Neighbors Good in Devil's Bowl ASCS Regional Shootout MESQUITE, Tex. (July 22, 2006) -- Larry Neighbors denied Kevin Ramey a fourth consecutive triumph in the Devil's Bowl Speedway version of the American Sprint Car Series Sooner vs.
Neighbors Good in Devil's Bowl ASCS Regional Shootout
MESQUITE, Tex. (July 22, 2006) -- Larry Neighbors denied Kevin Ramey a fourth consecutive triumph in the Devil's Bowl Speedway version of the American Sprint Car Series Sooner vs. Gulf South Region Shootout by notching the victory in Saturday night's 25-lap feature.
Neighbors assumed the point in the early going, then fought off a bid from Foster Landon before slipping away in the final rounds aboard Roger Leesekamp's No. 83s entry to post his first ASCS victory since a Sooner Region win in April of 2003.
"We lost our brakes pretty early in the race," Neighbors commented in victory lane. "It was bad not having them, but it was also good because it made me slow down getting into the corners and probably helped to keep a better line and stay in front."
Neighbors played the role of chaser in the opening rounds, as polesitter Sam Hafertepe, Jr., jumped into the early lead. After a lap two interruption for J.P. Bailey's overturned mount, Hafertepe raced away from the field until looping his mount in turn three after seven rounds.
Neighbors assumed the point on the restart, but had his hands full with Foster Landon's challenges. Landon's bid for a second career ASCS win dissipated however with a blown right rear tire just five laps from the checkered flag. Landon rejoined the field at the tail following a quick tire change.
Back under way, Neighbors raced to the checkered flag unabated over the final handful of laps with three-time Devil's Bowl ASCS Sooner vs. Gulf South winner Ramey settling for the runner-up slot.
Jason Johnson took the show position, while Skip Wilson charged from 21st to snare fourth. Ty Johnson rounded out the top five, with Dex Eaton, Matt Clevenger, Gary Watson, Hafertepe and Johnny Miller completing the top ten.
Heat race victories for the 37-car field were claimed by Greg Rilat, Neighbors, Brad Best, Hafertepe and Ramey, with Sean McClelland acing the "B" Main.
ASCS Gulf South vs. Sooner Region Results:
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 35x-Greg Rilat, 2. 49-Ty Johnson, 3. 29-Travis Rilat, 4. 72-Sherman Davis, 5. 1-Sean McClelland, 6. 65-Skip Wilson, 7. 74-Brandon Corn, 8. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 83s-Larry Neighbors, 2. 11F-Foster Landon, 3. 64J-Johnny Miller, 4. 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr., 5. 20-Richard Holt, 6. 71-Chris Tarrant, 7. 14b-Robert Byrom, 8. 13m-Kathryne Minter.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 35-Brad Best, 2. 59-Dex Eaton, 3. 3-Gary Watson, 4. 1s-George White, 5. 45-J.P. Bailey, 6. 16$-Eddie Ramsey, 7. 21b-Brandi Miller.
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 2. 10-Brian McClelland, 3. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 4. 15b-Michael Brown, 5. 25-Derek Cottrell, 6. 99-Justin Melton, 7. 23-Jimmy Taylor.
Fifth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 2. 11-Jason Johnson, 3. 22-Koby Barksdale, 4. 31-Matt Clevenger, 5. 12m-Tommy Bryant, 6. 9-Lane Whittington, 7. 10x-Larry Hartwell.
"B" Feature (12 Laps): 1. 1-Sean McClelland, 2. 1s-George White, 3. 65-Skip Wilson, 4. 12m-Tommy Bryant, 5. 45-J.P. Bailey, 6. 9-Lane Whittington, 7. 41-Ray Allen Kulhanek, 8. 15b-Michael Brown, 9. 25-Derek Cottrell, 10. 74-Brandon Corn, 11. 71-Chris Tarrant, 12. 16$-Eddie Ramsey, 13. 99-Justin Melton, 14. 10x-Larry Hartwell, 15. 13m-Kathryne Minter, 16. 20-Richard Holt, 17. 14b-Robert Byrom, 18. 21b-Brandi Miller, 19. 23-Jimmy Taylor.
"A" Feature (25 Laps): 1. 83s-Larry Neighbors, 2. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 3. 11-Jason Johnson, 4. 65-Skip Wilson, 5. 49-Ty Johnson, 6. 59-Dex Eaton, 7. 31-Matt Clevenger, 8. 3-Gary Watson, 9. 15-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 10. 64J-Johnny Miller, 11. 11F-Foster Landon, 12. 9-Lane Whittington, 13. 12m-Tommy Bryant, 14. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 15. 22-Koby Barksdale, 16. 1s-George White, 17. 10-Brian McClelland, 18. 72-Sherman Davis, 19. 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr., 20. 1-Sean McClelland, 21. 29-Travis Rilat, 22. 35x-Greg Rilat, 23. 35-Brad Best, 24. 45-J.P. Bailey.
ASCS Gulf South Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Greg Rilat 1,680, 2. Gary Watson 1,640, 3. Ray Allen Kulhanek 1,591, 4. Lane Whittington 1,549, 5. Larry Hartwell 1,392, 6. Richard Holt 1,296, 7. Chris Sweeney 1,177, 8. Kent Lewis, Jr. 1,148, 9. Jason Johnson 1,010, 10. Channin Tankersley 998.
American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Sean McClelland 1,430, 2. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1,414, 3. Kevin Ramey 1,398, 4. Brian McClelland 1,249, 5. Johnny Miller 1,181, 6. J.P. Bailey 1,167, 7. Dex Eaton 1,147, 8. Jimmy Taylor 1,096, 9. Justin Melton 1,058, 10. Derek Cottrell 999.