Sooner Region opener approaches

Lonnie Wheatley, ASCS - TULSA, Okla. (March 10, 2003) - Less than two weeks remain until Danny Jennings of Norman, OK, kicks off his defense of the 2002 American Sprint Car Series Sooner Region title, as Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, OK, hosts...

Lonnie Wheatley, ASCS - TULSA, Okla. (March 10, 2003) - Less than two weeks remain until Danny Jennings of Norman, OK, kicks off his defense of the 2002 American Sprint Car Series Sooner Region title, as Creek County Speedway in Sapulpa, OK, hosts the series' season opening event on Saturday night, March 22. The event marks the first of fourteen scheduled point events for the ASCS Sooner Region in 2003.

The Sooner Region opener will have a national flavor to it as well, as the top runners of the Sooner Region will take on several of the top ASCS national tour competitors, including 2001 ASCS national champion Zach Chappell, Toby Brown, Wayne Pennington and 2002 ASCS Brodix Rookie of the Year Cody Branchcomb. Lincoln, NE, hotshoe Billy Alley, who was named National 360 Sprint Car Rookie of the Year in 2002, will try to make his first Oklahoma appearance a successful one by taking the winner's share back to the Cornhusker state.

Jennings, who broke open a tight points battle by reeling off three consecutive victories to wrap up the 2002 season, will have plenty of competition for this year's title. Some of the top contenders include 2002 Sooner Region runner-up Roy Larkin, 2001 ASCS national Rookie of the Year Robert Sellers, Amarillo's Derek Drown, Tulsa area drivers Kevin Risley and Gavin Punch, and Oklahoma City drivers Marcus Jackson and James Shoun.

Several other drivers will be making a concentrated effort to snare the 2003 ASCS Sooner Region title, including Foster Landon, who notched his first Sooner Region victory last season at Lawton Speedway. After a year's absence, Nick Smith returns to action and looks to pick up where he left off in 2001 when he scored a pair of Sooner Region victories. Stephanie Chappell, who claimed a ninth place finish in 2001 ASCS national points, will also be a top competitor on the ASCS Sooner Region.

More than 30 cars are expected for the ASCS Sooner Region opening event atop Creek County Speedway's quarter-mile clay oval.

Creek County Speedway is located twelve miles southwest of Tulsa, one mile west of I-44 Exit 211 on State Road 66. For more information, contact the track at 918-247-6675. More information regarding the ASCS is available at www.ascsracing.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Cody Branchcomb , Nick Smith , Danny Jennings