Pair-A-Dice Interior Finishes Late Models For the last couple seasons it’s been a rare sight to see anyone in winner’s circle in the Late Model division besides Lee Kemmit or Jeff Walbaum. However, their dominance has prompted other teams to step up their game as well as creating a challenge for teams from other regions to come in and race against the best of the best. Two of these teams are from Gering Nebraska, #17 Paul Deines and #76 Chad Cowan who have really made the Late Model division an interesting group to watch this season. In fact Paul Deines is leading the season standings and Chad Cowan won the last feature event and returned on Chick-fil-A night to see if he could repeat.
The drama started off quick as Cowan and Kemmit lineup side by side at the front of the pack for the feature event. For the first portion of the race these two drivers put on a great show for the fans running door-handle to door-handle. Cowan was fast running on the low side and Kemmit was keeping pace on the high side. After 10 laps #8 Jeff Walbaum joined the battle for the lead.
As the race approached the halfway point Cowan had put 2 car lengths on Kemmit who had his hands full with Walbaum on his tail. Walbaum was able to get by Kemmit and began to track down Cowan for the lead.
With 5 laps to go it was clear that Walbaum was indeed catching Cowan for the lead, the only question was if he would have enough time to make a move for the win. On the very final lap of the race Cowan became momentarily stuck behind a slower car in turn 2 and Walbaum had a window of opportunity but the determined Cowan hung on to grab his second straight main event victory. Walbaum crossed the line 2nd, Paul Deines took 3rd, Kemmit hung on for 4th, and #99 Nick Brinlee took home the final spot in the top 5.
With just one race to go on September 18th Paul Deines is clinging to a mere 8 point lead over Lee Kemmit.
FEATURE WINNER: #76 Chad Cowan FAST DASH: #17 Paul Deines DASH: #19 Scott Miller QUICK TIME: #8 Jeff Walbaum 17.865
Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks The Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks have one of the most competitive point battles of all the divisions at CNS. Mark Neff and Rudy Vanderwal are neck and neck with just one race to go.
Former Late Model driver Tommy Roe debuted his new #6 Pro Truck and was battling #27 Roger Avants for the lead at the start of the feature event until a spin in turn 2 sent him to the back of the field.
#41 Mark Neff and #06 Adam Hilton were now the top two trucks battling for the lead when out of nowhere #34 Rudy Vanderwal made a daring pass to go around both of them and take the lead. Neff’s truck began to fade a bit yet Hilton was hot on Vanderwals tail trying to regain the top spot.
With the championship on the line Vanderwal showed great determination and held off Hilton to take the win. Mark Neff leads Vanderwal by just a single point going into next weeks final Pro Truck race of the season. The drama will be at an all-time high for the 50 lap Pro Truck feature event on Championship night.
FEATURE WINNER: #34 Rudy Vanderwal FAST DASH: #41 Mark Neff DASH: #06 Adam Hilton QUICK TIME: #34 Rudy Vanderwal 16.743
Race Central Media Legends Chris Eggleston came into Chick-Fil-A night at CNS as the current leader in the Legend car track season standings, yet disaster struck in hot-laps when he lost his motor. Luckily for Chris his good pal Darren Robertson who was all set to drive the #97 Legend car stepped aside and gave Chris his ride allowing Chris a shot at maintaining his quest for the championship.
At the start of the feature event a furious battle for the lead broke out between Eggleston, #34 Chris Cooper, #15 Danny Medina, and #66 Kyle Clegg.
Eggleston spun in turn 2 but no caution was thrown as Chris kept going yet lost several positions. Kyle Clegg forced his way past Cooper to take the lead but Cooper came right back and regained the spot.
Clegg eventually secured the lead and began to put some distance on the field. This left Cooper to battle with Medina for 2nd place. As Cooper and Medina came up on lapped traffic Cooper made contact with a slower car on the back straight and went up and over and began a series of terrifying flips. To the relief of the crowd “mini-coop” jumped right out of the car and waved to the fans. However his wild crash would end his night and also dramatically hurt his chances at a track championship.
When the race returned to green Kyle Clegg had a comfortable lead until the final few laps when Eggleston began to pressure him. Yet it was too little too late as Clegg took the win with Chris right on his bumper at the line. #03 Darrell Stewart was 3rd, #1 Jereme Wall finished an impressive 4th, and Medina settled for 5th.
Eggleston’s great run in a car that was loaned to him helped him maintain a 21 point lead on Clegg, while Cooper fell 45 points behind 1st place after his scary crash that put him out of the race.
FEATURE WINNER: #66 Kyle Clegg FAST DASH: #22 Chris Eggleston DASH: #51 AJ Canada LAST CHANCE: #61 Sydney Ross QUICK TIME: #66 Kyle Clegg 18.840
Art’s Septic Figure 8s The Figure 8 feature event started out a bit crazy as the field was inverted and action ensued as the fast cars began to move up through the slower cars. After the dust settled and the racers began to settle in #26 Nick Martinez had come from the back to take a large lead on the field. #33 Bobby Hutchings once again proved he is completely fearless as he made several hair-raising passes through the X. Nick’s car was the class of the field on this night and he cruised to an easy win. #10 Frank Gastineau finished an impressive 2nd place. #50 Justin Mackeachie was DQ’d in tech which hurt him badly in the season points and now trails Nick Martinez by 28 points.
FEATURE WINNER: #26 Nick Martinez FAST DASH: #10 Frank Gastineau DASH: #76 Brent Cave
Late Models Pos No. Name Hometown Car Info Best Tm 1. 76 Chad Cowan Gering NE 08 Monte Carlo 18.216 2. 8 Jeff Walbaum Brighton CO 08 Impala 18.231 3. 17 Paul Deines Gering NE ’08 Impala 18.232 4. 98 Lee Kemmit Thornton CO 08 Charger 18.190 5. 99 Nick Brinlee Broomfield CO 78 Cutlass 18.433 6. 84 Bruce Borchardt Lafayette CO 03 Grand Prix 18.447 7. 46 Eric Blackard Lakewood CO 03 Monte Carlo 18.457 8. 41 Dale Reeder Westminster CO 08 Charger 18.539 9. 3 Wade Grove Thornton CO ’04 Impala 18.494 10. 19 Scott Miller (R) Brighton CO 11 Camaro 18.454 11. 31 Derek Smith (R) Longmont CO ’08 Impala 18.576 12. 24 Joe Martinez (R) Centennial CO Monte Carlo 18.465 13. 75 Emilio Abeyta (R) 18.594 14. 67 Stephanie Brown Littleton CO 07 Impala 18.689 15. 29 Rayshawn Carter Commerce City CO 10 Monte Carlo 18.880 16. 97 Adam Gastineau Aurora CO 03 Monte Carlo 19.168 17. 49 Dennis Pobanz Colorado Springs CO 01 Monte Carlo 19.015 18. 28 Alan Carter Commerce City CO ’10 Monte Carlo 19.204 19. 27 Wendi Lewis Johnstown CO 02 Grand Prix 19.854 20. 30 Jan Oxley Ft. Lupton CO 03 Monte Carlo 19.976 21. 66 Pete Maas Ault CO 2004 Monte Carlo
Pro Trucks Pos No. Name Hometown Car Info Best Tm 1. 34 Rudy Vanderwal LaSalle CO 13 F150 17.165 2. 06 Adam Hilton Brighton CO 17.176 3. 41 Mark Neff Westminster CO 17.181 4. 27 Roger Avants Littleton CO 17.241 5. 36 Matt Burton Englewood CO 17.277 6. 2 AJ Warren (R) Longmont CO 17.514 7. 5 Troy Whittar Eastlake CO 04 Chevy Silverado 17.401 8. 29 Matthew Brunker Lakewood CO 17.436 9. 6 Tommy Roe Thornton CO Chevy 17.326 10. 71 Jim Stivaletta(R) Pine CO Chevy 17.810 11. 15 Mike Bernard Ft Collins CO F150 17.347 12. 07C Gary Jackson (R) 17.793 13. 10A Andy Bellomy (R) Fort Lupton CO 17.641 14. 11 Steve Johnson Windsor CO 17.272 15. 10T Taylor Bellomy (R) 17.830
Legends Pos No. Name Hometown Car Info Best Tm 1. 66 Kyle Clegg Westminster CO 18.746 2. 22 Chris Eggleston Erie CO 18.698 3. 03 Darrell Stewart Arvada CO 37 Chevy Sedan 18.994 4. 1 Jereme Wall Commerce City CO 19.027 5. 15 Danny Medina Colorado Springs CO 37 Sedan 18.815 6. 3 Wayne Barlock JR Evans CO 37 Ford 18.862 7. 07 Bill Seip Parker CO 19.244 8. 14 Chappy Adkins Kersey CO 37 Ford Sedan 19.225 9. 46 Zach Witherwax Lakewood CO 34 Ford 19.196 10. 20 Kynzer Riddell (R) Westminster CO 37 Ford 19.351 11. 19 Larry Pachello Wheatridge CO 19.305 12. 30 Darrell Stewart Jr (R) Arvada 37 Chord Coupe 19.192 13. 84 Mike Webber Erie CO 37 Chevy 19.338 14. 26 Christopher Brunker Lakewood CO 37 Chevy Coupe 19.737 15. 88 James Stevens Wheatridge CO 19.740 16. 25 Adam Pechman Morrison CO 37 Sedan 19.230 17. 17 BreAnn Adkison (R) Cheyenne WY 37 Chevy 20.590 18. 34 Chris Cooper Frederick CO 34 Coupe 18.886 19. 06 Mike Gallegos Wheatridge CO Chevy 18.812 20. 6 Scotty Scott Arvada CO 34 Ford Coupe 18.767 21. 42 Patrick Manchego (R) Pueblo West CO 20.701 22. 51 AJ Canada Centennial CO 34 Ford Coupe 19.369 23. 71 Craig Coughlin Westminster CO 37 Sedan 21.013 24. 31 Tim Mein (R) Frederick CO 34 Sedan 20.718 25. 11 Jessica Savage Aurora CO 37 Sedan 21.201 DNS 61 Sidney Ross (R)
Figure 8s Pos No. Name Hometown Car Info Best Tm 1. 26 Nick Martinez Denver CO 03 Howe Monte Carlo 2. 10 Frank Gastineau Denver CO 03 Monte Carlo 3. 52 Jared Wall Commerce City CO 77 Camaro 4. 2 Lance Proctor Arvada CO 03 Monte Carlo 5. 25 Phil Taylor 6. 76 Brent Cave 7. 33 Bobby Hutchings (R) Denver CO 78 Camaro 8. 40 Michael Mercer Thornton CO 75 Nova 9. 00 James Naranjo(R) Denver CO 75 Chevy Nora 10. 12 Harvey Webb Jr Northglenn 74 Camaro 11. 03 Luke Zike Morrison CO 03 Chevy Monte Carlo 12. 17 Harry Livermore Jr Englewood CO 77 Nova 13. 81 Dave Smith Englewood CO 78 Camaro 14. 69 Tammy Totos Commerce City CO 74 Camaro 15. 44 Buddy Hohn Jr. Denver CO 78 Camero (03 Monte body) 16. 71 Tyler Dowler Denver CO 71 Chevy Camaro DNS 23 Al Duran Lakewood CO 03 Monte Carlo DNS 07 Bo Jackson (R) LaSalle CO 78 Chevy Stock Camero DQ 50 Justin McKeachie Aurora CO 03 Monte Carlo