Sprint Bandits month of May preview

Active Month of May Looms for O'Reilly Sprint Bandits TULSA, Okla. (April 26, 2004) -- After several weeks off for teams to finalize preparation for the upcoming season after a successful inaugural event, the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits...

Active Month of May Looms for O'Reilly Sprint Bandits

TULSA, Okla. (April 26, 2004) -- After several weeks off for teams to finalize preparation for the upcoming season after a successful inaugural event, the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits are gearing up for a busy month of May, taking to six different tracks throughout Tennessee, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska.

The month of racing action gets under way with the Big M Motorfest, where the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits will shed their wings and take on the stars of the USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series at Memphis Motorsports Park on Friday night, May 7. An added $5,000 bonus is up for grabs for any Sprint Bandits shoe that can top USAC's wingless aces on the quarter-mile gumbo oval.

From there, the chase for the inaugural championship on the nation's most competitive traveling 410-ci Sprint Car circuit resumes on Wednesday night, May 12, at Auto Tire and Parts Race Park in Benton, MO.

The AT&P event leads into the two-night showdown at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on Friday and Saturday, May 14-15. A provisional starting position for the 17th Annual Short Track Nationals is up for grabs for the winner of the Saturday night, May 15, show at I-30 Speedway. The 17th Annual Short Track Nationals, to be held October 28-30, features a $15,000 winner's share and $1,700-to-start in the nation's most prestigious 360-ci Sprint Car event.

An added bonus of $500 is also up for grabs for the driver that can top both the May 12 feature at AT&P Race Park and the May 15 event at I-30 Speedway.

After an off weekend, the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits wrap up the month of May with a three-day Memorial Day swing through Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska.

The Sprint Bandits take to Cameron, Missouri's lightning-fast US 36 Raceway on Friday night, May 28, before moving on to the grandiose Knoxville Raceway on Saturday night, May 29. The series wraps up the month on Sunday night, May 30, with a stop at Butler County Speedway in Rising City, NE.

In addition to making a major stride toward the initial O'Reilly Sprint Bandits championship, the month's top points-earner will be awarded the Love's Driver of the Month Award, worth $100 in Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores fuel certificates.

Sammy Swindell is the early leader in the inaugural O'Reilly Sprint Bandits points chase after completing a sweep of the opening weekend of action at Devil's Bowl Speedway on March 19-20. Swindell overtook early pacesetter Jerrod Hull to top the opening night's main event, then held off the late charge of Shane Stewart and Zach Chappell to secure the March 20 victory.

Stewart, Chappell and Daryn Pittman are tied for second in points, just 14 points behind Swindell, with Danny Jennings and Steve King tied for fifth. Completing the current top ten in points are Terry McCarl, Kelly Kinser, Wayne Johnson and Hull.

Founded by Emmett Hahn, the Sprint Bandits series has been created in an effort to revitalize 410-ci Sprint Car racing, in part by utilizing cost-cutting rules including the use of a series head, spec right rear tire and eliminating the wicker bill on wings. These rules will also combine to unhook the cars, thereby making the driver a greater part of the equation, resulting in more competitive Sprint Car racing.

While several teams employed the use of the Brodix series head in the inaugural event, the numerous Dash-12 engines and sleeved-down open engines in competition proved to be on equal footing with the series head.

Additional information regarding the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits is available at www.sprintbandits.com.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Sammy Swindell , Daryn Pittman , Shane Stewart , Danny Jennings , Wayne Johnson