LAS VEGAS - Saturday night was designated as the "Night of Champions" at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For the five drivers crowned champions, the night is one they won't forget. Jason Allen clinched the NASCAR Late Model track ...
LAS VEGAS - Saturday night was designated as the "Night of Champions" at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For the five drivers crowned champions, the night is one they won't forget.
Jason Allen clinched the NASCAR Late Model track championship and Rookie-of-the-Year honors. Allen finished the season with two wins, 12 top-five finishes and 15 top-10 finishes in 18 starts. The 28-year-old won the Legends Car track championship last year in his first year in racing. Steve Anderson finished 20 points behind the rookie and Ray Hooper Jr. finished third, 22 points behind the champion.
"Our goal at the beginning of the year was to win Rookie-of-the-Year, the July 3
race and the championship," Allen said. "We got all of them accomplished. We had a game plan and stuck to it. It feels pretty good."
Fabian Bray was crowned the Grand American Modified track champion. Bray, the Bullring's 2000 Grand American Modified track champion, battled Doug Hamm, the Bullring's 1999 Grand American Modified track champion, for the championship. Bray collected his fourth win of the season Saturday while Hamm finished second. Both champions were tied in points at the end of the night. Bray was awarded the championship based on collecting more main event wins.
"Doug is a very good competitor, and it was a good race," Bray said. "As far as I'm concerned, Doug is still a champion. He is a good hard driver. "We've had
our ups and downs. My family and friends helped me out. This is great, I couldn't be happier."
Pat Petrie Jr. became the first Outlaw Stock champion at the Bullring. Petrie has one win, 11 top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes in 12 starts. Glenn Burke finished second followed by Richard Kerr of Cibola, Ariz. Petrie was awarded the championship with an 11 point margin over Burke and 10 over Kerr.
"I am definitely pleased," Petrie said. "My dad coached me through it. He has raced a long time. This is my first (championship)."
Pat Petrie Sr. won the Charger championship. Petrie, who recovered from a heart attack suffered at the track last year, was the comeback story of the year. He collected his first win Saturday night and clinched the championship over Don Sargent, who lead Petrie by one point prior to the final points race of the season. Sargent fell behind Petrie by two points after a third place finish.
"If it wasn't for this track, I wouldn't be here," Petrie said. "They gave it (life) back to me. It was good. Everything worked out great. It is the best night of the year. For both of us to win track titles, it is really special."
Spencer Clark dominated the Hitchin' Post/Exiss Legends division. The 14-year-old clinched the championship prior to the main event Saturday night. Kyle Busch finished second and Rick Rogas third. Clark lead Busch by 72 points and Rogas by 111.
"It was an outstanding year for me," Clark said. " Competition was really high. Kyle stepped it up a lot. I feel really good."
Joey Mogar captured his first championship in Bandolero Cars. Mogar collected his third win of the season Saturday to hold off Alex Haase, who has six wins, for the championship. Haase fell 14 points behind Mogar after an eleventh place finish in the final race.
"I just tried to drive hard and keep in front of Alex Haase so I could win the points championship," Mogar said. "I was competitive with Alex Haase. He's been really good this year. I feel good, really good."