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Main event winner Chris Eggleston in winner's circle at Colorado National Speedway (Starr photo)
(09-24-2011 Dacono, CO) Chris Eggleston may have won the feature event at Snap-On Tools Night at the races at Colorado National Speedway but the real story was Bruce Yackey making up a few points on current leader Dan Savage setting up what could be one of the closest championship points battles in a long time.
(Dacono, CO - 09-17-2011) On Mike's Hard Lemonade night at Colorado National Speedway clean green flag racing was the theme in every division as Rick Smith took the late model main, Lee Kemmit won the Sportsman division, Kyle Clegg was first in the legends, and Harold Evans won the ERA Supermodified feature event.
Sportsman ace Lee Kemmit is a fixture in victory circle this year, Cris Muhler's mod coupe, and Mark Neff's Pro Truck also returned to victory circle. But it was the new faces in victory circle that stole the show on this night. John Humphrey won the Super Stock feature, Tom Evans grabbed the trophy for the Grand American Modifieds, and Jared "Wally" Wall found pay dirt in the Figure 8s.
PICTURE: #61 John Humphrey holds off the field in the Super Stocks to win his first at CNS (Starr photo)
Two weeks in a row Chris Eggleston from Erie Colorado has won both the late model and legend divisions at Colorado National Speedway. In the Late Model feature event with $4,000 going to the winner, Dan Savage did everything in his power to get by Chris Eggleston but had to settle for second place as young Eggleston had the fast line and took the win.
Gillett Vet Clinic Late Models
#22 Chris Eggleston started up front in the 40 lap Gillett Vet Late Model main event and quickly built a 10 car length lead over 2nd place #66 Darren Bucklen. #11 Darren Robertson and #27 Roger the "ice man" Avants battled for 3rd place yet eventually Robertson secured that spot and began to hunt down Bucklen. Last weeks main event winner #31 Rick Smith dove inside Robertson to move into 3rd place as Eggleston extended his lead to over a straightaway. By the end of the race Eggleston simply coasted to the finish as he had a massive 5 second lead over Bucklen who took second. Rick Smith was 3rd, Darren Robertson was 4th and #27 Roger Avants grabbed the final spot in the top five.
Qualifying race winners: #66 Darren Bucklen & #22 Chris Eggleston
GILLETT VET CLINIC LATE MODELS
An impressive field of Gillett Vet Clinic Late Models lined up for a 40 lap main event with #31 Rick Smith and #12 Bruce Yackey on the front row. Rick Smith built an early 10 car lead on Yackey who was getting heavy pressure from #74 Dan Savage. The battle for second place brought the CNS crowd to their feet as Yackey, Savage, #78 Darren Crocker, #27 Roger Avants, #95 Dave Finley, #83s Jim Sikes Jr. were all within striking distance. Unfortunately for Avants, he suffered mechanical problems sending a shower of sparks into the night sky ending his night. On the restart Yackey was able to gain the lead over Smith but that lead was short lived as Smith reasserted himself into the top spot. At the finish it was #31 Rick Smith, #74 Dan Savage, #12 Bruce Yackey, #78 Darren Crocker, and #11 Darren Robertson rounded out the top 5.
Qualifying race winners: #31 Rick Smith & #12 Bruce Yackey
GILLETT VET CLINIC LATE MODELS
Coming into tonight's Chick-Fil-A night at the races #74 Dan Savage had a slim 3 point lead over #12 Bruce Yackey, but The "Savageman" would have to start near the rear of the field in this 40 lap main event. At the start of the race #31 Rick Smith jumped out to an early lead over #27 Roger Avants. After a early race caution, race leader Rick Smith spun down the back straight and was sent to the rear of the field giving Avants the lead. Halfway through the main event Savage had come from the rear all the way to 2nd place bringing the CNS crowd to their feet. Behind Savage was #91 Chris Atkinson who was having a excellent run in third. Yet on this night it was the "ice man" Avants all the way who cruised to the win. In second place it was Savage with an impressive run from the back of the pack. Finishing third was Atkinson, fourth was #7 Adam Deines and #31 Rick Smith finished an impressive fifth after being sent to the back of the pack after his spin.
Qualifying race winners: #31 Rick Smith & #7 Adam Dienes
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