ROUSE RACES TO FIRST CAREER MOD LITE WIN SATURDAY, MAY 17ththirtyfour
Todd Thornburg and Graham Fate led the field to the green flag in the 12 lap Mod Lite feature. But it was third place starter Devon Rouse who grabbed the lead on lap 1 over Gary Snyder, who started 5th, and Jimmy Halcomb, who started 7th. Rouse started to stretch his lead out over the field, while Daniel Keltner, who started 8th, was working his way towards the front. By the time Keltner got to second, Rouse had built up a straight-away lead which allowed him to hold on to claim his first career feature win in a caution free race. Keltner settled for 2nd, Collin Ball was third after starting in 6th, Snyder was 4th, with Michael Dominguez coming home in 5th.
Up next was the 20 lap 305 Sprint feature, with Heath Bundy and Dustin Clark making up the front row for the event. John Schulz, who started 5th, quickly moved to the front to grab the lead on lap 1 over Bundy and Shawn Whiting. Just after the completion of lap 1, Nick Guernsey spun off turn 1 to bring out the caution. On the restart Schulz moved back out front, with Justin Newberry, who started 7th, battling Clark for second. The action up front was slowed for the second time, when Shane Quam spun in turn 2 on lap 8 to bring out the yellow. Schulz jump back out into the lead on the restart, with Newberry and Clark close behind. Disaster would strike Newberry on lap 17, as contact with a lapped car would send his spinning into the infield with a broken front end to bring out the caution. On the restart Schulz moved back out front and then held on to claim his second win in a row and third overall at the track. Jayson Ditsworth came from 10th to finish in 2nd, Donnie Steward started 11th and finished 3rd, Ryan Jamison came from 12th to finish in 4th, with Andy Huston finishing in 5th after starting in 9th.
Duane Dixon and Shawn Baker led the field to the green in the 12 lap 4 Cylinder feature. But it was third place starter Daytona Fenton who led lap 1 over Baker and Dixon. Fenton, who ran the top of the track, and Cody Washburne, who was on the bottom, ran laps 4 and 5 side-by-side, before Washburne edged out front on lap 6. The close action up front came to a halt on lap 10, as Dustin Ravelin, who was running 4th, rolled in turn 2 from contact from Austin Becerra to bring out the red. On the restart Ron Kibbe slowed to a stop in turn 2 to bring the yellow out. The following restart saw Billy Stanford, who was running 2nd, and Wayne Noble, who started 14th and was running 4th, collide down the front stretch to bring the yellow light back on. Washburne jumped back out front on the third attempt of a restart, with Brandon Setser, who started 10th, and Kimberly Abbott, who started 11th, close behind. Setser was able to grab the top spot away going into turn 1 on the final lap and then held off Abbott to pick up his first win of the season at the track. But after post race inspection Setser was disqualified for a locked front end, which gave the win to Abbott for her first win of the season at the track. Jacob Brown passed 13 cars from his 15th place starting spot to be moved to 2nd, Barry Taft was moved up to 3rd, Jerry Parrott passed 16 cars from his 20th place starting spot to be moved up to 4th, with Washburne being moved up to finish in 5th.
The final feature up on the night was the 15 lap IMCA SportMods, with Jacob Morris and Jonny Williams leading the field to green. Williams would use his front row starting spot to grab the lead on lap 1 over Joey Gower and Morris. Gower would use the bottom of the track to grab the lead away from Williams on lap 3 and then held it until lap 7. Williams, who was running 5th, and Adam Shelman, who was running 7th, collided in turn 2 to bring out the caution. On the restart Sean Wyett, who was running 3rd after starting in 10th, got into the back of Tony Dunker, who was running 2nd after starting in 6th, in turn 2, which caused Dunker to spin to bring the yellow light back on. Gower jumped back out front on the following restart, with Bobby Anders, who started 9th, and Brett Timmerman, who started 7th, battling for the second spot. The action up front was slowed for the third time, when Morris got into Dunker, who came back to 7th after spinning on lap 7, to cause him to spin in turn 4 to bring out the yellow. On the restart Gower jumped back out front, with Anders and Timmerman close behind. Disaster would strike Timmerman on lap 13, as he spun in turn 2 to bring out the yellow. Gower grabbed the lead on the restart and then held on over the final 2 laps to pick up his first win of the season at the track. Anders settled for 2nd, Dunker recovered from his lap 11 spin to come back up to 3rd, Kyle Hill was 4th, with Dustin Crear coming from 12th to round out the top 5.
Notes from 34: For the fourth time in the last four weeks 95+ cars signed in for competition, as 24 4 Cylinders, 19 305 Sprints, 17 Modifieds, 16 SportMods, 13 Stock Cars, and 10 Mod Lites made up 99 cars on this night……Jake Wenig’s win in the Stock Car feature was the fifth different winner in the five weeks of racing at 34 Raceway….Shane Watts finished 6th after starting in 8th….Dane Fenton recovered from his caution on lap 7 to come back up to 9th……Brad Tyler passed 7 cars from his 13th place starting spot in the Modified feature to finish in 6th….Mitch Morris came from 10th to finish in 7th….Sam Davis started 12th and finished 8th….Ray Cox Jr. passed 6 cars from his 15th place starting spot to finish in 9th….Darrow Lillie came from 17th to come home in 11th….Dennis LaVeine, who was running 6th, pulled off on the lap 11 caution with a flat tire to end his night in 14th……Justin Buchholz had troubles in hot laps that forced him to scratch for the night in the Mod Lites……Daniel Bergquist started the 305 Sprint feature in 16th and passed 10 cars to come home in 6th….Nick Guernsey recovered from his lap 1 spin to come back up to finish in 7th….Dustin Clark, who was running 3rd, drifted high in turn 2 on lap 18 and fell clear back to finish in 8th….Dillon Roth came from 13th to finish in 9th….Shane Quam recovered from his lap 8 spin to come back up to finish in 12th….Dave Getchell had troubles in hot laps that forced him to scratch for the night……Jerrod Nichols passed 17 cars from his 23rd place starting spot in the 4 Cylinder feature to finish in 6th….Billy Stanford recovered from the lap 10 caution to come back up to finish in 8th….Wayne Noble also recovered from the lap 10 spin to come back up to 9th….Brian Mehaffy came from 13th to finish in 10th….Shawn Pappis passed 7 cars from his 18th place starting spot to finish in 11th….Kevin Mortimer came from 16th to finish in 12th….Daytona Fenton had a flat on the lap 10 caution, while running 3rd to end his night in 13th….Ron Kibbe came from 22nd to finish in 15th….Kyle Hamelton came from 24th to finish in 18th….Clayton Chapman and Jeffery DeLonjay had troubles in there heat races that forced them to scratch from the feature.