LATE MODELS, MINI STOCKS, BOMBERS, NCI-4 MODIFIEDS
LAKEPORT, CA. August 11, 2001....Surviving an early race incident that saw two cars destroyed and several others scatter, Dan Knight of Ukiah drove the outside lane from the back of the pack to the front to capture his first season victory in the Airport Auto Brokers Late Model series at the Lakeport Speedway Saturday night. Knight also posted fast time over the 14 car field with a 12.964 second lap.
Mini stock points leader Andrew Snider of Kelseyville took the lead away from Rod Gard on the 10th lap and went on to win his sixth season feature event. Rookie driver Darren Tubbs of Clearlake pulled ahead on a lap 12 restart and stayed out in front to post his first career victory in the Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa Bomber Division; And Billy Stillman of Upper Lake chalked up his 4th NCI-4 modified main event.
The NCRA modifieds took the night off but the action was still wild at the Lakeport Speeday beginning with the super fast late models and ending with the action-packed ladiesí powder puff event.
The late model feature started 13 cars after Travis Manion drove his car into the wall and out of competition in the heat race. Danny Harris and Mike Swaney shared the first row with Harris pulling out into the lead at the drop of the green flag. Swaney and Redding visitor Todd Carmichael battled for second with Mike Sullivan and Justin Offenbach jockeying back and forth for fourth and fifth.
Sullivanís car broke loose on lap four and slapped the front-stretch wall, then darted back into on-coming traffic. Offenbach, Jeremy Hopkins, Knight and Thomas Wright scattered to avoid Sullivan, but Kevin Estep had no where to go and t-boned the Sullivan #05. Both cars sustained severe damage and were towed to the pits.
When racing resumed Harris forged ahead again with Carmichael settling into second and Hopkins third. Hopkins went to the high side in an attempt to pass Carmichael but could not make it work and pulled back in line on lap sixteen. Knight found that his car hooked up on the outside and passed both Hopkins and Carmichael on 19 when Carmichael got caught behind the lapped car of Kevin Waycik. Carmichael tried to get by Waycik on the inside but found himself in the infield grass where he spun.
Knight continued his forward run and made the winning pass on the 21st circuit. Wright, Hopkins and Doss also got around Harris. On the white-flag lap Wright went to the outside to lap Waycik again, and both Hopkins and Doss stayed low and drove by Wright. Knight accepted the $650 win followed by Hopkins, Doss, Wright and Harris.
Heat wins went to Harris and Sullivan. Jimmy Stillman won the trophy dash. The late models will return to Lakeport Speeday on August 25th.
The mini stock 30 lapper was almost incident free with only one yellow flag displayed on lap 23 when a muffler had to be removed from the track. Rod Gard showed the way the first ninth laps with Matt Preston passing Justin Potter for second on lap three and Snider overtaking Preston on seven. Snider moved his mount to the high side and flew by Gard on lap 10 and both Preston and defending champ Kevin Barba drove around Gard on 13. Fast qualifier (13.800) Stuart Lydon joined the front runners and passed Barba for third on lap 19. The lap 23 restart saw Stuart try Snider but could not make the pass. Snider drove to the checkers for the win followed by Stuart, Preston, Darin Snider and Dusty Barton.
Potter and A. Snider collected heat wins and Barton was the dash winner.
The bomber division saw 28 cars in action with the top 16 qualifiers and 4 transfers from the "B" main take the green flag in the main event. Front-row starters Maneul Antonio and Jimmy Sorrels ran one-two the first two laps until Antonio was caught sleeping on a lap three restart and Sorrels pulled away. Antonio was black-flagged for smoking onf lap seven just before the race was slowed for spins by both Joe Sloan and Alisha Hopkins.
The restart saw Jeremy Nowlin overtake Sorrels for first with Tubbs following his lead. Alisha Hopkins hit the wall to bring out the yellow again, and when racing resumed Tubbs forged ahead. Don Baker passed Nowlin for second, and as Sorrels faded, defending bomber champ Mark Maines and Jeff Davis gained position. In the final laps Davis passed Maines, and at the checkered flag it was Tubbs, Baker, Davis, Maines and Kevin Medina.
Davis collected his ninth trophy dash win which set the record for the most dash wins in a single season. Alisha Hopkins won the "B" main over George Abella, Harley Sharpe, Danny McIntire and Dan Beery. Heat wins went to Beery, Abella and Maines. Jennifer Aiken won the 15 lap ladiesí powder puff race over Traci Medina, Tammy Davis, Wendy McIntire and Debbie Grinols.
NCI-4 modified action began with Charles Beck out in front of Robert Snow and Janice Buschiazzo. The race was slowed on the third round when Stillman was losing fuel. When the green fell again Snow took the lead and Todd Coburn passed Buschiazzo for second on six. Buschiazzo pushed and lost ground to Julie Sylva, Stillman and Darin Woodruff. Denny Drost drove into the infield causing a dust storm that slowed the pace again, and the following round Coburn and Sylva came together and both hit the turn four concrete hard.
This put Stillman on the outside of Snow on the double-file restart where he easily drove to the win. Snow maintained to finish second ahead of Woodruff, Buschiazzo and Bob Luck. Heat wins went to Codi Barba and Snow. Sylva won the dash and Coburn set fast time of 13.391.
Auto racing returns to the Lakeport Speedway this Saturday night, August 18 with the Legends Cars joining the NCRA modifieds, mini stocks, and bombers. Gates open at 5:00 pm with racing at 7:00 pm.
Fast Time: Dan Knight, 12.964
Trophy Dash: Jimmy Stillman, Thomas Wright, Knight, Mike Doss
Heat 1: Dan Harris, Justin Offenbach, Mike Swaney, Mark Maines, Todd Carmichael, Kevin Waycik, Travis Manion
Heat 2: Mike Sullivan, Doss, Jeremy Hopkins, Knight, Wright, Stillman, Kevin Estep
Main Event: Knight, Hopkins, Doss, Wright, Harris, Offenbach, Swaney, Stillman, Carmichael, Waycik, Maines, Sullivan, Estep
Fast Time: Stuart Lydon, 13.800
Trophy Dash: Dusty Barton, Darin Snider, Kevin Barba, Lydon
Heat 1: Justin Potter, Jake Tillman, Matt Preston, Tom Burger, Rod Gard
Heat 2: Andrew Snider, D. Snider, Barba, Barton, Lydon
Main Event: A. Snider, Lydon, Preston, D. Snider, Barton, Barba, Gard, Tillman, Potter, Burger
Fast Time: Darrin Knight, 14.834
Trophy Dash: Jeff Davis (Record 9 wins in one season), Don Baker, Kevin Medina, Knight
Heat 1: Dan Beery, Harley Sharpe, Jeff Atkinson, Peggy Hawthorne, Ron Bertram, Wendy Peirce, Willie Stephens, Alisha Hopkins, Steve Sprague, Roy Funderburg
Heat 2: George Abella, Kenny Grinols, Kevin Minassian, Jeremy Nowlin, Rod Harper, Scott Sabol, Jimmy Sorrles, Manuel Antonio, Danny McIntire
Heat 3: Mark Maines, Michael Bishop, Darren Tubbs, Knight, Derek Thorn, Baker, Davis, Medina, Joe Sloan
"B" Main": Hopkins, Abella, Sharpe, McIntire, Beery, Hawthorne, Stephens, Atkinson, Bertram, Peirce, Funderburg
Main Event: Tubbs, Baker, Davis, Maines, Medina, Knight, Bishop, Sloan, Nowlin, Sorrels, Thorn, Grinols, Harper, Minassian, Sharpe, McIntire, Hopkins, Antonio, Sabol, Abella
Fast Time: Todd Coburn, 13.391
Trophy Dash: Julie Sylva, Billy Stillman, Darin Woodruff, Coburn
Heat 1: Codi Barba, Janice Buschiazzo, Charles Beck, Denny Drost, Richard Persons
Heat 2: Robert Snow, Stillman, Coburn, Woodruff, Sylva, Bob Luck, Gina Buschiazzo
Main Event: Stillman, Snow, Woodruff, J. Buschiazzo, Luck, G. Buschiazzo, Barba, Beck, Coburn, Sylva, Drost, Robbie Robinson