By: Tom Giannini
The ASRS matadors entered the bullring Wednesday night for some intense racing action on the tiny track located just outside of turn two at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and minutes away from the strip. Between the blackjack hands the ASRS Super Late Model Series raced two full points paying races at 75 laps each. Justin Blackdeer came into the night as the points leader by just one point over Rex Hoyle. Their dog fight for the points lead would be closely monitored by Tom Giannini, Jonathan Holstein and Jim Foose as they rounded out the top 5 in points waiting for them to slip up and tighten the points race.
The start of race 1 saw Blackdeer once again draw an early advantage when he won the pole over Tim Knott, Jacob Cochran, Allan Young and Travis Wright. Second in points Rex Hoyle had to start in the rear of both twin races when he was penalized for missing the the drivers’ meeting. Race 1 would see Justin Blackdeer lead the opening 40 laps from the pole, the most laps led for anyone in the event. Blackdeer was passed by Hester with 35 laps to go and Hester would not look back. Hester was followed to the flag by Jim Foose, Justin Blackdeer, Justin Brown and Tim Knott.
Race 2 would prove to be the real show on the night. Jim Foose won the pole for this one, surprising the field with an extremely fast lap time. Foose’s rival Ty Hester lined up with him on the front row followed by Justin Blackdeer, Tim Knott and Travis Wright. Night time conditions would prove to be an advantage for Foose as he would go on to lead a race-high 63 laps in a dominating performance. That domination would soon turn into defeat as contact between the two drivers sent Foose into a four-wheel drift.
He would eventually recover the car and assume second place but the deficit would prove to be insurmountable. Hester would go on to win the race and break out the brooms with a sweep of the night’s events. Foose would finish 2nd, Allan Young 3rd, Justin Blackdeer 4th and Tom Giannini would round out the top 5.
Justin Blackdeer would use his two strong runs to extend his points lead to 29 over new second place Jim Foose. Rex Hoyle is now third, Hester improved to 4th and Allan Young fell to 5th. Even with the gain in points, Foose would not be happy with Hester. Foose shared a few choice words with the driver of the 36 on the radio as Hester defended his position in the contact. They will take their rivalry to Oxford Plains Speedway next week for the Oxford Plains 125, a 125 lap race on the tight track with no walls. Will Foose exact some revenge? Will Blackdeer continue his absolutely dominating performance on the season? Tune in next week!