Rookies get it done at Tucson Speedway

 Four drivers holding rookie status ended their night in Victory Lane Saturday at Tucson Speedway making their way around seasoned drivers and defending champions.

Bandoleros

In the Bandit division of the Bandoleros, Rookie Keirstin Jones took the lead at the start of the main event. She lost the lead midway through the race to eight-year-old Rookie Landen Mros.

Keirstin Jones finished second, Devin Jones took third and Anika O’Brien finished fourth.

Outlaw rookie Adam Farr drove is No. 23 car to it’s third consecutive victory. Rookie Andrew De Le Ree finished second.

Super Trucks

Bob Santa Maria led 21 Super Trucks to the green flag. Rookies Kole Raz and Sara Houston battled for second until lap nine when Raz had the better of it.

Running 18.1-second laps, Raz set his sights on Santa Maria taking the lead on lap 10.

Trucks spinning between turns three and four gathered up no less than six trucks sliding into each other and the wall on lap 17 bringing out the red flag to clear the track.

On the restart, Raz held off defending champion Daniel Doherty for his first Super Truck win of the year.

Super Late Models

In the first of two Super Late Model main events, Ron Searle Jr. had the lead going into lap two. From his eighth-place starting position, Brandon Farrington made it to the front to battle for the lead on lap nine.

Mariah McGriff watched the drag race for the lead in third.

Coming into lap 18, Farrington made his way around Searle. Contact from Searle sent Farrington spinning out of turn two. Both drivers were sent to the back on the restart per track rules.

McGriff held off Paul Banghart on the restart for her first main event win of the season.

Farrington took the early lead away from Sean Bray in the second Super Late Model main event. Brandon Schilling followed him into second.

With five to go, Dane Jorgenson and Banghart battled for third with Jorgenson having the better of it.

Jorgenson took second from Schilling with two to go.

Farrington drove his No. 25 to its sixth victory of the season.

Hornets

Daniel Doherty took a commanding lead of the Hornet main event. Tim Olds worked his way through traffic for second.

Rookie Jennifer Hall passed Olds on lap three and set her sights on Doherty.

Loose coming out of turn two on the fourth lap, Doherty gave Hall the opening she needed to take the lead.

Hall dominated the remainder of the feature race for her fourth win of the season.

Legends

Mike Webber had the early lead in the Legend main event, but lost it to Ricky De Le Ree on lap two. Jordan Holloway took second from Webber on lap five, setting his sights on teammate De Le Ree who had opened up a comfortable lead on the field.

By lap 13, Holloway closed the gap on De Le Ree and took the lead for his first win at Tucson Speedway.

Mini Stocks

George Murphy took the early lead in the Mini Stock main event, but could not hold off EK Ongley.

Murphy held on to second, Carlos Martinez III finished third and Brad Kleifgen took fourth.

Ongley again took the lead from Murphy in the second main event.

Coming to the checkered flag, Murphy made a final charge for the lead making contact with Ongley. Murphy was able to get his car under control for a second place finish.

Ongley drove his No. 10 to back to back wins. Murphy again finished second, Martinez third and Kleifgen fourth.

Points and standings

For a complete list of points and finishes, visit www.tucsonspeedway.com.

Next race

Tucson Speedway is back in action Aug. 11 with the NASCAR Modifieds, Pro Stocks, Outlaws and Hobby Stocks. Gates open at 5 p.m. Racing starts at 7 p.m. For tickets and information, visit www.tucsonspeedway.com.

Tucson Speedway PR/Photo Credit Kristi O’Brien

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