Tuesday Top Ten 2006-05-02

O'Reilly ASCS Tuesday's Top Ten -- May 2, 2006 TULSA, Okla. (May 2, 2006) -- The second day of the week means it's Trip-T time once again. As is the typical case, Tuesday's Top Ten is comprised of ten random items of varying...

O'Reilly ASCS Tuesday's Top Ten -- May 2, 2006

TULSA, Okla. (May 2, 2006) -- The second day of the week means it's Trip-T time once again. As is the typical case, Tuesday's Top Ten is comprised of ten random items of varying degrees of significance or subsequent lack thereof, arranged in no discernible order.

Put the umbrellas away and let's get rollin'.

1. April Showers -- The month got off to an inauspicious start with Mother Nature unleashing a bad April Fool's Day joke by washing out the first ASCS Mid-South Region event at I-30 Speedway on April 1.

And she wasn't done there. After wiping out three of the five events scheduled for this past weekend, Mother Nature brought her April average up to .333 by washing out a half dozen of the 18 ASCS events slated for April.

Hopefully, she has it out of her system, with 28 ASCS races scheduled for May and then a whopping 38 events in June.

2. Rookies Rule on Single Nights -- Friday's card at Poplar Bluff Speedway was the third National Tour single-night affair of the '06 season, and for the third time it was a Rookie of the Year contender breaking into victory lane.

Jesse Hockett kicked off the trend with his Baton Rouge barrage on March 10, while Sean McClelland followed suit the next night at Houston Raceway Park.

Then on Friday night, as Missouri's Poplar Bluff Speedway became the 93rd track to host an ASCS National Tour event since 1993, rookie contender Nick Smith held off Jason Johnson to become the 78th different driver to record an ASCS National Tour triumph with 456 National Tour features logged into the record books.

With the win, Smith climbed to within one point of two-time and defending series king Gary Wright in the championship points race.

3. Firsts -- Four drivers started their first career ASCS National Tour event Friday night at Poplar Bluff, including Gabe Maycock, Paul Hart, Danny Long and Dustin Barks. 305 grad Maycock fared the best with a 14th-place showing.

And in the Northeast, while Chuck Hebing charged from tenth to claim his tenth career ASCS Patriot Sprint Group victory, it was the first under the ASCS banner for the New York-based series.

4. GW Leads 'Em -- In case you haven't noticed, GW sits atop the point charts. And it's probably not the one you're thinking of, although Gary Wright does hold a narrow National Tour lead.

The "GW" referenced in this case is veteran Beaumont, TX, shoe Gary Watson, who holds a slim two-point lead over Jason Johnson in the ASCS Gulf South Region points chase. But with just 16 points separating the top five, the Gulf South lead is up for grabs entering this weekend's double with the ASCS Mid-South Region at Texarkana and Fast Trax.

5. JZ -- 19-year-old Sprakers, NY, racer Jessica Zemken topped Sunday's Sportsman Modified feature at Utica-Rome Speedway then immediately strapped into her ASCS Patriot Sprint Group entry. The young lady's luck wasn't quite as good in the ASCS feature though, as problems forced her pitside before the checkered flag flew.

6. Cinco de Mayo -- Friday is the always festive Cinco de Mayo, so it would seem that the prerequisite sombrero and related fiesta apparel and supplies should be out in force at the ASCS Gulf South vs. Mid-South clash at 67 Texarkana Speedway on the Arkansas side of the state line. Who knows, being decked out in grand Cinco de Mayo style could land a pic in next week's TTT.

7. The Spectrum -- Sunday at Utica-Rome Speedway in Vernon, NY, Don Adamczyk continued an impressive stretch of competing in every Patriot Sprint Group event since the series' inception in 2003.

At the other end of the spectrum, Jason Barney's move from the modified ranks got off to an encouraging start as he raced to a sixth place finish in his Sprint Car debut after turning some quick laps during a mid-week practice session at the half-mile clay oval.

8. Separated at Birth? -- This topic's link to ASCS isn't immediately clear. However, accomplished players of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" can probably identify the link with a mere twist and turn or two along the way.

This pair shares similar catch phrases among their many similarities. Check out the spooky resemblance between "Family Guy" character Glenn Quagmire and NASCAR mouthpiece Darrell Waltrip at www.ascsracing.com/gallery/dwlookalike.jpg.

9. Hittin' Away -- Website traffic continues at a record pace at the American Sprint Car Series official site, www.ascsracing.com.

During the month of April, the site drew a record 1.487 million hits, bringing the four-month 2006 year-to-date total to a staggering 4.548 million hits.

10. Delayed -- Rain forced the postponement of not only Saturday night's ASCS National Tour event at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway, but also delayed Gary Wright's latest entry into the ASCS record books.

Wright tied Zach Chappell's record of 101 consecutive National Tour feature events competed-in on Friday night, but will now have to wait until the May 26 card at Wythe Raceway in Wytheville, VA, to make record feature start number 102.

Lamenting a missed golden photo opportunity at Earl's Diner in Poplar Bluff, one can only hope for another chance later in the year.

That should suffice for Volume II, No. IX, of TTT. As always, notes, comments, questions, and suggestions 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 Darrell Waltrip , Jesse Hockett , Nick Smith , Jason Johnson , Sean McClelland