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Big Month of October Looms for O'Reilly ASCoT National Series!




Lonnie Wheatley, TULSA, Okla. (September 24, 2008) – With the month of October around the corner, the O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series is gearing up to put the wraps on the 2008 season with three consecutive blockbuster weekends of competition.




With the $50,000 championship hanging in the balance, three tracks will play host to the nation's premier touring Sprint Car series for multiple day events during October.




The action gets under way at Cowtown Speedway in Kennedale, TX, on October 10-11, moves across the DFW Metroplex to Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, on October 17-18 and then wraps up at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway on October 23-25.




The monster month of October ignites with the Inaugural Cowtown Sprint Nationals in Kennedale, TX, on October 10-11, as the ASCS National Tour takes to the "Fastest Lil' Track in Texas" for the first time since 2005. Additional information regarding the Inaugural Cowtown Sprint Nationals is available at http://www.cowtownspeedway.com/nationals.html.




The following Thursday, October 16, serving as a prelude to the Devil's Bowl event, Smiley's Racing will host the Second Annual Steve King Foundation golf tournament at the Buffalo Creek Golf Club in Rockwall, TX. A bar-b-que dinner will follow the tournament at Smiley's in Mesquite, TX. Additional information regarding the golf tournament is available at http://www.smileysracing.com/steve-king-golf.php.




Then, the racing action heats up once again with the 35th Annual Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals in Mesquite, TX, on Friday and Saturday, October 17-18, an event that Jason Johnson swept in 2007 to deliver car owner Lanny Row his first Winter Nationals triumph. Additional information regarding the Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals is available at http://www.devilsbowl.com/2008/headlines/101708.html.




The O'Reilly ASCoT season concludes the following weekend with the nation's premier Sprint Car racing event, I-30 Speedway's 21st Annual O'Reilly Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires. The three-night extravaganza in Little Rock, AR, on October 23-25 culminates with the Short Track Nationals championship feature event, which offers up a $15,000 winner's share and a hefty $2,100 to start the main event. Additional information regarding the Short Track Nationals, including the entry form, is available at http://www.i-30speedway.com/pdfs/STN%20FLYER.pdf.




Closing in on a first ASCS National championship, Louisiana's Jason Johnson holds a 91-point advantage over four-time and reigning series champion Gary Wright entering the final three-weekend stretch of racing action.




"The Ragin' Cajun" has amassed his lead on the strength of ten ASCoT National feature wins this season, picking up a second career Toyota Tundra ASCS Speedweek championship along the way.




Wright, who has picked off three series wins this season to run his career total to a series best 122, holds the second position by 49 markers over Oklahoma City native Wayne Johnson, who added a second ASCS Knoxville Nationals title in August.




Talala, Oklahoma's Zach Chappell holds down the fourth position, just 30 points behind Wayne Johnson, with Garry Lee Maier of Cimarron, KS, rounding out the current top five.




Eric Baldaccini is the top-ranked Brodix Rookie of the Year contender by sitting sixth in points, with the balance of the current top ten including Nick Smith (Broken Arrow, OK), Kenneth Walker (Sapulpa, OK), Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) and Washington-native Gary Taylor. Seventeen-year-old Bedford, TX, shoe Kathryne Minter is just outside the top ten in eleventh.




The Series:




O’Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour (ASCoT)




What, When & Where:




October 10-11: Inaugural Cowtown Sprint Nationals, Cowtown Speedway (Kennedale, TX).




October 17-18: 35th Annual Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals, Devil's Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX).




October 23-25: 21st Annual Short Track Nationals – I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR).




Track Information:




Cowtown Speedway (Kennedale, TX) – ¼-mile, high-banked dirt oval located near Fort Worth off of I-20 Exit 442-A, then 1.7 miles southeast on Mansfield Hwy., then 1.4 miles southwest on New Hope Road. Track phone: 817-478-9952.




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




I-30 Speedway (Little Rock, AR) – ¼-mile, high-banked clay oval located seven miles southwest of Little Rock off I-30 Exit 126 (Alexander Road). Track phone: 501-455-4567.






O’Reilly ASCoT Cowtown Speedway History:




A regular stop on the ASCS Sooner Regional tour in recent years, Cowtown has hosted the ASCS National Tour on just one previous occasion. In that event, Liberal, KS, racer Jason Martin held off Gary Wright to capture his lone career National Tour feature win.




Cowtown Speedway ASCS National winners include: Jason Martin 1.




Cowtown O’Reilly ASCoT Race-by-race Winners: Jason Martin (6/25/05).






O’Reilly ASCoT Devil’s Bowl History:




Devil’s Bowl Speedway has been hosting the O’Reilly ASCS National Tour since 1994, with 20 different drivers scoring at least one victory in 54 feature events. Gary Wright has claimed 18 of his 122 career ASCS National wins at Devil’s Bowl, including his first Spring Nationals triumph in March and then a Speedweek victory in July.




Jason Johnson swept last year's Winter Nationals and added his fifth career Bowl score in series action in the Devil's Bowl leg of May's Red River Shootout.




Devil’s Bowl ASCS National winners include: Gary Wright 18, Jason Johnson 5, Wayne Johnson 4, Danny Jennings 3, Kevin Ramey 3, Shane Carson 2, Terry Gray 2, Garry Lee Maier 2, Mike Peters 2, Travis Rilat 2, Sammy Swindell 2, Tony Bruce, Jr. 1, Tim Crawley 1, Edd French 1, Johnny Herrera 1, Larry Neighbors 1, Alan Payne 1, Jake Peters 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), Wayne Johnson (3/16/07), Jake Peters (3/17/07), Gary Wright (5/12/07), Gary Wright (7/19/07), Jason Johnson (10/12/07), Jason Johnson (10/13/07), Tony Bruce, Jr. (3/14/08), Gary Wright (3/15/08), Jason Johnson (5/10/08), Gary Wright (7/12/08).






O’Reilly ASCoT I-30 Speedway History:




Since hosting the first official ASCS National Tour event in 1993, I-30 Speedway has hosted the series 38 times with 15 different drivers reaching victory lane at least once.




Gary Wright has enjoyed the most ASCoT success at I-30 Speedway with eleven victories, including a Speedweek win in July. The Texan's son-in-law, Nick Smith, scored his first I-30 win in April ASCoT action.




Jason Meyers bested a record total of 108 competitors to become the 14th different Short Track Nationals champion in 2007.




I-30 Speedway ASCS National winners include: Gary Wright 11, Garry Lee Maier 4, Tim Crawley 3, Terry Gray 3, Mike Ward 3, Jason Johnson 2, Wayne Johnson 2, Travis Rilat 2, Shane Stewart 2, Pete Butler 1, Ricky Logan 1, Jason Meyers 1, Eric Sandage 1, Tim Shaffer 1, Nick Smith 1.




I-30 Speedway O’Reilly ASCoT Race-by-race Winners: Mike Ward (5/15/93), Tim Crawley (6/24/94), Terry Gray (7/17/93), Garry Lee Maier (6/18/94), Garry Lee Maier (8/13/94), Terry Gray (5/20/95), Ricky Logan (6/24/95), Gary Wright (7/15/95), Mike Ward (5/18/96), Garry Lee Maier (6/15/96), Garry Lee Maier (8/3/96), Mike Ward (5/17/97), Gary Wright (6/14/97), Wayne Johnson (9/26/97), Wayne Johnson (9/27/97), Gary Wright (5/16/98), Terry Gray (6/13/98), Eric Sandage (8/25/01), Pete Butler (6/22/02), Gary Wright (7/13/02), Gary Wright (9/21/02), Gary Wright (6/21/03), Tim Crawley (7/12/03), Shane Stewart (9/6/03), Gary Wright (6/5/04), Travis Rilat (7/10/04), Gary Wright (8/28/04), Tim Crawley (6/11/05), Gary Wright (7/9/05), Travis Rilat (10/1/05), Jason Johnson (7/29/06), Jason Johnson (4/28/07), Gary Wright (7/14/07), Shane Stewart (10/25/07), Tim Shaffer (10/26/07), Jason Meyers (10/27/07), Nick Smith (4/26/08), Gary Wright (7/12/08).






Current O’Reilly ASCoT Points:






Top Fifteen: 1. Jason Johnson (Eunice, LA) 3,259, 2. Gary Wright (Hooks, TX) 3,168, 3. Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, OK) 3,119, 4. Zach Chappell (Talala, OK) 3,089, 5. Garry Lee Maier (Cimarron, KS) 2,888, 6. Eric Baldaccini (Keller, TX) 2,685, 7. Nick Smith (Broken Arrow, OK) 2,584, 8. Kenneth Walker (Sapulpa, OK) 2,373, 9. Travis Rilat (Forney, TX) 2,275, 10. Gary Taylor (Sapulpa, OK) 2,152, 11. Kathryne Minter (Bedford, TX) 2,010, 12. Jack Dover (Springfield, NE) 1,798, 13. Matt Covington (Glenpool, OK) 1,473, 14. Aaron Berryhill (Broken Arrow, OK) 1,174, 15. Jason Sides (Bartlett, TN) 1,130.






Top Fifteen: 1. Lanny Row 41 – 3,259, 2. Wright-Cooper Motorsports 9 / 01 – 3,168, 3. Mike Hammers 94 – 3,119, 4. David Chappell 50z – 3,089, 5. Scott Brown 11x – 2,888, 6. Harry Baldaccini B4 2,685, 7. Kip Smith 15s – 2,584, 8. Sandra Walker 2 – 2,373, 9. Travis Rilat 29 - 2,275, 10. Mike Eubanks 5* - 2,152, 11. Tracy Minter 13 – 2,010, 12. Bobby Sparks 91 – 1,808, 13. Lori Dover 53 – 1,798, 14. Bill Covington 95 – 1,473, 15. Aaron Berryhill 97 – 1,249.




2008 O’Reilly ASCoT Feature Winners:




Jason Johnson 10, Wayne Johnson 3, Gary Wright 3, Tony Bruce, Jr., 2, Gary Taylor 2, Kenny Adams 1, Aaron Berryhill 1, Jack Dover 1, Danny Lasoski 1, Terry McCarl 1, Nick Smith 1, Skip Wilson 1.






The O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National series is currently slated for approximately 35 nights of racing action at nearly 20 different tracks throughout a dozen different states during the 2008 season.





The nation's most prominent Sprint Car sanctioning body with a dozen 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.




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

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