TELLSTROM SETS FAST TIME, WINS AT UKIAH…. COLLINS TAKES OVER NSMS POINTS LEADadmin
August 19, 2017 Ukiah, CA…… After setting fast time over the 22 car field, Kyle Tellstrom of Ukiah started 10th, made the winning move on Eric Johnson of Kelseyville on lap 26, and never relinquished the lead to capture race #8 of the North State Modified Series, presented by Protect the Harvest, at Ukiah Speedway Saturday night. Charlie Collins finished second earning enough points to take over the NSMS points lead from Darrin Knight.
Tellstrom turned a 13.090 second lap to earn the Sunoco/Penney Racing Supply Fast Time Award. Knight clocked in second (13.153), Charlie Collins was third (13.177), Jason Philpot fourth (13.225) and Cameron Austin clocked in fifth (13.246.)
Johnson and Richie Potts ran one-two the first 3 rounds with Darrin Sullivan and Andy Vanderveer next in line. Cameron Austin swapped places with Vanderveer on lap 4, and Charlie Collins drove under Vanderveer for fifth on 8. Vanderveer regained his position as Tellstrom traded places with Collins, dropping Collins back to 7th.
Lap 11 saw Potts push high allowing Sullivan to assume the second slot. Austin dove under Potts for third the following round. While Potts was stuck in the outside groove he lost several positions. Both Tellstrom and Collins ducked under Austin on lap 18 and set their sights on the leaders.
The race was slowed on lap 21 when Kris Price made contact with Vanderveer resulting in Vanderveer spinning in turn one. Potts drove off the track to avoid the stalled car. Two rounds later Ian Elliott spun for caution number two. On the restart Dave Campbell and Codi Barba came together collecting Simi tour. Campbell was towed to the pits
This third yellow set the stage for a single-file restart with Johnson in the lead. Tellstrom drove around Sullivan, moved to the high side and rubbed fenders with Johnson for two laps before pulling away. The field had just hit the half-way mark when when Adrianna Strugnell’s car hit the infield dirt, shot back on the track tagging Ross English. English lost control and slammed hard into the front-stretch concrete.
When racing resumed Collins swapped places with Sullivan as Tellstrom was pulling away from the pack. Knight joined the front runners, took fourth away from Sullivan on lap 36, and challenged Collins for third on lap 40. As the three battled for position, Sullivan and Knight crashed together resulting in Knight driving off the asphalt in turn one.
The final 20 laps saw Collins drive by Johnson and set his sights on Tellstrom. Jason Philpot drove around Austin for fourth on 45, as Sierra Furia was holding off the challenges of Price. Collins caught Tellstrom on the white-flag lap, and at the checkered flag it was Tellstrom, Collins, Johnson, Philpot and Austin. Rounding out the top 10 were Furia, Price, Dustin DeRosier, Knight and Barba.
Vanderveer collected $100 for his win in the Lucas Oil Dash for Cash with Cody Braund getting $50 for second. Keyser Hard Charger Award, went to Codi Barba, Collins received the Naake Suspension Award, the DJ Safety Certificate went to Sal Lopez, and Sierra Furia got the Racer Bling Award. Scribner Plastic jugs went to Vanderveer and Braund.
At the start of the feature Knight had a seven point advantage over Collins. Now Collins is out in front by seven points over Knight. There are only three races left in the NSMS championship race. The next race is at Redwood Acres Raceway in Eureka on September 9.
The North State Modified Series is presented by: Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Sinister Diesel, Ward Ranches, Penney Racing Supply, American Racer Tires, Naake Suspension, Sunoco Race Fuels, Five Star Bodies, Racer Bling, Keyser Racing Products, Scribner Plastics, DJ Safety, and the Buckhorn Bar & Grill.
NSMS modified rules, procedures, and schedules are available at www.northstatemodifieds.com.
SUNOCO/PENNEY RACING SUPPLY TIME TRIALS: Kyle Tellstrom (13.090), Darrin Knight (13.153), Charlie Collins (13.177), Jason Philpot (13.225), Cameron Austin (13.246), Kris Price (13.248), Andy Vanderveer (13.287), Darrin Sullivan (13.331), Richie Potts (13.366), Eric Johnson (13.386), Cody Braund (13.387), Sierra Furia (13.414), Simi Tour (13.456), Dave Campbell (13.470), Dustin DeRosier (13.488), Bryan Denton (13.504), Adrianna Strugnell (13.545), Ian Elliott (13.548), Codi Barba (13.667), Sal Lopez (13.764), Ross English (13.854), Rick Avila (14.117)
LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH: Andy Vanderveer, Cody Braund, Dave Campbell, Cameron Austin, Simi Tour, Ian Elliott
PROTECT THE HARVEST NSMS FEATURE: Kyle Tellstrom, Charlie Collins, Eric Johnson, Jason Philpot, Cameron Austin, Sierra Furia, Kris Price, Dustin DeRosier, Darrin Knight, Codi Barba, Simi Tour, Darrin Sullivan, Bryan Denton, Ross English, Andy Vanderveer, Richie Potts, Adrianna Strugnell, Dave Campbell, Ian Elliott, Cody Braund, Sal Lopez, Rick Avila