LAS VEGAS, Nevada — The final checkered flag has waved on the 2010 season at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 2010 edition of the Bullring's famous Open Comp season-ender is in the record books and Dutsin Ash's name is on the final page, as the biggest winner.
The 200-lap Super Late Model feature was only 1/2-lap old when two cars crashed in Turn 2 and the race resumed in a complete restart. Polesitter Dustin Ash led Scott Gafforini across the finish line to record the first lap. Following a spate of caution periods for spins and ensuing restarts, the drivers got down to some good racing. Ash led the field until Ryan Reed of Bakersfield dove to his inside and grabbed the lead in Turn 3 on lap 76. Reed led the field off the track on lap 100 for the 10-minute halftime pit stop. A weather front was moving into the area as Dustin Ash wrestled the lead from Reed on lap 112. The caution flag flew again on lap 120 when Scott Gafforini's engine expired and four cars spun on the front chute. When the green flag flew, the racing resumed in desperation as drivers fought for the top spot as the oncoming rain threatened to soak the track. With 50 laps remaining, Reed was battled lapped traffic but managed to keep some space between himself and Bear Rzesnowiecky while Dylan Kwasniewski sparred with Ronnie Hults for third place. With 20 laps to go, Reed encountered more lapped traffic as Ash took second place back from Luis Martinez Jr. With just 10 laps remaining, Ash cut down Reed's lead as they raced through lapped traffic. Disaster struck on lap 192 when Reed drove into the back of a lapped car on the front straightaway and his once-dominant car sustained heavy damage. The 200-lap grind now was reduced to a five-lap shootout. Ash took the green flag and started to pull away from Martinez. The final laps counted down and Ash drove on to victory, ahead of Martinez Jr., Hults and Blake Williams.
"That was tough, that was definitely the hardest race all year," said Ash.
Reed finished 16th.
Hometown hero Scott Gafforini showed everyone the fast way around the Bullring's 3/8-mile asphalt oval as he dominated the 100-lap Late Model feature and won it handily. Forced to stare at Gafforini's rear bumper for all 100 laps were Korbin Thomas, Toni McCray, Rod Johnson Jr. and Brent Morris.
The 75-lap Modified feature was slowed twice for spins before one lap was recorded. After the field sorted itself out, El Cajon's Jimmy Dickerson led every lap and was easily cruising through lapped traffic with just two laps remaining when a car spun on the front chute and caused a caution period with a green-white-checkered finish. Dickerson survived the resart, cruised away from the snarling pack and collected the giant trophy. Andrew Phipps finished second and Shelby Strobel finished third.Modified notes: Three-time Open Comp Modified winner Scott Winters dropped out with just 15 laps remaining. The Modified B-Feature was won by Jentry Pisca. The Modified Last-Chance Race was won by P.J. Megna.
Austin Morris won the 20-lap Bandolero Outlaw feature. Christian Warren finished second and Trevor Huddleston was third. Chris Trickle won the 20-lap Bandolero Bandit feature, followed by Vincent Raucci Jr. and Matthew Emery.
Brent Scheidmantle won the 35-lap Legend Cars feature. Dustin Ash finished second and Alex Haas was third. Haas' car failed to pass post-race technical inspection and he was disqualified. Danny Medina moved up to third.
Nick Drake of Mooresville, N.C. won the 35-lap USAC Focus Midget feature ahead of Cody Gerhardt, Garrett Peterson, Kyle O'Gara and Jake Blackhurst. The five-car USAC Midget Young Guns feature was won by Austin Farley.
Local racer Dylan Kwasniewski's four-wheeled version of an ironman triathlon resulted in a fifth-place finish in the 75-lap Modified feature, a 10th-place finish in the Late Model finale and 19th in the 200-lap Super Late Model feature.
20-lap Modified B-Feature: 1. Jentry Pisca, 2. Michael Haddanham, 3. Scott Osborne, 4. Kelly Peacock, 5. Charlie Hamm Jr., 6. Roger Wilson, 7. John Vanderpool, 8. Mike Castagno, 9. Hayden Smith, 10. Mindy McCord, 12. Lee Hackney.
20-lap Bandolero Outlaw feature: 1. Austin Morris, 2. Christian Warren, 3. Trevor Huddleston, 4. Kayli Barker, 5. John Spilotro, 6. Case Brinksma.
20-lap Bandolero Bandit feature: 1. Christ Trickle, 2. Vincent Raucci Jr., 3. Matthew Emery, 4. Blaine Perkins, 5. Camron Stafford.
25-lap USAC Young Gun feature: 1. Austin Farley, 2. Jessica Clark, 3. Brandon White, 4. Jared Blondel, 5. Christine Breckenridge.
35-lap Legend Cars Open Comp: 1. Brent Scheidmantle, 2. Dustin Ash, 3. Danny Medina, 4. Jeremiah Wagner, 5. Brecken Snow, 6. Mike Abbate, 7. Jeremy Wood, 8. Scott Walker, 9. Josh Fultz, 10. Robert D'Ambra, 11. Anthony Medina, 12. Devin Mack, 13. Jeffrey King, 14. Tim Corbett, 15. Bob Kronenberg, 16. C.J. Hulsey, 17. Chance Overholt, 18. Ryan Mosher, 19. Austin Reed, 20. J.C. Wolford, 21. Scott Elbridge, 22. Blake Dunkleburger, 23. Spike Schultze, 24. Kelly Thelen, 25. Giles Thornton, 26. Gage Raines, 27. Zach Havens, 28. Andrew Muscannell, 29. Devin Clayton, Alex Haas (disqualified).
35-lap USAC Focus Midget National Championship Final: 1. Nick Drake, 2. Cody Gerhardt, 3. Garrett Peterson, 4. Kyle O'Gara, 5. Jake Blackhurst, 6. Cody Thompson, 7. Kyle Bailey, 8. Tim Skoglund, 9. Tyler Cottongim, 10. Michael Daniels, 11. Austin Farley, 12. Eli Schrock, 13. Bobby Runyan, 14. Brandon White, 15. Shawn Buckley, 16. Jessica Clark, 17. Guy Swainsbury, 18. Kyle Edwards, 19. Terra Bower, 20. Greg Fuette, 21. Connor Kassik, 22. Keegan Walmer, 23. Bob Brewer, 24. Jeff Kelly, 25. Kyle Cline.
100-lap Late Model Open Comp: 1. Scott Gafforini, 2. Korbin Thomas, 3. Toni McCray, 4. Rod Johnson Jr., 5. Brent Morris, 6. Tim Smith, 7. Chris Holloway, 8. Tom Berrow, 9. Dave Hemrick, 10. Dylan Kwasniewski, 11. George Atkinson Jr., 12. Bear Lynch, 13. Brian Koski, 14. Dale Reeder, 15. Mike McKearn, 16. Brandon Carlson, 17. Glen Burke, 18. Geoff Morris, 19. Kenny Smith, 20. Cheyanne Schindler, 21. Taylor Minch, 22. Eric Richardson, 23. Morris Sealy, 24. David Hulsey, 25. Brandon Lovreock, 26. Clay Wattenbarger.
75-lap Modified Open Comp: 1. Jimmy Dickerson, 2. Andrew Phipps, 3. Shelby Stroebel, 4. Jim Mardis, 5. Dylan Kwasniewski, 6. Mark Ith Jr., 7. Scott Osborne, 8. P.J. Megna, 9. Austin Barnes, 10. Charlie Hamm Jr., 11. Doug Hamm, 12. Mike Castagno, 13. Roger Wilson, 14. Jeff Webster, 15. John Vanderpool, 16. Kelly Peacock, 17. Mindy McCord, 18. Scott Winters, 19. Lynn Hardy, 20. Tom Hynes, 21. Dennis Wurtz, 22. Michael Haddenham, 23. Jentry Pisca, 24. Anthony Gordon, 25. Guy Young, 26. Chris Gerchman.
200-lap Super Late Model Open Comp: 1. Dustin Ash, 2. Luis Martinez Jr., 3. Ronnie Hults, 4. Blake Williams, 5. Bear Rzesnowiecky, 6. Brian Levant, 7. Chris Clyne, 8. Steve Anderson, 9. Jon Hubbert, 10. Zan Sharp, 11. Glen Burke, 12. Billy Mitchell, 13. Michael Haslam, 14. Bob Wikey, 15. Rick Chavez, 16. Ryan Reed, 17. John Thompson, 18. Andy Allen, 19. Dylan Kwasniewski, 20. Scott Gafforini, 21. Tom Berrow, 22. Austin Barnes, 23. Dennis Riock Jr., 24. Darrell Midgeley, 25. Robert Ewing, Casey Kingsland (disqualified).
Tilton wins wild Charger feature on first day of Open Comp at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
LAS VEGAS (Nov. 5, 2010) - It was a night at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway that won't soon be forgotten. In a Hollywood-scripted finish, Jacob Tilton scored a thrilling win in the 50-lap Charger feature that had the crowd on its feet and cheering. With the 2010 season's top three drivers absent from the entry list, the Charger class' main event was a wide-open affair. California's Gerrit Cromsigt won the heat race and started from the pole. He looked to have the race well in hand and threatened to lead it from green to checkered but James Wingard finally was able to chase him down. Wingard made a move to Cromsigt's outside on the front chute on lap 30 and scraped the wall, which slowed his progress. Wingard regrouped, refused to give up, and with Cromsigt's front brakes glowing like a potbelly stove, he made the pass and took the lead. A late-race caution for a spin by Kayli Barker on the front chute bunched the pack again and Cromsigt outdragged Wingard on the restart to take the lead. Wingard battled back and hounded the Saugus, Calif. invader to the white flag. With the chekered flag in sight, Wingard and Cromsigt spun in Turn 4 and Jacob Tilton -- who ran most of the race in third place -- dodged the melee and grabbed the checkered flag for a $777.77 payday. Jason Delong finished second and Rich Delong III was third. Cromsigt and Wingard finished fifth and sixth, respectively.
Dallas Simonette won the 50-lap Bomber feature, his first win of the 2010 season. Steve Borkowski finished second and Tom Dittman was third. Bomber heats were won by Simonette and Vinny Raucci.
Dillon Lupton turned the 50-lap S2 Late Model feature into a rout. Starting third and taking the lead quickly, he went on to build up a five-second lead over the second-place car of Andrew Porter. With just two laps remaining, Bill Waters created an anxious moment when he spun on the front straightaway and then pulled out directly in front of the leader. Lupton dodged the unexpected bullet and survived a green-white-checkered restart to score the win. Porter finished second and Joe Anderson was third.
Fast Dashes were won by: Dustin Ash and Alex Haas (Legend Cars), Scott Gafforini and Tom Berrow (Late Models), Jimmy Dickerson and Andrew Phipps (Modifieds), Dustin Ash and Scott Gafforini (Super Late Models).. The Fast Dashes determined the starting line-ups for Saturday's features.
Heavy Metal Challenge: winners in the Bomber and Charger features received a first-place paycheck of $777.77, courtesy of K&N Filters, Lucas Oil and LVMS.
|1. Dallas Simonette, 2. Steve Borkowski, 3. Tom Dittman, 4. Bret Empey, 5. Wade Pearson, 6. Vinny Raucci, 7. Cayla Bronston, 8. Roland Pelletier, 9. Gerald Dittman, 10. Loren Bronston, 11. Jason Faz, 12. Jason Kiser, 13. Martin Sullins, 14. Larry Dittman.|
|1. Jacob Tilton, 2. Jason Delong, 3. Rich Delong III, 4. Houston Simonette, 5. Gerrit Cromsigt, 6. James Wingard, 7. Gary Griffiths Jr., 8. Mark Brinksma, 9. Ron Barker.|
|50-lap S2 Late Models|
|1. Dillon Lupton, 2. Andrew Porter, 3. Joe Anderson, 4. Jessica Brunelli, 5. Anthony Giannone, 6. Gary Waters, 7. Bill Waters, 8. Austin Sangster.|