NASCAR K&N West at CNS, Great Super Stock Action to Start the Night
The NASCAR K&N West series was in town this weekend at Colorado National Speedway for the NAPA/Toyota 150 - and the stands were packed! It proved to be the race we were all hoping for. After a lengthy rain delay at lap 7, the top notch CNS track crew got the track ready to go and the show underway. Erie's own Chris Eggleston ran out front for most of the race, but had to hold off quite a challenge from series points leader Todd Gilliland in the last five laps. He prevailed, and there was much rejoicing!
The Super Stocks were on board along with the Pro Trucks and the Figure 8s. In the special format for the K&N race, there were no dashes, just main events. Jax got a couple of practice sessions and Kyle Patee was on hand to work on getting the car set up. CNS made a rule change this year in an effort to even out the competition a little. The top three finishers in the main event will start 8, 9, and 10 in the next main event. Qualifying was not spectacular, but 8th place was good enough to get him up front.
The first event on the track, Jax started P4. He held on with the leaders for several laps and it was great to see Darrel Smith's Caprice out front with five Monte Carlo/G bodies right behind. Not a Nova in sight! Well, for a few laps, anyway. Brian Yackey and Curtis Heldenbrand soon started picking us off. Unfortunately, Curtis had rear end problems and had to leave the track. Yackey worked on getting around Mike Cox for a few laps until it led to him spinning in turn one. Both cars were sent to the rear of the field. Again, Jax was able to hang on to fourth place until the 3 and 22 worked their way back through the field. The 51 is just rolling over too much in the corner and not able to get off with the momentum needed to hang on to the leaders. That's our homework for this week. Congrats to Chris Cox in the Badwrench #2 Pontiac for a great win, followed by Kody Vanderwal, Brian Yackey, Mike Cox, and Jared Keener. And a special congrats to Kody for winning the Pro Truck main - his first win in that division.
When all was said and done, Jax Hughes came away with a 6th place finish and holds on to 7th in the points race. Thanks to Kyle Patee, Shelby Cortese, and Josh Paden for the help in the pits, and special thanks to The Blue Gator, Colorado Axle and Gear, and Showtime Towing for helping us get the car on the track. CNS added us to this week's line up, so we hope to see you all this Saturday, June 16 for the Father's Day NASCAR Knockout. The Super Stocks will be on hand along with the Legends, the Pure Stocks, and the premier class at CNS - the Super Late Models. Treat Dad to a night at the races!