ASCoT: OKC Friday Prelim results

Cajun Cooks in O'Reilly ASCoT OKC Prelim OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (March 24, 2006) -- Louisiana's Jason Johnson provided the spice in Friday night's O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour Spring Nationals at Oklahoma City's State...

Cajun Cooks in O'Reilly ASCoT OKC Prelim

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (March 24, 2006) -- Louisiana's Jason Johnson provided the spice in Friday night's O'Reilly American Sprint Cars on Tour Spring Nationals at Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway, besting a field of 55 entries by capturing his first series victory of the season in the 25-lap preliminary feature event.

Johnson charged past early pacesetter Zach Chappell following a lap six restart, then held off a fast-closing Danny Lasoski, who fell little more than a car length short at the checkered flag after charging from the 19th starting position.

Chappell settled for the show position, with two-time and defending series champion Gary Wright taking the fourth and final lock-in position to Saturday night's Spring Nationals finale. Wright also moved atop the series 2006 point charts by a narrow margin over Nick Smith and Travis Rilat. Aaron Berryhill rounded out the top five in Friday night's feature.

"These ASCoT races are so tough, they seem to keep drawing 50 or so cars so just getting locked into tomorrow night's feature is pretty awesome," an enthused Johnson exclaimed from victory lane after taking the win aboard Lanny Row's Wesmar-powered The Shop Diesel Service No. 41 Eagle. "Those last few laps got pretty tough, having to guess which way the lapped cars might go and getting through the rough stuff without any problems."

Johnson earned the front row outside starting position through heat race and qualifying race action, but it was 2001 ASCS National champion Zach Chappell gunning into the early lead from the pole position. Meanwhile, Missouri's Lasoski was on the march through the field after making a last lap pass of Jan Howard to win the night's third "B" Main event just to make the show. By the time the caution flew after five laps for 13-year-old Trey Robb, who came to a stop on the front stretch with front end damage, Lasoski had already climbed eleven positions to eighth.

Lasoski picked up another spot on the ensuing restart when fifth-runner Scott Winters dumped his mount in turn three. Winters was uninjured but done for the night.

Back under way, Johnson battled his past Chappell to take command for good. At the same time, Wright made quick work of Berryhill for third with Lasoski dashing past Jesse Hockett, Jerrod Hull and Berryhill to snare fourth by the eighth circuit.

While Johnson encountered lapped traffic by the eleventh round, Lasoski continued to move forward. Lasoski got by Wright for third on the 18th lap, then took second away from Chappell two rounds later.

Lasoski closed the gap and was on Johnson's rear nerf bar entering turn three on the final round. Johnson withstood the challenge to secure his eleventh career ASCS National Tour feature victory. Lasoski settled for a close second in Paul Silva's No. 57 entry, with Chappell taking the show position aboard David Chappell's Carbone-powered No. 50z Maxim. Wright was fourth in the Wesmar-powered Southwest Express/The Shop/Richwood Construction No. 9 Maxim, with Berryhill rounding out the top five in the Wesmar-powered Americash Advance No. 97 Eagle.

After starting 16th, leading Rookie of the Year contender Nick Smith made a last corner pass of Brian Brown to snare sixth, with Brown settling for seventh. Jerrod Hull claimed eighth, with Jason Sides and 22nd-starter Travis Rilat completing the top ten.

Johnson, Berryhill, Cody Branchcomb, Darren Stewart, Chuck Swenson and Tony Bruce, Jr., each scored heat race wins, with Hull, Robb, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Brown, Tim Montgomery and Sean McClelland victorious in qualifying race action.

Montgomery aced the first "B" Main, with Lasoski besting Jan Howard on the final lap of the second "B" Main. Travis Rilat tangled with a lapped car and looped his mount while leading the third "B" Main, but fought back to claim the second and final transfer behind Danny Jennings.

Tracy Nichols went for a wild turn two ride in the second qualifying race, with Mike Trent getting upside down in the fifth qualifier. Doc Sloan flipped on the opening lap of the second "B" Main. Jimmy Taylor's night ended before it got started with a flip in hot laps. There were no injuries.

Saturday's State Fair Speedway Spring Nationals finale in Oklahoma City gets under way at 7:15 p.m.

O'Reilly ASCoT State Fair Speedway Spring Nationals Preliminary Results:

Heats & Qualifying Races (Top 16 in combined points to "A" Main; balance to 3 "B" Mains)

First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 2. 61j-Danny Jennings, 3. 21c-Joey Montgomery, 4. 75-Jesse Hockett, 5. 94h-Jerrod Hull, 6. 21-Brian Brown, 7. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 8. d12-Doc Sloan, 9. 1x-Jake Martens, 10. 7c-Josh Close.

Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 97-Aaron Berryhill, 2. 9-Gary Wright, 3. 50z-Zach Chappell, 4. 15s-Nick Smith, 5. 01-Tim Montgomery, 6. 57x-Jake Peters, 7. 44J-Abe Sherwood, 8. 12m-James Mosher, 9. 20-Koby Barksdale.

Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 94-Cody Branchcomb, 2. 46-Jan Howard, 3. 29-Travis Rilat, 4. R19-Scott Winters, 5. 1-Sean McClelland, 6. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 7. 25-Derek Cottrell, 8. 35-Brad Best, 9. 50-Stephanie Chappell.

Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 91-Darren Stewart, 2. 7s-Jason Sides, 3. 27-Andy Shouse, 4. 12-Trey Robb, 5. 10-Brian McClelland, 6. 55L-Dustin Lindquist, 7. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 8. 57-Danny Lasoski. DNS: 92w-Waylon Weaver.

Fifth Heat (8 Laps): 1. X-Chuck Swenson, 2. 19-Tracy Nichols, 3. 85-Dustin Daggett, 4. 5d-Gary Taylor, 5. 17b-Ryan Bickett, 6. 14-Randy Martin, 7. 92-Michael Sitzmann, Jr., 8. 36-Mitchell Gosey, 9. 4am-Travis Jenkins.

Sixth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 2. 4-Mike Chadd, 3. 71-Mike Trent, 4. 88-Steven King, 5. 45-J.P. Bailey, 6. 33-Gary Owens, 7. 35c-Wendy Chapa. DNS: 59-Dex Eaton, 23-Jimmy Taylor.

First Qualifying Race (8 Laps): 1. 94h-Jerrod Hull, 2. R19-Scott Winters, 3. 50z-Zach Chappell, 4. 10-Brian McClelland, 5. X-Chuck Swenson, 6. 27-Andy Shouse, 7. 33-Gary Owens, 8. 35-Brad Best, 9. 20-Koby Barksdale. DNS: 23-Jimmy Taylor.

Second Qualifying Race (8 Laps): 1. 12-Trey Robb, 2. 15s-Nick Smith, 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 4. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 5. 44J-Abe Sherwood, 6. d12-Doc Sloan, 7. 50-Stephanie Chappell, 8. 45-J.P. Bailey, 9. 19-Tracy Nichols.

Third Qualifying Race (8 Laps): 1. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 2. 14-Randy Martin, 3. 97-Aaron Berryhill, 4. 85-Dustin Daggett, 5. 5d-Gary Taylor, 6. 4-Mike Chadd, 7. 12m-James Mosher, 8. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 9. 25-Derek Cottrell.

Fourth Qualifying Race (8 Laps): 1. 21-Brian Brown, 2. 57x-Jake Peters, 3. 57-Danny Lasoski, 4. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 5. 21c-Joey Montgomery, 6. 61J-Danny Jennings, 7. 17b-Ryan Bickett, 8. 7c-Josh Close, 9. 94-Cody Branchcomb.

Fifth Qualifying Race (8 Laps): 1. 01-Tim Montgomery, 2. 9-Gary Wright, 3. 91-Darren Stewart, 4. 29-Travis Rilat, 5. 88-Steven King, 6. 92-Michael Sitzmann, Jr., 7. 92w-Waylon Weaver. DNS: b4-Eric Baldaccini, 36-Mitchell Gosey.

Sixth Qualifying Race (8 Laps): 1. 1-Sean McClelland, 2. 75-Jesse Hockett, 3. 7s-Jason Sides, 4. 55L-Dustin Lindquist, 5. 46-Jan Howard, 6. 71-Mike Trent. DNS: 35c-Wendy Chapa, 1x-Jake Martens, 59-Dex Eaton.

"B" Mains -- Top 2 from each advance to "A" Main

First "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 01-Tim Montgomery, 2. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 3. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 4. 5d-Gary Taylor, 5. 44J-Abe Sherwood, 6. 33-Gary Owens, 7. 92-Michael Sitzmann, Jr., 8. 4-Mike Chadd, 9. 35c-Wendy Chapa, 10. 7c-Josh Close. DNS: 71-Mike Trent, b4-Eric Baldaccini, 1x-Jake Martens.

Second "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 57-Danny Lasoski, 2. 46-Jan Howard, 3. 14-Randy Martin, 4. 57x-Jake Peters, 5. 35-Brad Best, 6. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 7. 20-Koby Barksdale, 8. 10-Brian McClelland, 9. 12m-James Mosher, 10. 17b-Ryan Bickett, 11. d12-Doc Sloan. DNS: 94-Cody Branchcomb, 23-Jimmy Taylor.

Third "B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 61J-Danny Jennings, 2. 29-Travis Rilat, 3. 27-Andy Shouse, 4. 88-Steven King, 5. 55L-Dustin Lindquist, 6. 92w-Waylon Weaver, 7. 50-Stephanie Chappell, 8. 45-J.P. Bailey, 9. 21c-Joey Montgomery. DNS: 19-Tracy Nichols, 25-Derek Cottrell, 36-Mitchell Gosey, 59-Dex Eaton.

Oklahoma City Spring Nationals Preliminary "A" Main Event (Top 4 Locked into Saturday night's Spring Nationals championship "A" Main)

"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 2. 57-Danny Lasoski, 3. 50z-Zach Chappell, 4. 9-Gary Wright, 5. 97-Aaron Berryhill, 6. 15s-Nick Smith, 7. 21-Brian Brown, 8. 94-Jerrod Hull, 9. 7s-Jason Sides, 10. 29-Travis Rilat, 11. 75-Jesse Hockett, 12. 91-Darren Stewart, 13. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 14. 01-Tim Montgomery, 15. 46-Jan Howard, 16. 1-Sean McClelland, 17. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 18. 61J-Danny Jennings, 19. X-Chuck Swenson, 20. 85-Dustin Daggett, 21. R19-Scott Winters, 22. 12-Trey Robb, 23. 4-Mike Chadd.

Lap Leaders: Zach Chappell 1-5, Jason Johnson 6-25.

Note: Mike Chadd utilized a provisional starting position for the "A" Main.

O'Reilly ASCoT Points (Top Twenty): 1. Gary Wright 617, 2. Nick Smith 612, 3. Travis Rilat 611, 4. Darren Stewart 579, 5. Zach Chappell 567, 6. Jesse Hockett 564, 7. Tim Montgomery 559, 8. Jerrod Hull 552, 9. Sean McClelland 534, 10. Mike Chadd 520, 11. (tie) Jan Howard and Jason Johnson 515, 13. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 506, 14. Tony Bruce, Jr. 502, 15. Aaron Berryhill 479, 16. Jake Peters 466, 17. Dustin Lindquist 451, 18. Dustin Daggett 437, 19. Trey Robb 430, 20. Brad Best 426.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Danny Lasoski , Aaron Berryhill , Brian Brown , Cody Branchcomb , Jason Sides , Travis Rilat , Jesse Hockett , Nick Smith , Dex Eaton , Danny Jennings , Kevin Ramey , Gary Taylor , Jason Johnson , J.P. Bailey , Koby Barksdale , Andy Shouse , Sean McClelland