American Sprint Car Series -- Tuesday's Top Ten By: Lonnie Wheatley TULSA, Okla. (July 19, 2005) -- In clockwork-type fashion, the time for Tuesday's Top Ten has rolled around once again, just seven days after the most recent...
American Sprint Car Series -- Tuesday's Top Ten
By: Lonnie Wheatley
TULSA, Okla. (July 19, 2005) -- In clockwork-type fashion, the time for Tuesday's Top Ten has rolled around once again, just seven days after the most recent Tuesday. As per the norm, ten random items of varying degrees of disinterest from the weekend's American Sprint Car Series racing action have been compiled and packaged in no particular order.
1. Three-Peat -- While rain kept Kevin Ramey from winning his third consecutive ASCS Gulf South feature at Waco's Heart O' Texas Speedway on Friday night, there was no stopping him in Saturday night's Third Annual ASCS Sooner vs. Gulf South Shootout at Devil's Bowl Speedway.
With his third consecutive win in the Regional "Shootout", Ramey now has a dozen career Sooner Region wins and ten career Gulf South triumphs, currently tops for both Regions.
2. Love's Night in OKC -- Next Friday night, July 29, is Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores night when the ASCS National Tour invades Oklahoma City's State Fair Speedway. Among the evening's activities, autographed Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., jackets will be auctioned off via a silent auction. All proceeds raised will go to the Children's Miracle Network.
3. Skipping Along -- Skip Wilson is quietly having a strong season in selected ASCS starts. Skip finished seventh in Saturday night's Devil's Bowl Shootout, marking his sixth consecutive top ten finish in ASCS action. The previous five top-tens for the Mesquite, TX, racer included a pair of National outings, a pair of Sooner starts and a Gulf South run. Skip hasn't finished outside the top ten since the season-opening ASCS Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals, where he lost a wheel while running fifth on the final lap on one of those nights.
4. Gulf South Horse Race -- Half way through the ASCS Gulf South season, it seems that nobody wants to take full command. Ray Allen Kulhanek has flexed the most muscle by taking three feature wins. But he has also finished outside the top-ten five times in eleven features. As a result, his lead currently stands at just 18 points over Gulf South Region newcomer Lane Whittington.
Stephen Chevallier, Scottie McDonald and Greg Rilat all remain in strong title contention as well, with the top five separated by just 55 points. Whittington is the only one of the quintet without a single career Gulf South feature win to his credit, but more opportunities await.
5. Cameron Debut -- There will be plenty of fast-paced action for the O'Reilly ASCS National Tour this Friday night as the series takes to US 36 Raceway in Cameron, MO, for the first time. The 3/8-mile US 36 Raceway is just one of a handful of tracks in the country at which a Sprint Car has been clocked in the sub-10 second range.
Gary Wright enters Friday night looking for win number eight for the season and the 98th of his ASCS National career. Wright's 97 wins thus far have come at 41 different tracks. With seven previous Show-Me-State wins, "The Texan" shoots for track number "42" at US 36 Raceway on Friday.
Wright also enters Friday night with several other current series' best streaks in tact, including nine consecutive top-fives, ten top-tens (shared with Darren Stewart), 79 consecutive feature starts and 90 consecutive events competed in.
6. Sooner Slaughter -- Saturday's event at Devil's Bowl Speedway was billed as the Sooner vs. Gulf South "Shootout". A quick look at the results would indicate the event was much more a "Slaughter" than a "Shootout", as the Gulf South's peashooters stood little chance against the Sooners' M2 Machine guns.
In the initial edition of the Sooner vs. Gulf South Shootout in 2003, then-Gulf South king Kelly Angelette was the lone Gulf South rep in the top ten with an eighth-place showing. Last year, the Gulf guys improved to take four of the top ten spots, with third-place finisher Ray Allen Kulhanek leading the way.
Saturday night, it looked as if Oklahoma's football Sooners had been unleashed upon some unsuspecting juco team. Two-time Sooner Region champ Kevin Ramey led the Sooner barrage, with Scottie McDonald doing his best to defend the Gulf South's honor. McDonald placed 16th, best among the four Gulf South regulars that made the 24-car feature field.
7. Oh, My Aching Motor! -- Sean McClelland made an early exit in Saturday night's feature with "undisclosed" engine woes. While inside rumors have "leaked" that the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region point leader is done for the year, it's still more than safe to bet the farm that Sean will be in Oklahoma City next Friday night to try to build upon his slim 16-point lead over 2002 Sooner Region champ Danny Jennings.
8. 351 -- Through this past weekend, 351 different drivers from 28 different states have competed in at least one American Sprint Car Series sanctioned event in 2005. Thus far there have been 53 events at 33 tracks throughout 13 different states, with 25 different drivers scoring at least one feature victory.
9. Double Up -- Heart O' Texas promoters Gene and Bill Adamcik are set to make the most of a tough situation. When showers drenched the Waco oval midway through Friday's Gulf South card, there was little that could be done to save the night.
Waco will welcome the Gulf South Region back on Friday night, September 16, with the postponed features preceding a full card of racing. National Tour shoes Tony Bruce, Jr., Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Jake Martens and Travis Rilat are already locked into the make-up feature. Will be interesting to see if they take in the double-feature event then make the quick 600-mile trip to West Plains Motor Speedway for National Tour action the next night.
10. Hot in Heats -- Anybody interested in wagering on Friday night's potential heat race winners at US 36 Raceway may want to plunk down a sawbuck or two on Darren Stewart. With 20 O'Reilly ASCS National Tour events in the books thus far in 2005, the Bixby, OK, hotshoe has scored ten heat race wins, which is double the next entry on the heat race winner's list: Kevin Ramey with five. Gary Wright, Cody Branchcomb, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., and Danny Jennings each have four heat wins.
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