Tankersley Tops Royal Purple Fight

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BAYTOWN, Texas — Channin Tankersley claimed victory before a crowd of 8,000 fans for Saturday’s Griffith Truck & Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region event at Royal Purple Raceway.

Michael McNeil led the early laps, but Brandon Berryman took control on the 12th circuit of the three-eighths-mile dirt track.

Berryman’s lead was short lived as his power plant erupted in smoke on the 17th lap. Aaron Reutzel assumed command and a thriller developed in the final laps as Reutzel fought hard to defend against a Ray Allen Kulhanek charge.

The fight for the $3,000 winner’s share seemed between Reutzel and Kulhanek as the two continued their showdown on the 28th lap. However, Channin Tankersley had other plans.

In the fifth spot with two laps remaining, Tankersley found the perfect line and was up to third as he took the white flag with the leading duo in sight.

Splitting the lead duo exiting turn two on the final lap, Tankersley powered through the final two corners and crossed the finish line first.

Reutzel won the battle for the runner-up spot after starting 12th. Kulhanek was third with McNeil and Jerry Bell completing the top five.

The finish:

Channin Tankersley, Aaron Reutzel, Ray Allen Kulhanek, Michael McNeil, Jerry Bell, Larry Howery, Greg Rilat, Beau Smith, Wes Miller, Evan Pardo, Tommy Bryant, Klint Angelette, Bruce Crockett, Chris Sweeney, Bean Elliott, Bruce Griffith Jr., Kent Lewis Sr., Roger Oakes, Brandie Iass, Gary Watson, James Cooper, Brandon Berryman, Travis Elliott, Scottie McDonald.