Batesville Speedweek preview

ASCS Speedweek kicks off at Batesville TULSA, Okla. (May 29, 2003) - The much-anticipated 11th Annual American Sprint Car Series Speedweek gets underway Friday night at Batesville Speedway in Arkansas. The event marks the first of eight nights...

ASCS Speedweek kicks off at Batesville

TULSA, Okla. (May 29, 2003) - The much-anticipated 11th Annual American Sprint Car Series Speedweek gets underway Friday night at Batesville Speedway in Arkansas. The event marks the first of eight nights of racing over nine days.

Darren Stewart of Bixby, OK, leads the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and United Trailers into the competitive Speedweek. With one triumph to his credit in ASCS competition this season, Stewart has yet to finish outside the top ten through the series' first ten races this season, including eight top five finishes.

Travis Rilat of Forney, TX, is a close second in points, just 32 markers out of the lead. Rilat sits atop the series' win charts with three triumphs in early season action. 2001 ASCS National champion Zach Chappell of Talala, OK, is third in points, with last year's ASCS Brodix Rookie of the Year, seventeen year-old Cody Branchcomb of Sapulpa, OK, fourth. Toby Brown of Carthage, MO, and Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, are tied for fifth in points.

Other top contenders expected for Friday night's racing action include past ASCS National champions Tim Crawley and Garry Lee Maier, Shane Stewart, who has two ASCS wins to his credit this season, ASCS Sooner Region point leader Kevin Ramey, ASCS Gulf South Region defending champion and current point leader Kelly Angelette, Mike Ward, A.G. Rains, Nick Smith and Rick Behr.

After Batesville, the 11th Annual ASCS Speedweek moves on to Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, AR, on Saturday night, then Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway on Sunday night. After an off day on Monday, Speedweek resumes Tuesday night at Outlaw Motor Speedway near Muskogee, then moves on to Tri-State Speedway near Fort Smith, Paris Motor Speedway, Devil's Bowl Speedway and Lawton Speedway.

Batesville Speedway is located eight miles west of Batesville, AR, at the junction of SR 14 and SR 25, on Heber Springs Road. Racing action is slated to begin at 8:00 p.m. For additional information, contact the track at 870-251-1200.

More information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Cody Branchcomb , Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Kevin Ramey , Tim Crawley