Irwindale race report 2001-11-10

Nick Lynch, the Mountain States Region Champion from Burley, ID, won the third annual American Race Trucks 65-lap "National Shootout" Saturday before 5,452 at Irwindale Speedway. He also won the second annual ART National in his Mr. Gas-sponsored...

Nick Lynch, the Mountain States Region Champion from Burley, ID, won the third annual American Race Trucks 65-lap "National Shootout" Saturday before 5,452 at Irwindale Speedway. He also won the second annual ART National in his Mr. Gas-sponsored Chevy Silverado at Irwindale last November.

Lynch earned $1,500 from a $10,000+ ART purse that attracted 37 trucks from nine states and 2001 champions from six ART Regions. The race, which took 40:53.788 to complete, was taped for airing by Fox Sports Net at a date to be determined later.

The 19-year old winner started on the pole and led laps 10 through the lap 65 conclusion. He won by 0.577 seconds-about ten yards. Earlier, the young Idaho-born and based driver from the Lynch racing family set the fastest qualifying time in the field. His time of 20.328 (88 MPH) broke the old one lap track record of 20.373, which he set on September 1 this year.

Deyon Young, the 2001 ART Southwest Region Champion from La Verne, CA, started 26th, arrived in second place on lap 59 and finished second in his Chevy Silverado. He collected $1,000 for his impressive run. Young's transmission broke after he had completed only one lap during the group qualifying sessions in which five trucks at a time qualify and all laps are timed electronically. Young and his crew removed and replaced the broken transmission immediately when qualifying concluded at five p.m.

Dave Lyon, from nearby West Covina, started second in his patriotic red, white and blue Chevy Silverado and led the first nine laps. He dropped as low as fifth but finished third and earned $800. He finished 1.467 seconds behind Lynch. Josh Hulsebosch, in a Ford F-150, and past Southwest Region Champion Val Cummings, in a Chevy Silverado, completed the top five.

Twenty-nine of the 37 starters finished and 21 drivers ran all 65 circuits. In addition to the winner and runner-up, other 2001 ART Regional Champions in the race and their finishing positions were as follows: 18-year old Colt James (Lone Star Region)-sixth; Shawn Parker (Northeast)-ninth; Lane Moore (Heartland)-29th, and Randy Bergdoll (Great Lakes)-30th. The 37 ART drivers in competition came from Alaska, California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.

The feature race was scheduled for 75 laps. However, officials cut the race distance by ten laps after the fifth of six caution periods. Most of the yellow flags were for debris, minor spinouts or to check for oil on the track after smoking trucks left the track.

A lap two crash in the first turn sidelined Randy Nelson and cost Jim Satterfield two laps and a front bumper. Winner Lynch said, "This is the biggest race of the year. Guys came here from all over the country. This is the second National win in a row I've taken here. We had a really good truck tonight. I mean it was loose, but loose is fast. Last time I was here (September 1) when I got the lead I kind of took it easy and I had some problems. So this time when I got the lead I decided to just run every lap like it was qualifying. The truck held, the tires held, it was just awesome." He thanked Mr. Gas and other sponsors, his family and crew. Later, his 21-year old brother Scott finished third in the NASCAR Winston West 250-lap race to continue the family success story at a track both drivers love.

Runner-up Young said, "Nick had a better set-up on the restarts. He just pulled away on every restart. I knew we'd come up from starting 26th toward the front, but I didn't really think I'd make it to second. The cautions really saved my bacon because they kept bunching the field. If it had gone green all the time I don't think I could have made second. We blew a tranny in qualifying and I didn't have first gear. We just didn't get the linkage hooked up right, so we didn't have first and that hurt us on the restarts. But it was a good race."

Third place finisher Lyon said, "Man, I'm glad they cut it to 65. We started getting a little bit of a vibration and a push on the restarts, but we held it together. I had to take it to the wall on that very last lap and all the way to start/finish. I was trying to save my tires there for awhile, but then I was getting passed, I mean they were coming inside of me, and then I had to drop down a little to protect my position. We tried to save the tires but they went away. It was a good year."

Fast Time: Nick Lynch, 20.328 -- New Track Record (old Track Record: 20.373 by Lynch on 9-1-01).

Main: Lynch, Deyon Young, Dave Lyon, Josh Hulsebosch, Val Cummings, Colt James, John Wong, Jeff Williams, Shawn Parker, Terry Young, Michael Thomas, Dennis Bennett, Kenny Vanderham, Jon Garrett, Tony Forfa, Robbie Brand, Steve Dyer, Chris Johnson, Michael May, Dale Cromwell, D. Bruce Stark, Corey Taylor, Chett Gehrke, Rick Harbaugh, Stewart Spring, Jim Satterfield, Jason Hatfield, Dan Pehrson, Lane Moore, Randy Bergdoll, Mark Schilling, Bret Carlson, Aaron Staudinger, Steve Reeves, Kirk Knostman, Ryan Givens, Randy Nelson.


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Series General
Drivers Shawn Parker , Michael May , Jeff Williams , Chett Gehrke , Steve Reeves
Teams Williams