(07-05-2014 Dacono, CO) A warm Colorado summer evening was the setting for the Famous Dave’s BBQ Special at CNS and the large crowd enjoyed some great racing and a huge fireworks display to end the night. Dominic Ursetta won both segments of the 80 lap Super Late Model special and Ethan Penrod won his first ever Late Model feature. Michael Cox held off all challengers to win the Super Stock feature and Ron Reed and Gage Mcallister won the 250cc and 450cc Supermoto events.
Gillett Vet Clinic Super Late Models. A large field of Gillett Vet Clinic Super Late Models were on hand to run the Famous Dave’s BBQ Special which is a 80 lap event that is broken into 2 segments. The first segment is a 30 lap race after which the drivers and teams have a chance to make final adjustments in preparation for the last 50 lap segment.
Dominic Ursetta cruises to the win in segment one (Starr photo)
But on this night none of the drivers had anything for young Dominic Ursetta in the #6 car as he crushed the competition in both segments.
Ursetta started on the pole in the first segment and cruised to the easy win. Yet that finish would force him to start in the third row of the final 50 lap segment. However it didn’t take long for the 6 car to move up into 2nd place passing #22 Chris Eggleston and then pulling up on #39 Jack Nugent who had built a rather large lead on the field. As Ursetta began to challenge Nugent the #39 crackled and sent off a shower of sparks as Jack’s night was done and he pulled into the infield.
Leader #39 Jack Nugent breaks in segment 2 ending his night (Starr photo)
From that point on Ursetta cruised to the win and ultimately built a massive lead on the field. Behind the leader a great battle was raging between #12 Bruce Yackey and #31 Rick Smith, as the two former champions raced side by side navigating lapped traffic. Bad luck for both Eggleston and #74 Dan Savage who had won the FAST DASH as they exited the race with mechanical troubles past the halfway point.
Action throughout the field thrilled the large crowd at CNS (Starr photo)
Behind Ursetta, Smith, and Yackey, was the #11 of Darren Robertson who seemed to get stronger as the race progressed but couldn’t mount a charge to finish higher than 4th place. However with the strong finish Darren sits in 2nd place behind Ursetta in the season standings.
At the flag it was Ursetta by a straightaway over Rick Smith and Bruce Yackey. Robertson in 4th and #27 Roger “the Ice-Man” Avants with a strong 5th place finish.
Dominic Ursetta in winner’s circle at CNS (Starr photo)
Dominic Ursetta now has a commanding 61 point lead in the 2014 championship standings. Robertson, Smith, Darren Bucklen, and Yackey make up the rest of the top 5 in points.
30 LAP SEGMENT ONE: #6 Dominic Ursetta 50 LAP SEGMENT TWO: #6 Dominic Ursetta FAST DASH: #74 Dan Savage DASH: #34 Rudy Vanderwal QUICK TIME: #6 Dominic Ursetta 16.332
South Philly Cheesesteak Late Models. #7 Ethan Penrod’s night didn’t start out very well as he blew a tire in the FAST DASH which could have easily been the end of his night had he not saved the car from hitting the wall. But in the 30 lap feature event Ethan’s fortunes changed dramatically as he grabbed the lead from #3 Wade Grove on lap 4 and went on to win his first ever Late Model Feature event.
The Late Models take the green flag at CNS (Starr photo)
While Penrod built a large lead early #41 Mark Neff worked his way around 2nd place driver #8 Jeff Walbaum and began to track down Penrod for the lead. With just 5 laps to go Penrod’s lead had completely evaporated and Neff was right on his tail.
Yet the determined Penrod saved his best for last as he held off the charging Neff which landed Ethan squarely in winner’s circle taking home the large trophy. Neff finished a close second and Walbaum was 3rd. #76 Chad Cowan crossed the line 4th and #3 Wade Grove took the final spot in the top 5.
Ethan Penrod celebrates his first ever feature win at CNS (Starr photo)
FEATURE WINNER: #7 Ethan Penrod FAST DASH: #99 Nick Brinlee DASH: #75 Emilio Abeyta QUICK TIME: #41 Mark Neff 17.749
NTC Logistics Super Stocks. #3 Michael Cox started on the pole position in the NTC Logistics Super Stock feature but had to earn every penny of his victory as #19 Brent Miller, #32 Brett Yackey and #88 David Rothrock where in hot pursuit for the entire 30 laps. Both Miller and Yackey took turns running second trying to get by Cox but the blue #3 was just too fast and went on to win his 3rd feature of the 2014 season. Cox holds a narrow 2 point lead in the standings over Rothrock.
Feature winner #3 Michael Cox holding off the competition to win the Super Stock feature. (starr photo)
FEATURE WINNER: #3 Michael Cox FAST DASH: #88 David Rothrock QUICK TIME: #88 David Rothrock 19.776
Supermoto Colorado National Speedway welcomed the AMA Pro Supermoto to the speedway and they thrilled the crowd with two races one being the 250cc “lite” division and the other the 450cc premiere division. Littleton Colorado’s own Ron Reed was victorious in the 250s and Gage Mcallister dominated the 450cc division.
#1 Ron Reed wins the 250cc Supermoto (Starr photo)
#51 gage Mcallister receives his trophy for winning the 450cc Premier division in the Supermoto (Starr photo)
250cc Lites: Ron Reed – Littleton Colorado 450cc: Gage Mcallister
Official Finishing Order
Super Late Models Segment One 30 Laps Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 6 Dominic Ursetta Arvada CO 2. 12 Bruce Yackey Greeley CO 3. 22 Chris Eggleston Thornton CO 4. 31 Rick Smith Gering NE 5. 39 Jack Nugent Lafayette CO 6. 11 Darren Robertson Westminster CO 7. 74 Dan Savage Aurora CO 8. 55 Jesse Runkle Lakewood CO 9. 91 Chris Atkinson Cheyenne WY 10. 27 Roger Avants Littleton CO 11. 66 Darren Bucklan Greeley CO 12. 84 Matt Zwingleberg 13. 34 Rudy Vanderwal(R) LaSalle CO 14. 61 Chris Archer Henderson CO 15. 25 Monty Skinner Black Hawk CO 16. 76 Gary Coate (R) Highlands Ranch CO 17. 5 Trent Phillips Hemingford NE
Segment two 50 laps Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 6 Dominic Ursetta Arvada CO 2. 31 Rick Smith Gering NE 3. 12 Bruce Yackey Greeley CO 4. 11 Darren Robertson Westminster CO 5. 27 Roger Avants Littleton CO 6. 91 Chris Atkinson Cheyenne WY 7. 34 Rudy Vanderwal(R) LaSalle CO 8. 55 Jesse Runkle Lakewood CO 9. 66 Darren Bucklan Greeley CO 10. 84 Matt Zwingleberg 11. 25 Monty Skinner Black Hawk CO 12. 76 Gary Coate (R) Highlands Ranch CO 13. 22 Chris Eggleston Thornton CO 14. 74 Dan Savage Aurora CO 15. 39 Jack Nugent Lafayette CO 16. 5 Trent Phillips Hemingford NE
Late Models Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 7 Ethan Penrod Thornton CO 2. 41x Mark Neff Westminster CO 3. 8 Jeff Walbaum Brighton CO 4. 76 Chad Cowan Gering NE 5. 3 Wade Grove Thornton CO 6. 99 Nick Brinlee Broomfield CO 7. 88 David Rothrock (R) 8. 75 Emilio Abeyta (R) 9. 5 Trent Phillips Hemingford NE 10. 33 Christopher Buskirk (R) Bayard NE 11. 27 Wendi Lewis Johnstown CO 12. 30 Jan Oxley Ft. Lupton CO 13. 97 Adam Gastineau 14. 29 Rayshawn Carter Commerce City CO 15. 28 Alan Carter Commerce City CO 16. 21 Loren Jessen(R)
Super Stocks Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 3 Michael Cox Englewood CO 2. 19 Brent Miller(R) Brighton CO 3. 88 David Rothrock Commerce City CO 4. 32 Brett Yackey(R) Greeley CO 5. 05 Troy Witthar Eastlake CO 6. 9 Curtis Heldenbrand Arvada CO 7. 23 George Gallegos Lakewood CO 8. 61 John Humphrey 9. 02 Darrell Smith Littleton CO 10. 1 John Clark (R) Commerce City CO 11. 69 Derick Brugger(R) Northglenn CO