Tuesday's Top Ten 2006-05-09

O'Reilly ASCS Tuesday's Top Ten -- May 9, 2006 TULSA, Okla. (May 9, 2006) -- Rising from the muck and the mire of yet another in a long line of soggy weekends is the latest installment of Tuesday's Top Ten, once again comprised of ...

O'Reilly ASCS Tuesday's Top Ten -- May 9, 2006

TULSA, Okla. (May 9, 2006) -- Rising from the muck and the mire of yet another in a long line of soggy weekends is the latest installment of Tuesday's Top Ten, once again comprised of ten random items of interest revolving about the latest American Sprint Car Series happenings.

TTT, out of the gate and setting a quick pace...

1. 355 -- With 38 drivers officially taking part in Saturday night's season opener for the Engine Pro ASCS Sprints on Dirt presented by Victor Reinz, a total of 355 drivers have already competed in at least one ASCS event in 2006.

With the addition of the Northern Plains and Mid-South Regions along with the acquisitions of SOD and the Patriot Sprint Group, last year's record total of 539 ASCS competitors should be easily shattered.

2. "B" as in "Brecht" -- Ohio's Mike Brecht has developed a penchant for ASCS openers, as for the second year he scored an ASCS opening night win.

Last year, Brecht picked off the ASCS Southern Tour opener. Then on Saturday night, Brecht battled past Dain Naida on the 24th lap en route to winning the 25-lap ASCS Sprints on Dirt opener at Crystal Motor Speedway.

3. .059 -- Ma Nature's abysmal 2005 batting average, not even good enough for the likes of "A" Ball. Last year, only six of 101 scheduled nights of ASCS racing were completely washed out. And four of those were the direct result of Hurricane Rita.

4. .323 -- Making up for last year, Mother Nature is putting up All-Star type numbers by washing out ten of 31 scheduled nights thus far into the 2006 ASCS campaign. Six of nine events over the last two weekends have been rained out.

But it does make for a huge upcoming weekend, with the race count climbing from the originally scheduled five to a whopping ten events with the makeup dates.

5. Lucky 13 -- Thirteen different drivers have made it to ASCS victory lane through the first 20 feature events of 2006, with one feature postponed by rain to June.

Jason Johnson has been the most frequent victory lane visitor with four triumphs, including an Oklahoma City National Tour double and a Gulf South weekend sweep. Sean McClelland is next on the list with three wins, while Travis Rilat and Terry McCarl have two wins each.

Scoring single wins thus far are Mike Brecht, Brian Brown, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Chuck Hebing, Jesse Hockett, Dale Howard, Scott McClaren, Nick Smith and Gary Wright.

6. Off the List -- Controversial finishes aren't exclusive to the Sooner Region.

At least one driver wasn't overjoyed with the final outcome of Saturday night's ASCS Sprints on Dirt feature. After leading the opening 23 rounds, former series champ Dain Naida was credited with 15th in the final rundown after sliding off the track when Mike Brecht made his move for the point.

Naida later explained that, "Let me put it this way, he (Brecht) isn't on my Christmas card list any more."

7. One More -- Who will join the roster of 2006 opening night winners? That answer will be answered in Saturday night's opening card for the ASCSC Rocky Mountain Region at the Jetmore Motorplex in southwest Kansas.

Other opening night winners this season include Travis Rilat (National and Gulf South), Brian Brown (Midwest and Northern Plains), Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sooner), Gary Wright (Mid-South), Scott McClaren (Southern), Chuck Hebing (Patriot) and Mike Brecht (SOD).

8. Pimpin' -- Kevin Ramey's familiar No. 7m machine was sporting some flashy golden headers during the most recent Sooner Region events. Now if the Fort Worth Texan can just find some spinners and curb-feelers, his ride will be pimped out in true big-league style.

9. 70 -- The percentage of ASCS features contested this year that have included at least one official pass for the lead. Of the six that have gone off in wire-to-wire fashion, rain nullified Johnny Bridges' pass of Scott McClaren in the Southern Tour opener, and the much-ballyhooed Sooner skirmish at Lawton between Sean McClelland and Kevin Ramey didn't require an official lead change to elevate blood pressures.

10. Name 'O The Week -- Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro has nothing on ASCS Sprints on Dirt competitor Tank Brakenberry, who easily gets the nod for Name O' The Week.

Hmmm... - Taking in a weekly show at an unspecified track out of sheer boredom, it was interesting that fans could purchase raffle tickets for the opportunity to drive a front-wheel drive bomber in that night's feature event. But the really interesting part was that fans were encouraged to rush to the beer stand to purchase their tickets, implying that the more trips to purchase a cold one or two could improve your odds of strapping into the bomber. Sure, that sounds like a great idea.

Enough for Volume II, No. X, of TTT. As always, notes, comments, questions, suggestions and scathing critiques are always welcome at ascsed@aol.com.

Until next week, any information you may desire regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com.


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Series Sprint
Drivers Brian Brown , Travis Rilat , Jesse Hockett , Nick Smith , Kevin Ramey , Jason Johnson , Sean McClelland