Pat Doar Is Mr. Excitement

PEORIA , Ariz. – Wisconsin’s Pat Doar topped the Mr. Excitement 40 Tribute to Terry Belcher by racing to victory lane in Saturday night’s 40-lap West Coast Late Model event atop the third-mile Canyon Speedway Park clay oval.

While Doar took top Late Model honors, Missouri’s Hunter Marriott bested the IMCA Modified ranks, Matt Martinez topped the Pure Stocks and Jason Crowe won the Renegade main event.

Doar took command five laps into the West Coast Late Models season finale then held off the duo of R.C. Whitwell and Clay Daly over the final circuits to secure the victory.

“I was fortunate enough to sneak into the lead there somehow and the rest worked out,” Doar commented in victory lane.

While Doar gridded the feature field fifth, Dash winner Tommy Malcolm led the way to the green flag. But when Malcolm got loose in the opening pair of corners, fellow front row starter Lonnie Parker, Jr., seized the early lead with Doar quickly up to second.

Doar took command on a lap five restart and held the point the rest of the way, though a turn four bobble on the 32nd lap nearly cost him dearly.

“That was more than a bobble, I nearly drove right through the wall,” Doar explained.

Whitwell and title contender Daly closed to Doar’s rear bumper and kept the pressure on over the final rounds. Doar was up to the challenge, taking the checkered flag three car-lengths ahead of Whitwell with Daly settling for the show position.

Parker crossed the stripe fourth with Tony Toste rounding out the top five.

After blowing an engine in the Dash, Friday winner and 2013 Mr. Excitement 40 sweeper Steve Drake jumped into a Toste backup machine for the feature and worked his way up to eighth to secure the West Coast Late Model 2014 championship by just 18 points over Toste with Daly two more points back in third.

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