Sooner vs Gulf South Region Shootout preview

Ramey & Sooner Region Shoot for "Three-Peat" in Saturday ASCS Shootout with Gulf South TULSA, Okla. (July 11, 2005) -- Fort Worth's Kevin Ramey is undefeated through the first two editions of the American Sprint Car Series Sooner vs. Gulf South...

Ramey & Sooner Region Shoot for "Three-Peat" in Saturday ASCS Shootout with Gulf South

TULSA, Okla. (July 11, 2005) -- Fort Worth's Kevin Ramey is undefeated through the first two editions of the American Sprint Car Series Sooner vs. Gulf South Region Shootout and will try to remain unbeaten when the Third Annual edition of the event unfolds this Saturday night at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX.

For the third year in a row, the top contenders of the rugged American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region will square off against the best of the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region atop the high-banked, half-mile Devil's Bowl clay oval.

The two-time and defending ASCS Sooner Region champion, Kevin Ramey has struck a blow for the Sooner Region in each of the past two years. Ramey and the Sooner Region will be chasing a three-peat in Saturday's version of the popular event.

While Ramey, a former track champion at Devil's Bowl, will be among the betting favorites, fellow Sooner Region contender Danny Jennings of Norman, OK, will be considered among the top contenders as well after sweeping this year's edition of the ASCS Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals in March then topping the fifth round of ASCS Speedweek in Mesquite as well.

While Jennings and Ramey have fresh Devil's Bowl victories on the mantel, it will be Tulsa's Sean McClelland and Danbury, TX, shoe Ray Allen Kulhanek leading their respective series into the Shootout event.

With four series wins thus far in 2005, McClelland enters the event with a slim 28-point lead in Sooner Region points over Jennings. Kerry McAlister of Mustang, OK, is third, with Cody Branchcomb (Sapulpa, OK) and Brian McClelland (Tulsa, OK) rounding out the current top five. Also in the current top ten are Foster Landon (Collinsville, OK), Preston Peebles II (Lubbock, TX), Derek Cottrell (Fletcher, OK), J.P. Bailey (Fort Worth, TX) and Dex Eaton (Owasso, OK), with Norman's Earnest Jennings just three points outside the top ten.

The ASCS Gulf South Region will tune up at Waco's Heart O' Texas Speedway on Friday night, with Kulhanek leading a tightly-packed points race into the weekend. Other top Gulf South Region contenders include Stephen Chevallier (Downsville, LA), Lane Whittington (Denham Springs, LA), Scottie McDonald (New Caney, TX), Greg Rilat (Texas City, TX), David Kulhanek (Danbury, TX), Chris Sweeney (Humble, TX), Richard Holt (McLeod, TX), Greg Coleman (Hillister, TX) and Ty Johnson (Eunice, LA).

Cars representing the ASCS Sooner Region will be marked with red neon tape in the number area on the top wing, while ASCS Gulf South Region reps will carry yellow neon tape.

Invaders such as National Tour shoes Tony Bruce, Jr., and Sam Hafertepe, Jr., could be in action as well.

Saturday night's Third Annual ASCS Sooner vs. Gulf South Region Shootout at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, gets under way at 8:00 p.m. Nearly 40 cars are expected for Saturday's event.

Devil's Bowl Speedway is located six miles east of I-635 on US 80, then three miles south on Lawson Road. For more information, contact the track at 972-222-2421.

The 2005 American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region slate consists of 19 events at eight tracks throughout Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Arkansas.

The Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region will contest 23 events at a dozen different tracks throughout Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi in 2005.

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 more than 100 nights of racing in 2005 at approximately 50 different racetracks throughout at least 16 different states.

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

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Series Sprint
Drivers Cody Branchcomb , Dex Eaton , Danny Jennings , Kevin Ramey , J.P. Bailey , Sean McClelland