Memphis III/Riverside II: Event previews

O'Reilly ASCS National Tour Revved Up for Final Memphis Swing of '05 TULSA, Okla. (September 5, 2005) -- Another action-packed weekend of racing is on tap for the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops...

O'Reilly ASCS National Tour Revved Up for Final Memphis Swing of '05

TULSA, Okla. (September 5, 2005) -- Another action-packed weekend of racing is on tap for the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores, as the series makes its final swing of the 2005 season through the Memphis hotbed of Sprint Car racing.

Friday night, the series takes to the semi-banked, quarter-mile Memphis Motorsports Park gumbo oval. Then on Saturday night, the series traverses across the Mississippi River for a final stop at the legendary quarter-mile Riverside Speedway gumbo clay oval in West Memphis, AR.

With just a half-dozen events remaining on the 2005 slate, Hooks, TX, ace Gary Wright carries a healthy point lead into the weekend despite a wicked crash in Sunday night's Lake Ozark Speedway 360 Nationals finale.

With ten victories this season and 100 ASCS National wins over the course of his career, Wright will be back and ready for action. Wright has claimed two of three ASCS National Tour events contested at Memphis Motorsports Park thus far in 2005.

Wright enters the weekend with a 188-point advantage over Bixby, OK, racer Darren Stewart. Stewart has three ASCS triumphs to his credit this season, including one at Memphis Motorsports Park. Stewart also scored a long-awaited Riverside feature win for car owner Bobby Sparks en route to the COMP Cams Speedweek title in June.

Liberal, KS, shoe Tony Bruce, Jr., is making the most of his rookie campaign, sitting third in points and ranking as the leading Brodix Rookie of the Year contender. Nineteen-year-old Sam Hafertepe, Jr., of Sunnyvale, TX, is just 64 more points back in fourth.

ASCS Ironman Toby Brown of Carthage, MO, enters the weekend ranked fifth in points, with Brodix Rookie of the Year contender Jake Martens of Fairview, OK, just 40 more points back in sixth.

Others in the current top ten in ASCS National points include Jimmy Taylor (Oklahoma City, OK), Jan Howard (Byhalia, MS), 2001 ASCS National champion Zach Chappell (Talala, OK) and Brodix Rookie of the Year contender Lee Sowell (Nesbit, MS).

The ASCS National forces will face a strong force of local contenders on both nights, including Eddie Gallagher, Mike Ward, A.G. Rains, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Henry Gustavus and Jim Bowden among others.

Also expected are three-time ASCS National champion Tim Crawley, Steven Tiner, 15-year-old Missouri hotshoe Hunter Schuerenberg and the "Fredericktown Flash", Tim Montgomery.

Friday's action at Memphis Motorsports Park goes green at 8:00 p.m. Memphis Motorsports Park is located off I-40 Exit 6, then 5.4 miles north on Warford, then left for 0.9 miles on Raleigh-Millington. For more information, contact the track at 901-358-7223.

Saturday's card at Riverside Speedway is slated to get under way at 7:15 p.m. Riverside Speedway is located west of Memphis, TN, off I-55 Exit 4 in Arkansas, then 0.3 mile south, then 0.2 mile east on Broadway, then south on Legion Road. For more information, contact the track at 870-735-8071.

The O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores will present nearly 40 nights of racing in 2005 at 20 different tracks throughout Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas.

In total, including the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour, the Southern Tour and the Sooner, Gulf South, Rocky Mountain and Midwest Regions, the American Sprint Car Series will sanction more than 100 nights of racing in 2005 at approximately 50 different racetracks throughout at least 16 different states.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Hunter Schuerenberg , Tim Crawley