By Jason Whittal (For South Buxton PR)
On a beautiful Saturday evening the feature action was intense and exciting. In the Auto tech Sales and service bombers Jamie Beaulieu #6 grabbed the lead from the outside pole. Beaulieu raced out to the lead and held off challenge after challenge to hold on and win another feature. In his interview he thanked the fans and the track staff for a great track.
In the Tirecraft Sports Stock feature it was Dillon Moody #322 and Rob Young #48 bringing the 14 car field to green. Young raced out to an early lead and after stretching his lead to almost a half track, a caution came out and tightened things up. After several laps of side by side action and several challenges from Eren Vandiverre #67, Rob Young was able to hold on and win his 4th feature of the season. During his interview Young thanked his crew and Kirk and Jake Hooker (38H Late Model) for helping with the setup on his car. He also thanked the fans and Garry and Sherry for their hard work and dedication to providing the drivers a place to race.
In the West Side Performance UMP Late Models it was the Gord Goetler Memorial race. Jim Dale Jr #00 and Brad Simpson #53 brought the field to green. Glassford #60 didn’t waste any time getting to the lead. Jake Hooker #38H worked his way through the field and found himself running 2nd, but he was half a track behind Glassford who had set a torrid pace from the drop of the green. Hooker got the break he was looking for as a caution fell erasing the huge lead Glassford had built up. The caution didn’t prove to be a factor as Glassford was never really challenged by Hooker who settled for 2nd. Glassford’s win was his first in several weeks, and broke the winning streak of Gregg Haskell #RH21 who had won the last 3 straight feature wins. Glassford thanked the fans and track crew for all of their hard work. When asked about his car still being for sale Dale said “yes it is, but it doesn’t mean I’m done”. Glassford also said the past couple of weeks he’s been off and needed this win.
In the Tirecraft Mini Mod feature it was a race that included several lead changes. Shawn Jones #27 and Matt Sorrel battled side by side for several laps with Jones eventually taking the lead. After a mid-race caution the battle for the lead heated up between Jones and Brett Hope who was driving for Tate O’Leary in the 28k. Hope grabbed the lead on the restart and looked to be on his way to a feature win, but another caution allowed Jones to capitalize on the restart and eventually led him to over taking Hope. When the checker finally fell it was Jones in victory lane again.
In the Schinkels Gourmet Meats UMP modified it was Eugene Hoekstra #36 and Jim Dale Jr #00 bringing the field to green. When the green flag waved it was side by side for the first part of the feature. With Hoekstra running the bottom and Dale Jr running the top both drivers swapped for the lead. Dale eventually settled into the top spot and looked like he was on his way to another win until a caution came out and tightened the field. On the ensuing start Brian Speelman 22s began his assault on the leader and was able to power by Jim Dale Jr on the outside. Speelman would continue to lead until another caution tightened up the field. Jim Dale Jr would take advantage of the restart and make the pass on Speelman leading the final circuits and picking up the feature win.