WILLIS, Texas — A return to his familiar No. 9 Maxim was apparently just the tonic that Gary Wright needed, as “The Texan” reeled off another win in Saturday night’s 25-lap Smiley’s Racing Products ASCS Gulf South event at the Gator Motorplex.
It was Wright’s second win of the weekend in the three-race ASCS Gulf South “Memorial Day Classic” and his fifth in just seven starts aboard his own entry thus far in 2011 after just three Regional wins over the course of the entire 2010 season.
With his second $2,000 triumph in as many nights, Wright has already clinched a $500 bonus for the weekend. Another $2,000 triumph in Sunday’s card at Lufkin’s Speedarama Raceway would net Wright $7,000 for the weekend including a $1,000 bonus for a weekend sweep.
In Saturday’s feature, Wright redrew the pole position after a runner-up finish in his heat race and wired the field for his first ASCS win atop Gator Motorplex clay.
Wright was chased to the line by third-starter Jason Johnson, while Friday night absentee Kevin Ramey dropped in to claim a podium finish by taking the show position. Aaron Reutzel was fourth, with Channin Tankersley rounding out the top five.
Gary Wright, Jason Johnson, Kevin Ramey, Aaron Reutzel, Channin Tankersley, Scottie McDonald, Brandon Corn, Eric Baldaccini, Brandon Berryman, Chris Sweeney, George White, Greg Rilat, Claud Estes, Ray Allen Kulhanek, Beau Smith, Martin Edwards, Logan Bledsoe, Klint Angelette, Tommy Bryant, Michael Dupuy.