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Sprint Cars, Sprint Cars, Sprint Cars: Saiz, Hill, Stelzig Steal Show in Vado Finale

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November 27, 2021  |  by Chris Stepan

The final night of the 2021 racing season at the Vado Speedway Park concluded on Saturday night, November 27th with the final night of the Turkey Bowl featuring Winged and Non-Winged Sprint Cars, Legends and the Super Truck vs Stock Car Challenge.

The Legends were on track first for their 20-lap main event for the second night in a row with Peter Smith earning the pole on night #2. He and opening night winner Josh Jackson drag raced into the first set of turns and Jackson was able to use the high side momentum to his advantage to take over the race lead, which he held for much of the race until third starting Aydan Saunders was able to use a restart to fire by Jackson into the top spot and take command. Once Saunders got to the lead, he was able to drive off with the win, solidifying his 2021 track championship in the process. Jackson ran second with Smith third, Jacob Masterson fourth from his eighth starting spot and Dustin Tilbury fifth at the checkered.

Friday night’s rained out Non-Wing feature was next to the track and Dustin Cormany lead the field to the green. On the initial start, Caleb Stelzig took command from the outside of the front row and paced the field, while Cormany, Shon Deskins and Jason Howell pressured out front. Battles were taking place throughout the field and a red flag for a David Dykes flip slowed the action early, but on the restart, Cormany began to pressure Stelzig out front and was just about to pull alongside for the lead when he got over the cushion and got himself upside down, causing the second red flag period of the event. Once the incident was cleaned up, the field went back to green and Deskins ran out front looking for his first win of the 2021 season at Vado, but Stelzig was able to power back by him with just two laps to go to steal the lead and race to the win. Deskins came home second with Colt Treharn, Jason Howell and Caleb Saiz, from 14th, rounding out the top five.

The Super Truck vs. Stock Car Challenge was on deck with Brian Kleine on the front row, looking for the first win for the Super Trucks in the fourth running of this event. Kleine and Josh Reynolds duked it out from the front row over the first several laps of the event with Reynolds leading early until Kleine got back by on a restart. Once Kleine was back out front, Reynolds, Bryan Bennett, Christy Barnett and Rob Moseley were in battle inside the top five looking for more. Kleine continued to pace the field out front during a caution-plagued event that saw Reynolds restart at the tail and try to make his way back to the front. With Kleine still out front, Bennett was beginning to put more pressure on him for the lead, but Kleine had his #21k Super Truck up to the challenge and raced to the first ever win for the Truck class in the Stock Car vs. Super Truck Challenge. Bennett came home a solid second with Christy Barnett, Rob Moseley and Shane McNutt in the top five.

The night’s originally scheduled Non-Winged Sprint Car feature saw Colt Treharn and Spencer Hill on the front row after qualifying heat races were over and saw Hill jump to the lead on the opening lap with heavy pressure from Caleb Saiz and Caleb Stelzig early on. Hill led early with Saiz giving him the biggest amount of trouble from behind. Once Saiz saw the opening, he powered around the outside and took the lead and began to drive off a bit until he got into the cushion in turn one and got over it and made contact with the turn two wall, ending his bid for the win. On the restart, Hill re-assumed the lead and controlled the field for the remainder of the feature, holding off late race pressure from Randy Nelson. Hill went on to win for the first time at Vado with Nelson, Robert Marfia, Jason Howell and 2021 track champ Colt Treharn rounding out the top five.

The final event of the night was the 25-lap Winged Sprint Car feature, which saw Caleb Saiz rebound from his troubles in the non-winged feature to sit on the pole, jump to the lead and run away, leading all 25-laps en route to his first ever Winged win at Vado for his efforts. With Saiz running away out front in the lead, Jett Carney and 2021 track champ Lorne Wofford had the best battle on the track for second as they diced in and out of lapped traffic during the second half of the race. Carney hold on for second with Wofford third. Justin Lasiter and Jesse Baker had top five runs as well, crossing the line 4th and 5th respectively when the checkered flag flew.

Full results: https://www.myracepass.com/events/350946/races

The Vado Speedway Park will become a Christmas Wonderland as the speedway property is transformed into the Vado Speedway Park Christmas Village for ten nights during the month of December with events taking place on December 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 18th and 23rd. Christmas lights, inflatables, music, smores, campfires, sledding, a kids area, an appearance by Santa Claus, the Grinch, Buddy the Elf and Elsa, plus much more!

For fans not able to attend in person, all events held during the 2021 season at the Vado Speedway Park will also be live streamed online by PayPerView at www.WatchFYE.tv.

For upcoming schedule information and tickets, visit www.VadoSpeedwayPark.com.