Inside Line Promotions ELMA, Wash. (July 15, 2013) Things are definitely cruising for Travis Rilat and car owner Richard Saumure as the pair recorded a feature victory for the third consecutive week on Friday.
Rilat scored his 26th career Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour win and his first of the season with the premier 360 sprint car series at Grays Harbor Raceway to kick off a weekend doubleheader, which was taped for a delayed television broadcast by Lucas Oil Productions.
We just had the car to beat that night, he said. I like the bigger, faster tracks. With that cushion around the top, we seem to do pretty good at those.
Rilat maneuvered from fourth to the runner-up position during his heat race at the 3/8-mile oval. It earned him enough points to advance to the feature redraw and he got the No. 3, which lined him up on the inside of the second row for the 25-lap main event.
With the first two Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour drivers in the championship standings starting on the front row, Rilat made quick work to reach the top spot. He passed Johnny Herrera for the runner-up position on the opening lap and then slid Jason Johnson for the lead in turns three and four on Lap 2.
I knew it was going to be tough with those two guys starting on the front row, Rilat said. They were going to be tough to pass. I was watching that top and I knew the top in (turns) one and two wasnt cleaned off so it had a decent groove on the bottom. It might last five or 10 laps on the bottom. Thats where I ran until after that restart around Lap 5.
Rilat railed the cushion for the remainder of the race and was only seriously challenged on a late restart when Johnson attempted a slide job in turn two only to see Rilat power around him en route to the victory.
By finishing in the top four, Rilat was locked into Saturdays feature redraw, which also included the top-two points earners from the heat races on Saturday. Unfortunately, Rilat was given the highest number six in the random draw to start on the outside of the third row for the main event.
He maintained his position for the first several laps until he broke a right rear wheel entering turn one. By the time he was towed to the pits, the race had restarted and he was relegated to a 22nd-place finish.
I think the lap before I glanced off the wall and I weakened the right rear wheel, he said. When I went into turn one it had a curb and pretty good chunk of dirt. I hit that curb pretty good and it folded the right rear wheel up.
Rilat is slated to compete on Friday and Saturday at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for the 59th annual Gold Cup an event he won last season.
Thats kind of an exciting event to go to this weekend being that its the home track for Richard and the 39c car, he said. Thats where all the sponsors are located and its a good time.
July 12 Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. Heat race: 2 (4); Feature: 1 (3).
July 13 Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. Feature: 22 (6).
22 races, 3 wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s, 16 top 15s, 20 top 20s
Friday and Saturday at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for the 59th annual Gold Cup
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