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Wright Leads O'Reilly ASCS into Memphis Weekend TULSA, Okla. (September 7, 2004) - Closing in on his first O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic ...

Wright Leads O'Reilly ASCS into Memphis Weekend

TULSA, Okla. (September 7, 2004) - Closing in on his first O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers championship, Gary Wright leads the series into this weekend's stops at Memphis Motorsports Park on Friday night and Riverside Speedway in West Memphis on Saturday night.

As the series makes its final swing of the season through Memphis, Wright will face plenty of competition including past ASCS champions Travis Rilat, Zach Chappell and Garry Lee Maier along with LOS 360 Nationals winner Shane Stewart and Memphis area standouts such as Eddie Gallagher and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

With just seven point races remaining, including this weekend's pair of events, Wright has amassed a 98-point advantage over defending series champion Travis Rilat. While Wright finished second in this past weekend's Lake Ozark Speedway 360 Nationals, Rilat's hopes for a repeat championship took a hit with finishes outside the top ten on both nights of racing.

A nine-time NCRA 410-ci champion, Wright ranks atop the career ASCS victory charts with 88 wins, including seven wins this season. Wright finished second in ASCS National points last year, just 12 points behind Rilat when the final checkered flag of 2003 flew. This year, Wright is seeking to become the fifth different ASCS National champion in as many years, with Rilat, Tim Crawley, Chappell and Wayne Johnson each garnering ASCS championships since 2000.

Wright and Rilat will be joined this weekend by top ASCS National shoes including Chappell, 1992 champion Garry Lee Maier, Darren Stewart, Toby Brown, Cody Branchcomb and Brodix Rookie of the Year contenders A.G. Rains, Jimmy Taylor and Natalie Sather.

Coming off a sweep of the Lake Ozark Speedway 360 Nationals, Shane Stewart will attempt to extend his winning streak as well by taking on the ASCS National Tour this weekend.

Eddie Gallagher, winner of 10 out of 14 weekly feature events at Riverside Speedway, will lead the local contingent on both nights. While Gallagher leads the points chase at Riverside, he is a close third in points at MMP, just five points behind Dale Howard and Mike Ward, who are tied for the MMP point lead.

Tim Crawley was victorious in the most recent ASCS stop at MMP, topping the Speedweek event atop the quarter-mile oval on July 16, while 16-year-old Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., became the youngest winner in O'Reilly ASCS history by winning the next night at Riverside Speedway.

Friday night's Third Annual ASCS midsouthracing.com Fall Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park is slated to get under way 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 racing action at Riverside Speedway is scheduled to go green at 7:15 p.m. Riverside Speedway is located west of Memphis, TN, on I-55 to Exit 4 in Arkansas, then 0.3 miles south, then 0.2 miles east on Broadway, then south on Legion Road. For more information, contact the track at 870-735-8071.

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 , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Wayne Johnson , Tim Crawley