Ron Jermann wins the 100-lap feature on a green-white-checkered flag finish
Sunset Speedway Park had quite a busy evening on Saturday for the Jims Thriftway 100, which was the biggest race of the year for the Street Stock class at the Banks quarter-mile bullring.
Jeff Brookshire appeared to be the car to beat in the main event, leading the first 46 laps before he lost the lead to Ron Jermann. Jermann would battle hard with Jacob Myers for the lead until Myers was forced out of action with mechanical problems.
Unfortunately, the 100-lap feature was cut short due to time constraints, and a green-white-checkered scenario occurred in which Jermann was able to hold on for the rest of the way and earn his first win of 2012 in the Street Stocks.
Tony Catalano and Craig Loomis crossed the line in second and third place, while the balance of the top five consisted of Joey Tardio and Tanner Baldwin. The fastest lap of the night belonged to Loomis at 16.234 seconds, and heat race winners were Brookshire, Bruce Thomas and Jeff Lovell. The trophy dash victory went to Jesse Freeman, and Ed Johnson won the consolation feature.
Also in action Saturday night at the quarter-mile dirt track were the Northwest Extreme Sprint Car Series, Pro-4 West Modifieds, 4-Bees, and the Womens divisions.
The Pro-4 West Modifieds invaded Sunset Speedway for the first time in 2012 after an earlier scheduled appearance was cancelled due to weather. Veteran driver Dave Wesolowski took the lead from Tyler Ferrando on lap 17 and led the rest of the distance to earn his first career win.
Ferrando would finish in second place, followed by Ben Byam in third, Tom Ferrando in fourth and Megan Ferrando in fifth place. The fast lap of the night went to Stanley Steeves with a time of 16.634 seconds, while both the heat race and trophy dash were won by Zac Ferrando.
Jason Blythe became the newest winner in the ranks of the 4-Bees classification, earning his first victory Saturday night. Blythe overtook leader Mike Keely on lap eight and led the rest of the way to become the third different winner in the division this year.
Keely finished in second place, followed by Theresa Gartner in third, Cody Jones in fourth and Barry Lampert behind him in fifth. Johnny Adams was the quick clocker at 17.543 seconds and he also won the trophy dash, while the heat race winner was Blythe.
Ariel Biggs became the first-ever repeat winner in the inaugural season of the Northwest Extreme Sprint Car Series. Biggs seized the lead on the third lap from Glen Reinstra and paced the field for the rest of the distance for the victory.
Ricky Ashley placed second in the feature, followed by Theo McCarty in third. Jeff Westergard finished in the fourth position and Ryan Bothwell came home in fifth to complete the top five finishers. Jake Gillman earned the win in the heat race and Biggs finished on top in the trophy dash.
In the Womens division, Andrea Tardio once again visited victory lane as she led from lap five onward after overtaking Gabrielle Hollinger. For Tardio, it marked her third win of 2012, making her the most victorious driver in the class so far.
Freya Smith finished in second place while Julie Camberg crossed the line in third. Cori Vandecoevering was the fourth-place finisher, followed by Gabrielle Hollinger in fifth. The fastest lap of the night was Smith at 17.260 seconds, and Tardio was the winner of both the trophy dash and the heat race.
Sunset Speedway will be back in action on Saturday for the Doug Walters Classic. The DAA Northwest Extreme Late Model Series will return to the track, along with the USRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and Womens classifications.