3rd Dash Win in the 3rd Race of the Season
What a weekend at Colorado National Speedway. Two nights of racing and fireworks to celebrate Memorial Day, with lots of action from almost every division. Justin Simonson showed some serious Super Late Model skills in both nights' feature Main events in the number 9 Hooters car. He put on a great show along with over 20 of CNS's finest. The Great Scotts Eatery Super Stocks ran Sunday night on the same ticket with a Gillet Vet Clinic Super Late Model 100 lap main event, ERA Super Modifieds, the Snap-On Tools Pro Trucks, and the Lincoln Tech Pure Stocks. The Super Stocks and Pure Stocks were on the schedule to run together, but impressive car counts in both divisions made it too big of a field to try to combine. And as it turns out, along with the Super Late Model Mains on both nights, the Pure Stock Main on Sunday was THE race of the weekend! 06 Jeff Dempewolf, the eventual winner, had a great battle with Dave Robinson's #7 Monte Carlo, the 26 of Josh Friberg, the 31 of Michael Methiesen, and Tyler Davis in the #33 El Camino, at times 4-wide.
We learned a lot in the first two races and put together a good set up for this week. Kyle Patee was with us in the pits and made some changes that made the car more comfortable to drive for Jax. We also had a lot of help with Tom Morrey, Riley Grivette, and James Waller at the ready to help out.
It was a near miss in getting to the track. After we loaded the truck up with all of our tools, tires, generator, spare parts, etc., we pulled it around to hook up the trailer. Something made a terrible grinding sound and boom - the brake pedal hit the floor. The right rear caliper gave it up and dumped all the brake fluid. How lucky we were to have that happen at home. A couple of quick phone calls, and there was Joe Mares, Jr. with his roll-back tow truck loading us up and getting us to the track - and even got us there within 15 minutes of the pit gate opening. Thank you, Joe!
The practice sessions were OK, nothing to get too excited about. The car looked and felt good. Then the rains came, and hung around for a while. Qualifying was rained out, but we did put a lot of laps on my wife's Tahoe and Jax's Jeep in track drying efforts.
I'm still not exactly sure how the Dash line ups were established, but Jax missed the Fast Dash again. But - good things come around for good people. Jax started fifth in the Dash, and took the lead in the first lap. Without looking back, he jumped out to a commanding lead and saved tires for the main. Congrats on the third Dash win in the first three races.
We started the Main in P11. Robert Davey and Mike Stewart led the field for several laps, but soon enough those same 6 cars jumped out front with the rest of the field in tow. A great battle for position with Jax Hughes and Will Alvarado made it exciting to watch, but that back and forth wound up with both cars losing any shot at staying with the leaders. Using a lapped car as a pick, Jax was able to hang on to for a 10th place finish. Congrats goes out to Brian Yackey for a great run and a win, Levi Greenly took second, and Curtis Heldenbrand came in third. Did I mention - all in Novas? Cody Vanderwahl and Mike Cox rounded out the top 5 in their G bodies. As always, a big thanks to The Blue Gator of Dunnellon, Florida, Colorado Axle and Gear, and Showtime Towing for your help in putting the Veracity Racing number 51 Super Stock on the track!
This was a sad and special week for us, we lost a dear family friend to breast cancer. Our kids all grew up together, played sports together, and we shared a lot of great times. We put a special tribute to Kate Sumners on the car this week. We miss ya!
Our next race is Saturday, June 11 as an undercard event for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West 150 lapper, the NAPA/Toyota 150. The Pro Trucks, Super Stocks, and Figure 8's will get the action started and then we'll all cheer for Erie's own Chris Eggleston, the 2015 K&N Champ, as he brings it on at his home track!