Sunset Speedway Late Model Month of July Review: Action Picks Up On-Track
Like the previous month, July would bring another month of exciting Late Model action at Sunset Speedway. From close finishes to late cautions, let’s just say that the month delivered.
The month started off with a three-wide finish at the line between Billy Zardo (No. 46 Holmes/National Exhaust Late Model), Scott Beatty (No. 88 Beatty Motorsports Late Model) and Sean Grosman (No. 29 SMG Motorsports, The Landing Strip, For Your Eyes Only and Rylex Late Model) with Zardo picking up his second feature victory of the season. Beatty got second, followed by Grosman, Mike Bentley and Tom Walters.
When the Sauble Speedway cars came for a visit the following weekend as part of the Home-to-Home Series, Sunset held their ground as it was Tom Walters driving his No. 47 McColl Racing Late Model to victory lane. Chris Morrow led the field for 20 laps behind the wheel of his No. 11 Morrow Electric/CRS Rental/Advanced Landscapes Late Model before the caution came out for Brian Wilson Jr. spinning. On the restart, Walters was able to get by and grab the win. Morrow finished second, followed by Dwayne Baker, Zardo and Jason Witty.
Jason Witty would cap off the month with a return to victory lane behind the wheel of his No. 19 Matco Tools/Queensville SOD Farms/Carrott Express/LaRue Haulage/Speedy Auto Machine Late Model for his third regular night victory and fourth overall victory of the season. Witty started on pole and through the entire 30 laps, was able to keep Morrow behind him. Morrow finished second followed by Bentley, Grosman and Beatty.
Best Heat Average of the Month: Mike Bentley with a 2.25
As with the month before, the Sauble-Sunset Home-to-Home Series is not counted as part of this.
Mike Bentley would have the top average behind the wheel of his No. 51 Lattitude Effects Late Model in the two nights that counted with a 2.25 after a pair of wins with a third and a fourth.
Witty had the second best average at 2.5 with a first, a second, a third and a fourth. The heat that Witty did win on the first night of the month was an impressive run after a three-wide battle with Taylor Holdaway and Morrow three-wide for a couple laps.
Andrew Kamrath had the third best average at 2.75 behind the wheel of his No. 35 Am Roofing/All Star Wings/Watsons Building Supplies/Streamline Racecars Late Model with a win, a second, a third and a fifth.
Walters and Baker rounded out the top five averages with 3. Both drivers had a finish of second, a pair of thirds and a fourth for the month.
Baker had a rough month as he blew the motor in his primary chassis, which is the chassis that he drove to a championship at Barrie Speedway last year. With that, Baker made the switch to his back-up chassis, which is a brand new Port City Chassis.
Meanwhile, Walters also had a bit of a rough month as in the last feature for July, contact with Holdaway early in the feature took him out of the running for a top five finish.
Best Feature Average: Sean Grosman, Mike Bentley and Scott Beatty - 3.5
With the up-and-down luck that drivers faced for the month of July, we’ve got a three-way tie for the best average. Each of these drivers had an average finish of 3.5 for the month.
Grosman had a third and a fourth as he continues to search for his first feature victory of the season.
Points leader Mike Bentley had a fourth and a third as he looks for his second feature win of the season.
Beatty, meanwhile, had a second and a fifth for the month.
Witty had the fourth best average at a seventh after finishing 13th at the beginning of the month, followed by a win at the end. The first feature of the month saw Witty start mid-pack and not be able to make his way through the field with the handling of the car being off and getting boxed in.
Ernie Fumerton had the fifth best average for the month at an eighth behind the wheel of his No. 10 Coves of Keswick/Beach Rd. Auto Repair/JFS Sodding and hydroseeding/Ernie’s Performance Late Model with finishes of 10th and sixth for the month.
What to Expect for August
The championship is now into its final two months. Will the action pick-up as a result of drivers getting more desperate?
We’ve had five different feature winners so far thus far. Will our sixth different winner emerge? Will Morrow, Baker or Kamrath, or someone else even, be able to crack the door open and head to victory lane?
There is an invitational this weekend on August 4th with another 75-lapper. The last one sparked a lot of fireworks and discussions following. Will this one be calm or crazy?
All of these questions and more will be asked as we head into this weekend.