Saturday, June 16, 2012
This Week in Racing History
1990 – Tom Rients captured the 25-lap UMP late model main at Farmer City (Ill.) Raceway on Friday night, June 15, pocketing $1,500 for his efforts. Jim Leka grabbed the lead but was soon challenged by Brian Ater as the pair battled back and forth for several laps. After a lap 9 caution, Ater flew by Leka coming out of turn two on the inside taking over the top spot. Rients, running in third place at the time, must have taken some notes from Ater as he passed Leka as well coming out of turn two and then proceeded to muscle inside of Ater in turns three and four and take the top spot as they crossed the start/finish line. Rients stretched his lead from there and won by nearly a full straightaway advantage. Leka would get by Ater to finish second while Ater settled for third. Fast qualifier (13.218 seconds) Jim Rarick took fourth and Ed Bauman grabbed fifth.
1984 – Gary Gillett of Kansas City, Kan., thrilled his hometown fans when he scored NASCAR Winston Racing Series late model feature win at Lakeside Speedway on Saturday, June 16. It was the first-ever late model victory for the 35-year-old former sprint car driver. Gillett, who owns his own trucking business, credited his sprint car experience with pulling out the last-lap victory. On the final lap, Billy Deckman of Kansas City, Mo., who had trailed Gillett for the final 19 laps, made a daring move on the front stretch and shot past Gillett on the inside. Deckman then lost control going into the first turn, skidding into the fence as Gillett, still on the outside groove, checked up, shot down to the low groove, steering clear of a spinning Deckman and driving the remaining final lap to victory. Ronnie Hoover of Fulton, Mo., inherited the second spot while Jamie Hager of Kansas City, Mo., took third in only his third time behind the wheel of a late model.