Cowan victorious on Chick-Fil-A night

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(09-07-2013 Dacono, CO) Gering Nebraska’s Chad Cowan won his second straight Late Model Feature event at CNS while the championship points race tightened up in the Late Models, Pro Trucks, Legends, and Figure 8 divisions.

Pair-A-Dice Interior Finishes Late Models
For the last couple seasons it’s been a rare sight to see anyone in winner’s circle in the Late Model division besides Lee Kemmit or Jeff Walbaum. However, their dominance has prompted other teams to step up their game as well as creating a challenge for teams from other regions to come in and race against the best of the best. Two of these teams are from Gering Nebraska, #17 Paul Deines and #76 Chad Cowan who have really made the Late Model division an interesting group to watch this season. In fact Paul Deines is leading the season standings and Chad Cowan won the last feature event and returned on Chick-fil-A night to see if he could repeat.

The drama started off quick as Cowan and Kemmit lineup side by side at the front of the pack for the feature event. For the first portion of the race these two drivers put on a great show for the fans running door-handle to door-handle. Cowan was fast running on the low side and Kemmit was keeping pace on the high side. After 10 laps #8 Jeff Walbaum joined the battle for the lead.

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#76 Chad Cowan battles #98 Lee Kemmit for the lead (Starr photo)

LM-Cowan-winners-circlePaul Deines, the current point leader had a battle of his own with #3 Wade Grove for 4th position.

As the race approached the halfway point Cowan had put 2 car lengths on Kemmit who had his hands full with Walbaum on his tail. Walbaum was able to get by Kemmit and began to track down Cowan for the lead.

With 5 laps to go it was clear that Walbaum was indeed catching Cowan for the lead, the only question was if he would have enough time to make a move for the win. On the very final lap of the race Cowan became momentarily stuck behind a slower car in turn 2 and Walbaum had a window of opportunity but the determined Cowan hung on to grab his second straight main event victory. Walbaum crossed the line 2nd, Paul Deines took 3rd, Kemmit hung on for 4th, and #99 Nick Brinlee took home the final spot in the top 5.

With just one race to go on September 18th Paul Deines is clinging to a mere 8 point lead over Lee Kemmit.

FEATURE WINNER: #76 Chad Cowan
FAST DASH: #17 Paul Deines
DASH: #19 Scott Miller
QUICK TIME: #8 Jeff Walbaum 17.865

Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks
The Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks have one of the most competitive point battles of all the divisions at CNS. Mark Neff and Rudy Vanderwal are neck and neck with just one race to go.

Former Late Model driver Tommy Roe debuted his new #6 Pro Truck and was battling #27 Roger Avants for the lead at the start of the feature event until a spin in turn 2 sent him to the back of the field.

#41 Mark Neff and #06 Adam Hilton were now the top two trucks battling for the lead when out of nowhere #34 Rudy Vanderwal made a daring pass to go around both of them and take the lead. Neff’s truck began to fade a bit yet Hilton was hot on Vanderwals tail trying to regain the top spot.

With the championship on the line Vanderwal showed great determination and held off Hilton to take the win. Mark Neff leads Vanderwal by just a single point going into next weeks final Pro Truck race of the season. The drama will be at an all-time high for the 50 lap Pro Truck feature event on Championship night.

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Rudy Vanderwal’s truck is showing some wear and tear as the season winds down but that didn’t slow him down on Chick-Fil-A night as he went on to victory. (Starr photo)

FEATURE WINNER: #34 Rudy Vanderwal
FAST DASH: #41 Mark Neff
DASH: #06 Adam Hilton
QUICK TIME: #34 Rudy Vanderwal 16.743

Race Central Media Legends
Chris Eggleston came into Chick-Fil-A night at CNS as the current leader in the Legend car track season standings, yet disaster struck in hot-laps when he lost his motor. Luckily for Chris his good pal Darren Robertson who was all set to drive the #97 Legend car stepped aside and gave Chris his ride allowing Chris a shot at maintaining his quest for the championship.

At the start of the feature event a furious battle for the lead broke out between Eggleston, #34 Chris Cooper, #15 Danny Medina, and #66 Kyle Clegg.

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Eventual winner #66 Kykle Clegg and #34 Chris Cooper swapped the lead several times in the early stages of the Legend feature event. (Starr photo)

Eggleston spun in turn 2 but no caution was thrown as Chris kept going yet lost several positions. Kyle Clegg forced his way past Cooper to take the lead but Cooper came right back and regained the spot.

Clegg eventually secured the lead and began to put some distance on the field. This left Cooper to battle with Medina for 2nd place. As Cooper and Medina came up on lapped traffic Cooper made contact with a slower car on the back straight and went up and over and began a series of terrifying flips. To the relief of the crowd “mini-coop” jumped right out of the car and waved to the fans. However his wild crash would end his night and also dramatically hurt his chances at a track championship.

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#34 Chris Cooper took a scary tumble down the back straight yet thankfully Cris jumped out without injury. (Starr photo)

When the race returned to green Kyle Clegg had a comfortable lead until the final few laps when Eggleston began to pressure him. Yet it was too little too late as Clegg took the win with Chris right on his bumper at the line. #03 Darrell Stewart was 3rd, #1 Jereme Wall finished an impressive 4th, and Medina settled for 5th.

Eggleston’s great run in a car that was loaned to him helped him maintain a 21 point lead on Clegg, while Cooper fell 45 points behind 1st place after his scary crash that put him out of the race.

FEATURE WINNER: #66 Kyle Clegg
FAST DASH: #22 Chris Eggleston
DASH: #51 AJ Canada
LAST CHANCE: #61 Sydney Ross
QUICK TIME: #66 Kyle Clegg 18.840

Art’s Septic Figure 8s
The Figure 8 feature event started out a bit crazy as the field was inverted and action ensued as the fast cars began to move up through the slower cars. After the dust settled and the racers began to settle in #26 Nick Martinez had come from the back to take a large lead on the field. #33 Bobby Hutchings once again proved he is completely fearless as he made several hair-raising passes through the X. Nick’s car was the class of the field on this night and he cruised to an easy win. #10 Frank Gastineau finished an impressive 2nd place. #50 Justin Mackeachie was DQ’d in tech which hurt him badly in the season points and now trails Nick Martinez by 28 points.

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#26 Nick Martinez navigated the X to perfection on route to the feature win. (Starr photo)

FEATURE WINNER: #26 Nick Martinez
FAST DASH: #10 Frank Gastineau
DASH: #76 Brent Cave

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Late Models
Pos No. Name Hometown Car Info Best Tm
1. 76 Chad Cowan Gering  NE 08 Monte Carlo 18.216
2. 8 Jeff Walbaum Brighton  CO 08 Impala 18.231
3. 17 Paul Deines Gering  NE ’08 Impala 18.232
4. 98 Lee Kemmit Thornton  CO 08 Charger 18.190
5. 99 Nick Brinlee Broomfield  CO 78 Cutlass 18.433
6. 84 Bruce Borchardt Lafayette  CO 03 Grand Prix 18.447
7. 46 Eric Blackard Lakewood  CO 03 Monte Carlo 18.457
8. 41 Dale Reeder Westminster  CO 08 Charger 18.539
9. 3 Wade Grove Thornton  CO ’04 Impala 18.494
10. 19 Scott Miller (R) Brighton  CO 11 Camaro 18.454
11. 31 Derek Smith (R) Longmont  CO ’08 Impala 18.576
12. 24 Joe Martinez (R) Centennial  CO Monte Carlo 18.465
13. 75 Emilio Abeyta (R)   18.594
14. 67 Stephanie Brown Littleton  CO 07 Impala 18.689
15. 29 Rayshawn Carter Commerce City  CO 10 Monte Carlo 18.880
16. 97 Adam Gastineau Aurora  CO 03 Monte Carlo 19.168
17. 49 Dennis Pobanz Colorado Springs  CO 01 Monte Carlo 19.015
18. 28 Alan Carter Commerce City  CO ’10 Monte Carlo 19.204
19. 27 Wendi Lewis Johnstown  CO 02 Grand Prix 19.854
20. 30 Jan Oxley Ft. Lupton  CO 03 Monte Carlo 19.976
21. 66 Pete Maas Ault  CO 2004 Monte Carlo

Pro Trucks
Pos No. Name Hometown Car Info Best Tm
1. 34 Rudy Vanderwal LaSalle  CO 13 F150 17.165
2. 06 Adam Hilton Brighton  CO  17.176
3. 41 Mark Neff Westminster CO  17.181
4. 27 Roger Avants Littleton  CO  17.241
5. 36 Matt Burton Englewood  CO  17.277
6. 2 AJ Warren (R) Longmont  CO  17.514
7. 5 Troy Whittar Eastlake  CO 04 Chevy Silverado 17.401
8. 29 Matthew Brunker Lakewood  CO  17.436
9. 6 Tommy Roe Thornton  CO Chevy 17.326
10. 71 Jim Stivaletta(R) Pine  CO Chevy 17.810
11. 15 Mike Bernard Ft Collins  CO F150 17.347
12. 07C Gary Jackson (R)   17.793
13. 10A Andy Bellomy (R) Fort Lupton CO  17.641
14. 11 Steve Johnson Windsor  CO  17.272
15. 10T Taylor Bellomy (R)   17.830

Legends
Pos No. Name Hometown Car Info Best Tm
1. 66 Kyle Clegg Westminster  CO  18.746
2. 22 Chris Eggleston Erie  CO  18.698
3. 03 Darrell Stewart Arvada  CO 37 Chevy Sedan 18.994
4. 1 Jereme Wall Commerce City  CO  19.027
5. 15 Danny Medina Colorado Springs  CO 37 Sedan 18.815
6. 3 Wayne Barlock JR Evans  CO 37 Ford 18.862
7. 07 Bill Seip Parker  CO  19.244
8. 14 Chappy Adkins Kersey  CO 37 Ford Sedan 19.225
9. 46 Zach Witherwax Lakewood CO 34 Ford 19.196
10. 20 Kynzer Riddell (R) Westminster  CO 37 Ford 19.351
11. 19 Larry Pachello Wheatridge  CO  19.305
12. 30 Darrell Stewart Jr (R) Arvada 37 Chord Coupe 19.192
13. 84 Mike Webber Erie  CO 37 Chevy 19.338
14. 26 Christopher Brunker Lakewood CO 37 Chevy Coupe 19.737
15. 88 James Stevens Wheatridge  CO  19.740
16. 25 Adam Pechman Morrison  CO 37 Sedan 19.230
17. 17 BreAnn Adkison  (R) Cheyenne  WY 37 Chevy 20.590
18. 34 Chris Cooper Frederick  CO 34 Coupe 18.886
19. 06 Mike Gallegos Wheatridge  CO Chevy 18.812
20. 6 Scotty Scott Arvada CO 34 Ford Coupe 18.767
21. 42 Patrick Manchego (R) Pueblo West  CO  20.701
22. 51 AJ Canada Centennial  CO 34 Ford Coupe 19.369
23. 71 Craig Coughlin Westminster  CO 37 Sedan 21.013
24. 31 Tim Mein (R) Frederick  CO 34 Sedan 20.718
25. 11 Jessica Savage Aurora  CO 37 Sedan 21.201
DNS 61 Sidney Ross (R)

Figure 8s
Pos No. Name Hometown Car Info Best Tm
1. 26 Nick Martinez Denver  CO 03 Howe Monte Carlo
2. 10 Frank Gastineau Denver  CO 03 Monte Carlo
3. 52 Jared Wall Commerce City  CO 77 Camaro
4. 2 Lance Proctor Arvada CO 03 Monte Carlo
5. 25 Phil Taylor
6. 76 Brent Cave
7. 33 Bobby Hutchings (R) Denver  CO 78 Camaro
8. 40 Michael Mercer Thornton  CO 75 Nova
9. 00 James Naranjo(R) Denver  CO 75 Chevy Nora
10. 12 Harvey Webb Jr Northglenn 74 Camaro
11. 03 Luke Zike Morrison  CO 03 Chevy Monte Carlo
12. 17 Harry  Livermore Jr Englewood  CO 77 Nova
13. 81 Dave Smith Englewood  CO 78 Camaro
14. 69 Tammy Totos Commerce City  CO 74 Camaro
15. 44 Buddy Hohn Jr. Denver  CO 78 Camero (03 Monte body)
16. 71 Tyler Dowler Denver  CO 71 Chevy Camaro
DNS 23 Al Duran Lakewood CO 03 Monte Carlo
DNS 07 Bo Jackson (R) LaSalle  CO 78 Chevy Stock Camero
DQ 50 Justin McKeachie Aurora CO 03 Monte Carlo

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