Veatch wins Factory Stocks heat race and main event

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Cameron Veatch won both the Sept. 14 Factory Stocks heat race and that division’s main event during that night’s action at Perris Auto Speedway.

The main event win was the third of the season for Veatch, who finished second in the Factory Stocks’ previous race Aug. 24, and gave the Temecula driver a six-point lead in the season standings with two races remaining.

Veatch entered the night with 101 season points, which are based on heat race and main event finishing positions. Norco driver Mike Burks began the heat race with 99 points. Buena Park driver Darren Myers had 95 points before the Sept. 14 competition.

The heat races are six laps on the half-mile dirt oval. Veatch began the Sept. 14 heat on the inside of the second row. Myers initially led Veatch and Burks.

“We all battled it out for a little while,” Veatch said.

Burks and Veatch passed Myers on the second lap. Veatch then approached Burks and the two drivers were running alongside each other until the third lap.

“I finally cleared him,” Veatch said.

Myers finished second in the heat race and Burks was third.

“That was a good heat race,” Veatch said.

The position points include three for the heat race winner, two for second place in the heat and one for third place. Veatch thus gained two points on Burks.

“He had something overheating,” Veatch said.

Veatch himself had car problems.

“It started losing a little power for a bit,” he said.

He replaced the fuel pump in his 1978 Camaro between the heat race and the main event.

“That seemed to help,” Veatch said. “That eliminated most of it.”

The heat race winner draws the inversion pill to determine how many cars are inverted to begin the 20-lap main event. The previous race’s winner, who in this case was Cameron Pierce of Lake Matthews, automatically starts in the back. Veatch’s pill pick inverted the entire field and would have given Veatch a start on the inside of the fourth row, but when Menifee driver Kris Carnish was unable to have his car ready for the main event Veatch moved up to the inside of the third row for the start of the race.

“We were mixing it up for a while,” Veatch said.

Approximately five laps were required for Veatch to take the lead, and he then stayed on the outside groove.

“My car seems to like the high line, so I stayed up on the high line,” he said.

A yellow flag caution was thrown in the 11th lap after a spinout. The restart moved the cars behind Veatch closer, but he was still in front for the single-file restart.

“I got to pick my line,” he said.

The drivers with little chance of overtaking Veatch were also placed closer for the restart, which reduced the risk of Veatch having to maneuver around lapped traffic.

“It puts the lappers pretty much behind me,” Veatch said.

Veatch remained in the lead until the checkered flag was thrown.

“I kind of ran away with it,” he said.

Hemet driver Jason Cook took second place, Burks finished third, Pierce drove the fourth car across the finish line and Myers settled for fifth place.

Veatch had previously won main events June 15 and July 20.

Assuming favorable weather the Factory Stocks season will conclude with Oct. 25 and Nov. 16 races.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at jnaiman@reedermedia.com.