First Responder Night Sees Hot Temps and Hotter Points Battles
On a night when the temperature and heat index made it feel like a frying pan in the pits as well as the stands, the racers that came out to Dominion Saturday night put on a great show for First Responder Night that saw one driver become a four time winner and one driver win his first ever race at Dominion.
The MN upholstery UCAR class got things kicked off a little later than the usual start time due to the heat and it looked like the temperature wasn’t going to be the only hot thing at the track. Reggie Alcaraz sat on the pole to start the race after a six car invert. At the drop of the green, Alcaraz missed a shift but was able to drop to the bottom of track causing him to get shuffled back several spots. With only two laps in the books, Cameron Ruggles and Kris Kurtz got together coming out of turn four and effectively ended both of their nights. Tempers rose just like the heat index, but cooler heads prevailed. Once racing resumed, Ryan Pritt looked to put some standing points between he and Ruggles and that is exactly what he did driving away for his fourth checkered flag in the MN Upholstery domestic division. Alcaraz was able to fight back and take his first ever win at Dominion raceway. He dedicated the win to his Mother who passed away recently. “It was pretty tough. It got me once my nephew Ryan gave me the checkered flag and said take your victory lap so I cherish this one the most for my Mom and all the guys that help us and everything. I can’t do it with out them,”.
Dominion stocks had a 40 lap feature, the longest of the night. Travis Weber took the pole in qualifying and thanks to drawing a one for the invert, that’s where he started the race followed by Gary Burke, Andrew Condrey and Barry Beebe. Condrey drove his way to the lead with only two laps complete and was never really challenged for the rest of the feature. Only one caution brought the field back together with 15 laps left, but Condrey was able to get a great restart and go on to win his second feature on the year and make the points battle even that much closer after the evenings race. Coming into the night, four points separated Burke, Todd Ruggles and Condrey. The finishing order was Condrey, Burke and Ruggles.
The Dominion Racer division had a tight battle for points between Cole Bruce and Aaron Donnelly with only 4 points separating them coming into the night with Richard Storm and Davey Callihan on the outside looking in. The race between Bruce and Donelly is even closer after Saturday night, two points separate the two, and Callihan is making a bid to be in the discussion after picking up his second victory in a row, thanks to an incident between Bruce and Donnelly that left the door wide open for Callihan to drive right through. With four laps to go, Bruce got a run on Donnelly going into turn one, got into Donnelly’s quarter panel which caused Donnelly to spin which allowed Callihan to drive through the incident and take over the top spot. Bruce and Donnelly both went to the back of the field for the restart and Donnelly would come back to finish second with Bruce third. Stablemates Richard Storm and Barry Moore rounded out the top five.
Modified ran 35 caution free laps and saw the Humblet’s, Chris and Jimmy, flex their muscle on the field once again to come home one two in their feature. J. Humblet started fourth and C. Humblet started fifth in the field and they systematically picked their way through the field to get to the front. C. Humblet picked up his division leading third win of the year and more importantly was able to decrease Chris Johnson’s points lead by four after the evening making yet another tight points battle just over midway through the season. Top five finishers were C. Humblet, J. Humblet, C. Johnson, Mike Rudy and Michael Johnson.
The Mini Mod class saw the return of Jesse Jones to Dominion for the first time in about a year and he wasted no time putting his machine out front after starting third on the grid thanks to a three car invert. The feature ran caution free and saw Jones go to victory lane followed by Jon Carte, Joe Riley, Keith Riley and Steve Brady
Any car division saw Robb Almy pick up his first win of the year. Pete Sullivan was second, Amanda Simpson third and Kim Oliver fourth.
Dominion is off until August 10th. Currently scheduled features will be twins for the Late Models, Dominion Stocks, UCARS, Any Cars, Mini Mods and Legends. Gates open at 5 and the green flag drops at 7pm.