June 10th, 2012
For the second time in three events, Chuck Clise roared to the win Saturday night at Thunder Valley. His win came with a late rally in the Late Model 25 lap event Saturday night. Tom Warren also rallied from the pack to claim the 20 lap Semi Late win. Brian Shaw, the reigning Pure Stock champion, won for the first time ever in that division. Dave Lambert took the 4 Cylinder closer. Randy Doty won the special All American event in their only visit of the year.
Chris Rhodes led the Late Model field to the green and grabbed the early lead. Tom Decker challenged and the two made contact at the end of lap two. Rhodes hit the wall then careened across the track collecting Greg Fetters in a grinding crash. That was just the start of the mayhem as 11 cautions flew in the first nine laps of the race, several for grinding crashes
Decker had inherited the lead after the first crash and held on through all the interruptions but Clise was inching forward. He showed up in third behind Decker and Doug Glessner on lap eight and was clearly fast. Clise got by Glessner and was up to second when the final caution flew on lap 13. For 5 laps after that, Clise stalked Decker until finally shooting by with 5 to go. Clise opened up a wide lead at the finish as Decker fell back into the clutches of Mike Altobelli Jr . Read more »