Ian Layne Wins First, Dale Owen Breaks Through For Double Feature Wins


The NEO Racing News SK Shootout Series visited Lanier on Monday night with their Double Features, running a pair of 75 lap races.

Matt Rolfe led the field to the green flag after picking up his 43rd career SARA pole for Race 1, but would have a battle on his hands as Colin Allman was able to hang on the outside. The two drivers would run side-by-side, with neither driver being able to gain the advantage until Allman finally got the run on lap 13 to make the pass into the lead in the outside groove. The race continued under green which allowed Allman to pull away out front, but then as the race neared lap 50, Dale Owen began making a run towards the front. Owen would close the gap and pulled to the rear bumper of Allman, but the two would get together, sending Allman around, and both cars would end up at the back of the field, hanfing the lead over to Ian Layne.

Layne was able to get the jump on the final restart and pulled away as the rest of the field battled behind him, and Layne would go on to pick up his 1st career SARA victory, in his 159th career start. Behind Layne, Hunter Combs, Clay Snider, Michael Baxter, and Dale Owen rounded out the top five.

In the Race 2 of the night, an invert of all cars that finished on the lead lap of Race 1 would set the grid, and Ken Belanger was inverted to the front of the field. Belanger would get the jump over his son, Mike Belanger, into the lead to start the race. Ken Belanger was able to hold on to the lead for the first 9 circuits before Dale Owen was able to peak a nose to the inside. Owen was able to pull away out front until the first caution on lap 44 when a couple cars got together, but after the restart, Owen jumped back into the lead, and had no trouble pulling away once more.

Owen would go on to easily pick up the victory in Race 2 on the night, picking up his 3rd career SARA victory, and his first in over a year since July of 2014. Clay Snider, Ian Layne, Mike Belanger, and Matt Rolfe rounded out the top five.


Official results from iRacing are unavailable at this time. The division will be off next week for the holidays before retuning in two weeks at New Smyrna.