13th Annual COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek: The Drivers... TULSA, Okla. (June 2, 2005) -- Gary Wright, Darren Stewart, Danny Wood, Tim Crawley, Zach Chappell, Roger Crockett, Terry McCarl, Jason Johnson, Wayne Johnson. These are just a few of the ...
13th Annual COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek: The Drivers...
TULSA, Okla. (June 2, 2005) -- Gary Wright, Darren Stewart, Danny Wood, Tim Crawley, Zach Chappell, Roger Crockett, Terry McCarl, Jason Johnson, Wayne Johnson. These are just a few of the names that will take part in at least a portion of the 13th Annual COMP Cams American Sprint Car Series Speedweek, which kicks off Friday night at Memphis Motorsports Park.
As many as 20 different drivers could throw their hat into the ring for Speedweek championship honors, with nearly 100 different drivers expected to compete in at least one event over the course of the seven-race series for the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores.
After Friday's MMP opener, ensuing events include Riverside Speedway (Saturday, June 4), Tri-State Speedway (Monday, June 6), Tulsa Speedway (Tuesday, June 7), Devil's Bowl Speedway (Thursday, June 9), 67 Texarkana Speedway (Friday, June 10) and I-30 Speedway (Saturday, June 11).
A look at some of the drivers expected to make their presence known during ASCS Speedweek.
#3 -- A.G. Rains (West Memphis, AR)
The 2004 Brodix National Tour Rookie of the Year, Rains took advantage of last Saturday night's Cowtown rainout to tune-up for Speedweek by topping the weekly feature at his home track, Riverside Speedway. A 2001 Speedweek feature winner at Riverside, A.G. enters this year's edition of Speedweek ranked eighth in O'Reilly ASCS National Tour points.
Speedweek Career: 17 feature starts -- 1 win, 3 top-fives, 7 top-tens.
#4m -- Toby Brown (Carthage, MO)
The ASCS Ironman enters Speedweek with an unprecedented streak of 205 consecutive O'Reilly ASCS National Tour events competed in. Currently ranked seventh in National points, Toby's confidence should be soaring after taking advantage of some down time to capture his first career Sprint Car win in weekly Missouri action then following that up with his first Midget feature win a week later.
Speedweek Career: 31 feature starts -- 4 top-fives, 12 top-tens.
#9 -- Gary Wright (Hooks, TX)
The five-time ASCS Speedweek champion and defending O'Reilly ASCS National champion enters Speedweek with a 24-point lead over Darren Stewart in the championship points race. Gary has scored three victories in the series initial seven events of '05, extending his series' best career win total to 93, with 21 of those coming in ASCS Speedweek competition. Last year, Wright was shut out of Speedweek victory lane for just the third time ever and the first time since 1996.
Speedweek Career: 69 feature starts -- 21 wins, 49 top-fives, 60 top-tens.
#15 -- Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX)
The 19-year-old Texan enters Speedweek as this year's most active ASCS driver with 16 ASCS starts already in '05. Ranked sixth in National points, Sam hasn't finished outside the top ten in his last six starts and picked up his first win of the season last Saturday night in Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores competition at Thunder Valley Speedway in Union Hill, LA.
Speedweek Career: 6 feature starts -- 1 top-five, 1 top-ten.
#18 -- Tony Bruce, Jr. (Liberal, KS)
The Brodix Rookie of the Year contender enters the weekend ranked fifth in O'Reilly ASCS National Tour points. Always ready to race, the 20-year-old has nine top-ten finishes in 14 ASCS starts this season, including events with the Gulf South, Sooner and Midwest Regions.
Speedweek Career: 6 feature starts.
#23 -- Jimmy Taylor (Oklahoma City, OK)
The 2003 COMP Cams ASCS Newcomer of the Year and last year's Most Improved Driver, Jimmy enters this year's edition of Speedweek ranked tenth in points. Jimmy has been absent just once in the last 59 ASCS National Tour events.
Speedweek Career: 3 feature starts -- 1 top-ten.
#36 -- Jason Martin (Liberal, KS)
Another traveler from Liberal, KS, Jason Martin will compete in at least five Speedweek events. In a handful of ASCS starts thus far in '05, Jason has been strong, finishing among the top-ten four times with two top-fives. Jason is currently ranked fifth in ASCS Midwest Region points.
Speedweek Career: 2 feature starts -- 1 top-ten.
#40r -- Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)
The 2003 National 360 Sprint Car Rookie of the Year became the youngest winner in O'Reilly ASCS National Tour history when he topped the '04 Speedweek finale at Riverside Speedway in the series' 400th feature event. Now 17 years old, Ricky has finished among the top ten in three of four ASCS National Tour starts in '05.
Speedweek Career: 5 feature starts -- 1 win, 2 top-fives, 2 top-tens.
#41 -- The Shop Diesel Service Entry
A pair of Johnson's will share the seat of Lanny Row's No. 41 during Speedweek. Louisiana native Jason Johnson will fly in from Pennsylvania for Rounds Three and Four at Pocola and Tulsa. Then former ASCS National champion Wayne Johnson of Mustang, OK, escapes the seemingly endless cornfields of Iowa long enough for Rounds Five and Six at Devil's Bowl and Texarkana. Jason has nine career ASCS National Tour triumphs to his credit, while Wayne has made it to ASCS victory lane 20 times.
Jason Johnson Speedweek Career: 17 feature starts -- 2 wins, 7 top-fives, 9 top-tens.
Wayne Johnson Speedweek Career: 51 feature starts -- 4 wins, 22 top-fives, 33 top-tens.
#46 -- Jan Howard (Byhalia, MS)
A close second in O'Reilly ASCS National Tour points after the initial six events, a wild flip at Oklahoma City dropped Jan to fourth in points. Out of the second Sowell entry, Jan is back in his No. 46. Jan has four career O'Reilly ASCS National Tour triumphs to his credit, including a 2002 Speedweek triumph at Memphis Motorsports Park.
Speedweek Career: 30 feature starts -- 1 win, 4 top-fives, 10 top-tens.
#47 -- Dale Howard (Byhalia, MS)
The oldest of the three Howard brothers is set to make another run at the COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek championship. An April 15 feature winner at MMP, Dale posted finishes of second and third during the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour double the following weekend at MMP. With one career National Tour feature victory to his credit, Dale has broken out of the gates in strong fashion in '05 with a half dozen top-five runs in eight starts.
Speedweek Career: 36 feature starts -- 6 top-fives, 18 top-tens.
#48 -- Jake Martens (Fairview, OK)
Enters Speedweek as the leading Brodix Rookie of the Year contender after earning five top-ten feature finishes in the series' initial seven events of '05 to climb to third in points. At just 19 years of age, Jake has had a look at MMP, Tulsa and Devil's Bowl, but the other four stops will be new ground.
Speedweek Career: Starts Friday, June 3.
#50z -- Zach Chappell (Talala, OK)
A break in his ARCA schedule allows 2001 ASCS National Champion Zach Chappell the opportunity to chase his first Speedweek crown. Zach picked up the first of his seven career O'Reilly ASCS National Tour wins in the 2001 Speedweek finale at Oklahoma City.
Speedweek Career: 42 feature starts -- 1 win, 13 top-fives, 25 top-tens.
#51 -- Lee Sowell (Nesbit, MS)
The 19-year-old Brodix Rookie of the Year candidate enters the weekend ranked ninth in O'Reilly ASCS National Tour points. The Rookie will feel most at home at Riverside Speedway, where he finished sixth in points last year.
Speedweek Career: Competed in Riverside and Tunica legs of 2004 Speedweek.
#55L -- Dustin Lindquist (Floodwood, MN)
The defending WISSOTA Sprint Car champion will make the tow down from Minnesota for his first taste of ASCS Speedweek. Dustin is slated to join Speedweek during Round 3 on Monday night at Pocola, OK.
Speedweek Career: Kicks off Monday night, June 6, in Pocola, OK.
#57 -- Roger Crockett (Eugene, OR)
The four-time and defending Northern Sprint Tour champion joins forces with California car owner Paul Silva for his first run at COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek. Roger has seen I-30 Speedway, but the other six stops will be all new. With 14 wins last season, Crockett already has a pair of West Coast triumphs this season. Don't be too surprised if Crockett snares his first ASCS triumph at some point during the week.
Speedweek Career: Begins Friday night.
#66 -- Danny Wood (Norman, OK)
The "Flying Fossil" is set to pick up Speedweek at Tri-State on Monday night and run the rest of the way. After starting the year aboard Lanny Row's No. 41, Danny has been strong since recently joining forces with Court Grandstaff. Danny scored a Sooner Region win in Oklahoma City for Row, then charged from deep in the field to finish third a few weeks later for Grandstaff in Oklahoma City. The three-time ASCS National Tour points runner-up has eight career National Tour feature wins to his credit, including a 1996 Speedweek win in Kilgore, TX.
Speedweek Career: 31 feature starts -- 1 win, 11 top-fives, 22 top-tens.
#77 -- Tim Crawley (Mabelvale, AR)
The three-time O'Reilly ASCS National champion shoots for back-to-back Speedweek title honors after winning three Speedweek features en route to the crown in '04. Tim has run a selected slate of Sprint Car events this year, picking up three wins at MMP and two victories at I-30. Tim recorded finishes of fourth and fifth in his only ASCS National Tour starts thus far in '05. Crawley is second in career ASCS Speedweek victories with ten, and is third on the overall National Tour charts with 34 victories.
Speedweek career: 64 feature starts -- 10 wins, 32 top-fives, 49 top-tens.
#87JR -- Steven Tiner (Mabelvale, AR)
Now hailing from Arkansas by way of his native Sacramento, CA, Steven Tiner takes his first full run at Speedweek aboard the second Crawley car. Tiner has been a regular fixture in MMP and I-30 action this year, currently leading points at I-30 and fourth at MMP. In 18 starts this year, Steven has been among the top-ten on 15 occasions and in the top-five seven times. Steven's best Speedweek outing came during last year's finale at Riverside when he charged from 18th to finish third.
Speedweek career: 2 feature starts -- 1 top-five, 2 top-tens.
#91 -- Darren Stewart (Bixby, OK)
The 22-year-old Accounting senior at Oklahoma State University enters COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek ranked second in O'Reilly ASCS National Tour points, just 24 points off Gary Wright's lead pace. In seven events, Darren has an April 22 victory at MMP and four runner-up finishes in the books. Darren also has a pair of weekly wins at I-30 to his credit. Darren already has eight career O'Reilly ASCS National Tour triumphs to his credit, with a pair coming in the last two Speedweek stops at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, OK.
Speedweek career: 15 feature starts -- 2 wins, 6 top-fives, 10 top-tens.
#94s -- Natalie Sather (Fargo, ND)
After an eleventh place finish in 2004 O'Reilly ASCS National Tour points in her initial ASCS season, Natalie has been in pick-and-choose mode in '05. Natalie has made nine ASCS starts overall in '05 with a pair of top-ten finishes to her credit, including Hard Charger honors at Fast Trax Speedway after racing from 17th to ninth. Natalie may miss the opening two events of Speedweek, as crew chief Kenny Woodruff will be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame this weekend.
Speedweek career: 4 feature starts.
These are just some of the stars that will be in action at seven different tracks over the course of nine days throughout Mississippi, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, with many others likely to enter the mix as well.
The Memphis area always provides plenty of tough competition, with Eddie Gallagher leading the local forces. Rounds Three and Four in Oklahoma are inviting to the ASCS Sooner Region forces, while Terry McCarl will take advantage of a pair of off days to join forces with car owner Mark Burch in Pocola and Tulsa.
Plenty of Texas cars fill out the Devil's Bowl field, with a red-hot Kevin Ramey looking forward to the event atop the track he has claimed three championships upon. Arkansas ovals in Texarkana and Little Rock round out the rugged week of racing, with top local shoes including Lewis Jenkins, Jr., Pete Butler and Josh Howard.
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