O'Reilly ASCS Done Wright Way at Paris PARIS, Tex. (July 8, 2005) -- Gary Wright raced past early pacesetter Kevin Ramey on the tenth round en route to capturing his sixth O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour ...
O'Reilly ASCS Done Wright Way at Paris
PARIS, Tex. (July 8, 2005) -- Gary Wright raced past early pacesetter Kevin Ramey on the tenth round en route to capturing his sixth O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores feature victory of the season in Friday night's 25-lap feature at Paris Motor Speedway.
"That's tough on an old man, the track was pretty rough tonight and really fast," Wright commented after his 96th career ASCS National Tour triumph. "Kevin was fast and we just got a good run on him, we got lucky tonight."
Two-time ASCS Sooner Region champion Ramey led the feature field to the green flag with Nick Smith alongside while Wright started third. Ramey and Smith dueled wheel-to-wheel for the duration of the opening lap before Ramey edged into the lead.
While Ramey set the pace, Smith held Wright off for second until the fifth round when the defending ASCS National champion took the position. One lap later, the race's first caution flew when Toby Brown's disabled mount came to a halt off turn four.
On the ensuing restart, Smith surrendered the third spot when he bicycled mightily in turn four. Smith gathered it back in but came to a stop with a stuck bleeder valve after nine rounds.
Wright made the winning pass of Ramey on the ensuing restart, charging by on the tenth round to snare the point. After weathering a lap 16 red flag for Travis Rilat, who climbed a right rear tire and flipped without injury in turn two, Wright went the rest of the way unchallenged to collect the checkered flag aboard the Wesmar-powered Southwest Express/The Shop/Richwood Construction No. 9 Maxim.
Ramey held the runner-up spot to the stripe, with Darren Stewart overcoming an ill-handling machine to claim the show position after starting eleventh. Ernie Ainsworth advanced from twelfth to finish fourth, with leading Brodix Rookie of the Year contender Tony Bruce, Jr., rounding out the top five.
Zach Chappell took the checkered flag in sixth, with Skip Wilson in seventh. Smith bounced back to finish eighth, with Johnny Miller and Sam Hafertepe, Jr., completing the top ten.
Smith, Wilson and Ramey topped the evening's heat race action. Shane Clement and Danny Wood both escaped injury in separate flips in the first heat, but both were done for the night.
Wright holds a 38-point advantage over Stewart in the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour points chase entering Saturday night's event at Little Rock's I-30 Speedway, which is slated to get under way at 7:30 p.m.
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. Nick Smith, 2. Gary Wright, 3. Jake Martens, 4. Darren Stewart, 5. Ernie Ainsworth, 6. Danny Wood, 7. Shane Clement.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. Skip Wilson, 2. Tony Bruce, Jr., 3. Zach Chappell, 4. Travis Rilat, 5. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 6. Toby Brown, 7. Jimmy Taylor.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. Kevin Ramey, 2. Brad Welborn, 3. Johnny Miller, 4. J.P. Bailey, 5. Josh Lofton, 6. Claud Estes, 7. Landon Brown.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. Gary Wright, 2. Kevin Ramey, 3. Darren Stewart, 4. Ernie Ainsworth, 5. Tony Bruce, Jr., 6. Zach Chappell, 7. Skip Wilson, 8. Nick Smith, 9. Johnny Miller, 10. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 11. Brad Welborn, 12. Jimmy Taylor, 13. Jake Martens, 14. J.P. Bailey, 15. Josh Lofton, 16. Travis Rilat, 17. Claud Estes, 18. Toby Brown. DNS: Danny Wood, Shane Clement, Landon Brown.
O'Reilly ASCS National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores Points (Top Ten): 1. Gary Wright 2,696, 2. Darren Stewart 2,658, 3. Tony Bruce, Jr., 2,411, 4. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 2,375, 5. Toby Brown 2,063, 6. Jake Martens 1,972, 7. Jan Howard 1,851, 8. Jimmy Taylor 1,704, 9. Lee Sowell 1,498,10. A.G. Rains 1,391.