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Lane Zardo scores Super Stock Feature victory at Sunset Speedway

After changing the motor the morning before racing due to problems the night before and a great battle with Shawn Chenoweth, Lane Zardo would return to victory lane as he won the Super Stock feature on Sunday afternoon at Sunset Speedway.


The afternoon started off with Chenoweth winning the first heat ahead of Randy Rusnell, Jordan Latimer, Dan Archibald, Matt Bentley, Steve Cashmore, Joe Adams, Dennis Cybalski, Johnny Morrison and Coltin Everingham.


The second heat saw a single caution at lap six for Rick Ecker going around. Zardo would pick up the win ahead of Chris Howse, Cayden Lapcevich, Ken Grubb, Frank Davey, Shawn Goggins, Bobby Mercer, Ecker and Tom Podd.


Come feature time, it’d be Shawn Chenoweth grabbing the early lead in the No. 89 London Recreational Racing, Bennett Performance Parts and Transaxle Camaro ahead of Lane Zardo and Randy Rusnell as Chris Howse and Jordan Latimer battled for fourth. Latimer would get the spot on lap two, bringing Dan Archibald through with him. Howse then found himself in a three-wide battle for sixth with Cayden Lapcevich and Matt Bentley, with both getting by and bringing Grubb with them.


At the front, Zardo caught Chenoweth for the lead and got alongside, with the pair battling side-by-side till the caution at lap eight for Shawn Goggins spinning Frank Davey. Johnny Morrison and Joe Adams also caught a piece of the wreck, with both being done for the afternoon. With 42 laps to go, Chenoweth led Zardo, Rusnell, Latimer, Archibald, Lapcevich, Bentley, Grubb, Howse, Steve Cashmore, Dennis Cybalski and Bobby Mercer.


The restart saw Chenoweth and Zardo resume their battle for the lead, with Chenoweth grabbing the advantage on lap 11 as Rusnell got alongside Zardo. Zardo would hold Rusnell off, getting back alongside Chenoweth to go for the lead again. The pair continued to battle side-by-side for the lead till the second caution at lap 20 for Latimer spinning Grubb on the frontstretch. With 30 laps to go, Chenoweth led Zardo, Rusnell, Bentley, Archibald, Lapcevich, Cashmore, Mercer, Cybalski, Goggins, Davey, Everingham, Howse, Latimer and Grub.


The restart would bring trouble for Rick Ecker, as well as debris on the frontstretch after contact in the back half of the field.


The second attempt at a restart went smoother with Lane Zardo putting the No. 46 Holmes on Homes, Mational Exhaust, Al Tupper Insurance, Better Contracting, Smart Screen, Gutter Protection,Royal Purple, Quality Custom Inc. Big Chute Marina Monte Carlo out front ahead of Chenoweth and Rusnell. Chenoweth and Rusnell then got side-by-side for second as Cybalski brought his car down pit road at lap 25.


Zardo continued to lead with Rusnell grabbing second at lap 28 ahead of Chenoweth, Bentley, Zardo, Archibald, Cashmore, Davey and Grubb as Goggins and Mercer ran side-by-side for 10th. They continued to battle as Davey and Grubb got side-by-side in front of them for eighth at lap 31. Grubb would clear Davey at lap 33 for eighth, while Goggins was able to hold Mercer off for 10th.


The field began to strung out single-file as the laps ticked down, though in the process, Bentley was able to chase down Chenoweth for the third spot. Bentley got alongside Chenoweth at lap 36, and battled hard, able to clear him for the spot at lap 43. Meanwhile, Latimer would head down pit road with five laps to go with mechanical problems.


At the front, it was all Lane Zardo as he scored the victory ahead of Randy Rusnell, Matt Bentley, Cayden Lapcevich, Shawn Chenoweth, Dan Archibald, Steve Cashmore, Ken Grubb, Frank Davey, Shawn Goggins, Coltin Everingham and Bobby Mercer.


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