Rilat Scores ASCS Sooner Win as McClelland Takes Title SOUTH COFFEYVILLE, Okla. (October 15, 2005) -- Travis Rilat continued his winning ways to the tune of a $3,000 payday by topping Saturday night's 25-lap American Bank of...
Rilat Scores ASCS Sooner Win as McClelland Takes Title
SOUTH COFFEYVILLE, Okla. (October 15, 2005) -- Travis Rilat continued his winning ways to the tune of a $3,000 payday by topping Saturday night's 25-lap American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Series Championship feature event at Mid America Speedway.
While Rilat reeled in his sixth victory in his last eight starts, it was Sean McClelland who put the finishing touches on the 2005 ASCS Sooner Region championship by finishing third behind Texans Rilat and Kevin Ramey.
While Rilat gridded the feature field inside the third row, it was outside front row starter Jason Martin outgunning polesitter Sam Hafertepe, Jr., for the point at the drop of the green flag. Martin fought off a host of challengers over the opening rounds as the top eight cars battled in spirited fashion.
Martin held the lead until the sixth round, when fourth-starter McClelland battle into the lead. McClelland's lead was short-lived however, as Rilat took command the next time around.
Ramey, who started outside Rilat in the third row, battled past Martin for second on the eighth round, moments before the caution flew for J.P. Bailey's turn four spin. Martin and Brian McClelland then made contact under the caution, with Martin coming to a halt. Requiring a second push, Martin restarted at the tail.
Following Bailey's turn two flip four laps later, Rilat set sail with Ramey, Sean McClelland, Danny Jennings and Brian McClelland trying to keep pace. Rilat eventually stretched his lead to nearly a straightaway by the time lapped traffic came into play on the 19th lap.
Boxed in behind several lapped cars, Ramey wasted little time whittling away at Rilat's lead and had closed to his rear bumper as the white flag waved. Ramey was poised to make a move entering turn three on the final lap, only to have the caution fly for a turn three tangle involving Martin and Abe Sherwood that forced evasive action from the leaders.
After another turn three scramble involving Kevin Risley and Derek Cottrell, Rilat was up to the task on the ensuing green-white-checkered run and scored the lucrative payday aboard the Motor Mike-powered F&Construction/Haulmark Trailers/Ten Hagen Excavating No. 29 Maxim.
Ramey settled for the $1,500 runner-up slot, with McClelland taking the show position to secure the series title by 52 points over fourth-place finisher Jennings. Brian McClelland rounded out the top five.
Jesse Hockett crossed the stripe sixth, with Robbie Standridge, 16th-starter Roy Larkin, Cody Branchcomb and 18th-starter Dex Eaton completing the top ten.
Heat race victories were claimed by Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Rilat and Sean McClelland.
First Heat (10 Laps): 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 2. Jason Martin, 3. Robbie Standridge, 4. Derek Cottrell, 5. J.P. Bailey, 6. Roy Larkin, 7. Travis Jenkins.
Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. Travis Rilat, 2. Brian McClelland, 3. Abe Sherwood, 4. David Wheeler, 5. Cody Branchcomb, 6. Earnest Jennings.JDNS: Foster Landon.
Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. Sean McClelland, 2. Kevin Ramey, 3. Jesse Hockett, 4. Danny Jennings, 5. Kevin Risley, 6. Dex Eaton.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Travis Rilat, 2. Kevin Ramey, 3. Sean McClelland, 4. Danny Jennings, 5. Brian McClelland, 6. Jesse Hockett, 7. Robbie Standridge, 8. Roy Larkin, 9. Cody Branchcomb, 10. Dex Eaton, 11. David Wheeler, 12. Abe Sherwood, 13. Kevin Risley, 14. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 15. Travis Jenkins, 16. Earnest Jennings, 17. Derek Cottrell, 18. Jason Martin, 19. J.P. Bailey. DNS: Foster Landon.
Final American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Sean McClelland 3,358, 2. Danny Jennings 3,306, 3. Cody Branchcomb 2,968, 4. Brian McClelland 2,925, 5. Derek Cottrell 2,713, 6. J.P. Bailey 2,694, 7. Foster Landon 2,607, 8. Dex Eaton 2,528, 9. Earnest Jennings 2,452, 10. Kevin Ramey 2,368.