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JEFFERSON HOLDS ON FOR ELEVENTH WIN, TIDRICK REPEATS!

Yakima Speedway
Source — Tim Anderson
Date Posted — August 25, 2001
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Saturday night at Yakima Speedway, Jason Jefferson picked up one more win the way the championship of the inaugural MidState Late Model Series. And with only two contests left, one at Tri-City Raceway and the season finale at the Speedway, the only way he could lose the trophy to runner-up Brandon Riehl, would be to beak-down and not be able to make the main events. Stranger things have happened.

For the 75-lap main event last weekend, because of a four-car invert, Jefferson sat on the outside of the front pair, with Ron Bemis on the pole. At the drop of the green flag on the start, Jefferson sprinted to the lead coming out of turn two. And for the majority of the race he was untouchable. But five caution flags gave other competitors enough chances to catch Jefferson.

By lap five the podium finish had already been decided, with Riehl and Mike Longton, who has had top-three finishes in four out of his last five races, following behind all the way to the checkered flag. The only serious challenge Riehl made was at lap 40, on the restart after a caution when he went under the Jefferson on the backstretch for the lead. But his glory was short-lived. In less than 10 laps, Jefferson had reclaimed the lead and immediately built a multi-car lead, a position he maintained all the way to the finish line.

Longton, who has been plagued by intermittent mechanical problems this season, raced very well to place third, with Bemis holding on for fourth and Ted Mickelson grabbing fifth.

For the Limited Sportsman side of the Series, with seven wins out of the last eight races B.J. Tidrick has been making quite a statement during the latter part of the season. But a mid-season protest may cost him the season-ending trophy in the MidState Series as well as first place trophies at both Yakima Speedway and Tri-City Raceway.

Tidrick will be going into the final two races of the season only a handful of points behind leader Rod Schultz, Jr., who has race every contest this season. On June 16, Tidrick elected to not run the main event, resulting in no points for the evening. Even though eight races will be tossed out at the end of the season, as with the Riehl in the Late Models, Schultz would have to not be able to make the show in order for Tidrick to win the trophy.

Within 15-laps, on Saturday night, Tidrick grabbed the lead from pole-sitter Glenn Mollett. Then, for the remainder of the 50-lap main event, he fought off stiff challenges from both Schultz and Don Martin to take the checkered flag, with Shawn Mathews and Jack Mondor taking fourth and fifth, respectively.

Also on the bill last weekend at the Speedway, were the fan-favorite Hobby Stocks. Going into the contest, Andy Beaman was in the lead, but by only 16 points over E.J. Trujillo.

Trujillo, who had won five out of the last six races, began the race in fifth pace, with Beaman, who lost an engine prior to qualifying, starting the race in last place.

At the drop of the green flag, Larry Norman jumped into the lead and held that position for more than half the 30-lap main event. And even though a yellow flag was dropped on lap 15, and served to slow the field, Norman continued to maintain the lead after the restart.

Shortly afterward, however, Trujillo began to make his move. For more than six laps, the two leaders ran side-by-side until Trujillo slipped under Norman for the lead going into turn one on lap 21. Beaman, meanwhile, battled his way through the field but was only able to go to fifth place in his borrowed car, and lose eight points to Trujillo. There are only two races left in this class, and less than 100-points separating positions three through seven.

Results: MidState Late Model Main Event: 1. Jason Jefferson, 2. Brandon Riehl, 3. Mike Longton, 4. Ron Bemis, 5. Ted Mickelson, 6. Chet Beaman, 7. Rod Schultz, 8. Dean Owens, 9. Brad Rhoads. 10. Rob Touchette, 11. Mike Zamora, 12. Jim Dobbs, 13. Angela Cope, 14. Lenard Barthel, 15. Lon Werremeyer, 16. Brain Saling, 17. Rick Hargraves, 18. Christopher Kalsch, 19. Amber Cope, 20. Rick Thompson, 21. Dennis Wurtz II, 22. Alden Hamilton, 23. Jerry Jefferson, 24. Rob Angus, 25. John Bender, 26. B.J. Tidrick. Top Qualifier: Mike Longton (19.147) A Trophy Dash: Bemis, Riehl, Longton, Jason Jefferson B Trophy Dash: Owens, Thompson, Zamora, Hamilton

MidState Limited Sportsman Main Event: 1. B.J. Tidrick, 2. Rod Schultz, Jr., 3. Don Martin, 4. Shawn Mathews, 5. Jack Mondor, 6. Darrell Tidrick, 7. Kriss Clark, 8. Randy Marshall, 9. Glenn Mollett, 10. Ted Wilburn, 11. Greg Kuhlman, 12. Rich Peters, 13. Norb Barthel, 14. Bill Nelson, 15. John Rose, 16. Jim Franklin. Top qualifier: B.J. Tidrick (21.315) A Trophy Dash: Martin, Schultz, Tidrick, Kuhlman B Trophy Dash: Rose, Clark, Mondor, Barthel Heat Race 1: Marshall, Franklin, Wilburn, Nelson, Mondor, Barthel, Rose Heat Race 2: Martin, Tidrick, Peters, Mathews, D. Tidrick, Clark, Mondor, Schultz

Hobby Stock Main Event: 1. E.J. Trujillo, 2. Chuck Cook, Jr., 3. Ashley Beaman, 4. Tim Mills, 5. Andy Beaman, 6. Tony Huffines, 7. Butch Toepelt, Jr., 8. James Heinle, 9. Larry Norman, Harold Seekins. Top Qualifier: E.J. Trujillo (24.110) A Trophy Dash: Ashley Beaman, Trujillo, Heinle, Seekins B Trophy Dash: Norman, Toepelt, Mills, Beaman Heat Race 1: Mills, Norman, Andy Beaman, Toepelt, Heinle, Ashley Beaman, Seekins, Trujillo, Cook, Huffines

To: Sports Editors From: Tim Anderson Re: Yakima Speedway MidState Series Update

08/18/01: MidState Late Models & Limited Sportsman w/Hobby Stocks

Jefferson holds on for eleventh win, Tidrick repeats! by Tim Anderson

Saturday night at Yakima Speedway, Jason Jefferson picked up one more win the way the championship of the inaugural MidState Late Model Series. And with only two contests left, one at Tri-City Raceway and the season finale at the Speedway, the only way he could lose the trophy to runner-up Brandon Riehl, would be to beak-down and not be able to make the main events. Stranger things have happened.

For the 75-lap main event last weekend, because of a four-car invert, Jefferson sat on the outside of the front pair, with Ron Bemis on the pole. At the drop of the green flag on the start, Jefferson sprinted to the lead coming out of turn two. And for the majority of the race he was untouchable. But five caution flags gave other competitors enough chances to catch Jefferson.

By lap five the podium finish had already been decided, with Riehl and Mike Longton, who has had top-three finishes in four out of his last five races, following behind all the way to the checkered flag. The only serious challenge Riehl made was at lap 40, on the restart after a caution when he went under the Jefferson on the backstretch for the lead. But his glory was short-lived. In less than 10 laps, Jefferson had reclaimed the lead and immediately built a multi-car lead, a position he maintained all the way to the finish line.

Longton, who has been plagued by intermittent mechanical problems this season, raced very well to place third, with Bemis holding on for fourth and Ted Mickelson grabbing fifth.

For the Limited Sportsman side of the Series, with seven wins out of the last eight races B.J. Tidrick has been making quite a statement during the latter part of the season. But a mid-season protest may cost him the season-ending trophy in the MidState Series as well as first place trophies at both Yakima Speedway and Tri-City Raceway.

Tidrick will be going into the final two races of the season only a handful of points behind leader Rod Schultz, Jr., who has race every contest this season. On June 16, Tidrick elected to not run the main event, resulting in no points for the evening. Even though eight races will be tossed out at the end of the season, as with the Riehl in the Late Models, Schultz would have to not be able to make the show in order for Tidrick to win the trophy.

Within 15-laps, on Saturday night, Tidrick grabbed the lead from pole-sitter Glenn Mollett. Then, for the remainder of the 50-lap main event, he fought off stiff challenges from both Schultz and Don Martin to take the checkered flag, with Shawn Mathews and Jack Mondor taking fourth and fifth, respectively.

Also on the bill last weekend at the Speedway, were the fan-favorite Hobby Stocks. Going into the contest, Andy Beaman was in the lead, but by only 16 points over E.J. Trujillo.

Trujillo, who had won five out of the last six races, began the race in fifth pace, with Beaman, who lost an engine prior to qualifying, starting the race in last place.

At the drop of the green flag, Larry Norman jumped into the lead and held that position for more than half the 30-lap main event. And even though a yellow flag was dropped on lap 15, and served to slow the field, Norman continued to maintain the lead after the restart.

Shortly afterward, however, Trujillo began to make his move. For more than six laps, the two leaders ran side-by-side until Trujillo slipped under Norman for the lead going into turn one on lap 21. Beaman, meanwhile, battled his way through the field but was only able to go to fifth place in his borrowed car, and lose eight points to Trujillo. There are only two races left in this class, and less than 100-points separating positions three through seven.

Results:

MidState Late Model Main Event: 1. Jason Jefferson, 2. Brandon Riehl, 3. Mike Longton, 4. Ron Bemis, 5. Ted Mickelson, 6. Chet Beaman, 7. Rod Schultz, 8. Dean Owens, 9. Brad Rhoads. 10. Rob Touchette, 11. Mike Zamora, 12. Jim Dobbs, 13. Angela Cope, 14. Lenard Barthel, 15. Lon Werremeyer, 16. Brain Saling, 17. Rick Hargraves, 18. Christopher Kalsch, 19. Amber Cope, 20. Rick Thompson, 21. Dennis Wurtz II, 22. Alden Hamilton, 23. Jerry Jefferson, 24. Rob Angus, 25. John Bender, 26. B.J. Tidrick.

Top Qualifier: Mike Longton (19.147)

A Trophy Dash: Bemis, Riehl, Longton, Jason Jefferson

B Trophy Dash: Owens, Thompson, Zamora, Hamilton

MidState Limited Sportsman Main Event: 1. B.J. Tidrick, 2. Rod Schultz, Jr., 3. Don Martin, 4. Shawn Mathews, 5. Jack Mondor, 6. Darrell Tidrick, 7. Kriss Clark, 8. Randy Marshall, 9. Glenn Mollett, 10. Ted Wilburn, 11. Greg Kuhlman, 12. Rich Peters, 13. Norb Barthel, 14. Bill Nelson, 15. John Rose, 16. Jim Franklin.

Top qualifier: B.J. Tidrick (21.315)

A Trophy Dash: Martin, Schultz, Tidrick, Kuhlman

B Trophy Dash: Rose, Clark, Mondor, Barthel

Heat Race 1: Marshall, Franklin, Wilburn, Nelson, Mondor, Barthel, Rose

Heat Race 2: Martin, Tidrick, Peters, Mathews, D. Tidrick, Clark, Mondor, Schultz

Hobby Stock Main Event: 1. E.J. Trujillo, 2. Chuck Cook, Jr., 3. Ashley Beaman, 4. Tim Mills, 5. Andy Beaman, 6. Tony Huffines, 7. Butch Toepelt, Jr., 8. James Heinle, 9. Larry Norman, Harold Seekins.

Top Qualifier: E.J. Trujillo (24.110)

A Trophy Dash: Ashley Beaman, Trujillo, Heinle, Seekins

B Trophy Dash: Norman, Toepelt, Mills, Beaman

Heat Race 1: Mills, Norman, Andy Beaman, Toepelt, Heinle, Ashley Beaman, Seekins, Trujillo, Cook, Huffines

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Article posted by RacingWest.com staff on August 25, 2001. http://www.racingwest.com

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