Ramey rules O'Reilly ASCS action at Devil's Bowl. MESQUITE, Tex. (April 18, 2003) - Former Devil's Bowl Speedway track champion Kevin Ramey showed the fast way around the famed half-mile oval on Friday night, setting a scorching pace throughout...
Ramey rules O'Reilly ASCS action at Devil's Bowl.
MESQUITE, Tex. (April 18, 2003) - Former Devil's Bowl Speedway track champion Kevin Ramey showed the fast way around the famed half-mile oval on Friday night, setting a scorching pace throughout to lead all 25 laps en route to winning the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and United Trailers feature, topping a tough field of 38 cars.
Gunning for two wins in a row to start the season, 2001 ASCS National champion Zach Chappell led the field to the green flag in the main event, but it was outside front row starter Ramey charging into the lead as the 20-car feature field raced into turn one.
Ramey quickly began establishing his lead, as fourth-starter Darren Stewart raced past Chappell for second on the second round. Ramey set a rapid pace in the early going, with Stewart, Chappell, Gary Wright and George White in pursuit.
Ramey's impressive run almost turned to disaster on the seventh round when he was nearly collected by a lapped car entering turn three. While Stewart cut into Ramey's near half-straightway lead, Ramey adeptly kept his machine pointed the right direction and resumed his quick pace.
Ramey's pace was briefly interrupted after eleven rounds when fifth-running White clipped an infield tire and collided with the inside frontstretch wall exiting turn four. While White was uninjured, his car suffered heavy damage.
As Ramey led Stewart on the restart with a lapped car separating the duo, Wright quickly made his way past Chappell for third, while Claud Estes held the fifth position. Estes' claim on fifth lasted only two rounds before 15th-starter Travis Rilat took the position.
Ramey set a lightning-quick pace over the final half of the race, slicing through lapped traffic during the final five rounds to secure a half-straightaway victory in the Wells-powered Harvill Industries Eagle, as Stewart snared his second consecutive runner-up finish aboard the Sparks Construction Ostrich Racing Engines Avenger. Wright crossed the stripe in the show position.
Rilat slipped around Chappell for fourth on the 15th circuit, holding the position to the line to earn the race's Hard Charger award. Chappell rounded out the top five, with Estes finishing a strong sixth. Skip Wilson was the final car on the lead lap in seventh, with New Mexico's Rick Ziehl, 2002 ASCS Rookie of the Year Cody Branchcomb and ASCS Gulf South Region regular Todd Johnson completing the top ten.
Wright, Ramey, Stewart, Brian Harvill and White topped heat race action, with Travis Rilat and his father Greg Rilat winning the twin 12-lap B Mains.