ASCoT: Red Rivier Shootout preview

O'Reilly ASCoT Ready for Red River Shootout This Weekend! TULSA, Okla. (May 5, 2008) -- A wildly unpredictable season of racing action for the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series continues with this upcoming weekend's Second ...

O'Reilly ASCoT Ready for Red River Shootout This Weekend!

TULSA, Okla. (May 5, 2008) -- A wildly unpredictable season of racing action for the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series continues with this upcoming weekend's Second Annual Red River Shootout.

On Friday night, the series takes to Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway for the opening night of the Red River Shootout. Then on Saturday night, the ASCoT troops travel south of the Oklahoma-Texas state line to take on the famed Devil's Bowl Speedway clay oval in Mesquite, TX.

This weekend's action wraps up a torrid four weekend stretch of racing action for the nation's premier traveling circuit, with four different drivers posting wins in as many events over the past three weeks.

Among those recent winners were a pair of first-timers in series action, including Texas shoe Skip Wilson, who fought off Wayne Johnson and Tim Crawley at Paris, TX, on April 25, and then Oklahoma's Aaron Berryhill, who battled past Jason Johnson on the white flag lap to win at Missouri's Lake Ozark Speedway this past Saturday night.

Also taking wins in this stretch of events are Jason Johnson, who topped a loaded field at Missouri's Lucas Oil Speedway on April 19, and Nick Smith, who snared his first ASCS National win in two seasons with a triumph at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on April 26.

The recent string of winners extends the series total to nine different winners through the opening 11 events of 2008.

Thus far, only Jason Johnson has posted multiple wins, with a triumph in Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway Spring Nationals finale in March among his three series triumphs this season.

"The Ragin' Cajun" still finds himself third in points entering the weekend, just four points behind second-ranked Oklahoma City-native Wayne Johnson and 60 markers off Gary Wright's lead pace.

Hailing from Hooks, TX, Wright has posted one feature win in pursuit of an unprecedented fifth consecutive ASCS National championship, with his last-corner pass to win the Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals running his career win total to 120 ASCS National Tour feature wins.

Wright has enjoyed plenty of success at both State Fair Speedway and Devil's Bowl Speedway, racking up a combined total of 28 ASCS National Tour victories at the pair of tracks, including a sweep of last year's Red River Shootout.

Talala, Oklahoma's Zach Chappell, the 2001 series champion, climbed to fourth in points after a strong top-five run at Lake Ozark, with 2003 ASCS National champion Travis Rilat of Forney, TX, cracking the top five.

After suffering early engine problems, Kansas ace Garry Lee Maier slipped to sixth in points, while Keller, TX, racer Eric Baldaccini maintains his lead in the Brodix Rookie of the Year race by ranking seventh in points.

Other rookie contenders include Kenneth Walker (ninth), Kathryne Minter (13th), Gary Taylor (14th) and Chris Tarrant (15th).

After making a strong bid for a second consecutive series win Saturday night at Lake Ozark before encountering front end problems, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma's Nick Smith has climbed to eighth. Smith topped an ASCS Sooner Region event at State Fair Speedway on April 11.

The Olive Branch, MS, based Sparks Construction No. 91 entry, currently ranked eighth in Owner points, is expected to be on hand as well. After Don Droud, Jr., opened the season aboard the Sparks ride, Missouri's Tim Montgomery filled in at Lake Ozark by racing from 19th to seventh. No driver has been announced yet for this weekend's double.

The rugged group of ASCoT travelers will be joined by a stout field of rivals over the course of the weekend including past ASCS Sooner Region champions Brian McClelland, Kevin Ramey, Danny Jennings and Andy Shouse among others.

Also making the journey south for the weekend's Red River Shootout will be at least a couple of Northern reps, with reigning ASCS Midwest Region champion Natalie Sather of Fargo, ND, and Nebraska's Jack Dover expected to be on hand.

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

When & Where:
Friday night, May 9 -- State Fair Speedway (7:30 p.m.)

Saturday night, May 10 -- Devil's Bowl Speedway (8:00 p.m.)

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Aaron Berryhill , Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Danny Jennings , Wayne Johnson , Kevin Ramey , Gary Taylor , Chris Tarrant , Jason Johnson , Andy Shouse