Gulf South crowns champion at season finale

Angelette Claims ASCS Gulf South Title as Greg Rilat Tops Season Finale MANY, Lou. (October 4, 2003) - While Kelly Angelette charged from 20th to tenth to secure his second consecutive American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region championship,...

Angelette Claims ASCS Gulf South Title as Greg Rilat Tops Season Finale

MANY, Lou. (October 4, 2003) - While Kelly Angelette charged from 20th to tenth to secure his second consecutive American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region championship, Greg Rilat posted his first career series victory by topping Saturday night's 25-lap ASCS Gulf South Region season finale at Many Motor Speedway.

Rilat and Brandon Berryman led the feature field to the green flag, with Rilat jumping into the early lead over Berryman, Richard Cordray and Todd Johnson. Berryman held second until the eleventh round when he quickly looped his sprinter in turn four, losing two positions before rejoining the chase.

Rilat continued to lead the way as Johnson battled past Cordray for second on the 13th round and began pressuring the leader. The red flag flew one round later for a four car tangle in turn one that eliminated Sam Hafertepe, Jr., who entered the event tied for second in points with Rilat.

Rilat took off on the restart and raced to the checkered flag aboard the TSR Truck & Trailer Sales/MSD Ignition mount with a seven car-length advantage over Johnson, while Scottie McDonald topped a four car duel for the show position. Cordray was fourth, just in front of Berryman and Rick Behr.

Jerry Bell crossed the stripe in seventh, with Stephen Chevallier and Tina Creswell next across the line. Angelette's charge from the tail to complete the top ten was enough to claim the ASCS Gulf South Region championship by 32 markers over Rilat.

Behr, Rilat and Cordray each claimed heat race victories.

Results:

Heat Race Winners: Rick Behr, Greg Rilat, Richard Cordray.

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Greg Rilat, 2. Todd Johnson, 3. Scottie McDonald, 4. Richard Cordray, 5. Brandon Berryman, 6. Rick Behr, 7. Jerry Bell, 8. Stephen Chevallier, 9. Tina Creswell, 10. Kelly Angelette, 11. Tony Krites, 12. Larry Hartwell, 13. Rick Schallott, 14. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 15. Shane Morgan, 16. David Forbis, 17. Tracy Knighton, 18. Cody Pearson, 19. Harry Yerrington, 20. Brad Stokes.

ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Kelly Angelette 2,004, 2. Greg Rilat 1,972, 3. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1,946, 4. Brandon Berryman 1,831, 5. Todd Johnson 1,826, 6. Stephen Chevallier 1,762, 7. Tina Creswell 1,755, 8. Cody Pearson 1,719, 9. David Forbis 1,612, 10. (tie) Chris Sweeney and Scottie McDonald 1,523.

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