620-225-3929.

Wa Keeney Speedway (Wa Keeney, KS) -- 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval located off I-70 Exit 128, then 0.9 mile north at the Fairgrounds. Track phone: 785-743-2555.

Past ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Winners:

Jetmore Motorplex -- Randi Miller (9/4/04); Randi Miller (8/2/03); Randi Miller (8/31/02); Randi Miller (6/22/02).

Wa Keeney Speedway -- None; First ASCS Rocky Mountain Region event at Wa Keeney Speedway.

Notable:

The ASCS Rocky Mountain Region returns to the Jetmore Motorplex for the first time since 2004 then makes a series debut at Wa Keeney Speedway.JThe ASCS Rocky Mountain Region takes on the NCRA in both events.

Randi Miller is four-for-four in previous ASCS Rocky Mountain Region action at Jetmore.

The ASCS Rocky Mountain Region has featured five different champions in each of the past five seasons, with Gary Taylor taking last year's title on the strength of a final weekend sweep. Eric Miller settled for a third consecutive ASCS Rocky Mountain Region runner-up points finish in 2005.

2005 ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Points (Top Ten):

1. Gary Taylor (Wheat Ridge, CO) 2496, 2. Eric Miller (Thornton, CO) 2476, 3. Jake Pierson (Bellvue, CO) 2397, 4. Jeff Heffner (Denver, CO) 2253, 5. John Jacob (Aurora, CO) 2190, 6. Josh Fellows (Loveland, CO) 2110, 7. Scott Milan (Ft. Collins, CO) 2089, 8. Bob Schaeffer (Newcastle, CO) 1882, 9. Joe Wagner (Denver, CO) 1859, 10. Cyrus Perme (Littleton, CO) 1813.

Next Up for the ASCS Rocky Mountain Region:

May 27 at Thunder Mountain Speedway (Olathe, CO)

May 28 at Thunder Mountain Speedway (Olathe, CO)

June 2 at Aztec Speedway (Aztec, NM)

June 3 at Aztec Speedway (Aztec, NM)

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The Series: Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint GroupWhen & Where:Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. -- Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, NY.

Track Information:

Utica-Rome Speedway (Vernon, NY) -- 0x00bd-mile slightly banked clay oval located 1.2 miles east of State Road 31 on State Road 5, then north.JTrack phone: 315-829-4557.

Past ASCS PSG Winners:

Utica-Rome Speedway -- None; first ASCS Patriot Sprint Group event at Utica-Rome Speedway.

Notable:

The first event for the Patriot Sprint Group under the ASCS banner also marks the first ASCS sanctioned event in the state of New York as Auburn, NY, hotshoe Bryan Howland kicks off his title defense.

2005 Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group Points:

1. Bryan Howland (Auburn, NY) 1968, 2. Chuck Hebing (Ontario, NY) 1877, 3. George Suprick (Clarks Summit, PA) 1853, 4. Rick Wilson (Joyceville, ONT), 5. Jared Zimbardi (Little Valley, NY) 1688, 6. Kyle Drum (Wayland, NY) 1620, 7. Ray Preston (Romulus, NY) 1613, 8. Rich Swarthout (Geneva, NY) 1513, 9. Kyle Wilson (Joyceville, ONT) 1472, 10. Don Adamczyk (Williamsville, NY) 1395.

Next Up for the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group:

May 13 at McKean County Speedway (Smethport, PA)

May 20 at Canandaigua Speedway (Canandaigua, NY)

May 21at Cayuga County Speedway (Weedsport, NY)

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 Darren Stewart , Aaron Berryhill , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Jesse Hockett , Nick Smith , Wayne Johnson , Eric Sandage , Kevin Ramey , Gary Taylor , Tim Crawley , Jason Johnson , Sean McClelland
Teams Williams