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O'Reilly ASCoT The Month Ahead



Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (March 2, 2007) The chase is on! And in the chase for the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National championship, worth $50,000 to the victor at year's end, each race along the way counts.




The chase began in late January with East Bay Raceway Park's 31st Annual Winter Nationals with Gary Wright capturing the $10,000 winner's share in the Ninth Annual Ronald Laney Memorial on January 27. Wright and Terry McCarl split the preliminary feature events.




And, in just two weeks, the chase begins in earnest as the series fires back to life with a pair of Spring Nationals events at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, on March 16-17, and then Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway on March 23-24.




Over the course of the year, the series is currently slated for 46 nights of racing action at 24 different tracks throughout 16 different states, with in excess of $1,000,000 to be doled out in purse money and point fund over the course of 2007. Another handful of dates are still pending.




Hailing from Hooks, TX, Wright got the early jump on a potential fourth consecutive O'Reilly ASCS National title, but will have to fend off the likes of 2006 National runner-up Jason Johnson, 2003 National champion Travis Rilat, 2000 National champion Wayne Johnson, 2005 National runner-up Darren Stewart, 2006 Rookie of the Year Nick Smith, 2005 Sooner Region champion Sean McClelland and Rookie of the Year contenders Foster Landon and Chris Schmelzle among others to claim the crown.




The Series:




O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour (ASCoT)




When & Where:




Friday night, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. Devil's Bowl 34th Annual Spring Nationals prelim


Saturday night, March 17 at 8:00 p.m.“ Devil's Bowl 34th Annual Spring Nationals finale




Friday night, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. State Fair Speedway Spring Nationals prelim


Saturday night, March 24 at 7:30 p.m. State Fair Speedway Spring Nationals finale




Track Information:




Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) ½-mile high-banked clay oval located six miles east of Dallas' Loop I-635 on US 80, then three miles south on Lawson Road. Track phone: 972-222-2421.




State Fair Speedway (Oklahoma City, OK) 3/8-mile semi-banked clay oval located on the Oklahoma State Fair Grounds near the intersection of N.W. 10th and May Avenue. Track phone: 405-948-6796.




O'Reilly ASCoT Devil's Bowl History:




Devil's Bowl Speedway has been hosting the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour since 1994, with 18 different drivers scoring at least one victory in 44 feature events. Gary Wright has claimed 14 of his 108 career ASCS National wins at Devil's Bowl, including an ASCS Speedweek win in 2006. After Norman, Oklahoma's Danny Jennings swept the 2005 edition of the Spring Nationals, former track champion Kevin Ramey was ultimately crowned the 2006 Spring Nationals champion when he won the rain-postponed finale on June 24. Former series champion Travis Rilat put the wraps on the 2006 season with a triumph in the Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals.




Devil's Bowl ASCS National winners include: Gary Wright 14, Danny Jennings 3, Wayne Johnson 3, Kevin Ramey 3, Shane Carson 2, Terry Gray 2, Jason Johnson 2, Garry Lee Maier 2, Mike Peters 2, Travis Rilat 2, Sammy Swindell 2, Tim Crawley 1, Edd French 1, Johnny Herrera 1, Larry Neighbors 1, Alan Payne 1, Shane Stewart 1, Mike Ward 1.




Devil’s Bowl O'Reilly ASCoT Race-by-race Winners: Shane Carson (6/21/94), Alan Payne (5/12/95), Mike Ward (7/23/95), Mike Peters (9/1/95), Sammy Swindell (9/2/95), Sammy Swindell (9/3/95), Wayne Johnson (6/18/96), Terry Gray (7/6/96), Terry Gray (11/1/96), Johnny Herrera (11/2/96), Shane Carson (4/5/97), Wayne Johnson (6/18/97), Edd French (10/31/97), Mike Peters (11/1/97), Gary Wright (6/19/98), Gary Wright (10/3/98), Garry Lee Maier (10/4/98), Gary Wright (7/8/99), Garry Lee Maier (7/30/99), Gary Wright (10/1/99), Gary Wright (10/2/99), Gary Wright (7/21/00), Gary Wright (10/6/00), Larry Neighbors (4/20/01), Gary Wright (7/20/01), Gary Wright (10/6/01), Travis Rilat (4/19/02), Jason Johnson (6/7/02), Wayne Johnson (10/4/02), Gary Wright (10/5/02), Kevin Ramey (4/18/03), Tim Crawley (10/17/03), Gary Wright (10/18/03), Shane Stewart (10/23/04), Danny Jennings (3/18/05), Danny Jennings (3/19/05), Danny Jennings (6/9/05), Gary Wright (10/21/05), Gary Wright (10/22/05), Kevin Ramey (6/24/06 Spring Nationals makeup feature), Kevin Ramey (6/24/06 Summer Nationals), Gary Wright (7/13/06), Jason Johnson (10/13/06), Travis Rilat (10/14/06).




O'Reilly ASCoT State Fair Speedway History:




State Fair Speedway has hosted 20 ASCS National Tour events since 1994, with 16 events in Oklahoma City since the track was reconfigured prior to the 2002 season. Gary Wright has won six of 16 feature events since the reconfiguration, with Kevin Ramey and Jason Johnson the only other driver to score multiple wins since that time.




The last time Gary Wright didn't start an ASCS National Tour feature event, it was at State Fair Speedway on May 9, 2003, when an accident while en route forced Wright's absence. Since that time, Wright has racked up three series titles and has started a series record 134 consecutive ASCS National Tour feature events.




Louisiana's Jason Johnson swept last year's Spring Nationals in Oklahoma City, an event that attracted 59 entries. Overall, Johnson won three of four ASCoT events at State Fair Speedway in 2006, with only a Gary Wright victory in June denying Johnson total Oklahoma City domination.




State Fair Speedway ASCS National winners include: Gary Wright 8, Jason Johnson 3, Kevin Ramey 2, Zach Chappell 1, Tommie Estes, Jr. 1, Wayne Pennington 1, Travis Rilat 1, Darren Stewart 1, Shane Stewart 1, Danny Wood 1.




State Fair Speedway O'Reilly ASCoT Race-by-race Winners: Gary Wright (10/13/94), Tommie Estes, Jr. (5/26/96), Gary Wright (8/11/96), Zach Chappell (7/21/01), Wayne Pennington (5/17/02), Kevin Ramey (6/28/02), Gary Wright (8/23/02), Travis Rilat (5/9/03), Shane Stewart (6/1/03), Gary Wright (6/27/03), Gary Wright (8/1/03), Danny Wood (6/25/04), Gary Wright (7/30/04), Kevin Ramey (5/20/05), Darren Stewart (6/24/05), Gary Wright (7/29/05), Jason Johnson (3/24/06), Jason Johnson (3/25/06), Gary Wright (6/23/06), Jason Johnson (7/14/06).




Current O'Reilly ASCoT Points (After 3 of 46 Nights):




Top Ten: 1. Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 147, 2. Danny Smith (Danville, IN) 130, 3. Tim Shaffer (Aliquippa, PA) 127, 4. Greg Wilson (Benton Ridge, OH) 126, 5. Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK) 118, 6. Terry McCarl (Altoona, IA) 117, 7. Darren Stewart (Bixby, OK) 115, 8. Danny Martin, Jr. (Sarasota, FL) 112, 9. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) 111, 10. Kenny Adams (Malabar, FL) 106.




2007 O'Reilly ASCoT Feature Winners:




Gary Wright 2, Terry McCarl 1.




ASCoT in April:




April 20 Crossville Raceway (Crossville, TN)


April 21 Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS)


April 27 67 Speedway (Texarkana, AR)


April 28 I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR)






The 2007 season marks the 16th year of sanctioning Sprint Car racing for the American Sprint Car Series. With 13 different Regions in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, ASCS will sanction approximately 240 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout at least 30 different states and Canada.




Additional information regarding the American Sprint Car Series is available at www.ascsracing.com

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