TULSA, Okla. (October 20, 2004) - Anybody that has been to an ASCS National Tour event over the past half-decade or so has to be familiar with the No. 50z and No. 61a cars. After all, neither Zach Chappell nor Toby Brown has missed an O'Reilly...
TULSA, Okla. (October 20, 2004) - Anybody that has been to an ASCS National Tour event over the past half-decade or so has to be familiar with the No. 50z and No. 61a cars. After all, neither Zach Chappell nor Toby Brown has missed an O'Reilly ASCS National Tour event presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers since the last millennium.
Chappell and Brown will both complete five consecutive years of perfect attendance on the O'Reilly ASCS National circuit with this weekend's 31st Annual Devil's Bowl Speedway Winter Nationals, which is expected to draw a stout field of more than fifty entries from throughout the nation.
Mainstays on the ASCS National Tour, Chappell and Brown are both closing in on 200 consecutive events competed in. Brown, driver of the familiar Brown Racing Xpress / ABF Truck Rebuilders No. 61a, will reach the 200 consecutive event mark with the 2005 season opener, while Chappell, who has piloted father David Chappell's Champco Concrete Construction No. 50z, will make it 200 events in a row with next season's second event.
The duo's tireless pursuit of the next ASCS race over the past five years has led them thousands of miles, all the way from the bayou lands of Louisiana and Mississippi, into Tennessee, to the Midwestern states of Indiana and Iowa, through the Plains of Nebraska and Kansas, into the Heart of Big 12 Country in Oklahoma and neighboring Missouri and Arkansas, across the vast expanse of Texas and all the way to the enchanted lands of New Mexico.
After a fifth place finish in points in 2000, Chappell earned the ASCS National championship and National Driver of the Year honors at just 19 years of age in 2001. While the Talala, OK, native has been denied a second series crown, he is poised to finish third in ASCS National points for the third year in a row.
Chappell picked up his seventh career series victory earlier this season at Nebraska Raceway Park and with 27 feature starts prior to the 2000 season, started his 200th career ASCS feature at I-30 Speedway on August 28. Chappell enters the weekend with 207 career feature starts.
Brown, the Carthage, Missouri driver who just celebrated his 28th birthday, has been a model of consistency in point rankings. Brown sandwiched sixth-place rankings in 2000 and 2003 around fifth-place finishes in 2001 and 2002. Brown will improve upon those rankings this season however, climbing to fourth in points on the strength of some impressive runs over the last half of the year.
While that first series victory has proven elusive to Brown, his challenges for the checkered flag have become more frequent in recent months. Brown has made 180 career ASCS feature starts entering this weekend.
As Chappell and Brown put the wraps on a fifth consecutive year of perfect attendance on the ASCS National Tour, several others are working on newer streaks. Travis Rilat, the 2003 series champion, will complete his second year of perfect attendance, while current point leader Gary Wright and Brodix Rookie of the Year contender Jimmy Taylor will both record perfect attendance for the 2004 season as well. Wright, on the verge of his first series title, missed just one event in 2003, while Taylor earned COMP Cams Newcomer of the Year honors in 2003.
This weekend's 31st Annual Devil's Bowl Speedway Winter Nationals, which offers $5,000 to win in Saturday night's finale, are slated to get under way at 8:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night. Devil's Bowl Speedway is located six miles east of Dallas' I-635 on US 80, then three miles south on Lawson Road. For more information, contact the track at 972-222-2421.
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