Short Track Nationals Saturday afternoon summary

McClelland Masters Saturday Short Track Nationals Prelim LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 28, 2006) -- Oklahoma's Sean McClelland charged past Dale Blaney for the point midway through Saturday afternoon's 19th Annual Short Track Nationals presented ...

McClelland Masters Saturday Short Track Nationals Prelim

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (October 28, 2006) -- Oklahoma's Sean McClelland charged past Dale Blaney for the point midway through Saturday afternoon's 19th Annual Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires 20-lap preliminary feature and led the rest of the way to secure the victory at I-30 Speedway.

With the triumph, the 2005 American Sprint Car Series Sooner Region champion locked himself into Saturday night's $15,000-to-win Short Track Nationals championship finale along with runner-up Blaney and third-place finisher Darren Stewart.

"Bring 'em on, I'm ready for it," McClelland exclaimed in victory lane. "We're gonna get the pole position and we're gonna win this thing."

McClelland gridded Saturday's preliminary feature outside the front row, but it was polesitter Blaney gunning into the lead after a pair of attempted starts were waved off for turn one tangles.

After another stoppage with one lap in the books for Ryan Anderson and Brian McClelland, who got together exiting turn four, the balance of the race ran off in non-stop fashion.

Blaney paced the early rounds with McClelland and Stewart. But as Blaney approached lapped traffic midway through the race, McClelland quickly closed the gap and charged by exiting turn four on the tenth round to take the lead for keeps.

Heavy lapped traffic in the final rounds allowed Blaney to close the gap, but McClelland took the checkered flag with a three car-length advantage aboard Wade and Alisha Wisely's Oil Capital Transportation/Rush Truck Center No. 1 Maxim.

Blaney settled for second in Ron Hammons' No. 6b machine, commenting that, "The car started going bad about five laps into the race and kept getting worse and worse the longer we went, we were just hanging on at the end.

Charging from the eighth position, Jesse Hockett was reeling in Stewart to challenge for the third position when his right rear tire finally exploded as the white flag flew. Stewart held the show position, explaining that, "This means a lot, I think my car owner Bobby Sparks has made this show about every year since it's started, maybe I can get him a third win tonight."

California's Brad Sweet snared fourth, with Lubbock's Preston Peebles II rounding out the top five. Cody Branchcomb raced from 19th to finish sixth, with 18th-starter Scott Winters, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Brian Bell and Travis Rilat, who flipped in the final corner while dicing for position with Stenhouse, completing the top ten.

Bell, Blaney, Marshall Skinner, Tim Crawley, Jason Meyers, Rilat, Winters, Bryce Vowan and Sweet topped heat race action for Saturday afternoon's 87-car field. Claud Estes, Brian Brown, Jon Corbin and Jeff Mitrisin won last chance races, with Brian McClelland, Steven Tiner, Chris Morgan and Peebles topping the qualifying races.

A total of 99 drivers competed in the 19th Annual Short Track Nationals presented by Hoosier Tires preliminary events. Six drivers (Tim Kaeding, Sean McClelland, Jason Johnson, Dale Blaney, Dale Howard and Darren Stewart) are locked into Saturday night's $15,000-to-win, $1,900-to-start STN finale. The balance of the field will battle for the remaining starting positions through a full slate of heat races, last chance races and qualifying races, with action going green at approximately 7:30 p.m.

19th Annual Short Track Nationals Saturday Afternoon Results:

Heat Races -- Top 40 in Finishing/Passing Points to Four Qualifying Races; Balance of Field to Four Last Chance Races.

First Heat (8 Laps): 1. 23-Brian Bell, 2. 53x-Joe Beaver, 3. 11F-Foster Landon, 4. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 5. 41m-Scottie McDonald, 6. 35R-Ron Blair, 7. 44h-Donny Howard, 8. 5k-Jerry Kamer, 9. 71b-Robert Bell, 10. K9-Jody Rosenboom.

Second Heat (8 Laps): 1. 6b-Dale Blaney, 2. 4x-Jan Howard, 3. 75h-Jesse Hockett, 4. 7c-Chris Morgan, 5. 33-Jon Corbin, 6. 10J-Jeff Mitrisin, 7. 74e-Claud Estes, 8. 40a-Ernie Ainsworth, 9. 13F-Larry Pinegar II, 10. 42b-Nathan Brown.

Third Heat (8 Laps): 1. 26m-Marshall Skinner, 2. 2d-Rodney Droud, 3. 44a-A.J. Bruns, 4. 12x-Robbie Standridge, 5. 9JR-Derek Hagar, 6. 21b-Brian Brown, 7. 20-Dusty Wasmund, 8. 3-A.G. Rains, 9. 11T-Tyler Thompson, 10. 12m-Greg Merritt.

Fourth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 87-Tim Crawley, 2. 94b-Cody Branchcomb, 3. 42s-Josh Baker, 4. 44R-Ronny Howard, 5. 07h-Rob Hartman, 6. 71s-Jake Simmons, 7. 95-Jeff Day, 8. 53d-Jack Dover, 9. 10T-Terry Gray, 10. 86e-Eric Schrock.

Fifth Heat (8 Laps): 1. d12-Jason Meyers, 2. 15s-Nick Smith, 3. 4T-Justin Sturch, 4. 59-Dex Eaton, 5. 11p-Preston Peebles II, 6. 15b-Brad Bowden, 7. 27-Travis Whitney, 8. 32b-Justin Barger, 9. 24w-Kenny Coke. Disqualified: 44g-Kaley Gharst (unsportsmanlike conduct).

Sixth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 29-Travis Rilat, 2. 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr., 3. 1m-Sean McClelland, 4. 10b-Brian McClelland, 5. 94T-Steven Tiner, 6. 21c-Joey Montgomery, 7. 45-Josh Howard, 8. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 9. 8p-Zack Pringle, 10. 88-Mike Ward.

Seventh Heat (8 Laps): 1. R19-Scott Winters, 2. 91-Darren Stewart, 3. 32m-Tim Montgomery, 4. 65-Skip Wilson, 5. 71R-Ryan Anderson, 6. 26e-Rafe Essary, 7. 75y-Don Young, 8. 1g-Cody Gardner. DNS: 71-Channin Tankersley.

Eighth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 2m-Bryce Vowan, 2. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 3. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 4. X-Chuck Swenson, 5. 1*-Kent Buckley, 6. 12T-Joe Young, 7. 99-Justin Melton, 8. 35b-Brad Best, 9. 0-Wade Oliver.

Ninth Heat (8 Laps): 1. 77-Brad Sweet, 2. 40g-Clint Garner, 3. 28-Mitch Runge, 4. 5-Eric Lutz, 5. 40R-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 6. 00g-Ryan Grubaugh, 7. 12mt-Tommy Bryant, 8. 2mx-Ryan Marsch. DNS: 9w-Gary Wright.

Last Chance Races -- Top 4 Finishers to tail of the Four Qualifying Races.

First Last Chance Race (8 Laps): 1. 74e-Claud Estes, 2. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 3. 26E-Rafe Essary, 4. 5k-Jerry Kamer, 5. 24w-Kenny Coke, 6. 9JR-Derek Hagar, 7. 71b-Robert Bell, 8. 42b-Nathan Brown, 9. 71s-Jake Simmons. DNS: X-Chuck Swenson, 44h-Donny Howard, 71T-Channin Tankersley.

Second Last Chance Race (8 Laps): 1. 21b-Brian Brown, 2. 27-Travis Whitney, 3. 13F-Larry Pinegar II, 4. 1g-Cody Gardner, 5. 41m-Scottie McDonald, 6. 95-Jeff Day, 7. 20-Dusty Wasmund, 8. 8p-Zack Pringle, 9. 12m-Greg Merritt. DNS: 00g-Ryan Grubaugh, 3-A.G. Rains, 9w-Gary Wright.

Third Last Chance Race (8 Laps): 1. 33-Jon Corbin, 2. 75y-Don Young, 3. 12mt-Tommy Bryant, 4. 11T-Tyler Thompson, 5. 53d-Jack Dover. Disqualified: 35b-Brad Best (failed to report to scales after finishing fourth). DNS: 1*-Kent Buckley, 45-Josh Howard, 15b-Brad Bowden, 0-Wade Oliver, 86e-Eric Schrock.

Fourth Last Chance Race (8 Laps): 1. 10J-Jeff Mitrisin, 2. 40a-Ernie Ainsworth, 3. 35R-Ron Blair, 4. K9-Jody Rosenboom, 5. 2mx-Ryan Marsch. DNS: 12T-Joe Young, 21c-Joey Montgomery, 99-Justin Melton, 32b-Justin Barger, 10T-Terry Gray, 88-Mike Ward.

Qualifying Races -- Top 2 from Each Qualifier Locked into "A" Main; Balance of 20-car Feature Field comprised of Top 12 Overall Points Accumulated Through Heats/Last Chance Races/Qualifiers (Feature Lined up according to total points)

First Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 10b-Brian McClelland, 2. 32m-Tim Montgomery, 3. 12x-Robbie Standridge, 4. 5-Eric Lutz, 5. 94b-Cody Branchcomb, 6. b4-Eric Baldaccini, 7. 74e-Claud Estes, 8. 5k-Jerry Kamer, 9. 2m-Bryce Vowan, 10. d12-Jason Meyers, 11. 26E-Rafe Essary, 12. 4am-Travis Jenkins, 13. 4x-Jan Howard, 14. 2d-Rodney Droud.

Second Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 94T-Steven Tiner, 2. 40R-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., 3. 91-Darren Stewart, 4. 7m-Kevin Ramey, 5. 75h-Jesse Hockett, 6. 15s-Nick Smith, 7. 23-Brian Bell, 8. 21b-Brian Brown, 9. 1g-Cody Gardner, 10. 27-Travis Whitney, 11. 13F-Larry Pinegar II, 12. 4T-Justin Sturch, 13. 28-Mitch Runge, 14. 87-Tim Crawley.

Third Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 7c-Chris Morgan, 2. 6b-Dale Blaney, 3. 65-Skip Wilson, 4. 07h-Rob Hartman, 5. 1m-Sean McClelland, 6. R19-Scott Winters, 7. 33-Jon Corbin, 8. 11T-Tyler Thompson, 9. 44a-A.J. Bruns, 10. 75y-Don Young, 11. 40g-Clint Garner, 12. 12mt-Tommy Bryant, 13. 26m-Marshall Skinner, 14. 21T-Kent Lewis, Jr.

Fourth Qualifier (10 Laps): 1. 11p-Preston Peebles II, 2. 71R-Ryan Anderson, 3. 11F-Foster Landon, 4. 77-Brad Sweet, 5. 59-Dex Eaton, 6. 29-Travis Rilat, 7. 10J-Ryan Jamison, 8. 15h-Sam Hafertepe, Jr., 9. 42s-Josh Baker, 10. 44R-Ronny Howard, 11. 53x-Joe Beaver, 12. K9-Jody Rosenboom, 13. 35R-Ron Blair. DNS: 40a-Ernie Ainsworth.

"A" Feature -- Top 3 Finishers Locked into Saturday night's $15,000 to win STN Finale.

A Feature (20 Laps -- Starting position in parentheses): 1. 1m-Sean McClelland (2), 2. 6b-Dale Blaney (1), 3. 91-Darren Stewart (3), 4. 77-Brad Sweet (5), 5. 11p-Preston Peebles II (4), 6. 94b-Cody Branchcomb (19), 7. R19-Scott Winters (18), 8. 40R-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (15), 9. 23-Brian Bell (17), 10. 29-Travis Rilat (14), 11. 75h-Jesse Hockett (8), 12. 12x-Robbie Standridge (12), 13. b4-Eric Baldaccini (7), 14. 32m-Tim Montgomery (6), 15. 7c-Chris Morgan (9), 16. 7m-Kevin Ramey (20), 17. 94T-Steven Tiner (13), 18. 71R-Ryan Anderson (16), 19. 10b-Brian McClelland (11), 20. 11F-Foster Landon (10).

-credit: lw

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Series Sprint
Drivers Darren Stewart , Preston Peebles , Jeff Mitrisin , Brian Brown , Cody Branchcomb , Jason Meyers , Travis Rilat , Justin Barger , Jesse Hockett , Brad Sweet , Derek Hagar , Nick Smith , Justin Melton , Dex Eaton , Jody Rosenboom , Kevin Ramey , Tim Crawley , Chris Morgan , Jason Johnson , Sean McClelland