2006 SRL Wild West Late Model Shootout Point Standings
Aaron Days and #27 Crew Victory Lane Altamont Motorsports Park
Calif. (Sept. 24th)--
The SRL Wild West
Late Model Shootout returned to Altamont Motorsports Park Sunday
afternoon for round number seven of the 2006 season. Patterson’s Aaron
Days led all 100 laps en route to his first career SRL victory. Joey
Zampa finished second, Tracy Bolin third, Jim Courage Jr. fourth and Ken
Boyd fifth. “This is awesome, we have been trying to win one of these
races all year. Mark Smith put a fantastic setup under me. The car never
fell off, it was good every lap. Thanks to Granite Construction, they
have been a terrific sponsor this season. This win is dedicated to Jeff
Anthony, I wish he was here tonight, he would have either been beating
on my rear bumper or I would have been chasing him down.” Days said.
The 10 car invert
put Aaron Days and Tracy Bolin on the front row. As the green flag
waived, Days jumped out to an early race lead until the caution waved on
lap two for a spinning Jason Gilbert who started 13th.
Gilbert was able to continue without going a lap down. Days led the
field to the green flag on lap 5 with Bolin second, current points
leader Eric Schmidt third, Joey Zampa fourth, and Victory Circle Chassis
and Parts Rookie of the Year points leader Kyle Gottula fifth.
At the halfway point Aaron Days continued to lead Tracy Bolin, Eddy McKean, Troy Ermish and Jim Courage Jr. Bryan Herzog, Rick Ruzbarsky, Kyle Gottula, and Jim Pettit had already retired their racecars at the halfway point.
Joey Zampa who had spun earlier in the race was the man on the move at Altamont Motorsports Park. Zampa was in fourth place on lap 53 behind McKean, Bolin and race leader Aaron Days. McKean started putting pressure on Bolin in the second spot on lap 70. The two drivers touched exiting turn two and allowed Joey Zampa to sneak by and move into second on lap 72. Jamie Dick hit the turn four wall hard and collected current points leader Eric Schmidt has the yellow flag came out for the final time. Both Schmidt and Dick were forced to retire with significant damage to their Chevrolet Monte Carlo’s. Last week’s winner and the 2004 SRL Champion Steve Belletto also retired his car and finished in the 18th position.
Aaron Days led the field to the final restart on lap 77 with Zampa, Bolin, Courage Jr., and Boyd rounding out the top five. Days and Zampa ran nose-to-tail around the track as the two made slight contact a few times but both continued on. With ten laps remaining Days began to extend his lead over Zampa. Zampa tried everything he could to pass Days for lead but was unable to as Days cruised to his first career SRL victory. “The 27 (Days) was real good tonight. I’m real happy with finishing second, we came from the back to the front and the car is still in one piece.” Zampa said. Zampa held onto second, Bolin third, Courage Jr. fourth and Ken Boyd fifth.
Finishing sixth was Eddy McKean, followed by Mike Mendenhall, Joe Farre’, Jeff Belletto as Justin Westmoreland rounded out the top ten. With Jim Courage Jr.’s fourth place finish he now trails Eric Schmidt by just five points heading into the season finale at Madera Speedway.
The SRL Wild West Late Model Shootout 2006 season will come to an end on Saturday, October 7th, 2006 at Madera Speedway.
The SRL Wild West Shootout would like to thank their 2006 Sponsors, which include: Afco, Bassett Racing Wheels, Brodix Inc., Dynatech, DPI, Eibach Springs, FRE, Five Star Stock Car Bodies, Frank’s Radio Service, G. P. Fabrication, Hoosier Tire West, Impact Racing, Fensler Racing Inc., Madera Auto Center, MUD-Racing.net, Paul Oil Co., Performance Electrical, Peterson Fluid Systems, Pit Stop USA.Com, Sunoco, U.S. Brake, and Victory Circle Chassis and Parts.