By: Gary Jacob and Paul Vetter|
Where: Elko, NV
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Elko, NV --
Summit Raceway point leader Scott Steensen scored a near clean sweep in the IMCA Modified action on Saturday night. He won the heat race, ran second to Nevada state point leader Craig Maestretti and then won the 20 lap feature with Maestretti in second. The hobby stocks had a solid 13 car field and Bill Cornett nearly pulled off a perfect weekend in that class. Cornett won dash honors after running second in his heat, then won the 20 lap feature, leading the final 17 laps. After a last place finish in the heat and a 3rd in the dash, Daniel Soulierre got his car running for the 20 lap mini stock feature and he won with just Mike Fietzek managing to stay on the lead lap with him. When only two cars were left running after six laps and only one was still on the lead lap, the Pro Stock feature was called complete with Carl Stevenson picking up the win. The team of Brian Thorp and Terri Kellum, a brother and sister team, wheeled their Cadillac to victory in the shortened 7 lap feature for the Cruiser class as they also lapped the field in the early rounds.
The 9 car IMCA modified field included 6 cars from Elko, two from nearby Carlin and Maestretti, who lives in Austin but works throughout the state. They were placein a single heat race as Jim Lester's night ended in hot laps. S Steensen won the heat race over Joe Rigsby, Ben Gunnels and Maestretti. Dan Basanez broke in the heat action to leave a 7 car grid for the 20 lap feature. S Steensen and Rigsby shared the front row for the feature with Maestretti starting fifth. S Steensen raced into the lead over Maestretti and Gunnels as Corey Steensen suffered a flat right front in contact with Rigsby on the opening lap. S Steensen drifted high in turn 2 on lap 4 and Maestretti was able to make an inside pass on the backstretch for the top spot. The former late model track champion set the pace through lap 8 before S Steensen again took command. The 20 lapper was run without a yellow flag and Maestretti could only chase S Steensen over the remaining rounds. Gunnels ran third with Rigsby also finishing on the lead lap. Ken Newman was fifth with Keith Greenwood in sixth.
The hobby stocks were split into a pair of heat races and Terry Lister won the first heat with Cornett second. Jeff Tripp won heat 2 ahead of double division racer Brian Thorp. Cornett won the dash with Thorp second ahead of Lister. Everyone survived to start their 20 lap feature. Bruce Fisher Sr and Lance Whithead shared the front row for the main event with Cornett starting 7th, right behind Lister. Double division racer Tony Cane led the first 2 laps with Tripp coming from 8th starting into second. Tripp took the lead on lap 3 and Cornett was second on lap 4. The first yellow came on lap 6 for a tangle between Byron Bane and Brad Green. Bane was able to continue, but Green, Cane and Shelly Minnier were all done. Tripp led lap 7 but got into the infield on lap 8 with Cornett now leading. Lister followed Cornett around Tripp and ran second for the rest of the race. David Collins pitted his truck. Bill Phinney chased the two leaders to the checkered flag with Thorp in fourth ahead of Bane, Michael Stephens and Tripp.
There were five mini stocks and Fietzek won the dsh over Chris Steensen. Steensen had won the heat race over Fietzek and Bruce Fisher Jr. Bobby Steensen took over the Steensen car for the feature race. Outside front row starter Soulierre won the 20 lap main over Fietzek with Phil Bullock a lap down in third. Fisher was lapped twice and B Steensen lost time in the pits with a flat tire. The Pro Stocks had a four car turnout. Rich Minnier from Ely won the heat race over Stevenson and Chris Steensen won the dash with Stevenson second. Minnier and Jim Combs started on the front row for the scheduled 15 lap feature. Minnier charged into the lead over Stevenson. Steensen was lapped when he spun without a caution flag. Combs blew on lap 4 and Minnier broke for a lap 5 yellow flag. This left Stevenson in the lead with Steensen a lap down and the officials elected to checker the event on lap 6. The four car Cruiser turnout saw the husband-wife team of Tony and Donna Cane win the heat race over Thorp and Kellum. Thorp and Kellum then won the dash with the two Canes in second. The main was scheduled for 15 laps, but the Tony-Donna Cane team had a flat tire. Antonio Cane and Fred Winkler followed them to the pit area and the Daniel Soulierre-Steve Farnum team had a very sick engine. With the Thorp-Kellum team more than a lap in front, the race was checkered on lap 7.
Summary Cruiser Heat-Tony Cane-Donna Cane, Brian Thorp-Terri Kellum, Antonio Cane-Fred Winkler. Dash-Thorp-Kellum, T Cane-D Cane, Daniel Souliere-Steve Farnum. Main-Thorp-Kellum, Souliere-Farnum, A Cane-Winkler, T Cane-D Cane. Mini Stock Dash-Mike Fietzek, Chris Steensen, Daniel Souliere. Heat-C Steensen, Fietzek, Bruce Fisher Jr, Phil Bullock, Soulierre. Main-Soulierre, Fietzek, Bullock, Fisher, Bobby Steensen. Pro Stock Dash-Chris Steensen, Carl Stevenson, Rich Minnier. Heat-Minnier, Stevenson, Steensen, Jim Combs. Main-Stevenson, Steensen, Minnier, Combs. Hobby Stock Dash-Bill Cornett, Brian Thorp, Terry Lister. Heat 1-Lister, Cornett, Byron Bane, Brad Green, Bruce Fisher Sr. Heat 2-Jeff Tripp, Thorp, Bill Phinney Jr, Tony Cane, Lance Whithead. Main-Cornett, Lister, Phinney, Thorp, Bane, Michael Stephens, Tripp, Fisher, Whithead, David Collins, Shelly Minnier, Cane, Green. IMCA Modified Dash-Craig Maestretti, Scott Steensen, Corey Steensen. Heat-S Steensen, Joe Rigsby, Ben Gunnels, Maestretti, C Steensen. Main-S Steensen, Maestretti, Gunnels, Rigsby, Ken Newman, Keith Greenwood, C Steensen.