Daniel Montanari Makes Late Pass to Score Mini Stock Victory

With a pass for the lead with two laps to go, Daniel Montanari becomes the second different feature winner of the season at Sunset Speedway for the Signs of Innovation Mini Stocks.

Craig Kamrath won the first heat ahead of Doug Wilman, Mike Meyer, Chandler Bos, Bob Phinnemore, and Taylor Thring.

Daniel Montanari won the second heat ahead of Warren Paxton, Samantha Shaw, Cameron McGlashan, Tyler Seaboyer, Peter Wakeling, and the 45.

Chandler Bos won the third heat ahead of Kamrath, Phinnemore, Meyer, Dylan Holmes, Wilman, and Thring.

Daniel Montanari went for the daily double ahead of Paxton, Shaw, McGlashan, Seaboyer, and Wakeling.

Come time for the feature, Cameron McGlashan started pole, followed by Doug Wilman, Mike Meyer, Samantha Shaw, Chandler Bos, Warren Paxton, Craig Kamrath, Daniel Montanari, Bob Phinnemore, Tyler Seaboyer, the 45, Taylor Thring, and Dylan Holmes.

McGlashan jumped out into the early lead ahead of Wilman, as Meyer battled Shaw for second. Shaw got the spot, with Paxton following her through on Lap 2. The pair would then try to make their way around Wilman for second, with Wilman getting loose underneath Shaw and going around. With the No. 14 able to get back going, there’d be no caution for the incident.

With five laps on the board, McGlashan now led ahead of Paxton, Shaw, Montanari, Kamrath, Seaboyer, Meyer, Phinnemore, Bos, and the 45. Montanari would then get alongside Shaw for third at Lap 8, with Paxton getting alongside McGlashan for the lead two laps later. The first caution would then come out on Lap 11 for Wilman going around for a second spin in turn one.

Under the yellow flag, Wilman would make significant contact with Thring, causing Thring to make contact with the pace truck. Everybody would be okay, with the pace truck suffering minor bumper damage, Thring done for the event, and Wilman handed the black flag for contact under caution. With 14 laps to go, Paxton led McGlashan, Montanari, Kamrath, Shaw, Seaboyer, Meyer, Phinnemore, Bos, the 45, and Holmes.

The restart would see McGlashan get sideways off of turn four while battling for the lead with Paxton, handing the veteran the lead. Montanari would move into second, as Shaw and Kamrath battled for third ahead of Meyer and Seaboyer’s battle for fourth as McGlashan slipped back to sixth. Shaw would get the third spot on Lap 15, with Kamrath fourth ahead of Seaboyer.

McGlashan would run into trouble on Lap 16, catching some air as he and Meyer made contact battling for sixth. This would break the front suspension for McGlashan, sending him to the pits early. Meyer now ran sixth ahead of Phinnemore, as Bos battled Holmes for eighth. Phinnemore then got alongside Meyer for sixth, passing him on Lap 19, bringing Bos through with him. Bos then got alongside Phinnemore for sixth, passing him with three laps to go.

At the front of the field, Montanari was able to track down Paxton for the lead, all over the back bumper of the No. 33 Honda Civic. Montanari would make his move with two laps to go, taking the lead as the field came to the white flag.

Daniel Montanari led the last lap en route to scoring the victory ahead of Warren Paxton, Samantha Shaw, Craig Kamrath, and Tyler Seaboyer. Chandler Bos finished sixth, followed by Bob Phinnemore, Mike Meyer, Dylan Holmes, and the 45.

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