August 26, 2011 in Sports

Sunset Speedway eases toward fall with tight points races

Doug Pace
 
Racing roundup

Spokane County Raceway, Airway Heights

Today

Street Legal Drags

INSCA Winged Sprint Car Series, Pony Stocks, Roadrunners (oval)

Gates open at 6 p.m.

Racing at 7

Saturday

Summit Drag Racing Series, High School Drags, ET Challenge

Gates open at 1 p.m.

Time trials at 3 p.m.

Ticket information: www.spokanecounty raceway.com

Sunset Speedway,

Airway Heights

Adult and Junior karting classes

Saturday

Gates open at 3 p.m.

Racing at 7

Free grandstand admission

Northport Raceway,

Northport, Wash.

Saturday 5 p.m.

Kids’ Night featuring seven divisions of racing

Ticket information: www.northportraceway.net

Stateline Speedway,

Post Falls

Late Models, Hobby Stocks, Baby Grands

Saturday

Gates open at 5 p.m.

Racing at 6

Ticket information: www.raceidaho.com

Sunset Speedway holds its final night race of the season Saturday with a tight points battle in the Adult Clone Engine class along with a close battle in the Junior II Clone division.

In the Junior II race to the 2011 championship the division’s hot shoe of late, Corey McGuire, lost some ground to points leader Jared Storer in the Aug. 13 main event. McGuire had closed the gap between the pair to less than 20 points but trails by 28 with two races remaining in the season. Storer has been the division’s high point winner in four of the season’s events, with McGuire also coming out on top with four. This weekend’s racing will use a standard points structure with the final race of the year, set for Sept. 11, run as a double-points event.

Dan Watkins and Ed Marks have battled wheel to wheel all season in the Adult Clone class with each driver netting top points in three weekends of racing. Separated by four points with two races to go, Saturday’s racing results may go a long way toward determining the overall champion. Also in the mix for a championship is the hard-charging Rusty King, who sits in third place overall and Ken McGuire who earned a top-four points finish in the Aug. 13 race to move into fourth place overall in the standings.

Joe and Chad Feltus also are alive for top-five points finishes when the season wraps up next month as each driver has posted top-five runs in their most recent event.

Janelle Lang had been grouped together in a tight battle with Blake Pugh, Jimmy Laswell and Tanner Pugh for the Junior II Clone championship, but Lang’s consistency has moved her atop the points standings by three over Laswell with 19 points separating the top four drivers.

While nothing is a sure thing in racing, two Sunset drivers appear to be on their way to 2011 championships based on their strong performances throughout the season.

Daniel Watkins has earned maximum points in the Junior I Clone division each weekend and in doing so has built a commanding points lead over Riley Ayala. While the fight for the championship may already be cementing, Ayala has his hands full in a battle for second place as Haedon Plybon has been running strongly to close to within 12 markers of Ayala heading into the weekend.

Others to watch in the division include James King and Edward Reynolds, who hold down fourth and fifth place, respectively, in the championship standings.

Another driver having a dominant season is Larry Christen in the Adult Modified class. With three high-point weekend victories to his credit, Christen has built a 79-point lead over James Townsend with two races left in the season. Townsend has recovered nicely from an opening-day incident in which he was unable to earn main event points and trailed in the standings by nearly 100 points heading into the second weekend of the season.

While Sept. 11 may be the final points race at the track, kart racing will be part of the Spokane County Interstate Fair activities. Always a popular attraction, the fairgrounds race is open to many different styles of go-karts. For more information on racing at Sunset Speedway or the upcoming fair weekend event, contact Dave Reynolds at 220-3003.

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