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    Default Illiana Speedway story/summary July 30

    By Tony Baranek

    SCHERERVILLE, Ind. (July 30) – Three-time track champion Jeff Cannon was a surprise late-model winner Saturday night at the ASA-sponsored Illiana Speedway.

    How so? A feature winner doesn’t usually come out of the slow heat.

    Cannon, to be sure, isn’t usually in the slow heat.

    “The slow heat was self-inflicted,” the veteran speedster said after trouncing the field in the 30-lap main. “We really made a big mistake before qualifying.”

    The gaffe? A crew member accidentally switched the rear tires, creating a reverse stagger.

    “We were lucky we didn’t knock the fence down,” Cannon said. “We put it back the way it was (supposed to be) and it was pretty good.”

    Needless to say, Cannon won the slow heat. In the feature, he was an absolute force, taking the lead from D.J. Weltmeyer on lap14 and going on to beat John Nutley by a whopping 2.506 seconds.

    “This thing was pretty good tonight,” Cannon said. “Outside, inside, it was real consistent. We just left it alone and we had a pretty good night.”

    Blake Brown, meanwhile, used a third-place finish behind Nutley to claim the late-model points lead. Previous leader Eddie Hoffman was not in attendance, racing instead in a JEGS CRA All-Star tour event at Rockford Speedway.

    “I don’t like having anything given to us, but my guys have been working hard,” Brown said. “I think by the end of the season we would have been able to get (Hoffman). There are some other guys who are getting close, so I mean we definitely can’t give anything up.”

    The closest is Nutley, who set fast qualifying time and stayed a relatively comfortable distance ahead of Brown during the final laps.

    “I thought maybe we could beat (Cannon),” Nutley said, “but he got through traffic a little easier. Beating Blake Brown was good. We’re just getting going here. Hopefully he’ll have a little bad luck (points-wise) like we did earlier in the year.”

    Behind the top three, D.J. Weltmeyer completed an impressive run that included six laps as the leader with a fourth-place finish. Mark Sontag Jr., and Richard Dawson completed the top six.

    A scary moment on lap seven saw Bobby Gash and Scott Tomasik, who had been rubbing fenders since the start of the race, make serious contact on the back straightaway. Tomasik spun wildly into Turn 3, with the field bearing down on them.

    Tomasik’s No. 80 careened into the wall, but fortunately without devastating results. His car was towed to the pits. Gash restarted in the back.

    The turbo stox feature saw early leader Cheryl Hryn look dominant from laps 2 through 9, but she eventually gave way to Chris Woodall, who ran away with the race by 2.452 seconds over runnerup Bill Serviss.

    Chris King made short work of the Legends feature, taking the lead early and checking out on the field. A torrid battle for second went to Casey Martin over points leader Alex Arelano.

    Matt Baikie was a first-time winner in the pure stocks main, outdueling Phil Sallay and Chris Czaszwicz. Justin Van Drunen made a clean sweep of the heat and feature in the Bandoleros.

    Summary

    Late-model
    Fast time: John Nutley (19.928). 1st heat: 1. Scott Tomasik, 2. Nutley. 2nd heat: 1. Jeff Cannon, 2. Len Nowosel. 30-lap feature: 1. Cannon, 2. Nutley, 3. Blake Brown, 4. D.J. Weltmeyer, 5. Mark Sontag Jr., 6. Richard Dawson.

    Legends
    Fast time: Chris King (17.500). 1st heat: 1. Aaron Moyer, 2. Casey Martin. 2nd heat: 1. Matt O’Leary, 2. George Clos Jr.. 20-lap feature: 1. King, 2. Martin, 3. Alex Arelano, 4. Moyer, 5. Andrea Hans, 6. Matt O’Leary.

    Turbo stox
    Fast time: Bill Serviss (17.829). 1st heat: 1. Chris Woodall, 2. Jim Gilbert. 2nd heat: 1. Dylan Harmon, 2. Mike Schutz. 25-lap feature: 1. Woodall, 2. Serviss, 3. Brian Kucaba, 4. Cheryl Hryn, 5. Jacob McKown, 6. Pat Ligue.

    Pure stocks
    Heat: 1. Chris Czaszwicz, 2. Matt Baikie. 15-lap feature: 1. Matt Baikie, 2. Phil Sallay, 3. Czaszwicz, 4. Alex Treptow.

    Bandoleros
    Heat: 1. Justin Van Drunen, 2. Stan Zolodz. 8-lap feature: 1. Van Drunen, 2. Zolodz, 3. Kenny Myer, 4. Caleb Hepner.
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    Great summary Mike, sounds like a good time.


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