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Sun., May 17, 2009, 12:05 p.m.

Riddle Picks Up Late Model Win At Yakima Speedway

 (The Spokesman-Review)
(The Spokesman-Review)

After Scott Walker set fast time and a new track record for the Late Models, the trophy dashes were won by Erick Hargraves and Jesse Brown.

It was the hottest day of the year so far and ASA Sanctioned Yakima Speedway racing action
was even hotter. Main event winners at the end of the day were Owen Riddle in
the Late Model 60-lap main, AJ Rose in the H&H Furniture Pure Stock 20-lap
main event, Donnie Stevens was the 15-lap Bump to Pass winner and it was
Christian Hall in the 15-lap Yakima Driving School Youth Hornet 15-lap event.

After Scott Walker set fast time and a new track record for the Late Models, the trophy
dashes were won by Erick Hargraves and Jesse Brown.

Brown set the pace for the first 27 laps before Dan Obrist muscled past for the lead low
in turn 3. The freight train started rolling Brown back to 4th with Owen Riddle and Scott Walker in tow behind Obrist. Riddle and Obrist battled hard Walker keeping the two leaders in his sights. Riddle passed Obrist to take the lead on lap 38 and held the point for the final 22 circuits. The race was slowed by 4
cautions and one red flag. The red flag fell on lap 46 for Christopher Kalsch
who spun off the back stretch and wound up high centered on the back stretch
fence entering turn 3. Riddle picked up the win with Walker second, Ron Bemis
battling back from a
first lap spin to finish 3rd with Hargraves and Marcus Maggard
rounding out the top 5. Brown won the best appearing car contest voted on by
fan applause.

Track records continue to fall, as Jeff Liebert went 24.681 in the H&H Furniture
Pure Stocks to pace the field. Joe Estep won his dash and heat race. Jay Younker won a dash and AJ Rose won the other heat. In the main Younker started strong leading the first 13 laps while getting plenty of heat from Rose and Liebert. Liebert grabbed the lead on lap 14 with Rose following. On the last two laps, Rose took over the lead and held off a hard charging Liebert for the win.

Christian Hall had a great night in the Yakima Driving School Youth Hornets. Hall won the
dash, heat and main event. Jacob Little broke up the clean sweep with a track
record of 17.714 in time trials. Kyler Conduff won the best appearing car

Bump to Pass action was paced by the Steven’s family. Joe Stevens won the heat and B
dash. Donnie Stevens won the A dash and a late race pass garnered the main
event win.

Next Saturday May 23rd, gates open at 2pm and racing starts after opening
ceremonies for the Memorial Weekend race featuring the Limited Late Model
Racing Series, Sportsman, Hornets and Bump to Pass cars.

RESULTS 5/16/09


FAST TIME: 34 Scott Walker 19.005 (new track record)

B DASH: 05 Jesse Brown, 89 Chuck Dills, 59 Bill Mills, 3
Lenard Barthel

A DASH: 51 Erick Hargraves, 12 Dan Obrist, 10 Owen Riddle,
34 Walker

MAIN: 10 Owen Riddle, 34 Riddle, 42 Ron Bemis, 51 Hargraves,
27 Marcus Maggard, 89 Dills, 59 Mills, 3 Barthel, 05 Brown, 33 Christopher
Kalsch, 12 Obrist

Lap leaders: 05 Brown 1-27, 12 Obrist 28-37, 10 Riddle 38-60


FAST TIME: 5 Jeff Liebert 24.681 (new track record)

B DASH: 36 Joe Estep, 87 Rob Allen, 25 Daniel Coble, 58
Derek Raptcheff

A DASH: 27 Jay Younker, 5 Liebert, 14 AJ Rose, 09 Ron Pepper

B HEAT: 36 Estep, 84 Tyson Richter, 87 Allen, 25 Coble, 58

A HEAT: 14 Rose, 5 Liebert, 31 Terry Cook, 09 Pepper, 27

MAIN: 14 AJ Rose, 5
Liebert, 09 Pepper, 27 Younker, 31 Cook, 36 Estep, 87 Allen, 25 Coble, 84

Lap leaders: 27 Younker 1-13, 5 Liebert 14-18, 14 Rose 19-20


FAST TIME: 11 Jacob Little 17.714 (new track record)

TROPHY DASH: 5 Christian Hall, 86 Kyler Conduff, 11 Jacob
Little, 7 Joe Roberts

HEAT: 5 Hall, 86 Conduff, 11 Little, 7 Roberts, 0 Abigail

MAIN: 5 Christian Hall, 7
Roberts, 0 Martin, 86 Conduff, 11 Little

Lap leaders: 5 Hall 1-15


B DASH: 43 Joe Stevens, 82 Crystal Richter, 42 Mark Mager

A DASH: 44 Donnie Stevens, 03 Kyle Wade, 77 Jake Breshears

HEAT: 43 J. Stevens, 77 Breshears, 44 D. Stevens, 03 Wade,
82 Richter

MAIN: 44 Donnie Stevens, 43
J. Stevens, 42 Mager, 77 Breshears, 03 Wade, 82 Richter

Lap leaders: 43 J. Stevens 1-13, 44 D. Stevens 14-15

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