Tucson, Az–With only a $.99 admission fee, fans flocked to Tucson Speedway on Saturday, October 18, for Coca Cola’s “Fan Appreciation Night at the Races!” Andrada Rock Band made their appearance before and during the races, keeping everyone thoroughly entertained. With five main events, fans only stayed in their seats for four of them.
The night traditionally featured Late models, Pro Stocks, Modifieds, and Hornets and added a not so traditional event to finish up the night: The Great American Trailer Race that had fans standing and cheering for more.
Points are final for the Modified Division. Loren Sheffield led the field into both the start and finish of the race last night and is also top points leader. Congratulations to Loren Sheffield, Tucson Speedway’s Modified Champion and Rookie of the Year!
With Sheffield in front, Bob Cramb in second falls into third by lap nine as Keith Lopez cuts underneath him and steals second. Using a lapped car, Bob Cramb goes high and cuts off Keith Lopez, taking second place back on lap 21. Sheffield finishes first, Cramb second, Lopez third, Bobby Erdman fourth, and Matt Rice fifth.
The Hornet Division stakes were high this week after a car swap was made at the previous race. Ryan Pagano and Carlos Giordanelli swapped cars for the event undergoing a quick repaint to sport their own colors and numbers. Pagano, in Giordanelli’s car, won the checkered flag on lap 20 after making his way from third to first and winning with a half track lead on the rest of the field.
Giordanelli took second place ten seconds after Pagano reached the finish line with Andrea McGuinness only a few seconds behind him. Tony Helm and Steven Bickford were neck and neck for fourth place until lap 15 when Helm gained a nose on Bickford, taking fourth place by only .73 seconds.
Brian O’Brien returned to the track this week with a vengeance. His car was left immobile the previous race only a few laps into the Pro Stock event. This week, he made sure he was on the track, not watching from the sidelines. O’Brien started in third and by lap five already had his sights on second. O’Brien swoops under Ken Hunt in second on turn two and steals his place.
By lap nine he caught up to Kalvin Catlin to battle for first and took it by lap 21 as Catlin fell into third and Saundra Kirby took second from underneath. O’Brien raced to the checkered flag in first with Kirby in second, Catlin third, Hunt fourth, and Jeremy Smith fifth.
Drivers kept their place throughout the Late Model Race. From start to finish, Paul Banghart took the checkered flag with Brandon Schilling close behind him, Rick butler in third, John Lashley fourth, and Ricky Bogart in fifth.
To close the night, Tucson Speedway presented “The Great American Trailer Race,” the Speedway’s version of demolition with a twist. Fans were in uproar as the cars and trucks pulling their trailers came around the bend. Lap one devastated 3 trailers in a pile-up but didn’t stop the event. Drivers raced after each other, causing as much damage as possible to opponents’ trailers.
With Only three cars left the Speedway declared a winner, but fans would not have it. Chanting “Let them Race! Let them Race!” The Speedway was forced to continue until only one was left standing. Number 111 took the win in what remained of his taxi cab. Fans were in a frenzy as they emptied the grandstands.
Racing resumes on Friday, October 24th, for “INEX Races and Open NASCAR Practice” and Saturday, October 25th for “Pep Boys Grand 100” featuring Super Late Models, Late Models, Pro Stocks, Hornets, Legends, and Bandoleros.
Admission is $10 and children 10 and under are free. For more information, visit www.tucsonspeedway.com or call (520) 762-1600.
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