LAS VEGAS — Doubling down in Las Vegas is becoming a habit for Aaron McMorran.
The two-time track champion swept the NASCAR Grand American Modifieds and NASCAR Bombers features on Pack the Track Night at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday. McMorran has a track-best eight feature victories at the three-eighths-mile short track and has won multiple races three times this season.
“I want to win everything I race in,” said McMorran, who now has 23 career Saturday night wins at The Bullring. “The (Lucas Oil Modifieds) tour is here next week, and hopefully we can get a win for Vegas. I knew I was leading the (Bombers) race, because they told us with one to go that the 92 had broken out, so it was a little bit different.
“I hope the fans enjoyed it, because keeping them coming back is what it’s all about.”
McMorran won the NASCAR Grand American Modifieds 35-lap race by 2.507 seconds over Doug Hamm, then clocked a 20.000-second time on the final lap of the 25-lap NASCAR Bombers “Breakout” race to double down at the LVMS short track for the third time in 2017. Race leader Robert Schumacher broke the 20-second barrier on the 24th lap and finished 11th as McMorran hit the barrier on the nose on the closing lap.
McMorran’s double came on a festive night that also included a pre-race, on-track autograph session, a fan’s marriage proposal and a kids’ dance set to The Village People song “YMCA.”
David Anderson earned his first NASCAR Super Late Models victory since 2015 in the evening’s first 35-lap feature, finishing .656 of a second ahead of Tyler Fabozzi. Anderson’s father, Steve, finished fifth in the race.
“It’s a good feeling to finally pick one off, and I had a tough crowd behind me,” David Anderson said. “I’d like to thank my crew, because we were down a man today, and I can’t thank them enough. I definitely want to thank all of the fans, and I’m glad I didn’t disappoint.”
Stan Mullis raced to victory in the second NASCAR Super Late Models 35-lapper, taking the checkered flag 3.157 seconds ahead of all-time track wins leader Scott Gafforini. It was Mullis’ third career win at The Bullring.
“We had the car to beat all weekend,” Mullis said. “My spotter and crew chief reminded me to be more patient and let it come to me, and it did. It was awesome.”
Ronnie Davis notched his first career Bullring win by taking the 35-lap Southwest Tour Trucks feature. Davis finished 3.929 seconds clear of Eric Darensburg and had plans for a true Las Vegas victory celebration.
“I just love this track,” Davis said. “It’s fun, you can drive it real hard and get on the gas and get it in there deep. I’ll probably have a few beers and (play some) blackjack.”
Jason Kiser drove a new No. 49 car to the Winner’s Circle, crossing the line first by 2.802 seconds ahead of Court Connell. It was Kiser’s 20th career Bullring Saturday night win.