Elko, MN July 7, 2012—Lonsdale’s Adam Royle made a bold “three wide” pass of Billy Mohn and Paul Paine on lap 12 of 40, then withstood three late race restarts to become the first NASCAR Super Late Model driver to earn his second win of 2012 Saturday July 7th at Elko Speedway.
The NASCAR Whelen All American Series headliner featured a 24 car starting grid which Derek Lemke led to the green, with Paine and Mohn moving to the top two positions on lap three as Royle, Jason Schneider, Mike Hanson and Brian Roach joined the battle. As Paine and Mohn battled high and low for early control, another battle saw Royle and then Schneider work around Lemke for third and fourth by lap nine. It was at this point that Royle made the decision to challenge the lead tandem , darting around the pair exiting turn two powering to the point before the first caution flew on lap 14 as Schneider lost the handle in turn four, starting a wild eight car pileup as drivers spun high and low trying to avoid the carnage.
On the ensuing restart, Royle charged to the lead with Mohn and Paine challenging in front of a fast closing Bryan Roach, Mike Hanson, Steve Anderson and Nick Barstad. As the field passed the midpoint, Royle had established a five car length advantage over Mohn with Roach, Barstad and Mark Lamoreaux working into the top five before successive cautions on lap 27 and 29 bunched the field tightly. On the third restart, Royle held off a determined run by Mohn only to see the caution fly a final time on lap 34 as Lemke lost the handle on his Dodge. With the single file restart ordered after 3 cautions, Royle was able to dictate the tempo on the final restart and pulled away from Mohn to earn his second feature win of the season, with Mohn second, Lamoreaux third, Roach fourth and Schneider rebounding from the early spin to earn a top five as Barstad’s apparent third place finish was tossed out after failing post race tech.
In the Thunder Cars, Adam Wiebusch and Kyle Kirberger raced side by side for the first four laps fighting for the lead before a spinning Johnny Magnum brought out the caution on lap five. On the restart, Wiebusch again took the lead, but Brent Kane closed quickly to move by Kirberger for second on lap seven, with Steve Anderson and Michael Gilomen joining the top five by lap 10. Once in second, Kane made a steady charge to reel in Wiebusch on lap 13 taking the lead, with Anderson and Gilomen working their way to second and third by lap 15.
As the fans began to stir, it was Anderson working the high line to perfection in closing on Kane, taking the point on lap 18 and never looking back as he roared to the win, earning the MONSTER Energy Performance of the Week with Kane, Gilomen, Wiebusch and Kirberger earning top fives.
The Power Stocks featured a wild battle throughout the 20 lap main as Josiah King paced the action through the first 15 laps before John Lebens came rolling by to take the lead on lap 16 enroute to the victory in the caution free race, with King, Taylor Goldman, Paul Hamilton and Bryan Wrolstad earning top fives.
Topping off the racing action were the Mini Stocks and despite a smallish field, the action didn’t disappoint as Jack Purcell, Blake Dorweiler, Justin Schelitzche and John VanDen Heuvel battled two and three wide throughout the 15 lapper before Purcell pulled away for the win, with Dorweiler, Schelitzche, VanDen Heuvel and Aaron Hopkins scoring top fives.
The raucus holiday crowd was also treated to great action by the Stinger Monster Truck, Guilty by Association Freestyle Moto Cross, Spectator Drags, Flag Pole Races and a Steel Wall Bus Crash before Fireworks capped off the action packed EVE of DESTRUCTION RAW.
The action resumes at Elko Speedway on Saturday July 14, 2012 with CHRISTMAS IN JULY, featuring Santa handing out gift bags to the first 200 kids 12 and under, plus FREE Sleigh Rides, a Box Car contest and the best in NASCAR Whelen All American Series action. Spectator gates open at 5pm, with qualifying at 6pm and the green flag flying at 7pm.