US 36 Raceway preview

Wright Leads O'Reilly ASCS into US 36 Raceway Debut TULSA, Okla. (July 18, 2005) -- Riding a two-race win streak, defending O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores series champion Gary...

Wright Leads O'Reilly ASCS into US 36 Raceway Debut

TULSA, Okla. (July 18, 2005) -- Riding a two-race win streak, defending O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores series champion Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, leads the traveling series into this Friday night's debut atop the lightning-fast US 36 Raceway clay oval in Cameron, MO.

With a recent sweep of the series Paris-Little Rock double, Wright has extended his 2005 series win total to seven and owns 97 career ASCS National Tour triumphs entering Friday night's outing.

Wright also has his sights set on a second consecutive series championship after extending his advantage over Bixby, Oklahoma's Darren Stewart to 46 markers with the recent sweep.

With three feature wins to his credit this season, Stewart is still very much in the thick of the championship points battle. A pair of early-season DNF's has accounted for the bulk of the 46-point deficit that the 2005 COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek champion faces entering Friday's card. Meanwhile, Wright has yet to suffer a DNF and has finished outside the top ten on just one occasion.

Tony Bruce, Jr., of Liberal, KS, enters the weekend ranked a strong third in points and is the series' leading Brodix Rookie of the Year contender. Bruce comes off one of his strongest National Tour weekend's of the season after fifth and third place runs at Paris and Little Rock.

Sam Hafertepe, Jr., of Sunnyvale, TX, with a pair of ASCS Gulf South wins on the ledger, enters Friday night ranked fourth in points, just 44 points behind Bruce. Toby Brown of Carthage, MO, the only driver in O'Reilly ASCS National Tour history to compete in more than 200 consecutive events, enters Friday's show ranked fifth.

Rookie of the Year contender Jake Martens of Fairview, OK, is currently sixth in points, with the balance of the current top ten including Jan Howard (Byhalia, MS), Jimmy Taylor (Oklahoma City, OK), Lee Sowell (Nesbit, MS) and A.G. Rains (West Memphis, AR).

Joining forces with the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour on Friday night will be the Missouri-based O'Reilly Winged Outlaw Warriors, with California, MO, ace Randy Martin leading the way. Other top WOW contenders include defending series champion Terry Hinck, Rex Combs, Frank Brown, Mike Trent, Tommy Mikels, Rusty Potter, Tony Crank, Tracy Nichols and Chris Parkinson.

Friday's racing action gets under way at 8:00 p.m.

The high-banked, 3/8-mile US 36 Raceway clay oval is located 50 miles northeast of Kansas City, MO, off I-35 Exit 54, then 6.3 miles west on US 36, then 0.1 mile north on SR 33. For more information, contact the track at 816-675-2279.

The O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores will present approximately 40 nights of racing in 2005 at 20 different tracks throughout Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

In total, including the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour, the Southern Tour and the Sooner, Gulf South, Rocky Mountain and Midwest Regions, the American Sprint Car Series will sanction more than 100 nights of racing in 2005 at approximately 50 different racetracks throughout at least 16 different states.

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

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