Rossburg, OH – (July 13, 2013) – Darren Long ended a dry spell in K&L Ready Mix National Racing Alliance Sprint Invaders action at Eldora Speedway by winning Saturday’s feature event as part of the 30th annual Kings Royal. The victory was Long’s first since 2009 at the historic high banked half mile oval. Long passed Kyle Sauder during a restart and then motored through slower cars in dominating fashion to the victory.
“We have been struggling the past three years, but this win is huge for us. We switched back to a Maxim chassis and it made a huge difference,” said Sauder. “We started with the wing back a couple inches and on the second yellow I pulled the wing back a couple of more inches and that really made the car stick.”
Kyle Sauder and Tim Allison started on the front row for the 25-Lap feature event. Sauder lead the first two laps with Allison and Long in tow as Hannagan worked his way up to fourth before the caution flag waved for Devon Dobie getting into the wall in turns three and four. Dobie’s car was taken pit side and was unable to return.
Darrne Long worked quickly during the restart giving Allison a slide job for second position in turns one and two. Allison tried to counter in three and four but could not pass Long. Meanwhile defending race winner Hannagan moved past Allison for third on lap five.
Long started to close in on Sauder with seven laps in, but two laps later Allison’s race came to an end when he slowed with mechanical problems going into turn one and brought out the caution flag.
During the restart Long went for the slide job in turn one and got around Sauder for the lead. Sauder tried to counter in three and four, but could not slide back in front of Long. Lone, Sauder, Hannagan, and Dustin Daggett began to pull away from the rest of the field. Behind them United Racing Company standout Robbie Stillwaggon moved up to fifth and started to chase down the lead pack.
Up front it was all Long as he stretched out his lead and lapped up to 10th place before the checkered flag. Sauder, Hannagan, Daggett, and Stillwaggon rounded out the top five.
Hannagan was the fastest qualifier over the 35 car field with a lap of 14.603 seconds. Stillwaggon, Tim Shaffer, Nick Roberts, and Max Stambaugh won heat race events. Ron Blair and Dobie won the B-Main events.
K&L Ready Mix National Racing Alliance
Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH
Saturday July 13, 2013
Fast qualifier: Randy Hannagan – 14.603.
NRA Heat Race #1 (8 laps): 1. Robbie Stillwaggon, 2. Randy Hannagan, 3. Tim Allison, 4. Beau Stewart, 5. Shawn Dancer, 6. Kyle Patrick, 7. Luke Hall, 8. Chad McInturff, 9. Joe Geibe (First four finishers transferred to the A-Main)
NRA Heat Race #2 (8 Laps): 1. Tim Shaffer, 2. Kyle Sauder, 3. Dustin Daggett, 4. John Ivy, 5. Dan Mazy, 6. Devon Dobie, 7. Phil Walter, 8. Jim Perricone, 9. Mike Burns. (First four finishers transferred to the A-Main)
NRA Heat Race #3 (8 laps): 1. Nick Roberts, 2. Caleb Griffith, 3. Darren Long, 4. Butch Schroeder, 5. Ron Blair, 6. Aaron Shaffer, 7. Adam Anderson, 8. Ed Neumeister, 9. Bob Carmen. (First four finishers transferred to the A-Main)
NRA Heat Race #4 (8 laps): 1. Max Stambaugh, 2. Scott Thiel, 3. Gregg Dalman, 4. J.R. Stewart, 5. Kevin Roberts, Jr., 6. Tim Hunter, 7. Dustin Stroup, 8. Jared Horstman. . (First four finishers transferred to the A-Main)
B-Main #1 (8 Laps): 1. Ron Blair, 2. Shawn Dancer, 3. Ed Neumeister, 4. Phil Walter, 5. Aaron Shaffer, 6. Joe Geibe, 7. Bob Carmen, 8. Adam Anderson, 9. Chad McInturff. (First two finishers transferred to the A-Main)
B-Main #2 (8 Laps): 1. Devon Dobie, 2. Luke Hall, 3. Kevin Roberts, Jr., 4. Dan Mazy, 5. Kyle Patrick, 6. Tim Hunter, 7. Mike Burns, 8. Jim Perricone. DNS: Jared Horstman, Dustin Stroup.
A-Main (25 Laps): 1. Darren Long, 2. Kyle Sauder, 3. Randy Hannagan, 4. Dustin Daggett, 5. Robbie Stillwaggon, 6. Butch Schroeder, 7. Beau Stewart, 8. Tim Shaffer, 9. Shawn Dancer, 10. Ron Blair, 11. J.R. Stewart, 12, Nick Roberts, 13. John Ivy, 14. Gregg Dalman, 15. Max Stambaugh, 16. Scott Thiel, 17. Caleb Griffith, 18. Tim Allison, 19. Luke Hall, 20. Devon Dobie