Devil's Bowl Saturday results

Stewart Strikes Again in ASCS Devil's Bowl Closer as Wright Claims Crown MESQUITE, Tex. (October 23, 2004) - Shane Stewart posted his second big victory in as many weeks atop the famed Devil's Bowl Speedway half-mile black clay oval, bringing...

Stewart Strikes Again in ASCS Devil's Bowl Closer as Wright Claims Crown

MESQUITE, Tex. (October 23, 2004) - Shane Stewart posted his second big victory in as many weeks atop the famed Devil's Bowl Speedway half-mile black clay oval, bringing the curtain down on the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores and Classic Trailers 2004 campaign by fending off a late challenge from Kevin Ramey to top Saturday night's 31st Annual Devil's Bowl Winter Nationals 25-lap feature.

Although denied his sixth consecutive triumph in the ASCS Devil's Bowl closer as Stewart beat Ramey to the line to pocket the $5,000 victory, Gary Wright still put the finishing touches on his first O'Reilly ASCS National championship by crossing the stripe in fourth.

With the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits format in place for the stout 49-car field, Stewart earned the pole position for the feature by racing from eighth to third in his heat and then dashing from eighth to win his qualifying race. Ramey won his heat from the front row outside then charged from eighth to win his qualifying race, earning the front row outside starting slot.

Stewart outgunned Ramey at the drop of the green flag for the early lead, with sixth-starter Zach Chappell quickly racing into third in front of Jason Sides. As lapped traffic came into play after six rounds, Sides dashed past Chappell for third then was challenging Ramey for second when he spun entering turn three on the eighth lap. Sides would bring out the caution again three rounds later when he slid to a stop off turn two.

Back under way, Stewart paced the field ahead of Ramey, with Chappell holding off the battling duo of Wright and tenth-starter Billy Alley for third. Chappell slipped away from the pair after the lap 15 mark, with Wright taking command of fourth on the 19th lap.

The race's final caution flew with just three laps to go when Brodix Rookie of the Year contender Sam Hafertepe, Jr., spun in turn one.

As the green flag flew on the final restart, Ramey challenged on the high side through turns one and two. The pair raced side-by-side down the backstretch before Stewart motored into the lead and raced to the checkered flag to capture his fourth ASCS National Tour triumph of the season aboard Scott Chilcutt's Wesmar-powered mIn Motorsports Management/Rudeen Racing No. 4m Maxim.

Ramey settled for a strong runner-up finish, with Chappell in the show position. Wright capped his championship season by crossing the stripe fourth, with Alley rounding out the top five.

Wayne Johnson raced from twelfth to claim sixth, with Danny Jennings picking up KSE Hard Charger honors by advancing from 21st to seventh. Making his O'Reilly ASCS National Tour debut, Kevin Swindell posted a solid eighth place finish, with 19th-starter Travis Rilat and Brian Brown completing the top ten.

Toby Brown, Tony Bruce, Jr., Alley, Chappell and Ramey topped heat race action, with Eric Baldaccini, Stewart, Wright, Ramey and Skip Wilson claiming qualifying race victories.

Travis Rilat recovered from a qualifying race flip to win the first 12-lap B Main, with Joe McCarthy making a lap nine pass of Dale Howard to top the second B Main.

J.P. Bailey, Darren Stewart, Mike Thigpen, Jimmy Scott, Greg Rilat, Travis Rilat and Charlie Brown all walked away from heat and qualifying race tumbles.

Daryn Pittman scratched for the evening when his borrowed powerplant failed to fire properly in hot laps.

Wright captured the O'Reilly ASCS National championship, worth $20,000, by 166 points over 2003 champion Travis Rilat, who edged 2001 king Chappell by 60 points for runner-up honors.

Results:

First Heat (8 Laps): 1. #61a Toby Brown, 2. #7 Ricky Logan, 3. #1h Matt Folstad, 4. #11p Preston Peebles II, 5. #15 Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 6. #49 Mike Peters, 7. #35 Greg Rilat, 8. #92 Terry Henry, 9. #19 Joe McCarthy, 10. #1s Matt Clevenger.

Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. #18 Tony Bruce, Jr., 2. #29n Larry Neighbors, 3. #65 Skip Wilson, 4. #1k Kevin Swindell, 5. #61J Danny Jennings, 6. #3 A.G. Rains, 7. #94s Natalie Sather, 8. #74e Claud Estes, 9. #20 Koby Barksdale, 10. #5b Eric Baldaccini.

Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. #22 Billy Alley, 2. #91 Darren Stewart, 3. #4m Shane Stewart, 4. #69 Mike Thigpen, 5. #20x Toby Chapman, 6. #25 Charlie Brown, 7. #36 Jason Martin, 8. #93 Chris Sweeney, 9. #45 J.P. Bailey. DNS: #44 Danny Wood.

Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. #50z Zach Chappell, 2. #7s Jason Sides, 3. #29 Travis Rilat, 4. #31b Brian Harvill, 5. #1z Dusty Zomer, 6. #11f Foster Landon, 7. #71J Johnny Miller, 8. #59 Dex Eaton, 9. #23 Jimmy Taylor. DNS: #21p Daryn Pittman.

Fifth Heat (8 Laps): 1. #7m Kevin Ramey, 2. #21 Brian Brown, 3. #9 Gary Wright, 4. #32 Tim Montgomery, 5. #94J Wayne Johnson, 6. #31 Shane Bangerter, 7. #47 Dale Howard, 8. #UFO Jimmy Scott, 9. #6g Bryan Gossel.

First Qualifying Race (8 Laps): 1. #5b Eric Baldaccini, 2. #47 Dale Howard, 3. #7s Jason Sides, 4. #22 Billy Alley, 5. #32 Tim Montgomery, 6. #20x Toby Chapman, 7. #11f Foster Landon, 8. #69 Mike Thigpen, 9. #91 Darren Stewart. DNS: #19 Joe McCarthy.

Second Qualifying Race (8 Laps): 1. #4m Shane Stewart, 2. #1z Dusty Zomer, 3. #94J Wayne Johnson, 4. #50z Zach Chappell, 5. #21 Brian Brown, 6. #31b Brian Harvill, 7. #31 Shane Bangerter, 8. #20 Koby Barksdale, 9. #44 Danny Wood, 10. #UFO Jimmy Scott.

Third Qualifying Race (8 Laps): 1. #9 Gary Wright, 2. #29n Larry Neighbors, 3. #11p Preston Peebles II, 4. #94s Natalie Sather, 5. #15 Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 6. #92 Terry Henry, 7. #35 Greg Rilat, 8. #29 Travis Rilat. DNS: #23 Jimmy Taylor, #21p Daryn Pittman.

Fourth Qualifying Race (8 Laps): 1. #7m Kevin Ramey, 2. #1k Kevin Swindell, 3. #49 Mike Peters, 4. #7 Ricky Logan, 5. #74e Claud Estes, 6. #1h Matt Folstad, 7. #6g Bryan Gossel, 8. #93 Chris Sweeney, 9. #25 Charlie Brown. DNS: #45 J.P. Bailey.

Fifth Qualifying Race (8 Laps): 1. #65 Skip Wilson, 2. #1s Matt Clevenger, 3. #61a Toby Brown, 4. #61J Danny Jennings, 5. #71J Johnny Miller, 6. #18 Tony Bruce, Jr., 7. #3 A.G. Rains, 8. #59 Dex Eaton. DNS: #36 Jason Martin.

First B Feature (12 Laps): 1. #29 Travis Rilat, 2. #61J Danny Jennings, 3. #20x Toby Chapman, 4. #15 Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 5. #1s Matt Clevenger, 6. #31b Brian Harvill, 7. #11f Foster Landon, 8. #59 Dex Eaton, 9. #92 Terry Henry, 10. #44 Danny Wood, 11. #23 Jimmy Taylor. DNS: #69 Mike Thigpen, #3 A.G. Rains, #93 Chris Sweeney, #36 Jason Martin, #45 J.P. Bailey.

Second B Feature (12 Laps): 1. #19 Joe McCarthy, 2. #47 Dale Howard, 3. #74e Claud Estes, 4. #71J Johnny Miller, 5. #94s Natalie Sather, 6. #6g Bryan Gossel, 7. #5b Eric Baldaccini, 8. #20 Koby Barksdale, 9. #1h Matt Folstad. DNS: #91 Darren Stewart, #35 Greg Rilat, #31 Shane Bangerter, #25 Charlie Brown, #UFO Jimmy Scott, #21p Daryn Pittman.

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. #4m Shane Stewart (1), 2. #7m Kevin Ramey (2), 3. #50z Zach Chappell (6), 4. #9 Gary Wright (5), 5. #22 Billy Alley (10), 6. #94J Wayne Johnson (12), 7. #61J Danny Jennings (21), 8. #1k Kevin Swindell (11), 9. #29 Travis Rilat (19), 10. #21 Brian Brown (13), 11. #1z Dusty Zomer (15), 12. #29n Larry Neighbors (4), 13. #7 Ricky Logan (8), 14. #20x Toby Chapman (23), 15. #7s Jason Sides (3), 16. #18 Tony Bruce, Jr. (14), 17. #61a Toby Brown (9), 18. #49 Mike Peters (17), 19. #65 Skip Wilson (7), 20. #47 Dale Howard (22), 21. #15 Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (26), 22. #11p Preston Peebles II (16), 23. #3 A.G. Rains (25), 24. #32 Tim Montgomery (18), 25. #74e Claud Estes (24), 26. #19 Joe McCarthy (20).

O'Reilly ASCS National Tour Points (Top Fifteen): 1. Gary Wright 4,754, 2. Travis Rilat 4,588, 3. Zach Chappell 4,528, 4. Toby Brown 4,003, 5. Darren Stewart 3,760, 6. A.G. Rains 3,692, 7. Jimmy Taylor 3,277, 8. Garry Lee Maier 3,275, 9. Cody Branchcomb 3,155, 10. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 3,109, 11. Natalie Sather 2,896, 12. Tony Bruce, Jr. 2,071, 13. Marshall Skinner 1,900, 14. Shane Stewart 1,844, 15. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 1,735.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Johnny Miller , Kevin Swindell , Preston Peebles , Larry Neighbors , Brian Brown , Cody Branchcomb , Daryn Pittman , Jason Sides , Shane Stewart , Travis Rilat , Dex Eaton , Danny Jennings , Wayne Johnson , Kevin Ramey , J.P. Bailey , Koby Barksdale