Shawn Claar’s miserable 2012 racing luck changed just in time as he roared to victory Saturday night at Thunder Valley. It was an emotional win as it came in the annual Shawn McGarvey Memorial event at the track.
In other action, Tom Warren won the Semi Late event, Willy Ling was the Pure stock victor and Dan Jackson won the 4 Cylinder finale.
Shawn Claar, who has had car trouble in the 25 lappers this season, was on the point for this 30 lapper. He shot to the lead on the first lap and ran off from the field. Behind him Wayne Johnson and Doug Glessner battled for second for much of the race before Johnson moved away in the closing laps. Greg Fetters moved out of the pack ti run Glessner down late but he ran out of laps. Several cautions for minor issues closed the field but Claar was clearly the class of the field and ran off unchallenged to the win.
At the finish it was Claar, Johnson, Doug Glessner, Fetters, Tom Decker, Chuck Clise, Gene Kain, Matt Sponaugle, Ron Bottenfield and Dwayne Taneyhill. Clise and Fetters won the heats.
Jamie Kohan was the early Semi Late leader until Tom warren got by. Warren held sway over the field until about halfway when Jim Sayler arrived on his march thrugh the pack. Sayler gave him all he could handle including a last lap charge but Warren held to the finish line. At the finish it was Warren, Saylor, Kohan, Greg Cornell, Dave Whetstone, Bill McClellan, Bill Pluta, Jeff Benson, Greg Hainsey and Vigi Zuccollotto. Warren and Cornell won the heats.
After some late race drama, Willy Ling hung on to win his first Pure Stock event in exactly a year at the track. Ling blasted by pole sitter Brian Shaw at the start and then held off pesky Shaw for the duration. Charlie Walter joined the equation late as he ran down the lead pack and made it a three way at the front. Last lap drama interrupted Ling’s run to his win as two cars in the pack crashed in turn one in front of the leaders. Ling got through but Shaw bounced off one of the cars and was damaged. During that cleanup, a bank of lights went off delaying the program for a half hour before Ling could complete the last last lap.
It was a wild last lap when racing resumed as Ling held off a furious challenge from Walter heading for the flag . Walter then got tagged by Ryan Beckett coming off turn 4. Walter spun , doing a 360 in front of the field but stayed on the hammer as everyone scattered. With mayhem in the mirror, Ling raced across the finish line. Beckett took second. In the chaos, Chad Walter rallied for third ahead of Justin Milburn, Jarrod Brown and Russ Hartman. Charlie Walter recovered from the thrill show demonstration to take sixth, ahead of Mike Ott, Mike Duck, Terry Mitchell and Greg Beckett. Brown failed post race inspection so many in the field moved up a spot. Ling and Duck won the heats.
Dan Jackson held off a furious challenge from Keith Deeter to claim the 4 Cylinder win. Deeter several times inched ahead but Jackson prevailed. Deeter settled for second ahead of Robert Pluta, Ray Wright and Jeremy Miller. Deeter and Jackson won the heats.
LATE MODEL 30 LAP SHAWNMCGARVEY MEMORIAL 1 Shawn Claar, 2 Wayne Johnson, 3 Doug Glessner, 4 Greg Fetters, 5 Tom Decker, 6 Chuck Clise, 7 Gene Kain, 8 Matt Sponaugle, 9 Ron Bottenfield, 10 Dwayne Taneyhill, Chris Harr, 12 Bill Burns, 13 Derek Sala, 14 Ted Gallaher, 15 Chris Rhodes, 16 Cory Weaver, 17 Dave Lee, 18 Justin Hess, DNS Dan Lee and Tom Decker III
SEMI LATE 20 LAP 1 Tom Warren, 2 Jim Sayler, 3 Jamie Kohan, 4 Greg Cornell, 5 Dave Whetstone, 6 Bill McClellan, 7 Bill Pluta, 8 Jeff Benson, 9 Greg Hainsey, 10 Vigi Zuccollotto
PURE STOCK 18 LAP 1 Willy Ling, 2 Ryan Beckett, 3 Chad Walter, 4 Justin Milburn, 5 Russ Hartman, 6 Charlie Walter, 7 Mike Ott, 8 Mike Duck, 9 Terry Mitchell, 10 Greg Beckett, 11 Brian Shaw, 12 Preston Imler, 13 Denny Norris, 14 Jesse Hunt, 15 Tom Shaffer, DQ Jarrod Brown.
4 CYLINDER 15 LAP 1 Dan Jackson, 2 Keith Deeter, 3 Robert Pluta, 4 Ray Wright, 5 Jeremy Miller, 6 Dustin Drake, 7 Nick Zborovancik, 8 Mike Meck, 9 Ernie Bowser, 10 Mike Hagens, 11 Tyler Beckett