Tuesday August 14, 2012
On Saturday August 11, 2012
Hahn, Teepe Top Friday Kenny’s Qualifying Races
The biggest and most prestigious event on the Speedrome Stock Chase for the Cup campaign, the Kenny’s Auto Sales 100, took place this past weekend. The only two-day show on the schedule was Friday August 10th and Saturday night August 11th. Time trials launched this 16th annual happening. 2010 Stock rookie-of-the-year Nigel Peters was quickest with a lap of 13.812 seconds. He was joined by the next trio of top qualifiers in the trophy dash. Jeffrey Allen Smith took checkers in that preliminary clash. The field of cars was then split into a pair of qualifying race to set the main event lineup.
Race #1 featured the odd numbered timers. Peters led 24.5 of the 25 listed circuits. His #18 machine came in contact with Kevin Smith cutting down his tire. Championship point leader Larry Hahn snuck past for the win. Nigel limped across the line for second with EJ Neat finishing third. Race #2 had the second half of the roster testing the waters. Reigning series champion Speedy Teepe went wire-to-wire for the victory. 1998 event winner Victor Rybolt charged from last place to claim second while Smith finished in third. 13 cars were now locked into the starting field with perhaps the division’s greatest rivalry Hahn vs. Teepe positioned on the front row.
Nigel Peters, Fastest on Friday and a Winner on Saturday
Saturday started with more qualifications. This speed session was for the teams that missed the Friday festivities. Their times would place them on the lineup behind the baker’s dozen. Inaugural Kenny’s Auto Sales race winner Bob Higgins was the fastest of that group with a lap of 14.277 seconds. The well-prepared race cars were rolled to the grid to give drivers the proper “big event” introductions to the enthusiastic crowd on hand and a worldwide live web streaming audience. Chad Sizemore, the grandson of Speedrome Hall of Famer and event Kenny Sizemore, was positioned at the start/finish line to greet the racers before taking the start.
The green came from the AT&T Advertising Solutions flag stand with Hahn getting the duke on Teepe. Peters followed through for second with Neat, Teepe who slid back on the outside, and leading series rookie Christopher Green in that initial top five. The red waved bringing the contest to a stop when Rybolt’s #72 machine chuck’s a wheel and tire in turn two. The resumption saw Larry return to first with EJ now the new runner-up while Nigel dropped into third. The 26th circuit was a dramatic turning point in the classic. Rookie Danny Adams has a major mechanical issue heading northbound dropping a wealth of fluid on the track. Several cars slid in the oil wadding up in the second corner. This notably included Neat and Hahn. The red flew for this incident. EJ’s damage was minor but relegated him to the tail for the restart. Hahn had a flat tire sending him to the pits for a replacement.
The restart had a matchup between new leader Peters and Green. Nigel started that 27th orbit as the fans focus. He began to cut some quick laps to gain a distance on Green who had a persistent pack on his bumper led by Teepe. The group jockeyed and swapped position as they tightly assembled behind the steady paced Mr. Green. The halfway mark had eight Stockers on the lead lap in this running order: Peters, Green, Teepe, Smith, Mike Burgess, Jack Smith, Hahn, and Neat. Just 2 trajectories after came another red when veteran Bob Johnson exploded a transmission scattering oil and debris in turn one. This slick asphalt had many cars looping and sliding into the scene of misfortune.
Nigel continued his charge after the green gapping the field again. All eyes were on the runner-up quest. Christopher was holding his ground while Hahn and Neat were astoundingly clawing their way back into contention. Larry made the move on lap 63 to the second position and set out to catch first along with history. Hahn was looking for a record-extending 4th straight and 5th overall victory in the Kenny’s 100. The final stoppage came on lap 74 when Burgess’ day ended with his ride being sent into the turn three wall. Green had a flat tire during this time sending him pit side.
The final launch had Nigel again first with EJ, Larry, and Speedy under a blanket hurling towards the division’s best paying destiny. Neat poured on the pressure lap after lap. His best shot for a pass came just outside of ten-to-go. He pulled even on the low side, but had to return to second after being picked off by a lapped car. The chase went all the way to the checkers with Peters earning his biggest career victory and first in the Kenny’s Auto Sales 100. “I almost didn’t think I was ever going to win one of these majors”, said the race victor. “We have worked so hard and I have had good cars in the past, just needed a little luck. Tonight the luck went my way when that car (Adams) oiled down the track”.
2012 Kenny’s Auto Sales 100 Finish – 1 Nigel Peters, 2 EJ Neat, 3 Larry Hahn, 4 Speedy Teepe, 5 Jeff A Smith, 6 Christopher Green, 7 Kenny McDonough, 8 Lee Schwartz, 9 Kenny Smith, 10 Jack Smith, 11 Mike Burgess, 12 Roger Gwinn, 13 Bob Higgins, 14 Bob Johnson, 15 Jeff Thinnes, 16 Danny Adams, 17 Kevin Smith, 18 Noah Neat, 19 Victor Rybolt, DNS Donnie Sloan
This Weekend at the Speedrome
Friday August 17, 2012
Legend, Junior Faskarts, Hornets, Junior Hornets, and Open Practice
Spectator Gates Open at 5pm
Racing Starts at 7pm
Saturday August 18, 2012
Late Model 50-Lap Figure 8, Stock Figure 8, Roadrunners, Hornets, Junior Hornets
Spectator Gates Open at 5pm
Racing Starts at 7pm
This report was provided by an outside PR source and posted by Mike Neff.
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