Rock’s The Man At The Bullring


LAS VEGAS – Dennis Rock Jr. dispelled any notion that the NASCAR Super Late Model points race was going to be a two-driver battle between Scott Gafforini and David Anderson at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Although Gafforini (three) and Anderson (two) had won the first five races, Rock posted a convincing victory during NASCAR Whelen All-American Series action Saturday night, holding off both Gafforini and Anderson for his first Super Late Model win of the season in the 40-lap main event.

“I’ve been working on this car all this year and it’s been a struggle,” Rock said. “But it’s working good. We had a lot of different things to change on this car because it’s an older car.”

Steve Anderson had control of the race in the early going, taking the lead on the second lap and staying out front until Gafforini grabbed the lead on lap 25. Gafforini only held the lead for two laps and Steve Anderson regained the lead for a lap until Rock went ahead on lap 28. Rock held off Gafforini for a two-car-length victory and David Anderson finished third. Steve Anderson and Kayli Barker rounded out the top five.

Dustin Ash, a former two-time Super Late Model champion at The Bullring, found Victory Lane again Saturday night – but this time as a relief driver for Zane Smith in the No. 66 Legend Car. Ash, who won track championships in 2007 and 2010 in the Super Late Model division, drove the No. 66 to its fifth consecutive Saturday night victory and seventh straight win overall.

Smith was in North Carolina competing in a Pro All Stars Series (PASS) Super Late Model race at Southern National Speedway. He finished 16th in his first start in the PASS series.

“It just shows how good Dustin Ash Motorsports is in the shop,” Ash said about the No. 66 Legend Car he helps prepare each weekend. “Zane’s back East right now and they wanted me to come out and drive the car and make sure everything was OK. I’d have to say it’s pretty good. The car’s on a pretty good win streak right now so I’ve got to thank the Smith family and the rest of his sponsors.”

In the 25-lap NASCAR Super Stock feature, Phil Goodwin started second, grabbed the lead on the second lap and cruised to his first victory of the season. Jason Kiser was second and Vinny Raucci Jr. took third.

Marty Deluca won the 25-lap NASCAR Bomber feature, Dezel West won the Bandolero Bandits main event, Joey Paonessa captured the Bandolero Outlaws feature and David Brandon Jr. snapped Ian Anderson’s three-race Saturday night winning streak by taking the checkered flag in the 20-lap Thunder Car feature.