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ASCS Gulf South Region Ready for a Louisiana Saturday Night TULSA, Okla. (March 7, 2005) -- The first of two dozen events for the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region takes place this Saturday night...

ASCS Gulf South Region Ready for a Louisiana Saturday Night

TULSA, Okla. (March 7, 2005) -- The first of two dozen events for the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region takes place this Saturday night as the series kicks off the 2005 season at Champion Park Speedway in Haughton, LA.

After a 16-event season in 2004, in which Jerry Bell of Rowlett, TX, out dueled fellow Texans Chris Sweeney and Greg Rilat for the series crown, this year's ASCS Gulf South Regional tour consists of 24 events at a dozen different tracks throughout Louisiana and Texas.

Saturday night's stop atop the high-banked, quarter-mile Champion Park Speedway clay oval marks the first of three scheduled events at the Haughton track. The Gulf South shoes join forces with the O'Reilly National Tour on May 7, and then make a final appearance on July 30.

Saturday's event marks just the second stand-alone ASCS Gulf South Region event to be contested at Champion Park Speedway. Last June, Greg Rilat took command in the late stages and went on to score his lone ASCS Gulf South Region feature victory of the season.

A strong field is expected for Saturday night's season opening ASCS Gulf South Region event, which is set to get under way at 7:00 p.m.

Champion Park Speedway is located east of Shreveport, LA, off I-20 Exit 38, then 0.2 miles north, then east 0.7 miles. For more information, contact the track at 318-371-0077.

A total of 105 different drivers competed in at least one Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region event in 2004, with fourteen drivers competing in at least 60% of the events. The ASCS Gulf South Region averaged 28.25 cars per event in 2004, up more than 8% from the previous year.

In total, including the National Tour along with the Gulf South, Sooner, Rocky Mountain, Midwest and Southern Regions, the American Sprint Car Series will sanction approximately 120 nights of racing at approximately 50 different race tracks throughout at least 15 different states.

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

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