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Kyle Yeack Scores Third USRA Modified Victory At Willamette
08/07/12 at 4:42pm
Willamette Speedway
August 5, 2012

Kyle Yeack Scores Third USRA Modified Victory At Willamette Speedway

by Ben Deatherage
Lebanon, Oregon- Fans at Willamette Speedway continued to be amazed by Kyle Yeack as the twenty-two year old second generation driver from Crawfordsville drove the wheels off of his USRA Modified to win his third race of 2012 in the classification at the Willamette Speedway on Saturday August 4th.  For Yeack it was his second point win of the current campaign but his third overall as he earned a triumph earlier in the season that was a non-point affair.

Kyle Yeack would make a pass on defending champion Dustin Dittman, hailing from Albany, on lap twenty-eight after a late race restart on lap twenty-five had occurred.  The caution put Yeack right behind Dittman but Yeack had a close quarter challenge for the runner-up position with Justin Evans of Lebanon.  Once Yeack had put Evans behind him he was able to zero in on Dittman and fully concentrate on overtaking him for the lead.  He was able to successfully make the pass keeping the fans on the edge of their seat in the entire process and once the job was complete to a standing ovation once the Mountainview Woodworking Inc./ Cascade Outdoor Power Equipment #47 Pro accepted to take the checkered flag.  The week before young Kyle had blew his primary motor up at the Shipwreck Bead Northwest Modified Nationals at the Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Washington however his father Tom generously allowed him to use his engine so his son could still contend for a championship.

Dustin Dittman would finish in a respectable runner-up after patiently hunting down and passing Phil Robinson for the lead on lap fourteen.  For Robinson it looked like it was going to be a career best run from the Extraordinaire Heating and Cooling #7R Shaw mount but unfortunately the Lebanon chauffer would fade back and out of the top five.  

The Albie’s Medical Transport/Monty’s Racing Repair #17 Shaw of Justin Evans from Lebanon finished in third while Philomath youngster Brody Pompe would finish in fourth.  Pompe ran a strong second for much of the race but fell back a couple of positions but despite the loss of positions he managed to keep his Jazz Products/Manly Racing Products #26 Dirtworks in the top five.  Monmouth driver Sam Potter completed the evening’s top five piloting his AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care/Mack McJunken Racing Engines #44P Shaw to finishing in fifth.

The fastest horse in the stables in qualifying was Justin Evans who stopped the clocks at 16.654 seconds to earn the quick time award. Craig Cassell of Albany won the trophy dash in the Esterlee Motel/Dr. Mary Harada Breast Cancer Specialist #25 Rocket.  Victors in heat race action were Phil Robinson and the Keizer conducteur John Campos driving for hometown car owner Glen Hackney in the Wirth Wireless/Hubler Racing Engines #2 Pierce.

The USRA Modifieds are scheduled to have next week off before the return on Saturday August 18th for the Coors Clay Cup.  For the latest news and stories regarding the Willamette Speedway be sure and visit their official website at www.trophymotorsports.com.

Race Results:
Platt Night
Saturday August 4th, 2012
Willamette Speedway
Lebanon, Oregon
14 Entries
Fast Time: Justin Evans 16.654
Trophy Dash Winner: Craig Cassell
Heat Race Winners: Phil Robinson (1), John Campos (2)
A-Feature: 1. Kyle Yeack, 2. Dustin Dittman, 3. Justin Evans, 4. Brody Pompe, 5. Sam Potter, 6. Sandy Sanders, 7. Kevin Keeney, 8. John Campos, 9. Craig Cassell, 10. Jonathan Lewis, 11. Phil Robinson, 12. Matthew Drager, 13. Matt Mitchell, DNS Steve Moore
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