Chappell Delivers In Topeka Sprint

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Zach Chappell in victory lane. (ASCS photo)
Zach Chappell in victory lane. (ASCS photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. — Taking on the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Sooner Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products and the Racinboys.com ASCS Warrior Region presented by Impact Signs, Awnings and Wraps on Saturday night, Oklahoma’s Zach Chappell led start to finish for his 10th overall ASCS Regional victory.

The race began from the right of the front row with Chappell winning the drag race into turn one over Randy Martin. Pulling to a comfortable margin over the race for the runner-up spot, that gap disappeared quickly as the leaders found the back of the field.

From 2.5 seconds to just over two-tenths on lap 10, Martin brought company to the battle with his son, Evan Martin, in the mix. Taking second with a low line pass on lap 11, the pair swapped the position twice more on laps 13 and 14 with Evan holding second.

Caution on lap 15 for Jeremy Campbell, the restart was short-lived with the red lights coming on a lap later for Zach Blurton, who had restarted fifth. Zach was unharmed.

Taking advantage of the clean air, Chappell pulled away on the restart. Keeping pace ahead of the Martin duo at the wave of the white flag, the expected checkered was replaced with another stoppage as Avery Goodman and Ben Brown tangled.

Evan Martin gave it his all, but could not get the run as Zach Chappell crossed 0.932 seconds ahead of the Heidbreder Foundation No. 4.

Taking third on the final restart, Warrior Region point’s leader Miles Paulus advanced to the final podium step after starting 14th. Randy Martin settled for fourth with Lance Norick in fifth.

The finish:

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 50Z-Zach Chappell, [2]; 2. 4-Evan Martin, [3]; 3. 21-Miles Paulus, [14]; 4. 14-Randy Martin, [1]; 5. 90-Lance Norick, [4]; 6. 37H-Nicholas Howard, [7]; 7. 8-Alex Sewell, [17]; 8. 44-Jared Sewell, [6]; 9. 11G-Mike Goodman, [22]; 10. 81A-Chris Morgan, [9]; 11. 26M-Fred Mattox, [16]; 12. 22-Sean McClelland, [19]; 13. 33-Austin Alumbaugh, [10]; 14. 46-Dusty Murray, [11]; 15. 3Z-Zach Davis, [18]; 16. 92J-J.R. Topper, [8]; 17. 11-Austin O’Neal, [15]; 18. 11A-Avery Goodman, [12]; 19. 75-Ben Brown, [21]; 20. 2J-Zach Blurton, [5]; 21. 10C-Jeremy Campbell, [13]; 22. 9$-Kyle Clark, [20]; 23. 88-Terry Easum, [23]