Gulf South Region Louisiana Double preview

Kulhanek Leads ASCS Gulf South into Louisiana Double TULSA, Okla. (June 27, 2005) -- Ray Allen Kulhanek carries a two-race win streak and the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region point...

Kulhanek Leads ASCS Gulf South into Louisiana Double

TULSA, Okla. (June 27, 2005) -- Ray Allen Kulhanek carries a two-race win streak and the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region point lead into this holiday weekend's double dose of racing action in Louisiana on Saturday and Sunday night.

Saturday night, the series makes it second stop of the season at Thunder Valley Speedway in Union Hill, LA, before moving on to Fast Trax Speedway in Chatham, LA, on Sunday night.

After winning the series season opener in March, Kulhanek had been shut out of victory lane until the recent South Texas double, where the Danbury, TX, racer stepped to the front of the points race by sweeping the weekend at Motorama Speedway and Houston Raceway Park.

Kulhanek will try to extend his win streak this weekend against a strong field of cars that will include each of the ASCS Gulf South Region contenders along with O'Reilly ASCS National Tour shoe Sam Hafertepe, Jr., of Sunnyvale, TX.

Hafertepe, currently ranked fourth in ASCS National points, topped the Gulf South Region's May 28 stop at Thunder Valley Speedway and will be looking for another victory atop Union Hill's high-banked, quarter-mile clay oval. The Hafertepe team is expected to field a second entry as well with Jeff Day at the helm of the second machine.

While Hafertepe takes advantage of an off weekend for the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour, Kulhanek will try to extend his Gulf South Region point lead over Louisiana shoes Stephen Chevallier and Lane Whittington, who enter the weekend tied for second in points, just 18 markers off the lead pace.

Scottie McDonald of New Caney, TX, enters the weekend fourth in points, just 22 points out of the lead, with Texas City, TX, racer Greg Rilat in fifth. Completing the current top ten are David Kulhanek (Danbury, TX), Chris Sweeney (Humble, TX), Richard Holt (McLeod, TX), Darryl Wills (Deer Park, TX) and Greg Coleman (Hillister, TX).

Approximately 30 entries are expected for both nights of racing action.

Saturday's card at Thunder Valley Speedway in Union Hill, LA, gets under way at 7:00 p.m. Thunder Valley Speedway is located two miles west of SR 112 on SR 113. For additional information, contact the track at 318-634-7290 or 318-748-7800.

Sunday night's racing action at the semi-banked, quarter-mile Fast Trax Speedway clay oval goes green at 8:00 p.m. Fast Trax Speedway is located four miles southeast of SR 34 in Chatham on SR 4. For more information, contact the track at 318-249-2443 or 318-325-4568.

The Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region will contest 24 events at a dozen different tracks throughout Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi in 2005.

In total, including the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour, the Southern Tour and the Sooner, Gulf South, Rocky Mountain and Midwest Regions, the American Sprint Car Series will sanction more than 100 nights of racing in 2005 at approximately 50 different racetracks throughout at least 16 different states.

Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darryl Wills , Ray Allen Kulhanek