TULSA, Okla. (June 9, 2003) - The 11th Annual American Sprint Car Series Speedweek was once again a resounding success, featuring a competitive field of cars playing to large crowds each night, as Tulsa's Shane Stewart earned ASCS Speedweek ...
TULSA, Okla. (June 9, 2003) - The 11th Annual American Sprint Car Series Speedweek was once again a resounding success, featuring a competitive field of cars playing to large crowds each night, as Tulsa's Shane Stewart earned ASCS Speedweek championship honors by just eight markers over Gary Wright of Hooks, TX.
Seventy-four drivers from eleven different states, as well as Mexico and Australia, competed during the 11th Annual ASCS Speedweek, with an average car count of 35 cars per night over the six events completed at Batesville (AR) Speedway (May 30), Riverside Speedway (May 31), State Fair Speedway (June 1), Outlaw Motor Speedway (June 3), Tri-State Speedway (June 4) and Lawton Speedway (June 7). ASCS Speedweek events scheduled for Paris Motor Speedway and Devil's Bowl Speedway, both in Texas, were washed out on June 5 and 6.
Stewart earned the title by virtue of top-five finishes in all six events, including a pair of victories at Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway and Outlaw Motor Speedway near Muskogee. Wright earned a pair of wins as well, winning the opener at Batesville Speedway, then topping the finale at Lawton Speedway. Other ASCS Speedweek winners were Eddie Gallagher at Riverside Speedway in West Memphis, AR, and Darren Stewart at Tri-State Speedway in Pocola, OK.
Zach Chappell of Talala, OK, finished third in ASCS Speedweek points, with Darren Stewart, who maintained his overall series lead, fourth in Speedweek points. Travis Rilat rounded out the top five in ASCS Speedweek points. Completing the top ten were Kevin Ramey, Cody Branchcomb, Toby Brown, Jan Howard and California's Rick Williams.
Twelve different drivers competed in all six events, including S. Stewart, Wright, Chappell, D. Stewart, Rilat, Ramey, Branchcomb, Brown, John Pate, Brian Harvill, Tony Bruce, Jr., and Jimmy Taylor. Another seven drivers missed only one event.
Final ASCS Speedweek Points (Top 30): <pre> 1. 4m Shane Stewart Tulsa, OK 874 2. 9 Gary Wright Hooks, TX 866 3. 50z Zach Chappell Talala, OK 816 4. 91 Darren Stewart Bixby, OK 810 5. 29 Travis Rilat Forney, TX 796 6. 7m Kevin Ramey Ft. Worth, TX 784 7. 94 Cody Branchcomb Sapulpa, OK 716 8. 61a Toby Brown Carthage, MO 658 9. 46 Jan Howard Byhalia, MS 620 10. 55 Rick Williams Castro Valley, CA 616 11. 36 John Pate Angleton, TX 609 12. 31b Brian Harvill Irving, TX 583 13. 18 Tony Bruce, Jr. Liberal, KS 550 14. 19 Kelly Angelette Thibodaux, LA 522 15. 15s Nick Smith Broken Arrow, OK 510 16. 31 Matt Clevenger Flower Mound, TX 508 17. 23 Jimmy Taylor Oklahoma City, OK 450 18. 78 Henry Gustavus Marion, AR 434 19. 11x Garry Lee Maier Cimarron, KS 418 20. 47 Dale Howard Byhalia, MS 408 21. 44 Ronny Howard Southaven, MS 392 22. 15 Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Sunnyvale, TX 380 23. 22 Billy Alley Lincoln, NE 378 24t 94c Stephen Chevallier Downsville, LA 375 24t 12m Greg Merritt Horn Lake, MS 375 26. 25 Jeff Dodd Wichita Falls, TX 349 27. 05 Stephanie Chappell Talala, OK 339 28. 11f Foster Landon Collinsville, OK 323 29. 2m Bryce Vowan Forrest City, AR 319 30. 36x Larry Neighbors Oklahoma City, OK 313