Wright & McClelland Headline ASCS Honorees TULSA, Okla. (November 13, 2005) -- Approximately $150,000 in cash and contingencies was doled out Saturday night as the American Sprint Car Series held its season ending awards...
Wright & McClelland Headline ASCS Honorees
TULSA, Okla. (November 13, 2005) -- Approximately $150,000 in cash and contingencies was doled out Saturday night as the American Sprint Car Series held its season ending awards banquet for both the National Tour and the Sooner Region at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds Cafeteria in Tulsa, OK.
Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, reeled in the lion's share of the evening's awards, collecting $20,000 plus contingencies for capturing his second consecutive O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores championship.
Wright and the Wesmar-powered Southwest Express/The Shop/Richwood Express No. 9 Maxim team are already busily preparing for the expanded American Sprint Car Series on Tour in 2006, which will offer $50,000 to the series champion with $150,000 in points fund alone to be distributed among the top fifteen in 2006 series points.
Hailing from Collinsville, OK, Sean McClelland was awarded American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region champion honors.
The balance of the top ten in ASCS National points and the top ten in Sooner Region points were honored as well.
Joining Wright as National Tour honorees were series runner-up Darren Stewart (Bixby, OK), third-place finisher Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX) and fourth ranked Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS). Toby Brown (Carthage, MO) and Jake Martens (Fairview, OK) tied for fifth in points, with the balance of the top ten including Jimmy Taylor (Oklahoma City, OK), Jan Howard (Byhalia, MS), Zach Chappell (Talala, OK) and Lee Sowell (Nesbit, MS).
McClelland topped a field of Sooner Region honorees that included runner-up Danny Jennings (Norman, OK), third ranked Cody Branchcomb (Sapulpa, OK), Brian McClelland (Tulsa, OK), Derek Cottrell (Fletcher, OK), J.P. Bailey (Ft. Worth, TX), Foster Landon (Collinsville, OK), Dex Eaton (Owasso, OK), Earnest Jennings (Norman, OK) and Kevin Ramey (Ft. Worth, TX).
Wright, Stewart, Hafertepe, Jr., and Bruce, Jr., each received awards for Perfect Attendance on the National Tour, while Sean McClelland, Jennings and Brian McClelland recorded Perfect Attendance on the Sooner slate.
Wright also earned the Ronald Laney Hard Charger Award for the second year in a row, with Ron "Scooby" Burkett and Wright's father, Grady Wright, sharing Brodix Lee Maier Crew Chief of the Year honors.
Climbing from a tenth place National ranking in 2004 to third in 2003, Hafertepe, Jr., earned the Brodix Most Improved Driver award. The 20-year-old racer also collected the Butler Built Lowest Average Draw award, while Toby Brown picked up the Butler Built Highest Average Draw award.
Twenty-one-year old Bruce, Jr., picked up the coveted Brodix Rookie of the Year award, edging fellow Rookie contenders Martens and Sowell for the honors. Bruce, Jr., also earned Sportsmanship Award honors.
Martens was presented the 2005 Hilborn Injectors Young Lion award, which is annually presented to a promising driver under 21 years of age for their support of the American Sprint Car Series.
Sowell was presented the Horizon Award, which is annually awarded to a driver who displays promise of glory in future seasons with ASCS.
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Nick Smith, who earned an eleventh-place ranking in National Tour points, earned $1,000 as the COMP Cams Newcomer of the Year.
The 2005 O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores consisted of 33 events throughout nine different states, with a record 331 different drivers competing in at least one event. The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region slate consisted of 20 events, with 153 drivers taking part in at least one event.
The ASCS National Tour will expand in 2006, with the American Sprint Cars on Tour featuring increased purse money and points fund with approximately 60 events in truly nationwide fashion. The 2006 season gets under way with East Bay Raceway Park's annual "King of the 360's" Winter Nationals near Tampa, FL, on January 26-28. The three-night event culminates with the $10,000-to-win Ronald Laney Memorial on January 28.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.