Danny Jennings scores at Devils Bowl – By Lonnie Wheatley, MESQUITE, Tex. (March 19, 2005) – With an assist from Lady Luck, Norman, Oklahoma’s Danny Jennings completed a sweep of the opening weekend of racing for the O'Reilly American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores by topping Saturday night's 25-lap finale for the 32nd Annual Devil's Bowl Speedway Spring Nationals.
As a four-car battle for
the point began to heat up in the race’s latter stages, Darren Stewart raced
past race-long pacesetter Jennings on the 20th round only to have the move
negated when the caution flag flew moments later.
“We caught a little bit of
a break on that one,”
By virtue of winning Friday
night’s preliminary feature,
Battling through lapped
traffic, the lead quartet of
Wayne Johnson turned in the night’s top passing performance by charging from 19th to claim sixth, with 2001 series champion Zach Chappell and defending champion Gary Wright next across the stripe. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., claimed ninth, with Howard completing the top ten.
Stewart, Ramey, Bobby Mincer and Natalie Sather each scored heat race victories, with Johnson and Nick Smith topping the twin 12-lap B Mains.
Stewart nabbed the opening heat race victory when race-leader Wright lost power on the final round. Wright then survived a blown power steering line in the second B Main to claim the final transfer position to the main event.
Travis Rilat and A.G. Rains both utilized provisional starting positions to start the main event. Results:
Locked in from Friday Night’s Preliminary Feature: Danny Jennings, Tony Bruce, Jr., Zach Chappell, Jan Howard.
First Heat (8 Laps): 1. Darren Stewart, 2. Toby Brown, 3. Larry Neighbors, 4. Andy Shouse, 5. Lee Sowell, 6. Dusty Zomer, 7. Landon Brown, 8. Gary Wright, 9. Josh Lofton.
Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. Kevin Ramey, 2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 3. Matt Clevenger, 4. Wayne Johnson, 5. Eric Payne, 6. Kerry McAlister. DNS: Scott Box, Brett Geldner.
Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. Bobby Mincer, 2. Shawn Van Whye, 3. Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 4. Skip Wilson, 5. Cody Branchcomb, 6. Scott Winters, 7. Koby Barksdale. DNS: Rick Ideus.
Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1.
Natalie Sather, 2.
First B Feature (12 Laps): 1. Wayne Johnson, 2. Dusty Zomer, 3. Eric Payne, 4. Travis Rilat, 5. Scott Winters, 6. A.G. Rains, 7. Rick Ideus, 8. Landon Brown, 9. Andy Shouse. DNS: Brett Geldner.
Second B Feature (12 Laps): 1. Nick Smith, 2. Jake Martens, 3. Gary Wright, 4. Gary Taylor, 5. Cody Branchcomb, 6. Kerry McAlister, 7. Josh Lofton, 8. Koby Barksdale. DNS: Scott Box.
A Feature (25 Laps): 1.
Danny Jennings, 2. Darren Stewart, 3. Kevin Ramey, 4.