Shouse in ASCS Sooner Region Catbird Seat Entering Ada TULSA, Okla. (April 19, 2004) -- With two races already in the books for the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region, Oklahoma City's Andy Shouse sits in an enviable ...
Shouse in ASCS Sooner Region Catbird Seat Entering Ada
TULSA, Okla. (April 19, 2004) -- With two races already in the books for the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region, Oklahoma City's Andy Shouse sits in an enviable position entering this Saturday night's event at Oklahoma Sports Park in Ada, OK.
Shouse, in his first full season on the ASCS Sooner Region circuit aboard the Allen Competition Engines-powered Smiley's/Eskridge Auto Group #27 Maxim, effectively enters Saturday's event as the series point leader since Kansas shoe Jason Martin, who is just 12 points ahead, may not be in action this weekend.
With fifth and sixth place finishes in the first two events, Shouse leads a group of four drivers that are tightly bunched together in the points race, with only eight points separating Shouse, Tulsa's Sean McClelland, Tony Bruce, Jr., of Liberal, KS, and Fort Worth's Kevin Ramey.
"The nice thing is that we've already got one of the tracks out of the way that I hadn't run on before and we did alright there," Shouse commented. "We've got some tracks coming up that I've got a lot more laps on, so we feel pretty good about that. It's still so early in the year though, that it's too soon to get too caught up in the points thing."
The emergence of Shouse, along with McClelland and Bruce, enhances the possibility that the Sooner Region could crown a fourth different champion in as many years. Ramey, the defending series champion, is in the best position of the former champions to collect a second title after tenth and fifth place finishes in the opening two events.
Similar to last year's start, 2002 Sooner Region champion Danny Jennings of Norman, OK, has stumbled out of the gates with ninth and 13th place finishes in the first two events. Last year, Jennings finished out of the top-ten in the first two events before stringing together eleven consecutive top-ten runs en route to a runner-up points finish. With the addition of several new tracks, this year's American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region slate consists of 18 events.
Although 2001 champion J.P. Bailey has competed in the opening two events, he is not expected to run the full 2004 schedule.
While the championship points chase will become somewhat clearer after Saturday night's action atop the fast three-eighths mile clay oval, other top contenders expected to make their case for championship consideration include Foster Landon of Collinsville, who is just 30 points out of the lead in sixth, Tulsa's Roy Larkin, Oklahoma City's Loyd Clevenger, Texas shoe Brian Harvill, and Texas rookie contenders Preston Peebles II and Barry McCord. Peebles has already cracked the top ten in points through the first two events of his rookie campaign.
"The thing about the Sooner Region is that it is so tough," Shouse explains. "It seems like almost anybody can win on any night, there's that many good cars. Kevin (Ramey) and Danny (Jennings) are always tough to beat, although Danny's had a little rough luck getting started. It'll be tough every time out, that's one thing you can count on."
Oklahoma Sports Park is located ten miles northwest of Ada, OK, on SR 3-W. For more information, contact the track at 580-332-5535 or 580-332-5383.
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