Wright Roars to O'Reilly ASCS Victory Lane at Yellville YELLVILLE, Ark. (June 4, 2004) -- Gary Wright assumed command when early pacesetter Tim Crawley suffered a flat left rear tire after eight rounds, then held off a late charge from ...
Wright Roars to O'Reilly ASCS Victory Lane at Yellville
YELLVILLE, Ark. (June 4, 2004) -- Gary Wright assumed command when early pacesetter Tim Crawley suffered a flat left rear tire after eight rounds, then held off a late charge from Travis Rilat to top Friday night's 25-lap O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers feature at North Central Arkansas Speedway.
Wright posted his second series triumph of the season aboard the Salina-powered Southwest Express/The Shop/Richwood Construction No. 9 Maxim by a mere two car-lengths over a fast-closing Rilat as the checkered flag waved.
Crawley led the field to the green flag, outgunning fellow front row starter Rilat to nab the early lead. With Crawley in front, Rilat and third-starter Wright battled for second for the opening two rounds before Wright took command of the position.
When the caution flew for Natalie Sather's turn four spin after eight rounds, Crawley's left rear tire deflated under the caution. As Wright and Rilat raced by on the restart, Crawley quickly came to a halt in turn four, bringing the caution back out. Crawley would rejoin the field at the tail after a quick rubber change.
The ensuing restart was red-flagged when Kevin Battles and Cody Branchcomb tangled in turn two, with Battles getting upside down. Branchcomb would return, while Battles was done for the night.
Back under way, Wright led the way in front of Rilat, Shane Stewart, Garry Lee Maier and Zach Chappell. With Wright pacing the field on the low side, eighth-starter Chappell was making his move toward the front on the high side, quickly racing past Maier for fourth then overtaking Stewart, who had a plugged a punctured right rear tire under the red flag, for third at the midway point.
With Wright holding an eight car-length advantage, Chappell challenged Rilat unsuccessfully for second for several rounds. With five circuits to go, Rilat began chipping away at Wright's lead and was nearly in position to challenge as the white flag flew.
Wright worked the bottom, with Rilat's charge on the high-side coming up just short at the checkered flag. Chappell settled for the show position, with Shane Stewart beating brother Darren Stewart, who had taken over fifth on the twelfth lap, to the line for fourth.
A.G. Rains and Maier battled side-by-side for sixth over the final rounds, with Rains securing the position when Maier slowed after taking the white flag. Having thought he had taken the checkered, Maier fell to tenth behind Crawley, Toby Brown and Cody Branchcomb.
Heat race victories were claimed by Rilat and Crawley. Stephen Chevallier flipped in turn four on the opening round of the first heat race. Chevallier would start the main event but exit early with significant frame damage.
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. Travis Rilat, 2. Gary Wright, 3. Zach Chappell, 4. Shane Stewart, 5. Cody Branchcomb, 6. A.G. Rains, 7. Jimmy Taylor, 8. William Hope, 9. Stephen Chevallier.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. Tim Crawley, 2. Kevin Battles, 3. Garry Lee Maier, 4. Darren Stewart, 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 6. Toby Brown, 7. Chuck Swenson, 8. Natalie Sather.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Gary Wright, 2. Travis Rilat, 3. Zach Chappell, 4. Shane Stewart, 5. Darren Stewart, 6. A.G. Rains, 7. Tim Crawley, 8. Toby Brown, 9. Cody Branchcomb, 10. Garry Lee Maier, 11. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 12. Chuck Swenson, 13. William Hope, 14. Natalie Sather, 15. Kevin Battles, 16. Jimmy Taylor, 17. Stephen Chevallier.
O'Reilly ASCS National Tour Points (Top Fifteen): 1. Travis Rilat 740, 2. Gary Wright 734, 3. Zach Chappell 696, 4. Darren Stewart 690, 5. Garry Lee Maier 684, 6. A.G. Rains 650, 7. Toby Brown 626, 8. Chuck Swenson 600, 9. Jimmy Taylor 578, 10. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 565, 11. Natalie Sather 457, 12. Shane Stewart 430, 13. Cody Branchcomb 392, 14. Derek Drown 386, 12. Jerry Bell 364.