Delta Bowl double preview

O'Reilly ASCS Revs up for Delta Bowl Double TULSA, Okla. (June 14, 2004) -- The O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers fires back into action with this weekend's...

O'Reilly ASCS Revs up for Delta Bowl Double

TULSA, Okla. (June 14, 2004) -- The O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers fires back into action with this weekend's double header at Delta Bowl Speedway in Tunica, MS, on Friday and Saturday night.

Saturday night's event will also be the First Annual Sonny Sayre Memorial.

A strong contingent of cars is expected for the two-night showdown atop the fast one-third mile high-banked gumbo clay oval, including current series point leader Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, who topped the series season-opening event at Delta Bowl Speedway on March 27.

Wright has since notched additional victories at North Central Arkansas Speedway and I-30 Speedway, to extend his season victory total to three.

Wright enters the weekend with a narrow six point advantage over defending ASCS National champion Travis Rilat of Forney, TX. Rilat has matched Wright thus far in the O'Reilly ASCS win column, posting a trio of wins as well (67 Texarkana Speedway and a two-night sweep at Tech Motor Speedway in Lubbock, TX).

2001 series champion Zach Chappell of Talala, OK, posted his first series triumph of the season by topping last Thursday night's Great Plains Shootout at Nebraska Raceway Park to narrow the gap on the leaders. Chappell is currently third in points, just 24 points off the pace.

Last year's Brodix ASCS Rookie of the Year, Darren Stewart, enters the weekend ranked fourth in points, with 1992 series champion Garry Lee Maier, who switched to a new Maxim chassis this past weekend, rounding out the current top five.

Other top contenders expected for the Delta Bowl double include two-time ASCS Gulf South Region champion Kelly Angelette of Thibodaux, LA, Toby Brown, Cody Branchcomb, Jimmy Taylor and Brodix Rookie of the Year candidates A.G. Rains, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Chuck Swenson and Natalie Sather.

A number of Memphis-area shoes will attempt to defend their home turf, including current track point leader Mike Ward. Included among other top local contenders expected to vie for ASCS victory honors are Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Dale Howard, Marshall Skinner, Raymond Stull and Bryce Vowan among others.

Both nights of racing action are slated to get under way at 7:30 p.m.

Delta Bowl Speedway is located 15 miles south of Tunica, MS, on Highway 3, just one mile north of Highway 4. For more information, contact the track at 901-351-3245.

The 2004 O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers consists of nearly 40 nights of racing at 20 different tracks throughout Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Cody Branchcomb , Travis Rilat