West Valley City, Utah – They slid across the finish line in almost perfect unison, the front of their cars facing the infield and the backs the grandstands, and the angle of the slide made reigning Lucas Oil Modified Series champion Dylan Cappello the winner of the K&N Filters Great Salt Lake 75 instead of Austin Barnes.

Cappello had been the race leader for 32 laps of Rocky Mountain Raceways 3/8 -mile paved oval, but Barnes had been as close as a band-aid since lap 70. The two touched several times on the final lap and as they raced through Turn 4 for the last time Barnes went low to try for the win.

The 2012 champion may have gotten a little too low, because the left wheels of his STR Chevrolet kicked up some dust. Then as he came out of the turn and back up onto firmer footing he and Cappello got together and took the checkered flag with their cars at roughly a 30-degree angle.

Barnes was on the infield side of the track. Cappello was in the middle, with the side of his car on which the scoring transponder is mounted closer to the finish line. The transponders gave the win to Cappello, by an amazing 0.977 seconds, and several reviews in the MAVTV Production control room confirmed it while the two drivers shook hands during the awards ceremony.

It was the second win of the season for Cappello, who took the lead away from hometown favorite Lynn Hardy on lap 43 and looked to be in control of the proceedings until Barnes took second from Hardy on lap 56 and yellow caution flags began to appear with regularity.

Barnes emerged as the leader of the Hoosier Tire West point standings, though. The Escondido, California, driver had gone into the sixth of 10 championship races only 2 points behind leader Scott Winters, who was credited with a 20th-place finish after being caught up in an accident with series rookie Jack Madrid with 6 laps to go.

Jason Irwin, who set a track record of 15.221 seconds to pace qualifying for the 28-car field, finished third, Hardy fourth and Taylor Miinch fifth.

Shelby Stroebel, last year’s race winner, finished 19th and past champions Jim Mardis and Jason Patison were 11th and 15th, respectively.

Cappello, Barnes and Winters each has won two of the 6 races in a season that now will takes a brief pause before returning to historic Orange Show Speedway in San Bernardino, California, August 29 after a 4-year absence.

 

-Lucas Oil Modifieds Press Release.  Photo Credit: Lucas Oil Modifieds

K&N FILTERS GREAT SALT LAKE 75 PRESENTED BY SUNOCO

ROCKY MOUNTAIN RACEWAYS, West Valley City, Utah

3/8 -mile paved, banked oval

Saturday, July 25, 2015

EVENT RESULTS

MAIN EVENT (75 laps) – 1. Dylan Cappello (11), Peoria, Arizona; 2. Austin Barnes (51A), Escondido, California; 3. Jason Irwin (9X), Albuquerque, New Mexico; 4. Lynn Hardy (4L), Salt Lake City; 5. Taylor Miinch (4T), El Cajon, California; 6. Matthew Hicks (28), Lakeside, California; 7. Kyle Tellstrom (5K), Ukiah, California; 8. Chris Cook (2), Tabiona, Utah; 9. Jairo Avila Jr. (56), Alhambra, California; 10. Doug Hamm (4X), North Las Vegas, Nevada;

11. Jim Mardis (51), Yucaipa, California; 12. Eric Hamilton (11H), Hanford, California; 13. Linny White (99), Colton, California; 14. Dustin Tilbury (71X), Edgewood, New Mexico; 15. Jason Patison (80), Corona, California; 16. Blake Rogers (4B), Yuma, Arizona; 17. Doug Carpenter (3), San Diego, California; 18. Bryan Wordelman (8), Woods Cross, Utah; 19. Shelby Stroebel (24), Meridian, Idaho; 20. Scott Winters (24A), Tracy, California;

21, Jack Madrid (3X), San Clemente, California; 22. Shane Skaggs (28S), Albuquerque, New Mexico; 23. Blaine Perkins (55), Bakersfield, California; 24. Larry Gerchman (25), Lake Havasu City, Arizona; 25. Trevor Huddleston (00), Agoura Hills, California; 26. Eddie Secord (84), Oak Hills, California; 27. Mark Ith Jr.(84M), Draper, Utah;28. Eric Rhead (66), West Jordan, Utah.
Margin of victory – Not available. Average speed – 32.876 mph. Lead changes – 2 among 3 drivers. Caution flags – 7. Red lags – 2. Fast qualifier – Irwin, 15.221 seconds/88.693 mph (record).

B MAIN (40 laps) – 1. Pat Petrie (1), Henderson, Nevada; 2. Dennis Thomas (93), St. George, Utah; 3. Caitlin Stroebel (4S), Meridian, Idaho; 4. Mark Allison (115), Las Vegas; 5. Jeff Longman (211), Lehi, Utah; 6. Steven Durbin (15), Las Vegas; 7. Dave Arce (5), Santee, California; 8. Blaine Perkins (55), Bakersfield, California; 9. Bryan Wordelman (8), Words Cross, Utah; 10. Trevor Huddleston (00), Agoura Hills, California; 11. Shane Skaggs (28), Albuquerque, New Mexico; 12. Rich Lindgren (27), Rio Linda, California; 13. Dan McCoy (20), Salt Lake City; 14. Zach Webster (29W), Salt Lake City; 15. William Guevara (12), Lake Havasu City, Arizona; 16. Sal Lopez (02), Sacramento, California. (Perkins, Wordelman, Huddleston and Skaggs transferred to A main as top 4 after 20 laps)

21, Jack Madrid (3X), San Clemente, California; 22. Shane Skaggs (28S), Albuquerque, New Mexico; 23. Blaine Perkins (55), Bakersfield, California; 24. Larry Gerchman (25), Lake Havasu City, Arizona; 25. Trevor Huddleston (00), Agoura Hills, California; 26. Eddie Secord (84), Oak Hills, California; 27. Mark Ith Jr.(84M), Draper, Utah;28. Eric Rhead (66), West Jordan, Utah.
Margin of victory . Average speed. Caution flags. Fast qualifier – Irwin, 15.221 seconds/88.693 mph (record).

Margin of victory – 1.232 seconds. Average speed – 43.729 mph.

 

 

Cappello, Barnes Slide to Photo Finish in Utah