(07-21-2018 Dacono CO) The large crowd at Colorado National Speedway were treated to tight racing in every division for the Elite V Saturday Night Showdown. Westminster’s own Kyle Clegg won both the 25 and 30 lap Legend Car features while Cheyenne’s Michael Scott and Greeley’s Brett Yackey came home victorious in the Pro Trucks and Late Models. In the Figure 8s it was Justin McKeachie from Aurora grabbing his second straight win
Elite V Twin Legend Cars
The Legend Cars were the featured division on Elite V Twin Saturday Night Showdown at CNS and a double feature was on tap. The first feature was a 25 lapper and started in ominous fashion with a large crash involving 5 cars in turn 3. #05 Nick Cooper and #13 Jason Hulvey appeared to suffer the most damage yet thankfully none of the drivers were injured.
After the cleanup Kyle Clegg snagged the lead on lap three and set sail. Clegg later gave up the lead to #06 Mike Gallegos and #15 Danny Medina when the 66 got stuck in traffic. Clegg would eventually work his way back to the front after a fantastic battle with Gallegos and Medina and take the win in the first feature.
Gallagos, Medina, and Clegg work traffic in feature #1 (Starr photo)
The second Legend Car feature would be a 30 lap event and the top ten finishers from the first feature would be inverted at the start which placed Clegg in way back tenth position.
Impressive rookie driver Ryan Rudolph in the #96 car would lead the first portion of the race but started to get loose coming out of turn four giving up the lead to #3 Wayne Barlock Jr.
Eventually Danny Medina who was missing the entire front cowling on the 15 car would pass Barlock for the lead. With less than half of the race remaining Clegg began to battle Medina for the lead and the two drivers put on a great show for the fans. In the final laps it was much like the first feature with Clegg, Medina and Gallagos going toe-to-toe for the victory. Medina was literally giving it everything he had to catch the Clegg often times drifting out of turn four and brushing the wall just to keep the car from spinning Yet try as they might neither Medina nor Gallegos could get around Clegg as he went on to win the second feature. Medina and Gallegos were 2nd and 3rd with Barlock and #21 Ryan Jones being the final cars in the top 5.
Kyle Clegg and Danny Medina prepare for a double-file restart (Starr photo)
Kyle Clegg in winner’s circle at CNS (Starr photo)
The Legend Cars return to action Saturday August 4th.
FEATURE 30 LAPS: #66 Kyle Clegg FEATURE 25 LAPS: #66 Kyle Clegg FAST DASH: #66 Kyle Clegg DASH: #6 Scott Scott QUICK TIME: #15 Danny Medina 19.011
Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks
It’s shaping up to be a historic season for Cheyenne Wyoming’s Michael Scott. Scott is the current point leader in both the Pro Trucks and the Super Late Models. Michael doesn’t seem to be playing it safe in any way as he powered his way to the front of the feature and won his 4th Pro Truck main event of the season.
Pro Trucks prepare to take the green flag (Starr photo)
Jeff Walbaum in the #8 truck finished second after leading the early portion of the race while #9 Curtis Heldenbrand grabbed an impressive 3rd place. #43 Kody Vanderwal was the fastest truck on the track at the finish but had to settle for 4th place just ahead of Brian Yackey in the #22 truck.
With the feature win Scott completed the clean sweep of the event also winning the fast dash and setting quick time with a 17.424.
Michael Scott celebrates in winner’s circle (Starr photo)
The Pro Trucks return to action August 4th.
FEATURE: #82 Michael Scott DASH: #82 Michael Scott QUICK TIME: #82 Michael Scott 17.424
Galitz Transportation Late Models
Greeley’s Brett Yackey and Westminster’s Nathan Gasser paced the field at the start of the Galitz Transportation Late Models. After a brief battle Yackey assumed the lead of the race and remained in control for the first half of the race. Yet at the mid-way mark in the race a double file restart was in order and both Gasser and Gering Nebraska’s Chad Cowen attacked Yackey as the drivers went 3-wide into turn three. Cowen was down low, Gasser up high and Yackey was caught in the middle.
Cowen, Yackey, and Gasser go three-wide for the lead (Starr photo)
When the cars exited turn four Gasser had retaken the lead and the CNS crowd was at the edge of their seat. Yackey showed determination as he began to reel the leader in and eventually pulled up on the inside of Gasser. Side by side the 7y and 53g cars battled for the win and at one point both drivers drifting in unison out of turn four.
Brett Yackey takes the win (Starr photo)
Brett was just too fast down low and eventually wore down Gasser and took the lead and the win. It was Yackey’s 4th of the 2018 season. Cowen slipped by Gasser to steal 2nd. Impressive rookie driver Dave Hondel in the #07 was 4th and was clearly one of the fastest cars on the track in the closing laps. Derek Smith in the #31 was the final car in the top 5.
FEATURE: 7y Brett Yackey FAST DASH: 7y Brett Yackey DASH: #16 Steve Mills QUICK TIME: #76 Chad Cowen 17.706
Chick-Fil-A Figure 8s
Mike Wolfe Jr. in the gorgeous #3 Chick-Fil-A Figure 8 car lead almost the entire first half of the feature event holding off #2 Jeremy Jackson. But after Jackson had to pit it placed #50 Justin McKeachie in 2nd spot and with 13 laps remaining McKeachie took over the top spot. Both Jereme and Jared Wall were non-factors in the race each with mechanical issues (although Jared would salvage a 3rd place finish).
Michael Wolfe Jr. leads the field into the “X”. (Starr photo)
In the final laps of the race Harry Livermore Jr. came into the picture and began to push McKeachie for the lead. McKeachie hung on for the win literally spinning sideways across the line in dramatic fashion. Jared Wall made a late surge to secure a 3rd place finish with Wolfe Jr. in 4th. #4 Sean Smith rounded out the top 5.
Justin McKeachie celebrates in winner’s circle at CNS (Starr photo)
The Figure 8s will return to CNS Saturday August 4th
FEATURE: #50 Justin McKeachie FAST DASH: #50 Justin McKeachie DASH: #35 Chris Voorhis
Race Rental Modifieds FEATURE: #4 Trent Dedic QUICK TIME: #4 Trent Dedic 21.442
30 Lap Legend Car Feature Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 66 Kyle Clegg Westminster 2. 15 Danny Medina Colorado Springs 3. 06 Mike Gallegos Aurora 4. 3 Wayne Barlock 5. 21 Ryan Jones Arvada 6. 32 Blair Cooper Pueblo 7. 05 Nick Cooper Loveland 8. 96 Ryan Rudolph (R) Denver 9. 16 Travis Roe Thornton 10. 03 Darrell L Stewart Arvada 11. 25A Michael Anderson 12. 19 Larry Pachello Arvada 13. 88 Paul Himler Erie 14. 20 Kynzer Riddell Westminster 15. 28 Adam Powers(R) Silverthorne 16. 9 Terry McBride Edgewater 17. 44 Alfred Matthews Arvada 18. 11 Jessica Savage* Aurora 19. 78 Ashlyn Himler(R) Erie 20. 72 Cynthia Robb (R) Wheatridge 21. 95 Jessilyn Dike(R) Westminster 22. 6 Scotty Scott Arvada 23. 00 Christopher Saykally(R) Denver DNS 86 Travis Rudolph Denver DNS 13 Jason Hulvey Thornton DNS 62 Roy Dunlap Cheyenne DNS 30 Darrell J Stewart Arvada
25 Lap Legend Car feature Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 66 Kyle Clegg Westminster 2. 15 Danny Medina Colorado Springs 3. 06 Mike Gallegos Aurora 4. 3 Wayne Barlock 5. 32 Blair Cooper Pueblo 6. 21 Ryan Jones Arvada 7. 6 Scotty Scott Arvada 8. 96 Ryan Rudolph (R) Denver 9. 03 Darrell L Stewart Arvada 10. 46 Zachary Witherwax Arvada 11. 44 Alfred Matthews Arvada 12. 16 Travis Roe Thornton 13. 19 Larry Pachello Arvada 14. 25A Michael Anderson 15. 20 Kynzer Riddell Westminster 16. 88 Paul Himler Erie 17. 00 Christopher Saykally(R) Denver 18. 28 Adam Powers(R) Silverthorne 19. 11 Jessica Savage* Aurora 20. 72 Cynthia Robb (R) Wheatridge 21. 9 Terry McBride Edgewater 22. 78 Ashlyn Himler(R) Erie 23. 86 Travis Rudolph Denver 24. 05 Nick Cooper Loveland 25. 13 Jason Hulvey Thornton 26. 62 Roy Dunlap Cheyenne 27. 95 Jessilyn Dike(R) Westminster DNS 30 Darrell J Stewart Arvada
Pro Trucks Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 82 Michael Scott Cheyenne 2. 8 Jeff Walbaum Brighton 3. 9 Curtis Heldenbrand Arvada 4. 43 Kody Vanderwal La Salle 5. 22 Brian Yackey (R) Greeley 6. 36 Matt Burton Englewood 7. 77 Reggie Brown Jr (R) Arvada 8. 5W Troy Witthar Eastlake 9. 11 Steve Johnson Windsor 10. 71 Timothy DuVall Denver 11. 34 Rudy Vanderwal La Salle
Late Models Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 7Y Brett Yackey Greeley 2. 76 Chad Cowan Gering 3. 53G Nathan Gasser Westminster 4. 07 Dave Hondel (R) Cheyenne 5. 31 Derek Smith Mead 6. 3 Wade Grove Thronton 7. 98P Natalie Phelps (R) Cheyenne 8. 16 Steve Mills Colorado Springs 9. 27 Wendi Lewis Johnstown 10. 94 Kyle Morse Peyton 11. 50 Justin McKeachie (R) 12. 29 Rayshawn Carter Denver 13. 6K Jonathan Knee 14. 91 George Burke Colo Springs 15. 85 Don Cole (R) Dacono 16. 28 Dave Brown
Figure 8s Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 50 Justin McKeachie Aurora 2. 17 Harry Livermore Jr. Denver 3. 52 Jared Wall Commerce City 4. 3 Mike Wolfe Jr Westminster 5. 4 Sean Smith Greeley 6. 8 Brian McCartney (R) Colorado Springs 7. 7 Daniel Wood (R) Greeley 8. 35 Chris Voorhis Thornton 9. 11 Joe Gastineau Centennial 10. 2 Jeremy Jackson Lakewood 11. 15 Jereme Wall Commerce City DNS 12 Harvey Webb Jr Thornton DNS 18 Amanda Stepanich (R) Arvada DQ 25 Phil Taylor Henderson
Race Rental Modifieds Pos No Name Hometown 1. 4 Trent Dedic 2. 92 Shawn Bagby 3. 10 Power Donally 4. 5 Kevin Beiland 5. 12 Jocob Beiland 6. 1 Gerald Beiland 7. 11 Paul Donally