Tulsa ready for return

USAC Sprints Return to Tulsa after 37-Year Absence TULSA, Okla. (August 31, 2004) - The open-wheel, non-wing excitement of the USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series returns to Tulsa for the first time in 37 years on Friday...

USAC Sprints Return to Tulsa after 37-Year Absence

TULSA, Okla. (August 31, 2004) - The open-wheel, non-wing excitement of the USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series returns to Tulsa for the first time in 37 years on Friday night, September 17, when the series takes to the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex 0xda6ce dirt oval.

Legendary "Racer" Ralph Ligouri topped the USAC Sprints the last time the series invaded Tulsa, beating George Snider, Sammy Sessions and Mike Mosley to the line at the Tulsa Fairgrounds on July 8, 1967.

The latest generation of wingless USAC stars will vie for the right to enter the record books as the next Tulsa winner, led by past Chili Bowl champions Jay Drake and Cory Kruseman, along with defending Tulsa "100" winner Bud Kaeding.

Following on the heels of Wednesday night's Roper Classic for the USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series at Lebanon I-44 Speedway in Missouri, the Friday night event at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex serves as the opener for two big nights of wingless racing at the legendary Tulsa Fairgrounds, with the Second Annual USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series O'Reilly Tulsa "100" presented by Flowmaster being contested under the lights on Saturday night.

2001 O'Reilly Chili Bowl champion Jay Drake of Val Verde, CA, leads the USAC Valvoline National Sprint troops into the September 17 event at the Tulsa Fairgrounds Motorplex, which sits adjacent to Tulsa Expo Raceway, the home of the world famous Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.

Drake is on pace to notch the USAC National Sprint Car championship, currently holding a 171 point lead over fellow California native Kaeding. Other top USAC shoes expected for the event include Kruseman, currently ranked third in points, along with USAC Sprint Week champion Levi Jones, USAC triple crown winner Dave Darland, Brian Tyler, Tony Elliott and USAC vs. Sprint Bandits Challenge winner Josh Wise among others.

Zach Chappell, who finished third in the recent Non-Wing World Championship Ultimate Challenge event in Oskaloosa, IA, will lead the local contingent, while two-time NWWC Lakeside Speedway $10,000 winner Jesse Hockett of Warsaw, MO, is expected to be in action as well.

A number of drivers will pull double duty over the weekend, also competing in Saturday night's USAC Silver Crown Series Tulsa "100".

Tickets for Friday night's USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series event are $31 for box seating, $26 for reserved seating and $21 for general admission.

Luxury box seats for the USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown Series O'Reilly Tulsa "100" presented by Flowmaster are available for just $36, with Reserved seating available for $31 and General Admission only $26.

Tickets are available by calling 918-838-3777 or visiting the secure on-line site at www.tulsafairgroundsmotorplex.com.

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Series USAC
Drivers Dave Darland , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Cory Kruseman , Jay Drake , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Jesse Hockett