The Thunder came back to the Flathead Valley last Saturday night at Montana Raceway Park. Some racers blew the cobwebs out of their cars, while others had to figure out their freshly built machines at opening night of the High Banked Super Oval and what a night it was. Saturday Night featured the Lucas Oil Super Stocks, the Don K Hobby Stocks, Flathead Beacon Bombers, CHS Legends, and the Bandoleros. The night transpired with some photo finishes and one of the largest crowds in opening night history.
The Bandolero division kicked things off for the night with their trophy dash. Brothers Brock and Bryce Denney, who last year maintained strong control over the class, displayed their experience and skill once again as Bryce won the trophy while his brother, Brock finished a close second, new comer Colby White rounded out the top 3 for the dash. In the Heat race Brock edged out his brother Bryce, while Colby White again rounded off the top three. In the Main event for the Bandolero class, Bryce Denney and Brock displayed their skill once more as Bryce edged out Brock to take the Main event while Corey White once again finished third.
The CHS Legends made their debut for the 2013 season. The class had some solid racing all through the night but the number 13 car of Dave Daughtry had a terrific night. In the trophy dash Daughtry began a night of victories as he went on to sweep the entire night of racing for the Legends. Daughtry took the checkers in the trophy, heat, and main event races. Brothers Trevor and Tristan Corpron also had strong night’s, placing well in all of the races.
The wild and crazy Flathead Beacon Bombers, one of the fan favorites, kicked their season off. The night was highlighted by a strong showing by Bill McCallum who took second in the trophy dash and went on to win the heat and main event races. Troy Pilgrim won the Trophy dash and finished third in the heat and main. Josh Norris also performed well taking 3rd in the trophy. Norris is running a newer car this season and tried his best to catch McCallum, but in the end had to settle for second in the main.
The Don K Hobby Stocks races all featured close finishes. However, Dustin Martell pulled away from the pack by winning the Main and the Heat races and finishing third in the trophy dash. The other racers seemed to be evenly matched as no other racer finished as consistently well as Dustin Martell. Rick Mitchell had two top three finishes and Steven Hrisook brought home the hardware in the trophy race.
The Lucas Oil Super-stocks rounded out the night. This class is one of our most exciting classes at the track. Racing was very competitive, as no driver won multiple races. Dalton Halden, Tylor Schweigert, Kirk Hennefer, and Tyler Corpron, all took home wins. Hennefer and Halden won the Heat races, Corpron won the Trophy dash and finally Schweigert won the main event. Schweigert kicked his year off in style by besting his previous track record in the division and putting down a 13.363. If this first event is any indication about what is to come later in the season, a very competitive battle will be brewing to take home the points championship.
The Thunder will continue to rumble this weekend. On Saturday TTC Thornton and Kalispell Toyota present the second Annual G.E.T. Rich at the Montana Gold 212 featuring the Kalispell Toyota Super Late Models, Flathead Beacon Bombers, and the Hornets. Drivers from all over the Western US and Canada will be competing for their share of over $35,000 in gold and cold hard cash.
This event is also very special for the fans. With the purchase of a program spectators will be able to have a chance to win numerous prizes including gift certificates, LCD Televisions, Scooters, and much more. One lucky fan will also go home with a 1 ounce gold bar. Kids will also be big winners Saturday as 24 kids bikes will be given away. This event fires up this Saturday with time trials at 6pm and racing beginning at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now online.
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