Ramey Reels in ASCS Gulf South Gelt at HRP BAYTOWN, Tex. (July 10, 2004) - Defending ASCS Sooner Region champion Kevin Ramey dropped in on the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores American Sprint Car Series Gulf South...
Ramey Reels in ASCS Gulf South Gelt at HRP
BAYTOWN, Tex. (July 10, 2004) - Defending ASCS Sooner Region champion Kevin Ramey dropped in on the Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region at Houston Raceway Park Saturday night and rode off with a wire-to-wire victory in the 25-lap Ronald Laney Memorial, becoming the seventh different winner in eight Gulf South events thus far in 2004.
Ramey grabbed the lead at the outset and paced the field all the way. Ray Allen Kulhanek tried to mount a charge at the midway point, but Ramey pulled away to a seven car-length victory as the checkered flag flew over the Tom Willis-owned Wells-powered Commercial Music No. 7m Eagle.
Kulhanek settled for a career best ASCS runner-up finish, with Jerry Bell snaring the show position. Chris Sweeney crossed the stripe in fourth, with Todd Johnson rounding out the top five.
Tina Creswell posted her second sixth-place run in as many nights in front of Eric Payne and Jimmy Brooks, with Michael Przyborski earning Hard Charger honors from Eagle Jet International by racing from 24th to ninth at the line. Scottie McDonald completed the top ten.
Series point leader Greg Rilat was forced pitside after a lap eleven flip in the feature. While Rilat was uninjured, his point lead dwindled to just ten markers over Sweeney.
Richard Cordray, Rilat and Kulhanek topped heat race action, with Brad Stokes winning the B Main.
Heat Race Winners: Richard Cordray, Greg Rilat, Ray Allen Kulhanek.
B Feature: 1. Brad Stokes, 2. Kent Lewis, Sr., 3. Brandon Berryman, 4. James Cooper, 5. Greg Coleman, 6. Larry Hartwell, 7. Rick Behr, 8. Michael Przyborski, 9. Kent Lewis, Sr. DNS: Tim Rock.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Kevin Ramey, 2. Ray Allen Kulhanek, 3. Jerry Bell, 4. Chris Sweeney, 5. Todd Johnson, 6. Tina Creswell, 7. Eric Payne, 8. Jimmy Brooks, 9. Michael Przyborski, 10. Scottie McDonald, 11. Brad Stokes, 12. James Cooper, 13. Richard Holt, 14. Brandon Berryman, 15. Rick Schallert, 16. Greg Coleman, 17. Rod Craddock, 18. Stephen Chevallier, 19. Brandon Corn, 20. Richard Cordray, 21. Greg Rilat, 22. Larry Hartwell, 23. Rick Behr, 24. Kent Lewis, Jr.
Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Greg Rilat 1,100, 2. Chris Sweeney 1,090, 3. Jerry Bell 1,078, 4. Todd Johnson 1,057, 5. Brad Stokes 1,032, 6. Scottie McDonald 1,026, 7. Stephen Chevallier 997, 8. Brandon Corn 981, 9. Ray Allen Kulhanek 958, 10. Rick Behr 886.