Yoho tried hard to promote a good show.
Interestingly, his own performance sets very high expectations that he is then held to.
On this evening, to his credit, they had one Mini Stock event. I dunno, a green and white one won.
The Street Stocks:
Perhaps the best race of the evening. It was pretty much non stop action.
Mason Love was there, but was being rather seriously outhandled down the straights and could not make up for it with his usual excellent performance behind the wheel. He would eventually finish third.
Cody Stickler was also there, and smoothly headed to the front in a sharp '77 Cutlass, but was run over (literally) by the eventual winner Robert Crisp.
Cody’s rear wheel bearing then began pouring 90 weight, and he was done for the evening in this class.
Crisp held off all comers for the win. Let’s say his style was “rough”…
The Late Model marathon started around 8:00pm. First, most of them pulled onto the infield for qualifying, but then we waited for the remainder to get “through tech”. Yoho referred to “a schedule” that “the late model drivers” did not keep. And so we waited. For a while…
The fans strolled onto the track to talk to their favorite drivers. After running them flat, Yoho changed the batteries in his mic and did a WWE impersonation…
I was thinking to myself that regardless, Yoho was responsible for the schedule.
After the eventual qualifying, the ever quick Jessie Dutilly qualified fastest. That was a bad move, as it turned out. They inverted 10 out of the 17 starters.
Fairly early on, they bunched up on the front stretch with Scott Grossenbacher pushing Dutilly into–and up and OVER–the new car of Jamie King.
Dutilly’s crew made repairs and he surprisingly was able to continue, as were Grossenbacher and King. After a few laps to no doubt get used to the “new” handling setup, Dutilly again started to carve his way through the field.
Just in time to be about the third car out of five or so that slid through apparently all of the oil from Becca Monopoli’s smoke free blown engine heading into turn one. These cars did not slow down at all and slammed hard into a pile against the outside wall. All suffered heavy damage and all left on at least on the hook, if not a rollback. Dutilly’s ride needs a front clip at a minimum, and possibly the entire car is done.
That left about 8 or so cars remaining. Veteran David King looked good moving up in his veteran ride to third until pulling in, apparently overcome from the never ending pressure cooker heat of the evening.
After that, they pretty much rolled around like Cup Cars at Loudon for sixty laps or so, with Anthony Cataldi leading by several car lengths all the way to take the victory.
Time for all of this to unfold–that is, to run one race–3+ hours.
I was unable to stay for the fireworks and Figure 8 cars, but the fireworks looked good from the parking lot on the way to the car and the figure eight field appears to have been light, with the versatile Cody Stickler taking the win.
Best Case of Yoho being Yoho:
Following the “Crown Vic” class, which was interesting even though there were three of them, the third place car would not move from “victory lane”. Here is an approximate transcript of the conversation, with Yoho on the mic:
Yoho: “Okay, third place, we will see you next week”.
Driver: "It won’t move, the tranny is done (while rowing around in the three forward gears).
Yoho: “Ya got reverse?”
Driver (surprised): “Well…actually…yeah”.
Yoho (pointing to pits): “Good. Get out of here!”
A good night at the track, although overshadowed by the usual stellar night at the track at Showtime.