He may be just 18 years old, but Jason Irwin has already solidified his place in the record books at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The 18-year-old from Albuquerque secured his 33rd career victory at the 3/8-mile paved oval with a win in the 40-lap NASCAR Grand American Modifieds feature on a full night of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday. He crossed the line .805 of a second ahead of Jim Mardis to notch win No. 5 in 2015 and tie Spencer Clark for sixth place on The Bullring's all-time wins list.
"We've got a pretty good car thanks to Chris Bray and the crew," Irwin said. "Jim Mardis is really fast, and I know he was there the whole time."
Not to be outdone, Ian Anderson of Las Vegas extended his winning streak in the USLCI Thunder Cars class to seven races after finishing 2.130 seconds ahead of Ron Reed, with Chris Trickle taking third while pulling double duty on the night. It was Anderson's 25th career Bullring win, putting him in a tie with Kyle Busch and Dave Green for eighth on the track's all-time victory tally.
Las Vegas veteran Stan Mullis broke through for his first career Bullring victory after holding off a charging Trickle by .268 of a second. Routinely a top qualifier at the short track, Mullis was thrilled by his maiden triumph.
"It took winning twice in a row to get the win, but we finally got there," Mullis said. "I have no idea who was back there (in second). I was just pedaling."
Zack St. Onge won a four-truck shootout in the Southwest Tour Trucks division in a race that left a much better taste in his mouth than his fourth-place finish in the USLCI O'Hanley's Bandolero Outlaws feature.
"I didn't do too well in the Bandos, but this is just awesome," St. Onge said. "I don't have any sponsors, so I've got to thank the fans. We're looking for sponsors though."
The USAC HPD Midget class has run three times at The Bullring this season, and Dylan Nobile has crossed the finish line first each time. The Clovis, Calif., driver was all smiles after finishing .608 of a second ahead of Jeff Kelley for the checkered flag.
Peyton Saxton earned his seventh victory of the season in the USLCI Legends class, crossing the finish line 1.777 seconds before Cameron Morga in a car he had to repair after a wreck in North Carolina in August. Saxton was happy to be back in the win column at the 3/8-mile track.
"It was nice to get back in the groove," Saxton said. "The car was running a little weird, but it didn't affect our speed, obviously. I am definitely racing for my buddy Josh Jackson, who was in a bad accident not too long ago, and luckily he's getting better."
Court Connell held off Martin Sullins and points leader Aaron McMorran in the NASCAR Bombers division, taking the win 1.064 seconds ahead of Sullins and 1.116 clear of McMorran. It was his third win of the 2015 season.
"Aaron McMorran tried to trick me by racing a different colored car, but I was able to stay with the bottom line and hold him off again," Connell said. "Tomorrow is a whole different race because it's a breakout race. It's more strategy than motor, so tomorrow will be a different ball game."
R.J. Smotherman kept his title as most dominant Bullring driver of 2015 with his ninth victory in the USLCI O'Hanley's Bandolero Bandits division, while Kyle Jacks picked up win No. 4 of the season after out-dueling Philip Root by .248 of a second.
NEXT RACE - Sunday, Sept. 6 - The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series continues with the first of back-to-back race nights at The Bullring over Labor Day weekend. There will be a full slate of racing again on Sunday night, and fans can see virtually every class of car that races at LVMS' short track, including USLCI Legends cars, USAC HPD Midget Series cars and even Southwest Tour Trucks.
The Bullring's concession stand offers $2 hot dogs, $2 Coca-Cola products and $3 Budweiser beer on each NASCAR Whelen All-American Series race night. For more information on all events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, please visit www.LVMS.com and follow LVMS on Facebook and Twitter.
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Race No. 10
USLCI O'Hanley's Bandolero Bandits 12-lap feature
1. R.J. Smotherman; 2. Austin Edwards (-1.353 seconds); 3. Brodey Warren (-3.285); 4. Ethan Deguevara (-3.430); 5. Kyle Keller (-5.291); 6. Jake Pike (-13.291); 7. Amilleo Thomson (-13.940); 8. Madison Gay (-16.358); 9. Matthew Cunningham (DNF).
USLCI O'Hanley's Bandolero Outlaws 12-lap feature
1. Kyle Jacks; 2. Philip Root (-.248 seconds); 3. Allison Gay (-1.498); 4. Zackary St. Onge (-1.622); 5. Mason Sargent (-3.274).
NASCAR Super Late Models 35-lap feature
1. Stan Mullis; 2. Chris Trickle (-.268 seconds); 3. David Anderson (-5.841); 4. Scott Gafforini (-6.330); 5. Dennis Rock Jr. (-7.669); 6. Kayli Barker (-7.996).
USLCI Thunder Cars 20-lap feature
1. Ian Anderson; 2. Ron Reed (-2.130 seconds); 3. Chris Trickle (-2.488); 4. Travis Boyle (-3.769); 5. Brian Reed (-4.251); 6. Chris Bosley (-4.309); 7. Doug Germano (-7.937); 8. Darin Callaway (-1 lap); 9. Nick D'Egidio (DNF).
Southwest Tour Trucks 30-lap feature
1. Zack St. Onge; 2. Ed Cutler (-8.212 seconds); 3. Eric Darensburg (-14.813); 4. Roger Harder (-16.101).
USAC HPD Midgets 30-lap feature
1. Dylan Nobile; 2. Jeff Kelley (-.608 seconds); 3. Dezel West (-1.495); 4. Thomas Patterson (-4.831); 5. Ashley Hazelton (-7.427); 6. Cody Jessop (-7.882); 7. Toni Bredinger (-8.086); 8. Annie Bredinger (-11.383); 9. Jesse Love (DNF).
USLCI Legends 25-lap feature
1. Peyton Saxton; 2. Cameron Morga (-1.777 seconds); 3. Michael Todd Glazier (-9.079); 4. Robert Gayton (-9.804); 5. Mark Nahrstedt (-10.753); 6. Matthew Barnard (-10.986); 7. Ricky Lewis (-12.935); 8. T.J. Clark (-13.262); 9. Randy Beddow (-13.435); 10. Dezel West (-13.788); 11. Devin Lane (-14.465); 12. Brian Williams (-15.775); 13. Gary Wegener (-17.390); 14. Ricky De LeRee (-1 lap); 15. Justin Spencer (-2 laps); 16. David Saxton (DNF); 17. Gina Tillman (DNF); 18. Shawn Morga (DNF); 19. Caden Carlin (DNF).
NASCAR Bombers 25-lap feature
1. Court Connell; 2. Martin Sullins (-1.064 seconds); 3. Aaron McMorran (-1.116); 4. Michael Greve (-2.399); 5. Sam Jacks (-2.589); 6. Jason Merlino (-3.372); 7. John Keller (-4.921); 8. Arlie Daniel Jr. (-5.637); 9. Justin Kiser (-8.056); 10. J.J. Nunn (-1 lap); 11. Anthony Scalzo (-1 lap); 12. Kevin Terrell (-1 lap); 13. Jim Merlino (DNF); 14. Justin Griffiths (DNF); 15. Gary Wyatt (DNF).
NASCAR Grand American Modifieds 40-lap feature
1. Jason Irwin; 2. Jim Mardis (-.805 seconds); 3. Doug Hamm (-5.273); 4. Shane Skaggs (-7.717); 5. Vinny Raucci Jr. (-8.263); 6. Taylor Barton (-10.270); 7. Marty Deluca (-15.378); 8. Pat Petrie (-1 lap); 9. Steven Durbin (-1 lap); 10. Jason Kenzevich (-3 laps); 11. Patrick O'Hanley (DNF).