Starting on pole, Samantha Shaw put together the perfect performance, leading flag-to-flag en route to scoring the Signs of Innovation Mini Stock feature victory on Saturday at Sunset Speedway.
The night didn’t start off cleanly, with Josh Bullen getting loose and spinning in turn four on Lap 1. In trying to avoid Bullen, Joe Dunlop and Curtis Stewart got together, resulting in damage to both cars and ending their nights early. The second attempt to start the race didn’t go much better, as three-wide for Lisa DeLeeuw, Peter Wakeling, and Woyslaw in turn three turned into Woyslaw going around in the dirt.
Cameron McGlashan picked up the victory ahead of Daniel Montanari, Dylan Holmes, Bullen, Chandler Bos, Woyslaw, DeLeeuw, Wakeling, and Wendy Adams.
The second heat didn’t go cleanly, either, with Dave Crumbie spinning off of turn four while leading and hitting the inside frontstretch wall. Samantha Shaw picked up the win ahead of Eric Yorke, Johnny Paradzinski, Kyle Fetterly, Eric Rainey, Randi Seguin, Doug Wilman, Harold Noseworthy and Amanda Shave.
Nic Montanari won the third heat ahead of Charlie Smith, Andy Kamrath, Mike Robinson Jr., Doug Butler, Bob Phinnemore, Robert Toope, Melissa Bullen and Ken Townsend.
Cameron McGlashan went for the daily double ahead of Woyslaw, Daniel Montanari, DeLeeuw, Holmes, Josh Bullen, Bos, Adams and Wakeling. Notably, Wakeling went for a quick spin on Lap 1.
The fifth heat featured an incident on Lap 6, when Paradzinski got into Wilman, driving over top the front nose of his car. It’d end the day for Paradzinski. Eric Yorke picked up the win ahead of Seguin, Fetterly, Shaw, Rainey, Noseworthy and Shave.
Doug Butler won the sixth and final heat ahead of Robinson Jr., Smith, Paxton, Kamrath, Nic Montanari, Phinnemore, Toope, Melissa Bullen, and Townsend.
The b-main saw Warren Paxton jump out to the early lead ahead of Bos, Toope, Melissa Bullen, Wakeling and Noseworthy. Toope made his way forward, though, passing Bos for second on Lap 3, while Wilman passed Noseworthy for sixth a lap later. The caution then flew, though, as Townsend stalled in turns three and four.
Paxton got a good restart to keep leading ahead of Toope, Bos, Melissa Bullen, Wakeling, Wilman, Noseworthy and Adams. Wilman made his way forward, getting alongside Wakeling for fifth at Lap 7, and passing him a lap later.
With the field set, it was time for the feature which would see Samantha Shaw start on pole ahead of Lisa DeLeeuw, Eric Rainey, Dylan Holmes, and Randi Seguin. Josh Bullen started sixth, followed by Bob Phinnemore, Stefan Woyslaw, Kyle Fetterly, and Nic Montanari. Doug Butler started 11th, followed by Cameron McGlashan, Mike Robinson Jr., Charlie Smith, and Daniel Montanari. Eric Yorke started 16th, followed by Andy Kamrath, Warren Paxton, Robert Toope and Chandler Bos. Melissa Bullen started 21st, followed by Doug Wilman, Peter Wakeling, Wendy Adams, Amanda Shave, and Harold Noseworthy.
Samantha Shaw grabbed the early advantage with Eric Rainey second, as Seguin and DeLeeuw ran side-by-side for third ahead of Phinnemore and Josh Bullen side-by-side for fifth. Seguin got third on Lap 3 ahead of DeLeeuw, with McGlashan taking Phinnemore and Bullen three-wide for fifth. Seguin continued to move forward, getting alongside Rainey for second at Lap 4, with McGlashan alongside DeLeeuw for fourth. McGlashan got the spot on Lap 5, bringing Yorke through with him.
Seguin was able to grab second ahead of Rainey, with McGlashan following her through. McGlashan then got alongside Seguin for second, completing the pass at Lap 7 and bringing Yorke through with him as Kamrath got alongside Seguin. Kamrath then passed Seguin at Lap 9, bringing Robinson Jr. through with him.
While Shaw continued to lead at Lap 10, it’d be Yorke alongside McGlashan for second, with Robinson Jr. getting alongside Kamrath for fourth. Robinson Jr. got the spot on Lap 12 with Kamrath now fifth ahead of Seguin, Butler, Nic Montanari, Rainey, Paxton, Josh Bullen and Phinnemore. Daniel Montanari then got alongside Phinnemore for 12th at Lap 15, with Butler getting alongside Seguin for sixth.
Butler got the spot on Lap 17, bumping Seguin back to seventh ahead of Nic Montanari and Paxton, as Rainey and Bullen went side-by-side for 10th. Bullen got the spot on Lap 19, with Daniel Montanari getting alongside Rainey next as Woyslaw and Fetterly battled for 13th.
The race would not go the full distance under the green flag, though, as the caution flew on the final lap for Kamrath stopping in turn two with an issue. As a result of the leader already taking the white flag, the race was deemed official.
Samantha Shaw got the win ahead of Eric Yorke, Cameron McGlashan, Mike Robinson Jr. and Doug Butler. Randi Seguin finished sixth, followed by Nic Montanari, Warren Paxton, Daniel Montanari, and Kyle Fetterly. Stefan Woyslaw finished 11th, followed by Charlie Smith, Bob Phinnemore, Andy Kamrath and Dylan Holmes – Holmes as the first car one lap down. Lisa DeLeeuw finished 16th, followed by Robert Toope and Doug Wilman.
Please note that these results are HIGHLY UNOFFICIAL as a result of messy notes, the late caution, and race monitor not picking up everybody’s transponder. Please consult the track for the full official results in the coming days.