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July 02, 2011






July 2, 2011 (Yakima Speedway, ASA Member Track, Yakima WA) - Yakima Speedway kicked off three great days of racing Saturday night featuring the Yakima Speedway Super Late Model Challenge Series, Burger Ranch Sportsman, EZ Credit Auto Sales & CWI Security Hornets, Youth Hornets and the Mel’s Diner Bump To Pass. Owen Riddle and Tayler Riddle out of Naches Washington dominated the field in the Yakima Speedway Super Late Model Main event.


Jack Mondor and Christopher Kalsch led the Yakima Speedway Super Late Model Challenge Series field to the green flag for the 100 lap main event. Christopher Kalsch took the lead by lap 2 but it was Owen Riddle that was on the move and had claimed third position by lap 4. Tayler Riddle passed Randy Marshall Jr on lap 8 while brother Owen Riddle took the lead.  At lap 12 the race on the track was between Christopher Kalsch and Tayler Riddle for second. After several laps Tayler made the pass and started to chase his brother down. Montana’s Ken Kaltschmidt, a past winner at Yakima Speedway, had moved into third place by lap 19.


Randy Marshall Jr pulled into the pits on lap 22 with a motor failure. The top three of Owen Riddle, Tayler Riddle and Ken Kaltschmidt pulled away from the rest of the field.


Owen Riddle was unstoppable and by lap 62 had passed the third place car of Ken Kaltschmidt. While brother Tayler went to work on Christopher Kalsch who was in 4th place and made the pass on lap 76. The brothers went on to finish first and second place followed by Ken Kaltschmidt, and Christopher Kalsch.


Reese Kastl and Buck Noel Jr, the series point’s leader, started on the pole for the 35 lap main event and kept the crowd guessing as they raced side by side for the lead until lap 5 when Reese Kastl lost power on the back stretch, stacking up the field behind him. Mike Hill passed Buck Noel Jr for the lead on lap 6 followed by Jeff Stevenson, Darrell Tidrick and Brian Pepper. On lap 12 Darrell Tidrick’s car lost a wheel and tire going into turn four and the car slid into a wall of water barrels and tires. This brought out the red flag and stopped the race.


On the restart Mike Hill tried to stretch his lead while Jeff Stevenson made an attempt to get past Buck Noel Jr. The third caution came out the next lap when Allen Reid got into the back of Kyler Conduff going into turn 4. Allen Reid was given a black flag penalty for rough driving and went to the back of the pack.


On lap 17 Jeff Stevenson was trying to make a pass on the second place car of Buck Noel Jr, but he got loose and spun out collecting the car of Lucas Valdez. Both cars would have to go into the pits for repairs. This would bring out the second red flag of the race.


With 10 laps to go Mike Hill was the leader followed by Buck Noel Jr, Brian Pepper, Terry Cook, Ron Morton, Don Klang, Kyler Conduff and Jerry Walker Jr. Terry Cook who was running in 4th place cut a tire on the backstretch on lap 27 but was able to make it into the pits without bringing out a yellow flag. But that would be short lived when the yellow flag came out on the next lap when Ron Morton and Don Klang got together. This would set the field for a 5 lap shootout.


Mike Hill won the Burger Ranch Sportsman main event, Buck Noel Jr finished in second and Brian Pepper finished in third place.


Mel’s Diner Bump To Pass series was the final race of the evening and they put on a great show for the fans. Past Champion and fan favorite Donnie Stevens was clearly the fastest on the track and once he has the lead he did not let go and went on to win the main event followed by Dennis Clouse, Wes Heigh, Josh Aguirre, Allen Reid and Joe Stevens.


Josh Washington continued his domination in the CWI Security & EZ Credit Auto Sales Hornets setting fast time, winning the A trophy dash, heat race and the main event. Jeff Ball finished in second and Julie Melville third.


Yakima Speedway will host the 3rd Annual Washington Street Stock Challenge race featuring the West Cost Promoters Street Stocks, H & H Furniture Purestocks, and the Hornet Challenge for Cash. For more information please visit www.yakimaspeedway.


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