Wednesday, 05 August 2020

Kylie Daniels beats Dan Nissen in photo finish at Lakeport Speedway

Kylie Daniels, 17, of Fort Bragg, California, gets out of her car and pushes back her hair after her photo-finish win over veteran driver Dane Nissen in the Legends Cars main event at the Lakeport Speedway in Lakeport, California, on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Photo by Russell Bishop.


LAKEPORT, Calif. – Coming out of turn four on the last lap, 17-year-old Kylie Daniels of Fort Bragg snuck under veteran driver Dane Nissen and beat him to the checkered flag by inches to claim her first Legends Car win at Lakeport Speedway Saturday during the “O’Reilly Auto Parts Day at the Races.”

Taking the lead away from points leader Donovan Cox on lap nine, Mike Collins of Lucerne chalked up his second consecutive Taco Bell Bomber main event. and Johnny Barker of Upper Lake took home the trophy in the 20 lap AAA Energy Systems Pro-4 Modified class.

In other racing action Kyle Tellstrom of Ukiah collected $1,000 for his win in the North State Modified Series race and also won the Radical Focus Midget series event.

Once again the speedway had to race with no spectators as per the Public Health officer guidelines in Lake County. However, the event was live-streamed and shown on Facebook Live with more than 8,400 people reached.

Aidan Daniels of Fort Bragg turned the quickest lap in the Legends car class (14.012), but he was involved in a crash in his heat race that prevented him from starting the feature event. Kylie Daniels was also the winner of that race. Nissen won the trophy dash.

Nissen started second row outside in the feature and ran side-by-side with Tom Summers for four laps before taking control of the race. Kylie Daniels passed Summers on lap 10 as Nissen was pulling away.

About halfway through the 30-lapper, Nissen’s car seemed to be pushing allowing Daniels to poke her nose in the hole. But Nissen’s experience kept the youngster in second until the last lap.

Then just as it looked like it was Nissen’s race, Daniels drove in low, pulled alongside Nissen and drag-raced him to the checkered flag. Daniels beat Nissen by a bumper to take the win. Summers finished third in front of David Dunlap, Ethan Imperatrice, Nick Reading and Trey Daniels.

In Taco Bell Bomber action Tim Williams set the fast time of 14.061 seconds over the 11 car field with Collins next at 14.110 and Cox turning a 14.202.

Raymond Taylor jumped out in front of pole setter Jim Kollenborn at the drop of the green flag, and as Kollenborn faded, Cox and Collins moved into second and third. Two rounds later Cox drove by Taylor for the lead with Collins following his line.

Mike Collins (left) captures his second consecutive Taco Bell Bomber feature event at the Lakeport Speedway in Lakeport, California, on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Photo by Russell Bishop.

Cox ran out front for five laps before Collins took over the number one slot. The race was slowed on lap 18 when Kollenborn’s hub and spindle caught fire, eliminating him from the competition.

At the same time, both Williams and Trevor Abella retired their cars to the pits. When racing resumed it was Collins, Cox and Taylor out in front of Klinton Waite, Audrey Portlock and Kasey Horat.

Two more yellow flags flew when Portlock’s car lost power and stalled on the track. Collins continued to lead all the way to the checkers followed by Cox, Taylor, Waite, Horat and Portlock.

Heat wins went to Waite and Collins. Cox won the trophy dash.

Mike Peterson set the fast time (12.767) in the Pro-4 Modifieds, almost a half a second faster than second runner Ron Portlock (13.235.) But Peterson’s car developed problems that kept him from running the main event. Wil Roberton also dropped out early as did Portlock.

This made easy pickings for Barker who led every lap for the win. Bud Anderson finished second with Rick Jelton third and Wade Eldrege fourth. Peterson won the heat race and Anderson captured the trophy dash.

Racing resumes at the Lakeport Speedway next Saturday, July 25, with the second appearance of the Legends of the Pacific. Also for the first time will be the local late models. Rounding out the card are the Taco Bell Bombers and the NCRA modifieds.

NCRA races at Lakeport Speedway are presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts, Anderson Logging, Sullivan Const Masonry, Napa Lake Parts, Bicoastal Media, Taco Bell, D&P Pools, Hillside Powersports, Clearlake Redi-Mix, Snap-On Tools, S&K Paving & Striping, Lucerne Roofing, S & K Automotive, Under the Sun Garden Supply, Perkins Septic Tanks, Lake County Tribal Health, Don Anderson Attorney At Law, Coleman’s Custom Vinyl, Lake County Welders, Steve Taylor Excavation, Dana Stahl Race Cars, Kelseyville Lions, Mike Sullivan Consulting, Lake Co. Waste Solutions, Gifford Backhoe Service and Majestic Landscaping.

Johnny Barker was a very happy camper after winning the Pro-4 Modified main event at the Lakeport Speedway in Lakeport, California, on Saturday, July 18, 2020. Photo by Russell Bishop.

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