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Candlewood Suites Home Away From Home Night Delivers Thrills

May 28th, 2022
The first part of Colorado National Speedway’s two-night Memorial Day racing event delivered thrills and spills to the fans, drivers, and teams. Great car counts meant plenty of star-studded lineups in every series, particularly the Matco Tools Pro Trucks, kicking off the holiday weekend with a bang.

Elite Diesel Service Figure 8s
The Figure 8 drivers put on a heck of a show right out of the gate. There was close racing and many close calls during the Dash and Fast Dash races, setting the tone for a pulse-pounding feature race.
The No. 64 of Michael Kephart and the No. 38 of Cassidy Creekmore started the 20-lap feature Figure 8 race up front. Creekmore’s No. 38 shot ahead of the pack, but fell to the clutches of the No. 92 driven by Jason Wall. Wall began stretch things out. Two laps in, an incident involving the No. 97 of Adam Gastineau and the No. 08 of Travis Sanders occurred, but both drivers gathered it back up and continued on. Then, the No. 17 of Harry Livermore Jr. was struck diving out of Turn 4, critically damaging the rear suspension of his race car and ending his night.
Meanwhile, up front, Jason Wall’s No. 92 paced the field while the No. 67 of Kaleigh Swenson began to reel him in. Things were slowed by the No. 20 of Isaiah Proctor, who fell off the pace and caused a caution, but the battle between the No. 67 and No. 92 began anew when the green flag dropped. However, as the green flag laps ticked down, Jared Wall’s familiar No. 52 machine charged through the field and began to challenge his brother Jason for the top spot. The two Walls battled up front while sending their race cars through The X, neither willing to lift and surrender the lead. Eventually, Jared made the pass on Jason, putting the No. 52 back in Victory Lane for the third consecutive time.
Feature: 52 - Jared Wall
Dash: 67D - Keith Swenson
Fast Dash: 17 - Harry Livermore Jr

Sunoco Race Fuels Grand American Modifieds
Feature 1 – 20 Laps
The No. 28 of Paul Deines leaped ahead of the pack when the green flag dropped on the first of two feature races for the Grand American Modifieds. However, an incident involving the No. 66 of John Seely forced a caution, but Deines’ No. 28 machine easily found the front once again when the race restarted. He continued to show the way, while the No. 51 of Kyle Clegg proved to be a force to be reckoned with as he shot through the field and set his sights on Deines’ No. 28. The two race cars appeared evenly matched as the laps ticked by. Then, with just eight laps left, Clegg threw his No. 51 into the rear bumper of Deines' No. 28, causing Deines to spin. Officials ruled that Clegg would be sent to the rear of the field for his actions.
Enter the No. 89 of Jacob Smith. Smith quietly passed the No. 28 of Deines and the No. 24 of Nathan Gasser, assuming the lead with three laps left. Smith’s No. 89 never looked back, and he crossed the finish line to earn his first-ever feature win in the GAM class.

Feature 2 – 30 Laps
The No. 59 of Charles Wilson and the No. 37 of Landon Birney led the field to the green flag for the second GAM feature race. Wilson’s No. 59 showed the way, but it didn’t take long for the No. 48 of Preston Peltier to find his way to the front. He executed a clean pass on the No. 59 of Wilson and set sail. Meanwhile, the No. 59 of Wilson fell into the clutches of the No. 6 driven by Scotty Scott, and the two drivers battled hard for the second position for a few laps before Scott pulled ahead. The leaders became strung out, stretching the gap between them and the rest of the pack, until a caution was waved for a rather forceful wreck in Turns 1 and 2, in which the No. 1G of Dale Geist & No. 28 Paul Deines got together and became attached. Both drivers exited their race cars, and safety personnel pushed the conjoined race cars off the track so the race could continue safely.
Just three laps after the restart, the No. 37 of Birney and the No. 9 of CJ Wilson traded paint through Turns 3 and 4, culminating in a wreck that saw both machines sideways on the front stretch. Once things were cleaned up the green flag waved, the No. 48 of Peltier once again set sail and didn’t look back, winning the night’s second GAM feature.
Quick Time: No. 48, Preston Peltier - 16.702
Feature 1: No. 89, Jacob Smith
Feature 2: No. 48P, Preston Peltier

Matco Tools Pro Trucks
Feature 1 – 20 Laps
The No. 50 of Tyler Wiggans led the large field of Pro Trucks to the green for the first of two feature races, trailed by the No. 43 of Kody Vanderwal on the outside. Vanderwal assumed the lead while Wiggans fell back and was passed by the No. 7 truck of Adam Deines. The race continued clearly with Vanderwal up front, until a multi-truck wreck in Turn 2 forced a caution. The No. 34 of Rudy Vanderwal, the No. 22 of Brian Yackey and the No. 08 of Krystal Faulkingham were involved, and Yackey’s No. 22 truck was sent to the rear of the field as a result. Thankfully, the three trucks appeared to take minimal damage.
The No. 7 of Deines got around Kody Vanderwal’s No. 43 not long after the restart and took over the race lead. Kody Vanderwal would fall to third before the race end, while the No. 82 of Michael Scott shot ahead of him. Ultimately, Deines and the No. 7 truck took the first feature win.

Feature 2 – 40 Laps
The last event of the night got off to a rocky start, as the No. 71 of Timothy Duvall got clipped not one lap in and spun from contact with the No. 9 of Curtis Heldenbrand. When things finally got rolling, the No. 08 of Krystal Faulkingham and the No. 9 of Heldenbrand raced neck-and-neck for the lead, evenly matched as the laps ticked by. Then, with 22 laps left, something on the No. 43 truck of Kody Vanderwal broke, and the field stacked up behind him, causing a caution. When the race went green, the No. 08 of Faulkingham quickly found the lead again, but came under fire from the No. 22 of Brian Yackey. Faulkingham put up a valiant effort to maintain the lead, but ultimately fell to Yackey’s No. 22 machine and found herself under pressure from the No. 82 of Michael Scott.
Then, Adam Deines’ No. 7 machine went for a spin with 8 laps left after contact with the No. 9 of Heldenbrand. Heldenbrand was sent to the rear of the field as a result. On the next restart, Scott’s No. 82 showed the way, while Faulkingham’s truck faded to fourth place. Yackey’s No. 22 attempted to track down Scott’s No. 82, but to no avail – Scott would ultimately end up in Victory Lane.
Quick Time: No. 82, Michael Scott - 16.701
Feature 1: No. 7, Adam Deines
Feature 2: No. 82, Michael Scott


Elite Diesel Service Figure 8's

  1. 52 Jared Wall - Commerce City

  2. 92 Jasen Wall - Brighton

  3. 67D Keith Swenson - Strasburg

  4. 18 Dennis Stepanich III - Thornton

  5. 97 Adam Gastineau - Aurora

  6. 67 Kaleigh Swenson - Strasburg

  7. 08 Travis Sanders - Aurora

  8. 64 Michael Kephart - Commerce City

  9. 78 Kayla Martinez (R) - Denver

  10. 38 Cassidy Creekmore - Littleton

  11. 13M Isaac Martinez - Denver

  12. 17 Harry Livermore Jr - Denver

  13. 74 Sam Faus (R) - Lakewood

  14. 20 Isaiah Proctor

Sunoco Race Fuels Grand American Modifieds:

Feature 1: 20 Laps

  1. 89 Jacob Smith - Littleton

  2. 28 Paul Deines - Hudson

  3. 24 Nathan Gasser - Fort Lupton

  4. 6 Scotty Scott (R) - Arvada

  5. 48P - Preston Peltier - Johnstown

  6. 9 CJ Wilson - Penrose

  7. 59 Charles Wilson - Penrose

  8. 37 Landon Birney - Cheyenne

  9. 2 Jim Douglas - Colorado Springs

  10. 41 Eric Vos - Wheat Ridge

  11. 51 Kyle Clegg - Hudson

  12. 1G Dale Geist - Colorado Springs

  13. 68 Forest Smith - Bellvue

  14. 13 Darin Clark - Cheyenne

  15. 66 John Seely - Parker

Feature 2: 30 Laps

  1. 48P Preston Peltier - Johnstown

  2. 6 Scotty Scott (R) - Arvada

  3. 51 Kyle Clegg - Hudson

  4. 24 Nathan Gasser - Fort Lupton

  5. 2 Jim Douglas - Colorado Springs

  6. 89 Jacob Smith - Littleton

  7. 59 Charles Wilson - Penrose

  8. 68 Forest Smith - Bellvue

  9. 41 Eric Vos - Wheat Ridge

  10. 1G Dale Geist - Colorado Springs

  11. 37 Landon Birney - Cheyenne

  12. 9 CJ Wilson - Penrose

  13. 28 Paul Deines - Hudson DNS 13 Darin Clark - Cheyenne DNS 66 John Seely - Parker

Matco Tools Pro Trucks

Feature 1: 20 Laps

  1. 7 Adam Deines - Longmont

  2. 82 Michael Scott - Hillsdale, WY

  3. 43 Kody Vanderwal - LaSalle

  4. 34 Rudy Vanderwal - LaSalle

  5. 50 Tyler Wiggans - Peyton

  6. 9 Curtis Heldenbrand - Westminster

  7. 08 Krystal Faulkingham - Westminster

  8. 71 Timothy Duvall - Denver

  9. 22 Brian Yackey - Greeley

  10. 5W Troy Witthar - Arvada

  11. 85 Jeff Walbaum - Brighton

  12. 33 Tyler Davis - Thornton

  13. 28 Brian Weinmaster - Brighton

  14. 90 Chasen Groff (R) - Denver

  15. 11 Steve Johnson - Loveland

  16. 88 Paul Himler (R) - Erie

  17. 65 George Green - Firestone

Feature 2: 40 Laps

  1. 82 Michael Scott - Hillsdale, WY

  2. 22 Brian Yackey - Greeley

  3. 7 Adam Deines - Longmont

  4. 08 Krystal Faulkingham - Westminster

  5. 50 Tyler Wiggans - Peyton

  6. 5W Troy Witthar - Arvada

  7. 33 Tyler Davis - Thornton

  8. 85 Jeff Walbaum - Brighton

  9. 9 Curtis Heldenbrand - Westmisnter

  10. 28 Brian Weinmaster - Brighton

  11. 65 George Green - Firestone

  12. 43 Kody Vanderwal - LaSalle

  13. 11 Steve Johnson - Loveland

  14. 34 Rudy Vanderwal - LaSalle

  15. 88 Paul Himler (R) - Erie

  16. 71 Timothy Duvall - Denver

  17. 90 Chasen Groff (R) - Denver


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