Jason Witty leads flag-to-flag in Late Model feature at Sunset Speedway
For the fourth time this year, Jason Witty would drive his No. 19 Matco Tools/Queensville SOD Farms/Carrott Express/LaRue Haulage/Speedy Auto Machine Late Model to feature victory lane at Sunset Speedway.
Scott Beatty would win the first heat behind the wheel of his No. 19 Beatty Motorsports Late Model ahead of Dwayne Baker, Witty, Mike Bentley, Sean Grosman, Nick Goetz, Taylor Holdaway, Brian Wilson Jr., Gary Elliott and John Mitchell.
Andrew Kamrath would drive his No. 35 Am Roofing/All Star Wings/Watsons Building Supplies/Streamline Racecars Mustang to victory lane in the second heat ahead Anthony Simone, Tom Walters, Chris Morrow, Derek Frohlich, Billy Zardo, Ernie Fumerton, Frank Davey, Herb Walters, Bruce Rankin and Bill Gallant.
The third heat for the Late Model feature would find trouble from top to bottom for drivers. On lap two, Wilson Jr. would go for a spin-off of turn two, thanks to Goetz.
Then on lap four, Holdaway would get sideways at the front of the field causing a stack-up which resulted in Goetz getting into Elliott. More trouble would strike on lap five as Wilson would spin once again off of turn two, this time leaving Elliott no where to go as Elliott would make contact with Wilson. The resulting contact would result in Elliott going off on the hook due to a busted radiator. The last caution of the 10 lap heat would come on lap eight when Beatty would spin Grosman in turn two. Bentley would grab the win in his No. 51 Lattitude Effects Late Model ahead of Witty, Holdaway, Baker, Goetz, Beatty, Grosman, Wilson and Mitchell.
The final heat for the late models would continue the trend of there being action. On lap one, Bruce Rankin and Derek Frohlich would come together off of turn four.
Then on lap six, Morrow, Tom Walters and Davey would go three-wide for second with Davey’s right front tire being cut in the process. Davey would then get up into Tom Walters, causing Walters to spin. Then on lap eight, Herb Walters would get into Kamrath in the middle of turns three and four; Kamrath would save it while Herb Walters would get sideways with Fumerton driving into Walters’ door. In the end, Morrow drove his No. 11 Morrow Electric/CRS Rental/Advanced Landscapes Late Model to victory lane ahead of Zardo, Kamrath, Tom Walters, Simone, Herb Walters, Fumerton and Rankin.
Come feature time, Jason Witty would start pole, followed by Chris Morrow, Anthony Simone, Sean Grosman, Scott Beatty, Nick Goetz, Andy Kamrath, Dwayne Baker, Taylor Holdaway, Billy Zardo, Tom Walters, Mike Bentley, Ernie Fumerton, Derek Frohlich, Herb Walters, Frank Davey, Brian Wilson Jr., Bruce Rankin, Gary Elliott, Dave Barlett and John Mitchell. Before the green came out, Simone would head down pit road to his crew, resulting in him starting scratch on the field. Wilson would also move himself to the last position before the green.
On the drop of the green, Witty would pull out ahead of Morrow, Grosman and Beatty while Goetz and Kamrath battled for fifth. Kamrath would take the position on lap two while Davey and Frohlich made contact in the middle of the pack off of turn four. The caution would fly on lap four as Holdaway and Tom Walters would make contact, causing Walters to spin. Holdaway would be put to the back as an involved car.
So with 26 laps to go, Witty led Morrow, Grosman, Beatty, Kamrath, Goetz, Baker, Zardo and Bentley.
The green would fly, though there’d be another caution as Walters would spin by himself in turn two, making contact with the wall. On the second attempt at a restart, more contact would made as Zardo would hit turn one wall after contact with Baker. Barlett would then spin behind them. Baker would be put to the back as an involved car. So still with 26 lap to go, Witty would lead Morrow, Grosman, Beatty, Kamrath, Goetz, Bentley, Fumerton, Simone, Herb Walters, Frohlich and Davey.
On the restart, Witty would once again grab the lead ahead of Morrow while Grosman and Beatty battled for third. Grosman would clear Beatty on lap 13 after the pair ran side-by-side for eight laps. Behind them, Kamrath and Bentley were in their own battle for fourth, with Bentley clearing Kamrath on lap 16. Bentley would then get by Beatty on lap 19 to take over the fourth position.
On lap 24, there’d be another caution when Frohlich would have something break in his late model, causing him to make contact with Simone. Frohlich would be done for the night while Simone would rejoin up with the field.
So with six laps to go, it was Witty leading Morrow, Grosman, Bentley, Beatty, Kamrath, Goetz, Fumerton, Herb Walters, Holdaway, Davey, Baker, Tom Walters, Elliott, Rankin, Simone, Wilson Jr. and Mitchell.
On the restart, Witty would once again grab the lead ahead of Morrow while Grosman and Bentley battled for third. Bentley would clear Grosman with three laps to go while in the back of the pack, Wilson would make contact with Tom Walters, but the pair would keep going. Simone would bring his car down pit road on lap 27 and be done for the night with problems.
In the end, it’d be Jason Witty picking up his fourth victory of 2013 (third points night win) and his sixth feature top five of 2013 in nine events. Chris Morrow would finish second for his sixth top five of the season. Mike Bentley would finish third for his seventh top five of the season. Sean Grosman would finish fourth for his third top five of the year. Scott Beatty would round out the top five for his fourth top five of the year.
Ernie Fumerton would finish sixth, followed by Nick Goetz, Taylor Holdaway, Dwayne Baker, Frank Davey, Herb Walters, Gary Elliott, Andy Kamrath, John Mitchell, Tom Walters and Brian Wilson Jr.