Berryman Back on Top with Another ASCS Gulf South Win Lonnie Wheatley, BAYTOWN, Texas (September 29, 2007) -- Brandon Berryman proved to be in the right place at the right time as he captured his fourth American Sprint Car Series Gulf South ...
Berryman Back on Top with Another ASCS Gulf South Win
Lonnie Wheatley, BAYTOWN, Texas (September 29, 2007) -- Brandon Berryman proved to be in the right place at the right time as he captured his fourth American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region win of the year in Saturday night's 25-lap feature at Houston Raceway Park.
Berryman took the lead when race leader Ray Allen Kulhanek tangled with a lapped car on the 22nd lap and went on to score the $2,000 win aboard the Westside Performance-powered JDM Trucking No. 31 Triple-X.
With the win, Berryman took over the series points lead, moving 14 points ahead of ninth-place finisher Skip Wilson with just next Saturday night's season finale at Pike County Speedway remaining.
Starting midpack, Berryman worked his way forward as Pole Dash winner Dustin Morgan paced the early rounds. Morgan led the opening ten circuits until the red flag flew for Tracy Knighton's turn three flip.
On the restart, Kulhanek raced around Morgan to take the lead. Kulhanek led the way until running afoul of lapped traffic on the 22nd lap and handing the lead to Berryman, who had climbed to second.
Berryman led the final circuits, with Eric Baldaccini claiming runner-up honors in front of Johnny Miller and Chris Sweeney, with Brandon Corn rounding out the top five in his first start of the season.
Scottie McDonald was sixth, with defending series champion Gary Watson, 17th-starter Greg Rilat, Wilson and Bruce Crockett completing the top ten.
Baldaccini, Tracy Cearley, Miller and Corn topped heat race action, with Rilat winning the "B" Main.
American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region Results from Houston Raceway Park:
Heat One: 1. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 2. 71-Rickey Lee Tankersley, 3. 59-Dustin Morgan, 4. 23-Darryl Wills, 5. 35-Greg Rilat, 6. 22L-Kent Lewis, Sr., 7. 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr., 8. 11-Tommy Jones.
Heat Two: 1. 3x-Tracy Cearley, 2. 9-Lane Whittington, 3. 12m-Tommy Bryant, 4. 93-Chris Sweeney, 5. 65-Skip Wilson, 6. 61-Tracy Knighton, 7. 21-Blake Roberts. DNS: 5-Jack Spencer.
Heat Three: 1. 64J-Johnny Miller, 2. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 3. 31-Brandon Berryman, 4. 14e-Todd Evans, 5. 70-Anthony Reaves, 6. 15-Brad Stokes, 7. 35x-Brad Best, 8. 4J-Jamie Will.
Heat Four: 1. 74-Brandon Corn, 2. 13m-Kathryne Minter, 3. 8b-Bruce Crockett, 4. 3-Gary Watson, 5. 88-Scottie McDonald, 6. 69-Larry Howery, 7. 28-Richard Cooper. DNS: 14b-Robert Byrom.
Pole Dash: 1. 59-Dustin Morgan, 2. 64J-Johnny Miller, 3. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 4. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 5. 71-Rickey Lee Tankersley, 6. 74-Brandon Corn.
"B" Feature: 1. 35-Greg Rilat, 2. 15-Brad Stokes, 3. 70-Anthony Reaves, 4. 61-Tracy Knighton, 5. 11-Tommy Jones, 6. 28-Richard Cooper, 7. 35x-Brad Best. DNS: 22L-Kent Lewis, Sr., 69-Larry Howery, 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr., 21-Blake Roberts, 4J-Jamie Will, 5-Jack Spencer, 14b-Robert Byrom.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 31-Brandon Berryman, 2. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 3. 64J-Johnny Miller, 4. 93-Chris Sweeney, 5. 74-Brandon Corn, 6. 88-Scottie McDonald, 7. 3-Gary Watson, 8. 35-Greg Rilat, 9. 65-Skip Wilson, 10. 8b-Bruce Crockett, 11. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 12. 59-Dustin Morgan, 13. 13m-Kathryne Minter, 14. 70-Anthony Reaves, 15. 12m-Tommy Bryant, 16. 15-Brad Stokes, 17. 23-Darryl Wills, 18. 11-Tommy Jones, 19. 3x-Tracy Cearley, 20. 14e-Todd Evans, 21. 28-Richard Cooper, 22. 71-Rickey Lee Tankersley, 23. 9-Lane Whittington, 24. 61-Tracy Knighton.
ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Brandon Berryman 1,788, 2. Skip Wilson 1,774, 3. Gary Watson 1,760, 4. Chris Sweeney 1,744, 5. Greg Rilat 1,696, 6. Tommy Bryant 1,692, 7. Ray Allen Kulhanek 1,682, 8. Kathryne Minter 1,422, 9. Jimmy Brooks 1,415, 10. Johnny Miller 1,374.