LAS VEGAS – To say Chris Clyne is on a hot streak would be an understatement.
The Las Vegas driver raced to his fifth consecutive NASCAR Super Late Models feature win at The Bullring, taking the checkered flag in the Las Vegas Motor Speedway short track’s premier class for the sixth time in seven races. Clyne got out to the front by Lap 3, then held off veteran Jim Wulfenstein by .861 of a second in the 50-lap race to earn the 17th Saturday night victory of his career.
“We’re just taking it one race at a time and having some fun,” said Clyne, a Speedway Children’s Charities Board member who also served as the spotter for drivers in three other races. “(Wulfenstein) is an old-school legend, a class act and I’m happy he’s out here having fun. My guys are working their butts off, and we’re enjoying short track racing.”
NASCAR Bombers points leader Kyle Jacks lost his hood on the backstretch during qualifying, but rebounded to win his second race of the season and 17th overall on Saturday nights at the 3/8-mile paved oval. He withstood several re-starts and edged defending track champion Vinny Raucci Jr. by 3.238 seconds for the big win.
“I kept over-shooting Turn 1 on all of those re-starts, and I was surprised I was able to pull away from those guys,” said Jacks, who holds the track record for the Bombers division. “I had a great race and am thankful for everybody in the pits. I wouldn’t be here without them.”
Not to be outdone, his older brother, Sam, notched his 20th career Bullring triumph by taking the NASCAR Super Stocks feature. It was five wins in a row and seventh in the last eight races for Sam Jacks, who will celebrate his 19th birthday on April 28.
“The car’s been absolutely phenomenal and has been driving great all season,” Sam Jacks said. “I can’t say enough about it. I’d like to thank my dad, Court Connell, Kyle, my crew and everybody for coming out here tonight.”
Longtime NASCAR Super Stocks driver Jason Kiser picked up his first career win in the NASCAR 602 Modifieds division after surviving a re-start with two laps remaining. Kiser led for most of the race and topped Pat Petrie by .627 of a second for his 21st Saturday night win at The Bullring.
“I don’t know what to say, it’s awesome,” said Kiser, a two-time track champion. “These things are so tight on lap times, and the top 10 are all bunched in within a few tenths, so I didn’t think I was going to do this. It took me a while to get the car together because they are a little expensive, but if you’re patient, put your money together and get it going, this is what you can do.
“I live for this stuff.”
Las Vegas’ Lee Keach earned his first Late Model Truck Series win, fending off a number of hard-charging challengers to make his way to the Winner’s Circle. The 63-year-old Keach crossed the line .853 of a second ahead of Matt Daly of Minot, N.D., in the 35-lap race.
“We were saving our truck most of the race,” said Keach, who won races in the truck series when it was known as the American Speed Association Truck Series in the late 1990s. “I won in this series years ago, but this is actually my first (Late Model Truck Series) race. I’d like to thank my crew and all my sponsors.”
Four-time track champion Jason Irwin took the lead early in the USLCI Legends 25-lap feature and survived a re-start with two laps remaining, punching his ticket to the Winner’s Circle for the 45th time at The Bullring. Irwin has won eight of the last 10 Legends races at the LVMS short track.
“This feels good, and I’m just very fortunate to be able to come here and do this,” Irwin said. “To be the all-time winner at the track (Scott Gafforini has 67 wins) would be a great accomplishment, but we’ve still got a long way to go. We’ll see what happens.”
Jadan Walbridge of Portland, Ore., took the Jr. Late Models 30-lap feature, nipping two-time track champion R.J. Smotherman by .659 of a second to earn his first career Bullring win.
“I just started racing these not too long ago, and this is pretty cool,” said Walbridge, a 14-year-old who began racing at age 4. “I thought I had the first one in the bag (on March 30), but this one played out better. What a great-handling car.”
Ten-year-old Hank Hall from Bakersfield, Calif., won the 12-lap USLCI Bandolero Bandits feature, while Chloe Lynch of North Las Vegas claimed her third career checkered flag in the 12-lap USLCI Bandolero Outlaws race. In addition, Chris Bosley out-dueled Doug Germano in the Thunder Cars feature on Friday night and continues to lead the points standings in that division.
NEXT RACE: The Bullring hosts the second of three consecutive weeks of racing with Military & Veterans Appreciation Night on Saturday, April 27. All four NASCAR classes will be in action, and all active-duty and retired military will be admitted to the track free of charge.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Race No. 3
The Bullring at LVMS
USLCI Bandolero Bandits 12-lap feature
1. Hank Hall; 2. Sabastian Lafia (-5.532 seconds); 3. Jeffrey Erickson (-5.768); 4. Tuscan Nuccitelli (-6.904); 5. Ashton Leonard (-10.877); 6. Alexis Bjork (-14.593); 7. Max Romzek (-19.933); 8. A.J. Blackwill (-20.268); 9. James Starcher (-1 lap); 10. Logan Gresser (-1 lap).
USLCI Bandolero Outlaws 12-lap feature
1. Chloe Lynch; 2. Landon Gresser (-1.038 seconds); 3. Brendan Tracy (-2.210); 4. Owen Romzek (-4.088); 5. Haylee Morris (-4.516); 6. Skyler Meisenbach (-8.862); 7. Katie Crouch (-1 lap).
NASCAR Bombers 25-lap feature
1. Kyle Jacks; 2. Vinny Raucci Jr. (-3.238 seconds); 3. Anthony Mann (-4.625); 4. Michael Miller (-5.015); 5. Kirk Hance (-6.048); 6. Aaron McMorran (-6.289); 7. Jacob Quartaro (-6.807); 8. Michael Durbin (-7.671); 9. Adam Simon (-7.921); 10. Carl Duryee (-10.775); 11. Matthew Cunningham (-15.889); 12. Tom Vanderploeg (-16.695); 13. Steve Dewey (-4 laps); 14. Tim Maserang (-10 laps); 15. Steve Durbin (-11 laps); 16. Tia Guy (-11 laps).
Jr. Late Models 30-lap feature
1. Jadan Walbridge; 2. R.J. Smotherman (-.659 of a second); 3. Braden Connor (-10.782); 4. Alex Eskandari (-1 lap); 5. Hailey Liles (-1 lap); 6. Aiden Murphy (-26 laps); 7. Olivia Manke (-27 laps).
NASCAR Super Stocks 25-lap feature
1. Sam Jacks; 2. Camden Larsen (-1.322 seconds); 3. Ethan DeGuevara (-2.557); 4. Jim Merlino (-12.986); 5. Donna Gunther (-17.925); 6. Noah Morris (-2 laps).
USLCI Legends 25-lap feature
1. Jason Irwin; 2. Jaron Giannini (-.402 of a second); 3. Jonathan Mawhinney (-.894); 4. Dylan Fabozzi (-1.188); 5. Jake Bollman (-1.319); 6. Gary Wegener (-2.155); 7. Tanner Reif (-2.580); 8. Branden Giannini (-2.768); 9. Brian Williams (-3.290); 10. Andy Hulcy (-3.640); 11. Bruce Silver (-3.888); 12. Jordan Holloway (-1 lap); 13. Tyler Reif (-1 lap); 14. Bradley Erickson (-1 lap); 15. Enzo Lalama (-1 lap); 16. John Hans (-1 lap); 17. Cody Brown (-2 laps); 18. Greg Benson (-2 laps); 19. Jeff Regier (-2 laps); 20. Amilleo Thomson (-2 laps).
Late Model Truck Series 35-lap feature
1. Lee Keach; 2. Matt Daly (-.853 of a second); 3. Andrew Porter (-.913); 4. Mark Allison (-1.816); 5. John Nahoopii (-7.405); 6. Ricky Bogart (-9.830); 7. Cindy Clark (-16.265); 8. Dow Woerner (-1 lap); 9. Mike McKearn (-1 lap); 10. Sean Davis (-10 laps); 11. Pat Petrie (-21 laps).
NASCAR 602 Modifieds 35-lap feature
1. Jason Kiser; 2. Pat Petrie (-.627 of a second); 3. Zachery Nicholls (-1.091); 4. Brian Reed (-1.242); 5. Doug Hamm (-2.908); 6. Ron Reed; 7. Mason Sargent (-4.815); 8. Mark Allison (-6.102); 9. Kyle Keller (-19.417); 10. Jimmy Petrie (-1 lap); 11. Tom Pfundstein (-1 lap); 12. Dan Root Jr. (-1 lap); 13. Court Connell (-1 lap); 14. Jason Irwin (-3 laps).
NASCAR Super Late Models 50-lap feature
1. Chris Clyne; 2. Jim Wulfenstein (-.861 of a second); 3. David Anderson (-12.525); 4. Scott Gafforini (-12.569); 5. Johnny Spilotro (-12.905); 6. Kayli Barker (-1 lap); 7. Steve Anderson (-1 lap); 8. Matt Frady (-2 laps); 9. Charlie Pike (-2 laps); 10. Darin Callaway (-3 laps); 11. Andy Allen (-5 laps).