All photos courtesy of Jim Ambruoso
Dana Czach Jr. found victory lane in the 20-lap Mtn Dew RoadRunners feature tonight, topping the 19 car field by grabbing an early lead and holding off a late move by Joe LaMarca to collect the trophy.
Cory Cootware won the 6-lap INEX Bandoleros feature, holding off Morgan Melichar for the victory and the championship crown for the season.
Rachael Pinkerman, consistent all year long in the division, held on to claim the INEX Legends championship over Kyle Jusits, becoming one of the first women to claim a title in a non-female exclusive division in the long, storied history of the Rockford Speedway.
Erickson Jr #52, running third, spun out unassisted in turn four with five laps remaining. Running in fifth and sixth respectively, Jack Atchison #19 and Scott Hoeft #00 couldn’t avoid Erickson Jr as they both piled into his idled car.
George Sparkman held off his brother’s late race efforts to collect his second feature win of the season.
The red flag came out five laps into the feature when rookie Mikie Breiner #13 backed into the wall in turn three. Both John Beinlich #93 and Jake Gille #95.8 had nowhere to go, unfortunately making hard contact with Breiner’s machine as points leader Jerry Gille #99, Tyler Peterson #16 and Nick Shutkas #21 were also involved in the mayhem.
Ricky Bilderback collected his fifth feature victory of the season as all of the furious action was safely behind him in his rearview mirror. In the process, Bilderback closed the gap on Gille to just one point with just three weeks remaining in the race for the championship.
This article was posted to the website on August 23rd, 2009
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