(09-02-2017 Dacono, CO) Noble Energy Energizing the World Night at CNS featured some dramatic racing as well as a fantastic fireworks display to kick off the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Roger “the ice-man” Avants made an emotional return to action after a long layoff for an early season Super Late Model crash. The biggest winner of the night was young Darren Robertson of Westminster who won the 100 lap Gillett Vet Clinic Super Late Model feature coming from the back of the field and extending his points lead over Broomfield’s Jace Hansen. Both the Pure Stocks and the Legend Cars were swept by Natalie Phelps and Kyle Clegg respectively.
Roger Avants returned from a long layoff after a crash in June. Here he battles 22x Mark Jones in the Super Late Model DASH (Starr photo)
Gillett Vet Clinic Super Late Models
At the start of the Gillett Vet Clinic Super Late Model 100 lap feature event all eyes were on #08 Jace Hansen on the outside of row one and #11 Darren Robertson inside of row two. These two drivers have been locked in a fierce points battle all season long. When the green flag dropped pole sitter #91 Chris Atkinson got a shaky start allowing Hansen to grab the lead and #58 Kyle Ray to assume second place. Robertson was content to ride in third place waiting for an opportunity to make his challenge on Hansen and Ray just in front of him.
#08 Jace Hansen and #91 Chris Atkinson pace the field prior to the 100 lap feature event (Starr photo)
Robertson eventually decided to make a move on Ray on the low side but contact in turn four sent Ray spinning and Robertson to the very back of the back on the restart. Ironically just a few laps later Hansen would also get sent to the rear of the pack after contact with Ray but this time in turn two.
The new leader of the race was #9 Justin Simonson from Wheatridge who did an excellent job avoiding all the incidents in front of him. Simonson began to distance himself from the rest of the field cutting perfect laps and cruising past the occasional lapped car.
Robertson was making his way back to the front in a methodical manner while Hansen took a more daring approach diving under Chris Atkinson and Rudy Vanderwal going three-wide entering turn three. Unfortunately for Hansen it seemed as if he used up the best his tires had to offer and would never be able to catch the leaders ultimately settling for a disappointing 6th place finish. Robertson on the other hand had worked his way back to 2nd place by passing #82 Michael Scott just past the halfway mark in the race.
#11 Darren Robertson uses the outside groove to get by race leader #9 Justin Simonson (Starr photo)
Robertson was content to ride in second and slowly real in Simonson as the race entered the final 25 laps. A spin from #00 Steve Maas created a double-file restart which Robertson used to perfection securing the lead using the outside line over Simonson. When the checkered flag dropped it was Darren Robertson grabbing his 5th win of the season and extending his points lead over Hansen to 33. Simonson finished an impressive 2nd place while Michael Scott, Brett and Bruce Yackey rounded out the top 5.
A jubilant Darren Robertson celebrates his victory in winner’s circle (Star photo)
The Super Late Models will return to action on Championship night September 23rd.
100 LAP FEATURE: #11 Darren Robertson FAST DASH: #08 Jace Hansen DASH: #12 Bruce Yackey QUICK TIME: #9 Justin Simonson 16.317
Lincoln Tech Pure Stocks
Cheyenne Wyoming’s Natalie Phelps entered the night with a slim point lead on Tyler Mander from Evans Colorado but padded that lead by sweeping the night’s events in the Lincoln College Pure Stock division. Natalie would lead every lap of the first 25 lap feature and come from her 5th starting spot to win the second feature of the night.
Natalie Phelps celebrates winning the first of two features on the night (Starr photo)
With a night like Phelps had you might think she would have solidified her points lead but Mander’s two second place finishes on the evening kept him with in striking distance for Championship Night on September 30th.
Natalie Phelps on route to winning her second feature event in the Pure Stocks division on the night (Starr photo)
The scariest moment of the night came in the second feature when pole sitter #51 Joseph Dike rolled in turn three up against the the retaining wall. Thankfully Joseph exited the car under his own power and was not injured.
FEATURE ONE: #98 Natalie Phelps FEATURE TWO: #98 Natalie Phelps QUICK TIME: #98 Natalie Phelps 20.261
The Legend Cars also ran double feature events and it turned out to be the Kyle Clegg show as he dominated both features taking home the wins as well as setting quick time with a 18.809. Clegg’s win extended his points lead to 46 over Danny Medina who finished 2nd in both races.
Kyle Clegg cruised to a Legend Car sweep on Noble Energy Night (Starr photo)
Clegg’s first feature win was a bit of a walk in the park but in the second feature Medina put up a strong fight in the first half of the race as the two driver’s swapped the lead several times thrilling the CNS crowd. Behind the leaders there was plenty of action throughout the large field of cars. Wayne Barlock Jr., Cody Dempster, and Darrell J. Stewart fought for the remaining spots in the top five in the first feature. And in the second feature Stewart and Blair Cooper scrambled in the final laps of the second feature making for an exciting finish.
#15 Danny Medina put up a valiant fight in the second feature but could not hold off race winner Kyle Clegg (Starr photo)
The Legend Cars will return to CNS on their championship night Saturday September 16th.
Kyle Clegg in winner’s circle at CNS (Starr photo)
FEATURE ONE: #66 Kyle Clegg FEATURE TWO: #66 Kyle Clegg QUICK TIME: #66 Kyle Clegg 18.809
Witthar Racing TRAINS
Only five Witthar Racing Trains were able to start the feature event after starting the season with up to nine Trains. The Last Call Train driven by Jared “Wally” Wall and Terri Pugilse did what they have done all season and blazed a trail to the front winning the event with ease.
Train action at CNS (Starr photo)
FEATURE: #86 Wall Wall and Terri Pugilse
Super Late Model 100 Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 11 Darren Robertson Westminster 2. 9 Justin Simonson Wheatridge 3. 82 Michael Scott (R) Cheyenne 4. 32 Brett Yackey Greeley 5. 12 Bruce Yackey Greeley 6. 08 Jace Hansen Broomfield 7. 34 Rudy Vanderwal LaSalle 8. 91 Chris Atkinson Cheyenne 9. 80 Ray Daniels Monument 10. 22X Mark Jones Denver 11. 14A Alejandro Ortiz (R) Denver 12. 00 Steve Maas* Longmont 13. 2 Royal Scott (R) Platteville 14. 27 Roger Avants Littleton 15. 58 Kyle Ray Littleton 16. 14 Mark Bybee Littleton
Pure Stock Feature One Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 98 Natalie Phelps Cheyenne 2. 03 Tyler Mander Evans 3. 99S Sam Messerli Thornton 4. 00x Jake Fitzgerald Longmont 5. 97 Jay Sandoval Commerce City 6. 51 Joseph Dike 7. 99R Ryan Raley Jr Thornton 8. 77 Michael Merchant LaSalle 9. 31 Michael Mathiesen Dacono 10. 82 Justin Karrol LaSalle 11. 02 Chan Raley Thornton 12. 22 Jay Hill 13. 52 Chad Southerland Commerce City 14. 38 Jesse Davis Thornton 15. 54 Zach Trujillo 16. 88 Jacob Poole Evens 17. 07 Joseph Hilton Wheatridge 18. 29J Jim Greer Greeley 19. 7 David Robinson Johnstown 20. 20 Mike Vail Aurora 21. 06 Brian DeBauche (R) Denver 22. 66 Tyler Van Den Elzen Greeley 23. 3 Brian Lengvenas Thornton 24. 86 Tim Coate Littleton 25. 29G Justin Griffin Greeley 26. 31x Richard Barwinski 27. 68J Matt Sowash Lakewood
Pure Stock Feature Two Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 98 Natalie Phelps Cheyenne 2. 03 Tyler Mander Evans 3. 99S Sam Messerli Thornton 4. 82 Justin Karrol LaSalle 5. 38 Jesse Davis Thornton 6. 86 Tim Coate Littleton 7. 31 Michael Mathiesen Dacono 8. 97 Jay Sandoval Commerce City 9. 99R Ryan Raley Jr Thornton 10. 07 Joseph Hilton Wheatridge 11. 54 Zach Trujillo 12. 77 Michael Merchant LaSalle 13. 02 Chan Raley Thornton 14. 3 Brian Lengvenas Thornton 15. 66 Tyler Van Den Elzen Greeley 16. 29G Justin Griffin Greeley 17. 29J Jim Greer Greeley 18. 88 Jacob Poole Evens 19. 52 Chad Southerland Commerce City 20. 22 Jay Hill 21. 68J Matt Sowash Lakewood 22. 00x Jake Fitzgerald Longmont 23. 06 Brian DeBauche (R) Denver 24. 20 Mike Vail Aurora 25. 51 Joseph Dike 26. 7 David Robinson Johnstown DNS 31x Richard Barwinski
Legends Feature One Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 66 Kyle Clegg Westminster 2. 15 Danny Medina Colorado Springs 3. 3 Wayne Barlock Jr Peyton 4. 48 Cody Dempster Parker 5. 30 Darrell J Stewart Arvada 6. 25 Adam Pechman Morrison 7. 05 Nick Cooper Loveland 8. 32 Blair Cooper Pueblo 9. 46 Zach Witherwax Arvada 10. 03 Darrell L Stewart Arvada 11. 6 Scotty Scott Arvada 12. 1w Jereme Wall Commerce City 13. 13 Jason Hulvey Thornton 14. 23 Austyn Radosta Pueblo 15. 51 AJ Canda Castle Rock 16. 26 Chris Brunker Lakewood 17. 2W Jared Wall 18. 20 Kynzer Riddell* Westminster 19. 88 Paul Himler Erie 20. 29 Matt Brunker 21. 62 Roy Dunlap (R) Cheyenne 22. 08K Krystal Faulkingham (R) Westminster 23. 9 Terry McBride Edgewater 24. 27 Ray Oakley (R) Pine 25. 41 Gregory Lee Broomfield DQ 98 Brent Scheidemantle Broomfield
Legends Feature Two Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 66 Kyle Clegg Westminster 2. 15 Danny Medina Colorado Springs 3. 30 Darrell J Stewart Arvada 4. 32 Blair Cooper Pueblo 5. 48 Cody Dempster Parker 6. 6 Scotty Scott Arvada 7. 98 Brent Scheidemantle Broomfield 8. 46 Zach Witherwax Arvada 9. 25 Adam Pechman Morrison 10. 05 Nick Cooper Loveland 11. 13 Jason Hulvey Thornton 12. 03 Darrell L Stewart Arvada 13. 26 Chris Brunker Lakewood 14. 23 Austyn Radosta Pueblo 15. 51 AJ Canda Castle Rock 16. 3 Wayne Barlock Jr Peyton 17. 2W Jared Wall 18. 20 Kynzer Riddell* Westminster 19. 29 Matt Brunker 20. 62 Roy Dunlap (R) Cheyenne 21. 9 Terry McBride Edgewater 22. 88 Paul Himler Erie 23. 27 Ray Oakley (R) Pine 24. 08K Krystal Faulkingham (R) Westminster 25. 41 Gregory Lee Broomfield 26. 1w Jereme Wall Commerce City
Trains Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 86 Last Call 2. 13 Crazy Train 3. 8 Anger Management Kelly and Nic 4. 5 Hearse Train Alex and Alegra 5. 01 Lonnie Watkins Tricky Dick