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Tony Bruce, Jr. Bags ASCS Win in Devil’s Bowl Summer Nationals Opener!

Lonnie Wheatley, MESQUITE, Texas (June 17, 2011) – Tony Bruce, Jr., put his 2011 on-track struggles behind him by racing to victory lane in Friday night’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway Summer Nationals pitting The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region versus the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region.

The Liberal, KS, native chased down early leader Danny Jennings by the tenth round and went on to collect his 11th career overall ASCS feature win aboard the Bruce Racing No. 18 entry.

Starting ninth, Bruce, Jr., needed just three laps to charge into second before ultimately taking the lead away from Jennings. Bruce, Jr., then held off Brady Bacon the rest of the way to secure the win.

Bruce, Jr., and Bacon were chased to the stripe by Jennings, with Michael Lang and 21st-starter Kevin Ramey rounding out the top five. Dustin Morgan raced from 18th to sixth, with current ASCS Sooner points leader Joe Wood, Jr., Justin Melton, Martin Edwards and 23rd-starter Andy Shouse completing the top ten.

Bacon, Colt Treharn and Michelle Decker claimed heat race wins, with Joshua Hodges winning the “B” Main.

The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region versus American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Results from Devil’s Bowl Speedway:

First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 99-Brady Bacon, 2. 35-Rick Wright, Jr., 3. 45x-J.P. Bailey, 4. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 5. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 6. 11-Justin Melton, 7. 28-Larry Long, 8. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 9. 27-Andy Shouse (Disqualified; nose wing too far forward after finishing first). DNS: 22-Dan Adkins.

Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 77-Colt Treharn, 2. 61-Danny Jennings, 3. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 4. 12-Dale Wester, 5. 11c-Matt Covington, 6. 110-Cameron Hagin, 7. 2-Dustin Morgan, 8. 76-John Ricketts. DNS: 5-Kyle McCutcheon.

Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 7-Michelle Decker, 2. 2L-Logan Payne, 3. 14-Michael Lang, 4. 35g-Barry Gifford, 5. 45-Martin Edwards, 6. 74e-Claud Estes, 7. 74x-Joshua Hodges, 8. 14b-Robert Byrom, 9. 54-Evan Pardo.

“B” Feature (10 Laps): 1. 74x-Joshua Hodges, 2. 74e-Claud Estes, 3. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 4. 54-Evan Pardo, 5. 27-Andy Shouse, 6. 14b-Robert Byrom, 7. 76-John Ricketts. DNS: 28-Larry Long, 5-Kyle McCutcheon, 22-Dan Adkins.

“A” Feature (25 Laps): 1. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 2. 99-Brady Bacon, 3. 61-Danny Jennings, 4. 14-Michael Lang, 5. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 6. 2-Dustin Morgan, 7. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 8. 11-Justin Melton, 9. 45-Martin Edwards, 10. 27-Andy Shouse, 11. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 12. 54-Evan Pardo, 13. 74x-Joshua Hodges, 14. 74e-Claud Estes, 15. 7-Michelle Decker, 16. 35-Rick Wright, Jr., 17. 110-Cameron Hagin, 18. 35g-Barry Gifford, 19. 45x-J.P. Bailey, 20. 77-Colt Treharn, 21. 12-Dale Wester, 22. 14b-Robert Byrom, 23. 2L-Logan Payne, 24. 11c-Matt Covington.

The Oil Medics ASCS Lone Star Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Matt Covington 901, 2. Claud Estes 840, 3. Eric Baldaccini 829, 4. Michael Lang 813, 5. Martin Edwards 803, 6. Justin Melton 800, 7. Evan Pardo 758, 8. John Ricketts 708, 9. Robert Byrom 704, 10. Chad Wilson 619.

American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region Points (Top Ten): 1. Joe Wood, Jr. 765, 2. Michelle Decker 738, 3. Matt Covington 720, 4. Andy Shouse 714, 5. Koby Barksdale 541, 6. Claud Estes 495, 7. Lee Little 485, 8. Tony Bruce, Jr. 444, 9. Cameron Hagin 440, 10. Rick Wright, Jr. 437.