EAST WENATCHEE — The local classes at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval concluded Saturday with championship races, but overall champions will not be announced until Wednesday, when the final points are rechecked.
“They’re going to go through the whole season and make sure those that have the points actually earned them,” said Mini Super Stocks driver Justin Childress.
Going into Saturday, the Mini Super Stocks had the closest race between the top three competitors, with Childress leading by five points. He finished 10th Saturday, with the next closest driver, Josh Ingram, finishing first.
“I’m not sure exactly what the final points are,” Childress said. “But I would have had to finish second with Ingram in first to have a shot at the championship.”
Before champions are announced, a few classes leave little suspense as to who will earn the title.
Sean Syth won Saturday’s race and likely the championship in the Youth Tuners, the youngest age class at the WVSO.
The youth race started with a several bangs. Two separate caution flags flew around the oval before the drivers could record even one lap. Once the race got under way, a four-car pileup in the middle of the pack on the first lap allowed Syth to move up just behind the leaders.
Syth waited behind the leaders, where two visiting cars bumped each other around the track, until lap 10, when he found a safe route to pass and leave the pack behind for the remainder of the 15-lap main, shortened 10 laps from the schedule.
Main races were cut short due to the excessive time delays from caution flags after wrecks and spinouts throughout the evening.
“In a word, mayhem,” Childress said of the excessive caution flags. “We had a lot of cautions. Just slow cars mixed with fast cars, ill-handling cars.”
Childress’ car suffered a flat tire on lap 12, and he left the shortened Minis race dragging sparks.
“That would have been nice to know the race was shortened,” he said. “If I would have known, I would have kept racing on a flat tire.”
The pressure of winning the championship on a double-points night was intensified when drivers figured out their race would be shortened.
The Late Models ended on lap 41 of the scheduled 50 laps with Chad Holiday taking first.
Jason Ogle led for the majority of the race until lap 24, when Holiday took first on a move on the outside.
Ogle, Holiday and Michael Knutson led for the majority of the race until all three connected and spun out, leaving Todd Walters, patient in fourth place, with the lead. Behind Walters, Knutson and Stephanie Evans followed in second and third.
With two laps left in the race, Evans spun out, leaving Holiday to take the lead and win. Seth Frazier won the Thunder Cars race, but Kevin Bull will likely win the championship based on points.
Frazier, Glenn Knutson established themselves as part of the lead pack early in the shortened 30-lap main race.
But later on, Bull, leading in the points race, fought to pass Knutson and Troy Lannoye. The battle between those three happened behind Frazier in the lead. Knutson and Lannoye had Bull beat around lap 17, and the tension grew for the next 10 laps. Rounding lap 28, Bull finally connected with Lannoye around the opposite straightaway, a collision in which Bull was sent to the back for the fault and Lannoye kept his place in third.
Jordan Hendrickson finished first in the Super Tuners Class, but Cameron Bruggman was sitting 47 points in front of the nearest competitor in the points race. Bruggman finished sixth in the race, but came in first in seven of 10 races during the season to establish a commanding lead.