TULSA, Okla. (January 28, 2007) – The racing action will be explosive at East
Bay Raceway Park's 31st Annual Winter Nationals as the O'Reilly
Sprint Bandits TNT series kicks off the second segment of the Fast Lane Apparel
Triple Crown Challenge atop the 1/3-mile dirt oval on Monday night.
Approximately 40 of the nation's top wingless Sprint Car aces will converge
upon the Tampa turf, battling through a full card of events on both Monday
night, January 29, and Wednesday night, January 31, before squaring off in
Friday night's $10,000 to win O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless wingless
With the Fast Lane Apparel Triple Crown Challenge in effect, Hooks, TX, ace
Gary Wright is eligible for the $75,000 bonus after winning Saturday night's
O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour "King of the 360's" finale at
East Bay. Wright can earn the bonus by winning Friday night's Sprint Bandits
finale and Saturday night's 410-ci Winged Sprint Car main event.
Wright wasn't positive of this week's plans after his Saturday night score.
"At my age, it takes a little longer to recover if you wreck without a
wing. I hadn't really planned on running it and don't have the right kind of
410-ci engine, but I'll think it about it tomorrow," Wright concluded as he
pondered the $75,000 carrot being waved at him.
If a driver other than Wright wins Friday night's wingless feature, then both
that driver and Wright have the opportunity to pick up an extra $5,000 with a
win in Saturday's winged sprint finale.
Last year, California's Cory Kruseman held off a late charge from Daron
Clayton, who raced from deep in the field, to pick up the $10,000 victory. This
was one night after Kruseman fought off a heroic charge from veteran shoe Roger
Rager, who came from the tail of the field as well. Indiana's Brady Short won
last year's opener.
All three nights of O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless action on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday, get under way at 7:00 p.m.
East Bay Raceway Park is located off I-75 Exit 250, then two miles west, then
1.2 miles north on US 41, then right 1.3 miles on Old US 41, then right on Burts
Rd. For more information, contact the track at 813-677-7223 or 1-877-457-5611.
Additional information regarding the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless
series is available at www.sprintbandits.com.