BOB LEHMAN CLASSIC AT ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY GOES TO KYLE TELLSTROM
By Steven Blakesley & Nadine Strauss
ROSEVILLE, Calif. (July 24, 2021) – 2020 North State Modified Series champion Kyle Tellstrom won a duel for the second Bob Lehman Classic, topping former series champion Scott Winters for the $1,000 Economy Heating and Air Challenge on Saturday night. The return of the North State Modifieds to Roseville’s All American Speedway saw 24 Modifieds competing in the 60-lap race that included points for the local Jaws Gear & Axle Modifieds as well. The North State Modified Series is presented by Protect the Harvest.
“Scott’s damn good here and always has been,” Tellstrom said. “I haven’t really raced here before. (But) I know how important it is to take your spot on the restarts and run hard through one and two. I got into Scott a little more than I like to there. It just all worked out really well for us.”
Tellstrom opened the festivities with a new North State Hoosier Tire track record at 14.134 seconds and was presented the O’Reilly’s fast time award. Tellstrom lined up sixth for the feature. His teammate Kylie Keown started shotgun but surrendered the spot to Lakeport’s Ian Elliott on the start. Elliott led the way while Klamath Falls, Ore.’s Rich Cobb steadily drifted out of the top-five on the upper groove.
Winters went around the outside of Keown for second before she went to the pits with smoke off the rear tires. Elliott led lap five for the $250 Authority Heating and Air bonus.
Keith Bloom of Anderson stopped in turn four for a caution on lap 24 with an apparent flat left front tire. The first restart attempt saw 2020 Jaws Modifieds champion Jason Philpot of Sacramento suffer a mechanical failure on the left front. Philpot sailed into 2021 Jaws points leader Eric Price, who also won the $100 Lucas Oil Dash for Cash, sending him spinning. Price was able to rejoin but Philpot was unable to continue.
The leaders raced side-by-side on the restart before Winters led lap 26 and Tellstrom followed suit on the outside to take second. 23rd starting Cody Braund spun from seventh for the next caution flag in turn two. Tellstrom had a tremendous restart, seizing the lead on lap 31. Darrin Sullivan and Elliott battled for third before Bloom spun again in turn four. Bloom collected Price with both restarting at the rear yet again.
Tellstrom cleared Winters on the restart while Colfax’s Ralph Bailey, Mike Gorham of Lincoln, and Sammy Nuno of Windsor battled for the Jaws Modifieds lead. They collided on the front stretch in a hard crash on lap 49 which brought out a brief red flag.
Winters went outside Tellstrom on the restart to lead lap 50. Tellstrom drove in deep in turn one with contact, taking the lead on lap 52. Tellstrom led lap 55 for the $250 Authority bonus and led Winters nose-to-tail across the finish line for the $1,000 Bob Lehman Classic victory. Sullivan, Dustin DeRosier of Cloverdale, and Bloom rounded out the top-five. Price managed to still top the Jaws Modifieds over Josh Blackwood and Tyler Mullican.
Darrin Sullivan earned the Naake Hard Charger Award for being the first to break the track record. Sullivan turned a 14.184 second lap, which was good for second fastest. The previous record was set by Michael Mitchell in 2018.
The Frank’s Radios certificates went to Sullivan, Calvin Hegje and Braund. Both Price and Bloom picked up the Scribner Plastics jugs. The top NSMS drivers shared in the Lucas Oil tow money bonus.
The next stop on the North State Modifed tour will be on August 7 at Madera Speedway for race #2 of the NSMS / Mission Modified Series battle where the North State Modifieds will be challenging the Madera 602 Mission modifieds. Tellstrom was the winner the last time the series visited the 1/3-mile oval.
The North State Modified Series would not be possible without the support of Protect the Harvest, Lucas Oil, Economy Heating and Air of Roseville and Nashville, Tennessee, Sullivan Construction and Masonry, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Supercuts, Hoosier Tire West, Sunoco Race Fuels, Naake Suspension, Five Star Bodies, Vogel’s RVs, Mark & Sharon Baldwin, Scribner Plastics, Mort Houston, McMurray & Sons Roofing and, Frank’s Radios.
ECONOMY HEATING & AIR MODIFIED CHALLENGE
Kyle Tellstrom, Scott Winters, Darrin Sullivan, Dustin DeRosier, Keith Bloom, Ian Elliott, Eric Price Jr, Josh Blackwood, Tyler Mullican, Calvin Hegje, Cody Bailey, Jon Yourd, Ralph Bailey, Kylei Keown, Mike Gorham, Rick Andersen, Sammy Nuno, Chris Scribner, Rich Cobb, Cody Braund, Tyler Wentworth, Jason Philpot, Luke Kaper, Derrick Doering
LUCAS OIL DASH FOR CASH:
Eric Price Jr., Keith Bloom, Kyle Tellstrom, Ralph Bailey, Derrick Doering, Ian Elliott
Tellstrom (14.134 New Track Record), Darrin Sullivan (14.184), Rich Cobb (14.214), Scott Winters (14.256), Ian Elliott (14.286), Kylei Keown (14.300)
Photos by Top Dawg Racing Photos