The father-son duo of Bruce and Brett Yackey began this past weekend shoveling their driveway clear of snow before making the trek down from Colorado to Tucson Speedway. At the end of the weekend, Bruce Yackey was standing in victory lane in the desert after winning the Turkey Shoot 125 for Super Late Models.
After a rainy Friday pushed the two-day Turkey Shoot event to Saturday and Sunday, the trials did not end there for the Yackey family. While father Bruce was able to come home second in Saturday’s 50-lap feature, son Brett Yackey was involved in an accident, tearing up the car pretty good. The whole crew worked through the night to get the car back in one piece for the 125-lap main event Sunday.
Brett Yackey was able to bounce back strong, putting down fast time during qualifying. Kody Vanderwal who won both NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Tucson in 2018 qualified second. Qualifying third quick was 2019 Super Late Model track champion and Saturday night’s main
event winner Brandon Farrington.
The yellow flag became a common sight in Sunday’s main event, as the caution lights came back on when Bruce Yackey and Darrell Midgley made contact in turn 4 sending Midgley into the outside wall on the opening lap. Bruce was sent to the back of the field after the contact. The next 20 laps went green until Brett Yackey caught race leader Austin Thom and gave him the bumper as a way to show his displeasure from an incident the night before.
The green flag came back out, just to see the yellow, followed by the red for oil all around the track from the No. 32 machine of Brett Yackey. Yackey would return to the racing surface many laps down. With 99 laps remaining, the green lights came on with back-to-back 25 lap runs resulting in Brandon Farrington, Kody Vanderwal, and Bruce Yackey battling it out for the top spot.
Farrington was able to make the move on Vanderwal coming off of turn two, but contact between the two in turn four brought out the yellow for the fourth time, resulting in Vanderwal and Farrington being sent to the back.
With 46 laps to go, another restart was coming, with Bruce Yackey the new race leader and Brandon Schillings alongside. Yackey was able to clear everyone coming off of turn two, but the three-wide battle behind him resulted in carnage. Thom, Schillings, and Paul Banghart all tangled coming off of turn two, collecting a few more drivers including Farrington and Brett Yackey. Farrington and Brett Yackey were able to continue, but the others involved were unable to return. Farrington thought his day was done after the incident, but was able to fix the car enough to return before going any laps down.
Once the red flag was lifted, there were six cars left on the lead lap. Bruce Yackey led the field back to green with 46 laps remaining. All eyes were on Farrington as he was coming through the field on a mission, going four-wide at times. With just 10 laps to go, Farrington caught
Yackey and was able to pull alongside the No. 12 but could not complete the pass. Bruce Yackey hung on to win to break his second-place finish streak.
Up next at Tucson Speedway is the $10,000-to-win Chilly Willy 150 on January 24-26, 2020.
-Story by: Kyler Hope, Speed51 West Coast Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51