Cale Garrison stole the show in the final points race of the season at Red River Speedway Saturday night. The Snyder native took victories in both the Hornet Feature and the Charger Feature to wrap up the 2011 season.
The Charger class was expected to showcase the close battle between Brooks Payne and Cameron Liss, with Payne holding a slim lead over Liss in the standings. However, Garrison jumped into the lead early and held off Payne to take the win while Liss finished fourth.
The 85 points for the second place finish was enough to secure the 2011 Charger Track Championship for Payne who also won the Charger Heat. Payne finished the season 50 points ahead of Liss with a total of 1,955.
Justin Shrum would take the 2011 Hornet Track Championship with 1,710 points. Garrison would finish second in the standings with 1,095 and Amanda Shrum would place third with 810.
Dale Miller would take the 2011 Super Stock Track Championship, cruising to a win with 1,750 points on the season. In limited appearances, Matt Ohm would place second with 1,330 points, and Tom Walp finished third with 925.
Ronnie Davis would win the 2011 Thunderstock Track Championship with the highest point total of the season at 2,030. With a Thunderstock victory Saturday, Davis Dohme finished the season in second place with 1,550 points, and Bobby Nettles placed third with 1,455.
Saturday’s local class racing began with the first of two Hornet Heat races.
Kelsey Sanders would have a hard time in the turns, causing a restart with a spin out between turns one and two of the first lap. Corey New would edge ahead on the restart, with George Garrison running second and Sanders a distant third she would surrender to Kenna Garrison in the first turn of Lap 3.
The caution flag would come out again in Lap 5 when Sanders lost it going into turn three, but New would maintain his lead on the restart. George Garrison would try to work his way inside, but the New would hold on to win. Kenna Garrison took third.
Brent Skaggs would have the pole in the second Hornet Heat, but Lance Chapman would inch ahead on the backstretch of Lap 1. Skaggs would maintain the inside track and reclaim the lead as Cale Garrison slipped into third place.
Chapman would finally get the inside track on the backstretch of Lap 4 and take the lead going into the home stretch. Chapman would hold onto the lead and take the victory, with New coming in second and Garrison holding on to third.
New would have the pole for the nine car Hornet Feature, but evidently had trouble coming down the home stretch to start the race as he pulled into the edge of the infield. That left room for sanders to jump into the lead as New fell all the way back to sixth. New would eventually pull into the infield with mechanical problems.
Sanders would try to build on the sudden lead, but George Garrison would stay with the leader and nudge the 18 car going into turn three. Garrison would get the worst of the contact, barely hanging onto second as Sanders built a sizeable advantage.
By the end of Lap 2 the rest of the field caught up to Sanders, with George Garrison grabbing the inside track coming out of the final turn and working his way out front going into the first turn of Lap 3. As Sanders fell back into a battle with Kenna Garrison for second, some apparent contact with Skaggs as he tried to move up from fifth place sent Kenna spinning into the infield and bringing out the caution.
The restart would put Sanders back out front, with George Garrison running second, Skaggs third, and Cale Garrison a sudden fourth. Evidently misidentified as the culprit, Lance Chapman was placed in the back of the field.
With an improved position, Cale Garrison looked outside and then inside for room to move past George Garrison and Brent Skaggs. As Sanders maintained the lead, Cale finally wedged himself inside in the first turn of Lap 6 to move into third and stayed behind the leader as Skaggs held second on the outside.
Cale worked his way inside as Skaggs stayed outside to run three wide with Sanders through turn three, with Garrison taking the lead coming out of turn four. Skaggs would grab second as Sanders traded paint with George Garrison coming up from fourth place.
George and Sanders would end up sliding into the infield, with Kenna Garrison also pushed off the track and across the edge of the infield. Both Kelsey Sanders and George Garrison would be done for the night.
Skaggs would be at the front of the field for the restart to begin the final two laps, but Garrison would take the inside track on the backstretch to move into the lead. Garrison held on for the victory, with Skaggs holding off Chapman to finish second.
Cale would find himself at the front of the pack throughout the night, including the beginning of the Charger Heat race. Garrison and New, both with limited experience in the Charger class, found themselves running first and second through the first four laps of the 10 lap race and Dan Geil running third.
By Lap 5 Brooks Payne and Cameron Liss started to make their move. After both moved ahead of Geil on the backstretch of Lap 2, the points leaders worked their way ahead of New on the backstetch of Lap 5, with Payne taking the inside and Liss going outside.
Payne and Liss would repeat the move on the backstretch of Lap 6 as they moved ahead of Garrison, with Payne edging into the lead going into Lap 7.
Payne would hold on to win, with Liss placing second and Garrison third.
Payne would have to move from the back of the pack to hang onto his lead in the standings. Tyler Kingcaid would have the pole, but it was Garrison jumping out front with the green flag and quickly building a full length lead.
Kingcaid would hold off both Liss and Payne to maintain second as Geil fell back. Going into the first turn of Lap 3 Liss would try to grab the inside track, but Kingcaid tried to cut him off creating contact and sending Kingcaid sliding to bring out the caution. Meanwhile, Geil pulled into the infield with apparent mechanical problems.
Possibly experiencing some problems because of the collision, Liss would fall into a distant fourth and was not a factor for the remainder of the race. Kingcaid held on to a solid third place, but the race was between Payne and Garrison.
Payne worked to get take the inside track, then tried to move outside, but the young driver fought off the eventual track champion to hold the lead through the rest of the race.
Coming out of the final turn, Payne was finally able to get inside but was unable to brag the lead down the stretch as Garrison took the victory.
With both the Super Stock and Thunderstock championships decided, the SS/TS Heat and Feature races were for nothing but pride.
Bobby Nettles would take the early lead as Kevin Meyer and Matt Ohm bumped off each other, with Meyer temporarily winning the battle to run second. Ohm would work his way past the number 1 car to take second place coming out of the final turn of Lap 2.
Not done yet, Ohm would take the lead from Nettles on the backstretch of Lap 3 and maintain the rest of the way. Nettles would fight to get inside but could never find room to move past the 43 car. Ohm would distance himself from the field in the final two laps, with Nettles holding on to second and David Dohme a distant third.
Meyer would have the pole in a tight start for the Feature race. Dohme would move ahead on the backstretch to lead after one lap, with Meyer fighting off Ronnie Davis for second.
Davis would get the inside track going into the first turn of Lap 2 to move ahead of Meyer. Ohm would stay behind Davis to take third and Nettles would push Meyer back to fifth coming out of the final turn. Nettles would challenge Davis for third, but a blown tire coming out of turn three sent the 36 car to the pits and out of the race.
Dohme would maintain his lead through the first lap after the restart, but Ohm would move ahead on the backstretch of the next lap. Ohm steadily pulled away and cruised to victory, with Dohme placing second and taking first place Thunderstock points. Ronnie Davis finished third.
Topless Modifieds were also part of the action Saturday night. Click here for the recap.
Saturday marked the final points race for local classes, but the action is far from over at Red River Speedway. Legends and Bandoleros return for the North Texas Shootout September 6-11, and the 2011 North Texas Asphalt Championship is tentatively scheduled for October 15.
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