By: Gary Jacob|
Where: Elko, NV
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Elko, NV --
Lenny Toolanen from Mount Shasta City, CA showed why he enjoys racing at Summit Raceway in the eastern Nevada community of Elko as he drove to a $1,500 win in Saturday night's IMCA modified main event after winning both the dash and qualifying feature the previous night. Sponsorship from I-Magic and Check For A Check allowed the track to add $6,000 to it's purse for the richest event in track history. With his home track in Yreka running a reduced schedule, Toolanen has always enjoyed towing to events and he raced the Winter Series in Arizona and has also raced in Fallon, Fernley and Susanville this summer. Veteran dirt late model racer Malen Gonzalez made Toolanen work for his rich win and another Fallon long tow Arnie Martin was third. David Day, all the way from Rachel NV, was the $1,500 overall winner in the Pro Stock class after his long tow travel mate Wyatt Ehrp from Pahrump NV took the Friday night qualifier. Elko's own Janine Vega was scored as the leading overall hobby stock for the two days even though Kuna, Idaho long tow Mike Smith won on Saturday night. Another Elko racer Chris Steensen took mini stock honors over Carlin's Ben Gunnels. In the cruiser action, the team of Brian Thorp and Terri Kellum from Spring Creek won with Jeff Tripp and Grant Richardson from the same town second.
The two-day event drew 17 IMCA Modifieds and L Toolanen drove his homebuilt creation to wins in the dash and qualifying feature on the first night. Only five cars survived to see the checkered flag in the first night feature as Kenny Newman and Scott Steensen tangled with Idaho's Donny Lau losing a wheel. Rick Waddell, Fallon's Alvin Barger, Lau and Newman were all scratches from the rich Saturday night main. L Toolanen continued his perfect weekend with Saturday's feature win ahead of new division convert Gonzalez, Martin and Pahrump's Phil Clendennin Jr. Craig Russom from Idaho Falls Idaho was fifth ahead of travel mate Butch Vernon and Reno's Wayne Richards. Another Idaho racer Richard Anderson was 8th and Gary Fleisch from Montague, CA was 9th ahead of the winner's brother John Toolanen. Another dirt late model veteran enjoying a great rookie modified season, James Thibodeaux, struggled in Elko with an 11th place run ahead of the local Elko cars of Corey Steensen and Scott Steensen, who were both eliminated from the feature for causing two yellow flags.
In the Pro Stock action, Elko's own Joe Rigsby won the Friday night dash, but rolled his car in the qualifying feature that was won by Ehrp. Day won the Saturday night main and the overall standings showed Elko ace Keith Greenwood second ahead of Richard Rue, California's Rod Huckabee, Rigsby, Ehrp and Mike Simmons. For the hobby stocks, Jim Lester won the Friday night dash and Elko's Bill Cornett won the qualifying main. Idaho visitor Mike Smith won the Saturday night main, but Vega took overall honors ahead of Smith, Terry Lister, Cornett, Al Hartman, Lester and Byron Bame. In the mini stocks, Mike Fietzek drove his Pinto to the Friday night dash win and Ben Gunnels won the qualifying main. Chris Steensen won the Saturday night main and he took overall honors ahead of Gunnels, Dan Waldeman from Poccatello Idaho, Steve Randall and Fietzek. The cruiser class has one person controlling the steering and the other the gas pedal. The team of Brian Thorp and his sister Teri Kellum won both the dash and qualifying main on Friday, then took top honors on Saturday also. In the overall standings, the team of Jeff Tripp and Grant Richardson were second ahead of Antonio Cane-Matt Cane, Rob Eli-Scott Syme and Tony Cane-Donna Cane.
The Saturday portion of the event was very successful with spectators filling every available viewing area.
Summary IMCA Modified Main-Lenny Toolanen, Malen Gonzalez, Arnie Martin, Phil Clendennin Jr, Craig Russom, Butch Vernon, Wayne Richards, Richard Anderson, Gary Fleisch, John Toolanen, James Thibodeaux, Corey Steensen, Scott Steensen.