LOMS: Cappello Slides Backwards to Take Lucas Oil Modified Win at Rocky Mountain

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — official series release —

They slid across the finish line in almost perfect unison, the front of their cars facing the infield and the backs the grandstands, and the angle of the slide made reigning Lucas Oil Modified Series champion Dylan Cappello the winner of the K&N Filters Great Salt Lake 75 instead of Austin Barnes.

Cappello had been the race leader for 32 laps around Rocky Mountain Raceway’s three-eighths-mile paved oval, but Barnes had been as close as a band aid since lap 70. The two touched several times on the final lap and as they raced through turn four for the last time Barnes went low to try for the win.

The 2012 champion may have gotten a little too low, because the left wheels of his STR Chevrolet kicked up some dust. Then as he came out of the turn and back up onto firmer footing he and Cappello got together and took the checkered flag with their cars at roughly a 30-degree angle.

Barnes was on the infield side of the track. Cappello was in the middle, with the side of his car on which the scoring transponder is mounted closer to the finish line. The transponders gave the win to Cappello, by an amazing 0.977 seconds and several reviews in the MAVTV Production control room confirmed it while the two drivers shook hands during the awards ceremony.

It was the second win of the season for Cappello, who took the lead away from hometown favorite Lynn Hardy on lap 43 and looked to be in control of the proceedings until Barnes took second from Hardy on lap 56 and yellow caution flags began to appear with regularity.

Barnes emerged as the leader of the Hoosier Tire West point standings, though. The Escondido, Calif., driver had gone into the sixth of 10 championship races only tw points behind leader Scott Winters, who was credited with a 20th-place finish after being caught up in an accident with series rookie Jack Madrid with six laps to go.

Jason Irwin, who set a track record of 15.221 seconds to pace qualifying for the 28-car field, finished third. Hardy was fourth and Taylor Miinch fifth.

 

RESULTS: Lucas Oil Modified Series pres. by Loan Mart; Rocky Mountain Raceway; July 25, 2015

MAIN EVENT (75 laps) –

1. Dylan Cappello (11), Peoria, Arizona
2. Austin Barnes (51A), Escondido, California
3. Jason Irwin (9X), Albuquerque, New Mexico
4. Lynn Hardy (4L), Salt Lake City
5. Taylor Miinch (4T), El Cajon, California
6. Matthew Hicks (28), Lakeside, California
7. Kyle Tellstrom (5K), Ukiah, California
8. Chris Cook (2), Tabiona, Utah
9. Jairo Avila Jr. (56), Alhambra, California
10. Doug Hamm (4X), North Las Vegas, Nevada
11. Jim Mardis (51), Yucaipa, California
12. Eric Hamilton (11H), Hanford, California
13. Linny White (99), Colton, California
14. Dustin Tilbury (71X), Edgewood, New Mexico
15. Jason Patison (80), Corona, California
16. Blake Rogers (4B), Yuma, Arizona
17. Doug Carpenter (3), San Diego, California
18. Bryan Wordelman (8), Woods Cross, Utah
19. Shelby Stroebel (24), Meridian, Idaho
20. Scott Winters (24A), Tracy, California
21, Jack Madrid (3X), San Clemente, California
22. Shane Skaggs (28S), Albuquerque, New Mexico
23. Blaine Perkins (55), Bakersfield, California
24. Larry Gerchman (25), Lake Havasu City, Arizona
25. Trevor Huddleston (00), Agoura Hills, California
26. Eddie Secord (84), Oak Hills, California
27. Mark Ith Jr.(84M), Draper, Utah
28. Eric Rhead (66), West Jordan, Utah

CREDIT: Lucas Oil Modified Series

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