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$5K at Stake in O'Reilly ASCS LOS 360 Nationals TULSA, Okla. (August 30, 2004) - The stars of the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers are geared up for this...

$5K at Stake in O'Reilly ASCS LOS 360 Nationals

TULSA, Okla. (August 30, 2004) - The stars of the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers are geared up for this Saturday and Sunday night's Lake Ozark Speedway 360 Nationals in Eldon, MO, with Sunday night's main event offering up $5,000 to the winner.

The event marks the first annual LOS 360 Nationals for the new, state-of-the art 1/3-mile semi-banked clay oval racing facility.

Hooks, TX, ace Gary Wright leads the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour into this weekend's LOS 360 Nationals, coming off a weekend sweep through Paris, TX, and Little Rock, AR, that extended his career ASCS win total to 88.

With the weekend sweep, Wright stretched his current series point lead to 52 markers over defending series champion Travis Rilat of Forney, TX. Wright also overtook Rilat on the 2004 series victory chart, running his total to seven wins in comparison to Rilat's six triumphs. Wright's finishing record has been remarkable, as he has yet to finish outside the top-ten through 25 feature events.

2001 series champion Zach Chappell of Talala, OK, a winner at Nebraska Raceway Park, enters the weekend ranked third in points, with 1992 kingpin Garry Lee Maier in fourth. While Maier has yet to break into the winner's circle on the National Tour, he has notched three Regional triumphs.

Carthage, MO, shoe Toby Brown rounds out the current top-five in points entering this weekend, with three-time 2004 feature winner Darren Stewart of Bixby, OK, sixth in points. Brodix Rookie of the Year contenders A.G. Rains (West Memphis, AR) , Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, TX), Jimmy Taylor (Oklahoma City, OK) and Natalie Sather (Fargo, ND) round out the current top ten in points, with Sapulpa, OK, teen Cody Branchcomb just ten points out of the top ten.

The rugged National Tour regulars will square off with plenty of stiff competition during the LOS 360 Nationals, including a host of local pilots led by current Lake Ozark Speedway point leader Randy Martin of California, MO. Other top shoes expected for the weekend include Shane Stewart (Bixby, OK), Billy Alley (Lincoln, NE) and Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) among others.

A stout field of more than 50 cars is expected for the weekend's $5,000-to-win LOS 360 Nationals.

Racing is slated to get under way at 7:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday night at Lake Ozark Speedway. Lake Ozark Speedway is located in Eldon, MO, at the junction of US 54 and SR 52, then 0xda6ce on frontage road. For more information, contact the track at 573-302-4499.

The 2004 O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers consists of nearly 40 nights of racing at 20 different tracks throughout Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Cody Branchcomb , Travis Rilat , Jason Johnson