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Chappell to Challenge ASCS Sooner Region at Tulsa TULSA, Okla. (April 12, 2004) -- 2001 American Sprint Car Series national champion Zach Chappell will take on the competitive American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region this ...

Chappell to Challenge ASCS Sooner Region at Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (April 12, 2004) -- 2001 American Sprint Car Series national champion Zach Chappell will take on the competitive American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region this Saturday night, as the series takes to the three-eighths mile Tulsa Speedway clay oval for the first time.

In a rare opportunity to race close to home, the Talala, OK, ace will face a field highlighted by all three past ASCS Sooner Region champions, including Fort Worth's Kevin Ramey and Oklahoma drivers Danny Jennings of Norman and J.P. Bailey of Collinsville.

While Ramey and Jennings are both gunning for a second series title, Bailey will compete in the early portion of the Sooner slate before handing the driving duties over to brother-in-law Kevin Battles.

Jennings fared the best of the three former series champions in the recent season opener at Caney Valley Speedway. Jennings finished ninth in a tough field of cars, while defending champion Ramey took the checkered in tenth after leading the early rounds. Bailey, in just his third start since winning the 2001 Sooner crown, was 15th in the opener.

Other top contenders expected for Saturday night's racing action include Tulsa area shoes Foster Landon, Roy Larkin, Joel Howard and 2002 Tulsa Speedway two-barrel champion Sean McClelland, who charged from 13th to fourth in the Caney opener, along with Oklahoma City drivers Andy Shouse, Loyd Clevenger and Jeff Leep.

Also expected are Texas aces Derek Drown and Brian Harvill, who finished third and fourth respectively in ASCS Sooner Region points in 2003. Texas rookie pilots Preston Peebles II and Barry McCord will join the mix, as will top Kansas contenders Jason Martin, J.D. Johnson and Tony Bruce, Jr.

Approximately 30 cars are expected for Saturday night's card, which is slated to go green at 7:30 p.m.

Tulsa Speedway is located north of Tulsa on US 75 to 66th Street, then east. For more information, contact the track at 918-425-7551.

The American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region will present 18 races at eleven different venues throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas and Missouri in 2004.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Preston Peebles , Kevin Ramey , J.P. Bailey , Sean McClelland