(06-17-2017, Dacono CO) Hot off his thrilling NAPA/Toyota 150 NASCAR Pro Series West win Chris Eggleston followed up with a dramatic win in the Super Late Models and in the Legend Cars. It was the Gilpin Casino Father’s Day NASCAR Knockout and there was not one but two Gillett Vet Clinic Super Late Model feature events on a overcast night at Colorado National Speedway. Darren Robertson won the other Super Late Model feature in commanding fashion and added to his point lead. Brian Yackey in the #22 car won his first ever Quaker Steak & Lube Late Model feature event while Natalie Phelps took her second straight Pure Stock feature. On Sunday evening the Father’s Day Super Sunday Monster Truck Show thrilled a packed house on a gorgeous Colorado day finishing off a busy Father’s Day weekend at CNS.
Gillett Vet Clinic Super Late Models
The Super Late Models take the green in their first of two feature events (Starr photo)
A determined Darren Robertson in the #11 Gillett Vet Clinic Super Late Model powered his way past #6 Dominic Ursetta on route to an easy victory in the first of two feature events for the Gilpin Casino Father’s Day NASCAR Knockout. The only car within a straightaway of Robertson was the #22 of Chris Eggleston who finished 2nd followed by #9 Justin Simonson and #58 Kyle Ray.
Darren Robertson celebrates after dominating the first Super Late Model feature event (Starr photo)
In the second feature event things became much more unpredictable. #9 Justin Simonsson bolted out to a huge lead early leaving #12 Bruce Yackey who started on the pole in the dust. Darren Robertson was going for the sweep but ended up spinning down the front straight. Amazingly Darren kept going and the race remained green although Darren lost valuable track position. Robertson would ultimately battle back for a 6th place finish and the points lead in the division.
Justin Simonson dominated the first 25 laps of the second Super Late Model feature (Starr photo)
For most of the race it looked like a walk in the park for Simonson who was cruising all alone out front with #84 Matt Zwingleberg a distant 2nd. With just 15 laps to go #27 Roger Avants and #74 Dan Savage made contact in turn 2 and brought out the caution flag. On the restart the field dove into turn 1 and in the apex of the corner #58 Kyle Ray made contact with Simonson sending the leader spinning into the turn 2 wall. Sadly for Simonson his night was done as his car was removed on the back of a tow truck. Ray headed to the pits under caution and joined the rear of the field.
Simonson’s night was ended as was sent spinning into the turn two wall (Starr photo)
The race was now Zwingleberg’s to lose but on the subsequent restart the shifter broke and had to pull off ending his night.
On the final restart it was #6 Dominic Ursetta and #22 Chris Eggleston out front. Clearly Ursetta had been holding something back as he rocketed to the front. But on the final lap in turn 2 Eggleston nudged Dominic just enough to make him back off the throttle as the 22 car slipped by. Ursetta wasn’t going down easy as he tried the same move on Eggleston in the final corner and it almost worked! However at the line it was Eggleston just barely ahead of Ursetta in what was one of the most exciting finishes for the Super Late Models this season. #42 Mark Neff finished a very impressive 3rd and Kyle Ray came from the rear to snag 4th place. The final car in the top 5 was the #08 of Jace Hansen.
#22 Chris Eggleston made a last lap pass on #6 Dominic Ursetta to take the thrilling victory (Starr photo)
FEATURE 1: #11 Darren Robertson FEATURE 2: #22 Chris Eggleston
Quaker Steak & Lube Late Models
Brian Yackey won his first ever Late Model feature event in impressive fashion as he came from 7th starting position to take the checkered flag. Yackey had to find his way around some of CNS’s best including #31 Derek Smith who set quick time and #3 Wade Grove who started on the pole.
#11 Aaron Paulsen controlled the first half of the Late Model feature (Starr photo)
But perhaps Yackey’s biggest challenge was getting around #11 Aaron Paulsen who led the early part of the race. Yackey and Paulsen battled for the top spot trading it back and forth several times until Yackey ultimately pushed out front for good.
#22 Brian Yackey battles #33 Bear Lynch on the closing stages of the Late Model feature (Starr photo)
#33 Bear Lynch who had an equally impressive run finished 2nd after starting in 9th followed by #98 Lee Kemmit, #11 Aaron Paulsen and #31 Derek Smith.
A happy Brian Yackey celebrates his first Late Model win (Starr photo)
FEATURE: #22 Brian Yackey FAST DASH: #33 Bear Lynch DASH: #60 Rick Duckworth QUICK TIME: #31 Derek Smith 17.915
Lincoln College Pure Stocks
Cheyenne Wyoming’s Natalie Phelps won her second straight Lincoln College Pure Stock feature by coming from her 3rd place starting spot to cruise to a seemingly easy win. Phelps did get a little pressure from both #03 Tyler Mander and #7 David Robinson who finished 2nd and 3rd. 99s Sam Messerli and 00x Jake Fitzgerald rounded out the top 5.
#98 Natalie Phelps celebrates her second Pure Stock win of 2017 (Starr photo)
FEATURE: #98 Natalie Phelps FAST DASH: #98 Natalie Phelps DASH: #07 Joseph Hilton QUICK TIME: #7 David Robinson 20.285
With the Legend cars this season it’s like Déjà vu every week except in a good way. #22 Chris Eggleston, #66 Kyle Clegg, and #15 Danny Medina thrill the crowd week in and week out battling for the top spot. The Gilpin Casino Father’s Day NASCAR Knockout was no exception as these 3 drivers once again put on a show for the fans.
The Legend cars take the green flag for their feature event (Starr photo)
Eggleston led most of the race but with just 5 laps to go Clegg was able to steal the lead briefly from the 22 car. However Chris grabbed it right back as the three driver’s battled for position as they also navigated lapped traffic. Eggleston took the win with Clegg and Medina close behind. #25 Adam Pechman was 4th and Ryan Jones in the #21 car was 5th.
Chris Eggleston celebrates his Legend feature win (Starr photo)
FEATURE: #22 Chris Eggleston FAST DASH: #66 Kyle Clegg DASH: #03 Darrell L Stewart QUICK TIME: #22 Chris Eggleston 18.737
Super Late Models
FEATURE 1 Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 11 Darren Robertson Westminster 2. 22 Chris Eggleston Thornton 3. 9 Justin Simonson Wheatridge 4. 58 Kyle Ray Littleton 5. 82 Michael Scott (R) Cheyenne 6. 6 Dominic Ursetta Arvada 7. 42 Mark Neff Westminster 8. 12 Bruce Yackey Greeley 9. 08 Jace Hansen Broomfield 10. 84 Matt Zwingleberg Parker 11. 2W AJ Warren (R) Mead 12. 25f Brandon Farrington Tuscon AZ 13. 32 Brett Yackey Greeley 14. 74 Dan Savage Aurora 15. 28 Dan Alamaa Colorado Springs 16. 22X Mark Jones Denver 17. 19D Robert Davey Erie 18. 14A Alejandro Ortiz (R) Denver 19. 25 Monty Skinner Black Hawk 20. 2 Royal Scott (R) Platteville 21. 91 Chris Atkinson Cheyenne 22. 27 Roger Avants Littleton 23. 39 Jack Nugent Longmont DNS 80 Ray Daniels Monument
FEATURE 2 Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 22 Chris Eggleston Thornton 2. 6 Dominic Ursetta Arvada 3. 42 Mark Neff Westminster 4. 58 Kyle Ray Littleton 5. 08 Jace Hansen Broomfield 6. 11 Darren Robertson Westminster 7. 12 Bruce Yackey Greeley 8. 25f Brandon Farrington Tuscon AZ 9. 32 Brett Yackey Greeley 10. 82 Michael Scott (R) Cheyenne 11. 2W AJ Warren (R) Mead 12. 28 Dan Alamaa Colorado Springs 13. 27 Roger Avants Littleton 14. 22X Mark Jones Denver 15. 19D Robert Davey Erie 16. 14A Alejandro Ortiz (R) Denver 17. 25 Monty Skinner Black Hawk 18. 84 Matt Zwingleberg Parker 19. 9 Justin Simonson Wheatridge 20. 74 Dan Savage Aurora 21. 2 Royal Scott (R) Platteville 22. 91 Chris Atkinson Cheyenne DNS 80 Ray Daniels Monument DNS 39 Jack Nugent Longmont
Late Models Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 22 Brian Yackey (R) Greeley 2. 33 Bear Lynch Arvada 3. 98 Lee Kemmit Brighton 4. 11 Aaron Paulsen Pueblo West 5. 31 Derek Smith Gering 6. 17 Paul Deines Frederick 7. 3 Wade Grove Thronton 8. 44 Tom Powers Castle Rock 9. 9 Brent Cave (R) Thornton 10. 88 Brent Miller Brighton 11. 60 Rick Duckworth (R) Arvada 12. 16 Steve Mills 13. 20 Marcus Lowe Lakewood 14. 30 Jan Oxley Ft Lupton 15. 28 Alan Carter Commerce City 16. 29 Rayshawn Carter Commerce City 17. 6 Jason Sharp Fountain 18. 27 Wendi Lewis Johnstown 19. 53 William Peruti (R) Westminster DNS 82 Paul Green (R) Arvada
Legend Cars Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 22 Chris Eggleston Thornton 2. 66 Kyle Clegg Westminster 3. 15 Danny Medina Colorado Springs 4. 25 Adam Pechman Morrison 5. 21 Ryan Jones Arvada 6. 3 Wayne Barlock Jr Peyton 7. 30 Darrell J Stewart Arvada 8. 48 Cody Dempster Parker 9. 6 Scotty Scott Arvada 10. 05 Nick Cooper Loveland 11. 46 Zach Witherwax Arvada 12. 1w Jereme Wall Commerce City 13. 03 Darrell L Stewart Arvada 14. 32 Blair Cooper Pueblo 15. 16 Travis Roe Thronton 16. 51 AJ Canada Castle Rock 17. 19 Larry Pachello Arvada 18. 17 BreAnn Adkison Cheyenne 19. 26 Chris Brunker Lakewood 20. 2 Floyd Whiting Lochbuie 21. 08K Krystal Faulkingham (R) Westminster 22. 57 Adam Osborne (R) Fountain 23. 13 Jason Hulvey (R)* Thornton DNS 23 Austyn Radosta Pueblo
Pure Stocks Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 98 Natalie Phelps Cheyenne 2. 03 Tyler Mander Evans 3. 7 David Robinson Johnstown 4. 99S Sam Messerli Thornton 5. 00x Jake Fitzgerald Longmont 6. 8 David Lewis Firestone 7. 31 Michael Mathiesen Dacono 8. 82 Justin Karrol (R) La Salle 9. 07 Joseph Hilton Wheatridge 10. 02 Chan Raley Thornton 11. 51 Joseph Dike 12. 38 Jesse Davis Thornton 13. 06 Brian DeBauche (R) Denver 14. 52 Chad Southerland Commerce City 15. 99R Ryan Raley Jr Thornton 16. 22 Jay Hill 17. 29G Justin Griffin Greeley 18. 3 Brian Lengvenas Thornton DNS 86 Tim Coate Littleton DNS 97 Jay Sandoval Commerce City