ST. MARY WINS SUPER STREET SEASON OPENER
April 30, 2011
ST. MARY WINS THE YAKIMA SPEEDWAY SEASON OPENER
April 30, 2011 (Yakima Speedway, ASA Member Track, Yakima WA) - Yakima Speedway hosted Saturday night at the races. The Event included the H & H Furniture Pure Stocks, EZ Credit Auto Sales & CWI Security Hornets and the Mel’s Diner Bump To Pass and Ben St. Mary won the 2011 season opener in the Tire Center Super Street Stock Series.
The night’s events got kicked off with the CWI Security & EZ Credit Auto Sales Hornets. Julie Melville started on the pole and led the first few laps until Joshua Henne passed for the lead on lap 3. But he would not maintain the lead for long as fast time qualifier and A Trophy dash winner Josh Washington passed for the lead. Josh started to pull away from the rest of the pack but a caution came out on lap 10 when the car of Julie Melville lost power. On the restart Josh Washington and Jesse Eaton battled for the lead but Jesse was not able to get around the fast car of Josh Washington who went on to make it two in a row winning his second main event in 2011 followed by Jesse Eaton, Joshua Henne, Michael Beck, Julie Melville and Jeff Ball.
The H & H Furniture Pure Stocks made their second appearance of the year. Tim Sutton and Daniel Coble started in the pole positions. Daniel Coble took the early lead but Rob Allen was able to drive under a pack of cars going three wide into turn three and come out the leader. On Lap 2 Greg Gargett hit Chris Marang, spinning his car into Joe Estep and both cars went off the track bringing out the first caution of the race. Greg Gargett was shown the black flag, came into pit lane to serve his penalty and was sent to the back of the pack where he restarted the race.
The next caution came out on the restart when Daniel Coble spun out in turn two and went to the back of the pack. Rob Allen was able to keep the lead until lap 13 when the fast car of Greg Gargett made the pass after racing from the back of the pack and became the new race leader.
On Lap 16 Cody Denton spun out in turn two bringing out the third yellow flag of the race and the fourth caution came out on lap 22 when Tim Breshears spun out collecting Daniel Coble. Rob Allen who was running in second position blew his motor with 5 laps to go and another caution flag came out for track clean up. The field was reset for a 4 lap shootout. Greg Gargett was not challenged again and went on to take the checkered flag followed by Chris Marang, and Cody Denton.
The Tire Center Super Street Stocks put on an impressive show with Jack Mondor on the pole leading the field down to take the green flag for the 40 lap main event. The cars were racing side by side double file when race leader Jack Mondor broke the rear end on his race car going into turn two on bringing out a red flag for track clean up.
On the restart Tony Huffines took the lead followed by Ben St. Mary and new track record holder Chuck Roberts. The cars went on for the next 18 laps racing nose to tail each waiting for the other to make a mistake. On lap 20 Ben St. Mary was trying to pass Tony Huffines for the lead, but ran out of race room and spun him out. He would receive the black flag and go to the back of the pack and the incident moved Chuck Roberts into the lead. On lap 25 pay back was the name of the game when Tony Huffines spun Ben St. Mary out. It was then Tony Huffines turn to receive the black flag and go to the back of the field. The race got underway again and Ben St. Mary started to pull away from the rest of the field, led the last 15 laps and won the Tire Center Super Street Stock Main event followed by Chuck Roberts and Tony Huffines.
The wild and crazy Mel’s Diner Bump To Pass race was the final main event of the evening. Dennis Clouse and Mark Parmentier led the field down to take the green flag but the race would soon be yellow flagged for a pile up on the back stretch. The field was reset for a complete restart allowing Ben Briggs to go into the pits to fix flat tire. He was able to rejoin the field in the back of the pack. On the restart Wes Heigh pulled out to take the lead followed by veteran racer and last week’s winner Joe Stevens and Donnie Stevens who had quickly raced his way into the third position. By lap six Joe Stevens was the new race leader while the rest of the pack piled into each other in turn two bringing out the yellow flag. On the restart Joe Stevens led the field down to take the green flag, Josh Parmentier was in second and Wes Heigh third place. Joe Stevens went on to claim his second victory of the season.
Yakima Speedway will host the next Saturday Night at the Races May 7th featuring the Yakima Speedway Super Late Models, Northwest Pro 4 Truck Series, H & H Furniture Pure Stocks, CWI Security & EZ Credit Auto Sales Hornets and the Mel’s Diner Bump To Pass. For more information go to www.yakimaspeedway.us.