By: Russell Wheeler
For the second consecutive week, the drivers in the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Model division at Rockford Speedway had a terrific view of Jon Reynolds Jr's back bumper.
'Driver X' marched to the front of the 13 car field on Windsor Auto Sales Night, taking the lead from Dave Edwards at the halfway point of the 30 lap main event en route his fourth victory of the year and his second consecutive win. Reynolds also garnered Fast Time honors during qualifications and won the evenings Fast Dash.
During the Late Model feature, Reynolds' biggest threat was in the form of seven-time Track Champion Ricky Bilderback. Bilderback, who elected to start the race from the tail of the field, made his way into second by lap 20. Eyeing the $1800 Gerber Ultimate Challenge Bonus, Bilderback aggressively raced through the field before dueling with Reynolds. Despite his best efforts, Bilderback's try for big money fell short. Reynolds sprinted away from the field for the win, with point leader Alex Papini getting by Bilderback late for second. Bilderback held onto third while being pressured by Jerry Gille, who settled for fourth.
Beloits Johnny Robinson II got to the right place at the right time and eventually found the right spot on the way to his second feature win of the year in the Bargain Hunter Sportsman division. Robinson moved into the top five early in the 25 lap feature race, watching a major incident behind him wipe out over a quarter of the field then making the winning pass for the lead shortly after.
Multi-time track champion Darrell Garman assumed the race lead early, with Robinson moving from sixth to third in the first few laps. On lap three, John Dietrichs machine would lose oil on the track causing his car to stop, and causing four other machines to pile into the wall, including point leader Doug Bennett and third place point man Daryl Gerke. All cars would roll away, but only Bennett was able to continue. When racing resumed, Robinson began to work on Garman, snagging the lead on lap seven and never looking back. Bennett raced back through the field, making it to second spot, trailing only Robinson to the checkers. Pat Featherston finished the 25 laps in third, with Brett McCoy in fourth.
Kyle Lapier continued his winning ways in the Miller Lite American Short Tracker division, collecting his third straight feature win and sixth overall. Lapier overtook Nick Letsinger for the third straight week for the lead on the way to the victory. Once again, Lapier would have to hold off a strong challenege from point leader Nick Cina Jr on his way to victory lane. Behind Lapier and Cina, Zach Rodriguez finished third, with Rodney Gilley taking the fourth spot.
73 year old Gene Marocco thrilled the crowd during the 20 lap Rockstar Energy Drink Roadrunner feature, advancing from his 14th starting spot to take the lead from Jeff Alendorf with two laps to go on the way to his third win of the season. Allendorf would settle for second after leading most of the races second half. Point leader Arlyn Roush advanced from 18th starting spot to finish third.
Jeff Fandrich outlasted 22 other competitors on his way to the win in the evenings final event, 'Nicks Beatin N Bangin Boat Race.' The win came just three weeks after Fandrich claimed victory in the World Famous Figure 8 Trailer Race.
This article was posted to the website on August 26th, 2013
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