Auto Racing: Cannon cruisies to victory in late-model feature at Illiana
SCHERERVILLE, Ind. — Nobody among the top six finishers in Saturday night’s feature had anything for Jeff Cannon, who scored his third straight late-model feature win in a row at Illiana Speedway.
But the seventh-place finisher, Eddie Hoffman, had him wondering.
“I kind of wish that Eddie would have finished that deal out,” Cannon said in victory circle. “I’d like to have seen how he would have stacked up against us.”
The “deal” was Hoffman, who had set fast qualifying time, making a pass of D.J. Weltmeyer for the lead on lap 13 of the 30-lap event. Hoffman was underneath Weltmeyer between Turns 1 and 2, but they had contact, sending Weltmeyer spinning to the infield.
Both were sent to the back for the restart, which had as the new front row Cannon and Boris Jurkovic.
Cannon chose the high side, and got a good jump on Jurkovic at the drop of the green. Once cleared, Cannon set sail and ran away with the proceedings over the final 17 laps.
“Yeah, from the midpart of the race we were kind of cruising just making sure that if Hoffman did come from the back we’d have something left for him,” Cannon said.
Hoffman did some roaring, but not enough to catch the top six. Cannon finished a comfortable 3.419 seconds ahead of Jurkovic, while John Nutley, Paul Shafer Jr., Anthony Danta and Jack Kalawasinski were third through sixth.
It took him a couple of tries, but five-time track champion Bill Serviss was able to dispatch Billy Jarrells on lap nine, and go on to win his first turbo stox feature of the season.
“We’ve had a lot of problems going on this year,” said Serviss, who is in semi-retirement. “In just about every feature something happened. This is the first feature something didn’t break.”
Jacob McKown followed Serviss across the finish line, ahead of Matt Arvia, Chris Woodall, Jarrells and Butch Wood.
Chris King used a lap 13 restart to take the lead from Ben Fidone and go on to score the victory in the Legends feature. Fidone held off a challenge from Andrea Hans for second, while Paul Shafer Sr., Jacob Melvin and Jaret James completed the top six.
Nicholas Joyner won the “second across the line wins” feature for the pure stocks, while Kenny Myer prevailed in the bandolero main.