(09-30-2017 Dacono CO) On a crisp fall evening at Colorado National Speedway Brian Yackey completed a magical season in the Quaker Steak and Lube Late Models by winning the 2017 CNS track championship as well as the rookie of the year award. Brian added an exclamation point to his season by winning both feature events on the final night of racing. Ed Vecchiarelli won the Grand American Modified championship over his son Eddie and Natalie Phelps narrowly edged out Tyler Mander for the Pure Stock crown. Jereme Wall took his 3rd straight Figure 8 championship and also the trophy in the final night of racing.
Brian Yackey added an exclamation point to his championship season by winning both Late Model feature events (Starr photo)
Quaker Steak and Lube Late Models
In 2016 Brett Yackey had a break-out season and won the Quaker Steak and Lube Late Model Championship. Following in his brother’s footsteps Brian Yackey piloted the #22 Late Model to the championship in a dominating season. Brian entered the final race of 2017 with an incredible 74 point leading winning 5 feature events. In the final race Brian added another 2 feature wins and even overcoming a early race spin after one of the cars had laid transmission fluid on the track sending several cars into the turn 2 wall. Not only was Brian crowned champ but he was also the rookie of the year in the division.
Brian Yackey in winner’s circle at CNS (Starr photo)
30 LAP FEATURE: #22 Brian Yackey 20 LAP FEATURE: #22 Brian Yackey
CHAMPION: #22 Brian Yackey ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: #22 Brian Yackey
SUNOCO Race Fuels Grand American Modifieds
Twenty five years ago the Grand American Modified division crowned Ed Vecchiarelli as the first ever champion. 25 years later (to the day) Ed was once again crowned champion. For most of the season Vecchiarelli was in a tight points battle with his son Eddie. However when Eddie struggled on the second to the last race with mechanical problems it opened the door for Ed to secure his 3rd Grand American Modified championship.
Father and son battle each other for position (Starr photo)
On the final night of racing Eddie Vechiarelli passed early race leader #442 Clint Schubert and never looked back to take the win. Ed Sr. worked his way into to 2nd place which was more than enough to secure the 2017 championship.
Ed Vechiarelli celebrates his 3rd championship at NS (Starr photo)
The rookie of the year award went to 24g Chad Guiliford who snagged a main event win on August 19th.
The Grand American Modified will race one more time in 2017 on Challenge Cup Saturday October 7th.
FEATURE: #48 Eddie Vechiarelli
FAST DASH: 44s Clint Schubert
CHAMPION: #18 Ed Vecchiarelli ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: 24g Chad Guilford
Lincoln College Pure Stocks
One of the most hotly contested championships at CNS was in the Lincoln College Pure Stocks where Cheyenne Wyoming’s Natalie Phelps entered the night with just an 11 point lead over Tyler Mander from Evans Colorado. Mander seemed to be determined to have s storybook finish to the season as he blazed a trail to the front of the fast dash taking the win and cutting the led to 8 points entering the feature event.
#98 Natalie Phelps and #03 Tyler Mander navigate lapped traffic (Starr photo)
And in the feature Mander once again flexed his muscle early grabbing the lead from the 00x of Jake Fitzgerald. The action was fast and furious in the large field of cars and Phelps was working her way to the front to battle Mander for the lead. When Phelps caught Mander in traffic the cars went 4-wide as they passed lapped cars in a thrilling battle for the lead. Phelps would eventually take the lead on a double-file restart and cruise her 6th of the season. Mander also had an impressive season finishing in 2nd place in the standings and in the race. 99s Sam Messerli came in 3rd in the race and 3rd in the final point standings.
Natalie Phelps celebrates a championship season at CNS (Starr photo)
With the championship Natalie will be forced to move out of the Pure Stocks in 2018. Natalie has developed into a fan-favorite at the track therefore it will be very exciting to see what division she choose to move into in 2018.
FEATURE:#98 Natalie Phelps FAST DASH: #03 Tyler Mander
CHAMPION: #98 Natalie Phelps
Chick-Fil-A Figure 8s
Few drivers have so completely dominated a division as Jereme Wall has dominated the Chick-fil-A Figure 8s over the past 3 years. Wall entered the final race having won 9 of the 10 Figure 8 races in 2017. Jereme would add another win on the final night of race in dominating fashion over his brother Hard and Justin McKeachie.
Jereme Wall scored his 3rd straight Figure 8 championship at CNS (Starr photo)
The feature event was not short on action as 4 Pure Stocks joined the field creating plenty of excitement and action in the X.
Impressive first year driver Jeremey Jackson ion the #2 car was crowned the 2017 rookie of the year based on his 6th plan e finish in the final points standings.
FEATURE: #15 Jereme Wall FAST DASH: #17 Harry Livermore Jr.
CHAMPION: #15 Jereme Wall ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: #2 Jeremey Jackson
Witthar Racing Trains
FEATURE: #86 Last Call Train Wally Wall and Terri Pugilse
Late Model 30 Lap Feature Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 22 Brian Yackey (R) Greeley 2. 53G Nathan Gasser Westminster 3. 33 Bear Lynch Arvada 4. 98 Lee Kemmit Brighton 5. 58 Jeff Webb Arvada 6. 17 Paul Deines 7. 9 Brent Cave (R) Thornton 8. 44 Tom Powers Castle Rock 9. 72 Gary Cagle Ft Collins 10. 94 Kyle Morse 11. 88c Don Cole 12. 30 Jan Oxley Ft Lupton 13. 6 Jason Sharp Fountain 14. 29 Rayshawn Carter Commerce City 15. 11 Aaron Paulsen Pueblo West 16. 28 Alan Carter Commerce City 17. 35 AJ Morse Colorado Springs 18. 91 George Burke Colo Springs 19. 27 Wendi Lewis Johnstown 20. 97 Adam Gastineau Aurora 21. 16 Steve Mills Colorado Springs DNS 31 Derek Smith Gering
Late Model 20 Lap Feature Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 22 Brian Yackey (R) Greeley 2. 33 Bear Lynch Arvada 3. 98 Lee Kemmit Brighton 4. 9 Brent Cave (R) Thornton 5. 11 Aaron Paulsen Pueblo West 6. 17 Paul Deines 7. 53G Nathan Gasser Westminster 8. 44 Tom Powers Castle Rock 9. 27 Wendi Lewis Johnstown 10. 58 Jeff Webb Arvada 11. 91 George Burke Colo Springs 12. 16 Steve Mills Colorado Springs 13. 72 Gary Cagle Ft Collins 14. 29 Rayshawn Carter Commerce City 15. 30 Jan Oxley Ft Lupton 16. 94 Kyle Morse 17. 97 Adam Gastineau Aurora 18. 88c Don Cole 19. 35 AJ Morse Colorado Springs 20. 28 Alan Carter Commerce City 21. 6 Jason Sharp Fountain DNS 31 Derek Smith Gering
Grand American Modifieds Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 48 Eddie Vecchiarelli Brighton 2. 18 Ed Vecchiarelli Brighton 3. 44 Justin Case Brighton 4. 44s Clint Schubert Calhan 5. 13 Darin Clark Cheyenne 6. 84 Aaron Paulsen Pueblo West 7. 24 Chad Guilford HIghlands Ranch 8. 51 Joe Mares Jr Henderson 9. 44x Ryan Oerter 10. 25 Dan Jagoditsh Cheyenne 11. 57B Brady Balderston Parker 12. 8 Dan Alamaa CO Springs 13. 85 Jeff Walbaum Brighton
Pure Stocks Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 98 Natalie Phelps Cheyenne 2. 03 Tyler Mander Evans 3. 99S Sam Messerli (R) Thornton 4. 00x Jake Fitzgerald Longmont 5. 31 Michael Mathiesen Dacono 6. 38 Jesse Davis Thornton 7. 86 Tim Coate Littleton 8. 99R Ryan Raley Jr Thornton 9. 88 Jacob Poole Evens 10. 22 Jay Hill 11. 29B Greek Bastianos 12. 66 Tyler Van Den Elzen Greeley 13. 52 Chad Southerland Commerce City 14. 02 Chan Raley Thornton 15. 51 Joseph Dike 16. 13 Issac Slinker Greeley 17. 60 Matthew Hill 18. 29G Justin Griffin Greeley 19. 60H Buddy Hilton Brighton 20. 3 Brian Lengvenas Thornton 21. 31 Rich Barwinski 22. 23 Jordan Abeyta Denver DNS 06 Brian DeBauche Denver DNS 54 Zach Trujillo DNS 07 Joseph Hilton Wheatridge DNS 68J Matt Sowash Lakewood DNS 7 David Robinson Johnstown
Figure 8s Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 15 Jereme Wall Commerce City 2. 52 Jared Wall Commerce City 3. 50 Justin McKeachie Aurora 4. 9 Brent Cave Thornton 5. 3 Mike Wolfe Jr Westminster 6. 12 Harvey Webb Jr Longmont 7. 97 Adam Gastineau Aurora 8. 17 Harry Livermore Jr. Denver 9. 02 Chan Raley Thornton 10. 07 Joseph Hilton Wheatridge 11. 40 Mike Mercer Byers 12. 2 Jeremy Jackson (R) Lakewood 13. 4 Sean Smith Greeley 14. 67 Keith Swenson Byers 15. 35 Chris Voorhis Thornton 16. 60 Jonathan Lindberg (R) Brighton 17. 99R Ryan Raley Jr Thornton DNS 11 Joe Gastineau Centennial
Trains Pos No. Name Hometown 1. 86 Last Call Jared and Terri 2. 13 Crazy Train Taylor and Stephanie 3. 1 Robert Davey Dave Smith 4. 5 Hearse Train Alex and Alegra 5. 01 Lonnie Watkins Gabe Gomez