For three-time champion Dave Garber, Saturday night’s INSSA Super Late Model 2010 opener looked like a Sunday drive. While Garber nearly won a feature event a week ago in Kalispell, many of his INSSA competitors were still busy getting the “first race” bugs worked out. Garber posted the quickest qualifying lap of the day at 13.266, and along with Kameron McKeehan, Amanda MacDonald and rookie Braeden Havens, set the pace for the A-Dash. MacDonald took her first INSSA trophy of the season.
With Ross Cooper sidelined by not one, but two broken transmissions, and Casy Akers having an unfortunate meeting with the back stretch wall during the heat race, twelve cars took the green flag for the opening feature event. Jeff Little jumped out to take the early lead over Rob Reinbold. Garber quickly caught and passed them and moved to the point. The excitement was all behind him though, as Little and MacDonald battled for the second spot. MacDonald took over second, and along with Little, Kit VanBuskirk and Kameron McKeehan, started their pursuit of Garber.
MacDonald pulled away with second place firmly in her grasp, but a spirited battle between Little, VanBuskirk, Jeff Fenton, and McKeehan ensued behind her. A spin by VanBuskirk on lap 25 took him out of the challenge. For the moment, Little secured the third position. The fight for fourth continued between McKeehan and Fenton, with Steve Parrish and Braeden Havens joining in. McKeehan started to fall back by lap 50, and a flat tire sent him to the pits shortly after. Parrish slowly worked his way through the pack and by lap 70, had caught and passed Little to take over the third position.
Meanwhile, as lap 90 rolled around, Braeden Havens, who had also sat back, quietly biding his time, was holding the fifth position. By lap 95, Havens had made his move and taken over not just fourth, but third position as well, from Fenton and Parrish. The top five held their spots until the checkers, with Reinbold, rookie Todd Havens, VanBuskirk, Little and McKeehan rounding out the top ten.
INSSA Super Late Model’s next event is a non-points feature at Montana Raceway Park. The third annual Battle of the Borders will run June 12 at the Kalispell track. Dave Garber won the inaugural Border Challenge, with Bodie Morton of Montana victorious at the second running. A return to StateLine Speedway on June 26, promises additional drivers and fierce competition in store for that date. For more scheduling and current point’s information, please see www.INSSA.org.