Darren Crocker Wins Night 1 of the Pepsi Labor Day Weekend Shoot Out
The 2009 season at Colorado National Speedway is winding down to a close. Only 4 nights of racing remain, making these last few bouts crucial to the point leaders in every division. After missing more than 20% of this year’s main events thanks to weather related cancellations, every driver at Colorado National Speedway is eager to make each and every one of these last few races count. The situation couldn’t be better for action-hungry NASCAR race fans. As the season nears closer to its end, the competition becomes more unpredictable at every turn around the oval.
Blackie Blackard Wins the Colorado Hall of Fame & CVOR Race of Champions
It was retro night at Colorado National Speedway on August 29th. The vintage cars were on display at the front gates, the mod coupes raced wingless, and mother nature tagged along as always to give us a little sprinkle before the main events. Thousands of fans packed the grandstands (umbrellas ready), pumped to see the Sportsman headline the evening’s main events.
Currently leading the Comfort Shack Sportsman is Jim Bob Rogers with 292 points, followed by Tommy Roe at 284 and Jeffrey Walbaum with 279 points. Not far behind are Blacky Blackard with 249 points and Jeff Webb at 236. The talented Nick Brinlee and rookie Doug Jensen are riding close behind.
The much anticipated, 30 lap, Sportsman A Main kicked off with a bang as #99 Nicholas Brinlee and #98 Lee Kemmit sped away for 1st and 2nd respectively, leading the massive field of 25 cars. #62 Jim Bob Rogers raced up past Kemmit with ease as #46 Blackie Blackard, who started in 8th place joined the fray. Contact in turn 4 drove Frankie Estes into the wall and the ensuing yellow lined Brinlee and Jim Bob up. When the race resumed, Jim Bob and Blackie, passed Brinlee. Soon, Blackie rode along the outside of Jim Bob, but Blackie got loose and Jim Bob sped off. The tides turned for Blackie as a yellow flag closed the distance between him and Jim Bob Rogers. It only took 5 laps for Blackie to steal the lead from Jim Bob. Good ol’ Jim Bob wouldn’t give up though, sticking with him and nearly passing him along the front stretch at the very last lap. But it was Blackie Blackard (the guy who just two weeks ago, said that damage to his car could take him out of the 2009 season altogether) who passed the checkered first, winning by a nose!
Ed Vecchiarelli Jr. sweeps the Rocky's Autos Late Model Ride 911 Memorial Race
The Rocky's Autos Late Models kicked things off with qualifying. #22 Chris Eggleston hot off his win at Dixie Motor Speedway in the ASA Late Model Series Northern Division didn't miss a beat and set quicktime with a blazing fast 16.003.
In the first of two main events for the Sunoco Fuel Grand American Modifieds car #44 Justin Case and car #69 Forest Smith started on the front row. Forest Smith had mechanical issues at the drop of the green which caused major jockeying of positions on lap one. Shawn Trackwell in the number 16 spun causing a chain reaction and several cars were damaged and unable to continue. Justin Case pressured Ed Vecchiarelli lap after lap in the early stages of the race but crafty Ed Vecchiarelli held him at bay. Car #95 Dave Finley and the #08 of series points leader Jace Hanson battled for 3rd place. But at the checkered flag it was veteran driver Ed Vecchiarelli taking the first feature win of the night.
Not to be outdone by his father Ed Vecchiarelli Jr. in car #48 won his ever late model feature event at Colorado National Speedway. Twenty two rocket fast Rocky's Autos Late Models took the track for the first of two 40 lap main events. After an early yellow, surprise leader Ed Vecchiarell Jr. paced the field with Darren Robertson right behind. On lap nine Ed Jr. got loose and Darren went low to take the lead. At lap 24, series points leader Chris Muhler spins down the back stretch after contact with #31 Rick Smith bringing out the caution. On the double file restart Ed Vecchiarelli Jr. used the outside line to gain the lead over Darren Robertson and at the stripe it was Ed Vecchiarell Jr. winning his first ever late model main event.
Paulie Harraka Takes His First Win at the NASCAR Toyota/Napa Camping World Series West
Tonight, August 15th marked the 11th of 13 Camping World West races of the 2009 season. 22 West cars made it out to Colorado National Speedway to race on our 3/8ths oval. If you aren’t paying close attention, you can easily confuse a West car for any of our own Late Models, the difference is simply a larger, heavier engine and a heavier chassis.
It's Déjà vu for the Whelen NASCAR Knock-Out as Hults and Robertson Each Take Home Another Win.
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