Rilat & Wright Take Battle to ASCS Gulf South Action at Fast Trax TULSA, Okla. (April 12, 2004) -- Top Texas Sprint Car aces Travis Rilat and Gary Wright just can't get enough of each other. They'll clash again this Saturday night, along...
Rilat & Wright Take Battle to ASCS Gulf South Action at Fast Trax
TULSA, Okla. (April 12, 2004) -- Top Texas Sprint Car aces Travis Rilat and Gary Wright just can't get enough of each other. They'll clash again this Saturday night, along with approximately 30 other entries, as the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region makes its first stop of the year at Fast Trax Speedway in Chatham, LA.
Rilat and Wright battled through more than 40 nights of racing in 2003 for the ASCS National title, with Rilat edging the Hooks, TX, veteran by just 12 points to claim the crown in the closest championship battle in series history.
With the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour idle this weekend, the Lone Star State hotshoes will cross paths once again, as each tries to top Fast Trax Speedway's Second Annual Spring Nationals. Wright's recent Fast Trax fortune has been good, notching a pair of Chatham victories in 2003, including one in Gulf South action and one in National Tour competition.
Wright recently claimed his 77th career ASCS National victory by winning the season opener at Delta Bowl Speedway in Tunica, MS, while Rilat notched his first feature triumph of the season this past weekend in weekly Kennedale, TX, action at Cowtown Speedway.
With Wright and Rilat set to battle once again, the top contenders for the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region championship should begin to emerge.
Two-time and defending series kingpin Kelly Angelette of Thibodaux, LA, has indicated intentions of missing one or two events in favor of National Tour action, which would open the door to a potential new series champion.
A number of top shoes are ready to unseat Angelette, including 2003 points runner-up Greg Rilat and 2002 points runner-up Todd Johnson. Other potential contenders who will be in action this Saturday night include Texas drivers Brandon Berryman, Chris Sweeney, Rick Behr, Jerry Bell, Richard Cordray, Scottie McDonald, Brad Stokes, Tina Creswell and Kent Lewis, Jr., as well as Louisiana shoes Stephen Chevallier, Tony Krites, Rick Forbis and Rick Holt.
Sunnyvale, TX, teen Sam Hafertepe, Jr., topped the season opening ASCS Gulf South event at Thunder Valley Speedway on March 13. Hafertepe will try to make it two in a row before returning to National Tour action, where he will pursue Rookie of the Year honors.
Racing action for the approximately 30-car field is slated to get under way at 8:00 p.m.
Fast Trax Speedway is located four miles east of Chatham, LA, on Highway 4, approximately 20 miles southwest of Monroe, LA. For additional information, contact the track at 318-249-2443.
The Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region 2004 slate consists of 18 events at eleven different tracks throughout Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas.
More information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.