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Chris Gercham Scores Inaugural Lucas Oil Modified Victory at Rocky Mountain Raceways

Rocky Mountain Raceways
Source — Rachael Kaneko
Date Posted — June 16, 2013
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Chris Gercham Scores Inaugural Lucas Oil Modified Victory at Rocky Mountain Raceways

West Valley City, Utah-June 15, 2013. #26 Chris Gercham, from Spring Branch, Texas, was victorious at Rocky Mountain Raceways’, an American Speed Association Member Track, Lucas Oil Modifieds main event on Saturday, June 15.

Gercham took the lead on lap one and didn’t relinquish it for the entire 75 lap main, winning the The BILSTEIN Great Salt Lake 75, presented by GEICO. Gercham survived seven restarts and the weight of a 26-car field. #51 Jim Mardis, point leader going into the race, gave Gercham a run for the win, but Gercham was able to fend off all attempts.

Mardis finished in second, #5 Chase Catania in third, #32 Doug Hamm in fourth and #7R Nik Romano rounded out the top five.

The BILSTEIN Great Salt Lake 75, presented by GEICO marked the first appearance of the Lucas Oil Modifieds in Utah. Local drivers from Rocky Mountain Raceways’ Maverik Modified class made quite a showing with the Lucas Oil Modifieds Series.

#01 Michael Hale set a new Open Motor Track record of 15.338, surpassing the previous record of 15.395, set by #4 Lynn Hardy on June 8, 2002. Hardy and Hale both kept the pressure on the out-of-town racers, racing for position at the front of the field. Hardy finished sixth in the main event and Hale finished in eighth.

Additional local racers included #84 Mark Ith Jr. who maintained a top five position until he lost an engine on lap 44. #77 Todd Beach won a spot in the main event after finishing fourth in the B-Main. Beach was involved with an early caution, ending his night. #79 Jeff Webster finished in 15th and #29 Zachary Webster finished in 22nd.

ASA Winners included #55 Jeff Kelly (Focus Midgets,) #16 David Baity (Hornets,) #0 Shelbi Combs (Mini Cups,) and #18 Victor Calligaro/Aaron Myers (Double Deckers.)

ASA Weekly Racing will continue on Saturday, June 29 with the Winged Sprints, Focus Midgets, Comcast Super Stocks, Hornets, and Double Deckers. Gates open at 4pm and the green flags drop at 6:15pm.

About Rocky Mountain Raceways

Entering its 17th season of racing, Rocky Mountain Raceways is Utah’s premiere motorsports venue for short-track oval racing, drag racing, and motocross racing. For more information about Rocky Mountain Raceways’ schedule of events, please visit www.rmrracing.com .

Rocky Mountain Raceways

ASA Weekly Race Results

Saturday, June 15, 2013

LUCAS OIL MODIFIED SERIES

Fast Qualifier

#01 Michael Hale 15.338

Dash

1.) #24 Shelby Stoebel, 2.) #5 Chase Catania, 3.) #80 Jason Patison, 4.) #7R Nik Romano, 5.) # 01 Michael Hale, 6.) #4 Lynn Hardy

B-Main

1.) #1X Pat Petrie, 2.) #0Z Scott Osborn, 3.) #14 Vanessa Robinson, 4.) #77 Todd Beach, 5.) # 83 Randy Ussery, 6.) #2 Chris Cook, 7.) #21 Keaton Swane, 8.) #30 Nick Parker, 9.) #25 Abe Carter, 10.) #00 Garry Richards, 11.) #12 Thomas Pfundstein, 12.) #9 Elliot Stijerne

A-Main (75 Laps)

1.) #26 Chris Gerchmman, 2.) #51 Jim Mardis, 3.) #5 Chase Catania, 4.) #42 Doug Hamm, 5.) #7R Nik Romano, 6.) #4 Lynn Hardy, 7.) #3 Doug Carpenter, 8.) #01 Michael Hale, 9.) #80 Jason Patison, 10.) #24 Shelby Stoebel, 11.) #57 Tripp Gaylord, 12.) #5 Dave Arce, 13.) #44 Jessica Clark, 14.) #13 Aaron McMorran, 15.) #79 Jeffrey Webster, 16.) #2A David Crouch, 17.) #0Z Scott Osborn, 18.) #1X Pat Petrie, 19.) #16 Roger Brown, 20.) #10 Tim Morse, 21.) # 51D Devin Lahorgue, 22.) #29 Zachary Webster, 23.) #25 Larry Gerchman, 24.) #84 Mark Ith Jr., 25.)#14 Vanessa Robinson, 26.) #77 Todd Beach

FOCUS MIDGETS

Fast Qualifier

#13 Chuck Groat 15.254

Heat Race

1.) #13 Chuck Groat, 2.) #24 Jim Waters, 3.) #15 Gregg Fuette, 4.) #55 Jeff Kelly, 5.) #89 Eric Barlow

Main (20 Laps)

1.) #55 Jeff Kelly, 2.) #13 Chuck Groat, 3.) #89 Eric Barlow, 4.) #15 Gregg Fuette, 5.) #24 Jim Waters

HORNETS

Fast Qualifier

#31 Dana Combs 20.191

Heat Race

1.) #43 Jayden Park, 2.) #18 Shawn Parry, 3.) #31 Dana Combs, 4.) #16 David Baity, 5.) #44 Gary Conrad, 6.) #13 James Baity, 7.) #42 Juliet Widener, 8.) #4 Carol Conra

Main (20 Laps)

1.) #16 David Baity, 2.) #13 James Baity, 3.) #43 Jayden Park, 4.) #31 Dana Combs, 5.) #18 Shawn Parry, 6.) #44 Gary Conrad, 7.) #42 Juliet Widener, 8.) #4 Carol Conrad

MINI CUPS

Fast Qualifier

#0 Shelbi Combs 19.113

Heat Race 1

1.) #0 Shelbi Combs, 2.) #88 Kevin Neff, 3.) #83 John Yakovic, 4.) #1 Sami Lovendahl, 5.) #19 Chanelle Torgerson, 6.) #52 Casey Powell, 7.) #41 Neil Graham, 8.) #53 Isaiah Lovendahl

Main (20 Laps)

1.) #0 Shelbi Combs, 2.) #88 Kevin Neff, 3.) #83 John Yakovich, 4.) #52 Casey Powell, 5.) #1 Sami Lovendahl, 6.) #41 Neil Graham, 7.) #19 Chanelle Torgerson, 8.) #53 Isaiah Lovendahl

DOUBLE DECKER

Fast Qualifier

#18 Calligaro/Myers 23.967

Heat

1.) #18 Victor Calligaro/Aaron Myers, 2.) #52 Casey Powell/Tim Powell, 3.) #25 Abe Carter/Mark Ith Sr., 4.) #1 Tracy Eaton/Donnie Sweazey, 5.) #44 Gary Conrad/Cody Johnson

Main (10 Laps)

1.) #25 Abe Carter/Mark Ith Sr., 2.) #18 Victor Calligaro/Aaron Myers, 3.) #1 Tracy Eaton/Donnie Sweazey, 4.) #44 Gary Conrad/Cody Johnson, 5.) #52 Casey Powell/Tim Powell

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Article posted by RacingWest.com staff on June 16, 2013. http://www.racingwest.com

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