(Hanford, CA)- Saturday night at the Keller Auto Speedway, 2015 King of Kings Champion, Cory Eliason, defended his home turf against the King of the West Series as he dominated the 30th Annual Penny Newman Grain Cotton Classic, winning the race by 7.5 seconds as Dean Alexander also grabbed a win in convincing fashion during the Lightning Sprints feature event.
With Eliason and Mitchell Faccinto leading the field to green, the lone caution flag would fly on the race’s initial start as DJ Netto had issues on the front stretch.
When the race got underway, Eliason was hard on the throttle as he quickly distanced himself from Faccinto, and Bud Kaeding, who rounded out the top-three.
As Eliason quickly found his way into the lapped traffic, he did not let that slow him down as he continued to gap the field. As the leader carved through traffic, Kyle Hirst and Bud Kaeding would battle for the third spot on the grid in a hard fought wheel-to-wheel battle.
Kaeding was able to hold the spot which was valuable to him, as current point leader, Carson Macedo was stuck in the back of the pack after having issues prior to the feature event, though he was able to bounce back and finish in the 12th spot.
When the checkered flag waived, Eliason was able to cross under it to claim his frist ever King of the West win, as Faccinto held on to second, Kaeding third, Hirst fourth, and Dominic Scelzi rounded out the Top-Five.
The California Lightning Sprints made their first visit to the Keller Auto Speedway on Saturday night and put on an entertaining show for the packed grandstands. Dean Alexander would lead the field to green and prove to be too tough on this night as he picked up the win comfortably over Doug Nunes, Brian Corson, Jarrett Kramer, and Jon Robertson.
ON TAP- The Keller Auto Speedway will now turn its attention to the Dirt Nationals that take place on Friday and Saturday night featuring the Modifieds, Sport Mods, Stocks, Hobby Stocks, and Mini Stocks.
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