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Chevron Rockies Legend Invasion Finale Caps Off Fantastic Run At CNS

September 3rd, 2023 (Dacono, CO)

The annual Legend Invasion reached its zenith on Sunday, September 3rd, 2023 at Colorado National Speedway, marking not only the conclusion of an amazing event but our final unique double-header feature of the 2023 racing season. Rain did little to deter the racers and fans alike from heading out, ready to celebrate Labor Day with the most exciting short track racing in the West (or, arguably, the entire country!) compliments of Legends, Super Stocks, Bandoleros & Trains. Fans were even able to test their mettle (and metal) on track themselves in our Circle Drags to determine whose daily driver was the fastest, and the animated crowd was on its feet almost the entire night to see all our drivers rally.

AC Transmissions Legends

Fast Dash – 15 Laps

There were quite a few race cars bearing the No. 78 throughout our Legend weekend, but only one was the Fast Dash winner. In fact, two of them started on the front row: the No. 78X Of Darrel J. Stewart and the No. 78C of Colton Crocker. The No. 9X of Tyler Reif entered the mix and took it three wide for the lead, putting the No. 78X of Stewart out front. They went side by side as the No. 19B of Brenden Ruzbarsky nosed into the pack, putting pressure on Stewart for the top spot. However, Stewart’s bid for the win would be cut short when his race car began leaking fluid that caused the racing surface to become slick. He retired, putting Crocker’s No. 78C and Ruzbarsky on the front row. Kyle Clegg’s No. 66 machine shot through the pack to track down the leader, Crocker, but couldn’t find a way around him as he was locked in a fight with Ruzbarsky. Crocker went on to win.

Dash – 15 Laps

With seven Fast Feature transfer spots and a $300 prize on the line, the No. 98H of Samuel Haugen took the lead early. Two cars tangled on Lap 2, throwing a yellow, but it was quickly dealt with and Haugen took control once more. He stretched out his lead, while second place was a fight between the No. 14 of Ayden Brockhouse and the No. 1X of Ryan Land, allowing the No. 57 of Jarrett Scarberry to close on them both. Scarberry took advantage of a restart to take it three-wide for first, slicing to the inside of Haugen to take the lead. Another restart put the two racers on the front row again, but it would be Scarberry ahead at the line.

Feature – 25 Laps

The No. 1 of Land proved to be a force to be reckoned with at the drop of the green, as he led the No. 17 of Jeremy Krueger and the No. 95 of Jessilyn Dike. Krueger and Dike made contact a few laps in, killing Krueger’s momentum and causing him to drop quite a few spots. Dike held onto her race car, although Land was able to ditch her and improve his lead. Then, Dike had to fend off the No. 14 Brockhouse but failed; he took P2 away and Dike continued to fall back as the No. 75X of Makenna Crocker also slipped by. She put pressure on Brockhouse for second, but then, Brockhouse’s car got away from him and he spun without help and surrendered second. Up front, Land drove a clean race and flashed across the line first, claiming the trophy and the $500 purse.

Fast Feature – 50 Laps

Staring down a $3,000 purse, 24 Legends followed the No. 4R of Tanner Reif and the No. 66 of Clegg to the green flag, but before they had a chance to get up to speed, several cars got together in Turn 1. A complete restart gave them another shot, although the leaders couldn’t quite get going, prompting another try with a new front row, this time with the No. 9X of Tyler Reif and the No. 15 of Danny Medina showing the way. The green flag was all about Tyler Reif, leading Tanner Reif and Clegg, who galloped into third and put Medina behind him. Chris Eggleston, meanwhile, driving a backup No. 22 car after flipping on Saturday night, fell off the pace. Clegg claimed second place, demoting Tanner Reif, who fell even further back to sixth place. The field became strung out, single file while Tyler Reif continued to lead. Medina held down third, under pressure from Ruzbarsky, but couldn’t make it work; meanwhile, Eggleston stalled in Turn 4, ultimately causing a caution as he failed to refire. The restart put Clegg and Tyler Reif together up front, although Clegg got freight-trained back to fourth as Medina and Colton Crocker passed him. Another yellow for a single-car incident saw Tyler Reif and Medina start up front; Reif claimed the top position and was tailed by the No. 78X of Darrell J. Stewart. Crocker put his No. 78C to the inside of Reif for the lead, but spun out. At the same time, the No. 03 of Darrell L. Stewart tangled with Medina, and both race cars found the retaining wall with force. Thankfully, under red flag, all drivers were attended to and able to exit their vehicles. Crocker pulled off, surrendering valuable positions.

Reif had to defend the lead again on a restart, this time against Stewart in the No. 78X – until the No. 9X machine gave up, coming to a sudden stop in Turn 2. Clegg found his way back to the front row for the restart, right next to Stewart, who got the jump and left Clegg to fight with Cade Fox’s No. 88F for second place while he took off with the lead. Scotty Scott’s No. 6 machine became a factor, passing Fox and lighting after Clegg and Stewart. Fox continued to lose ground, passed by Ruzbarsky and others, until Crocker’s No. 78C, recently returned to the racing surface, got into several competitors and caused a yellow again. Stewart deflected advances from Clegg when the race went green again, and they fanned three-wide for third place behind him. Stewart continued to lead, keeping a healthy distance on Scott and Clegg. Clegg worked on Scott for a few laps, then took P2 away and began his mission to conquer the lead anew. However, Ruzbarsky nosed into the fight for second, trapping Scott and Clegg into another three-way battle. He passed Clegg for third, but couldn’t catch Scott, and Stewart enjoyed a comfortable lead as he threw the No. 78X under the checkers to collect the generous purse and gleaming trophy.

Quick Time: No. 78C, Colton Crocker, 18.266

Fast Dash: No. 78C, Colton Crocker

Dash: No. 57, Jarrett Scarberry

Feature: No. 1, Ryan Land

Fast Feature: No. 78X, Darrell J. Stewart

Pueblo Bank & Trust Super Stocks

Fast Dash – 10 Laps

The No. 32Y of Brett Yackey snatched the lead from Jereme Wall’s No. 15, bringing Chris Cox’s No. 49 along with him. Yackey was able to cling to his lead despite advances from Cox, and finally put healthy distance between the two race cars and checked out. However, Cox got to work cutting that distance, while Jordan Abeyta’s No. 23 and Alex Rodriguez’s No. 90 scrambled for fourth place. Abeyta held on, while Scott Long’s No. 11W worked on Rodriguez for fifth place. With laps left, Cox had only two car-lengths to overcome – and he did, getting right to Yackey’s bumper and just about wearing it out. Yackey maintained his position and scored the win.

Dash – 10 Laps

Ian Clark’s No. 82 took control of Lap 1, while the No. 88 of Jacob Poole tailed him in second after a short battle with the No. 21 of Chris Nelson. Clark continued to lead, although Nelson kept after him, staying within striking distance as the laps ticked down. Their battle culminated in Nelson snagging the lead by a nose, before Clark got into him, putting them both off the pace and allowing Poole to take the lead. Nelson was unable to get his race car restarted and Poole won under yellow-checkered conditions.

Feature – 25 Laps

Hoping to start off where he left it, Poole was on the front row for the Super Stock Feature, leading over David Robinson’s No. 7 and Brandon Claiborn’s No. 13. However, Claiborn got loose, sweeping Nelson into the wreck along with Rodriguez and Abeyta. Nelson and Rodriguez were so damaged, their race cars had to be hauled off the track. Poole restarted on the pole, although the No. 9 of Brent Cave was thrown into second place in short order, using the outside line to make the pass. Cave continued his forward march, taking the lead in Turn 1, while the No. 97 driven by Kyle Stidham took over P2 and brought Cox and Yackey along with him. They lined Stidham up and put him behind them, and he surrendered to fourth place. Cox got on Cave’s bumper and earned the lead after a hard-fought battle. Meanwhile, Abeyta and Long, having started deep in the pack, had navigated back toward the front.

Yackey wasn’t keen on letting Cox run off with the lead, using the front end of his car to use up Cox’s rear bumper. The two bounced together but separated and stayed on one another for the lead. Yackey completed the pass, but Cox lined him up and delivered a hard tap to the rear end of the No. 32Y. Bumper to bumper, they flew around the track ahead of the pack, while Wall’s No. 15 machine took no prisoners in his mission back to the front. Yackey maintained his position at the top of the scoreboard over Cox, although he had to chase the rear of his No. 32Y and slowed slightly, allowing Cox the opening he needed to take it side-by-side with him. With two laps left, Cox pulled away from Yackey, who tried to move him in Turn 3 in a last-ditch attempt at the win. Cox held onto his race car as it stepped out, gathering it back up and breaking across the line for the Feature win.

Quick Time: No. 32Y, Brett Yackey, 19.290

Fast Dash: No. 32Y, Brett Yackey

Dash: No. 88, Jacob Poole

Feature: No. 49, Chris Cox

Puzzle Effect Bandoleros

Bandit Dash - 8 Laps

pyn Lange put her No. 12 machine after Austin Steinke’s No. 88A for the lead immediately after the Dash started. Steinke spun out, and Lange took over, leading with several car-lengths between her race car and the No. 5 of Reagan Fruge. Fruge tried to close on her, getting within a few feet of taking away her position. However, Lange would not be denied and led to the line.

Feature - 10 Laps

Lange started the Feature beside Peyton Opperman’s No. 23, jumping to the lead, while Fruge put himself on a mission to get to the front after starting in the rear of the field. Lange was able to extend her lead over Opperman, and Fruge navigated around Steinke, who had spun out. She deftly wove around lapped traffic, and Opperman went for a spin, letting Fruge take over second place. Lange swept the Feature and dominated the weekend’s Bandit division races.

Outlaw Dash - 8 Laps

Wyatt Dent’s No. 68 flashed under the green, leading Lap 1 of the Dash with the No. 08 of Tanner McKim hot on his heels. Lilly Tuttle tried to take away second place from him, but couldn’t make it stick, and McKim continued to hold down second, until the two race cars clashed and spun. Dent’s green race car led by a healthy margin to the checkered flag.

Feature - 10 Laps

Behind McKim and the No. 38 of Javon Barnard, Dent went for a spin on the backstretch on the first lap of the Feature, collecting the No. 89 of Justin Barnard and the No. 21 of Madilyn Lange. Justin Barnard suffered damage and could not restart. Javon Barnard started next to McKim, the latter of which spun out but pulled it together and continued. Dent chased the leaders to get his lap back, while Javon Barnard showed the way at the front and crossed the line first.

Bandit Dash: No. 12, Aspyn Lange

Bandit Feature: No. 12, Aspyn Lange

Outlaw Dash: No. 68, Wyatt Dent

Outlaw Feature: No. 38, Javon Barnard

Witthar Racing Trains

Feature – 5 Laps (8 scheduled)

The No. 151 Crazy Train lead early, while the No. 3 Anger Management and No. 80HD SNAFU battled for second. The No. 86 Last Call tried to keep them all within reach, although Crazy Train took off around the Figure 8 course. However, on Lap 5, Crazy Train struck the No. 01 Dukes of Hazzard train in The X. Crazy Train spun and the rear car ended up on its side, prompting a lengthy cleanup and ultimately making the race official, with Anger Management out front.

Feature: No. 3, Anger Management


Legends FAST - 50 Laps

  1. 78X Darrell J Stewart - Westminster

  2. 6 Scotty Scott - Arvada

  3. 19B Brenden Ruzbarsky - Tracy, CA

  4. 66 Kyle Clegg - Westminster

  5. 4R Tanner Reif - Henderson, NV

  6. 74 Trayc Walker-Scott (R) - Parker

  7. 88F Cade Fox (R) - Wellington

  8. 45 Cole Tuttle - Denver

  9. 57 Jarret Scarberry (R) - Denver

  10. 78G Gracie Crocker - Brighton

  11. 31 Lonnie Hitchsteth - Chandler, AZ

  12. 28P Adam Powers - Silverthorne

  13. 38 Garrett Wilson - Platteville

  14. 48 Preston Nakayama - Loveland

  15. 98H Samuel Haugen (R) - Centennial

  16. 01 Gary Land - Littleton

  17. 78C Colton Crocker - Brighton

  18. 68 Wyatt Dent (R) - Brighton

  19. 4 Dillon Foster - Westminster

  20. 9X Tyler Reif - Henderson, NV

  21. 03 Darrell L Stewart - Arvada

  22. 15 Danny Medina - CO Springs

  23. 04 Natalie Foster - Westminster

  24. 22 Chris Eggleston - Erie

Legend - 25 Laps

  1. 1 Ryan Land - Littleton

  2. 75X Makenna Crocker - Brighton

  3. 95 Jessilyn Dike - Westminster

  4. 62 Erik Bain (R)

  5. 19 Dominic Moss (R) - Arvada

  6. 35 Andrew Lee (R) - Fountain

  7. 14 Jake Nuttall - Parker

  8. 9 Terry McBride - Edgewater

  9. 28A Elijah Anadon (R) - CO Springs

  10. 78 Ashlyn Himler - Erie

  11. 26 David Anadon - CO Springs

  12. 17 Jeremy Krueger - Arvada

  13. 34 Patty Sylvester (R) - Greeley

  14. 8X Jason Schmerse DNS 27 Brian Harlow - CO Springs DNS 32 Cody Milan - Fort Collins

Super Stocks - 25 Laps

  1. 49 Chris Cox - Brighton

  2. 32Y Brett Yackey - Greeley

  3. 9 Brent Cave - Brighton

  4. 97 Kyle Stidham - Brighton

  5. 15 - Jereme Wall - Commerce City

  6. 11W Scott Long Lymon, NE

  7. 23 Jordan Abeyta - Denver

  8. M60 Morris Christner - Elizabeth

  9. 82 Ian Clark - Wheat Ridge

  10. 7 David Robinson - Johnstown

  11. 88 Jacob Poole - Evans

  12. 21 Chris Nelson - Arvada

  13. 13 Brandon Claiborn - Lafayette

  14. 90 Alex Rodriguez - Phoenix, AZ

  15. 62 Amber Giles - Fort Collins

Bandolero Outlaws - 10 Laps

  1. 38 Javon Barnard - Northglenn

  2. 21 Madilyn Lange - Wheatland, WY

  3. 61 Lilly Tuttle - Denver

  4. 68 Wyatt Dent - Brighton

  5. 60 Liam Hammond

  6. 08 Tanner McKim - Berthoud

  7. 89 Justin Barnard - Northglenn

Bandolero Bandits - 10 Laps

  1. 12 Aspyn Lange - Wheatland, WY

  2. 5 Reagan Fruge

  3. 23 Peyton Opperman - Littleton

  4. 44 Emersyn Weitzel

  5. 88A Austin Steinke - Severence

  6. 98 Kyleigh Novak - Brighton

  7. 07 Madison Stanley - Thornton

  8. 95J Jaxson Muhler - Brighton

Trains - 8 Laps

  1. 3 Anger Management - Henderson

  2. 80HD SNAFU - Hudson

  3. 01 Dukes of Hazard - Hudson

  4. 41G J&H Livestock's Funny Farm

  5. 151 Crazy Train - Commerce City

  6. 86 Last Call - Commerce City


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