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Dacono, CO - 05/01/2023

The 2023 racing season is off to a great start here at Colorado National Speedway, and our drivers certainly didn’t hold back for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Season Opener on Saturday, April 29th. Fans were given a glimpse of what’s ahead in 2023 with a night of thrilling races across all divisions. 2023 is going to be a great season – CNS is easily the most fun and affordable place to spend Saturday nights, and our season opener proves that there’s plenty more excitement to come. CNS is also pleased to welcome two brand new divisional sponsors for 2023 into our sponsor family, including Bella Flooring America for the Super Late Models as well as Take 5 Oil Change for the Figure 8s.



The No. 23G of Jim Gress, the No. 07 of Daniel Mares and the No. 12 of Bruce Yackey fought for all 10 laps of the SLM Fast Dash. After slight contact in Turn 3, the No. 12 of Yackey pulled away from the No. 07 of Mares for his first Dash win of the season.


The No. 08 of Jace Hansen got out front in a hurry for the SLM Fast Dash, while a good battle for P2 shaped up between the No. 82 of Michael Scott, the No. 32 of Brett Yackey and the No. 89 of Zach Morris. They got things sorted out in Turn 2 after a lengthy battle, with the No. 32 of Yackey surging ahead. However, he couldn’t track down Hansen’s No. 08 machine on his way to the win.


The No. 3c of Cassidy Hinds took the green flag up front with the No. 82 of Michael Scott next to her. However, the No. 82 of Scott and the No. 3c of Hinds made contact shortly after the race began, sending Hinds’ No. 3c spinning in Turn 2, collecting the No. 27H of Mike Hathaway & No. 7 Adam Deines. When the race went green again, the No. 43 of Kody Vanderwal took control, while the No. 3c of Hinds challenged him for the top spot and the No. 08 of Hansen lurked behind them along with the No. 12 of Yackey. In lockstep, the No. 3c of Hinds and the No. 43 of Vanderwal fought for the lead while Hansen’s No. 08 waited for a chance to claim it.

With 30 laps left, Vanderwal’s No. 43 eked out front, while the No. 3c of Hinds fell into the clutches of Hansen’s No. 08 and Yackey’s No. 12 for a battle over P2. The No. 12 of Yackey contacted the No. 3c of Hinds, sending her spinning and suffering a flat tire himself as he spun on the front stretch. The caution flag waved, and the No. 43 of Vanderwal once again jumped into the lead, while the No. 3c of Hinds made a run at the third-place car of Brett Yackey’s No. 32. Meanwhile, Hansen’s No. 08 started to chip away at Vanderwal’s lead, and they raced side-by-side until Hansen finally completed the pass with 16 laps left. However, behind him, Brett Yackey’s No. 32 went for a spin as the No. 82 of Michael Scott piled into him, prompting a caution. Vanderwal’s No. 43 attempted to check out with the lead on the restart, but a multicar incident in Turn 3, including the No. 12 of Bruce Yackey, the No. 32 of Brett Yackey, the No. 07 of Daniel Mares and the No. 16 of Steve Mills.

When the race restarted, Hansen’s No. 08 beat Vanderwal’s No. 43, while Hinds gathered up the No. 3c and sent it after them. However, Hansen’s No. 08 could not be bested, and he was crowned the SLM feature winner.

Quick Time: No. 43 Kody Vanderwal 15.959

Fast Dash: No. 08 Jace Hansen

Dash: No. 12 Bruce Yackey

Feature: No. 08 Jace Hansen



The No. 52 machine of Jared Wall beat the No. 88 of Paul Himler at the drop of the green flag, and he checked out, despite an incident that slowed the field for a caution. Wall’s No. 52 scored the first GAM Dash win of 2023.


The No. 8H of Larry Hunter fell victim to the No. 69 of Forest Smith in a hurry, while the field stacked up two-by-two behind them. However, the No. 48P of Preston Peltier emerged as a contender for the lead, but the No. 69 of Smith didn’t let him get away without putting up a fight. Peltier would go on to win the GAM Fast Dash while the No. 18 of Ed Vecchiarelli completed the pass for P2 on the final lap behind him.


The GAM field took off like rockets when the green fell, with the No. 6 of Scotty Scott nosing ahead as the field settled down. Five laps in, the No. 13S of Jordan Smith suffered a mechanical failure that forced his early retirement from the event. Scott’s No. 6 continued to show the way until the No. 8H of Larry Hunter slammed the wall, causing a lengthy red flag as track crews attended to spilled fluids on the racetrack in Turn 4.

On the restart, Scott’s No. 6 came under fire of Peltier’s No. 48P to the outside. Peltier threw the No. 48P in front of Scott’s No. 6, though a caution slowed the field for a spin just a few laps later. Meanwhile, the No. 51 of Kyle Clegg came into the picture, taking advantage of another caution due to Smith’s No. 69 stopping on the high side of Turn 2. The race restarted and Clegg’s No. 51 charged hard after Peltier’s No. 48, but his battle for the lead was short-lived as he also suffered a mechanical failure and exited the racing surface. Peltier would go on to put the No. 48P in Victory Lane for the GAM feature.

Preston Peltier CNS Winner Grand American Modifieds

Quick Time: No. 48P Preston Peltier - 16.762

Fast Dash: No. 48P Preston Peltier

Dash: No. 52 Jared Wall

Feature: No. 48P Preston Peltier



The No. 5c of Kyle Carrasco and the No. 21 of Chris Nelson just about wore each other’s doors out as soon as they were turned loose under green. Neither driver let up, though Nelson’s No. 21 was able to edge past Carrasco’s No. 5c after a few laps of heavy contact. Carrasco’s No. 5c made a final attempt at the No. 21 of Nelson, but couldn’t seal the deal, and Nelson walked away with the SS Dash trophy.


Jordan Abeyta threw his No. 23 machine ahead of the No. 9 of Brent Cave, picking up right where he left off last year as he led a clean race all the way to claim the checkered flag.


Right away, the No. 11W of Scott Long took control of the race, followed by the No. 99Jr of Ryan Raley Jr. The pack strung out two-wide behind them as they got away from the field, and three laps in, the No. 99Jr of Raley got to the point, passing the No. 11W of Long. Meanwhile, the No. 32 of Cody Milan and the No. 9 of Cave searched for an opening, ready to strike at the first opportunity. The No. 9 of Cave came to life, hauling the No. 32 of Milan and the No. 23 of Abeyta along with him past the No. 99Jr of Raley, who plummeted to fourth place. The No. 9 of Cave checked out as cars covered almost every section of the racetrack, single file.

However, Abeyta’s No. 23 suddenly became a lot larger in Cave’s rearview mirror. Lap by lap, Abetya’s No. 23 reeled in Cave’s No. 9 machine as the two drivers gave it everything they had. They touched several times but kept their race cars under them, beating doors off Turn 4 as they streaked toward the finish line – and Abeyta’s No. 23 barely cleared Cave’s No. 9 at the line, earning the hard-fought SS Feature victory.

Quick Time: No. 9 Brent Cave - 19.389

Fast Dash: No. 23 Jordan Abeyta

Dash: No. 21 Chris Nelson

Feature: No. 23 Jordan Abeyta



The F8 machines always deliver a thrilling race, even if it’s a short Dash, which was certainly the case on Saturday night. While the No. 17 of Harry Livermore Jr. got the lead early, he couldn’t get away from the No. 08 of Travis Sanders up front. Three-wide, they dashed around the turns, while the No. 15 of Jereme Wall threaded through the field to claim the top spot after throwing his race car through some dicey situations in The X. He wound up with the trophy for the F8 Dash.


The F8 field immediately began bouncing off one another as soon as they dove into Turn 4, with the No. 74 of Sam Faus out front. The No. 67 of Kaleigh Swenson suffered a mechanical issue and retired to the pits early in the race. The incident did not deter the No. 15 of Jereme Wall, who sliced through the pack to take over the lead, though he was challenged by the No. 08 of Sanders. Halfway through the race, true to form, the field got strung out, creating hazards in The X and forcing the leaders and lappers alike to navigate through the track’s crossroads. Wall’s No. 15 began to catch lapped traffic with seven laps left on the board, allowing the No. 57 of Nick Martinez to begin closing the gap. Wall’s No. 15 held the lead, though, capturing the F8 feature win – even as the No. 64 of Michael Kephart spun across the finish line behind him.

Jereme Wall wins Figure 8 race 4/29/23 CNS

Dash: No. 15 Jereme Wall

Feature: No. 15 Jereme Wall


Super Late Model - 40 Laps

  1. 08 Jace Hansen - Evans

  2. 43 Kody Vanderwal - LaSalle

  3. 3C Cassidy Hinds - Arvada

  4. 32 Brett Yackey - Greeley

  5. 07 Daniel Mares - Aurora

  6. 12 Bruce Yackey - Greeley

  7. 58 Kyle Ray - Littleton

  8. 23G Jim Gress - Amarillo, TX

  9. 27H Mike Hathaway - Falcon

  10. 27 Roger Avants - Littleton

  11. 3 John Negri III - Byers

  12. 82 Michael Scott - Hillsdale, WY

  13. 89 Zach Morris - Greenwood Village

  14. 16 Steve Mills - Colorado Springs

  15. 7 Adam Deines - Longmont

Grand American Modified - 35 Laps

  1. 48P Preston Peltier - Johnstown

  2. 6 Scotty Scott - Arvada

  3. 49 Chris Cox (R) - Brighton

  4. 9 CJ Wilson - Penrose

  5. 89 Jacob Smith. - Littleton

  6. 41 Eric Vos - Wheat Ridge

  7. 52 Jared Wall - Commerce City

  8. 3 Jeremiah Hill (R) - Walsenburg

  9. 88 Paul Himler (R) - Erie

  10. 77 Bryan McKeever (R) - Penrose

  11. 55 Damian Lockhart (R) - Hudson

  12. 1G Dale Geist - Colorado Springs

  13. 51 Kyle Clegg - Westminster

  14. 69 Forest Smith - Bellvue

  15. 7 David Robinson - Johnstown

  16. 18 Eddie Vecchiarelli - Brighton

  17. 8H Larry Hunter - Englewood

  18. 13S Jordan Smith - Littleton DNS - 5 Scott Miller (R) - Hudson DNS - 09 Tylar Rick (R) - Princeton, MN

Super Stock - 25 Laps

  1. 23 Jordan Abeyta - Denver

  2. 9 Brent Cave - Brighton

  3. 32 Cody Milan - Fort Collins

  4. 86 Tim Coate - Highlands Ranch

  5. 97 Kyle Stidham - Brighton

  6. 99JR - Ryan Raley Jr - Bennett

  7. 11W - Scott Long - Lymon, NE

  8. 82 Ian Clark (R) - Wheatridge

  9. 90 Alex Rodriguez - Phoenix, AZ

  10. 5C Kyle Carrasco - Hudson

  11. 41G Christopher Galvin -

  12. M60 Morris Christner - Elizabeth

  13. 21 Chris Nelson - Arvada

  14. 4 Chris Jordan - Mead

  15. 15R Trenton Rahmig - Gering, NE

  16. 3.2 Robert Davey - Roggen

  17. 32M Randy Milan - Fort Collins

  18. 67 Stephanie Brown - Brighton

  19. 96 Vanessa Raley - Bennett

  20. 11 Tim Bland - Pine Bluffs, WY

  21. 1 Doug Fornstrom - Pine Bluffs, WY

Figure 8 - 20 Laps

  1. 15 Jereme Wall - Commerce City

  2. 57 Nick Martinez - Aurora

  3. 08 Travis Sanders - Aurora

  4. 17 Harry Livermore Jr - Englewood

  5. 71 Isaac Martinez - Denver

  6. 8 Cassidy Creekmore - Colorado Springs

  7. 64 Michael Kephart - Commerce City

  8. 74 Sam Faus - Lakewood

  9. 67 Kaleigh Swenson - Strasburg DNS - 3 Michael Wolfe Jr - Thornton


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