Kenny Brooks Chalks Up Duo Wins at Wilburn Auto Body Night at Concord Speedway
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CONCORD, N.C. (June 9, 2012) – Hot temperatures, a slick racing surface and double the races didn’t keep Kenny Brooks, of Concord, N.C. from racking up two more wins at Wilburn Auto Body Night at the Races at Concord Speedway.
Sonny Schoffen, of Mint Hill, N.C., Adam Morgan, of Concord, N.C., and Bryan Thomas, of Monroe, N.C., also scored victories in tonight’s feature events on Concord Speedway’s Half-Mile Tri-Oval.
Brooks maintained his points lead by winning both Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division Twin 35-Lap feature events. Last week’s winner, Andrew Thomas, of Monroe, N.C., lead Brooks for 25 laps before the caution came out for a spin by Tony Pasquarello Sr., of Matthews, N.C. On the restart, Brooks took advantage of the “choose rule” by choosing his stronger line, the outside lane, for the restart. On lap 27, Brooks took the lead and went on to take the win from Thomas who finished in second with Jeff Melton, of Concord, N.C., in third.
In the second Twin 35-Lap Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division feature event, Brooks made his way to the Rack Room Shoes Victory Lane for a second time. Thomas and Shaun Mangum, of Monroe, N.C., battled door-to-door for the lead with Brooks creating pressure from behind. By lap 13, Mangum was able to put a car length lead on Thomas.
The nail-biting battle for the lead came to an abrupt halt when Thomas got loose exiting turn two forcing Mangum to make contact with the outside wall. Track officials penalized Thomas by sending him to the rear of the field. This allowed Brooks to run away with the win, while Thomas battled back to finish second and the 14-year-old youngster, Cole Custer, of Ladera Ranch, Calif., finished in third.
Schoffen grabbed not one, but two victories in the Pepsi Street Stock division Twin 20-lap feature events. This was no easy feat for Schoffen who battled against a tight field of race cars in both events. In the first 20-lap race, Schoffen made his way from fifth position to take the lead with a strong move to the outside of Cooper Faassen, of Monroe, N.C.
The race was far from over on lap 14 when tempers flared after Charles Faassen, of Monroe, N.C., tried to make a pass below the yellow line in turn three. Charles Faassen’s move forced Ryan Pencek, of Monroe, N.C., and David Earnhardt, Jr., of Rockwell, N.C., to collide and then make hard contact with the front stretch wall. Schoffen held on for five more laps to take the win with Cooper Faassen and Charles Hutto, of Monroe, N.C., finishing in second and third, respectively.
In the second 20-lap Pepsi Street Stocks feature race, the top five cars brought pack racing to Concord Speedway’s Half-Mile Tri-Oval. Each of the five cars swapped position for the lead before Schoffen claimed the position by the halfway point and began to check out on the field. Schoffen fought off the Faassen brothers and avoided a spin by Hutto as the checkered flag flew over the field.
Morgan found his way back to the Rack Room Shoes Victory Lane in the Town and Country Ford Fast and Furious Fours division feature event for his fourth victory of the season. Terry Parham, of Kannapolis, N.C., paced the field before his brother and last week’s winner, Chris Parham, of China Grove, N.C., closed in on his bumper and took the lead on only lap four. Terry Parham fell back to battle for second position with David Layton, of Mount Pleasant, N.C.
After lurking in the back of the field for the first half of the short 25-lap feature event, Morgan began to track down Chris Parham’s nearly 10 car length lead. By lap 14, Morgan snatched the lead from a surprised Chris Parham and held on to take the victory with the Parham brothers rounding out the top three.
Bryan Thomas took home the win in the Heintz Performance Sportsman division’s debut 20-lap feature event, while Rusty Drye followed behind in second. The Sportsman division is new to Concord Speedway and prides itself on being a “run what you brung” type of division. Concord Speedway encourages competitors and fans to spread the word about this new division to help increase interest and car count. View a full outline of Sportsman division rules at: http://concordspeedway.net/rules/.
Our next Half-Mile event will be Saturday night, June 23, at Concord Speedway. The night will feature Twin 35-Lap races for the Wilburn Auto Body Late Model Stock Car division, Twin 20-Lap races for the Pepsi Street Stocks division, 25 Laps for the Town and Country Ford Fast and Furious Fours division and a 25-Lap race for the Heintz Performance Sportsman division.
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