On a night that saw six cautions due to various incidents, Kevin Cornelius would come out victorious, winning the first feature of the 2012 Sunset Speedway Limited Late Model season.
“The car just seemed to come alive in the feature and that’s just a credit to the guys in the shop and all the hard work in the winter,” he says. “We certainly wouldn’t be here without them.”
In the first heat of the night, The Orangeville, Ontario driver would start second and quickly find his way to the lead, winning the race.
In the second heat of the night, he would start near the back and work his way through the field to finish third.
As virtue of his qualifying effort, the driver of the No. 17 Halton Crushed Stone Lee Sand andGravel, Sandbox Tech Child Care, Hanson Pipe, Alliston Transmission, Ed’s Automotive and Fierce Wraps Late Model would start on the pole in the feature.
On the initial start, Cornelius would stay in front of Scott Beatty and Chris Morrow and pull out to the early lead.
Over the course of the 30 lap feature, there would be a series of six cautions, including a red flag on lap 17 to clean up a wreck that would bring forth six crucial restarts. In each of those restarts,
Cornelius was able to get the run off of turn four to stay in front of Tom Walters and the entire field.
“It seemed to tighten up a little bit,” he says. “We were better on the bottom in the feature than we were in the heat races so we pretty much stuck to the bottom.”
In the end, after all the drama, he would come out on top, winning the first event of the season, just like last year.
“I got to apologize to Mr. Dilley; I got to apologize to Slaughter, the fans,” he says. “There is no way we should race like that; that was borderline embarrassing. I got to thank the fans for staying here in the cold weather; without them, we wouldn’t be here.”
Beyond the sponsors, the driver would like to thank his family and the entire crew, including Dick Launspach, Grant Mitchell and Andrew Little.
Be sure to come out to Sunset Speedway next week and support the No. 17 team in their quest for a second championship.
About KDR Motorsports:KDR Motorsports is the home of 2011 Sunset Speedway Late Model Champion Kevin Cornelius and team. The team is based out of Orangeville, Ontario and runs every Saturday night during the summer at Sunset Speedway. For more information, check out http://www.kdrmotorsports.ca.