Now 16 Winners in 20 Sprint Car Bandits Events After 82 Speedway!
Petty, TX (05/05/19) by DarinShort.com. A wildly unpredictable race day and night culminated with 12th place starter and Minnesota transplant ‘Wild Willie’ Eggimann picking up his first-ever 360C.I. Sprint Car Bandits series feature win at 82 Speedway, and becoming the 16th different feature winner in the last 20 events.
But the day started in an inauspicious fashion, as the highly anticipated Grand Opening 25 was to take place at the brand new Buffalo Creek Speedway in Canton, Texas. However several days of spring storms made the track surface and facility too over saturated to race on.
So, series officials jumped in to action to find a track to race at. And in short order, 82 Speedway (host of last weeks series event) jumped at the chance and offered the ‘Bandits a place to race.
Track owner Tracy Peters commented: “We are a new track and the fans thoroughly enjoyed the ‘Bandits event last week and although we didn’t get a lot of advance notice, it ended up being another great night of racing action tonight and we look forward to them returning on Saturday June 15th.”
After the 4-wide parade lap led by the KoolTrikes.com Corvette pace car driven by former Wisconsin sprint racer Randy Butler, the FixYourGenerator.com 25-lap feature took off with Junior Jenkins (who got upside down at 82 last Saturday) and Claud Estes III battling side by side with several lead swaps.
After a lap 6 caution, the event would resume with Jenkins taking back the lead to the roar of the crowd.
In the meantime Eggimann would keep working the high line of 82’s high banks and would battle 3-wide with lap traffic with Eggimann eventually clearing the pair of cars with two laps to go and cruise to a well deserved win in his J&J Chassis sprinter.
Junior would come home in second for his highest SCB series finish, with Michael Day taking the final podium position.
Junior Jenkins would comment “we always seem to run decent but a lot of times our results don’t match up. So it sure feels great to battle cleanly with two different drivers and up in second. I really enjoy racing this series and I’m glad they found us a track to race at.”
9th place starter Dalton Stevens would finish fourth after starting ninth - which was a nice rebound after suffering ignition issues last week. Claud Estes III would round out the top 5 after his tires would fade later in the event.
An elated Eggimann commented in victory lane that he really appreciated the setup help from his chief mechanic and former racer www.cwb15.com - Wayne Brown. Wayne has been sidelined for the past 3 years after suffering a near life-ending illness, so it was great seeing them both in victory lane.
Eggimann also stated that his right rear tire actually had three nights on it as it had three sets of template paint on it.
Thanks again to 82 Speedway for hosting this event at such short notice, our sponsors FixYourGenerator.com and KoolTrikes.com for jumping up to sponsor the event, the 82 Speedway fans and staff for their support and we look forward to seeing everyone at next Saturday’s huge event at Monarch Motor Speedway featuring the Sprint Car Bandits vs NCRA Shootout, the Monarch Midget Championships and Limited Modifed Madness event. Click www.SprintCarBandits.com to get your team pre-entered, and race fans can take advantage of advance discount ticket sales - both good through May 10th.
Here’s the SCB feature finish at 82 Speedway, with the feature ending at 10:28pm:
77w Will Eggimann
23 Junior Jenkins
2 Michael Day
99x Dalton Stevens
74e Claud Estes III
45b Casey Burkham
13m Chance McCrary
12w Dale Wester
118 Scott Evans
8a Alan Myers
33 Michael Merrell
20 Chad Wilson
27 Kodey Keimig
V8 Robert Vetter
41m Steve McMackin
71 Colby Estes