OKC's Spring Nationals on Tap for O'Reilly ASCoT TULSA, Okla. (March 20, 2006) -- Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway kicks off its 52nd consecutive year of auto racing action with the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour headlining...
OKC's Spring Nationals on Tap for O'Reilly ASCoT
TULSA, Okla. (March 20, 2006) -- Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway kicks off its 52nd consecutive year of auto racing action with the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour headlining the Spring Nationals this Friday and Saturday.
A stout field of approximately 50 of the nation's top Sprint Car drivers will battle through a full card of heat races, qualifying races, "B" Mains and an "A" Feature on Friday night, with the top four feature finishers locked into Saturday night's Spring Nationals finale.
The balance of the field will contest another full set of heats, qualifiers and "B" Mains on Saturday night, with the top two point earners in Saturday's heats and qualifiers joining Friday's top four finishers in a Dash to determine the alignment for the front three rows of the Spring Nationals championship feature event.
Both nights of racing action are slated to go green at 7:30 p.m.
Twenty-three drivers representing ten different states have competed in each of the series early 2006 events at Tampa's East Bay Raceway Park, Baton Rouge Raceway, Houston Raceway Park and Devil's Bowl Speedway, with 2003 series champion Travis Rilat of Forney, TX, holding a narrow six-point lead over two-time and defending series champion Gary Wright of Hooks, TX.
The two Texas guns are pursued in the tight points race by young Oklahoma chargers Nick Smith of Broken Arrow and Darren Stewart of Bixby, with Missouri aces Tim Montgomery and Jesse Hockett in fifth and sixth. 2001 ASCS National champion Zach Chappell of Talala, OK, is currently ranked seventh, with Sikeston, MO, shoe Jerrod Hull in eighth. Nebraska's Mike Chadd and Houston Raceway Park winner Sean McClelland of Collinsville, OK, are tied for ninth.
Other drivers that have competed in each event thus far include Texan Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Kansas racer Tony Bruce, Jr., Sooner state contenders Brad Best, 13-year-old Trey Robb, Abe Sherwood and Cody Branchcomb, Show-Me-Staters Joey Montgomery and Doc Sloan, Mississippi's Jan Howard, South Dakota's Jake Peters, Minnesota's Dustin Lindquist, Michigan's Dustin Daggett and Razorback Sean Walden.
Other top contenders expected for the weekend's racing action include Louisiana's Jason Johnson and past American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region champions Danny Jennings, Kevin Ramey and Andy Shouse.
State Fair Speedway is located on the Oklahoma State Fair Grounds near the intersection of N.W. 10th and May Avenue. For more information, contact the track at 405-948-6796.
In its 15th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing in the United States, the American Sprint Car Series will present approximately 180 nights of racing in 2006 including the National Tour and its Regional Tours, including Gulf South, Mid-South, Midwest, Northern Plains, Patriot Sprint Group, Rocky Mountain, Sooner, Southern and Sprints on Dirt.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.