Billy Zardo wins thrilling Late Model feature at Sunset Speedway
Billy Zardo would score his second career Late Model feature victory behind the wheel of his No. 46 Holmes/National Exhaust Late Model after a thrilling battle with Scott Beatty (finish pictured above).
The first heat would see a caution as John Mitchell would go for a spin.
Scott Beatty would drive his No. 88 Beatty Motorsports Late Model to victory lane ahead of Andy Kamrath, Dwayne Baker, Jason Witty, Gary Elliott, Taylor Holdaway, Chris Morrow, Herb Walters, Derek Frohlich and Thane Woodside.
The second heat would also have a caution as Ernie Fumerton would spin on lap two. Sean Grosman would drive his No. 29 SMG Motorsports, The Landing Strip, For Your Eyes Only and Rylex Late Model to victory lane ahead of Tom Walters, Mike Bentley, Anthony Simone, Lane Zardo, Frank Davey, Billy Zardo, Ernie Fumerton, Bruce Rankin and Brian Wilson Jr.
Jason Witty would score the victory in the third heat behind of the wheel of his No. 19 Queensville Sod Farms, Matco Tools, Speedy Auto Machine and Carrot Express Late Model after a thrilling three-wide battle for the lead with Morrow and Holdaway.
Holdaway would finish second, followed by Baker, Frohlich, Kamrath, Beatty, Herb Walters, Elliott and Woodside. Morrow would fail to finish the heat after breaking a rear end.
The final heat would see a caution as on lap one, Dave Bartlett would go for a spin. Then on the last lap, Lane Zardo would get into Grosman, collecting Fumerton. Bentley would grab the win on the green-white-checkered behind of the wheel of his No. 51 Lattitude Effects Late Model ahead of Billy Zardo, Tom Walters, Simone, Davey, Fumerton, Grosman, Bartlett and Wilson Jr. Zardo would fail to finish due to a flat tire.
Come feature time, Gary Elliott would start on pole, followed by Frank Davey, Anthony Simone, Scott Beatty, Sean Grosman, Andy Kamrath, Billy Zardo, Taylor Holdaway, Dwayne Baker, Jason Witty, Mike Bentley, Tom Walters, Derek Frohlich, Herb Walters, Lane Zardo, Bruce Rankin, Thane Woodside, Brian Wilson Jr., Dave Bartlett and John Mitchell.
On the get to, Frank Davey would keep his No. 49 Green Steel Roof and Hwy 400 Transmission Late Model to the outside of Gary Elliott’s No. 36 Quaker State Late Model for the lead in the opening laps. However, Elliott would be able to slip by Davey, bringing Simone with him.
Anthony Simone would then get his No. 95 Simone Motorsports Late Model to the inside of Elliott, grabbing the lead on lap three.
Simone would lead a lap, before Scott Beatty got beside of him on lap four. Beatty would clear Simone for the lead on lap seven while Billy Zardo and Elliott battled for third. Zardo would clear Elliott on lap nine.
On lap 14, Billy Zardo would pass Simone for second behind Beatty, while Grosman passed Elliott for fourth. Grosman would then get by Simone for third on lap 18, bringing Bentley along with him, allowing Bentley to move into fourth.
Billy Zardo would run down Beatty, getting alongside him for the lead on lap 23. The final seven laps would feature one of the best battles of the season as the pair went back and forth, with Billy Zardo getting to the finish line first.
Behind the leaders, Baker would blow his motor in turn four on the final lap, going for a spin. Wilson Jr. would spin in the oil behind him.
Billy Zardo would grab the win, picking up his second career feature victory and second this year. Scott Beatty would finish second for his third top five of the year. Sean Grosman would finish third for his second top five of the year. Mike Bentley would finish fourth for his sixth top five of the season. Tom Walters would round out the top five with his sixth top five and seventh top 10 in seven features thus far.
Anthony Simone would finish sixth for his fourth top 10 of the season. Andy Kamrath would finish seventh for his fifth top 10 of the season. Taylor Holdaway would finish eighth for his sixth top 10 this year. Gary Elliott would finish ninth for his second top 10 of the season. Ernie Fumerton would round out the top 10 with his third top 10 of the season.
Frank Davey would finish 11th, followed by Derek Frohlich, Jason Witty, Lane Zardo, Herb Walters, Bruce Rankin, Thane Woodside, Brian Wilson Jr., Dwayne Baker, John Mitchell and Dave Bartlett.