Mission Valley Speedway's Super Saturday The Late Model Challenge Series and the Northwest Late Model 4's both hit the asphalt at Mission Valley Speedway for the inaugural Memorial Day weekend Wholesale Fireworks Super Saturday. Threatening...
Mission Valley Speedway's Super Saturday
The Late Model Challenge Series and the Northwest Late Model 4's both hit the asphalt at Mission Valley Speedway for the inaugural Memorial Day weekend Wholesale Fireworks Super Saturday. Threatening skies loomed over the speedway all night but rain never fell. Questionable weather may have detoured some teams from making the long tow over, but there were still 17 Late Model Challenge Series cars in the main event.
The Late Model Challenge Series provided plenty of racing action through the whole night. It was a photo finish in the B trophy dash between Mike Keogh (#82) and Jason Hedrick (#91). Track telemetry showed Hedrick as the winner with a .005 second margin of victory. Rocky Erickson (#74) picked up the win in the A trophy dash.
The Muralt's Travel Plaza Days Inn Northwest Late Model 4's heat got off to a rough start. On lap one Kameron McKeehan (#72) got into the back of Chris Yochum (#25) coming out of turn 4. As Yochum spun, his front end clipped Johnny Rumsey (#02). After a complete restart Yochum moved his way through the field and won the heat race with McKeehan in second.
In the Northwest Late Model 4's 50 lap main event Tim Jewett (#22) held the early lead. He was split three wide by Larry Mikkelson (#82) and Daniel Washam (#70). Mikkelson was able to take over the lead and held till McKeehan took over the top spot. Andy Brown (#42) who just pulled out of the pits when the green flag flew, was on the move and looked like he might just have what it takes to track down the leaders but he had to pull off the track with mechanical difficulties. Jeremiah Marceau (#56) was trying a pass on the outside in turn 4, got sideways and slapped the wall. When the caution came out second place John Jackson (#20) got into the back of the leader McKeehan. McKeehan was able to hold on to the lead. Jackson restarted at the back of the pack, but moved back up to get a third place finish. Yochum was closing up on the loose handling car of McKeehan in the closing laps and the battle for the lead was on. Coming to the line Yochum drop to the inside of McKeehan but McKeehan held on for the win.
The Late Model Challenge series thundered to the green flag to start their 100 lap main event. Rick Hagen (#24) took the early lead. Ron Wolf (#43) gave Hagen a little nudge and slipped to the inside, the two raced side by side for a lap before Hagen got the top spot back. Ron Wolf took the top spot as he and Hagen split a lap car three wide. Later in the race Hagen got into the back of points leader Ron Wolf and spun Wolf into the infield. Hagen was put to the pack of the pack for the contact. This turn of events moved Jay Sauls (#20) into the lead. Hagen and Ron Wolf were in the back of the pack very close to getting lapped by Sauls when Hagen spun coming out of turn 4. Nathan Dumont (#46) and Brad Allard (#23) tangled on the front strait. As Dumont carried Allard's hood off the track both cars were withdrawn from the event. Jason Hedrick (#91) tried to squeeze under Dave Garber (#93), the contact sent Garber for a spin. 2003 series champion Hedrick received a stop and go penalty. Mike Keogh (#82) was working on Jeff Ford (#45) and had to get on the brakes hard to stay off his back bumper, Keogh got sideways. Garber had to get on the brakes to try to miss Keogh, Hedrick got into the back of Garber and pushed Garber into the spinning Keogh. Keogh took out a water barrel and was done for the night. No one had enough for 19 year old Sauls as he took the checkered flag ahead of local racers Kirk Hennefer (#25) and Corey Wolfe (#88). Ron Wolfe made his way back up to fourth and Rocky Erickson (#74) rounded out the top five.
Concluding the night's activities were a brilliant fireworks display by Wholesale Fireworks. In a night which many thought would have nothing but rain in the skies ended up having some great racing action and an awesome fireworks display.
Rolling onto the track next Saturday night will be the MGD/Lite Hobby Stocks, Bombers, Budweiser Compacts and Krusers. Kids rides will also be featured.