Randy Rusnell wins Dilley Dog 50 for weekend sweep at Sunset Speedway
Randy Rusnell would win the Dilley Dog 50 feature at Sunset Speedway to sweep the weekend’s events for the Super Stock division. Rusnell won both his heats and the feature on Saturday night. It also marks Rusnell’s eighth feature win of the year after winning seven regular night features.
Rusnell started off the night strong as he won his first heat ahead of Ross Evans, Dan Archibald, the 8, Donny Munce, Johnny Morrison, Dan Price and Jay Cutting.
The second heat saw a caution on lap four when contact was made between Donny Beatty and Jamie Grover in turn two. Then on lap six, Paul Maltese pulled off with a flat tire after battling for the lead with Joe Adams. Adams went on to take the win ahead of Ken Grubb, Lane Zardo, Matt Bentley, Dennis Cybalski, Donny Beatty and Coltin Everingham.
Rusnell went for the daily double ahead of Archibald, Morrison, Munce, Price, Evans, the 8 and Cutting.
The fourth heat started off with a spin as Everingham would go around in turn two. Sauble Speedway competitor Ken Grubb went on to grab the heat win ahead of Cybalski, Zardo, Adams, Maltese, Bentley, Beatty and Everingham.
Come feature time, Lane Zardo would start pole followed by Dan Archibald, Joe Adams, Ken Grubb, Randy Rusnell, Dennis Cybalski, Ross Evans, Donny Munce, Johnny Morrison, Matt Bentley, the 8, Dan Price, Donny Beatty, Paul Maltese, Jay Cutting and Coltin Everingham.
Zardo grabbed the early lead ahead of Archibald while Adams and Grubb battled side-by-side for third. Though the caution flew on lap two for Munce having problems.
On the restart, Archibald grabbed the lead from Zardo while Zardo battled side-by-side with Adams. Contact would take place resulting in Zardo spinning while Adams hit the outside wall. Also collected in the wreck was Grubb, Evans and Maltese. With 46 laps to go, Archibald lead Rusnell, Cybalski, Bentley and Morrison.
On the restart, Price would spin mid-pack with Beatty spinning behind him. Price escaped without damage while Beatty made slight contact with the inside front stretch wall.
On the restart, Rusnell and Archibald ran side-by-side for the lead with Rusnell getting the lead on lap eight ahead of Archibald, Cybalski, Morrison, Maltese and Zardo. On lap 10, Maltese got alongside Morrison for fourth, though was unable to get by. In return, Zardo actually got by Maltese for fifth on lap 14 as he continued his charge to the front after being involved in the second caution.
15 laps into the event, Rusnell led Archibald, Morrison, Zardo, Cybalski, Maltese and Bentley. Maltese got alongside Cybalski on lap 17, passing him on lap 19 for fifth. Zardo continued his climb, passing Morrison on lap 22 for third behind Rusnell and Archibald. Cybalski made his way down pit road on lap 24 with problems.
The field would get strung out and run single-file without problems as the leaders worked their way through lap traffic till Everingham spun on lap 41. Going back a lap, making it 10 laps to go, Rusnell led Archibald, Zardo, Morrison and Maltese as they were the only cars on the lead lap. Bentley ran sixth one lap down followed by Price, the 8 and the Cutting.
The first restart was not a go due to Rusnell jumping.
The second restart would be Rusnell pulled ahead while Zardo and Archibald ran side-by-side for second. Zardo cleared Archibald with six laps to go, though with a little bit of contact with five laps to go, the pair were back side-by-side with four to go.
Randy Rusnell led the final four laps clear away from the pair as he took the win while Dan Archibald grabbed second ahead of Lane Zardo. Johnny Morrison and Paul Maltese rounded out the top five. Dan Price finished sixth, followed by Matt Bentley and Jay Cutting.