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Bourke Leads ASCS Rocky Mountain Region to Thunder Mountain TULSA, Okla. (July 25, 2006) -- Sitting atop the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region championship points race, Patrick Bourke is set to lead the series into Saturday...

Bourke Leads ASCS Rocky Mountain Region to Thunder Mountain

TULSA, Okla. (July 25, 2006) -- Sitting atop the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region championship points race, Patrick Bourke is set to lead the series into Saturday night's event at Thunder Mountain Speedway in Olathe, CO.

Hailing from Edwards, CO, Bourke currently holds a 128-point bulge over Denver's Jeff Heffner and gears up the semi-banked, 1/3-mile clay oval at which he has recorded three of his four career ASCS Rocky Mountain Region wins.

Although he has enjoyed his share of success at Thunder Mountain, Bourke was denied victory honors during the series Memorial Day weekend double when former series champions Nick Haygood and Keith Rauch split the wins.

Bourke scored one of his four runner-up finishes for the season during the May 26 Thunder Mountain opener before being collected in a tangle on the second night.

Bourke enters Saturday's event solidly ahead of Heffner, who holds a 56-point edge over 16-year-old Loveland, CO, racer Josh Fellows in the duel for the runner-up slot in points. From Thornton, CO, Rauch has climbed to fourth in points, with three-time series runner-up Eric Miller, also of Thornton, rounding out the current top five.

The balance of the current top ten in ASCS Rocky Mountain Region points includes Haygood (Centennial, CO), 16-year-old Rookie contender Ricky Montgomery (Lakewood, CO), Jake Pierson (Bellvue, CO), Greg Schaefer (Fort Lupton, CO) and Mark Sweet (Rock Springs, WY).

Saturday's card at Thunder Mountain Speedway fires off at 7:00 p.m.

Thunder Mountain Speedway is located three miles north of Olathe, CO, on US 50, then 0.7 miles east on Amber Road. For more information, contact the track at 970-323-6494 or 303-710-9114.

The 2006 ASCS Rocky Mountain Region schedule consists of 18 events at eleven different tracks throughout Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, New Mexico, Montana and South Dakota.

In its 15th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing in the United States, the American Sprint Car Series will present approximately 180 nights of racing at nearly 100 tracks throughout 27 different states and Canada in 2006 including the National Tour and its Regional Tours (Gulf South, Mid-South, Midwest, Northern Plains, Patriot Sprint Group, Rocky Mountain, Sooner, Southern and Sprints on Dirt).

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

-ascs

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