ASCoT: Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals preview

O'Reilly ASCoT Ready for Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals TULSA, Okla. (October 8, 2007) -- Few events in this country are as rich in tradition as Devil's Bowl Speedway's Winter Nationals. That tradition lives on this weekend, with the...

O'Reilly ASCoT Ready for Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals

TULSA, Okla. (October 8, 2007) -- Few events in this country are as rich in tradition as Devil's Bowl Speedway's Winter Nationals. That tradition lives on this weekend, with the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series headlining the 34th edition of the Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals in Mesquite, TX, on Friday and Saturday.

Last year, Travis Rilat of Forney, TX, bested a field of nearly 50 entries to add his name to the prestigious list of Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals winners, a list that is highlighted by the likes of Opperman, Kinser, Swindell and Wolfgang among other top drivers in Sprint Car racing history.

Rilat, currently ranked fourth in O'Reilly ASCoT National points, will be back to defend his Winter Nationals crown along with a stout field of cars expected to be bolstered by the running of the ASCS/Wesmar Challenge.

The ASCS/Wesmar Challenge, an invitational event that includes the top National contenders along with two invitees from each ASCS Region, will be run in two segments on Friday night and then the final segment on Saturday night. The top point earner over the three segments will walk away with a new Wesmar Racing Engine, with the balance of the 26-car field all earning prizes, ranging from chassis to cylinder heads to shocks to wheels and more.

Gary Wright, with Winter Nationals triumphs in 2004 and 2005 among his numerous event wins, leads the way into the weekend with a 68-point lead over Oklahoma City's Wayne Johnson in the series $50,000 championship points chase.

Louisiana's Jason Johnson, a winner in last year's Winter Nationals preliminary, enters the weekend 114 points off Wright's pace in third, with just I-30 Speedway's $20,000-to-win Short Track Nationals remaining for the ASCS National Tour after this weekend.

In pursuit of his fourth consecutive ASCS National championship, Wright has captured 13 O'Reilly ASCS National Tour feature wins this season. "The Texan" is just two wins shy of the series record of 15 National wins in one season that he established in 2003.

Foster Landon of Collinsville, OK, enters the weekend ranked fifth and has a virtual lock on Brodix Rookie of the Year honors.The balance of the current top ten in O'Reilly ASCoT National points includes Darren Stewart, Nick Smith, Eric Baldaccini, Andy Shouse and Kenneth Walker.

The O'Reilly ASCoT regulars will face all variety of strong competition from throughout the nation over the weekend. The top four in Friday night's feature are locked into Saturday night's finale, which offers up $5,000 to win.

The Series:O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour (ASCoT)

When & Where:
Friday, October 12 -- Devil's Bowl Speedway (8:00 p.m.)
Saturday, October 13 -- Devil's Bowl Speedway (8:00 p.m.)

Track Information:
Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) -- 0x00bd-mile high-banked clay oval located six miles east of Dallas' Loop I-635 on US 80, then three miles south on Lawson Road. Track phone: 972-222-2421.

The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series is currently slated for approximately 40 nights of racing action at 22 different tracks throughout 15 different states, with more than $1,000,000 in purse money and point fund to be distributed during the 2007 season.

The 2007 season marks the 16th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series. With 13 different Regions in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, ASCS will sanction approximately 240 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout at least 30 different states and Canada.Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Wayne Johnson , Jason Johnson , Andy Shouse