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Rick Spencer-Walt Bumps Goetz for Victory at Sunset Speedway

In a classic short track showdown, it’d be Rick Spencer-Walt with the bump-and-run to Nick Goetz with a couple laps to go to score the Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Late Model victory on Saturday night at Sunset Speedway.

After the first feature earlier that night, it’d be Paul Maltese starting pole ahead of Mike Bentley, Chris Morrow, Jordan Latimer, and Thayne Hallyburton. Billy Zardo started sixth, followed by Taylor Holdaway, Travis Hallyburton, Rick Spencer-Walt and Gord Shepherd. Nick Goetz started 11th, followed by Mike Wilkinson, Ron Quesnelle, Ernie Fumerton, Al Inglis, Kendra Adams, Mike Meyer and Lane Zardo.

The drop of the green flag saw a battle for the lead between Maltese and Bentley, with Bentley taking the spot on Lap 3 ahead of Maltese, Morrow and Latimer as Thayne Hallyburton and Billy Zardo ran side-by-side for fifth. Hallyburton got the spot on Lap 5, getting alongside Latimer for fourth. Hallyburton got the spot a lap later, bringing Spencer-Walt through with him to bump Latimer back to sixth ahead of Billy Zardo.

Holdaway ran eight as of Lap 8, with Travis Hallyburton and Goetz side-by-side behind him. Spencer-Walt looked to continue his climb forward, getting alongside Thayne Hallyburton for fourth, with the caution coming out a lap later on Lap 9 for Zardo spinning. With 17 laps to go, Bentley led Maltese, Morrow, Spencer-Walt, Thayne Hallyburton, Latimer, Goetz, Holdaway, Travis Hallyburton, Shepherd, Gresel, Quesnelle, Lane Zardo, Inglis, Wilkinson, Fumerton, Adams, Meyer and Billy Zardo.

Bentley would jump the next pair of restarts, resulting in him being sent to the rear of the field.

The third attempt to restart the event went smoothly, with Morrow and Maltese side-by-side for the top spot as Thayne Hallyburton and Spencer-Walt ran side-by-side for third. Morrow cleared Maltese for the lead on Lap 11, with the battle for third continuing, as Latimer and Holdaway ran side-by-side for fifth, and Travis Hallyburton and Goetz side-by-side for seventh.

Spencer-Walt would clear Thayne Hallyburton for third on Lap 14 with Holdaway rounding out the top-five. Goetz got alongside Latimer for sixth, completing the pass on Lap 16. Latimer now ran seventh ahead of Travis Hallyburton, Shepherd, Lane Zardo and Gresel.

The fourth caution then flew on Lap 18 for an incident with Fumerotn, Quesnelle, Billy Zardo and Inglis in turn two. With half of the laps complete, Morrow led Maltese, Spencer-Walt, Thayne Hallyburton, Holdaway, Goetz, Latimer, Travis Hallyburton, Shepherd, Lane Zardo and Gresel.

The restart saw a battle for the lead between Morrow and Maltese, with Spencer-Walt and Thayne Hallyburton side-by-side for third ahead of Goetz. Morrow got the lead on Lap 20, with Spencer-Walt getting alongside Maltese a lap later for second. Spencer-Walt got the spot on Lap 23, bringing Goetz through with him. Maltese now ran fourth ahead of Thayne Hallyburton as Travis Hallyburton and Holdaway ran side-by-side for sixth.

Spencer-Walt continued moving forward, getting alongside Morrow for the lead at Lap 26 ahead of Goetz, Maltese and Thayne Hallyburton as the battle for sixth continued. Lane Zardo’s run came to an end at Lap 27, as he headed down pit road.

With six laps remaining, Spencer-Walt would clear Morrow for the lead, with Goetz following him through for second. Goetz would then get side-by-side with Spencer-Walt for the lead. Down in turn one, Goetz cleared Spencer-Walt for the lead. When the pair got down to turn three, Spencer-Walt got to Goetz’s back bumper, giving it a small bump with four laps to go and passing him for the lead.

Spencer-Walt now led the field as Morrow got alongside Goetz for second ahead of Maltese and Thayne Hallyburton with Travis Hallyburton and Holdaway still side-by-side.

Rick Spencer-Walt led the final two laps en route to picking up the victory ahead of Nick Goetz, Paul Maltese, Travis Hallyburton, Thayne Hallyburton, Taylor Holdaway, Gord Shepherd, Britney Gresel and Jordan Latimer. Notably, the Hallyburton brothers made contact coming across the line, while Wilkinson spun on the final lap in turn four.

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