Friday, January 11, 2013
Chili Bowl – Thursday Night West Coast Results and Recap
By Robert Haugh
In what was a repeat on Wednesday night, the West Coast comprised much of the A-main field, but it was Kevin Swindell, the reigning three-time Chili Bowl champion who came out on top in Thursday’s preliminary qualifying night at the 27th Annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
Ten of the 24 A-main starters were West Coast entries, with NASCAR racer Brad Sweet (Grass Valley, CA) claiming second in Gary Zarounian’s #67x Stealth/Toyota, followed by hard charger Tim McCreadie, a New York Late Model ace and former Chili bowl winner in third from 15th in Andy Bondio’s #47x Bondio/Barnes – putting up one of the most exciting performances of the week.
Arizona’s Jerry Coons, Jr. claimed fourth in the Dooling Machine #63 Spike/Esslinger with NASCAR racer Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA) claiming sixth in the Wilke-Pak #5 Stealth/Toyota.
Arizona native J.J. Yeley claimed seventh in the McKinnie Motorsports #1ST Hacked/Toyota with first-time Midget racer and Chili Bowl rookie D.J. Netto (Hanford, CA) claiming eighth in the Netto Farms #7N Stealth/Chevrolet. 2012 Chili Bowl rookie-of-the-year Richard VanderWeerd (Visalia, CA) claimed eleventh after starting 21st after transferring from a B-Main in Mike Sala’s #19s Spike/Sala Chevrolet. Bud Kaeding (Campbell, CA) claimed 12th in the Loyet Motorsports #05K Spike/Esslinger followed by Troy Rutherford (Ojai, CA) in Calvin Martens’ #11R TCR/Esslinger and Rico Abreu (Rutherford, CA) in the Keith Kunz #67 Bullet/Toyota.
Arizona’s Connor Kassik (Lake Havasu) was fifth in points after the Heats, having driven the high line to place second from sixth in the Neverlift Motorsports #115 Spike/Chevrolet. Kassik once again was flying high in A-Qualifier 1, having moved from fifth to second, including passes on Yeley and Abreu, but after bouncing off another car and suffering damage, Kassik settled for seventh. Kassik was fighting for a transfer position in B-Main 1, but suffered a flat tire, with the race going green before he could get back on the track.
California native Tyler Reddick (Corning) was looking for an alphabet soup run in the 2B Racing #2B Beast/Gaerte, having suffered from a DNF in his Heat race. Reddick moved from 12th to fourth in C-Main 1, then advanced from 16th to eighth on B-Main 1, four spots shy of making the A-Main.
Whitt claimed an A-Qualifer, while Rutherford claimed a B-Main. Tanner Swanson (Kingsburg, CA) claimed a C-Main victory in Ted Finkenbinder’s #3F Bullet/Chevy, coming from the rear, passing 11 cars for the win. Yeley, Sweet, Nic Faas (ABC Motorsports #12F Spike/Esslinger) and Coons all claimed Heat race wins.
Thursday’s John Christner Trucking Qualifying Night West Coast Results
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 39-Kevin Swindell; 2. 67X-Brad Sweet; 3. 47X-Tim McCreadie; 4. 63-Jerry Coons Jr; 6. 5-Cole Whitt; 7. 1ST-J.J. Yeley; 8. 7N-D.J. Netto; 11. 19S-Richard VanderWeerd; 12. 05K-Bud Kaeding; 14. 11R-Troy Rutherford; 15. 67-Rico Abreu
B Feature 1 (15 Laps): 1. 11R-Troy Rutherford; 3. 19S-Richard VanderWeerd; 7. 56P-Jason Leffler; 8. 2B-Tyler Reddick; 11. 7D-Michelle Decker; 14. 115-Conner Kassik
B Feature 2 (15 Laps): 5. 62-Dennis Howell; 6. 12F-Nic Faas; 8. 3F-Tanner Swanson; 13. 26X-John Golobic
A-Feature Qualifier #1 (10 Laps): 2. 1ST-J.J. Yeley; 4. 67-Rico Abreu; 5. 56P-Jason Leffler; 7. 115-Conner Kassik; 9. 62-Dennis Howell; 10. 7D-Michelle Decker
A-Feature Qualifier #2 (10 Laps): 1. 5-Cole Whitt; 2. 63-Jerry Coons Jr; 3. 7N-D.J. Netto; 4. 47X-Tim McCreadie; 9. 26X-John Golobic
A-Feature Qualifier #3 (10 Laps): 2. 67X-Brad Sweet; 7. 12F-Nic Faas
A-Feature Qualifier #4 (10 Laps): 2. 05K-Bud Kaeding; 5. 11R-Troy Rutherford; 6. 19S-Richard VanderWeerd
C Feature 1 (12 Laps): 4. 2B-Tyler Reddick
C Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 3F-Tanner Swanson; 8. 27C-Kip Hughes; 9. 51X-Matt Lundy; 10. 6C-Michael Heberling; DNF 73X-Greg Edenholm
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 4. 67-Rico Abreu
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 1ST-J.J. Yeley; 2. 11R-Troy Rutherford; 3. 7N-D.J. Netto; 4. 47X-Tim McCreadie; DNF 2B-Tyler Reddick; DNF 3F-Tanner Swanson
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 67X-Brad Sweet; 4. 19S-Richard VanderWeerd; 8. 73X-Greg Edenholm
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 3. 7D-Michelle Decker; 4. 15D-Andrew Deal
Heat 6 (8 Laps): 4. 05K-Bud Kaeding
Heat 7 (8 Laps): 1. 12F-Nic Faas; 3. 5-Cole Whitt; 4. 56P-Jason Leffler; 6. 51X-Matt Lundy;
Heat 8 (8 Laps): 1. 63-Jerry Coons Jr; 2. 115-Conner Kassik; 4. 62-Dennis Howell; 5. 26X-John Golobic; 7. 27C-Kip Hughes; DNF 6C-Michael Heberling
Friday west Coast Chili Bowl Entries
2R Levi Roberts Broomfield, CO David Roberts Spike/Esslinger
3T Tim Barber Fairfield, CA Chuck Cline Bullet/Chevrolet
6R Joe Ramaker Boise, ID Jody Rosenboom DRC/Fontana
7 Shannon McQueen Bakersfield, CA McQueen Racing Spike/Esslinger by McQueen
9E Alex Schutte Rohnert Park, CA Sean Dodenhoff EMC/Fontana
11XC Steve Newman Steamboat Springs, CO Mountain High BRE/BRE Ford
15X Chad Boat Phoenix, AZ John Lawson Spike/Esslinger
21K Cory Kruseman Ventura, CA Kruseman Motorsports Spike/Esslinger
27B Johnny Scott Las Cruces, NM Cliff Blackwell Stealth/Yates Ford
35D Brett Felkins Lodi, CA Felkins Spike/Fontana
38K Rick Hendrix Palmdale, CA Kruseman Motorsports Spike/Esslinger
55S Trey Starks Puyallup, WA Jim Ferns Spike/Mopar
62S Taylor Simas Orland, CA Douglas Bock Spike/Esslinger
68 Ronnie Gardner Corona, CA Six 8 Motorsports Stewart/Esslinger
71K Jason Meyers Clovis, CA Keith Kunz Bullet/Speedway Toyota
73 Ryan Bernal Hollister, CA JFM Inc. Ellis/Bob Wirth Fontana
77 Mike Boesel Bennett, CO Mike Boesel Motorsports Stealth/Esslinger
84 Joey Fabozzi Fabozzi Racing Spike/Esslinger
88 Dustin Weland Parker, CO Buzzard/Fontana
151 Jesse Frazier Tulsa, OK Neverlift Motorsports Spike/Chevrolet
191 Chase Barber Brownsburg, IN Bret Barber Beast/Fontana