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New Thunder Valley Amphitheatre Presented by Ballad Health To Bring Concerts and Entertainment to the Tri-Cities Region06 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
A new and innovative concert venue designed to bring some of music’s biggest names to the Tri-Cities is coming to tradition-rich Bristol Dragway.
The legendary dragstrip, which has showcased the world’s fastest race cars and iconic drag racers, will now add a new chapter to its legacy when it moonlights as a premier outdoor concert venue known as the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health.
“Legendary Bristol Dragway has long been known for hosting a wide array of events that each bring their own unique audience and flair to the facility,” said Jerry Caldwell, executive vice president and general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway. “The Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health allows us to create a new and one-of-a-kind experience for both guests and artists alike with one of the most beautiful and unique settings in the country. We’re looking forward to welcoming some great performers to the region and showing them true Tri-Cities hospitality.”
Tucked between two mountains, the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health will allow both guests and performers to revel under the stars while enjoying one of the most picturesque panoramas in music.
“Ballad Health is honored to have this opportunity to partner with Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway to bring this exciting new venue to our region,” said Alan Levine, executive chairman and chief executive officer of Ballad Health. “There are very few things more famous and more closely identified with this region than Bristol Motor Speedway, and Ballad Health is proud to serve the speedway and dragway, its fans and the thousands of people who visit and experience Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia because of it. We’re a growing area, and we have a great future ahead of us – one Ballad Health is proud to support alongside the speedway and dragway.”
Concerts at the Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health will join a long list of unique and entertainment options this year at Bristol Dragway. In addition to playing host to the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals on Father’s Day weekend, June 14-16, Thunder Valley is home to the Bristol Chevy Show, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Thunder Valley Mayhem, weekly Street Fights and DER Bracket Racing Series as well as the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League Eastern Conference Finals, among other events.
The Thunder Valley Amphitheatre presented by Ballad Health will officially debut with its first show on Saturday, July 27. The headliner and supporting act for the show will be announced later today, May 6, at a 3 p.m. press conference at Bristol Dragway.
Tickets to shows at the venue will be sold through the Bristol Motor Speedway & Dragway ticket office or online at Ticketmaster.com.
The Riebe’s Auto Parts Trailer Bash was not the only racing to feature intensity and thrills on Saturday in Roseville, with Corey Englehardt and Nick Lyons each taking hard earned wins in the NASCAR Modified Twin 35 races at All American Speedway. A crowd of over 2,000 fans were on hand for the second night of action for five divisions of NASCAR racing.
Granite Bay’s Englehardt won the season opener for the Modifieds and was fast-time on Saturday night as well. 12 Modifieds staged for the first 35 lap contest, with Englehardt starting ninth after the invert. Matt Manolis was part of a three-wide duel at the start to the take the lead while Englehardt ended up collecting the turn three cones to bring out an early caution.
With the cones removed from Englehardt’s nose, racing resumed. Lyons looked underneath Manolis and took the lead on lap nine. Michael Mitchell of Loomis followed into second as well. Drivers raced two-by-two for third behind them. Several cars went to the pits during a lap 15 caution flag including Manolis with transmission issues.
The exclamation point of the race arrived on lap 32 when Englehardt made contact with the rear of Lyons for the lead entering turn one. Lyons spun and Englehardt suffered terminal damage for the race. Lyons was protected as the leader by race officials and given his spot back. Lyons never looked back to take the win over Auburn’s Derrick Doering and Josh Blackwood.
The second 35 lap main event lined up inverted from the first race results. It allowed Englehardt to lead lap one after starting second. The race was all green until a lap 15 caution. An additional caution brought the race to its critical restart on lap 21. Englehardt got sideways on the front stretch on the restart with contact from Lyons. Each car on the inside row suffered damage, including Mitchell’s rear body work being peeled back. All the cars involved were able to continue and the race was fully restarted.
Englehardt maintained the lead and withstood an additional restart with six to go to score his second win of the season. Lyons was second ahead of dash winner Tyler Wentworth, Mitchell, and Doering.
The newly combined NASCAR Super Stock division had perhaps its most competitive race with Roseville’s Dan Farrington coming out on top. A nine-car inversion forced Farrington, the fast-time qualifier, to earn his way to the front. Former Bomber track champion Blake Disomma was the early race leader while Farrington was up to second place by lap 12. Farrington jumped outside Disomma to take the top position by the 14th lap.
A caution on lap 19 erased Farrington’s lead over Andrew Peeler of Sacramento. After brief side-by-side racing, Farrington pulled away for a comfortable win. Peeler finished second while dash winner Gary Eisenhour was third.
Ray Molina won his second consecutive F4 feature by only leading the final lap of competition. Roseville’s Hailey Woessner led the opening lap before Matthew Fuhs took over. Molina ran all over the back bumper of Fuhs for the entire duration of the main event. On the final lap, Fuhs went low and Molina went high to take a lapped car three-wide. The maneuver worked for Molina as he narrowly beat Fuhs to the finish line by .101 seconds. Woessner finished third for an all-Roseville driver podium.
Trey Daniels of Fort Bragg won both the dash and the 20-lap feature for the Bandoleros. The 10 year-old driver has had a perfect start to his All American Speedway career.
Daniels faced early pressure from fast-time qualifier Dylan Krug of Rocklin before Krug spun exiting turn four on lap three. Loomis’ Kenna Mitchell took the opportunity to challenge Daniels for much of the race. Daniels pulled away late in the running for a commanding six second victory ahead of Mitchell and Hannah Ray rounding out the podium.
Fort Bragg’s Aiden Daniels, age 14 and older brother to Trey Daniels, won a hotly contested Jr. Late Model main event. The event attracted the best field in its short tenure with five drivers ages 10-16 years old in action.
14 year-old Calvin Hegje of Orangevale won the dash and took the lead from the pole position. Daniels attempted to take over second from Smartsville’s Brody Armtrout but the two tangled into turn three. Both Brodie Reidman and Lane Anderson were gathered in the incident for a lap three caution. Armtrout and Daniels then had another incident into turn one as well, bringing out an additional caution flag.
Hegje slowed on the following restart with a flat tire which allowed Daniels to assume a lead he never relinquished. Armtrout finished second with Hegje returning to the race to finish third.
Alan Bridgeman won the 10-lap, $1000 to win Riebe’s Trailer Bash. He also won best theme for $250 while Fair Oaks’ Chase Moore won the $250 Master of Destruction prize.
NASCAR racing continues at the All American Speedway on Saturday night May 18th with Late Models, Modifieds, Jr. Late Models, Super Stocks, F4s, Mini Cups vs. Bandoleros, and the touring Legends of the Pacific.
More information can be found on the track’s website www.AllAmericanSpeedway.com and by following the track on your favorite social media accounts. Additional details are available by calling the track info line at (916) 786-2025. All American Speedway is located at 800 All America City Blvd in Roseville.
Josh Scherer wins Modified thriller: Frankie Althouse remains the hot ticket in Late Models with third win05 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
For all those who came out in support of the second Annual Ward Crozier Sr., Memorial at Mahoning Valley Speedway, they saw a swiftly run program that was against odds due to impending weather and presented with some outstanding features. All of the mains where contested over a 26-lap distance, the signature number used by the Crozier.
Josh Scherer, now in his second full season in a Modified, led the way of the night’s winners with a gripping win over Austin Kochenash and Kyle Strohl. Scherer wowed the crowd with a thrilling 3-wide pass for the lead on lap four when he slipped under John Markovic and Strohl. He then kept his car glued to the bottom in defense of Kochenash and Strohl who gave him a torrid fight to the end.
“I honestly thought we would have won sooner because since the start of the season our car was always up there. I saw the opening from Johnny Markovic and I dove in and I just held my own and kept it down low because I knew somebody was going to be lurking on the inside. If someone wanted to pass me they were going to have to race around me,” said Scherer on his hard fought second career Modified win.
“It’s unbelievable that we’re here from week to week because we don’t have help and the sponsors.”
A former Pro 4 champion, Scherer noted that he turned to his days with that class in the way he was able to safeguard his line while fending off his chasers.
“Driving the Pro 4, Bryan Ahner helped me a ton and always said to keep it down low. I had lost too many races having people drive underneath me and I knew I had to protect the bottom. Knowing that with those cars I had to put that defense into the play with the Modified tonight.”
While Scherer upheld the lead Strohl and Kochenash impressively wheeled around in two-wide formation and each took turns attempting to make a pass to the front. Over the final laps Kochenash had the outside line and made a superb effort to overtake but the determined Scherer would stay solid. In close tow Brian DeFebo and Gene Bowers rounded out the top five.
“It was great racing with those guys. Kyle (Strohl) and Austin (Kochenash) really drove me clean. It was exciting out there for sure,” said Scherer.
Frankie Althouse remained hot as he sped away to his second straight Late Model win and third in four starts. Althouse was able to secure the victory after a restart with six laps to go, blasting by Samantha Osborn for the lead. Althouse had this night circled on his calendar as he wanted the Crozier trophy added to his array of hardware.
“It was good, our car was good and the track was real good. Tonight we were able to do something we have never done before, win two straight races at Mahoning. I also won the Ward Crozier Memorial which is very special to us. Ward was a great guy and a long-time friend,” said Althouse.
For Osborn, the 15-year old in her sophomore season, clearly had the race going her way. She took the lead from the outset and thanks no interruptions she was able to hold a steady line while holding the veterans at bay. Behind her was Broc Brown and Althouse who raced side-by-side. As they kept busy with one another Osborn showed the way confidently.
On lap 19 Mike Seneca spun on the front straight to bring out the only caution of the race. On the restart Althouse was lined up alongside Osborn and with his years of experience darted to the lead.
“She (Osborn) did a good job. We were content with running second and staying there. Honestly I told her in tech I didn’t want to beat her but you have to win whenever you can,” stated Althouse. “She ran the right groove and a decent pace. She did everything she needed to do right.”
Mike Stofflet absolutely dominated the Dirt Mod feature. Taking the lead from teammate Colton Perry at the drop of the green he then went on a terror as he not only distanced himself from the pack but was in line to start lapping cars by the time the checkers fell. Netting his first 2019 win, Stofflet also scored an unprecedented 40th time in a Dirt Mod.
When Jake Kibler and Cody Kohler tangled halfway through the Pro 4 main it elevated Bobby Kibler Sr., into the lead where he would stay the remainder of the way and in the process enjoy a third consecutive win, holding off Randy Schaffer and Tyler Stangle.
Devin Schmidt was tops in the Hobby Stocks. Schmidt used a lap three restart to take away the top spot from Daryl Rex. Once in front he was unchallenged, pulling way ahead of the field en route to his first win of the year. Rex took a career best second with Shawn Kistler holding on for third.
By the time the Street Stock feature was about to roll out rain began to fall and officials had to call off the feature which will be rescheduled at a later date.
In waiting was the Small Car Enduro, which was round two of the Mahoning Valley Speedway/Evergreen Raceway Small Car Enduro Series. Despite a driving rain the entire time, Don Rogers showed great driving ability to take his first Mahoning win. Steven Brooks, Carl Altemose, Jake Oswald and Randy Parson competed the top five.
Modified Feature Finish (26-laps): 1. Josh Scherer, 2. Austin Kochenash, 3. Kyle Strohl, 4. Brian DeFebo, 5. Gene Bowers, 6. Bobby Jones, 7. Kevin Rex, 8. Lou Strohl, 9. John Markovic, 10. Terry Markovic, 11 Ron Haring Jr., 12. Earl Paules, 13. Heath Metzger, 14. Jacob Kerstetter, 15. Lori Arthofer, 16, BJ Wambold
Late Model Feature Finish (26-laps): 1. Frankie Althouse, 2. Samantha Osborn, 3. Matt Wentz, 4. Mike Sweeney, 5. Jeremy Miller, 6. Broc Brown, 7. Kenny Hein, 8. Brian Romig Jr., 9. Dylan Osborn, 10. Seth VanFossen, 11. Avery Arthofer, 12.Mike Senica
Dirt Mod Feature Finish (26-laps): 1. Mike Stofflet, 2. Ricky Yetter, 3. Corey Edelman, 4. Jeff Parker, 5. Louie Horvath, 6. Colton Perry, 7. Bill Sittler
Pro 4 Feature Finish (17-laps): 1. Bobby Kibler Sr., 2. Randy Schaffer, 3. Tyler Stangle, 4. Jake Kibler, 5. Cody Kohler, 6. Matt Clark, 7. Colton Breiner, 8. Tucker Muffley, 9. Jeremy Guerra, 10. Steven McDonough
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (26-laps): 1. Devin Schmidt, 2. Daryl Rex, 3. Shawn Kistler, 4. Jacob Boehm, 5. Travis Solomon, 6. Tony Hilliard, 7. Tyler Nemeth, 8. Al Arthofer, 9. Cody Boehm, 10. Rich Mutarelli, 11. Taylor Schmidt, 12. Peyton Arthofer, 13. Terry Peters, 14. Trisha Connolly, 15. Tad Snyder, 16. Peter Maier, 17. Makenzie Adams, 18. Kassidy Altemose, 19. Philip Sabatine, 20. Ralph Borger Jr. DNS: John Petro DNQ: Mallory Kutz, Austin Ahner
Small Car Enduro Feature Finish (139-laps): 1. Don Rogers, 2. Steven Brooks, 3. Carl Altemose, 4. Jake Oswald, 5. Randy Parsons, 6. Kevin Kruczek, 7. Clem Underwood, 8. Kassidy Altemose, 9. Ray Kochin, 10. Larry Spencer, 11. Steven Kane, 12. Tony Rispin, 13. Raymond Kennedy, 14. Paul Mercante, 15. Richard Petey, 16. Tony Hilliard, 17. CJ Jensen, 18. Dan Cascioli, 19. Chris Rider, 20. Devin Gibson, 21. Harry O’Neill, 22. Randy Ahner Jr., 23. Devin Schmidt, 24. Cheyenne Andrews, 25. Doug Dehaven
Craig Von Dohren and Brad Brightbill became the first repeat winners of the season on Saturday night at Grandview Speedway when they each won the features in their respective classes and were also able to beat out the forecasted rain.
The Blast From The Past Vintage feature saw former late model/modified driver Jamie Undercoffler win the Modified portion while Mike Garris Sr. won the Vintage class.
The ironic part with Von Dohren and Brightbill is they both won their first features of the year on the same night in April and now shared their second victories on the same night.
Ten-time NASCAR Modified point champion Von Dohren piloted the Nick Gatto-powered No. 1C in front of leader Ryan Lilick at the Dan’s Deli ½-way hoagie segment of the 30-lap TP Trailers NASCAR 358 Modified feature and went on to chalk up his 107th Saturday night career win ahead of runner-up Doug Manmiller, who finally had a change of luck to post a decent finish.
Brightbill overtook Tom Miller, who returned to the racing wars after a two-year hiatus, on the 15th lap restart of the TP Truck Equipment 25-lap Sportsman NASCAR feature to garner his second victory which was his seventh career win at the track.
Providing all feature winners met the necessary requirements, the Modified and Sportsman feature winner received monetary awards from TP Trailers and a certificate from VP Fuels for product awards
Bobby Gunther Walsh set the pace for one lap of the Modified feature before the red flag was thrown for a backstretch incident. Bobby Trapper Jr.’s car suddenly slowed and he was trying to pull into the infield. Cars scrambled and were left with nowhere to go. For the second week in a row Jeff Strunk and Brett Kressley were victims of circumstances and eliminated from action as well as Alex Yankowski, Steve Swinehart and Danny Erb. When action went back to green again, Ryan Lilick was the new pacesetter trailed by Gunther Walsh, Dan Waisempacher, Jared Umbenhauer and Briggs Danner.
Duane Howard, last week’s feature winner who was in the backstretch skirmish earlier but rejoined the race, brought out the next yellow with three laps complete. A piece of sheet metal came off the car on the backstretch. Gunther Walsh regained the lead, but one lap later Lilick was back in front.
By the eighth lap Von Dohren, who started 14th, was on the move in second spot challenging Lilick for the lead, but the youngster kept the veteran behind him trailed by Manmiller, Waisempacher and Umbenhauer.
After battling with Lilick for seven laps, Von Dohren finally succeeded in passing him for the top spot.
Lapped traffic came into the picture by the 18th circuit as the front runners had to be [prepared.
Lilick’s stellar performance while running a solid second, ended when he came to a stop in the first turn out of contention with ten laps to go. Von Dohren was still the leader on the restart, but now Manmiller, Umbenhauer, Waisempacher and Danner completed the top five running order.
The second red flag of the event came out on the 24th lap after Umbenhauer’s throttle stuck and he hit the third turn wall with heavy impact. He was uninjured and actually drove the car back to the pit area. When action resumed Von Dohren continued to be stalked by Manmiller, Danner, Waisempacher and now Frank Cozze.
Manmiller and Danner battled fiercely for second which allowed Von Dohren to gain momentum and build up a slight edge.
Despite the fact Tim Buckwalter, running in the top ten, brought out the caution with two laps to go, Von Dohren still held the competition off and went on to the winner’s circle. Following him across the line to post their season best finishes were Manmiller, Danner, Waisempacher and Whitmoyer. Cozze received the Hard Charger coming from 28th to sixth, followed by Kenny Gilmore, driving his own car; Kevin Hirthler, Ray Swinehart, Cargo Trailers award recipient; and Kyle Weiss.
Qualifying heat winners were Gunther Walsh, Trapper Jr., Lilick and S. Swinehart. Alex Yankowski and Weiss won the consies.
Sportsman feature action saw Miller grab the early lead with pressure coming from rookie Joey Vaccaro, Nathan Mohr, Derrick Smith and Ryan Beltz.
Mohr advanced to second on the third lap restart needed after Brian Hirthler and Brad Arnold made contact in the second and Arnold spun and had to be towed off out of action.
At Dan’s Deli halfway hoagie mark the front five were comprised of Miller, Brightbill, Mohr, Butler and Mark Kemmerer.
Mohr’s night ended after Kemmerer and Mohr collided and Mohr ended up spinning into the field and had to be towed off. Brightbill motored away quickly in the Leindecker Racing Engines No. 19 with Butler now in a challenging position looking for this second win of the year. Butler made several attempts to pass Brightbill, but each attempt was void.
Once Brightbill had control he continued to show the way until he pulled in victory lane. Second through fifth were Butler, Kemmerer, Brad Grim and another rookie Kyle Smith.
Smith, Vaccaro and Brightbill won the heats. The consi went to B. Grim.
Vaccaro, who finished 12th, was the highest crate engine finisher and received an additional $100 bonus.
Todd Lapp led five laps of the Blast From the Past feature before he spun and Undercoffler inherited the lead with Andy Cassel taking over second to challenge as the yellow came out.
Undercoffler never gave up the top spot and went on the win the Modified portion followed by A. Cassel, Lapp, Bobby Hall and Henry Yeska. Seventh place finisher Mike Garris Jr. was the Vintage class winner.
T.P.Trailers NASCAR 358 Modifieds and T.P.Truck Equipment Sportsman make up an exciting doubleheader show set for Saturday, May 11th with a 7:30 p.m. starting time. The first 50 mothers through the gate will receive a gift courtesy of the speedway as part of the Mother’s Day celebration and the youngest and oldest mom will get a free pass for a future race event. In all the events run for the Modifieds and Sportsman so far this season there has been nearly 70 race cars on hand for the two NASCAR divisions of racing and this Saturday should be no different. Adult admission is $15 with youngsters under 12 admitted free. Pit admission is priced at $30. Active military with proper ID are admitted free.
And on Saturday, May 18th the Rapid Tire United States Auto Club (USAC) East Coast Wingless Sprint cars will make their first appearance at Grandview. Making up a tripleheader night of heart stopping action will be the Modifieds and Sportsman. Adult admission is $20, youngsters 6 through 11 will be admitted for just $5 and those under 6 are admitted free.
T.P. Trailers Modified Feature (30-laps): 1. Craig Von Dohren, 2. Doug Manmiller, 3. Briggs Danner, 4. Dan Waisempacher, 5. Craig Whitmoyer, 6/ Frank Cozze, 7. Kenny Gilmore, 8. Kevin Hirthler, 9. Ray Swinehart, 10. Kyle Weiss, 11. Rick Laubach, 12. Ryan Grim, 13. Eric Biehn, 14. Brett Gilmore, 15. Bobby Gunther Walsh, 16. Tim Buckwalter, 17. Jared Umbenhauer, 18. Ryan Lilick, 19. Louden Reimert, 20. Duane Howard, 21. Mike Laise, 22. Alex Yankowski, 23. Bobby Trapper Jr., 24. Steve Swinehart, 25. Jeff Strunk, 26. Brett Kressley, 27. Danny Erb, 28. Justin Grim. Clay Butler (alternate) DNQ: Ron Kline, Steve Wilson, Mike Lisowski, Jordan Henn, Frank Yankowski, Mark Levy, Richie Hirthler, Mark Kratz, John Willman, Dylan Swinehart, Ron Seltmann Jr. and Ron Myers.
T.P. Truck Equipment Sportsman Feature (25-laps): 1. Brad Brightbill, 2. Jack Butler, 3. Mark Kemmerer, 4. Brad Grim, 5. Kyle Smith, 6. Ryan Beltz, 7. Dean Bachman, 8. Andrew Kreis, 9. Lex Shive, 10. Brian Hirthler, 11. Nate Klinger, 12. Joey Vaccaro, 13. Aaron Bowes, 14. Andy Clemmer, 15. Tom Miller, 16. Josh Adam, 17. Brandon Edgar, 18. Nathan Mohr, 12. Nate Brinker, 20. Mike Mammana, 21. Derrick Smith, 22. Brad Arnold, 23. Jesse Landis, 24. Kyle Lilick. DNQ: Sean Weiss, Parker Guldin and Kenny Bock.
Blast From The Past Feature (15-laps): 1. Jamie Undercoffler, 2. Andy Cassel, 3. Todd Lapp, 4. Bobby Hall, 5. Henry Yeska, 6. Doug Stepanchuk, 7. Mike Garris Sr., 8. Wyatt Jacobus Sr., 9. Curt Neiman, 10. Wes Cassel, 11. Dominique Deglas, 12. Rich Decker, 13. Bill Gerhart, 14. Tom Orth, 15. Chris Reid, 16. Jay Garris, 17. Brock Jacobus.
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Kenny Wallace has his name all over Macon Speedway. He's a co-owner of the track with Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart and Bob Sargent. He's a multi-time feature winner in the BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds class. Now, he can add "Fastest Qualifier" to the list. Wallace set the overall track record, which was broken two weeks ago during the last event at the track, with a time of 11.292. The previous mark was 11.387 which was set on April 20th by Rodney Standerfer. For Wallace, his night was just beginning.
Along with the fast time, Wallace also won his heat and got the front row starting spot in the 20-lap feature. Wallace got out to a lead and had to fend off fellow front row starter Robert Lee during the early and middle parts of the race. Wallace loosened up and Lee got aggressive during a late-race scenario and which caused the two machines to smack into one another. Lee's car was finished for the night and Wallace regained his lead and took hold of the checkered flag for a clean sweep.
That was not the only clean sweep of the evening. Warrensburg's Dakota Ewing also made history while driving in the Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Model division. He broke the two-year-old track record of 11.124 with a 10.793 lap. Add in a heat race win and he was lined up for a clean sweep, as well. Ewing was dominate on the bottom of the track as he glided his way through the turns and avoided any and all lapped traffic and coasted to the feature finish line. Jeff Reed, Jr. started opposite Ewing on the front row. A driver error led to a spin out and forced Reed to restart the race from the last place position. Within the final 19 laps, Reed made up position after position and took third place behind Braden Johnson.
An unbelievable field of cars turned out in the Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modified group. 40 cars were signed in for the night which led to five 8-car heat races as well as two 12-car B-Main feature events before the 20-lap A-Main feature event. Billy Knebel was rode up front and looked like it was his race to win. Unfortunately, a lapped car got between Knebel and second place car Owen Steinkoenig and led to a wreck. It led to Knebel wrecking and needing the assistance off the track by the tow truck. Steinkoenig assumed the lead and went the rest of the way to the checkered flag.
Gene Reed of Hammond once again found the winner's circle in the Archer's Alley Street Stocks. The former track champion did all he could to stop Darrell Dick, Larry Russell, Jr. and company from taking away his first place position. Reed was sharp and rode the track as perfectly as he could as he kept Dick away from the top spot. Russell lost power and pulled off the track from the third place position with one lap to go.
Dennis Vandermeersch made it two-for-two in the Sportsman division with feature wins. After running away from the group two weeks ago, Vandermeersch had a tough fight on his hands with Scott Landers. Landers, who rode the top groove most of the 15-lap feature, closed in on the leader, who stuck to the bottom, and as the race closed to a finish, Landers tried to duck low to get to Vandermeersch but couldn't get the traction and it allowed the leader to pull away and take the win.
Brady Reed once again proved to the fastest 4-cylinder Hornet out there as he ran away and hid during the final feature of the program.
As part of a special attraction, the Kid Modz were in the pits as well as on the track and White Heath driver Jeremy Sebens took off the 8-lap race and win.
122 total racecars flooded the pits. Flooded is a difficult word to use knowing how much rain has fallen in central Illinois over the past few days. Despite the grounds being damp and the track needing extra work during the races, there was plenty of sun and wind on Saturday to help allow Macon Speedway to run its program on the first Saturday of May. With three shows in the books, the last two shows have contributed with 120 & 122 total entries. Opening Night had 96 entries. The season is just getting started and drivers and fans alike are flocking to the World's Fastest 1/5th mile dirt oval like never before.
Next Saturday night, Macon Speedway will feature its first look of the 2019 POWRi Midgets & Micro Sprint appearance. The Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models will race a Big Ten Series event, plus Street Stocks & Hornets make up a full show that expects another 100+ racecars in the pit area.
FEATURE RUNDOWNS (Top 10's)
Decatur Building Trades Pro Late Models--1. Dakota Ewing (Warrensburg), 2. Braden Johnson (Taylorville), 3. Jeff Reed, Jr. (Blue Mound), 4. Kyle Cooper (Wheatfield, IN), 5. Donny Koehler (Macon), 6. Storm Beiler (Decatur), 7. Roben Huffman (Midland City), 8. Blake Damery (Blue Mound), 9. Tony Harter (Sherman), 10. Kyle Van Dorn (New Berlin)
BillingsleyRewards.com Modifieds--1. Kenny Wallace (St. Louis, MO), 2. Tommy Sheppard, Jr. (New Berlin), 3. Jared Thomas (Edinburg), 4. Guy Taylor (Springfield), 5. Alan Crowder (Elwin), 6. Tim Luttrell (Riverton), 7. Joe Strawkas (Buffalo), 8. Michael Rauch (Decatur), 9. Brian Shubirg (Troy), 10. Jerry Thompson (Troy)
Sportsman--1. Dennis Vandermeersch (Springfield), 2. Scott Landers (Taylorville), 3. Tim Bedinger (Taylorville), 4. Wes O'Dell (Springfield), 5. Brad Bedinger (Taylorville), 6. Mitch Ringler (Taylorville), 7. Terry Myers (Buffalo), 8. Stefan Bedinger (Taylorville), 9. Rick Roedel (Shelbyville), 10. Joel Irvin (Harristown)
Archer's Alley Street Stocks--1. Gene Reed (Hammond), 2. Darrell Dick (Monticello), 3. Brian Dasenbrock (Decatur), 4. Andy Zahnd (White Heath), 5. Shawn Ziemer (Boody), 6. Jonathon Hall (Harristown), 7. Fredie Thomas (Macon), 8. Dalton Mannin (Longview), 9. Brian Dasenbrock, Jr. (Decatur), 10. Larry Russell, Jr. (Decatur)
Neal Tire & Auto Pro Modifieds--1. Owen Steinkoenig (Highland), 2. Jordan Bauer (St. Jacob), 3. Tom Krankel (Sappington, MO), 4. Tim Hancock, Jr. (Mt. Olive), 5. Troy Medley (Pevely, MO), 6. Rob Timmons (Centralia), 7. Nick Justice (Decatur), 8. Billy Nail (Decatur), 9. Kyle Helmick (Smithton), 10. Doug Tye (Troy)
Hornets--1. Brady Reed (Decatur), 2. Billy Mason (Brownstown), 3. Eldon Hemken (Sorento), 4. Mike Eskew (Springfield), 5. Michael McKay (Springfield), 6. Carter Dart (Springfield), 7. Danny White (Villa Grove), 8. Marty Sullivan (Decatur), 9. Chris Wright (Vandalia), 10. Kodi Landholt (Buffalo)
Kid Modz--1. Jeremy Sebens (White Heath), 2. Ben Melchers (Pontiac), 3. Audrey Gerberding (Rochester)
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Christopher Bell wins second straight NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Dover in the “Allied Steel Buildings 200,” collects extra $100,000 in Dash 4 Cash finale05 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Christopher Bell earned a double celebration in Sunoco Victory Lane on Saturday at Dover International Speedway.
The 24-year-old Oklahoma native not only won the “Allied Steel Buildings 200” NASCAR Xfinity Series Dash 4 Cash race, but also collected the $100,000 bonus for being the top finisher among the four eligible Dash 4 Cash drivers in the finale of the four-race series.
“It was a really good day,” said Bell, who won his second Dash 4 Cash bonus of the season. “You don’t get to race for that much money very often. I didn’t feel like we had a dominant race car and we still got the win.”
It was Bell’s 11th NASCAR Xfinity Series win of his career and second straight at the Monster Mile after his triumph last October.
Bell, driving the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, beat Justin Allgaier to the checkered flag by 1.745 seconds, covering the 200 miles with an average speed of 110.159 mph in 1:48:56. Bell is second in the point standings, 23 points behind Tyler Reddick.
Cole Custer, who started from the pole position after turning a qualifying lap in 157.329 mph, controlled much of the action early, leading a race-high 155 laps before ending up fourth.
Bell grabbed the top spot after a Kaz Grala spin on the backstretch brought out the race’s third caution flag on Lap 155. Bell left pit road with the lead and survived two late restarts to grab his third win of the season.
“I knew if we got track position, we’d be able to get it done,” said Jason Ratcliff, Bell’s crew chief. “He was really patient and gave us good feedback. We keep learning every week. Winning’s not a problem. We just have to finish every week.”
“Those days where I need to finish fourth and fifth and end up finishing 35th -- those are days I have to get better at,” Bell added. “We need top finishes instead of DNFs.”
Among the other Dash 4 Cash contenders, Reddick finished third, Chase Briscoe was fifth and Gray Gaulding was 20th, three laps down. There were five caution flags consuming 29 laps, and 13 drivers finished on the lead lap.
The May 3-5 NASCAR tripleheader weekend at Dover International Speedway concludes on Sunday with the “Gander RV 400” Monster Energy NASCA Cup Series race. Green flag is set for just after 2 p.m.
On Sunday, in addition to the special gold Monster trophies given to the race winner and free 1:64-scale Dover diecast cars to the first 15,000 guests, fans can also enjoy multiple free performances by the famous Harlem Globetrotters in the 8-acre FanZone, a free Charlie Daniels Band concert on the Xfinity Stage in Victory Plaza (Sunday), free appearances by country music star John Rich (Sunday), as well as Micro Wrestling Federation matches (Sunday), Del Rods Car Club car shows (Saturday and Sunday), a Winston Cup Mobile Museum display, on-site NASCAR and sports betting (Sunday) and much more.
Keep up to date on all 50th Anniversary announcements and schedules by visiting DoverSpeedway.com or calling (800) 441-RACE. You can also keep up with all track activities at Facebook.com/DoverInternationalSpeedway, or on Twitter and Instagram at @MonsterMile.
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With the warmer summer like temperatures well on the rise, so were many of the competitors in each race division looking to capitalize on the early success. At this point in the long 2019 race season, some of the racers have clearly identified themselves as the teams to beat while others are so close in making their move. In this week’s race action, Cycle City Corp Bandoleros, Cycle City Corp Legends and Bojangles UCars were on the schedule to do battle. Also, on hand were the Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks, Pepsi Grand Stocks and the Taylor Waste Services Late Models. What typically comes along with the rise in temps comes a lack in racer patience, here’s a recap of how each race played out.
Cycle City Corp Bandoleros 15 Laps: In the highly competitive Bando series, Ryley Music collected his third pole of the season with a 21.150 second lap. Jacob Derrick would get the two spot on the grid as points leader Wyatt Philyaw, Logan Clark and Aaliyah Paynter made up the Bando series five best. Green flag started the evenings racing and emerging from turn two with the lead would be pole sitter Ryley Music. Laps later the pole sitter soon looked behind him to notice a twelve car length lead over Wyatt Philyaw and Jacob Derrick. Halfway, Music continued to lead but while second and third place battled for position, ground on the leader was not being made. Jacob Derrick tried all he could to get by Wyatt Philyaw but could not get it done. Meanwhile, Ryley Music goes flag to flag for the race win, Music from Victory Lane. “Yeah, every time we come out here, we have a fast race car. Last season we really didn’t have the car to win but really, this season it’s that good of a car. Just want to thank all my sponsors for helping out, my family, my grandfather, my grandmother, I just love to thank everybody”.
- #47 Ryley Music; 15
- #22 Wyatt Philyaw; 15
- #8 Jacob Derrick; 15
- #15 Logan Clark; 15
- #14 Aaliyah Paynter; 15
- #73 Andrey Marrero; 15
Harris Truck Shop Super Trucks 25 Laps: Chase McAdams was back on pole showing off his 19.203 second lap. Ronald Klein narrowly missed the pole by twenty five thousandths but easily solidified his spot on the front row. Shannon Lester, Rick Poust and Keith Wheeler rounded out the Super Truck series best in qualifying. Green flag waved as the battle for the lead was on as outside row one starter Ronald Klein and pole sitter Chase McAdams went side by side, traded the lead before finally McAdams securing the spot. Meanwhile, Shannon Lester and Keith Wheeler watched it all hoping for a miscue by the leaders but that miscue never came. Once single file, McAdams began to pull away from Klein to an eight truck length lead. But just after the halfway, the race had its first caution when Wayne Lyons and Paige Cain got together. Back to the green, McAdams would drive his ride into turn one a little deeper to secure his race lead. Avoiding the efforts of Ronald Klein, Klein soon went around to bring out the second caution of the race. Green flag was back waving again and Chase McAdams wasted no time as Shannon Lester would give chase. Rick Poust who was running third soon fell into the clutches of Ronald Klein and Keith Wheeler who had to start from the rear from the last caution. But back up front, McAdams had his ride on rails and would cruise to victory in the Super Truck division. Chase McAdams had these words to say, “Oh yeah, it was on a rail again”, said the race winner. “We made a sway bar adjustment, it was a little bit tight in qualifying then she went back on rails. Got a little free at the end of the race as I was just holding on. Can’t thank Marty Strickland, my dad, the track, Bill, Chuck and Harris Truck Shop for sponsoring the division”.
- #62 Chase McAdams; 25
- #28 Ronald Klein; 25
- #27 Keith Wheeler; 25
- #9 Rick Poust; 25
- #65 Shannon Lester; 25
- #3 Ryan Huff; 25
- #38 Paige Cain; 25
- #66 Wayne Lyons; 13
Cycle City Corp Legends 25 Laps: Daniel Silvestri bested the series points leader Ryan Matthews for the pole. Silvestri’s lap recorded in at 18.031 seconds to set the grid with Connor Jones, Spencer Saunders and Devon Courtney rounding out the top five in qualifying. Green flag would wave to the field and around to lead lap one would be Daniel Silvestri. Second place starter Ryan Matthews didn’t get the start he wanted losing a couple of positions to fourth. But on the move and seeking the race leader was Spencer Saunders as the early laps were on the board. Laps later both Silvestri and Saunders checked out away from the rest of the grid as Matthews, Jones and Courtney were the top five at the halfway. With the field strung out single file, the best battle was found at the front as Spencer Saunders lurked at the every move of race leader Daniel Silvestri. Laps later, race traffic played a role allowing Saunders to catch, pass and lead a lap before Silvestri got it back with just two laps to go. From there, Daniel Silvestri would hold off the charge of Spencer Saunders to win the thrilling Legend series feature. Silvestri had this to say, “Yeah, it took a little longer than I wanted to. We’ve had great speed all last season and this season, that racing with Spencer was so much fun. I was worried he was going to come in there and smash me but it’s great racing. He's clean, he’s a great racer and I just can’t thank my sponsors, my dad, the Lord, just can’t thank Bojangles enough for what they do”.
- #97 Daniel Silvestri; 25
- #7 Spencer Saunders; 25
- #51 Ryan Matthews; 25
- #14 Connor Jones; 25
- #17 Devon Courtney; 25
- #88 Ryan Center; 25
- #31 Carter Wood; 25
- #51w Bradley Wilson; 24
- #4 Chris Hayes; 24
- #27 David Steele; 24
Bojangles UCars 25 Laps: Rookie Mike Farley picked up the UCar series pole by posting a 19.175 second lap. Austin Davis was just as sporty earning a share of the front row with series points leader Brandon Wood starting third, then Dean Ballew and Cameron Ruggles making up the five best in UCar qualifying. Green flag was on the grid and leading lap one from the outside row one spot would be Austin Davis. Pole sitter Mike Farley who wished for a restart to the race quickly regrouped and soon haunted Davis’s every move. But soon would come Brandon Wood who has had the hot wheel in the division passing Farley for second as the races first caution flag waved. Back to green flag racing saw Brandon Wood take away the race lead from Austin Davis. Davis who was forced to settle for second soon had a mirror full of Cameron Ruggles when two laps later the second caution period came when Dean Ballew went around. After a series of race cautions, the halfway soon came with Brandon Wood as the leader. Austin Davis, Cameron Ruggles, Dean Ballew and Mike Farley were the top five headed into the latter laps of the race. Davis would reel in the leader back to a three car length lead but that would be as close as Wood would allow. From there, Brandon Wood wins the UCar race feature. Wood from Victory Lane, “I gotta tell ya, Mike was putting up a good run and I was kinda nervous to dive to the inside of him. My spotter Chris said it was now or never so I took it, got by him and Austin, I almost got into the side of him. Woo, Cavaliers that’s what I’m talking about baby”.
- #18 Brandon Wood; 25
- #3 Austin Davis; 25
- #40 Cameron Ruggles; 25
- #8 Dean Ballew; 25
- #11 Mike Farley; 25
- #2 Tyler Borden; 25
- #5 Robbie Morris; 25
- #33 Casey Bristow; 13
Pepsi Grand Stocks 40 Laps: Brandon Hinson put his hot rod on the Grand Stock series pole with a lap set at 18.076 seconds. Sammy Gaita was just four thousandths of a second off the time set by the pole sitter and obviously starting second on the front row. Tim Wilson, Paul Lubno and Michael Waters were the afternoons Grand Stock elite in qualifying. Green flag racing was on the speedway and leading lap one would be Sammy Gaita from the outside. Pole sitter Brandon Hinson would give the leader a go for one more lap before tucking underneath single file. Paul Lubno, Kevin Morgan were solid at this point running third and fourth but back up front it was still Sammy Gaita showing the way. Tim Wilson who was second began nipping away at the lead of Gaita but soon had his hands full of Lubno wanting the spot. Best battle on the track as the halfway neared was when Kevin Morgan passed Michael Waters for fourth. In his groove and hitting his marks was race leader Sammy Gaita but coming was Tim Wilson who once again was nipping at the lead and closing it down to three lengths just pass the halfway. A series of cautions slowed the race before another green flag run was made. Race leader Gaita nailed his restarts to maintain the lead but lurking just behind was Tim Wilson as the latter laps of the feature ensued. Green flag would wave once again as Gaita wins the hole shot to secure the lead. But soon came Tim Wilson to challenge for the lead when contact occurred sending race leader Gaita around. With Gaita out, Wilson sent to the rear, Lubno inherits the lead. Green flag waves and surviving the carnage, steering clear of trouble, Paul Lubno goes on to win the Grand Stock feature. Lubno from Victory Lane, “There was a whole lot of contact tonight, Kevin Morgan had a good run, I’d say we had some fast cars. Sammy Gaita, glad he’s ok, feel bad for him and his car getting tore up and Tim Wilson had a fast car too. So, the class is really competitive and I hope we can get the car count up”.
- #14 Paul Lubno; 40
- #1 Kevin Morgan; 40
- #29h Brandon Hinson; 40
- #17 Tim Wilson; 40
- #8 Dale Nichols; 40
- #24 Sammy Gaita; 37
- #71 JR Smith; 28
- #2 Michael Waters; 27
- #51 Amanda Satterly; 27
Taylor Waste Services Late Models 100 Laps: Phillip Morris made his return to Larry King Law’s Langley Speedway known by claiming the series pole. The lap time was set at 15.768 seconds with Brenden Queen taking the second starting spot. Greg Edwards, Danny Edwards and the series points leader Connor Hall completed qualifying’s five best. Flagman Shane Snyder showed the green flag as pole sitter Phillip Morris showed the grid into turn one. But out of turn two comes Brenden Queen to battle for the lead but nothing doing and eventually settled into second in chase of the leader. Connor Hall picked up two spots showing third as Greg Edwards and Thomas Marks were the early top five. Race leader Phillip Morris was off to a fast pace putting distance between himself and Brenden Queen before Connor Hall passed Queen for second. Laps later in the green flag run saw Greg Edwards take third when finally the race pace settled with everyone now in their grove and hitting their marks. At the halfway, Morris continued to lead as lap traffic gave and took away the distance Connor Hall needed to collapse into the lead. Clearly in tire conservation mode and preparation for the latter stages of the race, so far, a tame green flag run. Laps later saw Greg Edwards making his move for second as it was time to go if you got it. Several laps, side by side, Edwards tried to make the pass and eventually did but up front, Phillip Morris had checked out. From there, the lead was too much and the race caution never came, Phillip Morris goes flag to flag for the race win. Morris had this to say. “A win here at Langley is so special”, said the race winner. “After what happened to the car the last time we were here, thank Herb nation, Travis, Forest and everyone at Forrest Reynolds Racing for getting this thing back together. It had a few hiccups during the race but all in all it was good as it ever has been”. Darrell Poe did a great job on this motor, good and fresh and it showed, were about ready for the Hampton Heat”.
- #01 Phillip Morris; 100
- #21 Greg Edwards; 100
- #77 Connor Hall; 100
- #03 Brenden Queen; 100
- #88 Thomas Marks; 99
- #25 Craig Eastep; 99
- #10 Maddy Mulligan; 98
- #71 Rick Gdovic; 98
- #7 Zach Lightfoot; 98
- #9 Rodney Boyd; 98
- #26 Danny Edwards Jr
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Tanner Gray of Artesia, New Mexico won his first career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race Saturday night in the first 100-lap race of the whosyourdriver.org NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Twin 100s at South Boston Speedway.
The second 100-lap race of the scheduled twin 100-lap race event was stopped at 20 laps by a heavy thunderstorm that forced track and NASCAR officials to have to schedule the completion of the race on Sunday afternoon.
Action at South Boston Speedway will resume at 3 p.m. Sunday with the 15-lap Budweiser Hornets Division race, which was also rained out, scheduled to be run first. The second 100-lap NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race will be resumed after the Hornets Division race, with the race being resumed on lap 20.
Sunday's schedule at South Boston Speedway has registration and pit gates opening at 1:30 p.m. A driver's meeting for the Budweiser Hornets Division drivers will be held at 2:15 p.m.
Grandstand gates will open at 2:30 p.m. and racing will start at 3 p.m.
Gray, the 2018 NHRA Pro Stock drag racing champion, led over half the race, but had to survive a two-lap shootout to the finish with Sam Mayer and Chase Cabre after a caution flag flew on lap 97 for a mishap.
Gray and Mayer raced side-by-side after the final restart with Gray moving Mayer to gain the lead. Cabre, trying to make a run on Mayer on the last lap, made contact with Mayer's car in the second turn and spun, opening the door for Gray to take the win.
Gray edged Mayer of Franklin, Wisconsin by .320-second to take the win, with rookie Max McLaughlin of Mooresville, North Carolina finishing third. Spencer Davis of Dawsonville, Georgia and Ruben Garcia Jr. of Mexico City, Mexico rounded out the top five finishers in the first race.
Nick Sanchez of Miami, Florida started on the pole for the start of the second race after posting the fastest lap of the first race. He led the first 18 laps after Gray was black-flagged by NASCAR officials for jumping the initial start of the race. Then came the storm that ended the night's action.
Pickrel Takes Pure Stock Win
Jordan Pickrel of Keeling, Virginia scored his first win in the Budweiser Pure Stock Division Saturday night, scoring a flag-to-flag win in the 30-lap race.
Pickrel sped across the finish line 3.232 seconds ahead of two-time winner Nathan Crews of Long Island, Virginia who started at the rear of the field and raced his way through traffic to get back near the front.
Austin Milam of Keeling, Virginia, Jarrett Milam of Keeling, Virginia and Bruce Mayo of Halifax, Virginia rounded out the top five finishers in the caution-free race.
For additional information about the whosyourdriver.org NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Twin 100s racing program or any other events at South Boston Speedway, please visit the speedway s website at www.southbostonspeedway.com or telephone the speedway at 434-572-4947 or 1-877-440-1540.
Chandler Smith Fastest in ARCA Menards Series Practice at Nashville, Will Start from the General Tire Pole in Music City 20004 May 2019 Written by Steven B. Wilson
Chandler Smith (No. 20 Craftsman/828 Logistics Toyota) was fastest in an abbreviated 30-minute practice for the ARCA Menards Series General Tire Music City 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville. Smith turned a fast lap of 19.349 seconds/110.889 miles per hour.
An impending weather front has forced ARCA Menards Series officials to scrub General Tire Pole qualifying and the field will be set by practice speeds meaning Smith will start from the pole and earn the General Tire Pole Award. The afternoon schedule was accelerated by series and track officials due to the threat of that inclement weather. ARCA Menards Series practice was moved up to 12:45 pm CT and was immediately followed by practice for the super late model teams entered in the North/South Shootout 100.
“We are going to be pretty solid,” Smith said. “We unloaded really fast and went P1 right off the bat. We wanted to get it off the right front tire a little and over on to the left front because tire wear is so critical here. If you burn off that right front you’ll be slipping and sliding all night long. We’ve got a pretty good feel for it. It’s great to win the pole again for the second time this season. I am a little frustrated because if I didn’t mess up and Salem I think I’d have three poles this season.”
Smith led Ty Gibbs (No. 18 Monster Energy/ORCA Coolers/Terrible Herbst/Advance Auto Parts Toyota), who timed in at 19.376 seconds/110.735 miles per hour. Gibbs, grandson of legendary NFL coach and NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs, is making his first appearance at Nashville. They were followed by Christian Eckes (No. 15 JBL Audio Toyota), who timed in at 19.377 seconds/110.729 miles per hour, Bret Holmes (No. 23 Holmes II Excavation/Southern States Bank Chevrolet), who timed in at 19.411 seconds/110.336 miles per hour, and Five Flags and Salem winner Michael Self (No. 25 Sinclair Lubricants Toyota), who turned in a fast lap of 19.446 seconds/110.336 miles per hour.
Kaden Honeycutt (No. 38 C&S Trailer Sales Ford) was sixth, Corey Heim (No. 22 Speedway Children’s Charities Ford) was seventh, Travis Braden (No. 27 MatrixCare/Consonus Health Care/Liberty Village Ford) was eighth, Carson Hocevar (No. 28 GM Parts Now/KBR Development Chevrolet) was ninth, and Joe Graf, Jr. (No. 77 EAT SLEEP RACE Ford) was tenth.
With qualifying canceled, the next on-track activity at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville will be the North/South Shootout 100 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series, Southern Super Series, and CARS Tour super late models, scheduled to go green at 5:45 pm CT. That race will be carried on live pay-per-view on Speed51.com. The General Tire Music City 200 presented by Inspectra Thermal Solutions is slated for a 9 pm ET/8 pm CT and will be televised live on MAVTV. ARCA for Me members can access live timing & scoring, live track updates, and live user chat at ARCARacing.com. New users can register for free with a valid email at ARCARacing.com/login
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Lincoln Speedway was able to endure heavy rainfall over the last seven days to race this past Friday night, May 3. While many passed a number of fields covered in water from recent flooding, they arrived at Lincoln Speedway which was ready to go. Fans got to see a good clean night of action with a solid field of cars.
The top story of the night was the DIRTcar Modified turnout. Some of the top Modified drivers in the Midwest made the trip as 24 competitors were pitside. Fifteen locked in through heat races while an additional five came through the last chance. When the green dropped on the 20-lap A-Main, it was Kewanee, IL’s Ray Bollinger racing into the lead with polesitter, Brian Lynn dropping into second. Retired NASCAR star, Kenny Wallace, made the trip from water logged St. Louis, MO and was running third early on. Wallace followed Lynn closely, trying to get a run to the inside. However, at the end of the event, Bollinger held on for his first 2019 win. Lynn, Wallace, Mike Harrison, and Michael Long completed the top five. 19 out of the 20 drivers finished the race on the lead lap, with only one driver coming up two laps short when his car lost power at the end.
One thing is certain, when Ryan Little, of Springfield, IL, shows up to Lincoln Speedway, everyone knows he will be a threat to win. That was the case on Friday night, as Little took the lead after a back-and-forth battle with Brandon Eskew. The two had a good run going before Eskew dropped back in the top five. Little’s challenges weren’t over, however, as Mendon, IL’s Denny Woodworth, moved from his fourth starting spot into second. Woodworth gave it a college try but Little was able to fend him off. Jake Little took third, while Cody Maguire and Eskew completed the top five.
The Midwest Big Ten Street Stocks came out for their second event of the season but their first at Lincoln. Nick Macklin, of Argenta, IL, won his heat, which slated him in the second spot for the feature event. Macklin took the lead early and raced his way to an impressive win. Terry Reed picked up a few spots to finish second, while Andy Zahnd, Jaret Duff, and Braden Bilger completed the top five.
The Nutech Seed DII Midget turnout continued to improve as 15 drivers took the green. Second place starter, Karter Sarff, a youngster from Mason City, IL, took the early lead in the 20-lap event. Mitchell Davis, a young driving veteran in the class and Andy Baugh, the winner of the first two events in 2019, ran second and third throughout. Baugh made a couple of efforts to continue his win streak but Sarff and Davis remained out front. Following the trio at the checkered were Tyler Roth and Daltyn England. England picked up seven spots during the race for a top five. No one accepted the Nutech Seed Front Row Challenge so the bonus moves to $300 at the next event.
Rounding out Friday night’s action was the DIRTcar Hornets. Eric Vanapeldoorn started on the outside pole for the 12-lap event and raced out front early. The Hornet hotshoe lived up to expectations keeping all competition behind him. Current point leader, Danny Oates, was able to finish second to Vanapeldoorn, who picked up his second win in three tries this season. Brady Reed, Mike Eskew, and Jay Mariuza completed the top five.
Up next for Lincoln Speedway, the Midwest Big Ten Super Late Models will open up their season at the track on Friday, May 17. Joining the cars in a Summer National tune-up will be the DIRTcar Modifieds, Nutech Seed DII Midgets, Street Stocks, and Hornets.
For more information and a full schedule, visit www.lincolnspeedwayil.com.
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