Wise Wins Sprint Bandits vs. USAC Wingless Showdown at MMP MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 7, 2004) -- California's Josh Wise kicked off the "Big M Motorfest" presented by Brim's Snack Foods at Memphis Motorsports Park by turning in a stellar performance to...
Wise Wins Sprint Bandits vs. USAC Wingless Showdown at MMP
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (May 7, 2004) -- California's Josh Wise kicked off the "Big M Motorfest" presented by Brim's Snack Foods at Memphis Motorsports Park by turning in a stellar performance to win Friday night's 30-lap O'Reilly Sprint Bandits versus USAC Valvoline National Sprint Car Series feature atop MMP's quarter-mile gumbo oval.
Wise raced to the checkered flag in wire-to-wire fashion, slicing through heavy lapped traffic masterfully to post his first career USAC National Sprint Car Series feature victory aboard the Keith Kunz-owned No. 67 Snyder Enterprise-powered machine.
With the top six from qualifying inverted for the feature, Wise led the field to the green flag with Sprint Bandits shoe Shane Stewart alongside. After a pair of false starts, Wise jumped into the lead, only to have the action interrupted after one round for a turn three tangle in which Gary Wright got upside down.
On the ensuing restart, the field stacked up in turn two, forcing tenth-place runner Aaron Berryhill to slide to a stop in turn two.
Back under way, Wise set the pace in front of Stewart with Troy Cline and Cory Kruseman dicing for third position. Stewart pressured the leader for several laps before Wise began to gradually slip away.
Wise approached heavy lapped traffic by the tenth round, with Stewart and Kruseman, who had gained command of third on the eighth round, sensing the opportunity to challenge for the lead. Wise wasted little time disposing of lapped traffic however, dashing through the backmarkers at a lightning-quick pace as he extended his lead.
With Wise in firm command, Kruseman took advantage of traffic to slip past Stewart for second on the 13th round. The red flag would fly six rounds later when Sammy Swindell, who was battling for tenth, flipped in turn two without injury. On the restart, fourth-running Cline flipped in turn four, also walking away unscathed.
Wise took off on the restart and raced to the checkered flag unchallenged over the final rounds, with Kruseman settling for second aboard Tony Stewart's Mopar-powered No. 20. After a wild flip in qualifying, Shane Stewart rebounded for a strong third place finish aboard Scott Chilcutt's Wesmar-powered No. 4m Ol' Glory Energy Drink Maxim.
Dave Darland turned in the race's hard charger effort by racing from 21st to claim fourth, with Bud Kaeding rounding out the top five. Brian Lee claimed sixth, while 16-year-old Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., battled amongst the top five most of the way before settling for seventh at the stripe. Tracy Hines claimed eighth, with fast qualifier Travis Rilat and Jay Drake completing the top ten.
Rilat kicked off the evening by establishing a new non-wing track record of 12.938 seconds over the strong 45-car field. After Mat Neely topped Jan Howard in the Qualifying Race, heat race victories went to Mike Ward, Boston Reid, Kruseman and Wright. Stewart raced past Hines on the 10th round en route to winning the 12-lap B Feature.
Darren Stewart was a Qualifying Race flip victim, with Kevin Briscoe getting upside down in the fourth heat. Jerrod Wilson flipped after being collected in a B Feature skirmish. There were no injuries.
After his 410-ci machine failed to fire, Zach Chappell broke out his 360. Chappell extended his evening by finishing third in the Qualifying Race, then qualified for the main event by racing from 17th to sixth in the B Feature.
Tony Elliott utilized a provisional starting position to race from 23rd to twelfth in the main event.
Qualifying: 1. Travis Rilat, Rilat 29x, 12.938; 2. Tracy Hines, Dynamics 69, 13.018; 3. Troy Cline, Cline 11c, 13.168; 4. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Chambliss= 40R, 13.238; 5. Shane Stewart, Chilcutt 4m, 13.308; 6. Josh Wise, Kunz 67, 13.321; 7. Cory Kruseman, Stewart 21, 13.363; 8. Brian Lee, MPHG 2H, 13.375;9. Kris Deckard, Deckard 97, 13.389; 10. Bud Kaeding, BK 29, 13.415; 11. Tony Elliott, Walker 11, 13.416; 12. Aaron Berryhill, Fast Forward 97x, 13.432; 13. Jay Drake, Stewart 20, 13.437; 14. Marc Jessup, Jessup 14J, 13.438; 15. Sammy Swindell, Vielhauer 12x, 13.448; 16. Levi Jones, BWB 62, 13.455; 17. Jerrod Wilson, Wilson 88J, 13.479; 18. Josh Ford, Ford 73, 13.499; 19. Brian Tyler,= Davis/Bowman 6, 13.509; 20. Daron Clayton, Clayton 92, 13.525; 21. John Scott, Scott 83, 13.533; 22. Boston Reid, 2B Racing 2B, 13.550; 23. Dickie Gaines, Dynamics 69x, 13.556; 24. Bryan Stanfill, Roberts 21x, 13.558; 25. Mike Ward, Ward 88, 13.566; 26. Tom Hessert, Hessert 5H, 13.578; 27. Dale Howard, Howard 47x, 13.578; 28. Gary Wright, Wright 9, 13.584; 29. Kevin Newton, Law 77, 13.623;30. Paul White, Hughey 22R, 13.678; 31. Rex Norris III, Norris 63, 13.691; 32. Dave Darland, Reid 2, 13.738; 33. Jan Howard, Howard 46, 13.806; 34. Mat Neely, Neely 17, 13.933; 35. Wayne Johnson, Fatt-Fro 14AJ, 13.957; 36. Dave Steele, Nicholas 2N, 14.093; 37. Zach Chappell, Chappell 50z, 14.101; 38. Henry Gustavus, Jr., Gustavus 78, 14.152; 39. Jerrod Hull, Hull 12, 14.161; 40. Kevin Briscoe, Roberts 21R, 14.290; 41. Marshall Skinner, Skinner 26k, 14.377; 42. Darren Stewart, Sparks 91, 14.410; 43. Derek Crasi, CNC 95, 14.415; 44. Buster Dickerson, Dickerson 86, 14.464; 45. Justin Marvel, MPHG 47, 14.569
Qualifying Race (6 laps): 1. Mat Neely, 2. Jan Howard, 3. Zach Chappell, 4. Kevin Briscoe, 5. Wayne Johnson, 6. David Steele, 7. Jerrod Hull, 8. Marshall Skinner, 9. Justin Marvel, 10. Henry Gustavus, Jr., 11. Derek Crasi, 12. Darren Stewart, 13. Buster Dickerson. NT
First Heat (10 Laps): 1. Mike Ward, 2. Kevin Newton, 3. Travis Rilat, 4. Jay Drake, 5. Shane Stewart, 6. Kris Deckard, 7. Mat Neely, 8. John Scott, 9. Jerrod Wilson. NT
Second Heat (10 Laps): 1. Boston Reid, 2. Tom Hessert, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Marc Jessup, 5. Josh Wise, 6. Josh Ford, 7. Tracy Hines, 8. Jan Howard, 9. Paul White. 2:16.09
Third Heat (10 Laps): 1. Cory Kruseman, 2. Dickie Gaines, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Troy Cline, 5. Dale Howard, 6. Zach Chappell, 7. Tony Elliott, 8. Brian Tyler, 9. Rex Norris III. NT
Fourth Heat (10 Laps): 1. Gary Wright, 2. Dave Darland, 3. Levi Jones, 4. Aaron Berryhill, 5. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 6. Brian Stanfill, 7. Daron Clayton, 8. Brian Lee, 9. Kevin Briscoe. NT
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. Shane Stewart, 2. Tracy Hines, 3. Josh Wise, 4. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 5. Brian Lee, 6. Zach Chappell, 7. Dale Howard, 8. Tony Elliott, 9. Paul White, 10. Kevin Briscoe, 11. Josh Ford, 12. John Scott, 13. Brian Stanfill, 14. Daron Clayton, 15. Kris Deckard, 16. Jerrod Wilson, 17.Brian Tyler, 18. Mat Neely. 2:44.84 DNS: Rex Norris III, Jan Howard.
A Feature (30 Laps, Starting Position in Parentheses): 1. Josh Wise (1), 2. Cory Kruseman (7), 3. Shane Stewart (2), 4. Dave Darland (21), 5. Bud Kaeding (9), 6. Brian Lee (8), 7. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (3), 8. Tracy Hines (5), 9. Travis Rilat (6), 10. Jay Drake (11), 11. Aaron Berryhill (10), 12. Tony Elliott (23), 13. Dickie Gaines (16), 14. Mike Ward (17), 15. Kevin Newton (20), 16.= Levi Jones (14), 17. Tom Hessert (18), 18. Troy Cline (4), 19. Sammy Swindell (13), 20. Gary Wright (19), 21. Marc Jessup (12), 22. Zach Chappell (22), 23. Boston Reid (15). NT
Lap Leaders: Josh Wise 1-30.