Tankersley Stuns Berryman In Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – In front of a raucous packed house at South Texas Speedway, Channin Tankersley powered to his second consecutive ASCS Gulf South victory with a last lap pass of former Gulf South champ Brandon Berryman.
Starting inside of the second row for the 25-lap main event, Tankersley watched as two-time and reigning Gulf South champ Ray Allen Kulhanek powered into the early lead.
A great battle for the lead developed immediately between Berryman and Kulhanek, but Kulhanek slowed to a stop with engine woes on the fifth lap.
Not long after the restart Tankersley joined Michael McNeil in attack of Berryman’s leading pace, as the three sliced and diced throughout the midway stages of the main event until a red flag for a Beau Smith tumble slowed the heated action down on the 17th circuit.
Berryman took advantage of a strong restart and a McNeil exit for mechanical issues, but Tankersley steadily began to reel in the leader before pulling alongside several times in the final five laps.
Tankersley dove low in turn one on the final lap and pulled off a sensational last lap pass, crossing the finish line with South Texas fans on their feet in support of the sensational finish.
Tankersley’s South Texas score made it two in a row following his Gator Motorplex victory Saturday night, and two for three in the Gulf South triple header weekend, earning the Highlands pilot a $500 bonus.Equipment.
Berryman settled for a bewildered runner up effort with Friday night Beamont winner Tommy Bryant claiming show position honors at the finish line. Travis Elliott and Wes Miller completed the top five.