Toyota Tundra ASCS Speedweek Round Four at Devil's Bowl is All Wright! MESQUITE, Texas (July 17, 2008) -- The 16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek has been quite the roller coaster ride thus far for four-time and...
Toyota Tundra ASCS Speedweek Round Four at Devil's Bowl is All Wright!
MESQUITE, Texas (July 17, 2008) -- The 16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek has been quite the roller coaster ride thus far for four-time and reigning O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour National champion Gary Wright.
Following a DNF, a victory and then an early exit after the use of a provisional through the opening three rounds, "The Texan" reached another peak by wiring the field in Thursday night's 25-lap feature at Devil's Bowl Speedway.
"This place has been good to me over the years, I always look forward to coming here," Wright explained after capturing his 18th Devil's Bowl triumph in ASCS National Tour action.
The six-time ASCS Speedweek champion landed on the front row outside of the feature event after a heat race win, gunned into the lead at the outset and never looked back en route to his third win of the season aboard the Wesmar-powered Richwood Construction/Whiteco Commercial Funding No. 9 Maxim.
"It didn't hurt starting up front either," Wright also quipped after his 123rd career series triumph.
Wright ultimately took the checkered flag a half straightaway ahead of Jason Johnson, who slid past Zach Chappell in the final corner to snare runner-up honors in Lanny Row's Wesmar-powered The Shop Motorsports No. 41 Eagle. Johnson posted a new ASCS National Tour record with his 41st consecutive top-ten feature finish, besting the mark of 40 in a row established by Terry Gray a decade ago.
Chappell had blasted from fifth into second following a lap four restart and held the position until the final circuit before setting for third in the Wesmar-powered Legend's Bar-B-Que No. 50z Maxim.
"The Ragin' Cajun" wasn't the only one making a last lap move for position, as Garry Lee Maier wrestled the fourth spot away from ASCS Sooner Region contender Kolt Walker in the final corner as well.
After starting eleventh, Maier had gradually worked his way forward before taking fourth at the line in Scott Brown's ASI-powered Lubbock Wrecker Service No. 11x. West Texas shoe Walker posted his best career finish by rounding out the top five aboard the ASI-powered Texas Moon No. 45k Maxim.
Tim Crawley climbed from 20th to claim sixth, with leading Brodix Rookie of the Year contender Eric Baldaccini in seventh. A pair of drivers utilizing provisional starting positions were next across the stripe, with Travis Rilat racing from 24th to eighth and Kenneth Walker advancing from 23rd to ninth. Mississippi's Brad Bowden advanced seven positions to post his third consecutive tenth-place finish.
With the full moon in full effect, a number of contenders experienced problems. And it began before the green flag ever flew as scheduled pole starter Koby Barksdale and eighth-starter Kevin Ramey were both forced pitside with mechanical problems. Moments after the green flag flew, second "B" Main winner Nick Smith exited with brake problems.
Following a lap four caution for Billy Melton's stalled machine on the backstretch, the race's only other interruption occurred after nine rounds when fifth-starter Martin Edwards slammed into the turn four wall and turned over without injury.
Wayne Johnson gained a handful of positions and held down the fifth position until his engine went up in smoke after 16 laps.
Trey Robb had charged from 16th to fourth in just seven laps and took third away from Jason Johnson on the eleventh round only to suffer a cut left rear tire on the 18th lap.
ASCS Gulf South contender Channin Tankersley raced from the 14th starting slot and was running sixth until losing power in the race's final stages.
The initial start of the First "B" Main turned ugly when polesitter Travis Rilat suddenly broke a front axle half way down the frontstretch, with Gary Taylor, Claud Estes and J.J. Hickle all flipping in the ensuing melee.
Larry Neighbors flipped in turn four on the opening lap of the Second "B" Main, while Kathryne Minter went for a wild ride on the ensuing restart.JThere were no injuries.
Jason Johnson, Ramey, Barksdale, Billy Melton and Wright topped heat race action for the 37-car field, with Bowden and Nick Smith surviving to win the calamitous "B" Mains.
16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Results from Devil's Bowl Speedway:
Heat Races (Top 16 in Passing Points to "A" Main; Balance to Twin "B" Mains):
Brodix Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 2. 61J-Danny Jennings, 3. 71-Channin Tankersley, 4. 15s-Nick Smith, 5. 5*-Gary Taylor, 6. 29n-Larry Neighbors, 7. 39-Marvin Lough, 8. 64J-Johnny Miller.
Wesmar-Shaver Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 2. 45-Martin Edwards, 3. 94-Wayne Johnson, 4. 88-Tim Crawley, 5. 74-Brandon Corn, 6. 14e-Todd Evans, 7. 76-John Ricketts, 8. 11h-Briley Stone.
Brodix Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 22-Koby Barksdale, 2. 50z-Zach Chappell, 3. 11-Justin Melton, 4. 95-Matt Covington, 5. X-George White, 6. 2-Kenneth Walker, 7. 7-J.J. Hickle.
Wesmar-Shaver Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 87-Billy Melton, 2. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 3. 14-Michael Lang, 4. 1s-Trey Robb, 5. 31-Matt Clevenger, 6. 74e-Claud Estes. DNS: 41x-Kevin Barksdale.
Heat Five (8 Laps): 1. 9-Gary Wright, 2. 11x-Garry Lee Maier, 3. 45k-Kolt Walker, 4. 29-Travis Rilat, 5. 15-Brad Bowden, 6. 13-Kathryne Minter, 7. 72-Charlie Brown.
Twin "B" Main (Top 3 From Each Advance to "A" Main):
First "B" Feature (10 Laps): 1. 15-Brad Bowden, 2. 39-Marvin Lough, 3. 64J-Johnny Miller, 4. 74-Brandon Corn, 5. 14e-Todd Evans, 6. 29-Travis Rilat, 7. 5*-Gary Taylor, 8. 74e-Claude Estes, 9. 7-J.J. Hickle, 10. 41x-Kevin Barksdale. DNS: 95-Matt Covington.
Second "B" Feature (10 Laps): 1. 15s-Nick Smith, 2. 88-Tim Crawley, 3. X-George White, 4. 2-Kenneth Walker, 5. 31-Matt Clevenger, 6. 29n-Larry Neighbors, 7. 13-Kathryne Minter, 8. 76-John Ricketts. DNS: 72-Charlie Brown, 11h-Briley Stone.
O'Reilly ASCoT "A" Main Event:
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 9-Gary Wright, 2. 41-Jason Johnson, 3. 50z-Zach Chappell, 4. 11x-Garry Lee Maier, 5. 45k-Kolt Walker, 6. 88-Tim Crawley, 7. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 8. 29-Travis Rilat, 9. 2-Kenneth Walker, 10. 15-Brad Bowden, 11. 64J-Johnny Miller, 12. 11-Justin Melton, 13. 71-Channin Tankersley, 14. 87-Billy Melton, 15. 1s-Trey Robb, 16. 94-Wayne Johnson, 17. X-George White, 18. 61J-Danny Jennings, 19. 45-Martin Edwards, 20. 14-Michael Lang, 21. 39-Marvin Lough, 22. 15s-Nick Smith, 23. 22-Koby Barksdale, 24. 7m-Kevin Ramey.
Lap Leaders: Gary Wright 1-25.
Note: Kenneth Walker utilized an ASCoT provisional and Travis Rilat utilized an ASCS Speedweek provisional to start the "A" Main.
O'Reilly ASCoT Points (Top Fifteen): 1. Jason Johnson 2,827, 2. Gary Wright 2,734, 3. Wayne Johnson 2,731, 4. Zach Chappell 2,665, 5. Garry Lee Maier 2,484, 6. Eric Baldaccini 2,323, 7. Nick Smith 2,182, 8. Kenneth Walker 2,044, 9. Travis Rilat 1,845, 10. Kathryne Minter 1,731, 11. Gary Taylor 1,726, 12. Jack Dover 1,648, 13. Aaron Berryhill 1,174, 14. Jason Sides 1,130, 15. Matt Covington 1,119.
16th Annual Toyota Tundra ASCS Sizzlin' Summer Speedweek Points (Top Ten -- Through Round Four of Six): 1. Jason Johnson 586, 2. Zach Chappell 558, 3. Wayne Johnson 554, 4. (tie) Garry Lee Maier and Brad Bowden 516, 6. Eric Baldaccini 494, 7. Gary Wright 485, 8. Travis Rilat 481, 9. Nick Smith 469, 10. Gary Taylor 463, 11. Channin Tankersley 458, 12. Claud Estes 451, 13. J.J. Hickle 433, 14. Kenneth Walker 429, 15. Matt Covington 406.