By: Gary Jacob and Sandy Combs|
Where: Lake Pleasant, AZ
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Lake Pleasant, AZ --
Having returned to regular action with the Southwest Late Models recently, Keith Noyes drove around his father Wayne Noyes for the lead on lap 9 and he won the 25 lap main event for the dirt late models Saturday night at Canyon Raceway. W Noyes did finish second ahead of Jerry Fincher. Steve Simpson Jr again made the tow down from Kingman and he gained his first ever Canyon Raceway feature win when he captured the 20 lap open comp modified feature. John Muller won the 15 lap feature for the bombers, but second place finisher Ty Warner wrapped up the first track championship for the new division.
The third and final 2001 visit to Canyon's 3/8 mile clay oval for the Southwest Late Models produced a 17 car field. They were divided into three heat races. Point leader and top rookie Adam Crippen wheeled his Larry Shaw mount to a win in the first heat over Mike Brigner and K Noyes. Brigner had a busy day as he ran second in the street stock feature in the afternoon at Casa Grande, then hustled north to wheel his dirt late model at Canyon. Lonnie Parker Sr won the second heat over Troy Ruebke and Bobby Burrows. The improving Keith James won the third heat with W Noyes second ahead of Lonnie Parker Jr. The 25 lap feature had four different leaders and ran the final 17 laps without a yellow flag. James led the opening lap, but B Burrows spun for a yellow flag. James managed to pace the field through lap 4 when Ruebke took over. Brigner was now in third. W Noyes raced into the lead over Ruebke and a pair of caution flags for spins slowed the action on lap 8. K Noyes grabbed the lead from W Noyes on the restart and veteran Jerry Fincher had moved into third. With the all green finish to the 25 lapper, K Noyes took home his first Canyon feature win in years with W Noyes second over Fincher, Parker Sr, Crippen, Yuma's Brett Simala, Mike Hancock, James, Dennis Gates and Brigner.
The open comp modifieds had a 16 car field and heat winners were Brian Combs and Lance Salo. The 20 lap feature was restarted after Combs got knocked over the end of the track. Richard Markley led the first two laps before Simpson took over. Markley caused the first of two caution flags on lap 2 and Simpson was the new leader over Brandon Eichelberger and Joe Warner. On lap 4, Bill Slocum crashed for a yellow flag. Eichelberger brought out a lap 6 yellow flag. Mike Strobl was now second ahead of Mark Fowler. They finished in that order as the final ten laps were run without a caution with Simpson winning in front of Strobl, Fowler, Combs, Warner, Dan Klinder, Eichelberger and Hollywood Leary.
Bomber heat winners were Jerry Jordahl and Muller. Andy Huffman led first in the 15 lap feature and appeared headed to a win. He hit heavy lapped traffic and lost the point to Muller on lap 8. Jerry Clements was racing in third. On lap 9, Clements took over second. With just one lap to run and facing heavy lapped traffic, champion Ty Warner raced into second, but couldn't run down winner Muller on that final round. Muller and Warner were trailed by Huffman, Clements, Jordahl, Scott Atwater, Joe Parmeley, Jeffrey Wayne and point runnerup Jackie Parmeley.
Summary Bomber Heat 1-Jerry Jordahl. Heat 2-John Muller. Main-Muller, Ty Warner, Andy Huffman, Jerry Clements, Jordahl, Scott Atwater, Joe Parmeley, Jeffrey Wayne, Jackie Parmeley, Justin Stevens. Dirt Modified Heat 1-Brian Combs. Heat 2-Lance Salo. Main-Steve Simpson Jr, Mike Strobl, Mark Fowler, Combs, Joe Warner, Dan Klinder, Brandon Eichelberger, Hollywood Leary, Jeff Collinsworth, Tim Palmer. Dirt Late Model Heat 1-Adam Crippen, Mike Brigner, Keith Noyes, Jerry Fincher. Heat 2-Lonnie Parker Sr, Troy Ruebke, Bobby Burrows, Mike Tahtinen. Heat 3-Keith James, Wayne Noyes, Lonnie Parker Jr, Mike Hancock. Main-K Noyes, W Noyes, Fincher, Parker Sr, Crippen, Brett Simala, Hancock, James, Dennis Gates, Brigner, Tahtinen, B Burrows, Ruebke, Randy Anderson, Parker Jr, Randy Burrows, Willie Parker.