Sprint Bandits season opener preview

15 Days and Counting to O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Opener! TULSA, Okla. (March 4, 2004) -- The eagerly anticipated inaugural event for the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits is little more than two weeks away, as the series takes the green flag at the 31st...

15 Days and Counting to O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Opener!

TULSA, Okla. (March 4, 2004) -- The eagerly anticipated inaugural event for the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits is little more than two weeks away, as the series takes the green flag at the 31st Annual Devil's Bowl Speedway Spring Nationals in Mesquite, TX, on March 19-20.

Three-time World of Outlaws champion Sammy Swindell headlines a stout field of competitors expected to be in competition as Emmett Hahn's new 410-ci series takes to the high-banked, half-mile clay oval for two full nights of racing action.

Swindell will be faced with plenty of stiff competition, including Gary Wright, Shane Stewart, Travis Rilat, Aaron Berryhill, Jerrod Hull, Nick Smith, Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana, Terry McCarl, Danny Smith, Kelly Kinser, Randy Hannagan, Ricky Logan and Jesse Hockett.

Both nights of action will include full programs of heat races, qualifying races, "B" Features and an "A" Feature. The top four finishers in Friday night's "A" Feature will be locked into Saturday night's $6,000-to-win finale.

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.

The current O'Reilly Sprint Bandits schedule consist of 15 events throughout Arkansas, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas, with additional dates to be added.

Devil's Bowl Speedway is located six miles east of Dallas' I-635 on US 80, then three miles south on Lawson Road. Racing action is slated to begin at 8:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night. For additional information, contact the track at 972-222-2421.

Additional information regarding the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits is available at www.sprintbandits.com or by calling 918-838-3777.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Sammy Swindell , Aaron Berryhill , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Jesse Hockett , Nick Smith