Bronson Controls BRP Late Model Battle
Grady Christian fought hard with Mike Stalnaker the whole way, and Christian out dueled Stalnaker for the runner-up spot. Scotty Kay, Jr. slipped to fourth, his worst finish at the three-eighths-mile, and Devin Walker maintained his points lead with a top five.
Bryan Bernhardt jumped to the lead from pole, but was overtaken by “The Killer” Kyle Bronson just three laps into the event. Just a lap later, Jamie Slatton got into the turn four wall to bring out the yellow flag. After crews worked to get the No. 11 of Slatton off, the field went back to work to try to get around Bronson.
Bronson wished them luck, then promptly rode away and threw the knife down by race’s end. Bronson, currently third in the NeSmith Late Model Touring Series standings, took home a Weekly Series win in dominant fashion over Bernhardt. Jack Nosbisch, Jr. was able to jump up to third with Jeff mathews and Tyler Clem the top five.
The 1-800-ASK GARY Thunder Stocks were given the chance to run for $400 to win and that made it even better for Brandon Elwood who was able to take the lead from outside pole. Elwood held on through a lap three caution for Melvin Fockler who had stopped in turn four.
On lap nine, Jeff Stalnaker Jr., or got around Elwood for the lead, but Stalnaker saw it go away on lap thirteen when Justin Walker and Stalnaker found themselves looping around in turn one. Stalnaker had a tire go down, and decided to just end his night rather than change it and go to the tail. That left Mike Tovet with the lead, one he would not relinquish. Elwood finished runner-up once more over Randy Strehle, Tony Campbell and Mike Valdes.
The Rent-N-Roll Gladiators finished the night with Stephen Frankland going flag-to-flag without much of a fight. Tyler Bryden held with him for the opening five laps, but the No. 31T fell off towards the last few laps. Frankland knows Bryden is a threat, but with six wins in his last eight starts, Frankland is sitting pretty in the standings. “Super” Dave Ladrie finished third, but was later disqualified for a tire issue, which moves Jeremy Cessna to third in his career debut.