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Sweeney Leads The Way into ASCS Gulf South Double TULSA, Okla. (May 5, 2008) -- With Chris Sweeney holding a narrow point lead, the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region fires back into action this weekend with a pair of events...

Sweeney Leads The Way into ASCS Gulf South Double

TULSA, Okla. (May 5, 2008) -- With Chris Sweeney holding a narrow point lead, the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region fires back into action this weekend with a pair of events in southeast Texas.

On Friday night, the series takes to Beaumont's Golden Triangle Raceway Park for the Fifth Annual John Bankston Memorial. Then on Saturday night, it's on to Baytown's Houston Raceway Park for the Sixth Annual Ronald Laney Memorial.

And, as has become tradition, the ASCS Gulf South championship battle is another tight one with just eight points separating the lead trio of Sweeney, Gary Watson and Greg Rilat. The ASCS Gulf South Region championship has been decided by 32 or fewer points on four occasions in the past five years.

While Channelview, TX, shoe Sweeney holds a slight advantage entering the weekend, Beaumont's Watson and Texas City's Rilat are tied for second just eight points out of the lead. Watson edged Rilat by two points for the series title in 2006.

After capturing his first career ASCS win in the series most recent action at Fast Trax Speedway, 17-year-old Channin Tankersley of Highlands, TX, enters the weekend ranked fourth, just 38 points off of Sweeney's lead pace.

College Station's Jimmy Brooks enters the weekend ranked fifth, with the balance of the current top ten including rookie contender Travis Elliott of Alvin, TX, 2005 Gulf South champion Ray Allen Kulhanek (Willis, TX), Tommy Bryant (Conroe, TX), Brandon Corn (Hearne, TX) and defending series champion Brandon Berryman (Missouri City, TX).

Friday's action at Golden Triangle Raceway Park goes green at 7:30 p.m., with Saturday's card at Houston Raceway Park firing off at 7:00 p.m.

Golden Triangle Raceway Park is located 9.5 miles west of I-10 on US 90 near Beaumont, TX. For more information, contact the track at 409-752-7200.

Houston Raceway Park is located east of Houston on I-10 to Exit 798, then three miles south on State Road 146, then 0.8 miles southeast on FM 1405, then 1.5 miles northeast on FM 565. For more information, contact the track at 281-383-7223.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Ray Allen Kulhanek