Nic Montanari Returns to Familiar Territory at Sunset Speedway

After a rough start to the year, the defending Signs of Innovation Mini Stock Champion is back in victory lane as Nic Montanari picked up the feature victory on Saturday night.

Charlie Smith won the first heat ahead of Daniel Montanari, Randi Seguin, Bob Phinnemore, Melissa Bullen, Pat MacDonald, Peter Wakeling and Doug Wilman. Cameron McGlashan failed to finish as a result of a mechanical problem on Lap 5.

The second heat did not look like it would go as Johnny Paradzinski hoped, with him stalling before the green flag. However, he was able to get it back running and join the back of the field for the green flag. Mike Robinson Jr. picked up the victory in front of Stefan Woyslaw, Doug Butler, Josh Bullen, Paradzinski, Joe Dunlop, Eric Rainey, Curtis Stewart and Wendy Adams.

Lisa DeLeeuw scored her first career heat victory in the third ahead of Eric Yorke, Dave Crumbie, Nic Montanari, Dylan Holmes, Robert Toope and Chandler Bos.

The fourth heat started off messy, with MacDonald spinning in turn four, and Wakeling going around in turn one on Lap 1. The caution wouldn’t fly then, but flew on Lap 3 when Wakeling went around once again, this time on the frontstretch. The last lap didn’t go smoothly, either, with Wilman making contact with the outside turn one-two wall following contact with MacDonald. Daniel Montanari won ahead of Smith, McGlashan, Phinnemore, Seguin and Melissa Bullen.

The fifth heat didn’t go cleanly, either, with contact between Josh Bullen and Woyslaw on the last lap in turn two. Mike Robinson Jr. went for the daily double ahead of Paradzinski, Butler, Dunlop, Rainey, Stewart and Adams.

Eric Yorke won the final heat ahead of Nic Montanari, Crumbie, Bos, Holmes, DeLeeuw, and Toope.

Come feature time, it’d be Johnny Paradzinski starting on pole ahead of Lisa DeLeeuw, Josh Bullen, Randi Seguin, Dylan Holmes, Chandler Bos, Joe Dunlop, Dave Crumbie, Stefan Woyslaw, Bob Phinnemore, Melissa Bullen, Nic Montanari, Doug Butler, Mike Robinson Jr., Daniel Montanari, Charlie Smith, Cameron McGlashan, Eric Yorke, Eric Rainey, Pat MacDonald, Robert Toope, Peter Wakeling, Curtis Stewart, Wendy Adams, and Morgan Robson Jr.

Paradzinski took the early lead, with DeLeeuw and Josh Bullen side-by-side for second. DeLeeuw got the spot on Lap 3 ahead of Bullen, with Woyslaw taking fourth ahead of Holmes. Butler would then move up to fourth on Lap 4, with Holmes battling three-wide with Dunlop and Seguin for fifth. Seguin got the spot on Lap 5 ahead of Holmes, with Crumbie alongside Dunlop for sixth.

The fast cars continued to make their way through, with Smith moving into seventh after going four-wide with McGlashan, Nic Montanari and Melissa Bullen. Smith then got alongside Holmes for sixth at Lap 6, with Butler passing Josh Bullen for third a lap later.

With eight laps on the board, Paradzinski continued to lead now ahead of Butler and DeLeeuw, as Josh Bullen ran side-by-side with Woyslaw for fourth ahead of Smith, Nic Montanari and Seguin. Bullen got the spot, getting alongside DeLeeuw for third at Lap 10. He was unable to complete the pass, though, as he was passed by Montanari, with Montanari getting alongside DeLeeuw for third. Montanari got the spot on Lap 12, bringing Woyslaw through with him.

DeLeeuw now ran fifth, with Josh Bullen, Yorke and Smith three-wide for sixth. Smith got the spot,  getting alongside DeLeeuw for fifth at Lap 13, passing her a lap later and bringing Yorke, Daniel Montanari and McGlashan through with him. Smith then passed Woyslaw for fourth on Lap 15, with Yorke getting alongside him for the position.

Meanwhile, Robson would head down pit road with a mechanical problem as the caution flew on Lap 16 for Wakeling spinning in turn two. With 10 laps to go, Paradzinski led Butler, Nic Montanari, Woyslaw, Smith, Yorke, Daniel Montanari, McGlashan, DeLeeuw, Josh Bullen, Robinson Jr., Seguin, Crumbie, Dunlop, Holmes, MacDonald, Phinnemore, Bos, Melissa Bullen, Rainey, Toope, Stewart, Wakeling, Adams and Robson. Robson would head into pit road under caution, done for the race.

The first attempt at a restart saw Butler take the lead from Paradzinski, but the caution quickly flew afterwards, followed by the red flag, as Bos caught on fire down the backstretch. Thankfully, he was able to get out quickly and was okay.

The second attempt at a restart brought out the third yellow flag for an incident involving Stewart and Wakeling.

The third attempt went cleanly, featuring a battle for the lead between Butler and Paradzinski. Butler was able to grab the advantage, though Nic Montanari then made his move, getting alongside Butler for the top spot at Lap 19. With five laps to go, Montanari was able to clear him for the lead, with Smith getting alongside Butler for second. Behind them, Paradzinski ran fourth ahead of Yorke and Daniel Montanari.

Smith was able to get the second spot with three laps to go, with Paradzinski getting alongside Butler for third ahead of Yorke, Daniel Montanari, Woyslaw and McGlashan.

At the front of the field, Nic Montanari led the rest of the way to score the win ahead of Charlie Smith, Johnny Paradzinski, Doug Butler, and Eric Yorke. Daniel Montanari finished sixth, followed by Stefan Woyslaw, Cameron McGlashan, Mike Robinson Jr. and Josh Bullen. Randi Seguin finished 11th, followed by Pat MacDonald, Dave Crumbie, Joe Dunlop, and Lisa DeLeeuw. Bob Phinnemore finished 16th, followed by Melissa Bullen, Dylan Holmes, Robert Toope, and Eric Rainey. Peter Wakeling, Wendy Adams and Curtis Stewart rounded out the field.

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