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Tito’s Vodka Legend Invasion Opener Kicks Off With A Bang

September 2nd, 2023 (Dacono, CO)

Once a year, Colorado National Speedway gets overrun with Legends from all over the U.S. – and the Legend Invasion shot out of the gate to the delight of a full house of fans and stellar car counts on Saturday, September 2nd, 2023. With quite a bit of prize money dangling at the checkered flag, the Legend drivers fought tooth and nail for every position they could get – and all that excitement bled down into the Figure 8s, Pure Stocks, Super Late Models and Bandoleros as our drivers took to the track to do what they do best. We’re proud to call ourselves home to the best circle track racing in Colorado, and we couldn’t do it without our fans who make the trek week in and week out for affordable family fun.

AC Transmission Legends

Fast Dash – 17 Laps

With $300 on the line, Darrel L. Stewart showed the way in the No. 03, with the familiar No. 66 of Kyle Clegg riding his momentum. However, the No. 78G of Gracie Crocker went for a spin on the first lap, unfolding into a multicar incident that necessitated a yellow flag. Clegg shot out front on the restart, while Chris Eggleston set the No. 22 right on the bumper of Colton Crocker’s No. 78C for second. The top three broke away for a while, until the No. 9X of Tyler Reif caught up. Eggleston kept at Colton Crocker and eventually completed the pass for second. However, he couldn’t get more than two car-lengths closer to Clegg’s machine, chasing him across the line to the Dash finish.

Dash – 15 Laps

Not only was $300 waiting at the end, the top eight finishers of the LEG Dash were promised slots in the Fast Feature, providing incentive for the entire field to rally. Lonnie Hotchsteth got after the prize money right away, taking the lead on the first lap in the No. 31. Jarrett Scarberry’s No. 57 charged into fourth, while the No. 98H driven by Sammy Haugen reeled in Adam Powers, whose No. 28P defended second place. Then, on Lap 5, a multicar crash took the field to red flag as two cars struck the wall. The drivers were attended to, and the wreck cleared, and Hotchsteth was able to get out front again on the restart. Lapped traffic started to make things difficult for the leaders, allowing the No. 45 of Cole Tuttle to snatch third from Powers, while Hotchsteth went onto win and secure a spot in the Fast Feature.

Feature – 25 Laps

The No. 48 of Preston Nakayama led the No. 56 of Nick Gunther across the starting line, but was quickly swept into a wreck as the field tried to go three-wide for the lead. The No. 35 of Andrew Lee was also involved, along with the No. 62 of Erik Bain. Restarting again, the No. 32 of Cody Milan took over the lead from Gunther, putting some distance between him and the No. 27 of Brian Harlow. Gunther and Harlow fought hard for second place, and Milan led until a spin prompted another caution. Milan had no issues getting away from the pack once the green flag waved again, and the top 10 filed into a neat single-file lane. While Milan checked out, the 01 of Gary Land stepped out of the single file freight train and took over fifth place, putting the No. 17 of Jeremy Krueger behind him. Meanwhile, after his involvement in the earlier incident, Bain had fought all the way up to seventh before an apparent issue with his race car arose, forcing his early exit from the event. The No. 75X, driven by Makenna Crocker, demoted Harlow, who tried to rally back. They got side by side for a split second before he backed out to avoid incident. Milan continued to dominate the Feature, taking the $500 prize.

Fast Feature – 43 Laps (50 Scheduled)

Talk about drama – with $3,000 on the line, the field set off like a shot at the drop of the green flag, much to the delight of the packed house of fans. Clegg put the No. 66 to the top of the pylon in short order, leaving the No. 78C of Colton Crocker and the No. 9X of Reif to sort out second place behind him. The top three checked out from the rest of the field, until Scarberry and Gracie Crocker made contact and caused a yellow, reining in the field under caution. Clegg defended the lead against Eggleston on the restart, although Colton Crocker was able to take advantage of their battle to slip into second place on the inside. Eggleston plummeted after being hung out to dry on the high side, fighting the No. 21 of Ryan Jones for sixth before claiming another spot over Danny Medina’s No. 15 machine. On a mission, Eggleston put several more cars in his rearview. The No. 03, meanwhile, of Darrell L. Stewart, paced in fourth, while Eggleston worked on Colton Crocker for second, sealing the deal just a few laps later. Scotty Scott’s No. 6 experienced an issue and had to pull off, and Clegg still led, until a caution waved over the No. 14X of Jake Nutall, who spun in Turn 4.

Regrouped, the Legends took off again, and Clegg had to fend off Eggleston for the top spot while Crocker waited for his chance to pass them both. He traded second with Eggleston for a few laps, until the No. 1 of Ryan Land spun out and forced a caution again. Crocker finally got Eggleston and brought Jones with him, but before that battle could shake out, the No. 31 of Dash winner Hotchsteth spun alone in Turn 4 – and under yellow, several cars piled into Turn 2, including Eggleston, Medina, Trayc Walker-Scott, Brendan Ruzbarsky, and quite a few others. Medina retired due to an issue and did not return. Clegg fought off Eggleston on the restart, while Jones and Crocker took it two-wide for second place. Another spin involving a single car slowed things up again, although Clegg had no problems getting back out front. Crocker fell to second, followed by the No. 9X of Reif. Jones dropped back to sixth place, unable to pace the leaders. Eggleston, battling with a bit of crash damage, passed Rusbarsky for fourth and set sights on Clegg up front.

Unfortunately, on Lap 44, a dramatic wreck halted things for good. Eggleston went sideways on the backstretch, collecting several other cars before his No. 22 machine teetered onto its side and flipped six times in front of the pit stands, side over side. Stewart, Jones, Tuttle, Bryanna Bruce, Travis Roe and others were gathered into the melee. Thankfully, the pileup was quickly attended to, ensuring that all involved drivers were cared for and safely able to exit their damaged vehicles. Officials declared the race official at this point as cleanup ensued, marking Clegg the winner of the Fast Feature.

Quick Time: No. 03, Darrell L. Stewart, 18.399

Dash: No. 31, Lonnie Hetchsteth

Fast Dash: No. 66, Kyle Clegg

Feature: No. 32, Cody Milan

Fast Feature: No. 66, Kyle Clegg

GTI Services Late Models

Feature – 50 Laps

A double purse compliments of GTI Golf Cars, Side By Side Fury, Steve’s Transmission & James C. Hill Real Estate awaited at the end of the LM Feature. Skipping the usual pre-intermission Dash racing, 23 Late Models followed Lee Kemmit’s flashy No. 98 across the starting line, leading Lap 1 even as the No. 60 of Rick Duckworth spun alone. Duckworth then attempted to rejoin the racing surface in front of the leaders, causing them to have to rein in behind him. Kemmit and the second-place No. 31 of Rick Smith tried to split Duckworth, although the field stacked up behind them, causing a significant crash. Eric Meisner’s No. 51 caught air and took damage, along with the No. 99 of Tessa Marine and the No. 58 of Bryce Weinmaster. The restart didn’t fare much better – Marine was slow on the start, causing a freight train behind her, culminating in Jeremy Jackson’s No. 96 spinning into Del Trantham’s No. 19. Thankfully, they stayed clean on the next restart, and Kemmit fought against Smith for first place while Chad Cowan’s No. 30X stalked them both. Cowan captured second place, although his continued struggle against Smith allowed Kemmitt to open a six car-length lead. The top 10 fell in line and raced cleanly, while Smith was able to cut the distance to Kemmit and took Cowan along with him. Back up front, Smith looked to Kemmit’s inside and shot past him, taking the lead in Turn 2, followed closely by Cowan, who tried to complete the pass before they caught the tail end of the field. He finally cleared for the lead on Lap 27, and Smith fell back, tracked by the No. 21G of Mike Gallegos. However, Smith would not give up and once again cut the gap on the leader, while the No. 8 of Dan Alamaa caught Kemmit’s machine to contest fourth place.

Having caught the No. 16 of Steve Mills, who was a lapped car, Cowan struggled to pass him, and the two brushed fenders before Cowan was able to put him in the rearview. He then opened up more distance between himself and Smith. Smith also cleared Mills after a long conversation on track and threw the No. 31 machine after the leader in a last-ditch attempt to take the win. Unable to make it stick, Smith settled for second, while Cowan took the crown.

Quick Time: No. 21G, Mike Gallegos, 17.490

Feature: No. 30X, Chad Cowan

Rock ‘N’ Roll Brewery Pure Stocks

Fast Dash – 10 Laps

AJ Hill’s No. 22 shot ahead to lead Lap 1, although he quickly found himself under fire from Austin Richards’ No. 8A. Unfortunately, Richards lost a tire, causing a yellow and ending his bid for the win. Hill started next to Isaac Almaswari’s No. 8, who tried to track him down. However, Hill wouldn’t be denied, enduring slight contact from Almaswari on his way to the win.

Dash – 10 Laps

Mark Bremkamp threw the No. 78 into the mix with the leaders right away, taking them three-wide for the lead. He made it work, taking the top spot until Ben Hendricks’ No. 6 demoted him. A small wreck caused a caution just two laps in, and on the restart, Bremkamp went after Hendricks for first again, although he began to lose ground and could only watch as Hendricks went on to win the Dash.

Feature – 25 Laps

Morris Christner classed the rest for the lead on Lap 1, putting the No. M60 out front. Phillips passed Scott Johnson’s No. 06 for second, and the field scattered three wide a few rows deep behind the leaders. After starting mid-pack, Almaswari had already made enough ground to take fifth, while Johnson worked on Phillips to get his spot back. However, Almaswari made short work of them and began to chip away at Phillips for second. They went two-wide, and while they were at it, they began to cut Christner’s lead, who suddenly found himself in danger as he began to navigate lapped traffic. Almaswari and Phillips traded paint while Johnson entered the mix. After a short battle, Phillips found himself pointed the wrong way as yellow caution lights blazed across the track to slow the field. Almaswari got the jump on the restart, leaving Christner to fight off Richards. While Almaswari checked out with the lead, Ronald Burnett nosed his No. 3 into second place past Christner. Richards also passed Christner barely at the line, clearing him for third place. Almaswari took home the Feature win trophy.

Quick Time: No. 8, Isaac Almaswari, 18.629

Dash: No. 6, Ben Hendricks

Fast Dash: No. 22, AJ Hill

Feature: No. 8, Isaac Almaswari

Take 5 Oil Change Figure 8s

Dash – 12 Laps

The teal No. 52 of Jared Wall led Lap 1. Michael Wolfe Jr.’s No. 3 machine and Jereme Wall’s No. 15 quickly muscled into second and third, catching Jared Wall up front. The No. 03 of Isaiah Martinez suffered an incident on Lap 1 and slowed on the racing surface, prompting a yellow flag. Jared Wall took the green as leader, although Wolfe quickly charged past him and pulled Jereme Wall along through. Jereme clawed past Wolfe, although they were stalled by a lapped car and scrambled to stay out of trouble. It came down to a battle at the line – after dodging through The X, Wolfe charged to the outside to cross the line ahead of Jereme for the win.

Feature – 20 Laps

Wolfe picked up exactly where he left off, putting Jared’s No. 52 machine behind him on the first circuit through The X. Jereme and the No. 71 of Isaac Martinez quickly passed Jared. Then, racing side-by-side in The X, the No. 74 of Sam Faus and the No. 8 of Cassidy Creekmore slammed together and couldn’t separate, causing another caution. Wolfe led again on the restart, although he couldn’t shake Jereme. They were chased by Martinez in the No. 71. On Lap 12, Jereme finally set Wolfe up and put him in second place. A lapped car held Wolfe up further, stalling his forward momentum, but not for long. Wolfe charged back and gave Jereme a run for his money, and only fell short by a nose under the checkered flag.

Dash: No. 3, Michael Wolfe Jr.

Feature: No. 15, Jereme Wall

Puzzle Effect Bandoleros

Bandits Dash - 8 Laps

Peyton Opperman put his No. 23 to the point to lead Lap 1 of the Dash, while the No. 5 of Reagan Fruge passed the No. 18 of Jake Boren for third. Aspyn Lange put her No. 12 to the inside of Opperman, getting past him for the lead while Fruge attempted to mount a charge, but was too far back to many anything stick. Lange was under the checkers ahead of everyone else for the win.

Bandit Feature - 10 Laps

The Feature saw Opperman on the front row, along with the No. 88A of Austin Steinke. Opperman spun as Lange jumped into the lead, gapping Fruge who commanded second. She caught lapped traffic. She made contact with one of them, allowing Fruge to cut the distance and take the lead. However, once they cleared traffic, Lange shot after Fruge, taking him side-by-side for the win. She made it happen and took the win.

Outlaw Dash - 8 Laps

Madilyn Lange’s No. 21 took it three-wide on the start of the Dash, although Wyat Dent’s No. 68 took the lead, followed by Javon Barnard’s No. 38. A few spinouts occurred but they were able to clear the racing surface, and Barnard kept tracking Dent for the lead. He ran out of laps to make something happen and Dent was victorious.

Outlaw Feature - 10 Laps

Dent shot ahead on the start, but the No. 61 of Lilly Tuttle and the No. 08 of Tanner McKim tangled and spun into the dirt behind him. Barnard moved into second and took off after Dent. He followed in Dent’s tracks as the laps ticked down, but never got the opportunity to get past him for the lead. Dent took the Feature trophy.

Bandit Dash: No. 12, Aspyn Lange

Bandit Feature: No. 12, Aspyn Lange

Outlaw Dash: No. 68, Wyatt Dent

Outlaw Feature: No. 68, Wyatt Dent


Late Models - 50 Laps

  1. 30X Chad Cowan - Gering, NE

  2. 31 Rick Smith - Gering, NE

  3. 21G Mike Gallegos - Aurora

  4. 8 Dan Alamaa - CO Springs

  5. 98 Lee Kemmit - Brighton

  6. 18 Casey Wiggans (R) - CO Springs

  7. 94 Kyle Morse - Peyton

  8. 15 Michael Hannah - Centennial

  9. 40 Brandon Newey - Broomfield

  10. 51 Eric Meisner - Brighton

  11. 6 Tommy Roe - Thornton

  12. 48 Mikey Blackard - Hays, KS

  13. 116 Adam Kimler (R) - CO Springs

  14. 58 Bryce Weinmaster - Brighton

  15. 17X Mariah Boudrieau - CO Springs

  16. 96 Jeremy Jackson (R) - Denver

  17. 16 Steve Mills - CO Springs

  18. 7 Ethan Sluder (R) - Hudson

  19. 19 Del Trantham - Canon City

  20. A51 Matthew Hill - Brighton

  21. 99 Tessa Marine (R) - Littleton

  22. 72 Gary Cagle - Fort Collins

  23. 60 Rick Duckworth - Arvada

Legends FAST - 50 Laps

  1. 66 Kyle Clegg - Westminster

  2. 78C Colton Crocker - Brighton

  3. 9X Tyler Reif - Henderson, NV

  4. 19B Brenden Ruzbarsky - Tracy, CA

  5. 4R Tanner Reif - Henderson, NV

  6. 4 Dillon Foster - Westminster

  7. 88F Cade Fox (R) - Wellington

  8. 57 Jarret Scarberry (R) - Denver

  9. 68 Wyatt Dent (R) - Brighton

  10. 1 Ryan Land - Littleton

  11. 78G Gracie Crocker - Brighton

  12. 74 Trayc Walker-Scott (R) - Parker

  13. 22 Chris Eggleston - Erie

  14. 21 Ryan Jones - Arvada

  15. 16 Travis Roe - Thornton

  16. 45 Cole Tuttle - Denver

  17. 03 Darrell L. Stewart - Arvada

  18. 12 Bryanna Bruce - Wheatland, WY

  19. 38 Garrett Wilson - Platteville

  20. 98H Samuel Haugen (R) - Centennial

  21. 14X Jake Nutall - Parker

  22. 04F Alfred Matthews - Arvada

  23. 15 Danny Medina - CO Springs

  24. 31 Lonnie Hotchsteth - Chandler, AZ

  25. 6 Scotty Scott - Arvada

  26. 28P Adam Powers - Silverthorne

Legend - 25 Laps

  1. 32 Cody Milan - Fort Collins

  2. 56 Nick Gunther - CO Springs

  3. 75X Makenna Crocker - Brighton

  4. 27 Brian Harlow - CO Springs

  5. 01 Gary Land - Littleton

  6. 17 Jeremy Krueger (R) - Arvada

  7. 19 Dominic Moss (R) - Arvada

  8. 95 Jessilyn Dike - Westminster

  9. 26 David Anadon - CO Springs

  10. 34 Patty Sylvester (R) - Greeley

  11. 78 Ashlyn Himler - Erie

  12. 62 Erik Bain (R)

  13. 35 Andrew Lee (R) - Fountain

  14. 9 Terry McBride - Edgewater

  15. 8X Jason Schmerse

  16. 48 Preston Nakayama - Loveland DNS 73 Mike Markison (R) - Fort Collins DNS 33 Dillyn Kellogg (R) - Denver DNS 02 Adam Romero - Denver DNS 28A Elijah Anadon - CO Springs

Pure Stocks - 25 Laps

  1. 8 Isaac Almaswari - Brighton

  2. 3 Ronald Burnett (R)

  3. 8A Austin Richards

  4. M60 Morris Christner - Elizabeth

  5. 32 Rick Phillips (R) - Aurora

  6. 22 AJ Hill - Brighton

  7. 6 Ben Hendricks - Cheyenne, WY

  8. 13 Isaac Slinker - Broomfield

  9. 12S Shawn Sulley

  10. 1 Derek Spalding

  11. 78 Mark Bremkamp - Brighton

  12. 7X Dustin Camp

  13. 56 John Ranum (R) - Denver

  14. 06 Scott Johnson (R) - Evans

  15. 53 Josh Hopkins (R)

  16. 18Y Justin Young

Figure 8 - 20 Laps

  1. 15 Jereme Wall - Commerce City

  2. 3 Michael Wolfe Jr - Thornton

  3. 71 Isaac Martinez - Denver

  4. 52 Jared Wall - Commerce City

  5. 57 Nick Martinez - Aurora

  6. 67 Kaleigh Swenson - Strasburg

  7. 64 Michael Kephart - Commerce City

  8. 8 Cassidy Creekmore - CO Springs

  9. 13 Frank Gastineau - Denver

  10. 67X Kylan Swenson - Strasburg

  11. 97 Adam Gastineau - Aurora

  12. 74 Sam Faus - Lakewood DNS 03 Isaiah Martinez (R) - Northglenn

Bandolero Outlaw - 10 Laps

  1. 68 Wyatt Dent - Brighton

  2. 38 Javon Barnard - Northglenn

  3. 21 Madilyn Lange - Wheatland, WY

  4. 08 Tanner McKim - Berthoud

  5. 61 Lilly Tuttle - Denver

  6. 89 Justin Barnard - Northglenn

Bandolero Bandit - 10 Laps

  1. 12 Aspyn Lange - Wheatland, WY

  2. 5 Reagan Fruge

  3. 23 Peyton Opperman - Littleton

  4. 07 Madison Stanley - Thornton

  5. 88A Austin Steinke - Severence

  6. 18 Jake Boren - Pueblo West

  7. 44 Emersyn Weitzel

  8. 95J Jaxson Muhler - Brighton


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