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ASCS Sooner Region Title on the Line Saturday at Mid-America TULSA, Okla. (October 2, 2006) -- Sprint Car racing's version of the Red River Rivalry moves north of the Red River this Saturday night to the upper northeast reaches of ...

ASCS Sooner Region Title on the Line Saturday at Mid-America

TULSA, Okla. (October 2, 2006) -- Sprint Car racing's version of the Red River Rivalry moves north of the Red River this Saturday night to the upper northeast reaches of Oklahoma as the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region season finale unfolds atop the semi-banked, 3/10-mile Mid-America Speedway clay oval in South Coffeyville.

Oklahoma's finest will take on Texas' best, as well as all that the NCRA ranks have to offer, as the Sooner Region championship boils down to a three-way shootout between a pair of Texans and an Oklahoma shoe in the 15th and final event of the season, with a $3,000 winner's share on the line in Saturday's night feature along with $300 just to start the main event.

All "B" Feature starters on Saturday night will pocket $150.

Odds are in favor that a Lone Star state driver will take Sooner Region honors for the third time in four years, with Texans Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Kevin Ramey leading defending series champion Sean McClelland of Collinsville into the event.

But the title is within striking distance for all three, with just 32 markers separating the trio.

Hailing from Sunnyvale, TX, 20-year-old Sam Hafertepe, Jr., holds the upper hand, with his lead stretching out to 28 points over two-time series champ Kevin Ramey of Fort Worth. Ramey enters Saturday's card just four markers ahead of McClelland.

Hafertepe and McClelland have both cracked the American Bank of Oklahoma's ASCS Sooner Region on three occasions this season. While Ramey has seven overall ASCS wins in 2006 competition, only one has come against the Sooner Region foes.

Tulsa's Brian McClelland, younger brother to title contender Sean, would appear to have a solid grasp on fourth, while former series champion J.P. Bailey rounds out the current top five.

Others among the current top ten entering the season finale include 17-year-old Dex Eaton (Owasso, OK), Johnny Miller (Burleson, TX), 18-year-old Eric Baldaccini (Keller, TX), Derek Cottrell (Fletcher, OK), and 19-year-old Justin Melton (Flower Mound, TX).

Oklahoma City's Jimmy Taylor is just three points outside the top ten.

Garry Lee Maier of Cimarron, KS, a former ASCS National champion, leads the NCRA ranks into Saturday's card, with other top NCRA reps including J.D. Johnson, Mike Peters, Jake Martens and Jon Freeman.

A strong field of entries is expected for the event, with at least one driver, Donnie Ray Crawford, making his Sprint Car debut. A third-generation racer, Crawford makes the jump from the micro ranks aboard a team car to Sean McClelland.

Saturday's racing action at Mid-America Speedway fires off at 7:00 p.m.

Mid-America Speedway is located in South Coffeyville, OK, just one mile south of the Oklahoma-Kansas state line on US 169, then 0.7 miles west on County Road 2. For more information, contact the track at 918-255-6698.

The 2006 American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region slate consists of 15 events at nine different tracks throughout Oklahoma, northern Texas and Arkansas.

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 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.

-credit: ascs

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Series Sprint
Drivers Johnny Miller , Justin Melton , Dex Eaton , Kevin Ramey , Donnie Ray Crawford , Sean McClelland