(07-02-2017 Dacono, CO) The 2nd night of the Independence Day double-header at Colorado National Speedway featured a warm summer night of racing and fireworks for the fans on a Sunday evening. Chris Eggleston won the first of two Super Late Model feature events and Jace Hansen got the monkey off his back by winning the second Super Late Model feature. In the Super Stocks Jonathan Lindberg won his first ever Super Stock feature at CNS and Kyle Clegg dominated the Legend car feature.
Gillett Vet Clinic Super Late Models
For the Famous Dave’s BBQ Special two Gillett Vet Super Late Model feature events were on the schedule. The first 40 lap main event was won by #22 Chris Eggleston who made an incredible early race move to the front from his 7th place starting spot. At the green flag the cars in the first two rows bunched up heading into turn 1. Somehow Eggleston threaded the needle and found himself in 3rd place. Shortly after Eggleston worked his way around #11 Darren Robertson and #08 Jace Hansen to lead the race.
#22 Chris Eggleston makes a move to the front in Feature No. 1 (Starr photo)
A few caution flags created double-file restarts in which Eggleston and Hansen used to take turns leading the race.
Disaster struck for Mark Neff in the #42 car who was bottled up when #58 Kyle Ray got sideways in turn one. Neff had no place to go and bounced up and then head-on into the turn 1 wall. While Neff was uninjured his car was destroyed and his night was done.
On the final restart with 5 laps to go Eggleston made no mistake and got a huge jump on Hansen to cruise to his 2nd feature win of 2017. Hansen and Robertson were 2nd and 3rd while #82 Michael Scott took 4th. Kyle Ray in the #58 car was the final car in the top 5.
Chris Eggleston celebrates in victory lane (Starr photo)
In the 2nd feature the Super Late Models would need 50 laps to determine the outcome and the drivers had some time in-between races to tweak their cars in preparation for the final race. The lineup of the race put the top two cars in the point standings on the front row. #08 Jace Hansen and #11 Darren Robertson paced the field to the drop of the green flag. Robertson flexed his muscle early leading the first several laps but Hansen used the low groove to take away the lead.
#11 Darren Robertson and #08 Jace Hansen drag race to the green flag (Starr photo)
Chris Eggleston pulled up along side Robertson and the two cars battled for 2nd place side by side for almost the entire race. Eventually Eggleston would get by Robertson but now he was well behind Hansen.
Hansen’s lead evaporated when 2w AJ Warren and #9 Justin Simonson brought out a caution for a crash in turn 4. Eggleston had been slowly catching Hansen so the yellow flag was not what Hansen needed. However on the restart it appeared that maybe Hansen was holding something back as he bolted back out in front of the 22 car by 3 car lengths regaining control of the race.
#08 Jace Hansen battles #22 Chris Eggleston for the lead (Starr photo)
With 2 laps to go Eggleston made a last gasp effort to catch Hansen but it was not to be as Jace captured the checkered flag. Hansen has finished in 2nd place four times in 2017 so he breathed a huge sigh of relief in victory circle as the crowd cheered him on. Eggleston was 2nd with Robertson in 3rd place. #12 Bruce Yackey was 4th and another strong finish for #82 Michael Scott who took home the 5th spot.
Jace Hansen in victory lane (Starr photo)
The Super Late Models return to action on Saturday July 15th.
50 LAP FEATURE: #08 Jace Hansen 40 LAP FEATURE: #22 Chris Eggleston FAST DASH: #42 Mark Neff DASH: #91 Chris Atkinson QUICK TIME: #08 Jace Hansen 16.515
Great Scott’s Eatery Super Stocks
The Super Stock feature event was marred by several yellow flags and one long cleanup after a serious crash in turn 1. Car #21 Christopher Nelson went up against the wall and was submarined by the #02 of Darrel Smith. With Smith’s car literally under the back of Nelson’s car a long red flag delay was in order. The scary crash caused a lot of damage to the two cars but neither of the drivers were injured in the incident.
The aftermath of the Nelson and Smith Super Stock crash (Starr photo)
Prior to the crash it was a battle for the lead between #43 Kody Vanderwal and 5b of Bubba Willox who was filling in for Glenn Poston who is ill. Willox pushed a bit too hard and knocked Kody out of the race. Willox was sent to the rear for taking out the leader.
The race was then in the hands of #49 Chris Cox who has won every single Super Stock main event so far in 2017. Cox went on to take the checkered but faced a 2 position penalty after the race. Therefore taking his first ever feature win in the Super Division was Jonathan Lindberg in the #60 car. The remaining top 5 finished as follows: #51 Jax Hughes out of Lakewood, #49 Chris Cox from Lochbuie, 99s Sam Messerli from Thornton and #3 Michael Cox from Englewood.
Eventual winner #60 Jonathan Lindberg on the inside of #49 Chris Cox (Starr photo)
FEATURE: #60 Jonathan Lindberg FAST DASH: #49 Chris Cox DASH: 82e James Larsen QUICK TIME: #49 Chris Cox 20.058
Legend Cars 27 Legend Cars took the green flag for the second race in two nights at Colorado National Speedway and this time around #6 Scotty Scott and #25 Adam Pechman occupied the front row. Extra pressure was on the drivers to perform as this race was a national qualifier for the legend car division.
The Legend cars battle for position (Starr photo)
Scott led lap one but was overcome by the #22 of Chris Eggleston by lap two. #15 Danny Medina was hounding Chris for the lead but it was #66 Kyle Clegg who appeared to be the fastest car on the track after setting quick time and winning the fast dash.
After starting in 8th position Clegg slipped by Medina and then dove to the inside of Eggleston to take the lead he would never relinquish. With just 11 laps to go there was trouble in turn 4 as Clegg spun after a close call with a lapped car. While Clegg was able to continue on without stopping Eggleston also spun to avoid the incident and was clobbered by Scott who had nowhere to go. None of the drivers suffered injury but their chances at finishing the race were over.
After the cleanup Clegg blazed a trail to the checkered flag winning his 2nd feature at CNS of the 2017 season. Medina crossed the line 2nd and #21 Ryan Jones was third. In 4th spot was Pechman and #98 Brent Scheidemantle was 5th.
Kyle Clegg rides off into the sunset victorious (Starr photo)
FEATURE: #66 Kyle Clegg FAST DASH: #66 Kyle Clegg DASH: 1w Jereme Wall QUICK TIME: #66 Kyle Clegg 18.611
Lite Division: #37 Nathan Brasz Heavy Division: #01 Sean Orth
Super Late Models
SLM 40 Lap Feature Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 22 Chris Eggleston Thornton 2. 08 Jace Hansen Broomfield 3. 11 Darren Robertson Westminster 4. 82 Michael Scott (R) Cheyenne 5. 58 Kyle Ray Littleton 6. 32 Brett Yackey Greeley 7. 84 Matt Zwingleberg Parker 8. 12 Bruce Yackey Greeley 9. 34K Kody Vanderwal (R) LaSalle 10. 9 Justin Simonson Wheatridge 11. 2W AJ Warren (R) Mead 12. 22X Mark Jones Denver 13. 14A Alejandro Ortiz (R) Denver 14. 42 Mark Neff Westminster 15. 91 Chris Atkinson Cheyenne DNS 74 Dan Savage Aurora
SLM 50 Lap Feature Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 08 Jace Hansen Broomfield 2. 22 Chris Eggleston Thornton 3. 11 Darren Robertson Westminster 4. 12 Bruce Yackey Greeley 5. 82 Michael Scott (R) Cheyenne 6. 32 Brett Yackey Greeley 7. 91 Chris Atkinson Cheyenne 8. 14A Alejandro Ortiz (R) Denver 9. 22X Mark Jones Denver 10. 58 Kyle Ray Littleton 11. 34K Kody Vanderwal (R) LaSalle 12. 84 Matt Zwingleberg Parker 13. 9 Justin Simonson Wheatridge 14. 2W AJ Warren (R) Mead DNS 42 Mark Neff Westminster DNS 74 Dan Savage Aurora
Super Stocks UPDATED 07-06-2017 Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 60 Jonathan Lindberg 2. 51 Jax Hughes Lakewood 3. 49 Chris Cox Lochbuie 4. 99S Sam Messerli Thornton 5. 3 Michael Cox Englewood 6. 32 Cody Milan (R) Ft. Collins 7. 82E James Larsen Pueblo 8. 5B Bubba Willox Wellington 9. 31 Michael Mathiesen Dacono 10. 21R Robert Hoard (R) Cheyenne 11. 56 Eric Pierce Ft Lupton 12. 45 Rebecca Simpson Colo Springs 13. 55 Damian Lockhart Arvada 14. 24x Aaron Masters 15. 53 David Noah (R) Lakewood 16. 06 Jeffrey Dempewolf Hudson 17. 21 Christopher Nelson Arvada 18. 02 Darrell Smith Littleton 19. 19 Shelby Cortese Thornton 20. 43 Kody Vanderwal LaSalle 21. 1 Makayla Grote Greeley
Legend Cars Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 66 Kyle Clegg Westminster 2. 15 Danny Medina Colorado Springs 3. 21 Ryan Jones Arvada 4. 25 Adam Pechman Morrison 5. 98 Brent Scheidemantle Broomfield 6. 05 Nick Cooper Loveland 7. 48 Cody Dempster Parker 8. 51 AJ Canda Castle Rock 9. 46 Zach Witherwax Arvada 10. 16 Travis Roe Thronton 11. 1w Jereme Wall Commerce City 12. 32 Blair Cooper Pueblo 13. 3 Wayne Barlock Jr Evans 14. 13 Jason Hulvey (R) Thornton 15. 19 Larry Pachello Arvada 16. 26 Chris Brunker Lakewood 17. 23 Austyn Radosta Pueblo 18. 97 Bill Blevins* Arvada 19. 88 Paul Himler Erie 20. 17 BreAnn Adkison Cheyenne 21. 9 Terry McBride Edgewater 22. 08K Krystal Faulkingham (R) Westminster 23. 57 Adam Osborne Fountain 24. 22 Chris Eggleston Thornton 25. 6 Scotty Scott Arvada 26. 2 Floyd Whiting (R) Lochbuie 27. 23o Gary Radosta Pueblo