Rick Smith Sweeps the Late Model Main Events!
Late Model Division (Twin 40 #1)There were 23 Late Models on the track for the first of two 40 lap Late Model main events. The first LM A Main was caution filled. Contact on the track resulted in plenty of sparks, smoke and twisted metal. #31 Rick Smith, #42 Ronnie Hults, #78 Darren Crocker, #12 Bruce Yackey & #54 Joe James Jr lead the pack as Hults made a furious sprint on the outside of turn 2 passing Smith for the lead.
From there it was a fender to fender drag race between Hults & Smith with Yackey consistently intervening for the top spot. After a yellow flag, Yackey and Smith flew ahead to lead the pack with Hults close behind. The 1st place drag race continued between Yackey, Smith and Hults as they came close to running 3 wide along the main stretch. Suddenly, Hults punched it and took back the lead!
Soon after, in a devastating turn of events, Hults spun 180 degrees coming around turn 3 and a pile up ensued.
Hults Takes the Mother’s Day Late Model Opener
Dacono, CO – Colorado National Speedway Late Model Division
With only 7 laps to go, #42 Ronnie Hults surprised the throng of screaming fans with an amazing dash from a well earned 3rd position, to first place!
28 Late Models showed up for the big Mother's Day event. #12 Bruce “the Moose” Yackey, #31 Rick Smith, #27 Roger “the Ice Man” Avants & #54 Joe James Jr brought their A game to track as the top dogs in 2 intense qualifying bouts. When it came down to the 40 lap main event, the field had been thinned to 22 of the best Late Models in the Country.
#21 Mike Bowen took the pole with #54 Joe James Junior on the outside. Rick Smith and Avants sat pretty in row two with an eager Yackey inside row three.
On the first lap, Joe James Jr took an early lead only to be passed by Avants. Rick Smith vied for the lead but Avants kept him at bay. A spin out on the track resulted in a yellow flag and a double file restart. Avants maintained the lead followed by Rick Smith, Joe James Jr and Bruce Yackey.
CNS is Happy’s Place for the Season Opener
Pro Trucks#1 Happy Ferree finds the perfect line around the 3/8 mile track at Colorado National Speedway, taking a well deserved main event win.
Early on, #1 Happy Ferree and #07 Chris Leaf had a tight battle for the top spot. After an intense fender to fender bout, Happy pulled ahead for the lead, just barely holding off the ever approaching Leaf.
Through one yellow flag and more than a few field thinning black flags, Happy pushed the envelope and took a commanding lead. Leaf and #7 Adam Deines dueled heatedly for second.
LOOKING BEHIND AT 2008; LOOKING FORWARD TO 2009
COLORADO NATIONAL SPEEDWAY: A SEASON IN REVIEW (2008)
BY: GEOFF BRIGGS
The 2008 season for Colorado National Speedway (CNS) was one that will go in the record books as a huge success. The season got off with some changes in the office 2 days before the first practice session, as Scotty Backman took over as Track Manager and hung up his helmet for most of the season. The car counts in 2008 grew, and they can only get better in 2009.
Bruce Yackey claimed his fifth Colorado National Speedway ableplanet Late Model track championship, tying him with Roger Avants for the most Late Model track championships at CNS. Yackey used 4 wins, 17 top 5’s and 19 top 10’s to claim the honor by 116 points over Ronnie Hults. Tyler Chrisinger used 2 top 5’s and 10 top 10’s to claim the rookie title. The other drivers to win main events were: Ronnie Hults (5), Rick Smith (5), Roger Avants (3), and Darren Crocker (2).
Bruce Yackey wins the 2008 Late Model Championship
1. 22 Joe Matlock, Aurora
2. 26 Nick Martinez, Denver
3. 23 Al Duran, Lakewood
4. 90 John Johnson, Golden
5. 17 Harry Livermore Jr, Lafayette
6. 15 Jereme Wal, Commerce City
7. 25 Phil Taylor, Leadville
8. 89 Eddie Garcia, Littleton
9. 24 Joe Martinez, Centennial
10. 11 Joe Gastineau, Denver
11. 52 Jared Wall, Denver
12. 10 Frank Gastineau, Thornton
13. 7 Randy Grubb, Denver
14. 4 Stephen Webb, Henderson
15. 66 John Martello, Denver
16. 75 Harvey Webb Jr, Thornton
17. 05 Buddy Hohn Jr, Denver
18. 81 Dave Smith, Englewood
19. 50 Justin McKeachie, Denver
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