A clean Late Model A Main win for #95 Cristofer Muhler.
Sunday, 07 June 2009 01:36
Rocky’s Autos Late Models#12 Bruce Yackey had been reeling in #95 Cristofer Muhler throughout the 40 lap main event but couldn’t find the line into 1st.
A field of 23 Late Models came out to race. #12 Bruce Yackey had the pole with #95 Cristofer Muhler on the outside. #27 Roger Avants had the inside of row 2 with #10 Tyler Chrisinger. #74 Dan Savage had the inside of row 3.
Muhler made his way into the lead early on as #31 Richard Smith moved up the field into 5th. At lap 5, Muhler and Yackey had sped way ahead of the pack, but their lead was forfeit due to a yellow flag. On the restart Muhler had the pole with Yackey on the outside. It was Avants on the inside of row 2 with Chrisinger on the outside followed by Smith.
Sparks flew out the back of Muhler’s Late Model as he made his way around lap 7 in 1st place. Avants and Smith were dueling door handle to door handle for 3rd. Smith won the bout moving into 3rd on the inside at lap 16.
At lap 24, leaders Muhler and Yackey were navigating lapped traffic. Smith, Avants and Robertson followed mere car lengths behind but that gap slowly widened.
By lap 38, Muhler and Yackey had created a massive, impenetrable lead. After 40 laps commanding the track, #95 Cris Muhler crossed the checkered with #12 Bruce Yackey close behind. The two were followed by #31 Rick Smith, #27 Roger Avants & #11 Darren Robertson.
1 #95 CRISTOFER MUHLER, 2 #12 BRUCE YACKEY, 3 #31 RICHARD SMITH, 4 #27 ROGER AVANTS, 5 #11 DARREN ROBERTSON, 6 #42 RONNIE HULTS, 7 #78 DARREN CROCKER, 8 #77 STEVEN YACKEY, 9 #88 GREG FOWLER, 10 #10 TYLER CHRISINGER, 11 #48 ED VECCHIARELLI JR, 12 #66 DARREN BUCKLEN, 13 #91 CHRIS ATKINSON, 14 #23 DAVIN FISBECK, 15 #33 EMETT GRAZIER, 16 #6 JOSEPH DENNING, 17 #9 NICK BURTON, 18 #39 JACK NUGENT, 19 #57 JOSEPH FUNAYAMA, 20 #22 CHRIS EGGLESTON, 21 #74 DAN SAVAGE, 22 #4 DAVE FINLEY
Loveland Goodyear Figure 8s18 cars took to the X for the 20 lap Figure 8 A Main.
It was #22 Joe Matlock, #23 Al Duran and #90 John Johnson with the lead until #42 Daniel Martinez FLIPPED OVER coming around turn 3 on lap 3. He came to a rest back on his tires and exited his car A-OKAY! The red flag resulted in a double file restart.
Al Duran and Joe Matlock gunned the restart, drag racing and bumping into each other all the way around lap 4. Matlock broke away from Duran coming through lap 5. Joe continued to pull away but almost lost his lead when he came up to lap #66 John Martello on lap 12. Joe bumped Martello from behind as Duran attempted to come around the outside. Matlock regained his composure, passing Martello to maintain his lead.
A spin out on the track resulted in more caution. Matlock flapped his wings and took off on the green flag with Duran & #15 Jeremy Wall drag racing in tow. Neither Wall nor Duran wanted to give up 2nd place which resulted in their collision going around turn 3. Wall was sent back to the middle of the field and Al Duran was directed to 3rd place.
Coming out of caution, John Johnson suffered a flat driver’s side rear tire leaving the lead wide open for Matlock. Jared Wall moved up the field taking 2nd with #24 Joe Martinez closing in. Martinez had started the race in 16th place, and was suddenly moving up the field seemingly out of nowhere! Martinez passed Jared Wall taking 2nd on lap 20!
At the checkered flag it was #22 Joe Matlock followed by #24 Joe Martinez, #52 Jared Wall, #23 Al Duran, and #26 Nicholas Martinez.
When asked how do you avoid the other cars Matlock responded, “Tonight I just didn’t think man. I let instinct take over.”
#52 Jared Wall was penalized after the race had concluded. See official results below:
1 #22 JOE MATLOCK, 2 #24 JOE MARTINEZ, 3 #23 AL DURAN, 4 #26 NICHOLAS MARTINEZ, 5 #15 JEREME WALL, 6 #17 HARRY LIVERMORE JR, 7 #25 PHIL TAYLOR, 8 #90 JOHN JOHNSON, 9 #66 JOHN MARTELLO, 10 #07 MICHAEL STEWARD, 11 #86 SHIRLEY THOMPSON, 12 #69 TAMMY TOTOS, 13 #95 EDDIE FLOYD JR, 14 #9 JORGE HUITRON, 15 #03 BOBBY ZIKE, 16 #12 JAMES NARANJO, 17 #42 DANIEL MARTINEZ, 18 #02 RAYMOND MCNABB, 19 #52 JARED WALL
Super Modifieds13 Super Modifieds made it to the 25 lap A Main event.
#15 Joshua Lewis had the pole with #29 Craig Moore on the outside.
At the green Craig Moore muscled his way into the lead with the lightning quick #2 Rich Castor JR coming up from behind.
Caution on the speedway. Coming out of caution, Rich Castor JR darted into the lead. Moore tried to fend off #7 Stevie Gallegos to maintain 2nd place but just couldn’t hold him off.
#3 HJ Evans moved into 3rd as Castor continued to widen his lead. Evans passed Gallegos coming around lap 4 for 2nd place with #02 Johnny Pickard tagging along to take 3rd.
Castor and Evans were way ahead of the pack as Pickard in 3rd built a lead on #8 Larry Lapoint who had moved into 4th.
Round and round they went. Castor and Evans couldn’t be touched as they sped around the oval.
It was Castor for the win, Evans finished 2nd with Pickard close behind for 3rd followed by Larry Lapoint in 4th place.
1 #2 RICH CASTOR J.R., 2 #3 HJ EVANS, 3 #02 JOHNNY PICKARD, 4 #8 LARRY LAPOINT, 5 #40 HARRY STONE, 6 #26 BRIAN PACHECO, 7 #51 JOE PRISELAC, 8 #7 STEVIE GALLEGOS, 9 #88 KEVIN DAY, 10 #15 JOSHUA LEWIS, 11 #33 CHRIS SCHEIL, 12 #29 CRAIG MOORE, 13 #52 SCOTT DECENICK
Sunoco Grand American Modifieds20 Grand American Mods hit the track for the 30 lap A Main. #12 Greg Nelson started on the pole with #08 Jace Hansen on the outside. #11 Tom Evans had the inside of row 2 with #77 Jeffrey Hansen on the outside.
The leaders held their own until #16 Shawn Trackwell spun out in the fourth turn during lap 9. Caution on the track led to a double file restart. Nelson had the pole with Jace Hansen on the outside, followed by Jeff Hansen, #69 Forest Smith and #44 Justin Case.
On the green flag, #08 Jace Hansen pulled past Greg Nelson on the outside for the lead! Justin Case moved up the field into 3rd place. #18 Ed Vecciarelli who started in 9th and was now moving into 4th place.
Coming around turn 4 of lap 18, Case in 3rd & Vecchiarelli in 4th made contact. It looked like Case was going to lose it, but he held it together in incredible fashion after fishtailing down the entire front stretch!
Unrelated to the contact between Case and Vecchiarelli, a pile up between turn 1 and 2 resulted in a yellow flag.
On the restart Jace Hansen had the pole with Greg Nelson on the outside, #16 Shawn trackwell, Ed Vecchiarelli, #95 Dave Finley and #01 Terry Tjarks followed.
At the green flag, #18 Ed Vecchiarelli in 5th place dove through the field on the inside taking 2nd!
Vecchiarelli nipped at the heels of the unpassable Jace Hansen coming around the final lap to no avail. The 17 year old Jace Hansen took first with Vecchiarelli in 2nd, #12 Greg Nelson in 3rd followed by #16 Shawn Trackwell & #95 Dave Finley.
1 #08 JACE HANSEN, 2 #18 ED VECCHIARELLI, 3 #12 GREG NELSON, 4 #16 SHAWN TRACKWELL, 5 #95 DAVE FINLEY, 6 #66 KYLE CLEGG, 7 #77 JEFFREY HANSEN, 8 #71 JIM STIVALETTA, 9 #75 DEREK CLEMENTSON, 10 #4 MARK SOPR, 11 #01 TERRY TJARKS, 12 #44 JUSTIN CASE, 13 #22 MICHAEL CASTAGNO, 14 #56 JUSTIN FORNSTROM, 15 #3 DELAND CLEMENTS, 16 #25 DAN JAGODITSH, 17 #11 TOM EVANS, 18 #51 BRADLEY TILTON, 19 #69 FOREST SMITH, 20 #21 JEFFREY PURVIS
Comfort Shack Sportsman28 Sportsman hit the track for the 30 lap A Main.
#46 Eric Blackard had the pole with #62 James Rogers on the outside. In row two it was #58 Jeff Webb on the inside with #39 Scott Estes on the outside.
It started as #46 Eric Blackard pulled ahead taking a strong lead. #8 Jeffrey Walbaum pulled into 4th place passing #38 Frank Estes and #39 Scott Estes! Soon after, Walbaum moved up to drag race for 3rd with #58 Jeff Webb. The duel for 3rd raged on through 3 grueling laps. Finally, Walbaum passed Webb coming through lap 9.
All the while, #6 Tommy Roe, who started in 13th place, had been navigating the field and was moving into 8th place.
Caution on the speedway resulted in a double file restart which nullified Eric Blackard’s gargantuan 1st place lead. On the restart #62 James Rogers kept up with Blackard on the outside through 2 laps with #8 Jeff Walbaum in 3rd trying to make his move into 1st. Meanwhile, Tommy Roe took 7th place.
The cars were flying around the turns 3 wide as Tom Roe continued to move up the field into 6th place.
At lap 17, Eric Blackard had regained his comfortable lead with James Rogers and Jeffrey Walbaum battling for 2nd. Walbaum beat out Rogers for 2nd on the outside at lap 21 and set his eyes on 1st but Blackard wasn’t letting go.
#6 Tommy Roe continued to speed up the field into 4th place passing #99 Nicholas Brinlee and #41 Doug Jensen.
With 5 laps to go the leaders were navigating lapped traffic passing #83 Greg Wohlcke, #18 Dennis Stepanich & #44 Randolph Mossman.
It was Blackard for the finish followed by Jeff Walbaum, James Rogers, the swift Tommy Roe and Nicholas Brinlee.
Blackard really did an amazing job navigating the field, holding it together for the win.
Jeff Walbaum was penalized 2 places after the race concluded. See final results below:
1 #46 ERIC BLACKARD, 2 #62 JAMES ROGERS, 3 #6 TOMMY ROE, 4 #8 JEFFREY WALBAUM, 5 #99 NICHOLAS BRINLEE, 6 #41 DOUG JENSEN, 7 #58 JEFF WEBB, 8 #55 CRAIG HOLMES, 9 #39 SCOTT ESTES, 10 #26 DALE REEDER, 11 #43 STAN GRIFFIN, 12 #02 RICHARD HUNT, 13 #5 JAMES LAHEY, 14 #49 DENNIS POBANZ, 15 #98 LEE KEMMIT, 16 #84 BRUCE BORCHARDT, 17 #3 WADE GROVE, 18 #67 STEPHANIE BROWN, 19 #01 PETE MAAS, 20 #28 ALAN CARTER, 21 #31 JOSHUA FLOOD, 22 #00 STEVEN MAAS, 23 #44 RANDOLPH MOSSMAN, 24 #21 TROY MEYER, 25 #18 DENNIS STEPANICH JR, 26 #83 GREG WOHLCKE, 27 #38 FRANKIE ESTES, 28 #30 BRENDON DREILING