(09-12-2015 Dacono Colorado) The Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks have been one of the most exciting and competitive divisions over the past several seasons and 2015 was no exception. Rudy Vanderwal, Adam Deines, and Matt Burton came into the final race all fighting for the top spot. Vanderwal was able to win his second straight Pro Truck Championship by finishing 3rd and 2nd in the two Pro Truck feature events on Championship night holding off Deines by just 7 points.
#7 Adam Deines and #34 Rudy Vanderwal battled to the very end of the 2015 season (Starr photo)
Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks
Rudy Vanderwal was seeking to repeat his 2014 crown as he entered the Snap-On Tools Championship night with just a slim 7 point lead over Adam Deines. Deines entered the evening winning 3 of the last 5 feature events so everyone knew this would be a battle to remember. It would take two feature events on the final night to settle the score.
In the first feature Deines made his case for the championship by taking the checkered flag in a caution filled event. Vanderwal had a battle on his hands trying to hold off youngster AJ Warren in the #2 Truck. At the finish warren nudged out Vanderwal for 2nd place by a mere 7/1000th of a second.
Adam Deines took the win in feature number one (Starr photo)
The drama couldn’t have been higher as the two drivers entered the second 40 lap feature only separated by a couple points. Deines would have to earn every point as he drew a terrible 7th place starting spot. Vanderwal lined up in 4th and the race was on. While #82 Michael Scott was leading the race all eyes were on the #7 and the #34 to see who would be this years Snap-On Tools Pro Truck Champion. #36 Matt Burton was also on the thick of things but he would need a miracle to steal the championship.
A great 5 truck battle thrilled the fans between the Scott, Burton, Vanderwal, Deines, and Warren. Vanderwal was able to get by Burton for 2nd as did Deines taking 3rd. As the race neared complete Scott in the yellow #82 truck began to build a rather large lead on the field and went on to take the win, his first of the season.
Michael Scott celebrates his first Pro Truck win of the 2015 season (Starr photo)
Second place was enough for Vanderwal to secure his second straight Snap-On Tools Pro Truck Championship. Deines settled for third place, just narrowly missing the championship battle. Warren took home 4th and #85 Cole MacEwen from Fort Collins had an impressive 5th place finish.
Rudy Vanderwal celebrates his second straight Pro Truck Championship (Starr photo)
FEATURE WINNER RACE 1: #7 Adam Deines FEATURE WINNER RACE2: #82 Michael Scott FAST DASH: #2 AJ Warren DASH: #5 Troy Witthar QUICK TIME: 17.041 #82 Michael Scott
2015 CHAMPION: #34 Rudy Vanderwal 2015 Rookie of the Year: #47 Jesse Seigel
SUNOCO Fuels Grand American Modifieds
Jeff Hansen came into the final points race having won only one feature event all season. However Hansen’s consistent top 5 finishes had him leading the points on route to his second ever CNS track championship.
When the green flag dropped Hansen in the #77 and Kyle Ray in the #58 would race side by side with both drivers taking turns leading the race. Ray eventually clears the field and begins to put some distance on the field with Hansen and #95 Cris Muhler in 2nd and 3rd. Last years champion #44 Justin Case is right behind Muhler making his presence felt.
The Grand American Modifieds battle for position in the final points race of 2015 (Starr photo)
On lap 23 Ray’s car suffers mechanical failure therefore Hansen inherits the lead and the eventual win. With the win Hansen takes home the 2015 SUNOCO Fuels Grand American Modified championship. Muhler not only takes 2nd in the race but also 2nd in the final point standings.
Jeff Hansen celebrates his feature win and his 2015 championship (Starr photo)
FEATURE WINNER: #77 Jeff Hansen FAST DASH: #95 Cris Muhler DASH: #44 Justin Case QUICK TIME: 17.308 #58 Kyle Ray
2015 CHAMPION: #77 Jeff Hansen 2015 Rookie of the Year: #17 Jeremy Barclay
Richie Castor Jr. locked up his 3rd CNS track championship in the Supermodifieds with a 5th place finish in the feature event. Castor was able to secure the championship with a very consistent season finishing near the front in almost every single race.
#13 Ricky Otts dominated the final Supermodified race of the season (Starr photo)
Richie Castor Jr. is the 2015 Supermodified track champion (Starr photo)
On this night it was all Ricky Otts in the #13 car who not only won the race but lapped nearly every car. After a brief battle with #58 Kyle Ray, Otts set sail and won the race by a straightaway margin. Ray took home second place, 7s Stevie Gallegos was 3rd, #40 Harry Stone was 4th, and #2 Richard Castor JR was 5th.
FEATURE WINNER: #13 Ricky Otts FAST DASH: #13, Ricky Otts DASH: 7s Stevie Gallegos QUICK TIME: 14.159 #58 Kyle Ray
2015 CHAMPION: #2 Richie Castor Jr.
Lite DIVISION FEATURE WINNER: #340 Levi Wolfe Heavy DIVISION FEATURE WINNER: #01 Shawn Orth
Pro Truck Feature 1 Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 7 Adam Deines Longmont 2. 2 AJ Warren Berthoud 3. 34 Rudy Vanderwal La Salle 4. 17 Scott Rhoades Wheatridge 5. 36 Matt Burton Englewood 6. 82 Michael Scott Cheyenne 7. 84 Daniel Mares (R) Aurora 8. 65 George Green (R) Firestone 9. 37 Josh Richard (R) Calhan 10. 5 Troy Witthar Eastlake 11. 47 Jesse Seigel (R) Castle Rock 12. 28 Sterling Martinz (R) Cheyenne 13. 0 Billy Harkins Lakewood 14. 85 Cole MacEwen(R) Ft Collins 15. 11 Steve Johnson Loveland
Pro Truck Feature 2 Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 82 Michael Scott Cheyenne 2. 34 Rudy Vanderwal La Salle 3. 7 Adam Deines Longmont 4. 2 AJ Warren Berthoud 5. 85 Cole MacEwen(R) Ft Collins 6. 5 Troy Witthar Eastlake 7. 36 Matt Burton Englewood 8. 17 Scott Rhoades Wheatridge 9. 84 Daniel Mares (R) Aurora 10. 47 Jesse Seigel (R) Castle Rock 11. 37 Josh Richard (R) Calhan 12. 65 George Green (R) Firestone 13. 0 Billy Harkins Lakewood 14. 11 Steve Johnson Loveland DNS 28 Sterling Martinz (R) Cheyenne
Grand American Modifieds Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 77 Jeff Hansen Berthoud 2. 95 Cris Muhler Brighton 3. 44 Justin Case Brighton 4. 17 Jeremy Barclay(R) Thornton 5. 0 Ron ONeil Colorado Springs 6. 13 Darin Clark 7. 57B Brady Balderston Parker 8. 66 John Seely Parker 9. 19m David Miller (R) Brighton 10. 44s Clint Schubert Calhan 11. 58 Kyle Ray Littleton
Supermodifieds Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 13 Ricky Otts New Caney TX 2. 58 Kyle Ray Littleton 3. 7s Stevie Gallegos Castle Rock 4. 40 Harry Stone Broomfield 5. 2 Richard Castor JR Bennett 6. 4 Cody Castor Bennett 7. 14 Joe Gallegos Castle Rock 8. 27 Roger Avants Littleton 9. 1j Luke Johnson (R) 10. 51 Joe Priselac Commerce City DNS 3 Harold Evans Littleton