He waited seven years to win his father’s memorial race.
But the five minutes that followed the end of Saturday’s Rick Haskell memorial race probably seemed longer than seven years.
Gregg Haskell went from third place on the final lap to a dramatic victory when Brad Authier and Jim Jones collided coming out of turn four of the eighth annual Haskell memorial for the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models.
Haskell, with his fist pumping out the driver’s window, pulled onto the infield in anticipation of an emotional celebration.
Instead, a track worker told Haskell that the race wasn’t over because the caution came out and a second green-white-checkered finish would be needed to determine the winner.
“I didn’t see a yellow flag, I saw the checkered,” said Haskell, who admitted he was livid inside the race car.
Race officials reviewed the finish and determined the yellow flag never came out and Haskell was declared the winner.
The Rick Haskell memorial race has always been a special night for the family and the Westside Performance Plus UMP Late Models.
This year will be even more special as all three Haskell brothers will compete together in their father’s memorial for the first time.
Gregg and Pat will be their father’s tribute cars - the RH21 and RH22 respectively - while Jason has been running the No. 78 for Paul Trepanier on a part-time basis this season.
Gregg has three feature wins this season and seven in his career.
Jason won the July 5 feature in his first time behind the wheel this year. It was his second career feature win.
Pat is still looking for his first career feature win.
The boys’ mother Deb, sister Kristen and other family members will be in Victory Lane to make the trophy presentation to the race winner - and who knows, maybe keep it in the family for the first time.
The winners’ purses for the 2014 Canadian Fall Shootout Late Models and Modifieds has been increased.
The Late Models will pay $3,000 to win and the Modifieds $2,000.
Click on the attachment for revised payout list of the four division.