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By: Gary Jacob
Where: Eureka, CA
On: 09/09/2000
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Eureka, CA -- Leading all 60 laps from the pole, Randy Olson won the season finale for the Tri-State Challenge Late Model Series Saturday night at Redwood Acres Raceway and he successfully defended his series championship when point leader Mike Sackett was spun out of third by his brother Rusty Olson just 3 laps from the finish. Randy Olson's crew had spent the entire four week schedule break rebuilding his car after a serious flip at Lakeport in August and his win was worth $1,500. Sackett started the 60 lapper needing a fourth to tie Randy Olson for the championship and a third to win the title outright. He passed Rusty Olson in turn 4 for third on lap 56, but was spun by Rusty Olson in turn 2 on the next lap. Fast timer Jimmy Walker thrilled the crowd by charging from sixth starting to finish an $850 second ahead of Howard Ford, Paul Peeples Jr and Steve Starr. Sackett ended up 9th.

Walker paced the 23 car field through time trials with his 16.183 lap as Ford ran a 16.186, Sackett a 16.271 and Rusty Olson a 16.282. Randy Olson was sixth fast behind Terry Gardner. Rusty Olson beat Ford in the dash. Heat wins went to the Oregon based trio of Randy Hvall, Mark Ingersoll and Brad Wasmund. Walker again thrilled the crowd by riding the outside groove into second in the first heat. He was making an outside pass on Hvall on the final lap when two spun cars blocked his groove in turn 3 on that final round. The Tri-State Challenge Series always inverts the top six qualifiers at the front of their main event grids and that put Randy Olson and Gardner in the front row.

Randy Olson took a quick lead over Rusty Olson and Ford at the start of the 60 lapper with the redflag falling on lap 1 when Ron Peters, Greg Pigg, Jim Parnell, Tim McCracken, Roseburg long tow Tommy Jose Jr and Larry Pries tangled in turn 1. Pries and Parnell were done for the night and Jose returned to run just a few laps. Peeples put his Ford in fifth on lap 6 as the field raced from lap 1 to lap 36 without a caution. When Walker took fifth from Peeples on lap 23, Randy Olson's lead was a half-straight over Rusty Olson. Ford tried an inside groove challenge on Rusty Olson in his attempts to gain second. Walker had joined the four way duel for second when Gardner spun for a lap 36 yellow flag. On the restart, Rusty Olson and Ford got together in turn 2 and Walker raced around all of them for second. Sackett tried to get by Rusty Olson on the inside, but ended up in the infield on the backstretch. Danny Bishop spun into the turn 3 fence for a lap 39 yellow with Randy Olson leading Walker, Rusty Olson, Sackett and Ford. When Bishop again spun in turn 3, a spinning Mike Carver was hit by Gardner. Randy Olson, Walker, Rusty Olson and Sackett continued to run in that order until Sackett made his pass for third on lap 56. Rusty Olson lifted Sackett's rear end off the ground as they entered turn 1 and turned him around in turn 2 for a lap 57 yellow. Sackett pleaded with the officials to be restored to his spot, but was sent to the rear and Hvall dropped out with his hood buckled. The officials did send Rusty Olson to the rear to join Sackett and Randy Olson paced the remaining laps for the win. Walker thrilled the crowd with his second ahead of Ford, Peeples, Santa Rosa's Steve Starr, Wasmund, Dale Roth, Carver, Sackett and Rusty Olson.

Summary Fast Time-Jimmy Walker 16.183 Dash-Rusty Olson, Howard Ford, Mike Sackett. Heat 1-Randy Hvall, Mike Carver, Sackett, Greg Baumgartner, Walker. Heat 2-Mark Ingersoll, Paul Peeples Jr, Randy Olson, Rusty Olson, Ron Peters. Heat 3-Brad Wasmund, Tommy Jose Jr, Jim Parnell, Tim McCracken, Donna Fouts. Main-Randy Olson, Walker, Ford, Peeples, Steve Starr, Wasmund, Dale Roth, Carver, Sackett, Rusty Olson, Baumgartner, Fouts, Greg Pigg, Hvall, Ingersoll, Danny Bishop, Terry Gardner, Peters, Mike Bourbon, Jose, Parnell, Larry Pries.

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