NCRA Sprint Cars Western Kansas preview

O'Reilly NCRA Sprint Cars Return to Western Kansas PARK CITY, Kan. (April 25, 2006) -- After fielding 69 cars for the April 8 season opener, the O'Reilly NCRA 360 Sprint Car Series, presented by ICM/Ethanol, returns to the track with a pair of...

O'Reilly NCRA Sprint Cars Return to Western Kansas

PARK CITY, Kan. (April 25, 2006) -- After fielding 69 cars for the April 8 season opener, the O'Reilly NCRA 360 Sprint Car Series, presented by ICM/Ethanol, returns to the track with a pair of shows this weekend.

Cimarron, Kan., hot shoe Garry Lee Maier looks to defend his 2005 championship but will have plenty of competition for the top spot. At least a dozen drivers expect to run most, if not all, of the 17-race schedule this year.

Maier made it to all 16 features last year, posting 12 top-10 finishes and a series record six victories, but failed to make the feature in this year's opener because he "just wasn't fast."

One of the favorites Saturday at the Jetmore (Kan.) Motorplex will be hometown driver Steve King, winner of the season opener at the Motorplex last year. The 2002-2003 champ, King hopes to rebound from a somewhat disappointing 2005 season where he was a distant third in points. Although Jetmore was his only win last year, King still nabbed 10 top-10 finishes.

He was running fifth in this year's opener before the rear end broke with only five laps remaining, relegating him to a 14th-place finish.

"We've been running pretty decent but we just can't seem to finish anything," King said. "Still, we believe we have a car that works pretty well and we're excited about the season."

Also expected to compete for the championship is Tony Bruce Jr., of Liberal, Kan., who should be among the favorites. He was third in the opener, by far the best finish of those who plan to run the entire season.

After this weekend's shows, the 12-15 drivers expected to run the entire season should be the ones sitting at the top of the standings. Right now, Bruce Jr. leads that group with 180 points, while King's 153 puts him in second place. A.J. Selenke of Wichita, Kan., is third (147 points), followed by Quinter, Kan., driver C.J. Johnson in fourth (144).

Johnson (16th) and Selenke (17th) were the only other NCRA regulars to make the feature in the opener.

The sprinters wrap up their western Kansas weekend swing Sunday at WaKeeney, where Maier won both races last year en route to his second series championship.

For more information about the O'Reilly NCRA Sprint Car Series, please visit our Web site at www.ncraracing.org.

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Series Stock car
Drivers C.J. Johnson , Tony Bruce Jr.