Crawley Tops Texarkana ASCS Speedweek Round Six from 17th TEXARKANA, Ark. (June 10, 2005) -- It looked like another tough night for defending COMP Cams American Sprint Car Series Speedweek champion Tim Crawley when he found himself in...
Crawley Tops Texarkana ASCS Speedweek Round Six from 17th
TEXARKANA, Ark. (June 10, 2005) -- It looked like another tough night for defending COMP Cams American Sprint Car Series Speedweek champion Tim Crawley when he found himself in another "B" Main. But Crawley turned the tables in a hurry, winning the "B" Main then charging from 17th to become the sixth different winner in as many nights of 13th Annual COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek action to cap a wild night of racing in Friday night's 30-lap feature at 67 Texarkana Speedway.
Crawley took quick advantage of misfortunes beset upon early pacesetters Toby Brown and Kevin Ramey to take command on the 13th round then held off a late bid from Oregon's Roger Crockett to secure his 11th career ASCS Speedweek victory and 35th career O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores triumph.
"When we rolled out there for the B Feature, I kinda thought it was another night gone," the three-time ASCS National Tour champion explained after his victory aboard the Dyno-Tech powered No. 87 Avenger. "We got through the "B" and then we missed a couple of wrecks in the feature, I'm just glad we could get one the way this week has been going for us."
After racing from seventh to top the evening's second heat race, Ramey led the feature field to the green flag with Wright alongside. Ramey gunned into the lead entering turn one, only to have the start negated when third-starter Crockett and Wright tangled entering turn three with both spinning to a halt. Wright and Crockett rejoined the chase at the tail.
The second attempt to start the race was waved off as well when Mike Ward, who assumed the front row outside starting position, got out of shape exiting turn two and collected Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., who flipped on the backstretch. Stenhouse escaped injury but was done for the night, while Ward restarted at the tail after changing a flat right front tire, moving Brown to the front row outside.
Ramey led the opening round before Brown motored into the lead and immediately opened up a half straightaway advantage. Brown's advantage was erased when the caution flew with three laps in the books for Wayne Johnson, who spun off turn three while dicing for fifth.
Brown's bid for a first career O'Reilly ASCS National Tour triumph came to an early end however when he limped to the infield with driveline woes when the green flag reappeared, handing the lead back to Ramey. Ramey then raced away from the field, as Minnesota's Dustin Lindquist held off Dale Howard for second.
Meanwhile, Crawley had been quickly working his way through the field. After the initial two starts were waved off, Crawley had already gained four positions as he took the green flag in 13th. Crawley picked off five positions on the opening round and was up to fourth by the fourth lap.
Crawley disposed of Howard for third on the fifth round then overtook Lindquist for second three laps later. Crawley then set his sights on the fleet Ramey, who had raced to a half straightaway advantage.
Ramey's advantage began to shrink two lap later however when he cut a left rear tire. Crawley reeled in the hobbled leader and took over the point on the 13th round. Ramey came to a halt on the track after two more circuits, bringing out the race's final caution. Ramey rejoined the chase at the rear after a quick tire change.
Crawley led the way on the restart with Crockett in second after slicing through the entire field following his opening lap mishap. Running the high line through turns one and two and the bottom through three and four, Crawley slipped away to nearly a straightway lead over the rim-riding Crockett.
Crawley's advantage began to diminish however when he encountered heavy lapped traffic over the final ten rounds. Crockett closed to Crawley's bumper and nearly pulled alongside to challenge as the white flag flew. Crawley held firm though to secure a narrow victory with Crockett settling for second.
Jan Howard took over the third slot at the midway point and held the position to the line, maintaining his streak of six consecutive ASCS Speedweek top ten feature finishes. Brodix Rookie of the Year contender Tony Bruce, Jr., raced from 15th to snare fourth, with Wright rebounding to round out the top five.
COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek point leader Darren Stewart advanced from 12th to sixth, with Lindquist, 18th-starter Marshall Skinner, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Ward completing the top ten.
Wright, Ramey, Dale Howard and Stenhouse topped heat race action for the 34-car field with Crawley besting the 12-lap "B" Main.
Charlie Brown flipped on the second round of the opening heat race, while Steven Tiner tumbled in a turn four tangle in the third heat. Brown was done for the night, while Tiner made repairs and qualified for the main event.
In the fourth heat, Ernie Ainsworth took a wild ride off the third turn, with Richard Herring sailing off the corner with him. Ainsworth escaped injury, but Herring was transported to a local hospital complaining of back pain.
Jake Martens got the worst of a wild five-car tangle as the green flag flew upon the "B" Feature, with Danny Wood then sailing off the turn one embankment following separate contact. Wood was transported to a local hospital as well, also complaining of back pain.
Stewart holds a slim four-point lead over Wright entering Saturday night's 13th Annual COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek finale at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway, with Jan Howard and Crockett tied for third, just 16 points off the lead pace. Saturday's action gets under way at 7:30 p.m.
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. Gary Wright, 2. Toby Brown, 3. Darren Stewart, 4. Wayne Johnson, 5. A.G. Rains, 6. Tim Crawley, 7. Lee Sowell, 8. Mark Huddleston, 9. Charlie Brown.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. Kevin Ramey, 2. Jan Howard, 3. Mike Ward, 4. Dustin Lindquist, 5. Danny Wood, 6. Jake Martens, 7. Justin Sturch, 8. Travis Senter. DNS: Mike Sitzmann, Jr.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. Dale Howard, 2. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 3. Steven Tiner, 4. Josh Lofton, 5. Randy McKinney, 6. Don Young, 7. Marshall Skinner, 8. Jimmy Taylor.
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 2. Roger Crockett, 3. Tony Bruce, Jr., 4. Nick Smith, 5. Cody Chisholm, 6. Natalie Sather, 7. Richard Herring, 8. Ernie Ainsworth.
B Feature (12 Laps): 1. Tim Crawley, 2. Marshall Skinner, 3. Natalie Sather, 4. Travis Senter, 5. Randy McKinney, 6. Mark Huddleston, 7. Jimmy Taylor, 8. Lee Sowell, 9. A.G. Rains, 10. Danny Wood, 11. Cody Chisholm, 12. Jake Martens. DNS: Don Young, Justin Sturch, Richard Herring, Ernie Ainsworth, Charlie Brown, Mike Sitzmann, Jr.
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. Tim Crawley, 2. Roger Crockett, 3. Jan Howard, 4. Tony Bruce, Jr., 5. Gary Wright, 6. Darren Stewart, 7. Dustin Lindquist, 8. Marshall Skinner, 9. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 10. Mike Ward, 11. Dale Howard, 12. Nick Smith, 13. Wayne Johnson, 14. Kevin Ramey, 15. Natalie Sather, 16. Josh Lofton, 17. Steven Tiner, 18. Travis Senter, 19. A.G. Rains, 20. Toby Brown, 21. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 22. Jimmy Taylor.
O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Points (Top Ten): 1. Gary Wright 1,814, 2. Darren Stewart 1,794, 3. Jan Howard 1,725, 4. Tony Bruce, Jr. 1,639, 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1,579, 6. Jake Martens 1,548, 7. Toby Brown 1,539, 8. A.G. Rains 1,259, 9. Lee Sowell 1,236, 10. Jimmy Taylor 1,136.
13th Annual COMP Cams ASCS Speedweek Points (Top Ten -- Through Round Six of Seven Events): 1. Darren Stewart 838, 2. Gary Wright 834, 3. (tie) Jan Howard and Roger Crockett 822, 5. Tim Crawley 767, 6. Tony Bruce, Jr. 764, 7. Dale Howard 762, 8. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 738, 9. Toby Brown 722, 10. Steven Tiner 672.