"200" for Toby in Saturday ASCS Devil's Bowl Go TULSA, Okla. (March 16, 2005) -- This Saturday night's finale of the 32nd Annual Devil's Bowl Speedway Spring Nationals in Mesquite, TX, will be a landmark night for the O'Reilly American Sprint...
"200" for Toby in Saturday ASCS Devil's Bowl Go
TULSA, Okla. (March 16, 2005) -- This Saturday night's finale of the 32nd Annual Devil's Bowl Speedway Spring Nationals in Mesquite, TX, will be a landmark night for the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, as Carthage, MO, shoe Toby Brown will become the first driver in series history to reach the 200 consecutive events competed-in plateau.
Brown, along with father Terry and the Brown Racing Xpress team, enter this weekend's season-opening double for the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour with an active streak of 198 consecutive events competed in, a streak that began on September 18, 1999, at Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, AR.
Since that time, Brown has recorded perfect attendance over each of the past five seasons, posting two fifth place points finishes and two sixth place finishes to go with last year's career best fourth place ranking.
The streak has found the team in action over the last five-plus seasons at 49 different tracks throughout a dozen different states, ranging all the way from Indiana to New Mexico, with other states including Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kansas and Nebraska.
Overall, the American Sprint Car Series has contested 413 National Tour feature events at 88 different tracks throughout 18 different states since its inception in 1992.
Toby has notched 86 top-ten feature finishes over the course of the streak, including a half dozen podium finishes. Four of those six top-three runs came during the 2004 season, a strong indication that the first series victory for the 28-year-old Show-Me-State "Ironman" could be coming in the near future.
Talala, Oklahoma's Zach Chappell enters the weekend just one step behind Brown with a streak of 197 consecutive events competed in. If Chappell competes in both nights of this weekend's Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals, he could reach the magical "200" mark during the series next event at Memphis Motorsports Park on April 22-23, dependent upon his ARCA obligations.
Next on the active list of consecutive events competed in is Travis Rilat, who enters the weekend at 78.
Brown will be part of a crowded pit area this weekend, as a stout contingent of cars is expected for this Friday and Saturday night's 32nd Annual Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals, with Hooks, TX, ace Gary Wright kicking off the defense of his 2004 ASCS National title. Wright outdistanced 2003 series kingpin Rilat by 166 markers to claim the '04 title, becoming the series' fifth different champion in as many years.
In addition to Wright, Rilat and Brown, other drivers expected to vie for ASCS National championship honors in 2005 include Oklahoma drivers Darren Stewart and Jimmy Taylor, Missouri shoe Eric Jobe, Memphis-area drivers A.G. Rains, Jan Howard and Lee Sowell, Kansan Tony Bruce, Jr., Texan Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and South Dakota's Natalie Sather.
Devil's Bowl Speedway is located six miles east of Dallas' I-635 on US 80, then three miles south on Lawson Road. Both nights of racing are set to get under way at 8:00 p.m. For more information, contact the track at 972-222-2421.
This weekend's 32nd Annual Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals kicks off approximately 40 nights of racing in 2005 for the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores at more than 21 different tracks throughout ten different states.
In addition, the Gulf South, Sooner, Rocky Mountain, Midwest and Southern Regional Tours bring the number of events that will be sanctioned by the American Sprint Car Series in 2005 to approximately 120 at more than 50 different racetracks throughout at least 15 different states.
Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.