Rauen Tops Matthees at CBC Finale at Elko Speedway
It looked like Lance Matthees might make it two-for-two in the final 2011 weekend of the Dart Corn Belt Clash Series but trouble with a lapped car allowed ‘Hammer Down’ Jason Rauen to drive his M-B Customs #98 to the topside in the closing laps to take the win and the $3,000 pay day in the series final event of the season.
Matthees and Chris Simpson started on the front row as determined by the re-draw after threatening weather had to cancel the Kindll LLC Fast Dash and put a delay in the night’s A-Main. After Elko Speedway track crews worked to get the dirt surface, laid over the track’s normal asphalt surface, back into shape after a rain drizzle mix made its way over the facility, it was Friday night’s winner Matthees who sped out to an early lead. He held the point over Chris Simpson, Jason Rauen, Tim Isenberg and newly crowned CBC Champion Chad Simpson.
The race took an interesting twist on lap 6 when Chad make contact with brother Chris in turns 1 and 2 while battling for the second position that resulted in the #32 spinning. As the yellow flag was displayed, a multi-car incident happened on the exit of turn four as John Kaanta ended up on his side after attempting to avoid another slowed car. On the ensuring restart following the Simpson/Simpson/Kaanta incident, Matthees re-took the lead with Rauen now in the runner-up position after both Simpson were sent to the tail of the field.
Mathees continued to lead the event, pulling out to almost a straightway lead over Rauen, Tim Isenberg and Justin Mitchell. Heavily lapped traffic slowed Matthees who stayed glued to the bottom groove and Rauen began to close the gap. In the closing laps, Rauen made a charge on the top-side exiting turn two to over take leader Matthees, using the lapped car as a pick, to take the lead. Rauen pulled away from Friday night’s winner over the final two laps to take the win in the series final race of 2011 over Matthees, Isenberg, Justin Mitchell and Jill George.
Heats were won by Chris Simpson, Lance Matthees and Chad Simpson
The series 2011 champion is Chad Simpson, second is Tim Isenberg and third is Chris Simpson.
Hooker Harness Hard Charger : Adam Hensel
Kindll LLC.com Business Solutions Fast Dash: Not Awarded
Quarter Master Hard Luck Award: John Kaanta
Hoosier WRS D-55 Tire Draw Winner: Andrew McKay
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