Sunday at Rockford Speedway is known as "Championship Day" for the Bahama Brackets. The racing starts with the Last Chance Races. These races allow the first three finishers in each race to transfer to the Feature races later in the day. Here are the four Last Chance Winners. The above car won the "Best Themed" Award.
A quick update on my friend and fellow photographer, Mark Melchiori. Mark was in the third "A" bracket and was running in second going for the lead when he got loose coming out of turn 4. He was able to hang on, recover and finish third allowing him to transfer to the Feature.
Prior to the start of the Features, there is a novelty Foo Foo race for any drivers who have not already qualified. For the winner there is a unique trophy, a bidet. This race was won by an excited Christy Penrod!
The Feature races today, consisted of six bracket races, four for the "A" larger cars and two for the "B" smaller cars. Each of the "A" Brackets were 50 lap races. The first was slowed by several cautions.
The race was won by Chris Woodall #52 when the #99 broke out on the last lap.
The second "A" bracket went a little smoother, but hotly contested...
...and was won by Chris Saszwicz #67 in the Bob Dotter tribute car.
In the third "A" Feature it, was a battle between #39 Alex Papini and #16 Matthew Clossey. They ran 1-2 for many laps. However just past halfway, Alex "broke out" by going too fast and was blackflagged from the event.
In the end it was Matt taking home the trophy.
In the last "A" Bracket race, it was another hotly contested race slowed by several cautions.
Vaughn Lesko, driving the #08, came through the pack to claim the win.
Next up, was the first of the "B" bracket races. The first was a 35 lap event.
While there was good racing in the pack, the race was dominated by Mark English #20.
The last race of the day, was, again, a hotly contested thirty lap event.
In the end it was the #199 of Destiny Genore taking the checkered flag to cap the 25th Annual Bahama Brackets.
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