Total Seal Late Model Series: Drake Dominates "Copper on Dirt"
TUCSON, Ariz. - Feb. 19. - Steve Drake captured the finale of the
West Coast Shootout vs. Total Seal Late Model Series Saturday at USA Raceway, giving
California bragging rights and the fifth annual "Copper on Dirt
Drake hustled to the
front and held off charges from Friday's winner Nick Bartels and podium finisher Clay Daly to notch his second
victory at USA Raceway in the last five months. Bartels settled for
the runner spot while Daly and R.C. Whitwell battled for the final podium spot.
Whitwell spun early
in the 30-Lap feature, relegating himself to a 20th restart position.
Whitwell thrilled the crowd as he raced through traffic to pass Daly for the third spot on the
Daly would follow
with a close fourth place finish and Lonnie Parker Jr. completed the top
Feb. 19 - USA Raceway "Copper On
1) Steve Drake, 2) Nick Bartels, 3)
R.C. Whitwell, 4) Clay Daly, 5) Lonnie Parker, Jr., 6) Ricky Thornton, Jr., 7) Mike Kirby, 8) Dean
Moore, 9) Mike Balcaen, 10) Jason Papich, 11) Rob Mayea, 12) Brad Williams, 13) Paul Banghart, 14) Mark
Carrell, 15) James Chavez, Jr., 16) Tony Toste, 17) Anthony Madrid, 18) John Cornell, 19) Wes Hall, 20)
Steve Curtis photo