Packed House at Altamont Motorsports Park Watches M.K. Kanke Tie Rick Carelli's Record TRACY, Calif., July 2, 2006 - A packed house of 3,890 race fans watched a historic race at the Altamont Motorsports Park on Sunday, July 2nd, as M. K. Kanke...
Packed House at Altamont Motorsports Park Watches M.K. Kanke Tie Rick Carelli's Record
TRACY, Calif., July 2, 2006 - A packed house of 3,890 race fans watched a historic race at the Altamont Motorsports Park on Sunday, July 2nd, as M. K. Kanke tied Rick Carelli's record of 21 victories in NASCAR's AutoZone Elite SouthWest Touring Series. Kanke took the lead from Rip Michels late in the race, sending his #33 Chevrolet to victory lane in the 150 lap "Altamont Motorsports Park 150"
"The sun really hurt us in the beginning but the guys on the crew set us up for the late part of the night when it really got cool," said Kanke. "We were fast."
Eric Holmes looked like he had the dominant car of the night until contact between Rip Michels and Holmes sent Holmes into the wall in Turn Three on a restart on Lap 115. Jim Pettit also put heavy pressure on Holmes throughout the evening until Pettit was taken out of contention due to mechanical problems.
Michels finished second in the event with Eric Richardson, Eddy McKean and Thomas Martin rounding out the top five.
With the second place finish Michels assumes the NASCAR AutoZone Elite SouthWest point lead over Eddy McKean by ten points with Eric Holmes dropping to third in the standings.
Earlier in the day Mike Mendenhall bested a 23 car field, taking the checkers in the 100 lap SRL Wild West Shootout.
Mendenhall took the lead when the #6 of Jeff Belletto slowed on the final laps after dominating much of the race.
"I don't know what happened to [Belletto]," said Mendenhall. "He struggled a bit to hold the car down and I was really suprised I got under him."
Belletto finished in fifth place with Eric Schmidt finishing in second and Aaron Days and Joey Zampa finishing in third and fourth position, respectively.
The racing action started off on Sunday with a 50 lap Tracy Dodge Western Late Model event. Dave Byrd emerged victorious, putting his #21 Selco Dodge in victory lane for the third time in as many races. The victory was Byrd's fourth win of the season.
Benny Moon followed Byrd in second place with Mark Holeman, Glen Cook and Tim Spurgeon rounding out the top five.
The #37 of Ron Mardock took the checkers in a 15-lap Mini-Super Truck event.
A full slate of racing activities returns to the Altamont Motorsports Park next weekend on July 8th and 9th. See www.altamontracing.com for more details.
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