In a night full of twists and turns, the unexpected certainly took place at Sunset Speedway as nothing played out as it originally appeared so. Once the dust settled, though, it’d be Daniel Montanari picking up the feature victory while Cameron McGlashan was crowned the 2017 Signs of Innovation Mini Stock Championship.
Andy Kamrath won the first heat ahead of Warren Paxton, Pat MacDonald, Cameron McGlashan, Nic Montanari, Jacob Gustafson, Chandler Bos, Justin Holmes, Amanda Shave, and James Levi.
Cory Young won the second qualifier ahead of Doug Butler, Lisa DeLeeuw, Eric Yorke, Mike Robinson Jr., Joe Dunlop, Doug Wilman, Randi Seguin, Tyler Seaboyer and Peter Wakeling, with Wakeling going around on the final lap.
Daniel Montanari won the third heat ahead of Dave Crumbie, Kyle Fetterly, Charlie Smith, Stefan Woyslaw, Josh Bullen, Ken Townsend, Eric Rainey, Bob Phinnemore, and Curtis Stewart.
The fourth qualifier had a quick caution on Lap 2 with Holmes spinning off of turn four after the field got bottled up with Levi slowing. Andy Kamrath went for the daily double ahead of Nic Montanari, Paxton, MacDonald, Gustafson, Bos, Holmes, Shave, and McGlashan. Notably, McGlashan went for the spin with a couple laps to go off of turn two, but there was no yellow flag flown.
Eric Yorke won the fifth heat ahead of Butler, Young, Robinson Jr., DeLeeuw, Seguin, Dunlop, Seaboyer, Wilman, and Wakeling.
Kyle Fetterly won the sixth qualifier ahead of Daniel Montanari, Bullen, Smith, Townsend, Woyslaw, Crumbie, Phinnemore, Stewart, and Rainey.
Come feature time, Lisa DeLeeuw started pole ahead of Josh Bullen, Pat MacDonald, Doug Butler, Cameron McGlashan, Kyle Fetterly, Cory Young, Nic Montanari, Dave Crumbie, and Daniel Montanari. Andy Kamrath qualified 11th, followed by Peter Wakeling, Dylan Holmes, Eric Rainey, Chandler Bos, Amanda Shave, Tyler Seaboyer, Randi Seguin, Joe Dunlop, and Stefan Woyslaw.
Doug Wilman started 21st, followed by James Levi, Mike Robinson Jr. Ken Townsend, Warren Paxton, Charlie Smith, Jacob Gustafson, Bob Phinnemore, and Curtis Stewart.
The feature began with DeLeeuw and Bullen side-by-side for the top spot, with DeLeeuw grabbing the lead on Lap 2. Behind her, Bullen battled three-wide with Kamrath and McGlashan for second, with Kamrath passing them both. Kamrath would then get by DeLeeuw on Lap 3 to take over the top spot. DeLeeuw then found herself battling three-wide for second with McGlashan and Bullen.
Bullen fell from that battle, but it’d remain three-wide with Butler joining the front party. It’d be short lived, though, as the caution flew for Wakeling going around in turn four. With 22 laps to go, Kamrath led DeLeeuw, Bullen, Butler, McGlashan, MacDonald, Nic Montanari, Daniel Montanari, Young, Fetterly, Yorke, Crumbie, Holmes, Bos, Dunlop, Paxton, Smith, Seaboyer, Seguin, Robinson Jr., Gustafson, Wilman, and Townsend.
Kamrath got a good restart to keep the lead with Young moving into second, as Butler and Bullen battled for third. Butler got the spot on Lap 6, with DeLeeuw looking to follow him through. The caution then flew again, though, as Robinson Jr. went around in turn two following contact from Holmes. With 19 laps to go, Kamrath led Butler, Young, Bullen, DeLeeuw, MacDonald, McGlashan, Daniel Montanari, Nic Montanari, Yorke, Fetterly, Paxton, Smith, Crumbie, Dunlop, Seguin, Seaboyer, and Townsend.
Karamth got a good restart ahead of Butler with Young and Bullen side-by-side for third. Young got the spot, with MacDonald looking to follow him through, when the caution flew for a third time as Shave spun in turn two. Under caution, Robinson Jr. pulled his car into the infield, done for the event. With 17 laps to go, Kamrath led Butler, Young, Bullen, MacDonald, Daniel Montanari, McGlashan, Nic Montanari, Paxton, Yorke, DeLeeuw, Smith, Crumbie, Fetterly, Seguin, Townsend, Dunlop, Gustafsaon, Seaboyer, and Rainey.
Kamrath got another restart ahead of Butler, with Young and Bullen once again side-by-side. Young got the spot on Lap 11, with MacDonald getting alongside Bullen next. Nic Montanari then turned the battle for fourth into a three-wide competition, with MacDonald coming out on top. Montanari moved into fifth at Lap 14, followed by Daniel Montanari.
The Montanari brothers continued to move forward, both passing MacDonald with Nic ahead of Daniel with 10 laps to go. Behind them, McGlashan passed Bullen for seventh, but was then challenged by Paxton on Lap 16. Yorke was then able to get by Bullen to move up to ninth, with Smith looking to follow him through.
At the front of the field, Kamrath continued to lead with six laps to go, with Young and Butler side-by-side for second as the Montanari brothers battled for fourth. Young got the spot, with Daniel Montanari getting alongside Butler for third.
Montanari got the spot with ease, challenging Young for second when the caution flew for Fetterly spinning in turn four. Under the caution, Levi pulled his car behind the wheel. With three laps to go, Kamrath led Young, Daniel Montanari, Nic Montanari, MacDonald, Paxton, McGlashan, Yorke, Smith, Fetterly, Townsend, DeLeeuw, Crumbie, Dunlop, Seguin, Gustafson, Woyslaw, Seaboyer, Fetterly, and Bullen.
Kamrath once again pulled out in front, with Young in toe, as Daniel Montanari and Butler battled for third. Daniel got the spot with two laps to go, making his move on Young for second.
Andy Kamrath crossed the finish line in first, but was disqualified in post-race technical inspection. As a result, the victory would go to Daniel Montanari ahead of Cory Young, Doug Butler, Pat MacDonald, and Nic Montanari. Warren Paxton was credited with sixth, followed by Cameron McGlashan. Eric Yorke was next across the line, but he was also disqualified in post-race inspection. As a result, Charlie Smith moves up to eighth ahead of Ken Townsend and Lisa DeLeeuw.
Joe Dunlop finished 11th, followed by Dave Crumbie, Jacob Gustafson, Randi Seguin, Stefan Woyslaw, Kyle Fetterly, Tyler Seaboyer, Josh Bullen, Chandler Bos, and Eric Rainey. Bob Phinnemore was credited with 21st, followed by Doug Wilman, Dylan Holmes, Curtis Stewart, Amanda Shave, James Levi, Peter Wakeling, and Mike Robinson Jr.
The disqualification affected the championship outcome, as Yorke came into the night leading the standings by 25-points over McGlashan. With Cameron McGlashan scoring a seventh compared to Daniel Montanari’s win, it was enough for him to take the crown by a single point.