Gary Wyatt was determined to get back into Victory Lane.
Wyatt had been on a tough streak of late in the Bomber class. After what track announcer Robert Pearson said had been one of the best Bomber heat races ever at the speedway, Wyatt and his #VegasStrong No. 65 machine started inside of Row 2 for the feature.
After a fierce side-by-side four-car battle, Wyatt was able to take the lead late and never looked back for the win Saturday night at Pahrump Valley Speedway. Anthony Mann settled for second, followed by Arlie Daniel, Bobby Schumacher and Steve Dinerstein.
Another great race was put on by the Mini Stocks, as the 20-lap feature was a thrill for fans as Aiden Murphy and RJ Smotherman went side by side the entire race. Smotherman had taken the lead out of Turn 4 as the white flag flew and looked to be headed to Victory Lane once again, but he couldn’t navigate through the lapped traffic ahead in Turn 1. Aiden Murphy took advantage and drove away to the checkered flag.
Smotherman was able to hang on for second and, picking up her first podium finish of the season, Remington Nicosia finished third. Courtney Murphy, Sandra Kowal and Cory Davis rounded out the field.
In the Sport Mod feature, it looked as if Scott Brady was headed to another top finish as the white flag flew for him after dominating 19 of the 20 laps in the books.
On the last lap, however, Brady and his No. 53 machine came to an abrupt halt on the backstretch with a mechanical failure, ending his dominant run half a lap away from celebration.
Brady Gladd was able to narrowly avoid contact with the stalled car to pick up the feature win. Making the trip down from Ogden, Utah, Anthony Broadhead was able to squeak by to finish second. Nick Heilman, Joel Dean, Cory Little and Alex Murphy rounded out the field.
Robert Smotherman picked up another Coupe victory after outracing Allen Lokey, Natasha Pooler, Michael DeCroff and Michael Johnson to the line.
Jared Ward won a two-car shootout with Gege Murphy in the Hobby Stock division.
Bryan Wulfenstein took the lead early and won the Modified feature, followed by Mark Allison, Jake Pike, Mike Wells, Josh Stringer, Rick Durica, Donald Riley, Shane Nunnally and Jon Mitchell Jr.
Racing returns to Pahrump Valley Speedway at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15. Gates open at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Pahrump Valley Speedway Facebook page or pahrumpvalleyspeedway.weebly.com
Pahrump Valley Speedway points leaders
(After races of Aug. 18)
Modified: 1. Jake Pike 499; 2. Jason Pike 378; 3. Mike Wells 339; 4. Jon Mitchell Jr. 326; 5. Brad Hopkins 244.
Sport Mod: 1. Scott Brady 426; 2. Brady Gladd 409; 3. Alex Murphy 393; 4. Clifton King 365; 5. Nicholas Heilman 297.
Super Stock: 1. Rafael Flores 166; 2. Dale Daffer 164; 3. Dan Snowden 141; 4. Aaron Keller and Alex Williams 129.
Mini Stock: 1. Aiden Murphy 485; 2. Haylee Little 375; 3. RJ Smotherman 358; 4. Ryan Howard 323; 5. Brett Gamble 212.
Coupe: 1. Natasha Pooler 458; 2. Michael DeCroff 452; 3. Chris Hansen 325; 4. Allen Lokey 203; 5. Robert Smotherman 139.
Micro Sprint: 1. Jason Funk 203; 2. Eddie Chacon 201; 3. Ray Garnica 166; 4. Evil Pruitt 149; 5. Racin Silva and Clint Silva 68.
Dwarf: 1. Derek Rosse 147; 2. Evan Moentenich 126; 3. Mac Marmon and Cecilia Dillie 71; 5. Ridge Abbott 69.
Bomber: 1. Gary Wyatt 442; 2. Arlie Daniel 418; 3. Steve Dinerstein 348; 4. Michael Riefler 139; 5. Anthony Mann 104.
Hobby Stock: 1. Jared Ward 447; 2. Aaron Smith 324; 3. Jeff Murphy 237; 4. Robert Gannon 191; 5. Anthony Broadhead 171.