Chris Morrow breaks bad luck spell, winning the feature at Sunset Speedway
Last season, Chris Morrow began the year with three wrecks. Though come August, he went on to win three features in a row.
Coming into Saturday night, Morrow was on the bad luck string again after getting wrecked the second night while racing for the lead, missing a night and blowing a motor in the only feature of June. However, Morrow would break the bad luck spell, winning the Limited Late Model feature on his niece’s birthday.
Mr. Consistancy Sean Cronan would win the first heat, followed by Scott Beatty, Jason Witty, Kyle Mombourquette and Dario Capirchio.
28-time Champion Tom Walters won the second heat, followed by Kevin Cornelius, Mike Bentley, Taylor Holdaway and Sean Grosman.
The third heat would see a big incident as Sean Cronan would spin Frank Davey and then make heavy contact with him. Gary Elliott would go on to take the win, followed by Capirchio, Keith Maiato, Beatty and Witty.
Chris Morrow would win the fourth heat, followed by Billy Zardo, Grosman, Cornelius and Walters.
In the feature, Gary Elliott would start on pole virtue of his points position and qualifying effort, followed by Dario Capirchio, Chris Morrow, Billy Zardo and Jason Witty.
Elliott wouldn’t hold the lead long as Capirchio would pass him on the opening lap while Sean Grosman would pass Witty for fifth. However on lap four, Witty would make his way up to fourth, past both Grosman and Zardo, while Capirchio led over Elliott and Morrow.
The action would get hairy with contact between Keith Maiato and Kyle Mombourquette, but they would both keep it going and there’d no caution. On lap eight, Morrow would begin his charge, passing Elliott for second, while Mike Bentley cracked the top five after starting seventh by passing Zardo for fifth.
On lap 10, Morrow would get side-by-side with Capirchio for the lead, however the caution would come out for Thane Woodside going for the spin. This would allow Capirchio to keep the lead, ahead of Morrow, Elliott, Witty, Bentley, Sean Cronan (started ninth) and Cornelius (started 11th).
On the restart, Morrow would make the pass on Capirchio for the lead while both Witty and Bentley would get by Elliott for third and fourth.
The second caution would come out on lap 13 when Taylor Holdaway tags Zardo, who collects Bruce Rankin. At this point, it was Morrow ahead of Capirchio, Witty, Bentley, Elliott, Cronan, Cornelius and Tom Walters (started 10th). On the restart, Bentley would get by Witty for third.
The third caution would come out on lap 16 when Fumerton had a mechanical failure, finding the wall, collecting Zardo and Beatty in the process. Under caution, Morrow led Capirchio, Bentley, Witty, Elliott, Cronan, Cornelius and Walters.
On the restart, Bentley would pass Capirchio for second and begin to close the gap, while Cronan, Walters and Cornelius passed Elliott for position. In the late stages, both Walters and Cornelius would pass Cronan, and then Walters would pass Witty for fourth with a couple laps to go.
Morrow and Bentley would run nose-to-tail for the final three laps and in the third turn on the final lap, Bentley would get into Morrow, getting him sideways. Bentley would back off and allow Morrow to straighten it with Morrow going on to win his first win of the season.
“It was a good race for us,” Morrow says. “Got out front early and just logged a lot of laps. I was waiting for him to get in position and I just started picking my points. I knew he’d be on my bumper by a couple to go, but I knew that we’d be hard to pass.”
Morrow and Bentley have a history as they were battling for the win on the second night when contact between them on the final lap, in the final turn, would take them both out coming to the checkered. Morrow says he saw flashbacks of that when they got to corner three.
I guess he doesn’t learn his lesson very well,” Morrow adds. “Finish second when you can, win when you can.”
Morrow also had his work cut out for him to just get to the track to begin with after suffering damage in Kawartha Speedway’s Summer Sizzler the night before. Morrow admitted in victory lane he was a little worried they wouldn’t get there.
“We had a little work to do and I was surprised we got here at six o’ clock and everybody did what they had to do,” he says.
As a result, Morrow only got a couple of laps on the track before the qualifying heats, though he says that “sometimes it’s a little determination that can get your car to go a little faster.”
Bentley would finish second, followed by Capirchio and Walters. Cornelius would round out the top five after a last lap pass on Witty. Witty got sixth, followed by Grosman, Cronan, Elliott and Taylor Holdaway.
Cornelius continues to lead the point standings, now 10 points ahead of Walters.