Rocky Mountain Region Commerce City results 2005-07-23

Eric Miller Scores Hometown ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Win COMMERCE CITY, Col. (July 23, 2005) -- Thornton, CO, racer Eric Miller picked up his first American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region feature win of the season by...

Eric Miller Scores Hometown ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Win

COMMERCE CITY, Col. (July 23, 2005) -- Thornton, CO, racer Eric Miller picked up his first American Sprint Car Series Rocky Mountain Region feature win of the season by topping Saturday night's 25-lap feature at Rocky Mountain National Speedway.

With his third career series feature win aboard the PJM Services/MCD Motorsports No. 4 Fab Tech entry, Miller moved into a tie for the series point lead with Gary Taylor, who finished 19th after being forced pitside following an early tangle.

Miller took command at the outset and, following a pair of early cautions, led the way as Taylor, Randi Miller, Mason Hill and Bob Schaeffer diced for second. On a lap eight restart, the quartet battling for second tangled with Schaeffer getting upside down. Taylor was forced to the pit area with a broken front axle, with Randi Miller and Hill rejoining the chase at the tail.

Eric Miller weathered another pair of cautions over the balance of the race to secure the victory, with Larry Lapoint posting a career-best ASCS finish of second. Defending series champion Keith Rauch raced from 17th to claim the show position, with Bryan Jamison in fourth. Scott Milan captured his first career top-five finish by rounding out the top five.

Jake Pierson and Joe Wagner charged from 21st and 22nd to finish sixth and seventh, with Jace Pennetta, Patrick Bourke and Mark Walinder completing the top ten.

Eric Miller, Hill, Taylor and Pennetta topped heat race action for the 30-car field, with Rauch winning the "B" Main.

Results:

Heat Winner: Eric Miller, Mason Hill, Gary Taylor, Jace Pennetta.

B Feature: 1. Keith Rauch, 2. Scott Cochran, 3. Cyrus Perme, 4. Scott Milan, 5. Robert Hanley, 6. Bryan Gossel, 7. Joe Wagner, 8. Kevin Schaminck, 9. Joe Larkin, 10. Lonnie Cox, 11. Jake Pierson. DNS: Paige Lee, Kent Conrad, Larry Benson.

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Eric Miller, 2. Larry Lapoint, 3. Keith Rauch, 4. Bryan Jamison, 5. Scott Milan, 6. Jake Pierson, 7. Joe Wagner, 8. Jace Pennetta, 9. Patrick Bourke, 10. Mark Walinder, 11. Josh Fellows, 12. John Jacob, 13. Brett Ream, 14. Cyrus Perme, 15. Randi Miller, 16. Scott Cochran, 17. Mason Hill, 18. Bob Schaeffer, 19. Gary Taylor, 20. Mike Thigpen, 21. Mark Sweet, 22. Jeff Heffner.

ASCS Rocky Mountain Region Points (Top Ten): 1. (tie) Gary Taylor and Eric Miller 1,660, 3. Jake Pierson 1,628, 4. Bob Schaeffer 1,600, 5. Jeff Heffner 1,552, 6. Scott Milan 1,478, 7. John Jacob 1,438, 8. Josh Fellows 1,413, 9. Joe Wagner 1,378, 10. Nick Haygood 1,177.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Lonnie Cox , Gary Taylor