Gafforini Masters Las Vegas Bullring


LAS VEGAS – Defending champion Scott Gafforini won the 40-lap NASCAR Super Late Model feature tonight at the Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Derek Thorn won the Spears Southwest Tour Century Boatland 125 in convincing fashion.

Glen Burke took the lead from Steve Anderson on lap three of the 40-lap NASCAR Super Late Model feature. Scott Gafforini took second place from Rick Chavez on lap 10 and the battle for the lead was on.

Gafforini drove to the inside of Burke on lap 12 and took command of the race. Gafforini went on to win and Burke held off David Anderson for second place at the finish.

The Spears Southwest Tour Century Boatland 125 got off to a rousing start as Dave Byrd crashed on the front straightaway and Jacob Gomes lost his left-rear tire and spun in turn three on the opening lap. Ross Strmiska took the lead on the restart.

Just as Strmiska settled into first place, Jared Vorse of Olympia, Wash. took it away. The running order on lap 75 was Derek Thorn first, Jim Pettitt II second and Vorse third. (Thorn was the fastest qualifier with a lap time of 14.584 sec./02.567 mph. and started ninth after the inversion.) The caution flag flew on lap 97 for debris on the track, erasing Thorn’s three-second lead on the second-place car.

The race restarted and Thorn managed to pull away from Pettitt and Vorse again. Thorn took the checkered flag with a 1.2-second lead over Pettitt. M.K. Kanke of Frazier Park, Calif. grabbed third place and Vorse finished fourth.

James Wingard won the 25-lap NASCAR Super Stock feature. Patrick O’Hanley was second and Chuck Burgess finished third. Kolleen Dresser and Kayli Barker completed the top five. Wingard also won the 8-lap Super Stock heat race.

Kirk Hance led the first 17 laps of the 25-lap NASCAR Bomber feature but his car suffered mechanical woes and he was forced to pit. Dallas Simonette was in the lead when his right-front tire blew out and Jason Kiser inherited the lead. Following Kiser under the checkered flag were Wade Pearson and Michaekl Takami. The 8-lap Bomber heat races were won by Simonette and Takami.

Vincent Raucci Jr. won the 12-lap Silver Star Plumbing Bandolero Outlaw feature, followed by Riley Herbst and Erika Thigpen. The 12-lap Silver Star Plumbing Bandolero Bandit feature was won by Phillip Root. Chris Trickle was second and Caden Carlin was third.

The 20-lap USLCI Thunder Car feature was won by J. Avila Jr. of Los Angeles. It was his second consecutive win in the division. Shaun Polack finished second and Ron Reed was third.

The 25-lap American Band Legend Cars Semi-Pro/Young Lions feature was won by Tye Mihocko. Zane Smith was second and Jonathan St. Ours finished third. Dustin Ash won the 25-lap American Band Legend Cars Pro/Masters feature by holding off Jason Irwin at the checkered flag. Dylan Cappelo was third.