LAS VEGAS - What seemed like an impossible task two weeks ago has apparently become reality for Dick Cobb. Cobb, the Las Vegas racing veteran, passed Steve Anderson with two laps remaining to post his third straight win...
LAS VEGAS - What seemed like an impossible task two weeks ago has apparently become reality for Dick Cobb.
Cobb, the Las Vegas racing veteran, passed Steve Anderson with two laps remaining to post his third straight win in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Division at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Saturday night. The win, which came on the final NASCAR points night, makes Cobb the odds-on favorite to claim the NASCAR Sunbelt Region Championship when the points are released on Monday.
"It's just unbelievable," Cobb said. "Two weeks ago I really didn't think we had a chance. There was a guy (Larry Hunter) at Sandia in New Mexico who looked like he had it won. But we've won three straight and things are looking pretty good for us."
Cobb's win Saturday night was hard fought. A poor qualifying effort left him in the 11th starting position for the 40-lap feature. By lap 10, he had moved to fifth place, but the strong cars of Anderson, Chuck Trickle, Scott Gafforini and Jason Allen were in front of him.
Cobb slowly moved his way to the front, and when Anderson slipped on the 37th lap, Cobb dove to the inside and beat him off of turn four for the lead. Anderson mounted one last charge on the final lap, but Cobb slammed the door off of turn four.
"I have to thank everyone of those guys for racing me clean," Cobb said. "I messed up in qualifying and knew it would be tough. Steve gave me a little bit of daylight and I knew I had to take it. Once I got the lead, he was going to have to wreck me to beat me."
Gafforini, Trickle and Allen rounded out the top five.
The Grand American Modifieds ran a pair of 20-lap features Saturday night and had two of the most spectacular shows of the evening. In the first feature, Fabian Bray beat Randy Swalwell by inches in what many believe to be the closest finish in the brief history of The Bullring. Doug Hamm was third.
In the second modified race, most of the top competitors, including Bray, Swalwell, Hamm and Larry Gerchman were eliminated in accidents. By the time the checkered flag flew, Dan Fitzgerald had claimed the first asphalt win of his career. Fitzgerald is the current points leader in the IMCA Modified Division at LVMS' half-mile dirt track. Stoney Gray finished second and C.J. Scherkenbach was third.
Kyle Busch continued his dominance in the Hitchin Post/Exiss Legends Cars with an easy win over Spencer Clark and third-place Rick Rogas.
Points leader Justin Johnson notched a win in the Bandolero race followed by Justin Waters in second and Joey Mogar in third.
In the mini stock event, Mark Schottmuller was the winner followed by Tony Leonard and Roger Kingsland.
Tom Youmans won the Chargers race beating Dawn Vint and Al Dejoria.
The Mini Modifieds made their debut at The Bullring Saturday night with Randy Mancer taking the win followed by John Lomler and Mark Herzog.