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osh Lofton Memorial on Tap for ASCS Gulf South this Saturday




Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (March 24, 2008) – The American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region invades Champion Park Speedway in Haughton, LA, this Saturday night for the Inaugural Josh Lofton Memorial.




It marks the series first event at Champion Park Speedway since June of 2005 after last year's scheduled attempt of the Lofton Memorial was rained out. Saturday's winner will pocket $2,000.




After coming close to winning the ASCS Gulf South title on several occasions with a pair of top-five rankings, Chris Sweeney of Channelview, TX, holds the early points lead with the opening two events of the season in the books.




Sweeney posted a pair of top-five finishes in the ASCS Gulf South Region's opening weekend of racing action on February 29 and March 1 to establish a four-point lead over O'Reilly ASCoT National contender Travis Rilat of Forney, TX.




Defending series champion Brandon Berryman of Missouri City, TX, and three-time series runner-up Greg Rilat of Texas City, TX, enter Saturday's event tied for third in points, just six points off the lead pace. Greg Rilat picked off an ASCS Gulf South feature win at Champion Park in 2004.




ASCoT National ace Jason Johnson enters the event ranked fifth. A winner of this past weekend's State Fair Speedway Spring Nationals in Oklahoma City and East Bay Raceway Park's $10,000-to-win "King of the 360's" on February 2, "The Ragin' Cajun" won the ASCS Gulf South season opener before flipping the next night. Johnson will be aboard Marvin Pearson's No. 11 machine this Saturday night.




The balance of the current top ten in ASCS Gulf South points includes Don Grable (El Paso, TX), Garry Lee Maier (Cimarron, KS), 2006 series champion Gary Watson (Beaumont, TX), Kathryne Minter (Bedford, TX) and Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK).




Saturday's event is run in the memory of Josh Lofton, an up-and-coming young racer that lost his life in a 2006 drowning accident. Lofton was ranked second in ASCS Mid-South points at the time.




Saturday's racing action is slated to get under way at 6:00 p.m.




Champion Park Speedway is located east of Shreveport, LA, off I-20 Exit 38, then 0.2 mile north, then east 0.7 miles. For more information, contact the track at 318-371-0077.




The ASCS Gulf South Region is set for 26 nights of racing action at eleven different tracks throughout Texas and Louisiana in 2008.




The nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body with 14 different Regions throughout the United States in addition to the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series, the American Sprint Car Series' (ASCS) 17th year of activity will include approximately 250 nights of racing at more than 100 different race tracks throughout 28 different states and Canada.




Past ASCS Gulf South Region Feature Winners at Champion Park Speedway:


7/30/05 Ray Allen Kulhanek


*5/7/05 Gary Wright


3/12/05 Ray Allen Kulhanek


6/12/04 Greg Rilat


*8/30/03 Gary Wright


*5/3/03 Travis Rilat


*8/31/02 Tim Crawley




* - Indicates events held in conjunction with ASCS National Tour.




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

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