(07-04-2014 Dacono, CO) A large 4th of July crowd was on-hand at CNS to witness the O’Meara Proud American Race and to be treated to a world-class fireworks display to end the night. Adam Deines held off Justin Simonson and Rudy Vanderwal to win the 50 lap Pro Truck feature event. Chris Eggleston topped the massive field of Legend cars, Ed Vecchiarelli Jr took home the Grand American Modified trophy, and Big Al Duran captured his 3rd straight Figure 8 feature event.
Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks. It would take 50 laps to settle the dramatic Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks feature event. #55 Dave Hunt and #5 Troy Witthar led the large field of 17 Pro Trucks to the green flag but it was Witthar on the outside that took the early lead. Whittar gave up the lead on lap 8 to #11 Steve Johnson but as #31 Justin Simonson applied pressure to Johnson for the lead Johnson got loose coming out of turn 2 and lost several positions.
#7 Adam Deines moved into 2nd place and started to press Simonson for the lead and for the next 35 laps these two drivers put on a dramatic show for the fans. Deines was working the low side of the track while Simonson appeared to be comfortable up high. As the trucks would enter the corners Deines would have the advantage but exiting the turn Simonson would roar past up top. The drama reached a fevered pitch when the two cars spun coming out of turn two. NASCAR officials determined nether driver was at fault declaring it was a “racing incident” therefore both cars received their spots back. With just 7 laps to go on the restart #34 Rudy Vanderwal made his presence felt by joining the battle for the lead and eventually powering past Simonson for 2nd place.
Yet it was Adam Deines who ran the perfect groove to keep Vanderwal at bay and take his first win of the 2014 season. Vanderwal would settle for 2nd but increase his season points lead over Simonson to 35. Simonson would go on to finish 3rd, #36 Matt Burton was 4th and #45 Dalton Hewitt took home the 5th spot.
FEATURE WINNER: #7 Adam Deines FAST DASH: #7 Adam Deines DASH: 10t Taylor Bellomy QUICK TIME: #31 Justin Simonson 16.732
SUNOCO Race Fuels Grand American Modifieds. At the start of SUNOCO Race Fuels Grand American Modified feature event it appeared the car to beat was the #22 of Darren Robertson who jumped out to a large lead on the field. #48 Ed Vecchiarelli Jr was slowly reeling in Robertson and #44 Justin Case had come from the back of the field to the 3rd spot. On a double file restart for #18 Ed Vecchiarelli Sr. breaking in turn 4, Robertson lagged a bit allowing Ed Vecchiarelli Jr. to take the lead and Justin Case to move into 2nd place.
The race then became a 2 horse battle with Case giving it his all trying to get by Vecchiarelli. The two leaders put on a great show for the fans battling side by side lap after lap. Near the end of the race Case appeared to get a little loose which allowed Vecchiarelli to build a small lead and go on to take his 2nd win of the 2014 season. Case settled for 2nd place, #22 Darren Robertson was 3rd, #24 Tim Holm finished 4th, and a strong 5th place finish for #55 Dean-O Olson.
FEATURE WINNER: #48 Ed Vecchiarelli Jr FAST DASH: #44 Justin Case QUICK TIME: #48 Ed Vecchiarelli Jr. 17.14
Legends. #22 Chris Eggleston swept the Legend portion of the 4th of July race at CNS by setting quicktime with a 18.722, winning the fast dash, and coming from the the 3rd row in the feature to take the checkered. It was by no means an easy win for Eggleston as #06 Mike Gallegos who led early never let Chris run away with the race sticking to his bumper for the entire race. By the end of the event #66 Kyle Clegg also joined the leaders working his way up from his 9th starting spot.
The big story of this race was the massive field of 28 legends cars that went green flag from start to finish without a single caution. With 28 cars in one race there is literally action all over the track and it’s a testament to the skill of these drivers that they could provide this much action without a single incident on the track.
With the win Chris Eggleston is now just a single point behind Mike Gallegos in the championship hunt and #34 Chris Cooper is only 2 point back of Eggleston for 2nd. Clearly the legends division is providing some of the most competitive action of the 2014 season.
FEATURE WINNER: #22 Chris Eggleston FAST DASH: #22 Chris Eggleston DASH: #04 Dillon Foster QUICK TIME: #22 Chris Eggleston 18.722
Art’s Septic Figure 8s. While #23 Big Al Duran was cruising out front on his way to his 3rd straight Figure 8 feature win the battle behind him was fierce. #10 Frank Gastineau, and #17 Harry Livermore Jr. were leaning on each other hard fighting for position. Behind them #81 Hot Rod Dave Smith, #9 Brent Cave and #52 Jared Wall were all trying to move up in the order. While there were a few close calls in the X most the action on track was the positional battles behind Duran. Big Al sailed to the win followed by #17 Harry Livermore Jr., #52 Jared Wall, #10 Frank Gastineau, and #40 Mike Mercer.
FEATURE WINNER: #23 Big Al Duran FAST DASH: #52 Jared “Wally” Wall
Official Finishing Order
Pro Trucks 1. 7 Adam Deines 2. 34 Rudy Vanderwal 3. 31 Justin Simonson 4. 36 Matt Burton 5. 45 Dalton Hewitt 6. 5 Troy Witthar 7. 11 Steve Johnson 8. 55 Dave Hunt 9. 2 AJ Warren 10. 10T Taylor Bellomy 11. 65 George Green 12. 52 Jereme Wall 13. 82 Michael Scott 14. 51 David Johnson 15. 29 Matthew Brunker
Legends 1. 22 Chris Eggleston 2. 06 Mike Gallegos 3. 66 Kyle Clegg 4. 34 Chris Cooper 5. 3 Wayne Barlock JR 6. 13 Peter Dellarco 7. 21 Ryan Jones 8. 25 Adam Pechman 9. 6 Scotty Scott 10. 03 Darrell Stewart 11. 04 Dillon Foster 12. 30 Darrell Stewart Jr 13. 20 Kynzer Riddell 14. 19 Larry Pachello 15. 46 Zach Witherwax 16. 25x Jaive Avila 17. 4 Brad Tilton 18. 14 Chappy Adkins 19. 07 Bill Seip 20. 9 Glenn Tilton 21. 97 Billy Blevins 22. 09 Terry McBride 23. 11 Jessica Savage 24. 23 Austyn Radosta 25. 26 Christopher Brunker 26. 17 BreAnn Adkison 27. 12 Cody Castor 28. 64 Randy Rooker
Grand American Modified 1. 48 Ed Vecchiarelli Jr 2. 44 Justin Case 3. 22 Darren Robertson 4. 24 Tim Holm 5. 55 Dean-O Olson 6. 0 Ron O’Neil 7. 5 Nathan Gasser 8. 61 Scott Slama (R) 9. 13 Darin Clark (R) 10. 59 Charlie Wilson 11. 88 Jeff Walbaum 12. 18 Ed Vecchiarelli Sr
Figure 8s 1. 23 Al Duran 2. 17 Harry Livermore Jr 3. 52 Jared Wall 4. 10 Frank Gastineau 5. 40 Mike Mercer 6. 97 Adam Gastineau (R) 7. 50 Justin McKeachie 8. 00 James Naranjo 9. 9 Brent Cave (R 10. 81 Dave Smith 11. 91 Bruce Wall 12. 03 Luke Zike