Las Vegas late model report 2000-11-04

LAS VEGAS -- The 10th annual StarNursery.com Late Model Classic at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was jam-packed with racing excitement as Ben Walker took the checkered flag in the 140-lap main event. Walker, of Valencia, Calif., was...

LAS VEGAS -- The 10th annual StarNursery.com Late Model Classic at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was jam-packed with racing excitement as Ben Walker took the checkered flag in the 140-lap main event.

Walker, of Valencia, Calif., was in the lead the majority of the 70-lap twin main event but was spun out with less than 20-laps to go. Mike Duncan, the Mesa Marin Late Model champion, took over the lead but spun out on the second to last lap. The 19-year-old Walker was then able to pass Duncan and lead the final lap to secure the checkered flag.

"It was hectic at the end," said Walker. "Just as soon as I was getting comfortable I got spun out. But I came back in the end."

Walker was awarded the $5,000 purse along with $1,500 for leading the cars into the mandatory pit stop at the 70-lap halfway mark.

Second place was taken by Jason Allen of Las Vegas. Allen started the main event in fifth place.

The 70-lap twin main event was made up of 26 drivers. The 20 fastest drivers along with the top three drivers in two heat races were combined. Scott Gafforini, Rick Cobb and Sean Woodside qualified for the main event in the first heat race. The second heat race allowed Chris Clyne, Brandon Loverock and Jason Allen to qualify.

Mike Shadi set a new Late Model Bullring record with the fastest qualifying time. The record was held by Barry Bradshaw who also competed in the Late Model Classic.

The 35-lap ARCA Truck main event was won by Johnny Whitman of Cincinnati, Ohio. Bill Whithers of Columbus, Ohio took second.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Ben Walker , Jason Allen