Gulf South Region Beaumont and Cleveland preview

ASCS Gulf South Ready for GTRP & 105 Speedway This Weekend TULSA, Okla. (August 25, 2009) -- After three idle weekends, the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region fires back to action with a pair of events in southeast Texas...

ASCS Gulf South Ready for GTRP & 105 Speedway This Weekend

TULSA, Okla. (August 25, 2009) -- After three idle weekends, the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region fires back to action with a pair of events in southeast Texas this weekend.

On Friday night, the series takes to Beaumont's 3/8-mile Golden Triangle Raceway Park for the sixth of seven scheduled events in 2009. Then, on Saturday night, it's on to Cleveland's 105 Speedway for the third time this season.

Leading the way into the weekend in his bid to become the series fifth different champion is 19-year-old Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX, who picked off his first career ASCS Gulf South feature win in the series most recent stop at Golden Triangle Raceway Park on July 17.

Reutzel's series record streak of 15 consecutive top-ten feature finishes was finally snapped in the series most recent event versus the Lone Star Region at Waco's Heart O' Texas Speedway on July 31.

Reutzel will start from scratch on a new streak with this weekend's pair of events followed by next weekend's double against the Lone Star Region at Crandall's RPM Speedway and Mesquite's Devil's Bowl Speedway on September 4-5.

Reutzel carries an advantage of just 46 markers over Tommy Bryant into this weekend's action, with Channin Tankersley, Scottie McDonald and Kent Lewis, Jr., rounding out the current top five.

Two-time and defending series champion Brandon Berryman enters the weekend ranked sixth, with the balance of the current top ten including Ray Allen Kulhanek, Greg Rilat, Gary Watson and Jimmy Brooks.

Friday's card at Golden Triangle Raceway Park is slated to get under way at 7:45 p.m., with Saturday's action at 105 Speedway set to go green at 8:00 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.

Cleveland, Texas' 0x00bc-mile, semi-banked 105 Speedway clay oval is located six miles west of US 59 on SR 105, then 0.3 miles north on Fostoria. For more information, contact the track at 281-592-7223.

The ASCS Gulf South Region is set for 27 nights of racing action at ten different tracks throughout Texas in 2009.

The American Sprint Car Series, in its 18th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing events, brings the best of Sprint Car racing to nearly 100 different tracks throughout 25 states and Canada in 2009. Anchored by the Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters, ASCS also consists of a dozen different Regions throughout the nation.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Ray Allen Kulhanek , Aaron Reutzel