Rilat Rallies to ASCS Gulf South Score at HRP BAYTOWN, Texas (August 18, 2007) -- After getting involved in an opening lap incident, Travis Rilat charged from the rear of the field to win Saturday night's 25-lap American Sprint...
Rilat Rallies to ASCS Gulf South Score at HRP
BAYTOWN, Texas (August 18, 2007) -- After getting involved in an opening lap incident, Travis Rilat charged from the rear of the field to win Saturday night's 25-lap American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region feature at Houston Raceway Park.
Rilat raced around Tommy Bryant on the 23rd round to post his first Gulf South win of the year and fourth overall ASCS triumph of 2007 aboard the Motor Mike-powered F&J Construction No. 29 Triple-X, denying Bryant his first career series win in the process.
The initial pair of attempts to start the race were waved off, the first of which sent third-starter Rilat to the tail with front row outside starter Brandon Berryman flipping along with Lane Whittington on the second start.
Once action went green, polesitter Kent Lewis, Jr., paced the opening ten rounds before a broken shock slowed his pace, allowing Montgomery to take command.
Charging through the field, Rilat took full advantage of a caution with six laps to go for Todd Evans' disabled mount, reeling in Montgomery in the final rounds to snare the win.
Montgomery settled for runner-up honors, with Ray Allen Kulhanek charging from 17th to claim the show position and take over the series points lead. Lewis crossed the stripe fourth, with Brad Stokes also recovering from an opening lap incident to round out the top five.
Defending series champion Gary Watson was sixth, with Chris Sweeney, Jamie Will, Jimmy Brooks and Wes Miller completing the top ten.
Lewis, Whittington and Rilat topped heat race action, with Evans winning the "B" Main.
ASCS Gulf South Region Results from Houston Raceway Park:
Heat One: 1. 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr., 2. 55-A.J. Weaver, 3. 4J-Jamie Will, 4. 3-Gary Watson, 5. 11-Tommy Jones, 6. 8b-Bruce Crockett, 7. 70-Anthony Reaves, 8. 5p-J.W. Pokluda, 9. 13m-Kathryne Minter.
Heat Two: 1. 9-Lane Whittington, 2. 31-Brandon Berryman, 3. 12m-Tommy Bryant, 4. 65-Skip Wilson, 5. 51w-Wes Miller, 6. 35-Greg Rilat, 7. 14e-Todd Evans, 8. 5-Jack Spencer.
Heat Three: 1. 29-Travis Rilat, 2. 88-Scottie McDonald, 3. 51-Jimmy Brooks, 4. 15-Brad Stokes, 5. 93-Chris Sweeney, 6. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 7. 22L-Kent Lewis, Sr., 8. 20-Richard Holt.
Pole Dash: 1. 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr., 2. 31-Brandon Berryman, 3. 29-Travis Rilat, 4. 55-A.J. Weaver, 5. 88-Scottie McDonald, 6. 9-Lane Whittington.
"B" Feature: 1. 14e-Todd Evans, 2. 70-Anthony Reaves, 3. 20-Richard Holt, 4. 13m-Kathryne Minter, 5. 22L-Kent Lewis, Sr., 6. 5-Jack Spencer, 7. 5p-J.W. Pokluda.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 29-Travis Rilat, 2. 12m-Tommy Bryant, 3. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 4. 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr., 5. 15-Brad Stokes, 6. 3-Gary Watson, 7. 93-Chris Sweeney, 8. 4J-Jamie Will, 9. 51-Jimmy Brooks, 10. 51w-Wes Miller, 11. 35-Greg Rilat, 12. 70-Anthony Reaves, 13. 13m-Kathryne Minter, 14. 5-Jack Spencer, 15. 22L-Kent Lewis, Sr., 16. 8b-Bruce Crockett, 17. 20-Richard Holt, 18. 11-Tommy Jones, 19. 14e-Todd Evans, 20. 31-Brandon Berryman, 21. 9-Lane Whittington, 22. 55-A.J. Weaver, 23. 88-Scottie McDonald, 24. 65-Skip Wilson.
ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Ray Allen Kulhanek 826, 2. Gary Watson 812, 3. Skip Wilson 810, 4. Brandon Berryman 792, 5. Jimmy Brooks 786, 6. Greg Rilat 774, 7. Chris Sweeney 772, 8. Tommy Bryant 762, 9. Kent Lewis, Jr. 752, 10. Johnny Miller 696.