Gulf South Region Thunder Valley preview

TULSA, Okla. (September 16, 2003) - With Kelly Angelette closing in on a second consecutive series championship, a unique format for Saturday night's American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region event at Thunder Valley Speedway in Union Hill, LA,...

TULSA, Okla. (September 16, 2003) - With Kelly Angelette closing in on a second consecutive series championship, a unique format for Saturday night's American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region event at Thunder Valley Speedway in Union Hill, LA, offers a payday of $3,500 for a clean sweep of the program.

The event will kick off with qualifying, with $500 going to the fastest qualifier courtesy of Harvey's Garage. A last chance race will then precede twin features, which will each offer $1,250 to win, with an additional $500 bonus for the driver that can win both features, making a sweep worth $3,500.

The top 14 in qualifying earn automatic starting berths in the first of two 20-lap features, with the top six in qualifying inverted for the first feature. Those not in the top 14 in qualifying will run a Last Chance race, with the top six advancing to the final three rows of the first feature.

The top ten finishers in the first feature will be inverted for the start of the second feature, with the remainder starting straight up according to their finishing position. However, the winner of the first feature will be required to go all the way to the back of the second feature to be eligible for the $500 double-feature "sweep" bonus.

Alternates from the Last Chance race will replace any cars that started the first feature but are unable to start the second 20-lap feature.

Hailing from Thibodaux, LA, Angelette is approaching a second consecutive series championship with a September 27 makeup date at Many (LA) Motor Speedway remaining after this weekend's race. A possible makeup date for the Battleground Speedway event that was rained out on September 6 is also under discussion.

One of Angelette's three ASCS Gulf South Region triumphs this season came in the series' most recent visit to Thunder Valley Speedway, on August 2, while Terry Gray topped this season's other event at the quarter-mile oval on May 25.

Angelette's closest championship challengers are Greg Rilat of Texas City, TX, who is just 50 points out of the lead, and 17 year-old rookie pilot Sam Hafertepe, Jr., of Sunnyvale, TX, who trails the leader by only 54 markers.

Other top ASCS Gulf South regulars include Louisiana shoes Todd Johnson, Cody Pearson, Stephen Chevallier and David Forbis, and Texas guns Brandon Berryman, Tina Creswell, Chris Sweeney, Harry Yerrington and Scottie McDonald.

Thunder Valley Speedway is located 9.5 miles west of Glenmora, LA, on SR 113 in Union Hill. For additional information, contact the track at 318-634-7290 or 318-748-4470 or ASCS Gulf South Region coordinator Keith Johnson at 337-457-4498.

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

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