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MEL PATNODE WINS THE WASHINGTON STREET STOCK CHALLENGE

July 03, 2011

 

MEL PATNODE WINS THE WASHINGTON STREET STOCK CHALLENGE

 

July 3, 2011 (Yakima Speedway, ASA Member Track, Yakima WA) - Yakima Speedway

hosted the second of three great days of racing hosting the 3rd Annual Washington Street Stock Challenge featuring the West Coast Promoters Street Stock Series, H & H Furniture Purestocks, and the Hornet Dash for Cash. Mel Patnode took home the 3rd Annual Washington Street Stock Challenge title and trophy.

 

The West Coast Promoters Street Stock Series made their second appearance at Yakima Speedway this weekend in the 3rd Annual Washington Street Stock Challenge. The field featured the best of the best Street stock Drivers on the West Coast including, Mike Easley, Rich Peters, Mel Patnode, Chet Beaman and Todd Connell with Mike Easley and Chuck Roberts on the pole for the 75 lap main event.

 

Mike Easley took the early lead but a 4 car pile up on the first lap in turn four that involved Garrett Sisk, Billy Benge, Josh Ingrahm and Dusty John brought out the first caution of the race.  On the second lap Chuck Roberts who was running in second lost a drive line going into turn two this brought out the second yellow flag.

 

On the restart Mike Easley led Rich Peters, Gary Flammang, Chet Beaman and Todd Connell.  By lap 7 Track Champion Mel Patnode who started in the back had moved into 6th place. Mike Easley who had been leading the race pulled off the track on lap 24. This put Rich Peters in first followed by Gary Flammang, Chet Beaman, Mel Patnode, Todd Connell and Ben St. Mary.

 

Mel Patnode passed Chet Beaman for second place on lap 37 and started to chase down race leader Rich Peters. With one lap to go before the 50 lap break Mel Patnode passed Rich Peters for the lead, Chet Beaman was in third followed by Ben St. Mary, Gary Flammang, Todd Connell, Dusty John and Garrett Sisk.

 

The drivers all came in for a 10 minute break to make the needed changes and get ready for the 25 lap shoot out.

 

Mel Patnode led the pack down for the green flag. Rich Peters made an attempt to get under Mel Patnode on the first lap but couldn’t quite make it. Chet Beaman passed Peters the next time around. On lap 59 Dusty John made the pass for 6th place.

 

With 5 laps to go Mel Patnode was still the race leader. Chet Beaman held second followed by Rich Peters, Ben St. Mary, Gary Flammang, Dusty John and Todd Connell. The leaders started to lap traffic and Mel was able to increase his lead and took the checkers to win the 3rd Annual Washington Street Stock Challenge. Chet Beaman came in second and Rich Peters third.

 

Daniel Cobel and Tim Breshears started on the pole for the H & H Furniture Purestock main event. Greg Gargett quickly made his way to the front and took the lead on lap 2 followed by Chris Marang and Rob Allen. Daniel Cobel brought out the first caution of the race when he spun out coming out of turn two. This presented the opportunity for the field of cars to restack. On the restart Greg Gargett, Rob Allen and Chris Marang pulled away from the pack and Jeff Wilkinson moved into 4th place.

 

On lap 7 the race was red flagged for oil on the track. When the green flew, Greg Gargett, Rob Allen and Chris Marang fought for position. Rob Allen and Greg Gargett started to pull away. Rob Allen was able to get under Greg Gargett and the two raced side by side for the next few laps. Rob Allen was able to take the position crossing the start finish line on lap 14. The field remained the same for the distance of the race and Rob Allen went on to take the main event win in the H & H Furniture Purestock main event. Greg Gargett and Chris Marang rounded off the top three.

 

 

John Fortenberry and Julie Melville started on the pole for the 30 lap CWI Security and EZ Credit Auto Sales Challenge for cash. By lap 3 series point’s leader Josh Washington had claimed the lead, Tyler Thorndike was in second followed by Tyler Breshears.

 

 On lap 8, Tyler Breshears passed Tyler Thorndike for second place and started to try and make up the distance to challenge Josh Washington. On lap 11 Josh Washington was going into turn 4 and collided with a lap car. This gave Tyler Breshears and Tyler Thorndike the opportunity to make the pass and move into first and second. With a front bumper hanging off the car, Josh Washington started to race down the leaders. He passed Tyler Breshears by lap 16 and started to close the distance on Tyler Thorndike.  By lap 19 Josh Washington was again the race leader and went on to win the main event. Joining him in the winners circle in second place was Tyler Breshears and in third place Jeff Ball.

 

Yakima Speedway will be racing July 4th featuring the Demo Derby, Compact Car Demo Derby and CWI Security & EZ Credit Auto Sales Hornets. For more information please go to www.yakimaspeedway.us.

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