Tom Walters Scores First Limited Late Model Feature Victory of Season at Sunset Speedway
After winning the first two rounds of the McColl Racing Enterprises Pro Series, everybody kept asking when Tom Walters would break through into victory lane on a regular night of racing. Those questions were answered on Saturday night as Walters would come with the victory.
In the first heat, Tom Walters would take the win, ahead of Kevin Cornelius, Ernie Fumerton, Dario Capirchio and Chris Morrow.
In the second heat, Bruce Rankin would spin on lap six. Scott Beatty would take the win, ahead of Billy Zardo, Mike Bentley, Sean Cronan and Taylor Holdaway.
Sean Grosman won the third heat, followed by Morrow, Cornelius, Walters and Keith Maiato.
In the fourth heat, Bentley would spin Kyle Mombourquette on lap four. Then on the restart, Mombourquette would send Frank Davey for a spin. On the final lap, Cronan would spin Holdaway while they were battling for the lead. In the end, it was Beatty taking the checkered, followed by Zardo, Bentley, Holdaway and Rankin.
Jason Witty would take the victory in the B-Main, followed by Gary Elliott, Maiato and Mark Gordon.
In the feature, the action would start right away on the first lap as Dan Kimmerly would send Keith Maiato for a spin. Under caution, points leader Kevin Cornelius would bring his late model down pit road with problems. A loose screw on the throttle linkage would give the defending series champion a last place finish in the feature.
On the restart, it’d be Ernie Fumerton and Kyle Mombourquette side-by-side for the lead, with Fumerton clearing Mombourquette on lap four. Mombourquette would get real loose coming out of turn two on lap five, though managed to save the car, falling through the field.
On lap nine just before the one third mark, it was Fumerton, now leading Billy Zardo and Sean Grosman while Taylor Holdaway and Scott Beatty battled for fourth. On lap 11, Grosman would pass Zardo for second while Holdaway fell back to sixth as Beatty and Tom Walters battled for fourth. On lap 12, Walters would clear Beatty for fourth and go after Zardo for third. Zardo would fall back to fifth on lap 13 as both Walters and Beatty would get by him.
At the halfway mark at lap 15, Walters would continue his charge through the field with a pass on Grosman for second. Walters would catch Fumerton on the next lap and pull alongside him for the lead, clearing him on lap 17 for the lead.
The second caution would come out on lap 21 for Beatty going for a spin.
On the restart, it’d be Walters leading Grosman and Bentley while Holdaway and Fumerton battled side-by-side for fourth. Holdaway would clear Fumerton for fourth on lap 23 while Bentley would pass Grosman for second. The next lap, it’d be Sean Cronan cracking the top five with a pass on Fumerton for fifth.
The final 10 lap stretch, though, all belonged to Tom Walters as he would go on to take the feature victory. Mike Bentley finished second, followed by Sean Grosman, Taylor Holdaway and Sean Cronan. The fifth place finish for Cronan would mark the end to a long day after blowing a motor in practice, changing it in the pits and having the car ready before the first heat. Jason Witty would finish sixth, followed by Gary Elliott, Ernie Fumerton, Dario Capirchio and Keith Maiato.
Coming into the night, it was Kevin Cornelius leading the points, 14 points ahead of Tom Walters, 46 points ahead of Mike Bentley. However, following the events in the feature, Walters is now leading the points, 27 points over Cornelius, 30 points over Bentley.