(Photo finish of Christopher Breads (#01) and Ryan Bille (#23) in Saturday’s Bandolero feature race / Photo Credit : Billy McKinney)
NORTON, OH : Christopher Breads had a burning 2016 and 2017 with a pair of Bandolero championships, but his 2018 has been one to forget. With only a heat race win to show, and a couple wrecks, Breads needed a good run to catch breakout driver Ryan Bille.
When the feature race began, Madison Lengyel sped out front and had the lead locked up for several of the event’s opening laps. Lengyel was eventually passed by Breads, who commanded the event. He looked to have it put away before halfway, but Bille made a move low off of turn four to take the lead.
Just after Bille took that top spot, the yellow fell for a spin off of turn two. On the restart, Bille had a great short run car, but Breads began reeling him in after a couple laps. Just as Breads was about to make a pass with five to go, Jesse Adams Jr and several others spun off of turn four to set up the race’s final restart.
Once again, Bille got the monster run early in the run to the checkers, but Breads kept with Bille. On the final lap, Breads moved low on Bille and got alongside him down the backstretch. Bille let up early in turn three to try and cross over and get under Breads. He did just that and the two set up for a side by side finish. At the line, Breads won it by nine inches.
INEX Bandolero – Results :
- Christopher Breads (#01)
- Ryan Bille (#23)
- Madison Lengyel (#51)
- Mason Surgener (#42)
- Steve Mitch (#34)
- Jesse Adams, Jr. (#1)
- Kylie Archer (#48)
- Landin Collmar (#2)
Cale Grimes was another driver who had a spectacular 2016 and 2017 Legends campaign at Barberton Speedway. With one championship in 2017 and a runner up in points the year before, he needed a win in 2018 to help lock up his championship run for this year. All eyes were on him, but it was Michigan’s Greg Rudzik who played spoiler and won his 2nd event of the year.
When the race started, Grimes snuck around Austin Tapia early and commanded the bulk of the race. While racing behind him got wild, it was Rudzik who lurked in the shadows and tire tracks of his fellow racers. Rudzik moved up into 2nd around halfway and began to stalk Grimes.
With five laps to go, Rudzik began to make moves high to set up for a pass. He kept with Grimes and the moves paid off. At the white flag, Rudzik made the pass as they went into turn one. Grimes rallied high and the two were side by side on the backstretch. As they came through the east end of the track, Rudzik was able to make his car turn better and got the run ahead of Grimes and took the win.
INEX Legends – Results :
- Greg Rudzik (#17X)
- Cale Grimes (#11)
- Tristan Borkoski (#21T)
- Dan Sharpless (#3)
- Aaron Mulrooney, Jr. (#2)
- Austin Tapia (#17)
- Madalynn Minnear (#51)
- Chuck Witt (#4)
– Barberton Speedway press release Billy McKinney and Christie Hrdlicka