Season championship's earned at Yakima Speedway during Federated Auto Parts night
September 17, 2012
For Immediate Release: Yakima Speedway Media Relations Season championship's earned at Yakima Speedway during Federated Auto Parts night Yakima, WA (September 15, 2012)-
What started back in April came to a close on Saturday night as five division's of racing took to Yakima Speedway for the final regular season event of 2012 with championship's decided in several of the classes. Leading the charge towards a championship run was defending Burger Ranch Sportsman title holder, Buck Noel Jr., who brought a 49-point margin over Lucas Valdez into the night's racing action. Valdez made things interesting as the Tri-Cities native grabbed the top spot in qualifying and set a new track record in doing so, then topped that with a win in the A-Trophy Dash. What looked to be a shootout between himself and Noel for the championship faded during the course of the main event with distributor issues in the late going for Valdez. Noel took advantage of his chief rivals sub-par run by urging everything his back-up motor had in it to hold a hard-charging Chris VanAmburg and persistent Morgan Morrison at bay in the first-half of the 40-lap main event then drove a perfect race in the late stages to grab victory and back-to-back championships. Morrison had a stellar night to wrap his season with a runner-up finish while Terry Cook got by VanAmburg late to round out the top-3.
Chris Marang and Rob Allen have each traded lengthy winning streaks against each other throughout the H&H Pure Stock season with the two drivers heading into Saturday's racing one-two in the points standings and separated by 32 markers as the night got underway. Not to be overlooked as a contender for the final race of the year would be new Rookie of the Year in the division, Tim Hitchcock, who has run in the top-3 finishing order through most of the season. Marang took top honors in qualifying as he bested Mike Hill, Allen and Hitchcock for the pole. The foursome ran close in the night's A-Trophy Dash with Hitchcock getting his second four-lap sprint victory in as many weeks after a hard-charging Allen was unable to close the gap in the end. Hitchcock's night was capped with a heart-pounding run atop the leader board as the rookie held off the advances of Allen, Hill and Marang throughout the 30-lap main event to pull into victory lane for the first time in his Yakima Speedway career. The victory was emotional for Hitchcock who has returned the famed No. 87 paint scheme made famous by his late father, Bob, to the track for the first time in many years. With victory in hand Hitchcock has come full circle in his quest over the prior winter to make the family's name again one that is talked about amongst fans and competitors alike. Marang locked up the championship with his fourth-place run while Allen's runner-up finish to Hitchcock secured second-place overall in the final standings. With the win Hitchcock maintained the third position in the division's top-3 points chase.
Jeff Ball merely had to start the CWI Security/EZ Credit Auto Sales Hornet main event to secure his championship and did so with an uneventful run to third-place. The drive of the night belong to main event winner, AJ Rose, who battled lapped traffic on the tight paper clip inner track as he held off a surprising Nathan Voyles for the victory.
Rose used the Hornet win to his advantage as he returned to the infield, serviced the race car and brought it back out for a top-3 run in the Speedway Mini-Stock main event. Jon Manka and Josh Parmentier raced door-to-door throughout the Mini-Stock main event with each having a turn atop the leader board at some point. Rose kept the pair in sight but was unable to advance past Parmentier who fell to Manka in the late going. The victory was Manka's second of the season and gave the driver top-3 finishes in every start he made this year. Josh Aguirre and Todd Nunn rode into the Sea Galley Bump-to-Pass season finale with plenty of points on the line for the duo to grab as one would become the 2012 champion when the night's final banging and thrills were wrapped up. Aguirre set the pace as he earned fast time on the night and picked up a win in the A-Trophy Dash.
In the main event Nunn spent time in the front of the pack before falling back to fifth-place late and relinquishing any hope of the championship as Aguirre worked traffic to his benefit for his sixth victory of the season. Thomas Benscoter bumped and passed his way to a runner-up finish to continue his streak of top-3 runs in the late season with the season debut of the Army-themed WarWagon rounding out the top-3. As was requested by the WarWagon driver, no name will appear in the finishing order for the car which is dedicated to all those known and unknown who serve in the United States Army.
The season's final tune-up for the Northwest Pro 4 Late Models prior to the regional touring division's season championship race that is part of the Fall Classic was a spirited battle. Locals Cody Walker and Kyler Conduff each showed strong cars during the night. Leading the chase for the 2012 Rookie of the Year on the Northwest Pro 4 Alliance, Walker has been impressive in each race he runs gaining more experience along the way. Conduff made his debut in the division with a new car and showed it had speed capable of running with the best in the business as he set a new track record in qualifying. Conduff and Walker kept close tabs on each other in the main event as the youngsters pulled away from third-place Rob Tayler to set-up a tight battle for the victory. When the checkers fell Walker had picked up his second win of the season at Yakima Speedway and sent notice he will be factor for the checkers in the season championship race set for Sept. 29.
Randy Marshall Jr. took full advantage of his chance to run a Malibu Race Cars Late Model Sportsman as a teammate to Shawn Mathews. The pair raced hard into turn No. 1 on the initial start that resulted in contact that sent Marshall to the rear of the field on the restart. Mathews took the lead on the restart and held it through the race's midway point before yielding to the the lighting quick Marshall entering the backside of the racetrack. Mathews was unable to make-up lost ground in the final ten laps and watched Marshall drive away for the win with Casey Merrill showing his new car had plenty of steam for a third-place run.
Yakima Speedway returns to action in two weeks for their final event of the 2012 season, the 25th Annual Fall Classic. Discounted options for driver entries and other information regarding the historic season finale are available on the track's website yakimaspeedway.us or by calling (509) 248-0647. Keep up with all the latest news for the Fall Classic on the track's website, Facebook page, racingwest.com and local media.
September 15, 2012 Yakima Speedway Results- CWI Security/EZ Credit Auto Sales Hornet Main Event 1. AJ Rose 2. Nathan Voyles 3. Jeff Ball 4. Bailey Broers 5. Paul Townsend 6. Robert Patton 7. John Fortenberry 8. James Sharpnack 9. Rodger Eaton 10. Jeff Mullins Fast Time- AJ Rose 17.198-sec. A Trophy Dash- Jeff Ball B Trophy Dash- Robert Patton H&H Furniture Pure Stocks Main Event 1. Tim Hitchcock 2. Rob Allen 3. Mike Hill 4. Chris Marang 5. Mike Denton 6. Eric Coble 7. Peppie Rojas Fast Time- Chris Marang 23.971-sec. A-Trophy Dash- Tim Hitchcock B-Trophy Dash- Mike Denton Speedway Mini-Stocks Main Event 1. Jon Manka 2. Josh Parmentier 3. AJ Rose 4. Jesse Eaton 5. Owen Bergman 6. Joshua Seiners 7. Christian Hall Fast Time- Josh Parmentier 24.728-sec. A-Trophy Dash- Josh Parmentier B-Trophy Dash- Owen Berglund Late Model Sportsman Main Event 1. Randy Marshall Jr. 2. Shawn Mathews 3. Casey Merrill 4. Tim Breshears Fast Time- Randy Marshall Jr. 20.138-sec. (new track record) A-Dash- Randy Marshall Jr. NW Pro 4 Late Models Main Event 1. Cody Walker 2. Kyler Conduff 3. Rob Tayler 4. Brian Tischler Fast Time- Kyler Conduff 20.770-sec. (new track record) A-Dash- Kyler Conduff Sea Galley Bump-to-Pass Main Event 1. Josh Aguirre 2. Thomas Benscoter 3. WarWagon 4. Eric Pedro 5. Todd Nunn 6. Dennis Clouse 7. Tacoda Rojas 8. Ben Briggs 9. Kellie Zacharias Fast Time- Josh Aguirre 15.879-sec. A-Trophy Dash- Josh Aguirre B-Trophy Dash- Tacoda Rojas Burger Sportsman Main Event 5. Buck Noel Jr. 6. Morgan Morrison 7. Terry Cook 8. Chris VanAmburg 9. Derrick Denton 10. Lucas Valdez 11. Don Klang 12. Larry Norman 13. Trevor Flora 14. Tim O'Dell 15. James Norman Fast Time- Lucas Valdez 22.623-sec. (new track record) A-Dash- Lucas Valdez B-Dash- Don Klang Ad feedback| AdChoices © 2012 Microsoft Terms Privacy About our ads Advertise Developers Help Center Feedback English