Riehl, Hultz, Hatch victorious at Silver State Fall Classic at LVMS. LAS VEGAS-- Brandon Riehl, Ronnie Hultz and Lee Hatch took the checkered flag at the Silver State Fall Classic at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday ...
Riehl, Hultz, Hatch victorious at Silver State Fall Classic at LVMS.
LAS VEGAS-- Brandon Riehl, Ronnie Hultz and Lee Hatch took the checkered flag at the Silver State Fall Classic at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night.
Brandon Riehl of Boring, Ore. won the 140-lap VP Racing Fuels Late Model Championship. Local Mike Cofer started on the pole and maintained an early lead until local Jason Allen took command on lap 62. Allen, Riehl, and Cofer were the top three drivers at the halfway break (lap 70). On lap 71 Riehl earned the lead and maintained it to the checkered flag. Cofer finished second followed by Dick Cobb and Thane Alderman, both of Las Vegas.
"I've been wanting to 'whip cookies' for the last month," Riehl said. "I've been so close to winning, I either pile it up or stack it into the wall."
"It's frustrating," Cofer said. "All-in-all it was a good weekend."
Ronnie Hultz of Denver, Colo. won the 40-lap I.M.C.A. Modified Pavement Nationals. After starting on the outside pole, Hultz gained an early lead and maintain his momentum to the checkered flag. Shawn Johnson of Colorado Springs, Colo. finished second followed by Wayne Morris Jr. of Las Vegas and Jason Beaulier of Campbell River, British Columbia.
"We worked very hard at this," Hultz said. "We didn't have the best of luck on the way up here. So it is good for something to go right. Hard work pays off."
Lee Hatch of Covina, Calif. won the 200-lap Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks series finale. Hatch dominated both 100-lap segments to take the checkered flag. Randy Brown of West Covina, Calif. finished second and clinched the Mechanix Wear Speed Trucks championship. Local Spencer Clark finished third followed by Darren Young of Gilbert, Ariz.
"It would have been nice to get the championship, but nobody deserves it more than Randy Brown," Hatch said. " We are just super happy to win this race tonight, that is what we came here to do."
"It feels awesome," Brown said. "We were playing it safe. We worked for three years for this."