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Little Rock next stop for O'Reilly ASCS National Tour TULSA, Okla. (July 7, 2003) - The tight battle for the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and United Trailers ...

Little Rock next stop for O'Reilly ASCS National Tour

TULSA, Okla. (July 7, 2003) - The tight battle for the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and United Trailers series championship continues this Saturday night at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway.

Darren Stewart and Travis Rilat, each with three feature triumphs and 20 top-ten showings through the first 23 events of the season, enter Saturday's card with just four markers separating them.  With 16 top-five runs, two more than Forney, TX, shoe Rilat, Stewart, from Bixby, OK, enters Saturday's action with a slight edge in the points race.

2001 ASCS National champion Zach Chappell of Talala, OK, with a pair of victories this season, is a very close third in points, just 36 markers off the pace.  Making a series' best eight trips to victory lane, including one at I-30 Speedway on June 21, Gary Wright of Hooks, TX, is within striking distance of the leaders, 48 points back in fourth.

Other top O'Reilly ASCS National Tour regulars expected for the event include fifth-ranked Cody Branchcomb, Toby Brown, Rick Behr, Nick Smith and A.G. Rains.

A number of I-30 Speedway regular competitors will be on hand to defend their home turf, including Pete Butler and three-time ASCS National champion Tim Crawley, both of whom have dominated recent weekly action at Little Rock.

Approximately 30 cars are expected for Saturday night's racing action.

The 2003 O'Reilly Auto Parts American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and United Trailers features nearly 50 nights of racing at 25 different tracks throughout Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.  Including the Regional events throughout the Gulf South, Sooner and Rocky Mountain Regions, the American Sprint Car Series will present close to 100 nights of racing at nearly 50 different tracks in fourteen states.

I-30 Speedway is located seven miles southwest of Little Rock on I-30 to Exit 126 (County Line Road), then south to Frontage Road, then east.  Racing is slated to get under way at 7:30 p.m.  For additional information, contact the track at (501) 455-4567.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Cody Branchcomb , Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Tim Crawley