ASCoT: Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek preview

ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Kicks off Saturday at I-30! TULSA, Okla. (July 10, 2007) -- The American Sprint Car Series annual Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek often proves to be a major factor in the final outcome of the O'Reilly American...

ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Kicks off Saturday at I-30!

TULSA, Okla. (July 10, 2007) -- The American Sprint Car Series annual Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek often proves to be a major factor in the final outcome of the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National championship by season's end.

And with a mere three points separating the top three drivers in the series' $50,000 championship points chase, the intensity level will be even higher when the 15th Annual ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek kicks off this Saturday night atop Little Rock's high-banked, 0x00bc-mile I-30 Speedway clay oval.

As if a torrid championship battle between Gary Wright, Wayne Johnson and Jason Johnson resuming in the opening leg of the historically ultra-competitive Speedweek set of events atop an always exciting I-30 Speedway oval weren't enough, Saturday's event will also mark the 500th feature event in ASCS National Tour history.

After Saturday's Speedweek opener at I-30 Speedway, Round Two takes place on Monday night, July 16 at Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, OK, with the ASCS2 600cc Multis joining the card as well.

Following two days off, Round Three takes place at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, on Thursday night, July 19, with Round Four at Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway on Friday night, July 20. The 15th Annual ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek will then conclude at Lawton Speedway in Lawton, OK, on Saturday night, July 21.

In the series championship battle, Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, and Oklahoma City native Wayne Johnson enter Speedweek tied for the series lead, with Jason Johnson of Eunice, LA, just three points back in third after 23 nights of action for the ASCS National Tour.Travis Rilat of Forney, TX, enters Speedweek ranked fourth, just 133 points off the lead pace, with leading Brodix Rookie of the Year contender Foster Landon of Collinsville, OK, rounding out the current top five.

Along with the O'Reilly ASCoT regulars, stout fields are expected with each leg of Speedweek, including many of the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region regulars along with a number of other invaders from coast-to-coast.

Among the invaders will be Coleman Gulick, representing the East Coast, and Adam Main, who will represent the West Coast. Gulick, who celebrates his 14th birthday on July 29, hails from Binghamton, NY, while Grass Valley, California's Main takes in Speedweek festivities for the first time.

While Gary Wright and Terry Gray traded off the opening eight Speedweek crowns with each driver taking honors four times apiece from 1993 to 2000, the past six years have featured a like number of champions.

Jason Johnson enters this year's Speedweek as the reigning Speedweek champion after winning five of seven events last year. Darren Stewart edged Gary Wright for the 2005 Speedweek crown, with other recent winners including Tim Crawley (2004), Shane Stewart (2003), Gary Wright (2002) and Kevin Ramey (2001).

When & Where:15th Annual ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek:

Round 1 -- Saturday night, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. -- I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR)

Round 2 -- Monday night, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. -- Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK)

Round 3 -- Thursday night, July 19 at 8:00 p.m. -- Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)

Round 4 -- Friday night, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. -- State Fair Speedway (Oklahoma City, OK)

Round 5- Saturday night, July 21 at 8:00 p.m. -- Lawton Speedway (Lawton, OK)

Track Information:

I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) -- 0x00bc-mile high-banked clay oval located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (County Line Road), then south to frontage road, then east. For more information, contact the track at 501-455-4567.

Creek County Speedway (Sapulpa, OK) -- 0x00bc-mile semi-banked dirt oval located southwest of Tulsa, OK, off I-44 Exit 211, then 0.3 miles south on State Road 33, then one mile west on State Road 66, then south. For more information, contact the track at 918-247-6675.

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.

State Fair Speedway (Oklahoma City, OK) -- 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located on the Oklahoma State Fair Grounds near the intersection of N.W. 10th and May Avenue. Track phone: 405-948-6796.

Lawton Speedway (Lawton, OK) -- 0x00bc-mile semi-banked clay oval located off I-44 Exit 36, then 2.5 miles west on Lee Boulevard, then 1.4 miles south on Sheridan Road. For more information, contact the track at 580-355-6417.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Wayne Johnson , Kevin Ramey , Tim Crawley , Jason Johnson