White's Las Vegas gamble pays off in form of main event victory at The Bullring
Linny White's Las Vegas gamble paid off at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
The Colton, Calif., driver followed his Open Comp 150 win from October with a victory in the Lucas Oil Modifieds Sunoco Fuel 75 on Military & Veterans Appreciation Night Presented by Lucas Oil. White passed Kyle Tellstrom and Austin Barnes on the high side midway through the 75-lap feature and pulled away down the stretch to beat Tellstrom to the checkered flag by 3.841 seconds.
White was confident his No. 99 car could hold the outside line at the 3/8-mile paved oval, and he made the pass stick.
"You've got to go where they're not," said White, who now has two Lucas Oil Modified Series victories in 2016. "I saw them racing hard, my car was just coming to me and I had a lot of confidence in it. I said, 'You know what? I'm gambling.'
"The (next) car behind me couldn't pressure me from behind, so I decided I was going to go for it, and it was a winning move."
Barnes, of Escondido, Calif., finished third, while Las Vegas' Aaron McMorran - The Bullring's 2015 NASCAR Bombers season champion - was fourth. McMorran was driving a specially wrapped No. 23 car in honor of his late friend and former Bullring star, Spencer Clark, who passed away in an automobile accident on 10 years ago to the day on May 21, 2006.
Clark was remembered during Opening Ceremonies by McMorran and his parents, T.J. and Debbie. The special evening's Opening Ceremonies also included representatives from Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases.
Matt Larsen gave his wife, Solinda, a great 17th wedding anniversary present when he won the 30-lap NASCAR Super Stocks feature. Larsen said his car wasn't performing its best, but won for the first time since last year's Night of Fire after crossing the line .560 of a second ahead of Jeremy Orozco.
"I love my wife, and I want to thank her so much," said Larsen, of St. George, Utah. "She told me this is what she wanted for her anniversary present, and I didn't believe her but gave it to her anyway. It was awesome, it's awesome."
Las Vegas' Justin Johnson did what he'd done at The Bullring 44 times before, winning the NASCAR Super Late Models 40-lap feature. Johnson's 45th career victory helped him break a tie with Doug Hamm for fourth place on the track's all-time wins list.
"If you're consistent and hit your marks, you just start pulling away," Johnson said. "Thanks to all of the military and the fans for coming out tonight, to my wife and family out in the stock yards. Sorry we didn't make a better show for you, but that was fun."
Chris "Spanky" Bosley made it three USLCI Thunder Car feature wins in a row after crossing the line more than five seconds ahead of Travis Boyle. Bosley's win was his fourth overall in 2016.
"We're just going to come out here, have fun and put on a show," said Bosley, of Las Vegas. "It's just fun coming out and racing, and that's what it's all about."
USLCI Legends-Pro points leader Cameron Morga won for the fourth time this year, crossing the line .442 of a second clear of Darren Amidon in the division's 25-lap feature. Morga held off the field after a re-start with seven laps remaining.
"I knew if I could get a good start, I could pull away again and manage my distance," said Morga, of Albuquerque, N.M. "I saw Darren peeking on the inside, and I knew if I let him get by me, I was going to end up going backward. So, my main goal was to not let him get by me."
Toni Bredinger of Hillsborough, Calif., took the 35-lap USAC HPD Midgets feature to earn her second Bullring win of the year. Her twin sister, Annie, finished second for the second consecutive USAC HPD Midgets race at the LVMS short track.
"It's really special to finish first and second with (Annie), and we did it last time, too," Bredinger said. "I knew if I just hit my marks, I'd be quick enough to maybe pull off the win. I just had to pass people."
R.J. Smotherman (Pahrump, Nev.) and Kayla Eshleman (Twin Peaks, Calif.) kept rolling in the USLCI Bandoleros divisions, with Smotherman running his winning streak to eight in a row - including six in 2016 - in the Bandits class. Eshleman won for the fifth time this season after winning the 12-lap Outlaws feature.
NEXT RACE: The Bullring will host the Chris Trickle Classic on Saturday, June 4, an event named after the late Bullring star who was murdered in 1998. NASCAR Super Late Models, Super Stocks, Bombers and Grand American Modifieds and USLCI Legends, Bandoleros and Thunder Cars will be in action.
Military & Veterans Appreciation Night Presented by Lucas Oil
Lucas Oil Modifieds 6-lap dash
1. Matthew Hicks; 2. Kyle Tellstrom (-.665 of a second); 3. Austin Barnes (-1.080); 4. Taylor Miinch (-1.316); 5. Linny White (-1.756); 6. Shane Skaggs (-1.992).
USLCI Bandolero Bandits 12-lap feature
1. R.J. Smotherman; 2. Jesse Love (-.154 of a second); 3. Amilleo Thomson (-3.307); 4. Adam Farr (-11.119); 5. Sabastian Lafia (-11.742); 6. Cody Brown (-10 laps); 7. Jaron Giannini (-10 laps).
USLCI Bandolero Outlaws 12-lap feature
1. Kayla Eshleman; 2. Camden Larsen (-2.149 seconds); 3. Ethan DeGuevara (-2.183); 4. Matthew Cunningham (-5.831); 5. Tia Guy (-16.136); 6. Cameron Guy (-2 laps).
USLCI Thunder Cars 20-lap feature
1. Chris Bosley; 2. Travis Boyle (-5.453 seconds); 3. Ed Hohman (-5.779); 4. Nick D'Egidio (-6.036); 5. Darin Callaway (-18.721); 6. Doug Germano (-19.253).
NASCAR Super Stocks 30-lap feature
1. Matt Larsen; 2. Jeremy Orozco (-.560 of a second); 3. Robert Negrete (-5.609); 4. Tom Pfundstein (-6.145); 5. Dylin Smotherman (-11.806); 6. Johnny Spilotro (-14.211); 7. Don Sargent (-1 lap).
USAC HPD Midgets 35-lap feature
1. Toni Bredinger; 2. Annie Bredinger (-1.524 seconds); 3. Tommy McCarthy (-2.474); 4. Jesse Love (-5.295); 5. Jeff Kelley (-8.516); 6. Blake Brannon (-13.691).
USLCI Legends 25-lap feature
1. Cameron Morga; 2. Darren Amidon (-.442 of a second); 3. Tyler Fabozzi (-1.054); 4. Brian Grandin (-2.346); 5. Parker Steele (-2.385); 6. Michael Todd Glazier (-3.082); 7. Gary Scheurell (-3.771); 8. Matt Mead (-4.018); 9. Dezel West (-4.604); 10. T.J. Clark (-4.839); 11. Ian Anderson (-5.059); 12. Caden Carlin (-5.586); 13. Brian Williams (-6.153); 14. Payton Garofalo (-6.605); 15. Kaden Honeycutt (-2 laps); 16. Kole Raz (-8 laps); 17. Devin Lane (-20 laps).
NASCAR Super Late Models 40-lap feature
1. Justin Johnson; 2. Chris Clyne (-5.694 seconds); 3. Ryan Vargas (-6.009); 4. Chris Trickle (-7.737); 5. Scott Gafforini (-8.510); 6. Warren Knipper (-9.563); 7. Stan Mullis (-13.351); 8. Dennis Rock Jr. (-13.655); 9. David Anderson (-14.107); 10. Kayli Barker (-1 lap); 11. Gary Clift (-2 laps).
Lucas Oil Modifieds Sunoco Fuel 75
1. Linny White; 2. Kyle Tellstrom (-3.841 seconds); 3. Austin Barnes (-3.986); 4. Aaron McMorran (-4.264); 5. Shelby Stroebel (-4.630); 6. Taylor Miinch (-4.848); 7. Scott Winters (-5.143); 8. Larry Gerchman (-5.326); 9. Eric Hamilton (-5.970); 10. Matthew Hicks (-6.450); 11. Travis Thirkettle (-6.868); 12. Eddie Secord (-7.254); 13. Michael Mitchell (-7.857); 14. Charlie Collins (-8.347); 15. Peyton Saxton (-8.717); 16. Blake Rogers (-9.429); 17. Garrett Reinoso (-11.995); 18. William Guevara (-13.120); 19. Kyle Cline (-15.360); 20. Kayli Barker (-15.585); 21. Dave Arce (-1 lap); 22. Sal Lopez (-2 laps); 23. Jerry Toporek (-12 laps); 24. Dustin Tilbury (-16 laps); 25. Shane Skaggs (-29 laps); 26. Wes Miller (-31 laps); 27. John Zaretzke (-45 laps); 28. Mike Womack (-57 laps); 29. Dylan Cappello (-73 laps).