By Becky Abbey-Heckt Tukwila, Washington If had a good night of racing Saturday, and the rain managed to hold off until Sunday. I'm late getting this report on, with the showing of the Brickyard and locally the hydrophanes were running here ...
By Becky Abbey-Heckt Tukwila, Washington
If had a good night of racing Saturday, and the rain managed to hold off until Sunday. I'm late getting this report on, with the showing of the Brickyard and locally the hydrophanes were running here this weekend and I just had to watch both!!! So here we go....
We had no semi mains tonight so I'll jump right in to the first main of the evening which is always the 360's. We started 17 cars tonight in this event. Pretty low for Skagit but their was a big money race in Eugene, OR and some of our local guys went down their to run, including Marc Huson, Jay Smith, Dennis Army, Rick Fauver and Bob Burrow just to name a few. After losing a motor last week Jason Solwold was on fire this week. He won his heat race earlier in the night and won the dash as well. He rolled a one to start this race on the pole and lead the first 18 of 25 laps. We had a yellow flag on lap 8 for the #57 of Roger Jewel who stalled his car in turn 2, but restarted at the back of the pack. We also had a yellow on lap 17 for #24 Wes Gibbs who spun in turn 2. On that restart Randy Ridge who started 4th gets to 3rd and one lap later the #5 Jeff Fletcher, who started 6th, and had been running 2nd, got the lead from Solwald. On lap 20 the #97 Hartjoy and #67 Glen Borden got together in turn 1 and brought out the 3rd yellow, setting up a five lap dash. Fletcher never looked back however and went on to win the race. Solwold got 2nd, Ridge took 3rd, #57 Jerry Bundy was 4th, #9 Bill Beavert was 5th, #09 Tyson Cross was 6th, #42 Alan Munn was 7th, Wes Gibbs in the #24 was 8th and #98 Hancock was 9th.
In the Skoal Sportsmen Sprints we only had one flag between the green and the checkered, unfortunatly it was a red one. It came in lap 5 for the #77 of Sather when his car flipped in turn 3. I didn't really see what happened, but he flipped way down on the inside of the track, which is very strange. Most guys were having trouble in the high grove tonight, and they were all running pretty low. Anyway Sather was ok but his night was over. #6 Brian Loy, by winning his heat race and the dash and also rolling a 1, got to start on the pole and lead the whole race. But he was challenged the whole race as well from #24 Chad Hillier, who started right next to him on the fron row. Most of this race I was just hoping they wouldn't take each other out. They both wanted it so bad. We had some real movers back in the pack though and that was fun to watch. #35 car, being driven tonight by former SSS driver Jason Solwold (Just for fun he said later) started this race 14th and finished 3rd and #99 car driven by Wes Gibbs started 18th and finished 5th. Those guys were really having a good time and you says you can't move up through the pack. Anyway at the finish it was Brian Loy, Chad Hillier, Solwold, #94 Dills, #99 Gibbs, #7A Jones, #71 Thomas and #27 of Barnes.
In the 410 main Mark Ellis in the 11E and Tim Levin in the 7L started on the front row. By lap 3 Tim had the lead and 23K Randy Ridge has second from his 4th starting spot. Things got very interesting on lap 11 when Ellis and #88 Jake Mann get together on turn 2 and Ellis puts his car on the guard rail, straddling it to specific. And the 88 car hits the fence on the inside of the back stretch. First they fly the yellow and then the red so they can figure out how to get Ellis off the rail. On the restart Tim had three lapped cars between himself and the 2nd place car of Ridge. On lap 14 the yellow comes out for #20 Pat Kuhen and #74 Rasmusson as they get together in turn 4. On this restart tim still has 2 of the lapped cars between him and Ridge, but Tim starts the race too early and is penilized 2 positions. The two lapped cars do a nice thing here and go to the back of the pack and so the rule states two positions and not 2 cars for the penalty Tim lines up 3rd on the race track behind Ridge and Houston (another lapped car). I think the officials goofed here because Tim should have gone back one more spot behind #56 John Youngquist, but maybe the lap counters last track of the #25 Houston being a lapped car. Anyway on this yellow our point leader #15 Tom Waggoner went to the pits with a flat tire but was able to get it changed and join the pack at the rear. The last 11 laps were run without a stop and it took Tim Levin only 6 of those laps to get his lead back. At the checkers it was Tim Levin, Randy Ridge, #6pk Phil Sivo who started 10th, #56 John Youngquist, 4J Auto Jorgenson and #69 John Tharpe finishing 6th.
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