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GILLETT VET CLINIC LATE MODELS
An impressive field of Gillett Vet Clinic Late Models lined up for a 40 lap main event with #31 Rick Smith and #12 Bruce Yackey on the front row. Rick Smith built an early 10 car lead on Yackey who was getting heavy pressure from #74 Dan Savage. The battle for second place brought the CNS crowd to their feet as Yackey, Savage, #78 Darren Crocker, #27 Roger Avants, #95 Dave Finley, #83s Jim Sikes Jr. were all within striking distance. Unfortunately for Avants, he suffered mechanical problems sending a shower of sparks into the night sky ending his night. On the restart Yackey was able to gain the lead over Smith but that lead was short lived as Smith reasserted himself into the top spot. At the finish it was #31 Rick Smith, #74 Dan Savage, #12 Bruce Yackey, #78 Darren Crocker, and #11 Darren Robertson rounded out the top 5.
Qualifying race winners: #31 Rick Smith & #12 Bruce Yackey
GILLETT VET CLINIC LATE MODELS
Coming into tonight's Chick-Fil-A night at the races #74 Dan Savage had a slim 3 point lead over #12 Bruce Yackey, but The "Savageman" would have to start near the rear of the field in this 40 lap main event. At the start of the race #31 Rick Smith jumped out to an early lead over #27 Roger Avants. After a early race caution, race leader Rick Smith spun down the back straight and was sent to the rear of the field giving Avants the lead. Halfway through the main event Savage had come from the rear all the way to 2nd place bringing the CNS crowd to their feet. Behind Savage was #91 Chris Atkinson who was having a excellent run in third. Yet on this night it was the "ice man" Avants all the way who cruised to the win. In second place it was Savage with an impressive run from the back of the pack. Finishing third was Atkinson, fourth was #7 Adam Deines and #31 Rick Smith finished an impressive fifth after being sent to the back of the pack after his spin.
Qualifying race winners: #31 Rick Smith & #7 Adam Dienes
(Dacono, CO - 08-06-2011) A warm summer evening was the setting for this years K&N Pro Series West Toyota/NAPA 150. The touring series didn't disappoint as they thrilled the huge CNS crowd for 150 laps putting on one of the cleanest shows of the year at Colorado National Speedway.
Once every year the K&N Pro Series West touring series makes a visit to CNS and they battle it out in the Toyota/NAPA 150. The K&N Pro Series features drivers from all over North America in cars that are dramatically different from the late model division that races at CNS. Therefore you rarely see any of the CNS regulars get a chance to compete in this major event. Yet this year CNS's Chris Eggleston and last year's champion "Speedy" Ronnie Hults had both found a ride in the event which had the CNS fans buzzing. When qualifying was complete K&N Series rookie #03 Dylan Kwasniewski from Las Vegas Nevada in a Ford locked down the pole position with a 16.491. Local favorites Chris Eggleston and Speedy Ronnie Hults qualified in the 13th and 16th positions respectively.
(Dacono, CO 07-30-2011) Rick Smith and 2010 CNS Champ "Speedy" Ronnie Hults raced side by side, lap after lap bringing the CNS crowd to their feet. Yet it was Rick Smith who proved he knew the fastest line around the 3/8ths mile paved oval as he took his first main event win of the 2011 CNS season.
Gillett Vet Clinic Late Models
One might think that with #42 Speedy Ronnie Hults on the pole position for the late model main event that the race might be all over before it started. However #31 Rick Smith jumped out to an early lead while Hults ran in second. With 22 laps to go #4 Brad Tilton made contact with the front straight wall and slid to a stop in turn one. Tilton was okay but his night was done. #11 Darren Robertson returned to CNS for the first time in 2011 in a beautiful black and silver #11 but spun coming out of two on lap 24 and was narrowly missed by the rest of the field. Smith and Hults ran side by side, lap after lap thrilling the large crowd at CNS, but on this night Rick Smith wasn't going to be denied as he had the fastest line and grabbed his first win of the 2011 season. Hults came in second, #66 Darren Bucklen was third, #74 Dan Savage was fourth, and #91 Chris Atkinson rounded out the top five.
(Dacono, CO - 07-23-2011) It was an epic night of 1 on 1 battles at CNS. 5 divisions saw respectable car counts and each division brought the horde of CNS fans to the edge of their seats. The story of the evening comes courtesy of the lightning fast Late Model drivers Dan Savage and Ronnie Hults who wowed fans with a memorable battle for 1st place.
PAIR A DICE SPORTSMAN
#8 Jeff Walbaum had the pole at the start of the Sportsman main event at Colorado National Speedway and #84 Bruce Borchardt was outside. Yet it was the rocket-fast #98 Lee Kemmit who quickly worked his way to the front from his 5th place starting position. Lee's GTI teammate #6 Tommy Roe also worked his way past Walbaum and Borchardt and settled into second place. A great race developed for third place between #46 Eric "blackie" Blackard, #8 Jeff Walbaum and #84 Bruce Borchardt which brought the fans to their feet. Tommy Roe began to carve away at Kemmit's lead but it was too little too late as Kemmit took the win followed by Roe, Blackard, Borchardt, and Walbaum.
It was Colorado Transportation night at CNS and all indication was it was going to be a great night of racing. The Late Models were all set to go and a huge field of Legend cars were on hand including recent winner Justin Irwin from New Mexico. Yet Justin would have had his work cut out for him as #15 Danny Medina was also in the pits, as was Tyler Chrisinger in his #12 legend car. The Super Stocks had a good field of cars and the Figure 8's and CNS Modifieds were set to thrill the CNS fans.
Rain started falling right before the first set of qualifying races but those clouds cleared up quickly. Sadly, that sprinkle was just a small taste as to what was to come. A massive storm dumped huge amounts of rain on CNS and lightning lit up the skies. The CNS officials had no choice but to call the event before it ever started.
Next week (07-16-2011) is USG Night at CNS and will feature the Sportsmans, Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, Legends, Supermodifieds, and Trains.
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