UARA-STARS Give Fans a Jaw-Dropping Finish for City Chevrolet 150
The UARA-STARS delivered an action packed 150 lap race at Concord Speedway during the City Chevrolet event Saturday Night. While the checkered flag dro pped for Garrett Campbell, Sean Rayhall and Dillon Bassett were battling for third but ended up driving vertically on the turn three wall with Bassett going through the outside fence. Bassett was awarded the Pigwire Electrifying Move of the Race Award for his part in this spectatular portion of the event. Both drivers climbed from their cars unharmed.
The City Chevrolet 150 had a total of 12 cautions with four blown motors and plenty of sheet metal ripped off. Garrett Campbell survived all the carnage and came to the finish line first claiming the checker.
While most drivers were caught up in misfortune, Circle Wheel/Xtreme Trophies Rookie of the Race Brandon Jones had his best UARA race. The young driver qualified in the top five and raced hard with the other competitors to hold on to that position. Jones advanced to the second place position during the green-white-checkered and managed to steer clear of the last lap incident.
Travis Swaim clenched his fifth Sunoco pole with a whopping 16.386 second lap, which was a tenth faster than outside pole sitter Rayhall. Swaim led the first 57 laps until, Rookie Ben Rhodes jumped out front. Shortly after Rhodes took the lead, his motor blew giving the lead to Rayhall. Rayhall was awarded Tilton’s Most Laps Led Award. Swaim used his patience to his advantage and came home with a solid third place finish.
The oldest Burns’ brother from South Carolina, Jeremy, had a impressive night for his third race of the season with the UARA-STARS. He qualified fourth and finished fourth. During the first couple of laps, he made his way to the second place position. After the first caution of the night, which included his younger brother Will, he slowly fell back a couple of positions.
Another Hot Rod Rookie that had one of his best UARA finishes was Tyler Laing, who brought home a fifth place finish. Laing has truly shown his talents on the track as he raced clean and managed to miss all the cautions. With his 17th qualifying position, he was right in the middle of all the flying fenders and hot tempers.
Brodie Kostecki, Will Burns, and Roger Powell persevered through the tough times and pulled off top-ten finishes. Will Burns spun during practice earlier in the day, causing time-consuming damage to his machine. His team worked all day and through qualifying to get it ready for the City Chevrolet 150. After starting on a provisional and a spin early in the race, he finished seventh. Kostecki was racing hard with Sammy Jasper for position, when the two of them spun. Unfortunaltely Jasper was done for the night, while Kostecki’s team kept digging. With the amount of cautions, Kostecki was the lucky dog two times, allowing him back on the lead lap and a sixth place finish for the young Australian.
Roger Powell and his team worked hard on their machine all day as well. The team was so busy fixing their car, they were late to pre-qualifying tech and penalized one qualifying lap. Although Powell started second to last, he stayed out of troubles way and finished tenth, awarding him the Holley Performer of the Race Award.
Other drivers that were caught up in the cautions were Julia Dawson, Enrique Contreras, and Cory Joyce. Things were looking up for Dawson and her team as they were at the top of the leader board for the majority of the first practice. The confidence worked in their favor as she qualified 13th, but spun early with Contreras in the aftermath of a caution. Joyce did a complete 360 degree turn in the dog leg, while other competitors raced by ripping off his fenders. It was also a tough night for local drivers Greg Peterson, Bobby Measmer, and Joey Bryant. They too were victims of the full moon rage.
During post-race tech, UARA Officials disqualified Saturday night’s apparent winner Campbell. The cylinder head on the Campbell car did not comply with the 2012 UARA rule book. The win have be delegated to Jones following the decision of the UARA appeals board giving the young rookie his first UARA win.
The teams only have a few days to prepare for UARA-STARS next event at Tri-County Speedway. Joining the STARS will be the Super Truck Series and the Carolina Vintage Racers.
2004 UARA-STARS Rookie of the Year Steve Wallace will be making his first appearance of 2012 with the STARS at Tri County.
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UARA-STARS Concord 8-4-12 City Chevrolet 150
1 Brandon Jones Atlanta, GA
2 Travis Swaim High Point, NC
3 Jeremy Burns Greenville, SC
4 Tyler Laing SW Ranches, FL
5 Brodie Kostecki Perth, Western Australia
6 Will Burns Simpsonville, SC
7 David Garbo Jr. Stonington, CT
8 Beau Foust Greensboro, NC
9 Roger Powell Waynesville, NC
10 Jeff Melton Concord, NC
11 Sean Rayhall Winston, GA
12 Dillon Bassett Winston-Salem, NC
13 Cory Joyce Mooresville, NC
14 Jake Morris Spotsylvania, VA
15 Devin Jones Mooresville, NC
16 Buster Bennet Concord, NC
17 Joey Bryant Wilmington, NC
18 Ben Rhodes Louisville, KY
19 Scott Turlington Richmond, VA
20 Bobby Measmer Concord, NC
21 Greg Peterson Concord, NC
22 Sammy Jasper Fayetteville, WV
23 Enrique Contreras Mexico
24 Julia Dawson Highland Village, TX
25 Garrett Campbell Asheboro, NC (DQ)
26 Will Gallaher Friday Practice Crash