Gulf South Region Thuder Valley results 2003-08-02

Angelette aces ASCS Gulf South at Thunder Valley UNION HILL, Lou. (August 2, 2003) - Kelly Angelette padded his American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region point lead by topping Saturday night's 25-lap feature at Thunder Valley Speedway. The...

Angelette aces ASCS Gulf South at Thunder Valley

UNION HILL, Lou. (August 2, 2003) - Kelly Angelette padded his American Sprint Car Series Gulf South Region point lead by topping Saturday night's 25-lap feature at Thunder Valley Speedway. The triumph was the third of the season for the defending series champion.

After the first two attempts to start the race were waved off for a pair of incidents that eliminated Tina Creswell, Chris Sweeney, Brandon Berryman and Richard Cordray from competition, Cassidy LeJeune paced the field in the opening rounds.

Angelette wasted little time reeling LeJeune in, racing into the lead on the fourth round. As Angelette set the pace, Jerry Bell and Scottie McDonald battled for the runner-up slot, closing the gap on the leader as lapped traffic became a factor, setting up a three-way battle for the lead.

McDonald worked his way past Bell for second on the 18th round and was poised to challenge Angelette for the lead. However, Angelette slipped away over the final five rounds to secure the victory aboard the TK Motorsports-powered Big Tex Trailers/Southern Trailer Works Maxim.

McDonald snared the runner-up position at the line, with Bell finishing third. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., crossed the stripe fourth, with Cody Pearson posting his first career top-five finish by rounding out the top five.

Blake Mallory claimed sixth, while Todd Johnson recovered from an early incident and charged from the rear of the field to finish seventh. Stephen Chevallier, Rod Craddock and Greg Rilat completed the top ten.

McDonald, LeJeune and Hafertepe claimed heat race victories, with Rilat topping the B Feature.

Results:

Heat Race Winners: Scottie McDonald, Cassidy LeJeune, Sam Hafertepe, Jr.

B Feature Winner: Greg Rilat.

Non-Qualifiers: Harry Yerrington, David Forbis, Rich Schallott, Rachel Craddock, Bruce Crockett.

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Kelly Angelette, 2. Scottie McDonald, 3. Jerry Bell, 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 5. Cody Pearson, 6. Blake Mallory, 7. Todd Johnson, 8. Stephen Chevallier, 9. Rod Craddock, 10. Greg Rilat, 11. Brad Stokes, 12. Jamie Will, 13. Larry Hartwell, 14. Ty Johnson, 15. Cassidy LeJeune, 16. Tony Krites, 17. Richard Cordray, 18. Brandon Berryman, 19. Chris Sweeney, 20. Tina Creswell.

ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Kelly Angelette 1,300, 2. Greg Rilat 1,264, 3. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1,254, 4. Brandon Berryman 1,204, 5. Cody Pearson 1,156, 6. Tina Creswell 1,119, 7. Todd Johnson 1,110, 8. Stephen Chevallier 1,084, 9. Chris Sweeney 1,017, 10. David Forbis 1,008.

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Series Sprint
Drivers Blake Mallory