OKC, Amarillo preview

OKC, Amarillo prepare for weekend of racing, Lubbock canceled - please see note at bottom of original press release from Lonnie Wheatley, ASCS. ASCS - TULSA, Okla. (June 24, 2003) - The stars of the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National...

OKC, Amarillo prepare for weekend of racing, Lubbock canceled - please see note at bottom of original press release from Lonnie Wheatley, ASCS.


ASCS - TULSA, Okla. (June 24, 2003) - The stars of the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and United Trailers are gearing up for a full weekend of racing action, beginning in Oklahoma City on Friday night and moving on to West Texas venues in Amarillo and Lubbock on Saturday and Sunday night.

Friday night's stop at Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway, which has averaged more than 40 cars per event in the last five shows over the past two seasons, gets under way at 7:00 p.m. Shane Stewart will be gunning for two wins in a row for Scott Chilcutt's Oklahoma City-based team, after coming from 14th during ASCS Speedweek action on June 1 to notch the team's first-ever hometown victory.

The O'Reilly ASCS National troops will be joined by the ASCS Sooner Region forces in Friday night's event at Oklahoma City. Fort Worth's Kevin Ramey leads the Sooner Region into the event, holding a 58 point lead over Tulsa's Sean McClelland, with Robert Sellers and defending Sooner Region champion Danny Jennings tied for third, just four more points back.

Saturday night marks the second stop of the season at Amarillo's Route 66 Motor Speedway, with action slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. Current series point leader Darren Stewart of Bixby, OK, notched his first ASCS National victory of the season at Route 66 Motor Speedway on May 17. Stewart has claimed one additional victory since then and holds a slim 32 point lead over Forney, TX, hotshoe Travis Rilat entering the weekend, with 2001 ASCS National champion Zach Chappell of Talala, OK, just 14 more points back in third.

On Sunday night, the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour makes its second stop of the season Tech Motor Speedway in Lubbock, TX. In the series' most recent visit, on May 16, Gary Wright, currently ranked fourth in points, posted his first win of the season. Wright has since racked up four more wins and is closing on the lead trio in the points race after missing an early race due to a traffic accident.

In addition to leading point contenders Darren Stewart, Travis Rilat, Zach Chappell and Gary Wright, other top shoes expected to contend over the weekend include Cody Branchcomb, Toby Brown, Rick Behr, Jason Martin, Derek Drown, Rickey Hood, Larry Neighbors and Robert Sellers among others.

The 2003 O'Reilly Auto Parts American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and United Trailers features approximately 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.

State Fair Speedway is located at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, one-half mile north of I-40 Exit 147C on N. May Ave. For more information, contact the track at 405-948-6796.

Amarillo's Route 66 Motor Speedway is located 1.5 miles south of I-40 Exit 75 (Lakeside Drive). For additional information, contact the track at 806-335-3478.

Tech Motor Speedway is located south of Lubbock on US 87 to FM 1585, then east to Frontage Road, then 0.3 miles north, then east. For additional information, contact the track at 806-748-5074.

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

UPDATE NOTE:
Lubbock's Tech Motor Speedway cancels Sunday's ASCS event

TULSA, Okla. (June 24, 2003) - Due to the local economic climate, track management at Lubbock's Tech Motor Speedway has elected to cancel the American Sprint Car Series National Tour event schedule for this Sunday night.

Action continues as scheduled for the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and United Trailers at Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway on Friday night, before moving on to Amarillo's Route 66 Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Larry Neighbors , Cody Branchcomb , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Danny Jennings , Kevin Ramey , Sean McClelland