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ASCS ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION KICKS OFF SEASON IN WESTERN KANSAS TULSA, Okla. (May 8, 2006) -- At long last, the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region finally kicks off the 2006 season with a pair of events in Western Kansas, including...

ASCS ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGION KICKS OFF SEASON IN WESTERN KANSAS

TULSA, Okla. (May 8, 2006) -- At long last, the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region finally kicks off the 2006 season with a pair of events in Western Kansas, including Saturday night's opener at the Jetmore Motorplex before moving on to Wa Keeney Speedway on Sunday night.

The weekend, run in conjunction with the NCRA, was originally slated for April 29 and 30, only to be washed out by storms.

Snohomish, WA, native Gary Taylor leads the way into the weekend aboard the familiar Conklin Racing No. 5d entry as the reigning series champion. Taylor scored three feature wins in 2005, including a title-clinching sweep of the season's final weekend, to snare the title by a narrow margin over Eric Miller.

Thornton, Colorado's Miller will vie for '06 title honors after three consecutive runner-up Rocky Mountain point finishes.

In addition to Taylor and Miller, other top ASCS Rocky Mountain Region contenders expected for the weekend include Jake Pierson (Bellvue, CO), Jeff Heffner (Denver, CO), John Jacob (Aurora, CO), 16-year-old Josh Fellows (Loveland, CO) and Scott Milan (Ft. Collins, CO).

Saturday night's racing action at the Jetmore Motorplex gets under way at 7:00 p.m., with Sunday's event at Wa Keeney Speedway going green at 6:00 p.m.

The semi-banked, 3/8-mile Jetmore Motorplex clay oval is located 6.6 miles south of Jetmore, KS, on US 283. For more information, contact the track at 620-357-8886 or 620-225-3929.

Wa Keeney Speedway, a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval, is located in Wa Keeney, KS, off I-70 Exit 128, then 0.9 mile north at the Fairgrounds. For more information, contact the track at 785-743-2555 or 785-672-0123.

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.

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