Alberson Claims First West Coast Late Model Shootout Feature at Canyon Speedway Park

by Stephanie Odom
PEORIA, Ariz. – Garrett Alberson topped West Coast Late Model Shootout action at Canyon Speedway Park on Saturday night for the Copper on Dirt finale. It was the 24-year-old's first career victory with the series worth $2,000.

Twenty-two cars signed in for the final night of racing at the 3/8 of a mile oval. Opening night winner, Don Shaw and Nick Bartels led the field to the green flag. Alberson took over the lead from inside row two with two-time and defending series champion Clay Daly following in a borrowed ride, Jeff Manka's #00 from twelfth place. Anthony Madrid also made the move through the field with a third place finish from thirteenth.

Nick Bartels, Tony Toste, Mike Balcaen, Jason Papich, Steve Drake, Kenny Wallace and Lonnie Parker Jr. completed the top ten.

1 3 43 Garrett Alberson
2 2 32B Clay Daly
3 11 5M Anthony Madrid
4 2 27 Nick Bartels
5 8 91T Tony Toste
6 7 10 Mike Balcaen
7 13 91P Jason Papich
8 4 11X Steve Drake
9 9 91W Kenny Wallace
10 12 8P Lonnie Parker Jr
11 21 28 John Cornell
12 16 23 Brad Williams
13 15 81 Mike Stadel
14 20 12 Dave Deetz
15 19 16B Randy Brown
16 14 77 Bill Bartels
17 6 81B Bud Grossenbacher
18 22 2 Troy Ruebke
19 17 22B Bruce Duckett
20 1 42S Don Shaw
21 18 29 Jerry Fincher
22 5 C9 Chad Reichenbach

Heat #1
1 42S Don Shaw
2 43 Garrett Alberson
3 10 Mike Balcaen
4 0 Jeff Manka
5 91P Jason Papich
6 23 Brad Williams
7 16B Randy Brown

Heat #2
1 C9 Chad Reichenbach
2 81B Bud Grossenbacher
3 91W Kenny Wallace
4 5M Anthony Madrid
5 81 Mike Stadel
6 22B Bruce Duckett
7 12 Dave Deetz

Heat #3
1 11X Steve Drake
2 27 Nick Bartels
3 91T Tony Toste
4 8P Lonnie Parker Jr
5 77 Bill Bartels
6 29 Jerry Fincher
7 28 John Cornell
8 2 Troy Ruebke

The West Coast Late Model Shootout will return to action on Wednesday, March 6th at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and end their opening swing on Saturday, March 9th at Bakersfield Speedway. For more information visit or follow them on Facebook at and Twitter at

The West Coast Late Model Shootout and Chris Kearns Presents would like to thank the following for their support this season: Taffera Jewelers, RoadRunner Fabrication, Pearsons Auto Wrecking, Drake Farms Transportation, Toste Construction and Paving, Papich Construction, Victory Circle Custom Fabrication and Machining, West Coast Boring, Hoosier Tires, Five Star Grafix, VP Racing Fuel and Holders Air Conditioning and Heating.

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