Rilat Reigns in ASCS Gulf South Opener at HRP BAYTOWN, Tex. (April 8, 2006) -- Travis Rilat outlasted Jason Johnson in a torrid duel for the top position to capture Saturday night's winning share of $2,500 in the season opening...
Rilat Reigns in ASCS Gulf South Opener at HRP
BAYTOWN, Tex. (April 8, 2006) -- Travis Rilat outlasted Jason Johnson in a torrid duel for the top position to capture Saturday night's winning share of $2,500 in the season opening 25-lap feature event for the American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region at Houston Raceway Park.
Rilat and Johnson separated themselves from the pack and wasted little time working through lapped traffic, with a handful of cars between the lead pair and third-runner Brandon Berryman when a caution flew past the midway point.
After a lap 20 caution for Scottie McDonald's quick spin, Rilat and Johnson swapped the lead several times before misfortune struck Johnson in his first outing aboard Marvin Pearson's No. 11 entry on the 23rd lap.
A fuel system malfunction engulfed Johnson in flames, bringing out the red flag. Emergency crews doused the flames, but Johnson was taken to a local burn center for evaluation. Further information regarding the degree of Johnson's burns will follow.
Back under way, Rilat cruised to the checkered flag unabated aboard the Motor Mike-powered F&J Construction/Hard Eight Racing No. 29 Maxim, with Berryman taking the runner-up slot in front of Lane Whittington, Chris Sweeney and Greg Rilat.
Stephen Chevallier crossed the stripe sixth in front of A.J. Weaver, with 17th-starter Gary Watson the final car on the lead lap in eighth. Abe Sherwood snagged ninth, with Darryl Wills completing the top ten.
Johnson, McDonald, Travis Rilat and Greg Rilat topped heat race action for the 27-car field, with Watson acing the "B" Main.
ASCS Gulf South Region Results:
Heat Winners: Jason Johnson, Scottie McDonald, Travis Rilat, Greg Rilat.
B Feature: 1. 3-Gary Watson, 2. 49-Ty Johnson, 3. 85-Jerry Bell, 4. 51-Wes Miller, 5. 20-Richard Holt, 6. 1h-Tommy Hall, 7. 61-Travis Knighton, 8. 4J-Jamie Will, 9. 28-David Forbis, 10. 21b-Brandi Miller.JDNS: 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 29-Travis Rilat, 2. 31-Brandon Berryman, 3. 9-Lane Whittington, 4. 93-Chris Sweeney, 5. 35-Greg Rilat, 6. 94c-Stephen Chevallier, 7. 55-A.J. Weaver, 8. 3-Gary Watson, 9. 44J-Abe Sherwood, 10. 23-Darryl Wills, 11. 10-Larry Hartwell, 12. 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr., 13. 20-Richard Holt, 14. 15-Brad Stokes, 15. 51-Wes Miller, 16. 4J-Jamie Will, 17. 61-Travis Knighton, 18. 11-Jason Johnson, 19. 17c-Greg Coleman, 20. 1h-Tommy Hall, 21. 88-Scottie McDonald, 22. 85-Jerry Bell, 23. 49-Ty Johnson, 24. 71-Channin Tankersley.
ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Travis Rilat 150, 2. Brandon Berryman 146, 3. Lane Whittington 144, 4. Chris Sweeney 142, 5. Greg Rilat 140, 6. Stephen Chevallier 138, 7. A.J. Weaver 136, 8. Gary Watson 134, 9. Abe Sherwood 132, 10. 23-Darryl Wills 130.