ASCS Race for a Wesmar Engine in 2007! TULSA, Okla. (November 21, 2006) -- Drivers competing with the American Sprint Car Series next year will have yet another added incentive, as a complete Wesmar Racing Engine will be ...
ASCS Race for a Wesmar Engine in 2007!
TULSA, Okla. (November 21, 2006) -- Drivers competing with the American Sprint Car Series next year will have yet another added incentive, as a complete Wesmar Racing Engine will be awarded to one worthy competitor following a special race held in conjunction with the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour event at Devil's Bowl Speedway on October 13, 2007, in Mesquite, TX.
Competitors from the National Tour as well as each of the ASCS Regional series will be eligible for the special race, with two drivers from each series ultimately invited to compete in the Race for a Wesmar Engine. Drivers will earn points towards the event based upon their feature finishes throughout the year with each respective series, with the top two point earners from each Region upon the September 15 cutoff date earning an invitation.
"When we came up with this idea and presented it to Emmett Hahn and Tommie Estes, Jr., I was emphatic about having a race for this engine rather than just drawing a name out of a hat," according to Kelly Westphal of Wesmar Racing Engines.
The Race for a Wesmar Engine field will consist of 26 entries, including two each from the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour, the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region, the ASCS Rocky Mountain Region, the ASCS Gulf South Region, the ASCS Midwest Region, the Heintz Performance ASCS Southern Tour, the ASCS Mid-South Region, the ASCS Northern Plains Region, the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz, the Bobcat of Buffalo ASCS Patriot Sprint Group, the ASCS Mid-Atlantic Region, the ASCS Coastal Region and a yet-to-be announced Region for 2007.
The Race for a Wesmar Engine will be contested in two 15-lap segments atop the famed Devil's Bowl Speedway 0x00bd-mile clay oval. A draw for position will determine the lineup for the opening 15-lap segment, with an inversion in effect for the second segment. Finishing and passing points will be awarded for each 15-lap segment, with the top point earner winning the Wesmar Racing Engine.
"Tommie (Estes) came up with the system on how we could have a race and be fair to all of the competitors involved," according to Westphal. "With this format, the guy who draws the 26th starting position will not automatically be eliminated for the chance to win one of our engines because he will be able to pass a lot of cars and, combined with his finishing position points, can accumulate points in his favor!"
Drivers need not be current Wesmar customers, as the Race for a Wesmar Engine is open to all drivers that compete in at least 60% of an ASCS series' (National or Regional) events.
A stout prize in addition to already healthy purses and point funds, Wesmar Racing Engines have powered Gary Wright to three consecutive ASCS National championships and held down the top three positions in 2006 O'Reilly ASCoT National points with Jason Johnson in second and Jesse Hockett third in points.
The 2007 season will mark the 16th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series, with the series set to sanction more than 225 nights of racing at approximately 100 different race tracks throughout at least 30 different states and Canada next year.