Kulhanek ASCS Gulf South King as Skinner Plunders Pike County MAGNOLIA, Miss. (October 15, 2005) -- West Memphis racer Marshall Skinner scored his first career American Sprint Car Series feature victory by acing Saturday night's Love's...
Kulhanek ASCS Gulf South King as Skinner Plunders Pike County
MAGNOLIA, Miss. (October 15, 2005) -- West Memphis racer Marshall Skinner scored his first career American Sprint Car Series feature victory by acing Saturday night's Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region 25-lap season finale at Pike County Speedway.
While Skinner picked up the victory in wire-to-wire fashion, it was feature runner-up Ray Allen Kulhanek securing the ASCS Gulf South Region championship.
Greg Rilat and Lane Whittington led Skinner on the initial start, only to have it waved off when Ty Johnson looped his mount.
Skinner took full advantage of the second opportunity and took command aboard the Parts Plus No. 26 Maxim. While Skinner set the pace, Kulhanek battled past Scottie McDonald for third on the eleventh circuit, then took second from Lane Whittington four rounds later. Whittington retired to the pit area soon after with mechanical woes.
Skinner's advantage was erased by a late caution that set up a two-lap charge to the checkered flag. Overcoming a blown power steering hose, Skinner fought off Kulhanek over the final two laps to secure the victory.
Kulhanek settled for second, with Shane Morgan advancing from 13th to claim the show position. Rilat snared fourth, with Terry Monroe charging from 18th to round out the top five.
Fourteen-year-old Channin Tankersley crossed the stripe sixth, while Johnson recovered from his early miscue to finish seventh. Richard Holt was eighth, with Larry Hartwell and Greg Coleman completing the top ten.
Whittington, Skinner and Michael Herrington each earned heat race victories.
First Heat: 1. Lane Whittington, 2. Greg Rilat, 3. Richard Holt, 4. Ty Johnson, 5. Shane Morgan, 6. Tommy Bryant, 7. Darren Clark, 8. Joey Pilgrin.
Second Heat: 1. Marshall Skinner, 2. Stephen Chevallier, 3. Ray Allen Kulhanek, 4. Larry Hartwell, 5. David Forbis, 6. Jimmy Brooks, 7. Billy Crockett, 8. Lee Monroe.
Third Heat: 1. Michael Herrington, 2. Jerry Bell, 3. Scottie McDonald, 4. Channin Tankersley, 5. Bruce Crockett, 6. Terry Monroe, 7. Greg Coleman.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Marshall Skinner, 2. Ray Allen Kulhanek, 3. Shane Morgan, 4. Greg Rilat, 5. Terry Monroe, 6. Channin Tankersley, 7. Ty Johnson, 8. Richard Holt, 9. Larry Hartwell, 10. Greg Coleman, 11. Bruce Crockett, 12. Stephen Chevallier, 13. Billy Crockett, 14. Lane Whittington, 15. Scottie McDonald, 16. Jerry Bell, 17. Lee Monroe, 18. David Forbis, 19. Darren Clark, 20. Tommy Bryant, 21. Michael Herrington, 22. Jimmy Brooks, 23. Joey Pilgrin.
Final Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Ray Allen Kulhanek 2,611, 2. Greg Rilat 2,490, 3. Lane Whittington 2,468, 4. Scottie McDonald 2,377, 5. Stephen Chevallier 2,341, 6. Richard Holt 2,324, 7. Larry Hartwell 2,004, 8. Greg Coleman 1,995, 9. Terry Monroe 1,844, 10. Darryl Wills 1,695.