Allen Figures Out Yakima
YAKIMA, Wash. – Cody Allen, a 14-year old second generation driver in the Hornet division, scored his first career main event victory at Yakima Speedway on Saturday night.
Allen, son of Pure Stock driver Rob Allen, nabbed the top spot in qualifying en route to the victory. Starting last on the grid the teen battled through traffic to assume the lead at lap 10 and never looked back in capturing the once in a lifetime victory.
Bobby Trujillo, Daniel Morfin, Jeff Ball and Paul Townsend rounded out the top-5 at the checkered flag.
Jack Anderson claimed his second consecutive victory in the Pure Stock division as he outlasted the hard charging Chris Marang. Rob Allen, Marang, Anderson and Mike Denton fought fiercely throughout the main event for positions with Marang and Allen making contact near lap 15. Marang would recover for a third place finish while Denton scored the runner-up position to Anderson.
Darrell Tidrick returned to the Speedway’s victory lane in 2013, this time behind the wheel of a Late Model Sportsman as the son of Brad Tidrick brook the track record in qualifying the glided through the main event to wrap up his victory Randy Marshall Jr. and Cody Walker each took turns atop the leader board but would not be able to hold Tidrick back in the late going and settled for second and third place respectively.
Tidrick was not done visiting victory circle as he jumped into the Bump to Pass car qualified by Josh Aguirre and wheeled it to a win with Julie McAlpin running a strong second place in her return to Speedway action after taking much of the season off.
Joe Stevens, Todd Nunn and Kellie Zacharias rounded out the top-5 running order.
Buck Noel Jr. earned top honors in Hobby Sportsman qualifying then back it up with a win in the A-Trophy Dash. During the main event Noel and Kyler Conduff showed the strength of their cars as the hung around the front of the field while Rich Peters, who arrived in time to start in the back of the main event, patently worked his way through the division’s field of cars to take over the top spot late in the finale.
Noel and Peters would make contact battling for the lead with Noel being sent to the rear of the field on the restart. The defending division champion battled back through the pack to claim the third place position just behind Conduff and Peters.
Mike Valcich made it a clean sweep of the night’s racing in the Mini-Stock division as he topped the field in qualifying, earned the A-Trophy Dash victory then went out and set a torrid pace to claim the main event.
Joshua Henne and Josh Parmentier put up a fight to stay with Valcich but ran out of time at the end of the main event and settled for second and third place respectively.