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Eric Yorke Dominates the Mini Stock 50 at Sunset Speedway

Starting on the pole, Eric Yorke withstood the challenge from Samantha Shaw to dominate en route to winning the Mini Stock 50 lap feature on Sunday afternoon at Sunset Speedway.

Samantha Shaw won the opening heat ahead of Jason Tolton, Kevin Bridge, Shawn Taylor, Allan Lankin, Chandler Bos, Scott McGergor, and Doug Wilman.

Eric Yorke won the second qualifier ahead of Terry Woodley, Ryan Babin, Cory Young, Taylor Thring, Lisa DeLeeuw, and Connor Maltese.

Dylan Sharpe won the third heat ahead of Erik Dalla Riva, Craig Kamrath, Melissa Bullen, Charlie Smith, Peter Wakeling, and Eric Rainey.

Jake Watson won the fourth qualifier ahead of Warren Paxton, Brandon Crumbie, Cameron McGlashan, Dave Crumbie, Kevin Bushell, and Jeff Richard.

Kevin Bridge won the fifth heat ahead of Tolton, Shaw, Taylor, Bos, McGregor, Lankin, and Wilman.

Eric Yorke went for the daily double ahead of Woodley, Young, Babin, DeLeeuw, Thring, and Maltese.

Erik Dalla Riva won the seventh heat ahead of Kamrath, Sharpe, Bullen, Smith, Wakeling, and Rainey.

Brandon Crumbie won the final qualifier ahead of Paxton, McGlashan, Watson, and Dave Crumbie.

Prior to the feature beginning, the top-10 qualifiers would be asked if they wanted to drop to the rear of the field, with an extra $1000 on the line if they were able to drive through and win. The highest qualifier to accept would be the one to drop back. Quick Qualifier Eric Yorke did not take up the request, but second-quick qualifier Erik Dalla Riva accepted the challenge to do it.

Following qualifying and the challenge being accepted, Eric Yorke started pole ahead of Samantha Shaw, Jake Watson, Dylan Sharpe, and Jason Tolton. Brandon Crumbie started sixth, followed by Terry Woodley, Warren Paxton, Kevin Bridge, and Craig Kamrath.

Ryan Babin started 11th, followed by Cory Young, Shawn Taylor, Cameron McGlashan, Melissa Bullen, Charlie Smith, Dave Crumbie, Jason D’Antimo, Bob Phinnemore, and Peter Wakeling. Lisa DeLeeuw started 21st, followed by Allan Lankin, Taylor Thring, Scott McGregor, Jeff Richard, Eric Rainey, Doug Wilman, Connor Maltese, and Erik Dalla Riva.

Yorke and Shaw would battle for the top spot on the opening lap, with Yorke snagging the top spot on Lap 2 ahead of Shaw, Sharpe, Crumbie, and Paxton, with Bridge alongside Watson for sixth.

Bridge got the spot on Lap 5 ahead of Watson, Woodley, Tolton, Young, and Babin. Tolton would get alongside Woodley for eighth on Lap 7, but was unable to clear for the spot initially.

With 11 laps on the board, Yorke continued to lead Shaw, Sharpe, Crumbie, Paxton, Bridge, Woodley, Watson, Tolton, Babin, and Bullen, with Young and Dalla Riva side-by-side for 12th. Paxton would get alongside Crumbie for fourth on Lap 15, with Tolton tagging Watson two laps later. The contact between Tolton and Watson would allow Babin to jump up to eighth.

Paxton would get the fourth spot on Lap 18 ahead of Bridge and Crumbie, as Crumbie and D’Antimo made contact with the leaders in heavy traffic. Woodley ran seventh ahead of Babin and Watson. Watson would slip back to 10th after being passed by Bullen on Lap 20.

The shuffling continued further up, as well, with Bridge by Paxton for fourth a lap later. Crumbie continued to run fifth, ahead of Woodley, Babin, Bullen and Watson, with Dalla Riva and Young side-by-side for 10th. Dalla Riva got the spot just before halfway, bringing Taylor through with him.

Crumbie continued to move forward, passing Paxton for fifth, before getting alongside Bridge for fourth on Lap 26. Crumbie then moved into the position a lap later, with Bridge pulling off the track due to mechanical issues. This allowed Paxton to move up into fifth ahead of Woodley, Babin, Bullen, and Dalla Riva.

Crumbie tried to continue moving forward as he got alongside Sharpe for third on Lap 32, but was unable to complete the pass. Bullen was able to move forward, though, passing Babin for seventh two laps later.

Crumbie would challenge once again for third on Lap 36, with him and Sharpe making contact to send Crumbie around for the race’s first caution on Lap 37. With 14 laps to go, Yorke led Shaw, Paxton, Woodley, Bullen, Babin, and Sharpe as the lead lap cars. Dalla Riva would get the lucky dog to get back on the lead lap; he had fallen a lap down following an incident in turn three.

The first attempt for the restart would not go well, with the field stacking up, resulting in contact in the back half of the field. Thring would roll to a stop afterwards in the turn one grass, bringing out the second caution. The second attempt did not go smoother, with an incident involving Bullen and Bos.

The restart saw a battle for the top spot between Yorke and Shaw, with Yorke holding serve ahead of Shaw and Woodley, as Paxton and Dalla Riva battled for fourth ahead of Sharpe and Young. Young got alongside Sharpe for sixth on Lap 41, with Dalla Riva moving into fourth a lap later ahead of Paxton, Sharpe, Young, and Babin. The race would not go green to the end, with the fourth caution coming out on Lap 44 for Bos going around.

Yorke and Shaw would run side-by-side on the restart, with Yorke holding serve once again ahead of Shaw, Dalla Riva and Sharpe, as Woodley and Paxton battled for fifth ahead of Babin, Young, and Bullen. The last lap would get interesting, with Bullen getting into Young through turns one and two.

Eric Yorke picked up the checkered flag ahead of Samantha Shaw, Erik Dalla Riva, Dylan Sharpe, and Warren Paxton. Terry Woodley finished sixth, followed by Ryan Babin, Melissa Bullen, Craig Kamrath, and Cory Young.

Jake Watson finished 11th, followed by Charlie Smith, Cameron McGlashan, Jason D’Antimo, Lisa DeLeeuw, Allan Lankin, Jeff Richard, Bob Phinnemore, Doug Wilman, and Shawn Taylor. Peter Wakeling finished 21st, followed by Eric Rainey, Brandon Crumbie, Taylor Thring, Kevin Bridge, Jason Tolton, Connor Maltese, Dave Crumbie, and Scott McGregor.

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