ALGER, Wash. – The first of three nights of racing at Skagit Speedway kicked off with the Summer Thunder Sprint Series and Sportsman Sprint Showdown on the slate for Thursday night.
When the dust settled, Trey Starks won the Summer Thunder Series main event and Zach McCabe emerged triumphant in the Sportsman Showdown.
Nineteen 360 sprint cars signed in for action in the second to last race for the Summer Thunder Series of the season. Trey Starks and Tayler Malsam occupied row one for the main event and on the drop of the green, the two young guns went wheel to wheel for the lead. Starks found good bite on the top side of turn four to grab the early lead while Malsam settled in behind him.
Starks, Malsam, Travis Rilat, Colton Heath and Reece Goetz led the pack into traffic, where Starks saw his lead erased and found Malsam right on his tail tank by lap 15 when the caution flied. On the restart, Rilat lost multiple spots to Heath and Goetz while Starks reestablished his lead out front. As he reentered traffic, Malsam and Heath closed as did Jason Solwold, who’d run from the back of the field up to fourth. Starks was masterful diving in and out of slower cars, while Malsam and Heath tried countering.
Solwold took advantage of the slower traffic, finding a way underneath Heath and Malsam on the same lap and putting himself in position to challenge Starks with 25 of 30 laps complete. Trey saw Jason’s nose a couple of times, but kept his foot in the throttle and held the veteran at bay to grab his first win of the year at Skagit Speedway.
Solwold completed his impressive run up the field with a second place finish. Heath passed Malsam late to take third and carry the Summer Thunder Series Point Lead into Grays Harbor Raceway for the series finale’ on Sunday night. Malsam set quick time. Robbie Price, Matt Jensen and Michael Bollinger were the heat race winners.
A 15 car invert on night one of the Sportsman Sprint Showdown put Zach McCabe on the outside front row for the 25 lap main event. McCabe, the 2013 Sportsman Showdown Champion, capitalized on his opportunity, leading every lap of the main event without challenge en route to grabbing the preliminary night victory.
Cory Swatzina ran second and James Bundy was third. Tyler Fox was the fast qualifier. The Sportsman Sprint Showdown will conclude on Saturday night with the field lined up by points accrued from time trials, heat race finish, main event finish and positions gained over the course of Thursday.