LAS VEGAS -- Fans enjoyed a great night of racing and watched Destiney Hays win at the Orleans Hotel and Casino USAC Sprint Car and Midget Nationals at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. Hays of Oriville, Calif. led the ...
LAS VEGAS -- Fans enjoyed a great night of racing and watched Destiney Hays win at the Orleans Hotel and Casino USAC Sprint Car and Midget Nationals at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night.
Hays of Oriville, Calif. led the 20-car field to the checkered flag in the 40-lap Western Sprint Car feature event. The 21-year-old started second and held a consistent top-four position early in the race. On lap 17 the points leader going into the event Michael Lewis of Noblesville, Ind. broke while challenging race leader Tim Barber of San Francisco, Calif. for the top position and brought out the yellow flag. Hays restarted in the second position behind race leader Barber. At the halfway mark, Barber broke and the lead was relinquished to Hays who held off Robert Beck of Redmond, Wash. for a win in her 13th USAC start. Beck finished second followed by Michael Trimble of San Jose, Calif. and Brian McClish of Santa Rosa, Calif.
"I just wanted to be as smooth as possible," said an elated Hays in Summit Racing Equipment Victory Lane. "We were turning knobs. I was talking to my guy trying to get it right. It sure did pay off. We had a lot of good luck tonight."
Rory Price of Seattle, Wash. won the 40-lap Midgets feature event. Michael Lewis shot to the lead position on lap three while Price took command of the second spot on lap seven. Both Lewis and Price battled hard for the lead until Lewis fell off the pace coming out of turn four on lap 24. The lead was then awarded to Price as Lewis left the track. Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif. challenged Price on several occasions, but in the end Price took the checkered flag followed by Hunt, Jerome Rodela of El Monte, Calif. and Johnny Rodriguez of Elk Grove, Calif.
"I knew he (Hunt) was probably pressuring me, but I never felt him," said Price in Summit Racing Equipment Victory Lane. "I just came here to help some friends out and I was fortunate enough to be put in this car. There is always luck in it."
In Ford Focus race action Bobby McGowen of Ramona, Calif. collected the win in the 25-lap feature event. The 18-year-old took command from the pole sitter Bradley Galedridge of Los Altos, Calif. on lap two and maintained a substantial lead until the checkered flag. Galedridge and Chase Barber of Morgan Hills, Calif. battled side-by-side for the second position. Chris Rahe (Placentia, Calif.), the points leader coming into the race, battled for second until he became loose out of turn one and crashed into the turn two wall. In the end Barber finished second followed by the only female in the 11-car field Audra Sasselli of Fresno, Calif. and Matt Triplett of Albuquerque, N.M.
"I don't know if I had the best (car), but I definitely had a very comfortable car. My dad and I work hard on this thing," said McGowen in Summit Racing Equipment Victory Lane. "The Bullring is a great track. Every driver that I've talked to out here loves this track."
Western Racing Association Midget driver Larry Harrison and Western Racing Association Sprint driver Glen Necessary were victorious in the vintage-style cars 10-lap feature event.