Wednesday, June 20, 2018

9th Place Rebound After Early Spin on Father's Day


Travis Dassow charged to the lead at the start from his pole position starting spot while Conrad Morgan tucked in behind him in second. Nick Wagner and Grant Griesbach raced side by side over third while Keith, Dennis Prunty, Gary LaMonte, and Alex Prunty all followed in formation behind. With Dassow and Morgan pulling away slightly out front, Griesbach and Keith caught a break on lap 12 when Wagner’s car kicked loose momentarily from the inside allowing those on the high side to scoot by while the inside lane checked up. Dennis Prunty was directly behind Wagner and he quickly darted to the outside right in front of a fast closing Alex Prunty who was forced to lift and as he attempted to move back inside, contact with the car of Chris Blawat sent him spinning off turn two to draw the caution flag.
Dassow chose the inside for the restart and Morgan was able to hang with him on the inside as racing resumed. Dassow and Morgan spent many laps door to door for the lead with Brad Keith directly behind Dassow waiting for an opening. After several lap of aggressively battling for the lead, Dassow was able to clear Morgan but in the process opened up the door on the inside for Keith and he immediately moved alongside Dassow to take the lead on lap 19. Gary Lamonte and Dennis Prunty also used the inside lane to work their way around Morgan and Dassow to claim second and third place respectively as Keith moved out ahead. While working lapped traffic, Dennis Prunty was able to close on LaMonte for second and was able to loosen him up enough to take the spot just before the caution flag waved again on lap 56 for a tangle between Dassow and Wagner in turn four. Because a lap had not been fully completed since Prunty’s move, LaMonte retained second place for the final four lap shootout for the victory.
Keith chose the outside for the restart and LaMonte fired it into turn one from the inside as the green flag waved and although the leaders made slight contact in the corner, Keith was able to come away with the lead as they exited turn two. Keith, LaMonte, and Dennis Prunty all were tightly bunched as the white flag was displayed with Keith maintaining the outside while LaMonte held the inside and Prunty attempted to fill the outside groove alongside LaMonte. As they exited turn two, contact between LaMonte and Prunty send Prunty scraping along the backstretch wall and he tank slapped the concrete in turn three as Keith and LaMonte charged toward the checkered flag for the win. Keith was able to fend off LaMonte to score the victory while Conrad Morgan and Grant Griesbach finished third and fourth respectively. John DeAngelis crossed the stripe in fifth followed by Justin Mondeik in sixth and Ryan DeStefano in seventh. Rob Braun, Alex Prunty , and Chris Blawat rounded out the top ten finishers.

Super late model heat races were won by Jerry Eckhardt, Rob Braun, and Dennis Prunty while Ryan DeStefano set fast time at 11.397 seconds.