Short Track Nationals Night #1
Heat one (started): 1. Cody Gardner 88R (2) 2. Sam Hafertepe Jr. 15H (8) 3. Tyson Hall 5x (1) 4. Cannon McIntosh 08 (3) 5. Zach Pringle 8z (7) 6. Justin Webb 31 (5) 7. Spencer Meredith 21m (9) 8. Gary Floyd 58 (6) 9. Martin Edwards 45 (4)
10-lap heats used passing points to send the top 40 to four Qualifiers. Tonight’s action did not have a bearing on Saturday’s finale other than the top point getters in combined points between Friday and Saturday, who don’t qualify for the feature Saturday will start 19th and 20th. Gardner led the distance in this one. Hall and McIntosh trailed him early. Z. Pringle was up to fifth early on. Hafertepe was on the move from the tail, going from sixth to fourth on lap three. Meredith had a left front tire fly off at the halfway point. Hafertepe shot to third on the restart. He’d pass Hall for second with two to go. Edwards exited emanating smoke while running fourth.
Heat two (started): 1. Dustin Gates 6 (3) 2. Brady Bacon 99B (6) 3. Channin Tankersley 17T (4) 4. Eric Lutz 5 (7) 5. Chase Howard 44c (2) 6. Dakota Gaines D6 (5) 7. Joe Young 12T (8) 8. Kenny Coke 24 (1)
Gates led from flag to flag. C. Howard trailed him early, followed by Tankersley. Bacon was on the move. He was fifth by lap two, then took fourth from Gaines on lap four. Meanwhile, Lutz moved from the back to fifth. On lap seven, Bacon passed Tankersley and C. Howard for second. He and Tankersley put on a good race. Lutz would get by C. Howard on the last lap for fourth.
Heat three (started): 1. Mike Goodman 11G (1) 2. Matt Covington 95 (6) 3. Johnny Herrera 45x (3) 4. Terry Gray 10 (2) 5. Brandon Hanks 84 (5) 6. Kevin Hinkle 21K (7) 7. Dewayne White 10K (4) DNS – Travis Rilat 00
Goodman led throughout. Gray was second early, followed by Herrera. Gray and Goodman put on a great race for the lead. On lap three, Covington had moved from the tail to fourth. He took third from Herrera on lap six, as you could throw a blanket on the top four. Herrera would battle back by Covington, and then made contact with Gray. Both drivers lost spots, and Covington snatched second.
Heat four (started): 1. Marshall Skinner 26 (1) 2. Tim Crawley 1x (4) 3. Joe B. Miller 51B (2) 4. Wayne Johnson 2c (5) 5. Morgan Turpen 10m (6) 6. Jeff Swindell 94 (8) 7. Ernie Ainsworth 91A (3) 8. Chance McCrary 13m (7)
Skinner led the distance in what was clearly the stoutest heat. It included the I-30 track champ (Ainsworth), two-time USCS champ Turpen, four-time STN winner Crawley, and former STN winner Johnson, as well as Skinner, Miller and Swindell. It was a tough draw for McCrary. The battle was on for second most of the race. Miller held off Crawley until the veteran nipped him at the finish line. W. Johnson took fourth from Turpen on lap four.
Heat five (started): 1. Howard Moore 40 (3) 2. Koty Adams 21A (7) 3. Cody Howard 57 (1) 4. Robbie Price 1 (5) 5. Jason Howell 44 (2) 6. Rick Kahler 72K (6) 7. Jake Knight 93 (4) 8. Burt Wilson 10K2 (8)
Moore led the distance, grabbing the lap one lead and pulling away for the win. Adams used the low side to shoot from seventh to third on lap one. He’d take second from C. Howard on lap five, while Price moved into third. With a lap to go, Price would do a 360 spin, but hold fourth.
Heat six (started): 1. Jordon Mallett 14 (3) 2. Seth Bergman 23 (6) 3. Chris Martin 44m (5) 4. Carson Short 21x (7) 5. Dale Howard 47 (2) 6. Brad Bowden 39 (4) 7. Tucker Doughty 2x (8) 8. Dale Wester 12w (1)
Mallett led D. Howard and Wester early. Bowden moved into third on lap three, and C. Martin was fourth by lap four. C. Martin used the high side to pass Bowden for third on lap five. With a lap to go, the battle for second was three-wide. Bergman came from nowhere on the high side to take second, while Short did the same to grab fourth on the last lap.
Heat seven (started): 1. Dylan Westbrook 47x (6) 2. Harli White 17w (2) 3. Wally Henson 2H (3) 4. Blake Jenkins 99J (1) 5. Alex Hill 77x (5) 6. Claud Estes III 74E (3) 7. Scott Smith 12 (8) 8. Adam Miller 32m (7)
White led Jenkins and a charging Westbrook on lap one. Westbrook provided the entertainment, busting the cushion on both end. He claimed second by lap two, and shot around White for the point on lap three. Henson made a pass of Jenkins with two to go to grab third.
Heat eight (started): 1. Tony Bruce Jr. 86 (3) 2. Derek Hagar JR (7) 3. Jamie Ball 5J (4) 4. Jan Howard 121 (1) 5. Joseph Miller 30 (2) 6. Layne Himebaugh 94L (8) 7. Wade Woolsey 29w (5) 8. Sammy Swindell 3 (6)
Bruce got by the row one starters to lead lap one over J. Howard and Jos. Miller. Ball spun with a lap in the books, bringing caution. S. Swindell was on the move from outside row three and grabbed third on the restart with Hagar in tow. Hagar would get by Sammy, before a throttle linkage issue sidelined Swindell. Bruce led J. Howard, Hagar, Jos. Miller and Ball back to green. Hagar grabbed second on the restart. Ball would bounce back from the tail to gain third at the white flag.
Heat nine (started): 1. Blake Hahn 52 (6) 2. Skylar Gee 99 (8) 3. Ryan Bickett 17B (4) 4. Ronny Howard 44H (1) 5. John Carney II J2 (5) 6. Eric Baldaccini 0 (2) 7. Rick Pringle 38 (7) 8. Kyle Clark 9$ (3)
R. Howard led early over Clark and Bickett. Clark lost a steering bolt a lap in, but avoided a serious incident. R. Howard led Bickett, Hahn, Carney and Baldaccini back to green. Bickett would surge to the lead with Hahn in tow. Hahn would shoot by Bickett for the lead on lap four. A lap later, Gee, ripping the cushion, would cruise by R. Howard for third. Gee would continue his charge, gaining second from Bickett with three to go.