Heath Conquers Skagit Showdown
ALGER, Wash. — In front of a packed crowd at ASA Member track Skagit Speedway Colton Heath captured the first Sportsman Sprint Showdown.
Travis Meins won the Outlaw Hornet main event. The big crowd was treated to great racing and a nice night of warm weather and sunshine.
The Sportsman Sprint Showdown started with time-ins and a new track record of 12.811 set by Justin Bienert of Alberta, Canada. The qualifying heats took 3 cars straight to the A Main event. Top three in the heats were Stephen Reeves, Bienert and Jesse Thistle in heat one. Rob Schroder, Derek Roberts and Kyle Secord in heat two. In heat three it wasWes Tyra, Cory Swatzina and Zach MaCabe. The fourth and final heat top three were Ashley Lewellen, Clayton Sibley and Roger Oudman.
In the B main event, Colton Heath led all 20 laps. Surviving numerous cautions as teams battled to earn the top 6 spots of the A Main. Those top six were Heath, James Bundy, Bill Rude, Skyler Pawlowicz, Curtis Clark and Ray Parker. Filling the 19th and 20th starting spots were the two fastest qualifiers on the final and those were Ben Gunderson and Christian Michel.
Twenty cars took the Kirby Hoyle green flag and before the first lap could be completed three cars were tangled up in turn four causing a restart. On the restart Derek Roberts beat Justin Beinert into turn one and took off opening up a nice lead. By the 6th lap Roberts was in heavy traffic and being closed in on by McCabe and Beinert. Colton Heath who started 13th after his B Main event win was up to the third position by lap 8 and second on lap 16. Heath ran down Roberts in traffic and passed him for the lead on the 22nd lap. Heath led the final 7 laps for the win with Roberts holding off McCabe for second.
Point leader Freddie Vela suffered some front-end damage late in the Outlaw Hornet main event and faded to eighth place, one of his worst finishes of the season. Second in points Rick Young came from 20th starting to finish 5th and pick up some valuable points in the championship chase. The 17-lap feature win went to Travis Meins with Mike Powers, Jr. and Vance Hibbard also reaching the podium. Vela and Meins were the heat race winners.