Kulhanek a Cool Hand in ASCS Gulf South Laney Memorial at HRP BAYTOWN, Tex. (June 18, 2005) -- Ray Allen Kulhanek completed a sweep of the weekend's Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region...
Kulhanek a Cool Hand in ASCS Gulf South Laney Memorial at HRP
BAYTOWN, Tex. (June 18, 2005) -- Ray Allen Kulhanek completed a sweep of the weekend's Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region action by racing to victory lane in Saturday night's 25-lap Ronald Laney Memorial feature event at Houston Raceway Park.
Kulhanek, who took over the series point lead with the weekend sweep, snared his third victory of the season at the expense of Chris Sweeney, whose apparent drive to victory lane was wiped out following a tangle in lapped traffic.
While Kulhanek lined up fifth in the feature, it was Sweeney outgunning polesitter A.J. Weaver for the point at the drop of the green flag. Defending series champion Jerry Bell moved into the runner-up slot on the second round, while Kulhanek advanced to third by the fifth circuit.
Sweeney checked out on his rivals in the early stages, leaving Bell, Kulhanek, Weaver, Greg Rilat and Brandon Berryman to dice for second. Sweeney's strong drive came to an abrupt end on the 10th round however when he tangled with Rick Whatley and slammed headfirst into the wall, with Whatley flipping. There were no injuries.
Kulhanek assumed the lead on the restart and raced to a straightaway victory over the final rounds aboard Marvin Pearson's Wesmar-powered No. 11 Maxim. Bell crossed the stripe in second, with Rilat, Berryman and Scottie McDonald rounding out the top five.
Completing the top ten were Lane Whittington, Weaver, David Kulhanek, Stephen Chevallier and Eric Payne.
Jamie Will, Sweeney and Ray Allen Kulhanek topped heat race action for the 29-car field, with Kent Lewis, Jr., winning the "B" Main.
Heat Winners: Jamie Will, Chris Sweeney, Ray Allen Kulhanek.
B Feature: 1. Kent Lewis, Jr., 2. Richard Cordray, 3. Brad Stokes, 4. Ty Johnson, 5. Kent Lewis, Sr., 6. Tracy Knighton, 7. Rick Whatley, 8. Rod Craddock, 9. Tim Rock. DNS: Frank Smith, Terry Monroe, Richard Holt, Steven Padgett.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Ray Allen Kulhanek, 2. Jerry Bell, 3. Greg Rilat, 4. Brandon Berryman, 5. Scottie McDonald, 6. Lane Whittington, 7. A.J. Weaver, 8. David Kulhanek, 9. Stephen Chevallier, 10. Eric Payne, 11. Jamie Will, 12. Gary Watson, 13. Brad Stokes, 14. Ty Johnson, 15. Greg Coleman, 16. Rick Behr, 17. Rod Craddock, 18. Chris Sweeney, 19. Rick Whatley, 20. Richard Cordray, 21. Tim Rock, 22. Kent Lewis, Sr., 23. Kent Lewis, Jr., 24. Larry Hartwell.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Ray Allen Kulhanek 1,242, 2. (tie) Stephen Chevallier and Lane Whittington 1,224, 4. Scottie McDonald 1,220, 5. Greg Rilat 1,195, 6. David Kulhanek 1,190, 7. Chris Sweeney 1,182, 8. Richard Holt 1,103, 9. Darryl Wills 986, 10. Greg Coleman 959.