A quartet of checkered flags waved on Saturday night in feature action at Sunset Speedway, as a new face joined a couple familiar faces in victory lane this season.
Despite starting at the back for the Pro Late Model feature, Danny Benedict worked his way forward, running third with 10 laps on the board. He was able to make a couple moves, taking the top spot on Lap 21. From there on, he led the final nine laps en route to his first checkered flag of 2022 campaign. Travis Hallyburton placed second, while Josh Stade was third after pacing the first 20 laps. Dwayne Baker and Samantha Shaw rounded out the field.
With a couple quick cars making their return to Sunset Speedway, the Mini Stock division was one of the most thrilling features on the night in waiting to see which of those drivers would come out on top. Defending champion Josh Bullen kept his roll going, taking the lead on a restart halfway and holding off a late-charging Johnny Paradzinski to pick up the checkered flag. Cole Quinton placed third, followed by Shawn Taylor and Chris Allard.
Current points leader Cameron McGlashan was sixth after leading till the yellow flag, ahead of Curtis Stewart, Chandler Bos, Charlie Smith, and Coleridge Phinnemore. Blaise Shaw placed 11th in his second feature, followed by Ryan D’Antimo, Peter Wakeling, Eric Rainey, and Madisson Tienkamp. The race ran green except for a quick yellow for a spin by Wakeling,
Heat victories went to Josh Bullen (x2) and Cameron McGlashan (x2). Notably, John Bird saw his night end early after issues in practice, while Jason D’Antimo saw a motor let go in qualifying action.
The Bone Stocks saw one of their largest car counts of the year, with 17 cars showing up to take part in the action. Jacob Booth found his way to the front in the opening laps, and held off a hard-charging Brandon Steele who was all over his back bumper in the late stages for the victory. Aundrea Lusk kept her steady momentum with a third ahead of Cash Ireton and Nicholas Reece. Andrew Shilling suffered ignition issues in qualifying, borrowing Karlie Wilman’s car for a sixth in the feature, followed by Shawn Stewart, Curtis Halliday, and Tyler Ecker.
The feature unfortunately did not go clean, with an incident coming to the green involving Jordan Owen and Calvin Reesor. Brittney Reece also had issues in her debut.
Heat victories went to Brandon Steele, Jacob Booth(x2), and Aundrea Lusk. Notably, Austyn Jennett missed the night due to mechanical issues in practice.
The hard work and continued improvement paid off for Jake Spencer-Walt, leading all the laps in the feature en route to his first feature victory ahead of Keegan Moat and Morgan Moore.
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