Wright Leads Stout ASCS Contingent into Chili Bowl TULSA, Okla. (January 3, 2005) -- The nation's premier 360-ci touring series, the American Sprint Car Series, will be well-represented at the 19th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl ...
Wright Leads Stout ASCS Contingent into Chili Bowl
TULSA, Okla. (January 3, 2005) -- The nation's premier 360-ci touring series, the American Sprint Car Series, will be well-represented at the 19th Annual O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals on January 5-8, as four of the top five drivers in 2004 National points will be in action.
Gary Wright, the 2004 O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers champion, will lead the way into the star-studded event with other top ASCS representatives including Zach Chappell, Toby Brown and Darren Stewart.
For the second year in a row, Hooks, TX, hotshoe Wright joins forces with California car owner Rick Wright. Wright qualified for his third career Chili Bowl main event in '04 and is capable of taking the Ed Pink Chevy-powered Wright One Construction No. 35 Beast to the front.
Zach Chappell of Talala, OK, teams with Illinois Midget shoe Mike Hess in an Esslinger-powered No. 51z Buzzard. Chappell, who finished third in both ASCS National and Sprint Bandits points in 2004, makes his second attempt at the Chili Bowl. Chappell's 2005 Sprint Car slate will be cut back somewhat as he moves on to the ARCA/REMAX series.
Coming off a career-best fourth place finish in ASCS National points, Toby Brown of Carthage, MO, brings Terry Brown's V6 Chevy-powered ABF Truck Rebuilders No. 61a Stealth to the Chili Bowl for the third consecutive year. Brown enters the 2005 racing season on the verge of his 200th consecutive start on the ASCS National Tour.
After a second consecutive top-five ranking in O'Reilly ASCS National points, Darren Stewart of Bixby, OK, teams with Harry and Louise Conklin for the 2005 Chili Bowl. Stewart will shoot for his first Chili Bowl main event aboard the Wesmar Ford-powered Hi Strength Bolt No. 5c Eagle, which is an entirely new car.
Wright, Chappell, Brown and Stewart take on a talent-laden field that includes more than 250 entries from 27 different states as well as Australia and New Zealand.
In total, the American Sprint Car Series sanctioned 81 nights of racing in 2004 at 43 different tracks throughout 15 different states. The 2005 season promises to be even bigger, as the ASCS Southern Tour and ASCS Midwest Region are added to the existing National Tour, Sooner Region, Gulf South Region and Rocky Mountain Region.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com, while more information about the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals is available at www.chilibowl.com.