Ramey Prevails for ASCS Lone Star Win at Cowtown! KENNEDALE, Texas (April 4, 2009) -- Kevin Ramey broke back into American Sprint Car Series victory lane in grand fashion with some last lap heroics to win Saturday night's 25-lap...
Ramey Prevails for ASCS Lone Star Win at Cowtown!
KENNEDALE, Texas (April 4, 2009) -- Kevin Ramey broke back into American Sprint Car Series victory lane in grand fashion with some last lap heroics to win Saturday night's 25-lap ASCS Lone Star feature event atop Cowtown Speedway's high-banked, 0x00bc-mile clay oval.
Ramey took command at the midway point after surging from the 15th starting position and then survived a slugfest for the top spot with Sam Hafertepe, Jr., over the final rounds to post the win aboard the Williams Motorsports Wells-powered City Vending No. 7m Maxim.
After Ramey won the night's first "B" Main with a last lap pass of Rodney Henderson, he wasted little time moving forward in the night's finale as pole starter Ryan Hall and Marvin Lough swapped the point over the first half of the race. Hall paced the opening two circuits and then regained the lead on the eighth round after Lough led the way for a handful of laps.
By the time Hall had regained the lead, Ramey had battled his way up to fourth. A lap later, the two-time ASCS Sooner Region champion shot around both Matt Covington and Lough to capture second.
Ramey then raced into the lead on the 13th round and appeared briefly to have the field covered. But Sam Hafertepe, Jr., had other ideas.
Hafertepe had been up to second and pressuring the leader when he bicycled and nearly flipped on the eighth lap, slipping back to fifth in the process. Hafertepe worked back towards the front though and took second away from Covington with just five laps to go.
As Ramey had his hands full with traffic, Hafertepe closed the gap and began challenging for the lead with just two laps to go. After racing down the backstretch in wheel-to-wheel fashion, Hafertepe edged into the lead as the white flag flew.
Ramey fought back through turns one and two and then held off one last Hafertepe bid in the final corner to capture his 33rd career overall ASCS feature win and first since a Sooner Region score at Waco in September 2007.
Hafertepe settled for second, with Covington in the show position. Lough took the checkered flag in fourth, while Brady Bacon raced from 16th to round out the top five.
Brad Welborn climbed from 20th to sixth, with Dustin Morgan, Matt Clevenger, Chad Wilson and Justin Melton completing the top ten.
Covington, Hafertepe, Hall, Eric Baldaccini and Kolt Walker topped heat race action for the 39-car field, with both Ramey and Bacon making last-lap moves to win the twin "B" Mains. After leading during the early portion of the feature, Hall fell to twelfth in the final rundown with a stuck bleeder valve in the right rear.
Baldaccini's night ended with a turn one flip nine laps into the main event. Baldaccini was just one of several flip victims on the night, with others including J.P. Bailey on the opening lap of the feature, Michael Lang, Colt Treharn, Jerry Bell and Bruce Griffith, Jr., in "B" Main action and Nick Clinkenbeard in heat race competition. There were no injuries.
ASCS Lone Star Region Results from Cowtown Speedway:
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 95-Matt Covington, 2. 71-Channin Tankersley, 3. 85-Jerry Bell, 4. 1r-Scott Reneau, 5. 69h-Larry Howery, 6. 74-Brandon Corn, 7. 74e-Claud Estes, 8. 88r-Andy Rea.
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 2. 31m-Matt Clevenger, 3. 11-Justin Melton, 4. 20x-Chad Wilson, 5. 81au-Gavin Punch, 6. 66-Nick Clinkenbeard, 7. 87x-Billy Melton, 8. 25-Robert Sellers (Disqualified; failed to report directly to scales after finishing first).
Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 79-Ryan Hall, 2. 20-Terry Monroe, 3. 87-Brian McClelland, 4. 14-Michael Lang, 5. 26-Dalton Steed, 6. 11m-Brandon Moseley, 7. 11F-Darrell Fletcher, 8. 65-Skip Wilson.
Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 2. 39-Marvin Lough, 3. 45-J.P. Bailey, 4. 93-Dustin Morgan, 5. 17w-Brad Welborn, 6. 17-Bruce Griffith, Jr., 7. 14b-Robert Byrom, 8. 9-Brian Parker.
Heat Five (8 Laps): 1. 45k-Kolt Walker, 2. 5m-Glenn Martin, 3. 67-Rodney Henderson, 4. 99-Brady Bacon, 5. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 6. 76-John Ricketts, 7. 77-Colt Treharn.
First "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 2. 67-Rodney Henderson, 3. 87-Brian McClelland, 4. 65-Skip Wilson, 5. 81au-Gavin Punch, 6. 11m-Brandon Moseley, 7. 9-Brian Parker, 8. 69h-Larry Howery, 9. 77-Colt Treharn, 10. 87x-Billy Melton, 11. 88r-Andy Rea, 12. 14-Michael Lang. DNS: 66-Nick Clinkenbeard.
Second "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 99-Brady Bacon, 2. 20x-Chad Wilson, 3. 17w-Brad Welborn, 4. 74-Brandon Corn, 5. 76-John Ricketts, 6. 74e-Claud Estes, 7. 25-Robert Sellers, 8. 14b-Robert Byrom, 9. 11F-Darrell Fletcher, 10. 26-Dalton Steed, 11. 85-Jerry Bell, 12. 17-Bruce Griffith, Jr.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 2. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 3. 95-Matt Covington, 4. 39-Marvin Lough, 5. 99-Brady Bacon, 6. 17w-Brad Welborn, 7. 93-Dustin Morgan, 8. 31m-Matt Clevenger, 9. 20x-Chad Wilson, 10. 11-Justin Melton, 11. 87-Brian McClelland, 12. 79-Ryan Hall, 13. 5m-Glenn Martin, 14. 1r-Scott Reneau, 15. 67-Rodney Henderson, 16. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 17. 71-Channin Tankersley, 18. 45k-Kolt Walker, 19. 45-J.P. Bailey, 20. 20-Terry Monroe.
ASCS Lone Star Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Kevin Ramey 296, 2. Brad Welborn 276, 3. Matt Clevenger 274, 4. Brian McClelland 272, 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 256, 6. Eric Baldaccini 252, 7. Channin Tankersley 248, 8. Justin Melton 244, 9. J.P. Bailey 238, 10. Kolt Walker 230.