WEST VALLEY CITY -- After a season of multiple high finishes, including two main-event wins, defending Maverik Modified champion Michael Hale claimed his third championship at Rocky Mountain Raceways on Saturday night.
"I want to thank my family, friends, crew, and sponsors that made this season possible. We had a consistently fast car that led to good finishes, culminating in a championship year." said Hale.
Hale will join Lynn Hardy and retired Maverik Modified racer Gary Madsen as the only drivers who have won multiple Maverik Modified championships.
"We have some of the best racers in the country and for Michael to dominate the class as he did speaks volumes of his ability and the quality of his team." says Mike Eames, Rocky Mountain Raceways general manager.
Hale did not disappoint fans at tonight's final point race of the season, finishing in second behind main event winner Michael Haddenham.
On a lap one incident, pole sitter Mark Ith Jr and Shawn Price, starting in the second position, were sent to the rear of field; moving the of Abe Carter and Kevin Truscott up to the front row.
Truscott led the first 3 laps before relinquishing the lead to Haddenham on lap 4, who passed him on the inside of turn 2. Haddenham gained a sizeable lead and never looked back as a field of competitive racers battled for position behind him.
Starting in 11th, Hale passed Truscott for the second position on lap 12 of the 50-lap main. From Truscott sitting in third back was a heated battle for the top five. Jeffrey Webster, Zachary Webster, Roger Wilson, Tyler Whetstone, and Lynn Hardy gave chase to Truscott, a first-year Maverik Modified driver. Truscott, who picked up his first ever heat race win, held off the veteran pack till lap 43 when the Websters, Hardy and Wilson, respectively, passed him for the top five positions.
Haddenham finished in first, Hale in second, Jeffrey Webster in third, Zachary Webster in fourth and Wilson in fifth.
Saturday's race marked the completion of the 2012 Maverik Modified point race but the series will return next week for bragging rights and cash at the Modified 100.
Several of Rocky Mountain Raceways other classes also crowned their champions. Mini Cup racer Tracy Rider celebrated winning a 2012 championship, saying "This has been a dream for the Lovendahl-Rider Racing Team since we started in the Mini Cup class."
Figure-8 Car racer Cory Hutchings secured a championship season with a 49-point lead over Tim Fahrner. "The competition in this class is really great," says Hutchings of this season's Figure-8 Car racing.
A true test of sportsmanship unfolded with the Focus Midgets tonight as Ron Duncombe graciously allowed Jim Waters to pilot his race car in the main event following a spectacular heat race crash that would leave the car inoperable.
Coming into the event Waters was second in points and with the help of Duncombe was able to find victory circle in the main, "I owe this whole race to him," says Waters of the win. The Focus Midgets will run their final point race on Saturday.
ASA Weekly Racing will conclude its 2012 season at Rocky Mountain Raceways on Saturday, with the Modified 100. Additional classes crowning their champions include Winged Sprints, Focus Midgets, Hornets, and Howe Rental & Sales Figure-8 Trains.
Gates open at 4 p.m.; racing starts at 6 p.m.