It could've been the hot temperatures. It could be because drivers are just frustrated at the halfway point of the season. It could've been a combination of both. Regardless, the tempers were high and the racing was intense as in all three divisions, there were exciting features.
In the Super Stock division, it was Paul Geniole Jr., who scored his first ever Super Stock heat win earlier in the night, pulling out to the early lead after starting on pole. He led for a couple laps, before being passed by Matt Bentley, who was trying to bounce back from two weeks of bad luck, on the third lap.
The first caution came out on the fourth lap when Marty Monette and Mike Weeda went for a spin together. At the time of the caution, Bentley was scored as the leader with Geniole Jr. second and Dan Archibald third. Points leader Lane Zardo had worked his way from starting approximately 15th to eighth while Randy Rusnell, who was going for his fourth feature in a row, was ninth.
From that caution to the next caution on lap 15, Zardo worked his way up to second while Rusnell worked his way up to sixth while Bentley continued leading. The second caution came out as a result of Archibald spinning by himself.
For the next 10 laps, Bentley and Zardo would run side-by-side, battling each other for the lead. Zardo would manage to get around Bentley and be the leader at the third caution on lap 25 for Marty Monette's problems in turn three.
On the restart, 15-year old Lane Zardo would get the jump and go on to score his first ever Super Stock Sunset Speedway victory. Bentley would finish second, followed by Rusnell, Ken Britt and Dave Doucette.
In the Mini Stock division, Brian Love would start on pole and lead a couple laps, before handing the lead to Eric Yorke, who would lose it a couple laps later to Rory Collett. Collett would lead the final half of the feature to score his first ever Mini Stock victory as the feature would run clean till a caution on the final lap for Ron Goodall's spin. Yorke would get second, followed by Nicole Podewils, Dan Britt and Rob Krystal.
In the Late Model feature, Ernie Fumerton would start on pole and pull out to an early lead before the first caution on lap 3 for Sean Cronan and Kevin Cornelius spinning out together.
Fumerton would continue to lead all the way to the next caution on lap 18 for Dwayne Baker getting spun into the inside wall by Tom Walters. Baker would get payback as he'd slam into the front of Walters' car as Walters came back around. Coming into the night, Baker led Cornelius by 22 points in the standings while Walters was third (-29 of Baker).
Fumerton would lead from this caution till the closing laps when he'd be passed by Rob Poole, who would go on to score his second feature victory of the season. Mike Bentley would finish second, followed by Cornelius, Fumerton and Grosman.
Sunset Speedway will once again host racing on Sunday July 31st with the second race of the McColl Racing Shootout Series. Spectator gates open at 4:30pm EST with racing start at 6pm.
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