Rain Slows K&N Spring Fling Momentum
With the cat out of the bag as far as the 2016 and beyond plans for the K&N Spring Fling Vegas event; now the Spring Fling Million; racing continued on Maytag Silver State Refrigeration Saturday. The highlight day of the weekend, Pro class racers will be competing for a $10,000 to win payday, while Super Pro drivers race for $20,000.
In Pro class action, a set of Wiseco pistons was up for grabs as a Bounty Award for the person who defeated last night’s Pro winner Brad Burton. In the first round, that honor went to Steve Maas who forced Burton to have to visit the “Window of Forgiveness” to buy his way back into competition via the Buyback round.
Thursday’s weather forecast called for a 50-percent chance of rain while the balance of the weekend was only 20-percent. The Sun never left on Thursday so if that was what 50-percent looked like, the rest of the days should have been a cinch. Las Vegas gets roughly six-inches of rain a year so it’s a good bet (if we could use that analogy in this town) that the weather should be good. Unfortunately, this rain-deprived desert town received at least its monthly rain allotment at the beginning of the third round of Pro, putting a halt to the program temporarily.
Once the rain stopped, the staff at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway went right to work drying the track, but the four-a-half hour wait might have slowed the program somewhat but it did little to dampen the competitive spirits of the remaining racers left in the program.
The Bounty Award in Super Pro went to the third round when the winner of the last two nights, Peeps Pennington, was defeated by Bob Halina who also earned himself a set of Wiseco pistons for his effort.
Round four of Pro was completed, while round four of Super Pro had yet to be completed at ten minutes past midnight when Mother Nature decided to add to the Las Vegas rainfall amount ending the day’s activities. The plan for Sunday will be to finish the Saturday event and then complete Sunday’s race.