Kyle Ray Scores Huge Coca-Cola 100 Challenge Cup XLII Win

(10-03-2016, Dacono CO) On a gorgeous Colorado fall evening that was filled with costume contests, trick-or-treating, and FIREWORKS, Littleton Colorado’s Kyle Ray scored the biggest win of his career taking home the prestigious Challenge Cup XLII title. Kyle Clegg swept the final night of competition for the Legend cars but it was Danny Medina who took home his second straight title. Brian Yackey and Tyler Davis took the top spots in the wild and wacky Super Stock and Pure Stock combination feature and Kody Vanderwal was the winner in the Pro Truck feature.

Gillet Vet Clinic Super Late Models

One of the most historically significant races of the year is Challenge Cup at CNS. Driver’s such as Rick Carelli and Jerry Robertson are among the legendary drivers who have their names listed on the Cup multiple times. The past two years Dominic Ursetta has hoisted the Cup and on Challenge Cup XLII he was looking for a third.

Father and son Bruce and Brett Yackey dive into the first corner for Challenge Cup 42 (Starr photo)

Father and son Bruce and Brett Yackey dive into the first corner for Challenge Cup 42 (Starr photo)

When the Coca-Cola 100 Challenge Cup XLII lined up it was both Yackey’s on the front row. Youngster Brett in the #32 car on the pole and his father Bruce in the #12 car on the outside. Adding to the intrigue of the race 4 Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks also joined the field #5 Troy Witthar, #43 Kody Vanderwal, #11 Steve Johnson and #95 Corey Cox would compete against the Super Late Models.

Once the race started it was clear that the #22 of Chris Eggleston was fast as he bolted around both Yackey’s to take the lead. Jace Hansen in the #08 car also appeared to have a fast car as he moved into 2nd place directly in front of #9 Justin Simonson.

Chris Eggleston passes Pro Truck driver #43 Kody Vanderwal (Starr photo)

Chris Eggleston passes Pro Truck driver #43 Kody Vanderwal (Starr photo)

In the early stages of the race Hansen was able to stay about a car length behind Eggleston but that’s when a caution came out for a crash in turns 3 and 4. Darren Robertson and Dominic Ursetta spun and the #00 of Steve mass had nowhere to go and made heavy contact with the 11 of Robertson. Both Maas and Robertson’s night was done.

It was also a night of attrition as both Justin Simonson and Dominic Ursetta would leave the track with mechanical issues. Ursetta’s hopes of three-peating were now over.

After the halfway mark in the race a new contender emerged which was the #58 of Kyle Ray who passed Hansen for 2nd and began to eat into Eggleston’s massive lead. With 25 laps to go in the race the leaders had become strung out on the track causing their biggest challenges to be the heavy lapped traffic.

With Eggleston, Ray, and Hansen, out front Bruce Yackey and Brett Yackey ran patiently in 4th and 5th and #91 Chris Atkinson was having an impressive run in 6th position.

While Eggleston was able to take the checkered flag on lap 100 he wasn’t able to pass a post race inspection for maximum car width and therefore was he was disqualified.

SLM Kyle Ray WINNER

Kyle Ray on his way to winning Challenge Cup 42 (Starr photo)

Kyle Ray would then be awarded one of his biggest wins of his career snagging the prestigious Challenge Cup XLII title. Ray is one of the up and coming stars that make the Gillet Vet Clinic Super Late Models one of the most exciting divisions to watch.

Behind the winner Ray, Bruce and Brett Yackey from Greeley took 2nd and 3rd, Chris Atkinson from Cheyenne was 4th, #27 Roger Avants out of Littleton took 5th, while Broomfield’s Jace Hansen slipped to 6th.

The updated history of Challenge Cup winners now looks like this….

2016 Kyle Ray
2015 Dominic Ursetta
2014 Dominic Ursetta
2013 Darren Robertson
2012 Adam Deines
2011 Chris Eggleston
2010 Dan Savage
2009 Chris Eggleston
2008 Ronnie Hults
2007 PJ Mattorano
2006 Scotty Backman
2005 Darren Crocker
2004 Jerry Robertson
2003 Rick Carelli
2002 Jerry Robertson
2001 Dave Finley
2000 Roger Avants
1999 MK Kanke
1998 Joe Bellm
1997 Richard Burton
1996 Jerry Robertson
1995 Rick Carelli
1994 Rick Carelli
1993 Bruce Yackey
1992 Steve Carlson
1991 Tom Carlson
1990 Fred Campbell
1989 Rick Carelli
1988 Terry Phillips
1987 Terry Phillips
1986 Larry Phillips
1985 Larry Phillips
1984 Larry Phillips
1983 Butch Speicher
1982 Larry Phillips
1981 Mike Niffenegger, Kalona, Iowa
1980 Odie Robertson, Littleton, Colorado
1979 “Wild Bill” Liebig, Rapid City, South Dakota
1978 Clayton Peterson Jr., Grand Island, Nebraska
1977 Terry Bivins, Kansas City
1976 Tommy Bartolomew, Waterloo, Iowa
1975 Odie Robertson, Littleton, Colorado

Coca-Cola 100: #58 Kyle Ray
QUICK TIME: #22 Chris Eggleston 16.361

Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks

Just 7 Pro Trucks showed up for Challenge Cup 42 and Matt Burton in the #36 trucks and #11 Steve Johnson paced the field for the start of the feature event. Burton looked strong early but #34 Rudy Vanderwal found the low groove and assumed the lead of the race. Burton didn’t go down without a fight as he battled back on the outside as the two driver’s dueled for the lead. Eventually Kody Vanderwal and Jeff Walbaum snuck by Burton and began to pressure Rudy for the top spot.

#43 Kody Vanderwal passes Rudy Vanderwal on his way to winning the feature (Starr photo)

#43 Kody Vanderwal passes Rudy Vanderwal on his way to winning the feature (Starr photo)

It became a battle of father and son as the two Vanderwal’s jockeyed for the lead. The youngster Kody was able to get past his father and take the lead and the eventual win. The rest of the top 5 Trucks looked like this: #34 Rudy Vanderwal, #8 Jeff Walbaum, #5 Troy Witthar, and #36 Matt Burton.

FEATURE: #43 Kody Vanderwal
QUICK TIME: #43 Kody Vanderwal 17.516

Great Scotts Eatery Super Stocks & Lincoln Tech Pure Stocks

The fans were treated to a special Great Scott’s Eatery Super Stock and Lincoln College Pure Stock Combination feature event on Challenge Cup 42 night. This meant that nearly 40 would take the green flag in a mad scramble for Challenge Cup glory. Earlier in the night David Robinson in the #7 Pure Stock won the 17 lap preliminary Feature and #57 Corey Cox won in the Super Stock division. But now it was time to let them all loose together!

SS feature 1 lineup

The huge field of cars rumbled to the green flag and the action began with cars going 3 and 4 wide in nearly every corner of the race track. Brian Yackey flew up through the field from his 14th place starting spot and grabbed the lead and never looked back taking the win. Yackey’s only competition came from Makayla Grote in the #1 car who kept Yackey within eyesight. The real fun came watching Yackey, Grote, #06 Jeff Dempwolf, #3 Michael Cox, and #43 Kody Vanderwal navigate the massive amount of lapped traffic.

Brian Yackey in winner's circle at CNS (Star photo)

Brian Yackey in winner’s circle at CNS (Star photo)

The top finishing Pure Stock driver was track champ Tyler Davis in the #33 El Camino who grabbed 7th overall in the race showing the the Pure Stocks can compete with the Super Stocks in respectable fashion.

Tyler Davis celebrates winning the Pure Stock feature (Starr photo)

Tyler Davis celebrates winning the Pure Stock feature (Starr photo)

COMBINED FEATURE: #22 Brian Yackey (Super Stock) & #33 Tyler Davis (Pure Stocks)
17 Laps Super Stock FEATURE: #57 Corey Cox
17 Lap Pure Stock FEATURE: #7 David Robinson
Super Stock QUICK TIME: #22 Brian Yackey 19.855
Pure Stock QUICK TIME: #33 Tyler Davis 20.370

Legend Cars

In the final night of points racing for the Legends division at CNS Danny Medina held a slim lead on Chris Eggleston and Kyle Clegg entering the night. Clegg made a statement sweeping the night’s events setting quick time with a 18.765, winning the first 20 lap feature and also winning the final 25 lap feature. However he wasn’t able to make up much ground in points on Medina who finished 3rd in the first feature and 2nd in the final feature. Eggleston also ran strong grabbing 2nd in the first feature and 3rd in the final feature.

LEG clegg eggleson medina

Therefore it was Danny Medina winning his 2nd consecutive championship at CNS in the Legends division. Eggleston and Clegg took 2nd and 3rd in points.

#15 Danny Medina did more than enough to win the Legend division championship at CNS (Starr photo)

#15 Danny Medina did more than enough to win the Legend division championship at CNS (Starr photo)

The rookie of the year went to #48 Cody Dempster who is certainly one to watch as he appears to be getting quicker every night as evidenced by his two top 5 finishes on the night.

The Legend division had a fantastic season at CNS producing large fields of cars on every appearance. There was certainly no drop-off on the last night of the season as 28 cars timed in.

25 LAP FEATURE: #66 Kyle Clegg
20 LAP FEATURE: #66 Kyle Clegg
QUICK TIME: #66 Kyle Clegg 18.765

CHAMPION: #15 Danny Medina
ROTY: #48 Cody Dempster

DEMOX

Lite Division: #830 Josh Klaprisch
Heavy Division:#31 Dave Johnson

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Coca-Cola 100
Pos No. Name Hometown
1. 58 Kyle Ray Littleton
2. 12 Bruce Yackey Greeley
3. 32 Brett Yackey (R) Greeley
4. 91 Chris Atkinson Cheyenne
5. 27 Roger Avants Littleton
6. 08 Jace Hansen Broomfield
7. 39 Jack Nugent Longmont
8. 34 Rudy Vanderwal La Salle
9. 28 Dan Alamaa Colorado Springs
10. 29 Matt Brunker Lakewood
11. 7 Adam Deines Longmont
12. 19 Matthew Martinez (R) Thornton
13. 69 Jade Miller (R) Severance
14. 14x Alejandro Ortiz Denver
15. 6 Dominic Ursetta Arvada
16. 9 Justin Simonson (R) Wheatridge
17. 00 Steve Maas Longmont
18. 11 Darren Robertson Westminster
19. 2 Royal Scott (R) Platteville
20. 13m Rick McComb Pueblo
21. 24 Nathan Gasser (R) Evergreen
DNS 5 Trent Phillips Hemingford
DQ 22 Chris Eggleston Thornton
DQ 5 Troy Witthar Eastlake
DQ 43 Kody Vanderwal
DQ 95 Chris Cox
DQ 11J Steve Johnson Loveland

Pro Trucks
Pos No. Name Hometown
1. 43 Kody Vanderwal (R) La Salle
2. 34 Rudy Vanderwal La Salle
3. 8 Jeff Walbaum Brighton
4. 5 Troy Witthar Eastlake
5. 36 Matt Burton Englewood
6. 11 Steve Johnson Loveland
7. 95 Duane Lighthill Littleton

Combined Super Stock & Pure Stock Feature
Pos No. Name Hometown
1. 22 Brian Yackey (R) Greeley
2. 1 Makayla Grote Lakewood
3. 06 Jeffrey Dempewolf (R) Hudson
4. 3 Michael Cox Englewood
5. 43 Kody Vanderwal (R) La Salle
6. 5 Glen Poston (R) Thornton
7. 33 Tyler Davis Lafayette
8. 3% Will Alvarado (R) Ft Lupton
9. 2 Chris Cox Littleton
10. 57c Corey Cox Littleton
11. 99R Ryan Raley Jr Thornton
12. 77t Bryan McKeever Penrose
13. 77 Michael Merchant LaSalle
14. 21 Jamie Ward Denver
15. 16 Chris Hageman Arvada
16. 21J Jeremy Jackson Lakewood
17. 86 Tim Coate Littleton
18. 45 Rebecca Simpson Co Springs
19. 26d Scott Dent Brighton
20. 17j Lynette Hoselton Denver
21. 69 Derick Brugger Ft. Lupton
22. 99 Ryan Raley Thornton
23. 38D Jesse Davis Thornton
24. 98 Natalie Phelps Cheyenne
25. 55 Damian Lockhart (R) Arvada
26. 29G Justin Griffin Greeley
27. 28 Drake Barker
28. 53 David Noah Pueblo West
29. 02 Darrell Smith Littleton
30. 99S Sam Messerli Thornton
31. 88M Scott Miller Brighton
32. 9 Curtis Heldenbrand Arvada
33. 51h Tom Hughes Lakewood
34. 7 David Robinson Johnstown
35. 9 Darin Wainwright Littleton
36. 3 Brian Lengvenas Thornton
37. 68J Matt Sowash Lakewood
DNS 00x Jake Fitzgerald
DNS 31 Michael Matthiesen Dacono

17 Lap Super Stock Feature
Pos No. Name Hometown
1. 57c Corey Cox Littleton
2. 22 Brian Yackey (R) Greeley
3. 9 Curtis Heldenbrand Arvada
4. 43 Kody Vanderwal (R) La Salle
5. 3 Michael Cox Englewood
6. 06 Jeffrey Dempewolf (R) Hudson
7. 77t Bryan McKeever Penrose
8. 02 Darrell Smith Littleton
9. 1 Makayla Grote Lakewood
10. 88M Scott Miller Brighton
11. 5 Glen Poston (R) Thornton
12. 26d Scott Dent Brighton
13. 99 Ryan Raley Thornton
14. 51h Tom Hughes Lakewood
15. 55 Damian Lockhart (R) Arvada
DNS 3% Will Alvarado (R) Ft Lupton
DQ 2 Chris Cox Littleton

17 Lap Pure Stock Feature
Pos No. Name Hometown
1. 7 David Robinson Johnstown
2. 33 Tyler Davis Lafayette
3. 99R Ryan Raley Jr Thornton
4. 99S Sam Messerli Thornton
5. 9 Darin Wainwright Littleton
6. 98 Natalie Phelps Cheyenne
7. 77 Michael Merchant LaSalle
8. 21 Jamie Ward Denver
9. 86 Tim Coate Littleton
10. 21J Jeremy Jackson Lakewood
11. 16 Chris Hageman Arvada
12. 00x Jake Fitzgerald
13. 45 Rebecca Simpson Co Springs
14. 38D Jesse Davis Thornton
15. 53 David Noah Pueblo West
16. 3 Brian Lengvenas Thornton
17. 17j Lynette Hoselton Denver
18. 28 Drake Barker
19. 29G Justin Griffin Greeley
DNS 68J Matt Sowash Lakewood
DNS 31 Michael Matthiesen Dacono

Legend Cars

Feature Two
Pos No. Name Hometown
1. 66 Kyle Clegg Westminster
2. 15 Danny Medina Colorado Springs
3. 22 Chris Eggleston Thornton
4. 6 Scotty Scott Arvada
5. 48 Cody Dempster (R) Parker
6. 25 Adam Pechman Morrison
7. 46 Zach Witherwax Arvada
8. 1w Jereme Wall Commerce City
9. 16 Travis Roe Thronton
10. 51 AJ Canda Castle Rock
11. 20 Kynzer Riddell Westminster
12. 32 Blair Cooper (R) Arvada
13. 23 Austyn Radosta Pueblo
14. 03 Darrell L Stewart Arvada
15. 2 Chris Cox Littleton
16. 17 BreAnn Adkison Cheyenne
17. 47 Jason Hulvey (R) Thornton
18. 26 Chris Brunker Lakewood
19. 19 Larry Pachello Arvada
20. 88 Paul Himler (R) Erie
21. 99 Mark Maldanato
22. 9 Terry McBride Edgewater
23. 10 Adam Romero (R) Denver
24. 6x Phillip Peconi Littleton
25. 98 Brent Scheidemantle Broomfield
26. 30 Darrell J Stewart Arvada
DNS 3 Wayne Barlock Jr Evans
DNS 04 Dillon Foster Arvada

Feature One
Pos No Name Hometown
1. 66 Kyle Clegg Westminster
2. 22 Chris Eggleston Thornton
3. 15 Danny Medina Colorado Springs
4. 6 Scotty Scott Arvada
5. 48 Cody Dempster (R) Parker
6. 25 Adam Pechman Morrison
7. 1w Jereme Wall Commerce City
8. 46 Zach Witherwax Arvada
9. 16 Travis Roe Thronton
10. 03 Darrell L Stewart Arvada
11. 51 AJ Canda Castle Rock
12. 2 Chris Cox Littleton
13. 20 Kynzer Riddell Westminster
14. 19 Larry Pachello Arvada
15. 32 Blair Cooper (R) Arvada
16. 17 BreAnn Adkison Cheyenne
17. 9 Terry McBride Edgewater
18. 26 Chris Brunker Lakewood
19. 88 Paul Himler (R) Erie
20. 99 Mark Maldanato
21. 6x Phillip Peconi Littleton
22. 30 Darrell J Stewart Arvada
DNS 23 Austyn Radosta Pueblo
DNS 98 Brent Scheidemantle Broomfield
DNS 3 Wayne Barlock Jr Evans
DNS 47 Jason Hulvey (R) Thornton
DNS 10 Adam Romero (R) Denver
DNS 04 Dillon Foster Arvada

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