(07–16-2016 Dacono Colorado) Littlton Colorado’s Kyle Ray dominated the Gillet Vet Clinic Super Late Model feature and also finished an impressive 3rd in the SUNOCO Race Fuels Grand American Modified feature on Gilpin Casino “Wins Big” Night at CNS. Jeff Walbaum from Brighton captured the Grand American Modified feature win which was his first ever in the division. Last but not least Levi Greenly from Kersey earned a hard fought win in the Great Scott’s Eatery Super Stocks.
Gillet Vet Clinic Super Late Models
Littleton’s Kyle Ray would get an early birthday gift by sitting on the outside of the front row alongside #9 Justin Simonson from Wheatridge for the 40 lap feature race in the Gillet Vet Clinic Super Late Models. Ray wasted no time jumping out to a large lead and ultimately his second feature win in the division in 2016. By the end of the race Ray had built a near 4 second lead on the next closet competitor.
At the start of the Super Late Model feature #9 Justin Simonson was as close as any driver would get to the #58 of Kyle Ray who dominated the race (Starr photo)
The best battle on the track was for second place between #08 Jace Hansen and #6 Dominic Ursetta who charged to the front from his 8th place starting spot. Hansen had come from even farther back in the pack starting in 9th but used an extreme low line coming out of turn 4 early in the race to pass multiple cars. For the last half of the race Hansen and Ursetta battled for position thrilling the fans. At the finish Hansen was able to hold off Ursetta to grab the runner-up spot but the night belonged to Kyle Ray who led flag to flag. Behind Ray, Hansen, and Ursetta, Simonson finished a strong 4th and former Pro Truck champion Mark Neff grabbed 5th in the #42 car.
Kyle ray celebrates his 2nd win of the season in the Super Late Models (Starr photo)
The Super Late Models return to action on Saturday July 30th.
FEATURE: #58 Kyle Ray FAST DASH: #58 Kyle Ray DASH: #11 Darren Robertson QUICK TIME: #6 Dominic Ursetta 16.309
SUNOCO Race Fuels Grand American Modifieds
John Seely from Parker in the #66 SUNOCO Fuels Grand American Modified led the first 5 laps of the feature event until #88 Jeff Walbaum snuck by to take the lead. The top 5 cars ran in a tight pack which featured Walbaum, Seely, #44 Justin Case, #58 Kyle Ray, and #13 Darin Clark.
#66 John Seely led the first 5 laps in the Grand American Modified feature (Starr photo)
Ultimately Case was able to work his way into 2nd place and began to battle Walbaum for the lead. Walbaum was running the high groove and Case was down low. With just a couple of laps remaining it appeared that Case would make the pass and cruise to victory but the determined Walbaum drove hard into turns 1 and 2 to maintain his lead.
#88 Jeff Walbaum and #44 Justin Case battle for the lead (Starr photo)
The exciting battle went all the way to the finish as Walbaum was able to hold off Case and win his first ever Grand American Modified feature event. Case settled for 2nd with Kyle Ray in 3rd. Seely finished a strong 4th and Darin Clark was the final car in the top 5.
Jeff Walbaum celebrates his first win in the Grand American Modifieds (Starr photo)
The Grand American Modifieds return to action at CNS on Saturday August 27th.
FEATURE: #88 Jeff Walbaum FAST DASH: #44 Justin Case DASH: #0 Ron O’Neil QUICK TIME: #58 Kyle Ray 17.480
Great Scott’s Eatery Super Stocks
#51 Jax Hughes came from the second row in the Great Scott’s Eatery Super Stock feature to grab the lead from #02 Darrell Smith in the initial stage of the race. Former champion Michael Cox in the #3 car then powered past Hughes for the lead but had fast dash winner #75 Levi Greenly hot on his tail. On lap 5 Greenly took the top spot and set sail attempting to distance himself from the field.
#9 Curtis Heldenbrand battles #3 Michael Cox in the Super Stock feature event (Starr photo)
Robert Davey brought out the caution for a scary crash after contact with #5 Glen Poston on the back straight, Davey was okay but his car suffered severe damage.
The subsequent double-file restart tightened the field and gave #22 Brian Yackey and #9 Curtis Heldenbrand a shot at Greenly. For the remainder of the race both Yackey and Heldenbrand pushed their cars to the limit to find away around Greenly but to no avail as the Kersey resident grabbed his 2nd win of the 2016 season. Brett Yackey finished 2nd and also maintained his point lead over Michael Cox who finished 4th behind Heldenbrand who is now 3rd in the season standings.
#75 Levi Greenly in winner’s circle at CNS (Starr photo)
The Super Stocks will return to action on Saturday August 27th.
FEATURE: #75 Levi Greenly FAST DASH: #75 Levi Greenly DASH: #5 Glen Poston QUICK TIME: #22 Brian Yackey
Super Late Models Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 58 Kyle Ray Littleton 2. 08 Jace Hansen Broomfield 3. 6 Dominic Ursetta Arvada 4. 9 Justin Simonson (R) Wheatridge 5. 42 Mark Neff Westminster 6. 84 Matt Zwingleberg Parker 7. 12 Bruce Yackey Greeley 8. 27 Roger Avants Littleton 9. 11 Darren Robertson Westminster 10. 34 Rudy Vanderwal La Salle 11. 32 Brett Yackey (R) Greeley 12. 91 Chris Atkinson Cheyenne 13. 29 Matt Brunker Lakewood 14. 07 Taylor Bellomy (R) Hudson 15. 25 Monty Skinner Black Hawk 16. 14 Mark Bybee Littleton 17. 80 Ray Daniels Monument 18. 17 Paul Deines Frederick
Grand American Modifieds Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 88 Jeff Walbaum Brighton 2. 44 Justin Case Brighton 3. 58 Kyle Ray Littleton 4. 66 John Seely Parker 5. 13 Darin Clark Cheyenne 6. 0 Ron ONeil Colorado Springs 7. 51 Joe Mares Jr (R) Aurora 8. 72 Ryan Higgs (R) Lakewood 9. 55 Gary Land (R) Littleton
Super Stocks Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 75 Levi Greenly Kersey 2. 22 Brian Yackey (R) Greeley 3. 9 Curtis Heldenbrand Arvada 4. 3 Michael Cox Englewood 5. 51 Jax Hughes Lakewood 6. 02 Darrell Smith Littleton 7. 5 Glen Poston (R) Thornton 8. 22a Justin Upmeyer (R) Evans 9. 31 Michael Matthiesen Dacono 10. 77 Michael Merchant LaSalle 11. 55 Damian Lockhart (R) Arvada 12. 26 Taylor Dragoon Aurora 13. 18 Robert Davey Aurora 14. 11t Nick Tabor Hudson 15. 43 Kody Vanderwal LaSalle DQ 1 Makayla Grote Lakewood
RZR UTV FEATURE: #037 Dwight Hughes DASH ONE #305 Nick Cooper DASH TWO #037 Dwight Hughes