Auto Racing: Cannon scalds field for late-model Illiana win
By Tony Baranek firstname.lastname@example.org May 10, 2014 10:16PM
Chris King (25) holds off Jeff Cannon during late-model heat race action Saturday at Illiana Speedway. King went on to capture the event. | Goodaker Photography/For Sun-Times Media.
Fast time: Anthony Danta (19.342). 1st heat: 1. Chris King, 2. Jeff Cannon, 3. Eddie Hoffman. 2nd heat: 1. John Nutley, 2. Dennis Lyp, 3. Don Sabatino. 30-lap feature: 1. Cannon, 2. Hoffman, 3. Mike White, 4. Boris Jurkovic, 5. Danta, 6. King.
Fast time: Chris Woodall (17.579). Heat: 1. Woodall, 2. Eddie Ligue, 3. Ryan Moore. 20-lap feature: 1. Ligue, 2. Moore, 3. Woodall, 4. Billy Jarrells, 5. Michael Gerike, 6. Tony Neering.
Fast time: Ben Fidone (17.677). Heat: 1. Stan Zolodz IV, 2. Paul Shafer Sr., 3. Fidone. 12-lap feature: 1. Zolodz, 2. Jeff Cannon, 3. Shafer.
1st heat: 1. Tom Crawford, 2. Jason Alderden, 3. Tyler Wheaton. 2nd heat: 1. Mac Hastings, 2. Melissa Kuehs, 3. Brandon Reed. 3rd heat: 1. Mike Wojcik, 2. William Panshyn, 3. Kyle Royster. 15-lap feature: 1. Crawford, 2. Wojcik, 3. Ryan Gilliam, 4. Hasting, 5. Wheaton, 6. Panshyn.
Updated: June 12, 2014 6:59AM
The previous week, Jeff Cannon had a big lead in the late-model feature race at Illiana Speedway wiped out by a yellow flag and eventually lost to Eddie Hoffman.
Saturday saw a partial repeat.
The big lead part.
The 35-year-old from Kouts, Ind., wound up scalding the 15-car field, beating Hoffman to the finish line by 2.577 seconds.
“I got off to a little lead and was waiting for the same thing to happen tonight,” Cannon said. “The car was just very consistent. Luckily, tonight it stayed the same. With a little more work, I think we can make it a little bit faster.”
Cannon established himself for good on a lap three restart in which he chose the top groove alongside Chris King. A week earlier on the restart, Cannon took the bottom, and Hoffman used the top to seize the lead.
“I took the the wrong lane last week,” Cannon said. “Tonight, we worked with it. I don’t have much of a choice with this car. With a crate car, if you get pinned on the bottom, you’re not going to be able to make it run.”
The best battle turned out to be for second place. Hoffman was cruising for quite a while, but over the final five laps had Mike White right behind him.
“We got looser as the race went,” Hoffman said. “I knew (White) was coming. It was just figuring out how to get the most out of a loose race car. Second was better than third.”
Behind Hoffman and White, Boris Jurkovic held off fast qualifier Anthony Danta for fourth. Sixth place went to King.
A wild 20-lap turbo stox feature saw Eddie Ligue and Chris Woodall trade the lead four times before Ligue took over for good just two laps from the finish.
Despite a major amount of body-to-body contact, there were no yellow flags as a result.
“That was rough there,” a smiling Ligue said. “It felt like old Raceway (Park) style. Me and Scott Gardner used to go like that all the time.”
After the final pass, Ryan Moore also slipped by Woodall to capture second place. Fourth went to Billy Jarrells, ahead of Michael Gerike and Tony Neering.
Stan Zolodz IV captured the Legends feature for the second week in a row. The 13-year-old graduate of the bandoleros class took the lead from Paul Shafer Jr. between Turns 1 and 2 on lap 10. Zolodz held off a charge from Jeff Cannon over the final two laps. Shafer was third and Ben Fidone fourth.
Tom Crawford captured the pure stocks feature over Mike Wojcik and Ryan Gilliam.