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It was a wild one for the Late Models. Speedy Ronnie Hults got off to a good start, piloting his #42 machine into victory for two consecutive wins to start out the Late Model season. Dan Savage, Chris Eggleston and Roger Avants brought their A Game to the track taking the next 3 Late Model A-Mains respectively. It wasn't until the epic midseason championship, that Ronnie Hults took his third win. A massive pile up involving at least 10 competitors during the midseason championship thinned out the field of Late Models considerably for the next several weeks. Despite that fact that far fewer cars were on the track, Roger Avants found the competition even more fierce and still managed to find the line into winner's circle for 3 consecutive events. For the remainder of the season, former CNS champ Bruce Yackey, Rick Smith, Dan Savage and Joe James Jr were always in the mix toward the front of the field, making the fight for the top spot even more exciting. In the end Ronnie Hults pulled off an amazing succession of consistent wins and top 5 finishes and was crowned king of the Late Models taking the 2010 Season Championship.
The Sportsman had an equally impressive year. The competition was so fierce that there was a different winner almost every night. Jeff Walbaum, Jim Bob Rogers, Bruce Borchardt and Bear Lynch were all fast and furious on the oval, but it was Eric "Blackie" Blackard who used 3 wins and 10 top five finishes to secure the Sportsman division victory. The Championship race was probably one of the most entertaining to watch. Jim Bob had lead the pack right up until the very end when he spun out only 30 feet from the finish line. Thus, Bear Lynch rocketed across the checkered with the win. Blackie finished the race in 9th place which was more than enough to maintain the point lead for the season win.
For the 3rd year in a row, the Pro Truck division was at the center of a ton of controversy. Cris Muhler, Roger Avants, Chris Leaf, Adam Deines, Bear Lynch and Chris Eggleston all secured wins throughout the season and made their way into the top 5 time after time. The driver of the #1 car, Happy Ferree, grew a bit more favorable with some fans. However, debate over the manner of his last several wins, divided Pro Truck fans over the legitimacy of his victories. NASCAR officials did determine that his vehicle was in violation and docked him the points he'd earned from two Main Event wins. Despite the 2 disqualifications, Happy still took the season championship by a 3 point lead over Cris Muhler.
Rick Lothert destroyed the competition in the super stock division taking wins in 6 of 9 races! Jeremy Barclay finished among the top 10 consistently, as did Scott Miller and Cecil Smith. The car counts for the super stock division were staggering all season long. Main Events started with an average of 30 cars every single night.
The figure 8s might be the most popular racing division here at Colorado National Speedway and it's easy to see why. The guys (and gals) helming the kamikaze division vehicles stopped at nothing short of being torn in two to secure a win. It seemed that Joe Martinez, Joe Matlock, "Big" Al Duran, Jared Wall and Keith Swenson were always at the forefront of the pack, eyeing the win. Even when one of them got tied up in the X, they seemed to manage to find the line back into the top 5. On the night of the season Championship, Joe Matlock passed the checkered flag first, but it was Joe Martinez who piloted his vehicle to 2nd to secure his point lead to take the season champ honor.
Grand American Modified
In the GAM division, Forest Smith used 4 wins, 6 top five and 7 top ten finishes to take the season championship title with 172 points. Close behind him in 2nd was Jace Hansen with 147 points earned via 3 wins and 5 top five finishes. In third was Justin Case who managed 1 win, 4 top 5 finishes and and 8 top 10 finishes amassing 137 points.
The Legends were a blast to watch thanks to solid numbers all year long. They brought out an average of 23 cars per night to start the main event. The elusive Danny Medina only raced 3 nights and won every night he chose to appear. When Medina wasn't around, Kyle Clegg and Chris Eggleston owned the track. Darrell Stewart and Wayne Barlock always made things interesting up front as they vied for wins of their own. When the season came to a close, Kyle Clegg was king of the hill with 319 points secured via 2 wins and 8 top ten finishes.
In the Modified Coupe division, Frank Denning III used 3 wins and 7 top five finishes to earn 183 points and the season championship. Always nipping at Denning's heels was CNS's own track favorite, Cris Muhler who also took 3 wins along with 5 top 5 finishes for a close 2nd place with 145 points. We also want to recognize Gary Land and Rich Bubak, our 3rd and 4th place finishers, who never ceased to give the top 5 a run for their money.
Johnny Pickard took the most individual wins of the season (3), but it was HJ Evans with 1 win and 6 top five finishes who earned 121 points and the season championship.
Trains and Buses
A season recap for these guys would never do their respective sports justice. If you want to have multiple heart attacks in a row, come out and watch the Trains and Buses here at CNS.