Wright Is A Lone Star


KILGORE, Texas — National Sprint Car Hall of Fame bound Gary Wright took full advantage of a late caution flag to win Saturday night’s 25-lap season-opening The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region event at newly reconfigured three-eighths-mile Lone Star Speedway clay oval.

Reigning ASCS Lone Star champion Eric Baldaccini paced the initial 21 circuits before a late caution flag set the table for Wright to pounce upon his 16th career ASCS Regional triumph to go along with an all-time best 126 Lucas Oil ASCS National scores.

While Wright tacked another feature win on to his legendary career, the night was highlighted by Travis Rilat’s successful return to the seat after critical burns less than eight months ago. Rilat needed just three laps to race from sixth to win his heat race and then claimed third in the feature behind Wright and Matt Covington.

Sam Hafertepe, Jr., climbed from eighth to fourth, with Baldaccini rounding out the top five.

The finish:

Gary Wright, Matt Covington, Travis Rilat, Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Eric Baldaccini, George White, Martin Edwards, Travis Elliott, Beau Smith, Justin Melton, Claud Estes, Brad Welborn, John Ricketts, Junior Jenkins, John Pate, Mark Huddleston, Chad Wilson, Michael Lang, Jeffrey Newell, Johnny Miller.