Eric Yorke Scores Mini Stock Feature Victory at Sunset Speedway

(C)Eric Uprichard | Sunset Speedway

After being left frustrated following a mid-race spin last week, Eric Yorke rebounded in the best way possible on Saturday night, scoring the feature victory.

Daniel Montanari scored his 10th heat victory of 2017 ahead of Eric Yorke, Samantha Shaw, Pat MacDonald, Doug Wilman, Dylan Holmes, Trevor Seaboyer, Doug Butler, and Curtis Stewart.

Cameron McGlashan scored his sixth heat victory ahead of Nic Montanari, Lisa DeLeeuw, Chandler Bos, Randi Seguin, the 87, and James Levi.

Joe Dunlop scored his first heat victory ahead of Stefan Woyslaw, Branden Bullen, Bob Phinnemore, Eric Rainey, Thomas Dunn, Melissa Bullen, and Wendy Adams.

Daniel Montanari went for the daily double ahead of Yorke, Shaw, MacDonald, Holmes, Seaboyer, Wilman and Butler.

Nic Montanari got his ninth heat victory of the year ahead of McGlashan, Seguin, DeLeeuw, the 87, and Bos.

Stefan Woyslaw got his first heat victory ahead of Phinnemore, Adams, Dunn, Rainey, Dunlop, Melissa Bullen, and Branden Bullen.

After a messy feature last weekend, this event was much cleaner with just one caution right at the beginning for a three-wide incident involving Melissa Bullen, Wilman and McGlashan.

Eric Yorke would work his way through the field after starting 16th to pick up the checkered flag, marking his third victory and ninth top-five of the season. With a strong start to the year including no finishes outside of the top-five till last weekend, it appeared he would be one of the drivers to watch championship-wise. But a DQ put him behind in the standings, leaving him ground to make up to the Montanari brothers. The win appears to have moved him back up to third in points, and a month left in the year leaves room to gain ground.

The problem, though, is that will be hard to make up based on how the Montanari brothers have been running each week. Daniel Montanari drove his way from 17th to score a runner-up to Yorke for his seventh top-five as he is still hunting for his first career feature victory. It’s been a long time since we saw a driver win the championship without a win, so that could be something to watch through the second half.

Samantha Shaw scored a third-place finish after starting 15th for her fifth top-five in eight starts this season. Notably, it marks her third top-10 in a row, even with a spin in last week’s feature.

Nic Montanari drove his way from 17th to finish fourth for his seven top-five of 2017. While the defending series champion had two finishes outside of the top-10 in the first three races, he hasn’t placed outside of the top-six since.

Starting up front in third, Chandler Bos made the most of it en route to a fifth-place finish, marking his first top-10 of 2017. It’s great to see the Mustard Seed Racing driver up front as he had a scary moment mid-season with a fire down the backstretch.

Stefan Woyslaw finished sixth for his eighth top-10, followed by Pat MacDonald in seventh for his first top-10 of 2017 in his second start of the season. Bob Phinnemore finished eighth for his second straight top-10, followed by Lisa DeLeeuw in ninth for her third top-10. Randi Seguin rounded out the top-10 for her second top-10 of 2017.

Branden Bullen finished 11th, followed by Joe Dunlop, the 87, Eric Rainey, Dylan Holmes, Trevor Seaboyer, Curtis Stewart, Doug Wilman, Melissa Bullen, and James Levi. Wendy Adams finished 21st, followed by Doug Butler in 22nd after mechanical problems. Cameron McGlashan rounded out the field in 23rd after the first lap incident.

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