Auto City Results 4/28/18
The 2018 season started out with a bang this past Saturday night at Auto City Speedway and Outdoor Event Center, regardless of all the misconceptions of Mother Nature.
It was proven that the fans are the best and wanted to start their 2018 season off with some racing, destruction and a “howling” good time!
With the blue skies and chilly wind blowing, qualifying got underway for the Herald Pure Stocks and All American Trucks.
Many of the drivers were supporting new paint jobs and some with new cars all together. With a few cars still being finished up, the field of competitors was still stout with some past champions ready to roll.
The Herald Pure Stocks started the qualifying out and with the track being cooler and the rubber laid down from the drift cars a week ago, made for a quick track. When it was all said and done, picking up where he left off, was last year’s champion, Chad Lamson, in his Silver Bullet #888 ending up with fast time of a 16.24, just a couple ticks off the track record.
Also picking up where he left off in the All American Truck series was last year’s champion, Josh Delong in his #067, to take fast time in the truck series.
You will want to remember those two numbers, being as what follows.
With invocation and the National Anthem completed, the night was set for the racing and destruction.
Starting out was the Herald Pure Stock heat races. The first heat had the #71 of Tom Logie and the #3w of Jeff West starting on the front row. As the green flag flew, they battled side by side for a few laps and then Jeff West faded due to a tire going flat. That left Tom Logie all alone up front and he kept that lead to capture his first checkered flag while racing at Auto City.
The second heat was fast and furious as there was plenty of side by side action. With the lead being challenged numerous times, when it was all said and done, it was the #54 of J.T. James Clayton taking the win over Chad Lamson and Josh Delong respectively.
Next up was the All American Truck Series heat race and the fast qualifier, of Josh Delong in the #067 truck, took the lead and never looked back for the win.
The newly named Lipstick Ladies (formally Powder Puff) division was next on the schedule. With nine ladies using up the track, it was Amanda Clayton taking the win in the #948. As a bonus, she received a $75 gift certificate courtesy of Kim Christenson of Octane Beauty Studios.
Now it was time for the Herald Pure Stock 25 lap feature race. When the green flag dropped, it was the U.S. military soldier, Michael Hayes in the #12 taking the early lead. As the field sorted out, Michael had the pack running him down with the likes of Bruce Dunton Jr. #19, James Clayton and Josh Delong. When the checkered flag flew, it was the #888 of Chad Lamson picking up where he left off last year and taking the win, followed by Bruce Dunton and James Clayton.
The truck feature was next and with a back and forth, side by side battle for most of the latter laps between Josh Delong #067 and Anthony Richardson #422, it was Josh Delong taking the win over Anthony Richardson.
The Auto City Figure 8 race was next and the two familiar numbers of #888 and #067 would do battle again. As Josh Delong took the lead with Chad Lamson having to work his way up through the field, it was costly for Chad. He and the #71 of Tom Logie touched on a straightaway and knocked the toe in on Chad’s Buick making it difficult for turning. When the 15 laps were complete, it was Josh Delong taking the win followed by Chad Lamson, Tom Logie, Greg Long #21 and Jeff West #3w.
Now the sun was almost down and the destruction was about to begin under the full moon.
The Chain Gang race started out the destruction with two veteran teams battling it out, the #948/#80 team of Justin Pepitone and Gerald Persails Jr. challenging the #067 team of Josh Delong and Chuck Delong (Josh’s dad). With all the 12 laps complete, Josh Delong and Chuck came home the winners.
The flag pole race for the cars was up and it was ‘let the chaos continue’. The #810 of Travis Eaton had his hood fly up early in the race and continued to drive the whole race that way through all kinds of traffic. As the race took its toll on the competitors, in the end, it was the #X99 of Brandon Neph staying in front of the pack for the win.
The flag pole race for the trucks was next and it was that familiar black truck with the green numbers of 067, Josh Delong taking the win.
On the schedule next was the push race and showing the field they do better when not chained together, it was Justin Pepitone #948 and Gerald Persails Jr. #80 getting the win.
The wild and wooly 50 lap Enduro was next on tap, and with thirty-four competitors you knew this was going to be exciting. With two red flags interrupting the racing to make sure drivers were out of harm’s way, the race was action packed with battles from the #067 of Josh Delong, the #06 of Danny Smith and the #948 of Justin Pepitone, but when the dust settled it was that #067 truck again, getting the win.
Following the Endro was the Skid Car race and as the cars took off sparking from the rear wheels, the #87 of Shane Fogarty took the win with finesse. One note was again the #810 of Travis Eaton as throughout this race he did about four 360 degree spins continuing without stopping and one being while he was in the lead.
The ever popular School Bus Figure 8 was next and as there were some side by side action, it was winner Greg Long #21 getting his second win in a school bus, his first being last year.
The final race of the night was the Figure 8 Trailer Race and with fifteen competitors pulling trailers it was wild. As debris dropped from the trailers and trailers becoming disengaged, it was again the #067 truck of Josh Delong taking the win.
As the dust settled in the lights and the full moon still aglow, the 2018 Opening Maximum Destruction night was complete and in the books. This being just the start of the season, there is a lot on the schedule at Auto City Speedway and Outdoor Event Center. Make sure to check it out at www.autocityspeedway.com for all the details and make your plans for the summer now.