Knoxville 360 Nationals Saturday report

Rain Nixes ASCS Knoxville 360 Nationals Finale after Alley tops Second Prelim KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 12, 2004) 0x2022 Heavy rains arrived at Knoxville Raceway after the D Feature, forcing the cancellation of the balance of the Advance Auto...

Rain Nixes ASCS Knoxville 360 Nationals Finale after Alley tops Second Prelim

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (June 12, 2004) 0x2022 Heavy rains arrived at Knoxville Raceway after the D Feature, forcing the cancellation of the balance of the Advance Auto Parts ASCS Knoxville 360 Nationals presented by Fleet Buying Group and Black Cat Fireworks. The event will not be rescheduled.

Prior to the downpour, Billy Alley raced to victory lane in the second 20-lap preliminary feature, which was postponed to Saturday night when rain interrupted Friday's card.

With the top eight in passing points inverted for the second qualifying feature, Alley led the 24-car feature field to the green flag with John Kearney alongside. The pair battled wheel-to-wheel the opening two rounds, with Kearney holding the edge on the opening round before Alley took command the second time around.

Alley reached lapped traffic on the eighth round, as fourth-starter Roger Rager put the pressure on Kearney for second. Rager took over second at the midway point and set his sight on Alley as the leaders battled through traffic.

Rager had closed to within three car-lengths of Alley when the red flag flew after 16 rounds for Stacey Alexander's turn two flip. Alexander walked away from his battered machine uninjured.

Alley took off on the restart and raced to the checkered flag unchallenged aboard the Wesmar-powered Speedway Motors/Premier Builders/Buss Excavating No. 22 Eagle. The victory marked Alley's second career triumph in O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers action.

Kearney reclaimed the runner-up slot after the lap 16 restart and held the position to the line, with 10th-starter Wayne Johnson making a late charge to snare the show position. Aaron Berryhill surged from 12th to claim fourth, with Rager rounding out the top five.

Joe Beaver, Travis Cram, Jake Peters, Eric Jobe and Randy Martin completed the top ten.

With the lineups for Saturday's Knoxville 360 Nationals championship features set, Ryan Jamison topped the E Feature with John Schulz racing to the stripe first in the D Feature. Torrential rains hit the half-mile clay oval soon after, forcing the cancellation of the balance of the program.

Jimmy Taylor and Nate Mosher both escaped injury in a wild opening-lap turn two fracas in the D Feature.

Knoxville 360 Nationals Results:

Second Preliminary A Feature 0x2022 (from Friday's postponement - 20 Laps): 1. #22 Billy Alley (1), 2. #83 John Kearney (2), 3. #14aj Wayne Johnson (10), 4. #97 Aaron Berryhill (14), 5. #6r Roger Rager (4), 6. #53 Joe Beaver (3), 7. #92 Travis Cram (5), 8. #57x Jake Peters (14), 9. #23 Eric Jobe (15), 10. #14 Randy Martin (24), 11. #55 Kerry Madsen (19), 12. #7x Larry Ball, Jr. (23), 13. #77 Terry Alexander (9), 14. #5r Ryan York (11), 15. #15 Brian Brown (21), 16. #11m Troy Meyer (18), 17. #14c Mike Trent (22), 18. #86 Doug Wilson (17), 19. #1b Brett Geldner (13), 20. #10 Jeff Mitrisin (6), 21. #126 Stacey Alexander (7), 22. #04 Frankie Heimbaugh (16), 23. #91x Darren Stewart (20). Disqualified: #2d Randi Miller (8) 0x2022 passed accident scene under red flag.

Knoxville 360 Nationals Saturday Feature Results:

E Feature (3 Laps 0x2022 Top 3 Advance to D Feature): 1. #51J Ryan Jamison, 2. 15x Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 3. #97x Alan Gilbertson.

D Feature (10 Laps 0x2022 Top 2 Advance to C Feature): 1. #2s John Schulz, 2. #12 Brock Dump, 3. #51J Ryan Jamison, 4. #48 Dennis Moore, Jr., 5. #37 Sye Anderson, 6. #B29 Eric Mason, 7. #96 Bronson Maeschen, 8. #91 Curtis Thorson, 9. #15x Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 10. #53h Matt Harms, 11. #7 Dave Becker, 12. #94s Natalie Sather, 13. #9 Rager Phillips, 14. #11 Pete Crall, 15. #69 Rodney Turner, 16. #0 Glenn Styres, 17. #22n Nate Mosher, 18. #23x Jimmy Taylor, 19. #97x Alan Gilbertson. DNS: #Y5 Mike Houseman, Jr., #26k Marshall Skinner, #77x William Eggimann, #7c Chris Morgan.

C Feature: Rained Out.

B Feature: Rained Out.

A Feature: Rained Out.

Current O'Reilly ASCS National Tour Points (Top 15): 1. Gary Wright 1,116, 2. Travis Rilat 1,110, 3. Zach Chappell 1,092, 4. Darren Stewart 1,062, 5. Garry Lee Maier 1,060, 6. A.G. Rains 1,000, 7. Chuck Swenson 944, 8. Toby Brown 911, 9. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 891, 10. Jimmy Taylor 828, 11. Shane Stewart 820, 12. Cody Branchcomb 705, 13. Natalie Sather 632, 14. Tony Bruce, Jr. 527, 15. Jerry Bell 496.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Jeff Mitrisin , Aaron Berryhill , Brian Brown , Cody Branchcomb , Kerry Madsen , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Wayne Johnson , Chris Morgan