SPOKANE, Washington -- Late in the rain-delayed Inland Northwest Super Stock (INSSA) event at Spokane Raceway Park (SRP) on Sunday it appeared to everyone, including Spokaneʼs Shelby Thompson, that Kevin Richards had this one in the bag.
Richards, from Newman Lake, Washington, who had posted a new track record (17.673), took the lead from Sagle, Idahoʼs Corey Allard on lap 20. Well into the race, Richards was out for a Sunday drive with nearly a half lap lead over Thompson, Christian Roeder (Ephrata, WA), and Erick Hargraves (Yakima, WA).
The caution flew at lap 84 as Jeff Fenton, who had been running 5th, spun on the back stretch and knocked down a concrete section of the wall ~ a caution Richards was soon sorry to see. With the field tightened up, the green flag flew and Richards appeared to have a tire going down. His hands full with a very loose car, Richards did all he could to hang on to the lead. By lap 90, Thompson took over the lead to the boisterous cheers of the ecstatic die-hard race fans that were all on their feet. Thompson led the way to the checkered, followed by Roeder and Hargraves, who were also able to make their way around Richards before crossing the stripe. Corey Allard rounded out the top 5.
Several of the 22 cars that started the event were unable to return Sunday due to other obligations. Saturdayʼs start was the largest field of late models to take the green flag at SRP for many years. Among some of Saturdayʼs starters were ASA Aero Exhaust Northwest Tour drivers Jay Sauls, Matt Hall, Kevin Moland and Brandon Riehl. The Tour drivers were extended a one-time invitation after their race at State Line Speedway was rained out (to be run at a later date).
INSSA returns to State Line Speedway for the 4th event of their season this Saturday night, June 16th. Dave Garber maintains a slim pointʼs lead over Kevin Richards going into this event.
NEXT EVENT: Saturday, June 16, 2007 @ State Line Speedway
.1 3 Shelby Thompson Spokane, WA Running 100 2 84 Christian Roeder Ephrata, WA Running 100 3 51 Erick Hargraves Yakima, WA Running 100 4 14 Kevin Richards Newman Lake, WA Running 100 5 23 Corey Allard Sagle, ID Running 100 6 41 Andy Brown Spokane, WA Running 99 7 11 Greg McKinley Spokane, WA Running 97 8 93 Dave Garber Spokane, WA Running 92 9 4 Jeff Fenton Spokane Accident 84 10 10 Jeff Little Dover, ID Running 69 11 28 Ross Cooper Spokane Valley, WA Mechanical 35 12 6 Rob Reinbold Davenport, WA Accident 34 13 5 Bill Belton Spokane, WA Accident 27 14 20 Jay Sauls Puyallup, WA Rain 8 15 28x Matt Hall Spokane, WA Rain 8 16 21 Jack Morse Colbert, WA Rain 8 17 11B Brandon Riehl Boring, OR Rain 8 18 32 Kevin Moland Spokane, WA Rain 8 19 45 Steve Parrish Coeur d'Alene, ID Rain 8 20 19 Marc Oergel Colbert, WA Rain 8 21 7 Jessie Taylor Clayton, WA Rain 8 22 98x John Clark Spokane Valley, WA Rain 0
|Top Qualifier: #14 ~ Kevin Richards 17.673 ntr |
Lap Leaders: Laps 1-19 #23 Corey Allard; Laps 20-89 #14 Kevin Richards; Laps 90-100 #3 Shelby Thompson
A-Dash - #4 ~ Jeff Fenton
B-Dash - #32 ~ Kevin Moland