Carson City, Nevada USA - As another strong crowd filed into the Champion Motor Speedway, the visiting ARCA trucks prepared to battle it out in a nationally televised event. The special occasion was Long's Jewelers Nite, presented by Coors Light, featuring the ARCA West Lincoln Welders Truck Series on the 1/3-mile high-banked asphalt oval. Point's leader Brandon Schilling from Vale, Arizona put his #81 RV City truck on the pole and then made final preparations for the 70-lap feature main event. As Jan Long gave the command to 'start your engines' and Alex Goddell threw the green flag, Shilling showed everyone in attendance why he's the point's leader by nearly lapping the entire field by lap 34.
A yellow flag slowed the pack and allowed the field to bunch up on lap 37 after #9 Dennis Valdez lost the handle and spun his truck in turn 4. Another yellow flew at lap 60 for fluid in turn two. On the restart, the order at the front of the pack remained the same to the finish as Shilling took the Ponderosa Stamp & Engraving feature main event trophy. "This truck was just fast, it was great!" Shilling said after the race. #17 E.K. Ongley came home in second, followed closely by Valdez for third. The Western Modifieds put on a great show all night long as #44 Allen Gibney won the trophy dash. #42 Jerry Dubach took the 10-lap heat race, followed by #29 Dan Jinkerson, and #6x Sammy Solari. The 30-lap main was won by new points leader #7 Shane Kline, who led the whole way but was challenged by Sammy Solari who had to settle for second. Jerry Dubach was able to hold off the rest of the field to round out the top three positions.
After the race Shane said, "I want to thank Tom Price, Brad Kelow and John Dodge. They got this thing tightened up to where it was just a rocket." The Limited LateModel trophy dash was won by #3 'Big' Al Goss and then went on to take the heat race ahead of #9 Joel Worley and #00 Stuart Moon. The 20-lap main was the most competitive event of the evening as Goss came from the middle of the pack to pass Joel Worley on lap-10 and held the top position the rest of the way. Chet 'The Jet' Danburg held on for third.
"Our main goal was just to stay in front of Joel, so we can keep the points up." said Goss, "We're running for the championship". This was the second week in a row for Goss to win the main. The Legends were also in action and #17 Bob Cose took the trophy dash win. The heat race was snagged by #9 Denny Hadler Jr. as second place went to #54 Terry Madjeske, with #19 Robert Humphreys finishing third. The main was 25 laps of wild wheel-to-wheel racing until Hadler Jr. managed to separate himself from the rest of the pack. Hadler Jr. who came from deep within the field did a great job of slicing and dicing his way to the front. Hadler Jr., who had just completed serving a one race suspension for rough driving, showed everyone he's learned his lesson and had a clean race as he captured the win. Humphreys came in second, his best finish ever at CMS, and Bob Cose came home in third. After the race Denny thanked his dad, Denny Sr., "We broke last time out and he ended up fixing it." he said, "Did a great job and got it straight" #6 Joi Coleman took top place honors in the Queen Bees trophy dash. The heat race was won by #8 Kim Miller, with Coleman in second, followed by #711 Sandy Clark. Clark had finished preparing her car earlier in the day and still had yellow paint on her fingernails to prove it. The main event proved to be a tight 20-lap battle with Coleman leading as Miller repeatedly tried to attempt an inside pass. On lap 14 the two got finally together as Coleman attempted to close the door. The incident finished Miller's night while Coleman was sent to the back of the pack. On the restart Clark inherited the lead and eventual win. #74 Jennifer Peckham finished in second place, as #49 Jackie True came in third.
The Ponderosa Stamp & Engraving kids bicycle races saw DJ Rodriquez taking the 5-9-age category trophy while Mike Reynolds took the 10-13-age category victory.
The tight schedule also allowed for a brief 'meet and greet' autograph session before the bike races as the ARCA West Lincoln Welder Series competitors brought their trucks onto the front straightaway. During the evening, the Outdoor Channel cameras stayed busy scanning the audience for creative TV signs. The event will be nationally broadcast on October 1, with an additional bonus re-broadcast on October 3.
Next weekend 'Fun Jumpers' and 'Economy Speed Press' will present the 2nd annual 'Crazy Tie Nite.' All race fans that arrive sporting a crazy necktie or bowtie will get a buck off at the gate. The top ten ties will also receive a special limited edition Coors Light Racing shirt.
Also in action will be the Western Modifieds, Limited LateModels, Legends, Bandoleros, and those always ultra-crazed Hustlin' Hornets.
Fun Jumpers' Earnhardt Memorial Park will feature the Ponderosa Stamp & Engraving kids bicycle races, the bounce house pavilion, and much-much more.
Showing LIVE at all five Thunder Theater locations will be the ARCA RE/MAX stock cars from Winchester, followed by the USAC Silver Crown sprint cars from Nazareth.
The pits open @ 3pm, front gates open @ 5pm, and the show starts @ 7PM.
Adults are $9.00, Seniors (55 and over) and Military (with photo ID) are $7.00, Teens (18 to13) are $5.00, Juniors (12 to 6) are $3.00 and Kids (5 & under) are free. Event parking is also free.
For more information, please call the CMS business office @ (775) 267-0505 or log on @ www.ChampionMotorSpeedway.com.
Cya @ the 2nd annual "Crazy Tie Nite" presented by "Fun Jumpers and Economy Speed Press" featuring the Western Modifieds this Saturday night!