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Young drivers walk away from hard crash at speedway

Tucson speedway

Adam Farr and Anika O’Brien lead a field of Bandoleros to the green flag Saturday at Tucson Speedway. Kiersten Jones was the winner in the Outlaw Bandolero field and Sebastian Lafia took the checkered in the Bandit Bandoleros.

TUCSON — Tucson Speedway payed tribute to those who have and are currently serving in the United States Military with Armed Forces Night Saturday. The flag of each branch of service was paraded around the track as The National Anthem was sung by Pro Stock driver Jeff Halstead.

Bandoleros

When the track cleared, an 11-car field of Bandoleros took the green flag. The field consisted of three Outlaw drivers, which run unrestricted in the 12 and older class, and eight Bandit drivers, ranging in age from 8 to 11.

Adam Farr had the lead in the Outlaw class with Anika O’Brien and Kiersten Jones not far behind in second and third.

Maddox O’Brien cleared the Bandit field to take the early lead. Jeffrey Erickson closed the gap on O’Brien with three to go. Going into turn one, O’Brien came down the track making contact with Erickson. Both cars ended their night with a hard crash in the turn one wall. Though the cars sustained serious damage, the drivers were able to walk away from the incident without serious injury.

Jones and Anika O’Brien went to either side of Farr to challenge him for the Outlaw lead on the restart. The engine on O’Brien’s No. 41 expired and she coasted off the track with a third-place finish. A broken shock on Farr’s No. 23 caused him to fall to second and Jones took the checkered flag for her first win of the season.

Sabastian Lafia led the Bandit Bandolero field to the checkered flag.

Outlaw Late Models

Harry Ram had the early lead in the first Outlaw Late Model main event pulling away from the field. Hershel McGriff, Josh Soto and Dylan Jones raced three-wide for third. Contact between Soto and McGriff allowed Jones to cruise into second.

In a race all his own, Ram dominated the 25-lap feature taking the checkered flag.

The second Outlaw Late Model feature was off to a rocky start with drivers in the wall and infield in two separate instances on the first lap bringing out the caution. Racing resumed with Ram in the lead followed by McGriff and Soto battling for second. Contact sent McGriff spinning into turn three. He was able to recover and spare the caution.

Soto and Ram raced door to door, with Soto taking the lead on lap nine.

Jones made his way around Ram for second, but a caution for a fire under Jennifer Hall’s No. 57 brought the field to a halt. Racing resumed with Ram and Soto on the front row.

On lap 17, the right front brake caliper locked up on Ram’s No. 19 car sending him hard into the turn two wall bringing out another red flag.

On the restart, Soto held on for the win.

Legends

Mike Webber led the Legend field to the green flag. Tyler Hicks moved into second from his fifth-place starting position taking the lead going into lap three.

Bradley Erickson and Webber raced wheel to wheel. Webber’s No. 84 made the slightest shimmy coming out of turn one giving up second.

As the battle raged behind him, Hicks opened up a comfortable lead to take the checkered flag.

Pro Stocks

Dustin Jones and Mariah McGriff led the Pro Stock field to the green in the first of two main events.

The two raced door-to door until lap seven when McGriff pulled ahead and away from the field.

A caution to clean oil left on the track when the motor in Ray Mros’ No. 29 blew bunched the field again.

McGriff again had the better of a drag race with Jones driving her No. 8 to Victory Lane.

Brian O’Brien and Jeff Halstead led the field on the start of the second Pro Stock main event. O’Brien took the early lead.

From her eighth-place starting position, McGriff made her way to third coming into lap two.

Dustin Jones had the better of a three-way battle for the lead with O’Brien and McGriff.

McGriff took second from O’Brien and set her sights on Jones.

By lap nine, McGriff had the lead and pulled away from the field for back to back wins.

Mini Stocks

Due to a limited number of cars in the Mini Stock division, the race was shortened to five laps. E.K. Ongley drove his No. 17 to Victory Lane followed by his grandson Carlos Martinez III.

Thunder Trucks

Cody Cambensy had the pole for the Thunder Truck main event, but lost the lead on the start to his teammate Daniel Doherty.

Dustin Jones took the lead at the halfway mark of the race leaving Doherty to defend second from Cambensy.

With five laps to go, and Cambensy on his back bumper, Jones worked his way through lapped traffic.

Cambensy drove to the inside of Jones with two to go for a side by side battle coming out of turn four. Cambensy kicked the No. 22 sideways spinning on the frontstretch. Sean Davis was unable to clear the spun truck and collided with Cambensy. Jones took control of the field again on the restart for his first Thunder Truck win of the 2019 season.

Hobby Stocks

Eddie Benson led the Hobby Stock field around for the start of its feature race with Brandon Zoll challenging him on the outside.

Coming out of turn four on the first lap, Zoll came down the track making contact with Colton Tutt spinning himself into the infield.

Tutt fell back through the field, but was able to reclaim second by the end of the 20-lap main event. Closing the gap on Benson at the checkered flag, Tutt finished second. Benson took his third win of the season.

Next race

Tucson Speedway is back in action June 8 with the NASCAR Thunder Trucks, Pro Stocks, Outlaw Late Models, Hornets and Mini-Stocks. Meet and greet at 6 p.m. Racing at 7 p.m. For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tucsonspeedway.com.

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