Bucklen kicks off 2011 With First Ever Win
Gillett Veterinary Clinic Late Models
Starting top 5: #31 Richard Smith, #33 Emett Grazier, #66 Darren Bucklen, #91 Chris Atkinson, #27 Roger Avants
4 laps into the 40 lap main event, #44 Darren Bucklen effortlessly came around the outside of #31 Rick Smith to take the lead. Moments later a piece of debris flew off of a vehicle bringing on caution. Bucklen and Smith went head to head at the restart with Bucklen once again taking the lead. The competition behind Bucklen was fierce as #74 Dan Savage, #31 Rick Smith and #27 Roger Avants battled for 2nd. When the dust settled, Savage had a grip on 2nd place but Smith wasn't far behind. 12 laps in, #33 Emett Grazier and #54 Joe James Jr got into each other going between turns 3 and 4 bringing on yet another yellow flag. Bruce Yackey used the restart to jump into 2nd place, leaving Dan Savage safely behind him. Another restart brought on by a spin out courtesy of #33 Emett Grazier saw Bucklen back into the lead as Bruce Yackey and Rick Smith battled door handle to door handle for 2nd place! Yackey took 2nd behind Bucklen with only 1 lap to go. At the checkered flag it was Darren Bucklen for his first win EVER at Colorado National Speedway. Yackey took 2nd followed by Roger Avants and Rick Smith.
Dan Savage Won the Battle, Ronnie Hults Won the War.
Jim Bob Spins, Bear Lynch Wins. Blackie's the Champ!
Leaders Jim Bob Rogers and Bear Lynch approached lapped traffic coming around turn 4 of the final lap, making for a startling finish to the Sportsman Main Event.
#62 Jim Bob Rogers, #6 Tommy Roe and #41 Bear Lynch moved to the front to lead the massive field of sportsman for the 50 lap A-Main Event. A spin out 15 laps in brought the field back together for a restart. Jim Bob had the pole with Bear Lynch on the outside and Tommy Roe had the inside of row 2. Jim Bob elected to take the outside and Lynch passed him via the inside along the back stretch. Another spin out brought on another double file restart. This time, Jim Bob took back his spot at the head of the field. With 10 laps to go, Bear Lynch was putting the pressure on Jim Bob. At lap 42 the leaders were knee deep in lapped traffic. Suddenly, Lynch passed Rogers with only 5 laps to go! Rogers pulled around the inside of Lynch but the two were coming up on lapped traffic as they drove around turn 4. Jim Bob spun out 30 feet from the finish as Lynch sped past the checkered flag for the win.
Happy Ferree Wins to Cheers and Jeers
Avants Wins a Wild One at CNS
At Colorado National Speedway, the top dogs in the Speedy's Autos Late Models didn't disappoint. Avants fended off determined competitors, maintaining only a slight lead while a 5 way fight for 2nd place raged on behind him.
Speedy's Autos Late Models
16 Late Models hit the track for the 40 lap Main Event. #41 Mark Neff had the pole followed by #54 Joe James Jr. Behind the leaders #66 Darren Bucklen had the inside of row 2 with #27 Roger Avants on his outside. #74 Dan Savage had the inside of row three.
Joe James Jr lead the pack until Avants took the lead via the outside. At lap 4 Darren Bucklen spun out along the back stretch bringing out the yellow flag. Dan Savage and Bucklen were subsequently sent to the rear of the field. With 2 of the top five out of the way, #39 Jack Nugent found a quick line into 2nd behind Avants. Behind the leaders, Mark Neff lead a 4 way, fender to fender race for 3rd with #12 Bruce Yackey, #42 Ronnie Hults and #22 Chris Eggleston.
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