Coastal Region Hattiesburg preview

ASCS COASTAL REGION TO SOUTHERN SPEEDWAY ON FRIDAY TULSA, Okla. (April 16, 2007) -- The American Sprint Car Series Coastal Region kicks off a two-night set of racing action with a Friday night card at Southern Speedway in Hattiesburg, MS. It ...

ASCS COASTAL REGION TO SOUTHERN SPEEDWAY ON FRIDAY

TULSA, Okla. (April 16, 2007) -- The American Sprint Car Series Coastal Region kicks off a two-night set of racing action with a Friday night card at Southern Speedway in Hattiesburg, MS. It marks the first event in series history atop the high-banked, 0x00bc-mile clay oval.

Following Friday's action at Southern Speedway, the ASCS Coastal Region joins forces with the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS, on Saturday night.

Amite, Louisiana's Michael Dupuy leads the ASCS Coastal Region into the weekend after sweeping the series' most recent event, a March 24 stop at South Mississippi Speedway in Long Beach.

Dupuy, the 2002 ASCS National Tour runner-up, has broken out to an 18-point lead over Michael Herrington in the ASCS Coastal Region's inaugural championship points race. Robert Casada enters Friday's card ranked third, with Shane Morgan and Todd Fayard rounding out the current top five.

Friday's event marks the first injected Sprint Car event at Southern Speedway. ASCS Coastal Region contenders Shane Morgan and Lane Whittington split 2005 wins in carbureted sprint action.

With a pair of events in the books this season, Dupuy and West Memphis, AR, racer Marshall Skinner have each enjoyed ASCS Coastal Region victory lane.

Friday night's racing action is set to go green at 7:00 p.m.

Southern Speeedway is located south of Hattiesburg, MS, off I-59 Exit 59, then 2.5 miles east on US 98, then 0.7 miles south on US 49. For more information, contact the track at 601-270-6408.

The ASCS Coastal Region is slated to contest 21 events at 13 different tracks throughout Mississippi and the surrounding area including portions of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Texas.

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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