Travis Rilat Dominates Grays Harbor Go
ELMA, Wash. — Travis Rilat proved he still has what it takes to complete on the national level, taking the Xtreme Oil Field No. 39c to victory in Friday’s Protect the Harvest A-Feature on night one at the Grays Harbor Raceway.
Rilat’s 26th career Lucas Oil ASCS presented by MAVTV American Real triumph, the Forney, Texas, driver dove past Jason Johnson on lap two for the point to become the fourteenth driver to visit Lucas Oil ASCS victory lane in 2013.
Starting the feature off the bottom groove, Rilat moved top side by lap five.
“I knew the top was going to come in once they blew some of the dust off and cleaned some of that loose dirt off,” said the 2003 ASCS champion. “Once I had seen that, I just moved up there since the bottom started going away.”
Leading the final 28 circuits, Rilat was chased across the line by Johnson. Pulling even with Travis on two restarts, first on lap 12 the again on lap 16, the MVT No. 41 suffered a broken brake line that left the car difficult to drive, as well as a cut right-rear tire.
“The track conditions were excellent. I just came up short,” said Johnson. “You know, I knocked a brake line off about halfway through the race and was struggling with that, then cut a Right Rear tire down but we didn’t have anything for the No. 39, I tried, I dived bombed him and just did everything I could. Just couldn’t pass him.”
Crossing third, Johnny Herrera managed to maintain his point lead, but by an ultra slim five markers.
Dustin Morgan used restarts to their fullest advantage to climb from eighth to fourth. Roger Crockett finished fifth.
Travis Rilat, Jason Johnson, Johnny Herrera, Dustin Morgan, Roger Crockett, Seth Bergman, Tony Bruce Jr., Brad Loyet, Jeff Swindell, Trey Starks, Jared Peterson, Jay Cole, Cole Wood, Logan Forler, Henry VanDam, Reece Goetz, Steven Tiner, Chadd Noland, Zack Spaulding, Cameron (Cam) Smith, Brandon Hahn, Colton Heath.