Longton Wins the Federated Auto Parts 100
June 12, 2011
MIKE LONGTON WINS THE FEDERATED AUTO PARTS 100 LAP MAIN EVENT
June 11th 2011 (Yakima Speedway, ASA Member Track, Yakima WA) - Yakima Speedway hosted Saturday night at the races presented by Federated Auto Parts & WIX Filters. The Event included the Yakima Speedway Super Late Models, Burger Ranch Sportsman, EZ Credit Auto Sales & CWI Security Hornets and the Mel’s Diner Bump To Pass. Mike Longton won the Federated Auto Parts 100 lap, caution free main event.
Christopher Kalsch and Tayler Riddle brought down the field for the green flag in the Federated Auto Parts 100 lap main event. Taylor took the lead followed by Shane Harding, Mike Longton, Christopher Kalsch and Owen Riddle. By lap 7 Shane Harding was able to dive under Tayler Riddle and Mike Longton Followed him through for second place. By lap 36 Shane Harding was still leading the race followed by Mike Longton, Tayler Riddle, Owen Riddle, Garrett Archer, Christopher Kalsch and Jack Mondor. The race on the track was for third place by lap 43 when the Riddle brothers were racing side by side for third place. After 4 laps Owen claimed the position.
On lap 60 Mike Longton took the lead from Shane Harding and 14 year old Garrett Archer, who started in last place, was racing Tayler Riddle for 4th place and would take the position on lap 65. Owen Riddle, who had been 6 car lengths behind the second place car of Shane Harding had reeled him in and made the pass for second on lap 74. Garret Archer had passed Shane Harding and moved into a podium finish but Mike Longton was not challenged again and went on to win the main event followed by Owen Riddle and Garrett Archer and Christopher Kalsch.
Buck Noel Jr Captured the 50 lap main event win in the Burger Ranch Sportsman class that showcased 19 cars. Darrell Tidrick started on the inside pole and Reese Kastl on the outside pole. By lap 4 Mike Hill passed Darrel Tidrick for the lead and Buck Noel moved into second. John Raney raced into 4th place by lap 12 followed by Bill Cuellar and Lucas Valdez. The first caution flag came out on lap 15 when Morgan Morrison spun out in turn two. This was the opportunity that was needed to restack the race cars for the green flag. On the restart, Buck Noel Jr looked to make the pass on the outside and inside of Mike Hill but was not able to complete the pass and Mike Hill kept the lead position. During green flag racing Lucas Valdez had raced into 5th place followed by Jerry Walker Jr, Reese Kastl, Morgan Morrison, Ron Morton, Terry Cook and Kyler Conduff.
The next caution came out on lap 29 when Reese Kastl, Bill Cuellar and Lucas Valdez came together on turn two. On the restart Buck Noel Jr made the pass for the lead, Darrell Tidrick third, and John Raney in fourth. With five laps to go Randy Heistand spun out and brought out the caution setting up the field for a 5 lap shootout. Buck Noel Jr stretched out his lead with two laps to go but Morgan Morrison spun out in turn two. That would set up the field for a green, white, checkered flag finish. Mike Hill tried again to keep up with Buck Noel Jr on the restart but could not catch him. Buck Noel went on to win the main event, followed by Mike Hill, Darrell Tidrick and John Raney.
In the CWI Security & EZ Credit Auto sales hornets Jeff Ball was able to end the winning streak of Josh Washington who has won every main event in the 2011 season. Josh Washington broke a clutch in the heat race and started the main event in the borrowed car of Chris Marang. Jesse Eaton had a great race and was on his way to victory but lost a motor with 3 laps to go opening the door for Jeff Ball, Joshua Henne and Josh Washington.
Yakima Speedway will host the next event June 18th, featuring the Tire Centers Super Stocks, H & H Furniture Pure Stocks, EZ Credit Auto Sales & CWI Security Hornets, Youth Hornets and the Mel’s Diner Bump To Pass. For more information please contact www.yakimaspeedway.us