Cowtown: Pre-race notes

O'Reilly ASCS Ready to Invade Cowtown for First Time on Saturday TULSA, Okla. (May 23, 2005) -- In the final tune-up for the upcoming 13th Annual COMP Cams American Sprint Car Series Speedweek, which kicks off Friday night, June 3, the ...

O'Reilly ASCS Ready to Invade Cowtown for First Time on Saturday

TULSA, Okla. (May 23, 2005) -- In the final tune-up for the upcoming 13th Annual COMP Cams American Sprint Car Series Speedweek, which kicks off Friday night, June 3, the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores invades the "Fastest Lil' Dirt Track in Texas", Kennedale's Cowtown Speedway, this Saturday night.

The National Tour will join forces with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region for Saturday night's event. While it marks the first National event atop the 0x00bc-mile, high-banked dirt oval, the Sooner Region has made three Cowtown appearances over the past year, with Kevin Ramey, Andy Shouse and Sean McClelland each collecting victories.

Defending series champion Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, leads the National points race into the night in what has been somewhat of a feast or famine start to the season for the "Texas". While Wright strung together three consecutive victories, he has finished outside the top five in the other four events.

On the strength of one win and four runner-up finishes, Bixby, OK, racer Darren Stewart enters the night ranked second in National points, just 24 markers behind Wright. Brodix Rookie of the Year contenders Jake Martens of Fairview, OK, and Tony Bruce, Jr., of Liberal, KS, have both broken out of the gates quickly, currently ranked third and fifth in points, respectively. Byhalia, MS, shoe Jan Howard slipped two positions to fourth in points after his wild heat race tumble in Oklahoma City last Friday night.

Other top ASCS National Tour contenders include sixth-ranked Sam Hafertepe, Jr., of Sunnyvale, TX, and ASCS Ironman Toby Brown of Carthage, MO, who enters the event with 205 consecutive events competed in. Completing the balance of the current top ten in points are A.G. Rains (West Memphis, AR), Lee Sowell (Nesbit, MS) and Jimmy Taylor (Oklahoma City, OK).

With an April 9 Cowtown triumph among his three Sooner Region wins, Tulsa's Sean McClelland leads the Sooner forces into the night. McClelland enters with a 34-point advantage over 2002 Sooner champion Danny Jennings of Norman, OK. Hailing from Sapulpa, OK, Cody Branchcomb is a strong third in points, with Kerry McAlister (Mustang, OK) and 2001 champion J.P. Bailey (Fort Worth, TX) rounding out the current top five.

Other top ASCS Sooner Region contenders expected for Saturday night include 2001 ASCS National champion Zach Chappell, two-time Sooner Region champion Kevin Ramey, defending co-champion Andy Shouse, Preston Peebles II, Brian McClelland and Foster Landon.

Saturday night's card at Kennedale's Cowtown Speedway is set to get under way at 7:00 p.m. Cowtown Speedway is located just east of Fort Worth off I-20 Exit 442-A, then 1.7 miles southeast on Mansfield Highway, then 1.4 miles southwest on New Hope Road, then east. For more information, contact the track at 817-478-9952 or 817-572-0848.

The O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores will present approximately 40 nights of racing in 2005 at 20 different tracks throughout Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region 2005 slate consists of 18 events at seven different tracks throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas.

In total, including the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour, the Southern Tour and the Sooner, Gulf South, Rocky Mountain and Midwest Regions, the American Sprint Car Series will sanction nearly 120 nights of racing in 2005 at approximately 50 different racetracks throughout at least 16 different states.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Preston Peebles , Cody Branchcomb , Danny Jennings , Kevin Ramey , J.P. Bailey , Andy Shouse , Sean McClelland