Sooner Region Non-Wing Creek County race notes

Rilat rules inaugural ASCS Wingless event at Creek County Speedway SAPULPA, Okla. (May 10, 2003) - Travis Rilat proved Saturday night that the number 13 isn't always a bad thing, as he put his name in the American Sprint Car Series record books...

Rilat rules inaugural ASCS Wingless event at Creek County Speedway

SAPULPA, Okla. (May 10, 2003) - Travis Rilat proved Saturday night that the number 13 isn't always a bad thing, as he put his name in the American Sprint Car Series record books by topping the first non-wing event in ASCS history, charging from 13th to take command on the 19th round en route to winning the 25-lap ASCS Sooner Region non-wing feature at Creek County Speedway.

In an event that featured constant position changes throughout, Rilat methodically worked his way through the field before racing past Danny Jennings and Tim Crawley on the 19th round to take the lead. "It's always fun to come from that far back and win one," stated Rilat after notching his fourth triumph in his past five outings.

Zach Chappell and Toby Brown led the 20-car feature field to the green flag, with Chappell taking the lead as the field exited turn two. Danny Jennings moved into the runner-up slot on the second round, while Brown slipped back to sixth when he slipped over the turn two banking on the fourth round.

Chappell held a six car-length lead over Jennings, with Marvin Lough, Crawley and Robert Sellers in pursuit when the race's first caution appeared after nine laps when Matt Clevenger and Jimmy Taylor tangled in turn one.

On the ensuing restart, Chappell slipped high exiting turn two and brushed the backstretch wall, falling back to fourth as Jennings, Lough and Crawley raced past the 2001 ASCS National champion. With Jennings setting the pace, Lough and Crawley swapped the runner-up spot repeatedly over the next several rounds before Crawley seized command of second on the 12th circuit and set his sights on the leader.

Meanwhile, Rilat was picking his way through traffic, having worked his way up to ninth by the lap nine caution. After a pair of mid-race cautions, including a lap 15 yellow for Sellers who slid wildly off the first turn after frontstretch contact with Brown while battling for sixth, Rilat had cracked the top five.

Set for an eleven lap charge to the checkered flag, Jennings set sail with Crawley, Lough, Chappell and Rilat in tow. As Crawley shadowed Jennings' every move, Rilat slipped around Chappell for fourth on the 15th lap, then disposed of Lough for third one round later.

Crawley made his first serious bid for the lead entering turn three on the 18th lap, then took command a half lap later on the low side exiting turn two. Crawley's lead was short-lived however, as Rilat charged underneath Jennings down the backstretch, then raced past Crawley exiting turn four to complete then 19th lap.

Crawley kept Rilat close but was unable to challenge over the final rounds as Rilat stormed to victory lane aboard the Snyder-powered F&J Construction/Haulmark Trailers/Archer Motorsports Eagle. Three-time ASCS National champion Crawley settled for second, with Lough securing the show position in the final rounds. After starting tenth, Sean McClelland made a late charge to snare fourth, while Brown edged Jennings at the line to round out the top five.

Jennings was sixth, with current ASCS Sooner Region point leader Kevin Ramey charging from 16th to seventh. Nick Smith claimed eighth, with Chappell and Derek Drown completing the top ten.

Chappell, Jennings, Brian Harvill and Brown topped heat race action for the 28-car field, with Ramey winning the 12-lap B Main.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Travis Rilat , Nick Smith , Danny Jennings , Kevin Ramey , Tim Crawley , Sean McClelland