5-31-23 ~ Dacono, CO
Every so often, Colorado National Speedway pulls double duty for special weekends – and such was the case on Sunday, May 28th, 2023, as the track settled in for a perfect night for racing. The rain stayed away, but the action stayed hot on-track, capping off the holiday weekend with a bang – quite literally, counting our terrific fireworks show.
BELLA FLOORING AMERICA SUPER LATE MODELS
Feature – 100 Laps
Twenty SLM machines took the green for the extended-length feature event, with the No. 22 of Chris Eggleston and the No. 08 of Jace Hansen showing the way to the first of 100 laps. Eggleston led the first lap in the No. 22 machine. Meanwhile, the No. 18 of Eddie Vecchiarelli and the No. 08 of Hansen were side by side for second place, allowing the No. 48 of Preston Peltier to sneak up on them in third. It didn’t take long for Vecchiarelli to put the No. 18 on the point, while Peltier’s No. 48 followed him through and left the No. 22 of Eggleston behind to wrestle with third place. A single car caution bunched the field back up, setting the stage for a restart between Peltier’s No. 48 and Vecchiarelli’s No. 18 – the latter of which got the advantage on the green.
Nineteen laps in, the No. 61 of Matt Martinez contacted the No. 3C of Cassidy Hinds, causing a caution. The No. 18 of Vecchiarelli and the No. 48 of Peltier started on the front row again, but this time, it was Peltier to the point, until another caution slowed the field. On the restart, Peltier’s No. 48 checked out again, while the No. 22 of Eggleston and the No. 24 of Cody Dempster went side-by-side for third. Dempter’s No. 24 had the advantage on the straightaways, and finally worked it to his advantage and took away third from Eggleston’s No. 22 on Lap 38.
Up front, the battle for the lead heated up, as Vecchiarelli’s No. 18 and Peltier’s No. 48 paced each other around the track. Peltier cleared Vecchiarelli, but couldn’t put much distance down as the No. 16 of Steve Mills went around and caused a caution. The restart took place with about half the race left, although Peltier’s No. 48 got a bad start and allowed the No. 18 of Vecchiarelli and the No. 22 of Eggleston to get past him. Peltier got another chance to take control when a multicar incident caused another caution just a few laps later, and the No. 48 had a much better start and shot into the lead again. It was back to a battle between Vecchiarelli’s No. 18 and Peltier’s No. 48 for the lead in short order.
Meanwhile, a decent battle unfolded between the No. 89 of Zach Morris and the No. 32 of Brett Yackey, and the two made contact but carried on. The No. 08 of Hansen, meanwhile, recovered after his spin on Lap 53 and began heading back toward the front again, and the No. 82 of Michael Scott commanded fourth place and started closing the distance between himself and the cars ahead of him, including the No. 22 of Eggleston for third place, while the No. 18 of Vecchiarelli and the No. 48 of Peltier continued their fight for the lead.
A series of late-race incidents unfolded, causing yet another restart, during which Scott’s No. 82 who worked his way from the back of field twice after starting towards the rear of the field & an earlier incident got by Eggleston’s No. 22 for third. The No. 48 of Peltier held onto his race car as the tires began to wear out, causing the field to slide on the exits of Turn 2 and Turn 4. However, Peltier’s No. 48 held on to win the 100-lap SLM feature, along with $5,000 purse compliments of our friends at Generator Mart.
Feature: No. 48, Preston Peltier
Quick Time: No. 48, Preston Peltier, 16.047
Rock ‘N’ Roll Brewery Pure Stocks
Dash – 10 Laps
The No. 24 of Matthew Knowles took control early over the No. 41G of Chris Galvin, and the two raced tightly until Knowles’ No. 24 got a bit loose and allowed the No. 41G of Galvin to cruise by, allowing the No. 02 of Chan Raley to also make the pass. The No. 41G of Galvin was the winner at the line.
Fast Dash – 10 Laps
The PS Dash was all about the No. 8A of Austin Richards and the No. M60 of Morris Christner, who traded the lead back and forth several times, until the final pass for the lead occurred on the penultimate lap, putting the No. 8A of Richards out ahead, even as the No. 32 of Rick Phillips stalled and caused a caution, but as the white flag had flown, the race was official.
Feature – 25 Laps
An impressive field of 27 cars took the green. The No. OH7 of Aubrei Hilton led Lap 1, with the No. 8A of Richards hot on her tail. On Lap 6, Richards took over the lead from the No. OH7 of Hilton at the line, even as the No. 78 of Mark Bremkamp spun without a yellow. Then, the No. M60 of Christer took third away from Hilton’s No. OH7, while the No. 15 of Brendan Knowles held down second place. The leaders began to hit heavy traffic about halfway through, but the No. 8A of Richards was able to open a large lead on the second-place car of Knowles. Then, a red flag was called for cleanup. The restart put the No. 8A of Richards and the No. 15 of Knowles on the front row, who went side-by-side for second with the No. M60 of Christner. However, the two cars made contact and caused a massive wreck, and both were black flagged. The race finally resumed with only a few laps left.
All said and done, the No. 53 of Josh Hopkins, who drove a quiet race, was crowned the winner, as penalties were assessed to the top three finishers at the line.
Dash: No. 41G, Chris Galvin
Fast Dash: No. 8A, Austin Richards
Feature: No. 53, Josh Hopkins
Quick Time: No. 81, Austin Richards, 19.863
AC Transmission Legends
Dash – 10 Laps
The No. 56 of Nick Gunther led the first lap over the No. 27 of Brian Harlow, but not for long, as the latter made the pass on the very next lap. Things stayed clean until there were only a few laps left, when a caution slowed the field. In a photo finish, the No. 27 of Harlowe barely eked past the No. 4 of Dillon Foster by just .002 seconds.
Fast Dash – 10 Laps
The No. 22 of Chris Eggleston took the lead from the No. 03 of Darrell Stewart three laps in. Stewart’s No. 03 fell in with the No. 21 of Ryan Jones and the No. 66 of Kyle Clegg hot on his heels. Eggleston did not look back, and took the win in the No. 22 machine.
Feature – 20 Laps
The No. 38 of Garrett Wilson took an early lead, but promptly lost it to the No. 33 of Dillyn Kellogg. Meanwhile, the No. 57 of Jarrett Scarberry charged into seventh after starting poorly. On Lap 6, the No. 78 of Ashlyn Himler spun, causing a caution, with the No. 33 of Kellogg and the No. 38 of Wilson on the front row on the restart. Kellogg’s No. 33 checked out and brought the No. 56 of Nick Gunther in with him. Another yellow flag struck, and this time, the No. 33 of Kellogg took over the lead again as the No. 38 of Wilson and the No. 56 of Gunther fought hard for second place.
By Lap 14, the No. 57 of Scarberry had climbed to fourth, entering the four-car breakaway for the lead and tailing the No. 33 of Kellogg, the No. 38 of Wilson, and the No. 56 of Gunther. Kellogg left the door open for the No. 38 of Wilson to get next to him, and they fought side by side for the race lead for a few hot laps, until lapped traffic became an issue. Then, the No. 38 of Wilson and the No. 56 of Gunther spun in Turn 2, causing a multicar wreck on Lap 18, causing the No. 34 of Patty Sylvester to lose a wheel. The restart put the No. 33 of Kellogg and the No. 57 of Scarberry up front. Scarberry guided the No. 57 machine out front in a hurry, winning his third straight feature of 2023.
Fast Feature – 25 Laps
Kyle Clegg’s No. 66 and Stewart’s No. 03 started on the front row. The No. 22 of Eggleston and the No. 78C of Colton Crocker battled behind them for second place. Clegg’s No. 66 checked out, putting some distance between him and the battle for second. Eggleston eventually put the No. 22 ahead of the No. 78C of Crocker and went after Clegg’s No. 66 machine, but began to fade. The top seven fell single-file and continued to race cleanly. Lapped traffic became an issue on Lap 20, slowing the No. 66 of Clegg and allowing Eggleston’s No. 22 to catch him. By Lap 22, he’d caught the No. 66 of Clegg – but just couldn’t find a way around him, despite Eggleston’s best efforts. The No. 29 of David Johnson spun on the last lap, causing a yellow flag that ended the race in Clegg’s favor.
Dash: No. 27, Brian Harlow
Fast Dash: No. 22, Chris Eggleston
Feature: No. 57, Jarrett Scarberry
Fast Feature: No. 66, Kyle Clegg
Quick Time: No. 22, Chris Eggleston, 18.525
Puzzle Effect Bandoleros
The 10-lap Outlaw Dash saw the No. 88 of Cohen Henze jumping to the lead right away, holding onto the top spot despite several spins behind him. The No. 33 of Dillyn Kellogg took over second, and found himself battling the No. 21 of Madilyn Lange. Henze led a clean race and put the No. 88 across the line in first.
Then, for the Feature, Henze and the No. 88 machine picked up right where he left off in the Dash, moving up to third after the green flag flew over the No. 61 of Lily Tuttle and the No. 08 of Tanner McKim. However, Tuttle’s No. 61 spun out, allowing Henze and the No. 88 machine to claim the lead. Kellogg’s No. 33 maintained second place, but couldn’t catch the No. 88 of Henze, who won the Outlaw Feature race.
Outlaw Dash: No. 88, Cohen Henze
Outlaw Feature: No. 88, Cohen Henze
The short seven-lap Bandit Dash was riddled with drama, as the No. 5 of Reagan Fruge and the No. 12 of Aspyn Lange pulled away with the lead over the No. 89 of Justin Barnard and the No. 23 of Peyton Opperman. However, the No. 5 of Fruge and the No. 12 of Lange spun out with two laps left, allowing Barnard to put the No. 89 into first place – and he never looked back.
The 10-lap feature put the No. 89 of Barnard on the front row, although Fruge took over the top spot quickly. Lange, meanwhile, brought the No. 12 to second place, relegating the No. 89 of Barnard to third place. Fruge’s No. 5 spun from the lead with the No. 44 of Emersyn Weitzel. This allowed Lange to take control in the No. 12 machine. She opened up a huge lead over Barnard’s No. 89 and crossed the line in first.
Bandit Dash: No. 89, Justin Barnard
Bandit Feature: No. 12, Aspyn Lange
Witthar Racing Trains
Interestingly, the best racing from the Trains didn’t occur in The X – things got interesting in the corners. The seven-lap feature started with the No. 80HD SNAFU and the No. 151 Crazy Train on the front row, and the No. 80HD took over the lead quickly. On Lap 4, the No. 151 made the pass and shouldered into first place, but it wasn’t for lack of trying on the part of the No. 80HD, who had a tire go down and began to drag a wheel. After a wild race that ended up scattering the infield tire barriers into Turn 3, the No. 151 Crazy Train lived up to its name and took home the trophy.
Feature: No. 151, Crazy Train
CNS would like to thank all the competitors who raced with us over the two nights & provided some awesome racing with incredible car counts.
Super Late Models - 100 Laps
48 Preston Peltier - Brighton
18 Eddie Vecchiarelli - Brighton
82 Michael Scott - Hillsdale, WY
22 Chris Eggleston - Erie
08 Jace Hansen - Evans
89 Zach Morris - Greenwood Village
24 Cody Dempster - Parker
32 Brett Yackey - Greeley
12 Bruce Yackey - Greeley
61 Matt Martinez - Parker
29 Matt Brunker - Lakewood
23G Jim Gress - Amarillo, TX
3C Cassidy Hinds - Arvada
16 Steve Mills - CO Springs
3 John Negri III - Byers
37 Ethan Hunter - CO Springs
27H Mike Hathaway - Falcon
43 Kody Vanderwal - LaSalle
58 Kyle Ray - Littleton
07 Daniel Mares - Aurora
Pure Stock - 25 Laps
53 John Hopkins (R)
13 Isaac Slinker - Broomfield
32 Rick Phillips (R) - Aurora
06 Scott Johnson (R) - Evans
41G Chris Galvin
22 AJ Hill - Brighton
8A Austin Richards - Arvada
1 Derek Spalding - Lochbuie
24 Matthew Knowles - Littleton
3 Ronald Burnett
7X Dustin Camp - Cheyenne, WY
12S Shawn Sulley
90 Dustin Hill (R) - Thornton
99 Dillon Meigs - Penrose
OH7 Aubrei Hilton - Brighton
96 Vanessa Raley
78 Mark Bremkamp
M60 Morris Christner - Elizabeth
15 Brendan Knowles
6 Ben Hendricks - Cheyenne, WY
02 Chan Raley - Bennett
4G Daniel Green
86 Dylan Gault (R) - CO Springs
8 Isaac Almaswari - Brighton
18Y Justin Young DNS 56 John Ranum (R) - Denver DNS 5 David Wilson
Legends FAST - 25 Laps
66 Kyle Clegg - Westminster
22 Chris Eggleston - Erie
78C Colton Crocker - Brighton
21 Ryan Jones - Arvada
03 Darrell L Stewart - Arvada
32 Cody Milan - Fort Collins
6 Scotty Scott - Arvada
31 Lonnie Hotchsteth - Chandler, AZ
12 Bryanna Bruce - Wheatland, WY
99 Tessa Marine - Littleton
74 Trayc Walker-Scott (R) - Parker
1 Ryan Land - Littleton
98H Samuel Haugen (R) - Centennial
04 Natalie Foster - Westminster
75 Austin Hackenburg - Greeley
18 JJ Sanders - Aurora
88F Cade Fox (R) - Wellington
01 Gary Land - Littleton
27 Brian Harlow - CO Springs
11 Jeremy Lange (R) - Wheatland, WY
29 David Johnson - Denver
4 Dillon Foster - Arvada DNS 45 Cole Tuttle
Legends - 20 Laps
57 Jarret Scarberry (R) - Denver
33 Dillyn Kellogg (R) - Denver
73 Mike Markison (R) - Fort Collins
62 Erik Bain (R)
95 Jessilyn Dike - Westminster
17 Jeremy Krueger (R) - Arvada
26 David Anadon - CO Springs
19 Dominic Moss (R) - Arvada
32M Randy Milan - Fort Collins
38 Garrett Wilson - Platteville
97 Billy Blevins - Arvada
78 Ashlyn Himler - Erie
8 Jason Schmerse
28 Elijah Anadon (R) - CO Springs
56 Nick Gunuther - CO Springs
34 Patty Sylvester (R) - Greeley
9 Terry McBride - Edgewater
Bandolero Outlaws - 12 Laps
88 Cohen Henze - Juda, WI
68 Wyatt Dent - Brighton
33 Dillyn Kellogg - Denver
21 Madilyn Lange - Wheatland, WY
38 Havon Barnard - Northglenn
08 Tanner McKim - Berthoud
09 Cody Bergren - Westminster
61 Lilly Tuttle - Denver
Bandolero Bandit - 10 Laps
12 Aspyn Lange - Wheatland, WY
23 Peyton Opperman - Littleton
89 Justin Barnard - Northglenn
5 Reagan Fruge
95J Jaxson Muhler - Brighton
98 Kyleigh Novak - Brighton
44 Emersyn Weitzel
29 Nora Smith - Littleton
07 Madison Stanley - Thornton
Trains - 7 Laps
151 Crazy Train
3 Anger Management
01 Dukes of Hazard