Rocky Mountain weekend double to determine championship

ASCS Rocky Mountain Title Hangs in the Balance with Weekend Double TULSA, Okla. (September 12, 2005) -- With seventeen nights of racing already logged in the record books, the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region championship...

ASCS Rocky Mountain Title Hangs in the Balance with Weekend Double

TULSA, Okla. (September 12, 2005) -- With seventeen nights of racing already logged in the record books, the American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region championship will be determined this weekend.

The series takes to Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD, on Friday night, with the season finale slated for Saturday night at Wyoming's Gillette Thunder Speedway.

A mere 28 points separate Thornton, CO, shoe Eric Miller and Washington-state native Gary Taylor, who now resides in Wheat Ridge, CO. With a pair of victories to his credit this season, Miller can secure his first title with a pair of top-six feature runs this weekend.

Miller entered the final weekend of the 2004 ASCS Rocky Mountain Region with a slim six-point lead over Keith Rauch, only to have it slip away. Miller settled for second in points, just four markers shy of the title.

While Miller and Taylor will battle for the championship, a number of other top contenders will try to end the season on a strong note. The May 20 winner at Black Hills Speedway, third-ranked Jake Pierson of Bellvue, CO, enters the weekend with a slim mathematical shot at the championship.

Denver's Jeff Heffner enters the weekend fourth in points, while John Jacob of Aurora, CO, has climbed to fifth in points. The balance of the top ten includes 16-year-old Josh Fellows (Longmont, CO), Scott Milan (Ft. Collins, CO), Bob Schaeffer (New Castle, CO), Joe Wagner (Denver, CO) and rookie pilot Cyrus Perme (Littleton, CO).

Black Hills Speedway, a 3/8-mile semi-banked dirt oval, is located three miles south of I-90 Exit 61, then 0.5 mile east on SR 44. Friday's racing action gets under way at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the track at 605-393-1552 or 605-390-4470.

The 1/3-mile semi-banked Gillette Thunder Speedway dirt oval is located off I-90 Exit 129, then 0.5 mile south on Garner Lake Road, then 1.7 miles east on SR 51. For more information, contact the track at 307-682-7290 or 307-680-1721.

The 2005 ASCS Rocky Mountain Region slate consists of 19 events at ten different tracks throughout Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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 nearly 100 nights of racing in 2005 at approximately 50 different racetracks throughout at least 18 different states.

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

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