Rilat Rounds Up ASCS Lone Star Region at Cowtown KENNEDALE, Texas (August 29, 2009) -- The Kennedale parking lot challenge came to the most spectacular of conclusions at Cowtown Speedway on Saturday night, with Travis Rilat ...
Rilat Rounds Up ASCS Lone Star Region at Cowtown
KENNEDALE, Texas (August 29, 2009) -- The Kennedale parking lot challenge came to the most spectacular of conclusions at Cowtown Speedway on Saturday night, with Travis Rilat ultimately standing in victory lane when the checkered flag flew upon the evening's 25-lap American Sprint Car Series Lone Star feature event.
And, after a last-lap scramble for the lead that sent Kevin Ramey out of the park, the roar from the crowd was an undeniable one, a hearty mix of both cheers and jeers directed towards the Forney, TX, racer.
"You know they'll be back in October for the ASCS Cowtown Sprint Nationals after that one," Rilat commented afterward.
Ramey, who started the feature event inside the third row alongside Rilat, had battled past early pacesetter Matt Clevenger on the 14th circuit and was closing in on his fourth series triumph of the year aboard Ray Williams' No. 7m entry.
But, as heavy traffic became a factor in the final rounds, Rilat quickly began closing the gap on the leader after taking second away from Clevenger on the 18th circuit.
On Ramey's tailtank as the white flag flew, Rilat dove to the bottom of the track entering turn one and edged ahead as the pair raced off turn two with Ramey on the top side.
Wheel-to-wheel down the backstretch and approaching turn three, contact was made and the current ASCS Lone Star point leader tumbled several times before launching over the turn three retaining wall and out of sight into the back pit area.
"I had him passed coming off of two," Rilat explained afterward. "I was moving to the top to get into three and he just drove right over my right rear."
Ramey likely disagreed with that account, as evidenced by his march down the backstretch to Rilat's mount parked in turn two, where some pleasantries were exchanged among the drivers and several crew members.
With the stage set for a green-white-checkered run after the lap 25 mishap, Rilat raced on to the stripe unchallenged aboard the Shark-powered F&J Construction No. 29 Triple-X for his 17th career ASCS Regional triumph and 41st overall ASCS victory.
Rilat's apparent $1,500 payday was bolstered in a big way by www.shoptheboss.com, which anted up $3,600 worth of hardwood flooring for the triumph, making the night's take worth $5,100.
Rilat was chased to the stripe by Matt Clevenger, who settled for runner-up honors after pacing the initial 13 circuits. "We had a first place car, just didn't get the job done," a disappointed Clevenger explained.
Eric Baldaccini claimed the show position, while current ASCS Southwest points leader Ben Gregg of Phoenix, AZ, charged from 16th to claim fourth at the stripe. George White rounded out the top five, with Marvin Lough in sixth.
Skip Wilson rebounded from a lap 12 incident in which Brian Parker got upside down in turn one to finish seventh, with Claud Estes, Scott Reneau and 17th-starter Brian McClelland completing the top ten.
Baldaccini, Kolt Walker, Ramey and Clevenger topped Saturday night's heat race action, with McClelland winning the 15-lap "B" Main.
Ramey was credited with a 15th place finish in the final rundown, escaping the night with a 135-point advantage over Brad Welborn, who scratched from "B" Main action with engine woes.
ASCS Lone Star competition continues with next weekend's double versus the ASCS Gulf South Region at Crandall's RPM Speedway on Friday night and then Mesquite's Devil's Bowl Speedway on Saturday night.
ASCS Lone Star Results from Cowtown Speedway:
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 2. 29-Travis Rilat, 3. 65-Skip Wilson, 4. 20-Chad Wilson, 5. 25-Brian McClelland, 6. 76-John Ricketts, 7. 14-Michael Lang, 8. 71T-Shane Thompson.
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 45k-Kolt Walker, 2. 9-Brian Parker, 3. 10-George White, 4. 11-Justin Melton, 5. 22b-Ben Gregg, 6. 17w-Brad Welborn, 7. 5m-Glenn Martin, 8. 56-Jarrett Lucito.
Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 2. 74e-Claud Estes, 3. 1r-Scott Reneau, 4. 22j-John Gaston, 5. 87-Billy Melton, 6. 45-J.P. Bailey, 7. 87a-Andrew Marshala.
Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 31m-Matt Clevenger, 2. 69-Larry Howery, 3. 39-Marvin Lough, 4. 0-Chris Morgan, 5. 5c-Chris Coker, 6. 55-David Doyle, 7. 88-Andy Rea.
"B" Feature (15 Laps): 1. 25-Brian McClelland, 2. 87-Billy Melton, 3. 45-J.P. Bailey, 4. 76-John Ricketts, 5. 5c-Chris Coker, 6. 20-Chad Wilson, 7. 5m-Glenn Martin, 8. 55-David Doyle, 9. 56-Jarrett Lucito, 10. 71T-Shane Thompson, 11. 88-Andy Rea, 12. 14-Michael Lang. DNS: 17w-Brad Welborn, 87a-Andrew Marshala.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 29-Travis Rilat, 2. 31m-Matt Clevenger, 3. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 4. 22b-Ben Gregg, 5. 10-George White, 6. 39-Marvin Lough, 7. 65-Skip Wilson, 8. 74e-Claud Estes, 9. 1r-Scott Reneau, 10. 25-Brian McClelland, 11. 11-Justin Melton, 12. 22j-John Gaston, 13. 45-J.P. Bailey, 14. 69-Larry Howery, 15. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 16. 45k-Kolt Walker, 17. 76-John Ricketts, 18. 0-Chris Morgan, 19. 9-Brian Parker, 20. 87-Billy Melton.
ASCS Lone Star Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Kevin Ramey 1,670, 2. Brad Welborn 1,535, 3. Justin Melton 1,524, 4. Matt Clevenger 1,522, 5. Claud Estes 1,499, 6. Eric Baldaccini 1,463, 7. Michael Lang 1,422, 8. Kolt Walker 1,361, 9. Scott Reneau 1,350, 10. Brian McClelland 1,316.