EAST WENATCHEE — Kevin Bull of East Wenatchee won the Thunder Cars race Saturday after winning the heat race with a track record-setting time of 14.64 seconds around Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval quarter mile track.
Tire rule changes for the 2013 season in the TC class which allow Hoosier Super Late Model take-offs helped in the record-setting finish.
“That stabilizes the drive,” Bull said. “And we also got some bugs worked out.”
For the second TC race, Bull fixed wiring issues in his 1981 Chevy Malibu, which he said is ready for the 75-lap CAN/AM Challenge in two weeks.
Chris Vanamberg led the seven-car field to begin the 35-lap race. Bull passed Vanamberg, who finished second, on the outside of lap seven.
Zack Beaman of Yakima, the 2012 Rookie of the Year crown winner, won his first main race in the West Coast Street Stock Series.
Beaman earned 100 points in the series’ third race — the WVSO Cascade 75 — placing him third overall in the WCSSS.
He workded his way from the middle toward the front of the 18-car pack in his 1994 Pontiac Firebird. He made it into third by lap 23 and collided with a pileup on lap 58 on turn three, which tore up the nose of his car.
“I came around the corner and knew there was no avoiding it,” he said. “I came in, we tore the hood off and fixed a couple of things and went back out.”
Hoodless and with a near miss radiator crunch, he passed second-place finisher Dave Lund around lap 67 and held first through the checkered flag.
Cameron Bruggman finished first in the Super Tuners main on three cylinders of his 1996 Dodge Neon. He led from lap 12 on.
“I thought she was gonna go,” Bruggman said of his car. “It gradually slowed and I didn’t know if I was going to finish the race.”
Sean Syth, 12, won the Youth Tuners 25-lap race after riding in second well ahead of the rest of the pack for most of the race.