Brian McClelland Bags First ASCS Win with Sooner Score at Cowtown KENNEDALE, Tex. (July 7, 2007) -- After coming tantalizingly close to victory lane in the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region's most recent event exactly four...
Brian McClelland Bags First ASCS Win with Sooner Score at Cowtown
KENNEDALE, Tex. (July 7, 2007) -- After coming tantalizingly close to victory lane in the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region's most recent event exactly four weeks ago, Brian McClelland finally cracked the code for his first series win in Saturday night's 30-lap feature at Cowtown Speedway.
After sitting through three rainouts since a runner-up finish to Kevin Ramey at Mid-America Speedway on June 9, McClelland turned the tables on the two-time ASCS Sooner Region champion by charging into the lead on the 13th round and holding on the rest of the way.
"I just drove my ass off!", an exhausted McClelland exclaimed upon climbing from his victorious R&B Motorports No. 87 Triple-X entry.J"Ramey was up top and I found the fast line through the middle and reeled him in before he found it."
McClelland, younger brother of past ASCS Sooner Region champion and Ramey-nemesis Sean McClelland, battled forward from the tenth position and then survived a souring powerplant in the final laps to secure the win.
Even after his engine began to lose power after 21 circuits, McClelland was able to survive a lap 28 caution to secure the win in front of Ramey, with Brad Welborn continuing his trend of strong ASCS Sooner Region runs at Cowtown by taking the show position.
Johnny Miller was fourth, with Ray Allen Kulhanek rounding out the top five. Sherman Davis was sixth, with Tommy Bryant in seventh. After tagging the feature field due to a second push, Scott Reneau rebounded to claim eighth, with John Ricketts and George White completing the top ten.
Andy Shouse held the third position at the midway point when he suffered front end damage and retired to the infield. Then under the lap 28 caution, current series point leader Cody Branchcomb was forced to surrender the third position as well with a cut right rear tire.
The feature event was red-flagged after four laps when Kathryne Minter tagged the frontstretch wall exiting turn four and flipped.
Ramey won the night's opening heat race, with Branchcomb topping the second heat. Shouse charged from seventh to win the third heat, only to be bettered by Kulhanek who charged from eighth to win the fourth and final heat.
Marvin Lough and Ricketts split victory honors in the Twin "B" Mains.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Results from Cowtown Speedway:
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 2. 87-Brian McClelland, 3. 12m-Tommy Bryant, 4. 72-Sherman Davis, 5. 20s-Sheldon Barksdale, 6. 13m-Kathryne Minter, 7. 81-Danny Caldwell, 8. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 9. 65-Skip Wilson.
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 94-Cody Branchcomb, 2. 17w-Brad Welborn, 3. 64J-Johnny Miller, 4. 31-Marvin Lough, 5. 79-Ryan Hall, 6. 81au-Gavin Punch, 7. 45-J.P. Bailey, 8. 68-Andy Rea. DNS: 20-Rick Barksdale.
Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 27-Andy Shouse, 2. 7J-Justin Zimmerman, 3. 1s-George White, 4. 5-John Ricketts, 5. 6-Mike Sanders, 6. 15b-Michael Brown, 7. 69-Larry Howery, 9. 14-Michael Lang.
Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 2. 74e-Claud Estes, 3. 1-Scott Reneau, 4. L23-Landon Brown, 5. 95-Matt Covington, 6. 14b-Robert Byrom, 7. 25-Derek Cottrell, 8. 11-Darrell Fletcher.
Pole Dash (5 Laps): 1. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 2. 17w-Brad Welborn, 3. 12m-Tommy Bryant, 4. 74e-Claud Estes, 5. 27-Andy Shouse, 6. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek.
First "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 31-Marvin Lough, 2. 45-J.P. Bailey, 3. 13m-Kathryne Minter, 4. 79-Ryan Hall, 5. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 6. 65-Skip Wilson, 7. L23-Landon Brown, 8. 15b-Michael Brown, 9. 14-Michael Lang, 10. 69-Larry Howery.
Second "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 5-John Ricketts, 2. 95-Matt Covington, 3. 25-Derek Cottrell, 4. 14b-Robert Byrom, 5. 20s-Sheldon Barksdale, 6. 81au-Gavin Punch, 7. 68-Andy Rea, 8. 11-Darrell Fletcher, 9. 81-Danny Caldwell. DNS: 20-Rick Barksdale.
"A" Feature (30 Laps): 1. 87-Brian McClelland, 2. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 3. 17w-Brad Welborn, 4. 64J-Johnny Miller, 5. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 6. 72-Sherman Davis, 7. 12m-Tommy Bryant, 8. 1-Scott Reneau, 9. 5-John Ricketts, 10. 1s-George White, 11. 45-J.P. Bailey, 12. 95-Matt Covington, 13. 94-Cody Branchcomb, 14. 31-Marvin Lough, 15. 6-Mike Sanders, 16. 7J-Justin Zimmerman, 17. 25-Derek Cottrell, 18. 27-Andy Shouse, 19. 74e-Claud Estes, 20. 13m-Kathryne Minter.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Cody Branchcomb 690, 2. Brian McClelland 678, 3. Ray Allen Kulhanek 668, 4. Kevin Ramey 653, 5. Sherman Davis 636, 6. Gavin Punch 568, 7. J.P. Bailey 528, 8. Michael Brown 522, 9. Sean McClelland 483, 10. Nick Smith 476.