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TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2010 BANQUETS FOR DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY



Delmar, DE – Tickets are now on sale for the 2010 season banquets for the Delaware International Speedway and the U.S. 13 Dragway. Once again the celebrations will be held at the plush Dover Downs Hotel and Conference Center in Dover, Delaware.

The U.S. 13 Dragway Banquet will be held on Friday night, January 28th, 2011 and the Delaware International Speedway will be on Saturday night, January 29th, 2011.

Ticket prices for each event are $37.50 for adults and $18.75 for children 13 years of age and under. Tickets and reservations can be made by calling the track office Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 302-875-1911.

 

 

 

 

 

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October 24, 2010

BILLY PAUCH SWEEPS DELAWARE CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND WITH SATURDAY NIGHT BIG BLOCK WIN

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, N.J. capped off a profitable weekend as he won the 50-lap Big Block Modified Championship driving the Will Brown No. 1W. It was Pauch’s second big win of the weekend and his third in the classic the last of which came in 1993. Pauch took the lead from Matt Jester just before the halfway sign. Saturday night’s victory was worth $7063 making Pauch’s two day total a hefty $12,588.

 

Matt Jester looked strong from the pole while Pauch, Richie Pratt, Jr., Wade Hendrickson and Jimmy Horton all diced for positions in the top five. A big tangle occurred on the third lap when Kevin Hirthler clipped the inside tires and spun in turn one sending the middle of the pack scrambling for real estate. In all eight cars were involved.

 

Pratt worked his way past Pauch on lap 11. Five laps later, Hendrickson slowed bringing out the yellow and ending his challenge. Chic Cossaboone entered the top five on the restart with Jester again controlling the field.

 

Pauch regained the second spot on lap 19 as Cossaboone got by Horton for fourth. On that same lap both Brett Ballard and Pratt came to a stop bringing out the yellow. Brad Trice powered into the top five but only for a lap as he slowed to bring out the yellow on lap 21.

 

Pauch used the outside groove in the second turn to get by Jester on lap 24. At the halfway sign the top five were Pauch, Jester, Horton, Cossaboone and Howard O’Neal.

 

Horton took second from Jester on lap 28 with Cossaboone following into third. By lap 32, Pratt had made a charge from the rear and was back running in the top five. Pratt got by Cossaboone for third with ten to go.

 

The final ten laps were all green and Pauch opened a comfortable lead to take the win. Horton finished in the second spot with Pratt earning a well deserved third. Fourth went to Cossaboone and Jester ended an excellent drive in fifth.

 

“It wasn’t easy by any means,” said Pauch. “The track was pretty demanding tonight and you had to hit your marks. The only way it seemed to work good for me was getting in low and coming off the high side. I don’t know who was behind me or who was there but we were running hard every lap.”

 

Heats were won by Hendrickson, Pauch, and Jester with H.J. Bunting taking the consolation.

 

In the 25-lap AC Delco TSS Modified feature Brandon Blades was smooth as glass. Blades started on the pole and quickly settled into a rhythm in a race that would only be slowed by three cautions. 2010 point champion, Joseph Tracy stayed in the hunt in second while Westley Smith held down third.

 

At the halfway sign the top five were Blades, Tracy, Smith, Scott Baker and Scott Hitchens. Ryan Anderson made a late race charge and climbed the fourth. The final yellow flew with two laps to go as John Curtis and Taylor McCracken tangled.

 

Blades made no mistakes as he powered to his first fall championship win in his Blades HVAC/Blue Collar Cycles/Bicknell. The win was worth $1960. Tracy, Smith, Anderson and Hitchens rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Tracy and Blades.

 

Kevin McKinney led at the start of the 25-Lap TUSA Mod Lite Championship. Kerry King, Jr. got by Tyler Reed for second with Tim White following into third. Brandon Dennis was on the move taking fourth from Ryan Charland and start his charge to the front.

 

By the halfway sign Dennis had gotten by King for second and had reeled in the leader McKinney. Dennis moved on top with ten to go and drove to his second fall championship win in the Back in Action/Simpson Construction/Pro. The victory was worth $1040. McKinney finished in second with King, White and James Hill rounding out the top five. Heats were won by McKinney and King.

 

In the ten lap Vintage championship, C.J. Schirmer held off Jim Pride, Jr. to take the victory. Chuck Tucker took third with two laps to go with Mark Williams fourth and Eric Vent fifth. First sportsman went to Kelly Putz who finished in the sixth spot.

 

RESULTS: 50-Lap Big Block Modified Championship Finish: Billy Pauch Sr; Jimmy Horton; Richie Pratt Jr; Chic Cassaboone; Matt Jester; Howard ONeal; Ray Swinehart; Kevin Hirthler; Jim Horton IV; Brett Ballard; Brad Trice; Jordan Watson; Dale Hawkins; HJ Bunting; George Richardson; Andy Hammond; Jimmy Chester; CJ Faison; Joseph Watson; Wade Hendrickson; Keith Hoffman; Stan Frankenfield; Bill Briggs; Kenny  Brightbill; Chad James; Mike Franz; Travis Hill; Michael White; Norman Short Jr; Brad Brightbill. DNQ: Neil Huber; Steve Haggan; Jerry Carter.

 

25-Lap AC Delco TSS Championship Finish: Brandon Blades; Joseph Tracy; Westley Smith; Ryan Anderson; Scott Hitchens; Tom Moore; Scott Baker; Billy Carr; Danny Smack; Taylor McCracken; John Curtis; Justin Griffith; Herbie Hempel; Bryan Applegate; Ted Reynolds; David Scarano; Herman Powell; Paul Vreeland; Kyle Fuller; Jim Atkinson; Greg Taylor; Shawn Ward; Corey Cohee; Garrie Bostwick; Bobby Watkins.

 

20-Lap TUSA Mod Lite Championship Finish; Brandon Dennis; Kevin McKinney; Kerry King Jr; Tim White; James Hill; Tyler Reed; Jason Musser; Curt Miles Jr; Nick Hendricks; Ryan Charland; Ray Gulliver; Billy Thompson; Kirk Miles Sr; Austin Langenstein; John Schneider; Brandon Sturgis; Tim Williams; Alan Passwaters; Stacy Roberts; Landis Musser; TJ Williams; Eric McKinney; James Wood; DNS:Brett Crowther

 

10-Lap Vintage Championship Finish: C.J. Schirmer; Jim Pride, Jr.; Chuck Tucker; Mark Williams; Eric Vent; Kelly Putz (1st Sportsman); Chris Loveland; Ronnie Ford; Dave Schamp; Rick Loveland, Jr.; Kevin Gardner; Todd Miller; Carl Schirmer; Charlie Moore.

 

RICKY “THE ROCKET” ELLIOTT WINS DELAWARE LATE MODEL CHAMPIONSHIP

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – Ricky Elliott’s previous best finish in the Delaware State Dirt Track Late Model Championships was a second back in 1991. That was the year he won his second consecutive Big Block Modified point championship but he had never won a Late Model fall championship until Saturday night.

 

Austin Hubbard started on the pole and was setting such a torrid pace he was working traffic by lap five. Ricky Elliott kept him close with Darryl Hills, David Pettyjohn and Kerry King in the top five. On the fifth lap, Hubbard had a close call as he almost collected a lapped car coming off the second turn.

 

Elliott took advantage of the traffic and slipped by Hubbard to lead lap nine. By lap 11 only 18 cars were on the lead lap. The yellow came out as Hal Browning got together with the leader then tangle with Hubband and spun in the fourth turn.

 

Hubbard restarted in the rear with Darryl Hills now running in second and David Pettyjohn up to third. Pettyjohn took second for a lap but on a lap 13 restart, Hills moved back into the spot..

 

Cautions kept the field tightly bunched. At the halfway sign the top five were Elliott, Hills, David Pettyjohn, Mark Byram and David Hill. With 20 to go, Byram got by Pettyjohn for fourth as Hubbard drove from the rear back into the top five.

 

Pettyjohn’s drive ended on lap 32 as he came to a stop. Five laps later Hubbard’s night ended as he came to a stop in the fourth turn. Donald Lingo, Jr. powered through the top five and locked into a battle for third with Byram.

 

Three yellows in the final ten laps kept the field bunched. The final yellow came out with two laps to go when Kenny Pettyjohn, who was running sixth came to a stop. Elliott handled the restart as Hills made one final attempt in the first turn but could not make the pass. Elliott, in the Hall’s Construction/J&M Roofing/Rocket drove to the $7325 win. Hills completed and excellent drive in second with Byram, Lingo and Hill rounding out the top five.

 

“Man the track was fantastic,” said Elliott. “You could run up high or run down low. We didn’t hurt any tires. I’m glad Charlie (Cathell) brought this to a night show and I hope the fans liked it better.”

 

Heats were won by David Pettyjohn, Kerry King and Austin Hubbard.

 

In the 25-lap Crate Model championship Donald Lingo, Jr. jumped out to the early lead driving Skip Syester’s backup car. Ross Robinson, making his first Crate Model start of the season chased in second with Joe Warren third, Dylan Evans fourth and Bobby Watkins, driving for Rob Bragg in fifth.

Roy Hassler and Kelly Putz tangled bringing out the yellow on lap nine. Under the yellow, the leader Lingo pulled into the pits. Robinson was the new leader with Watkins in second. Watkins took the lead at the halfway sign the Clay Tapman grabbing third from Warren.

 

Tapman took second from Robinson with eight to go. Cautions on laps 22 and 23 gave Tapman a shot at Watkins but Watkins pulled the upset by holding the lead and taking the$1670 win. Tapman turned in a person best in second with Robinson, Warren and Clint Chalabala rounding out the top five. Heats were won by Robinson, Lingo and Evans with John Emory taking the consolation.

 

Ronnie Layton of Laurel, Del. took the lead from Matt Carmean and slid to his first win in the Slide for 5 nightcap. Carmean recovered from a last lap spin to finish in second with Zack Riddle, Mike Creppon and Jesse Betts rounding out the top five.

 

RESULTS: 50-Lap Late Model Championship Finish: Ricky Elliott; Darryl Hills; Mark Byram; Donald Lingo Jr; David Hill; Dale Lingo; Herb Tunis; Staci Warrington; Jere Wierman; Lou Johnson; Kelly Putz; Rick Hulson; Kevin Scott Jr; Rob Schirmer; Bob Geiger; Kenny Pettyjohn; Dave Hertz; Hal Browning; Derrike Hill; Bryan Driver; Jonathan Favinger; Austin Hubbard; David Pettyjohn; Andy Haus; Kerry King

Ray Davis Jr; D J Troutman; Randy Stoudt; Scott Haus; DNS; Andrew Mullins.

 

25-Lap Crate Model Championship Finish: Bobby Watkins; Clay Tatman; Ross Robinson; Joe Warren; Clint Chalabala; John  Imler; Chris Hitchens; Tyler  Reed; Dylan Evans; Mike Wharton; Kevin Hill; Matt Hill; Nick Davis; Justin Breeding; John Emory; Skip Syester; Randy Givens; Roy Hassler; Sparky White; Robbie Emory; Colby Steele; Donald  Lingo Jr; Kelly Putz; Matt Glanden; Mike Wilson; Eric Vent.

 

 

 

BILLY PAUCH WINS 5TH CAREER SMALL BLOCK DELAWARE STATE DIRT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, N.J. demonstrated once again why he has had such an illustrious career in dirt track racing as he captured the 50-lap Small Block Modified Delaware State Dirt Track Championship at the Delaware International Speedway. Pauch’s first win came back in 1989 but his fifth career win was his biggest as he collected $5525 in purse and lap money.

Richie Pratt, Jr. set the pace at the drop of the green with Pauch, Jimmy Horton, Wade Hendrickson and Ray Swinehart in close pursuit. With the two racing grooves on the table top smooth track Pauch was able to slip by Pratt to lead lap three.

The first yellow was out on lap seven as Mike Mammana slowed to a stop in the first turn. Pauch controlled the restart with Chic Cossaboone moving into the top five. Pratt, who was still in striking distance in second, slowed in the fourth turn to bring out the second yellow on lap 11.

Horton was now in the second spot with Hendrickson third. Swinehart had climbed back to fourth and Larry Solomon was making a smooth drive in fifth. Local fans were watching as H.J. Bunting, who had blown a tire in the qualifier and started in 21sth, was now up to sixth.

Bunting got by Solomon on lap 20 but that is as far as his drive would go as he coasted into the infield at the halfway sign. One lap later the third yellow was out as Dave Gerhart came to a stop just past the flag stand. The only multiple car tangle brought out the fourth yellow two laps later when Neil Huber, Stan Frankenfield, Cossaboone, and Rick Holsten tangled coming off turn four. Three laps later, Huber and Dave Howard tangled in the first turn for caution number five.

Horton tried to get along side of Pauch on the restart but Pauch was just too strong coming off the second turn. Hendrickson tried to unseat Horton from second while Solomon and Shawn Reimert held down the top five.

Horton’s night went up in smoke with just two laps to go bringing out the final yellow. On the restart, Hendrickson was no match for Pauch who drove to the checkered flag .824 seconds ahead. Solomon turned in his best DIS finish in third with Reimert fourth and Swinehart fifth. Horton and Pratt won the heats.

“Early I don’t know what it was. We had an electrical miss or something,” said Pauch. “Under the cautions I was reaching up pushing wires and squeezing wires and stuff trying to get the miss out of it. When the motor runs it runs strong but I was getting a little worried that Pratt was going to get me back. Definitely night time racing is way better. Daytime racing lays rubber and it is one groove and it’s all in starting spot. Tonight you could get around and move around and there was no dust and no rubber and it was definitely a racetrack tonight.”

In the 10-lap Little Lincoln Championship, Virgil Bradford led the first two laps before Brian Brasure moved out front. Jamie Wagner came from 15th to second in three laps and challenged Brasure but Brasure was up for the challenge and held him off.

By mid race, Brasure was able to open some breathing room as Wagner chased in the high groove. Bill Bittingham and Mel Joseph, Jr. put on a good battle for third while Steven Baker held down fifth.

Brasure took the checkered for his second win of the season and his first Championship win. Wagner finished in second with Joseph taking third on the final lap. Brittingham finished in fourth and Baker rounded out the top five.

50-Lap Small Block Modified Championship Finish: Billy Pauch,Wade Hendrickson,Larry Solomon, Shawn Reimert, Ray Swinehart, Chic Cossaboone, Jimmy Chester, Brad Brightbill, Ryan Grim, Stan Frankenfield, Jason Smythe, Jimmy Horton, Bill Briggs, Dave Howard, Neil Huber, Rick Holsten, Dave Gerhart, H J Bunting, Robert Dutton, Richie Pratt, Craig Ott, Mike Mammana, Matt Hawkins, Did Not Start: Kevin Hirthler.

10-Lap Little Lincoln Championship Finish: Brian Brasure; Jamie Wagner; Mel Joseph, Jr.; Bill Brittingham; Steven Baker; John Stevenson; Donald Robinson, Jr.; Dylan Betts; Brian Nailor; Ryan Walsen; Emory West; Tim Archer; Bobby Williamson; Virgil Bradford; Matt Tipton.


 

 

 

 

INSINGER PERFORMANCE AND SONOCO UP DELAWARE CHAMPIONSHIP PURSE



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – Insinger Performance, Inc., distributor for Sonoco Race Fuels, the official fuel of Delaware International Speedway has stepped up to make the purse for the two-day Delaware State Dirt Track Championships on Friday night October 22nd and Saturday night October 23rd even more attractive by adding to the Late Model and Small Block totals.


The Late Model 50 lap main has been increased from $3000 to $4500 to win matching the Big Block Modified payoff. Also matching the Big Block Modifieds will be the gambler portions of the purse which increases the winner’s share to $5500 with a $50 gambler’s fee and a whopping $6500 to win with a $100 gambler’s fee. On top of this will be lap leader money in all divisions.

Thanks to Insinger and Sonoco, the Small Block Modifieds will also see an increase for their 50 lap main. The winner’s share has been increased from $2500 to $3000 to win. Added incentives have also increased with a $50 gambler’s fee upping the winner’s share to $4000 and $100 gambler’s fee topping out at $5000 to win! All gambler’s fees must be posted prior to qualifying.

The Crate Models, AC Delco TSS Modifieds and the Mod Lites carry some of the best payoffs anywhere for these divisions. The 25-lap Crate Model and AC Delco features will each pay $1000 to win that increase to $1500 with a $50 gambler’s fee plus lap money. The Mod Lites’ 20-lap main will pay $500 to win and that doubles to $1000 with a $50 gambler’s fee.

Two day pit passes are just $55 with single day pit passes at $30. Two day general admission spectator passes are just $35 with single day passes for $20. As always, children 13 years of age and under are admitted free on the spectator side when accompanied by an adult.

For more information contact the speedway office at (302) 875-1911.



 

 

 

“Kenny Brightbill edges Matt Jester for Point Crown”

HOWARD O’NEAL GETS FIRST WIN OF SEASON IN DELAWARE BIG BLOCKS



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (9/25/10) – Howard O’Neal waited until the final point race of the season to post his first win of 2010. O’Neal took the lead from H.J. Bunting with six laps to go and powered to the checkered in the 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified main. Veteran Kenny Brightbill, who finished in third, held off a late season assault from Matt Jester to win his first ever Delaware International Speedway point track championship.

Dale Hawkins took command at the drop of the green was H.J. Bunting rim rode from fifth into second by lap one. Bunting powered to the top for lap three just as the yellow was out for a tangle in the fourth turn. On the restart, Howard O’Neal picked it up and shot for fourth to second.

Bunting got high in turn one backing down O’Neal and Hawkins regained the lead with O’Neal in second. By lap seven Bunting had moved into second and was challenging for the lead as Matt Jester dropped O’Neal to fourth. O’Neal worked back into third on the next lap as Bunting moved back to the point.

At the halfway sign the top five were Bunting, Hawkins, O’Neal, Jester and Kenny Brightbill. O’Neal got back into second with ten to go while Jester and Brightbill battled for fourth.

The final yellow was out on lap 17 for a tangle in the third turn. On the restart Bunting again went high in the first turn and both O’Neal and Hawkins sprinted by. Bunting regained second with two laps to go as Hawkins ended a great drive as he pulled to the infield with mechanical woes.

O’Neal made no mistakes as he drove to his first win of the year. “That’s what I’m talking about!” said O’Neal in victory lane. “Get the last one (race of the season) and remember it all week.”

Bunting finished in the second spot with Brightbill taking third and the 2010 point championship. Fourth went to Jester who gave it his all and finished as the runner-up in points and Beau Wilkins rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Bunting and O’Neal.

Shawn Ward survived a caution filled first half of the 15-lap AC Delco TSS Modified feature to go on to post his sixth win of the year. Scott Baker gave chase in the first two laps before contact headed him to the pits. Justin Griffith got by Westley Smith on lap five to pick up the chase with Joseph Tracy taking third.

The order would remain unchanged to the checkered as Ward got the win followed by Griffith with his best finish of the season in second. Third through fifth were Tracy who took the 2010 division title, rookie Ryan Anderson and Smith. Fast time in qualifying was set by Tracy.

Kerry King, Jr. led the first lap of the 15-lap Mod Lite feature but the yellow as quickly out as Curt Miles, Jr. and Kevin McKinney made contact on the front straight sending McKinney into the wall and flipping landing upside down at the starter’s stand. The driver was not injured in the crash.

King, Jr. led lap two before Brandon Dennis moved on top. Dennis would drive to his fifth win of the season and his third consecutive point crown. King, Jr. posted a personal best in second with Tyler Reed third. Fourth went to Tim White followed by his brother, Kevin White in fifth. Fast time in qualifying was set by Dennis.

RESULTS: 25-Lap NAPA Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Howard ONeal; 2. HJ Bunting; 3. Kenny Brightbill; 4. Matt Jester; 5. Beau Wilkins; 6. Jordan Watson; 7. Brad Trice; 8. Chad Clark; 9. Joseph Watson; 10. Scott Van Gorder; 11. CJ Faison; 12. Norman Short Jr; 13. Robert Dutton; 14. Duane Rust; 15. Drew Simmons; 16. Neil Huber; 17. Chris Glanden; 18. Dale Hawkins; 19. Michael White; 20. George Richardson.

15-Lap AC Delco TSS Modified Feature Finish: 1. Shawn Ward: 2. Justin Griffith; 3.Joseph Tracy; 4. Ryan Anderson; 5. Westley Smith; 6. Herman Powell; 7. Danny Smack; 8. Scott Hitchens; 9. Tom Moore; 10. Scott Calhoun; 11. Taylor McCracken; 12. Rodney Cordrey; 13. Matt Hawkins; 14. Brandon Perdue; 15. David Scarano; 16. Herbie Hempel; 17. Ted Reynolds; 18. Garrie Bostwick; 19. Billy Carr; 20. Jeff Marker; 21. Paul Vreeland; 22. Greg Taylor; 23. Nate Benson; 24. Kyle Fuller; 25. Scott Baker; 26. John Curtis.

15-Lap Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Brandon Dennis; 2. Kerry King Jr; 3. Tyler Reed; 4. Tim White; 5. Kevin White; 6. Jason Musser; 7. Ray Gulliver; 8. Billy Thompson; 9. Kirk Miles Sr; 10. James Wood; 11. Brandon Sturgis; 12. James Hill; 13. Curt Miles Jr; 14. Rick Wheatley; 15. Kevin McKinney; 16. Stacy Roberts.





DALE LINGO MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW IN DELAWARE LATE MODELS



Dale Lingo has definitely hit upon something with the setup of his Super Late Model. Lingo has led every lap of the last two 20 lap Super Late Model feature and earned his second straight win.

Lingo shot from the pole with rookie, Andrew Mullins running hard in second and Hal Browning challenging in third. Browning took second on lap four just as the yellow flew as Mike Parsons came to a stop. On the restart, Staci Warrington took over the third spot and the chase was on.

By halfway the top five were Lingo, Browning, Warrington, Kerry King and Ray Davis, Jr. Browning’s night ended one lap later as he slowed bringing out the yellow. King got by Warrington on the restart for second as Lingo continued to open a gap in the high groove.

Davis took the third spot with six to go and locked into a battle with King. The pair went side by side into turn four with two to go and made contact with King spinning to the inside and bringing out the yellow.

This put Davis on the rear spoiler of Lingo for the restart but Lingo was up to the challenge and drove to his second win. “He (Davis) tried to show himself on the pace laps but I kept my line and he couldn’t do anything about it,” said Lingo.

Davis finished in the second spot with Warrington third. Kevin Scott, Jr. put on a great drive in only his second start of the season taking fourth and Donald Lingo, Jr., the 2010 point champion, rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Dale Lingo and Warrington.

The Crate Model 15-lap feature was a Sunday drive for pole sitter, Nick Davis. Davis prevailed through three cautions while a hot battle was being contested behind him for second.

With four laps to go Tyler Reed drove into the top five and locked into a four car battle with Eric Vent, Joe Warren and Mike Wharton. The quartet swapped positions but at the checkered it was Davis taking his fifth win. Reed took the runner-up spot on the final turn and also the division championship. Warren finished in third with Vent fourth and Wharton fifth. Fast time in qualifying was set by Clint Chalabala.

Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Dale Lingo;2. Ray Davis Jr; 3. Staci Warrington; 4. Kevin Scott Jr; 5. Donald Lingo Jr; 6. Rob Schirmer; 7. David Hill; 8. Andrew Mullins; 9. David Pettyjohn; 10. Amanda Whaley; 11. Bryan Driver; 12. Kelly Putz; 13. Bob Geiger; 14. Kerry King; 15. Lou Johnson; 16. Hal Browning; 17. Mike Parsons.

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Nick Davis; 2. Tyler Reed; 3. Joe Warren; 4. Eric Vent; 5. Mike Wharton; 6. Clint Chalabala; 7. Chris Hitchens; 8. John Imler; 9. Mike Wilson; 10. Robbie Emory; 11. Roy Hassler; 12. Dylan Evans; 13. Matt Hill; 14. Randy Given; 15. Matt Glanden; 16. Michael Wilkins; 17. Richard Harden; 18. Kevin Hill; 19. Ryan Dextraze; 20. Matt White.





GRASSO TAKES FOURTH URC WIN SATURDAY NIGHT AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL, MICHAEL TAKES TAYLOR & MESSICK DELAWARE STATE CHAMPIONSHIP



JJ Grasso, URC's "Jersey Jet" of Pedricktown, NJ scored his fourth win of 2010 in URC competition Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. Grasso took the lead from Becca Anderson on lap fourteen then ran unchallenged to his sixteenth career Rislone URC Sprint Series career win. In the close and exciting season long Rislone point chase, Grasso is trailing six time URC champion Curt Michael by twenty-one point. Michael started twelfth in the twenty-four car starting field and rallied to an impressive third place finish, also collecting five additional points for advancing the most spots (9) in the feature event. The solid third place finished by Michael and the Valley Forge INC team and earned them the Taylor & Messick Delaware State season long Championship.

A field of twenty-six Rislone URC sprint cars took part in the program with heat race victories going to Becca Anderson, Kramer Williamson and Art Liedl.

In the twenty-five lap feature event, the yellow was displayed before the first lap was completed as Bill Unglert came to a stop in turn two. On the restart, Becca Anderson took immediate control of the lead as Kramer Williamson followed in second. Grasso passed Williamson for second on lap two and attempted to reel in Anderson. Even with a caution on lap seven for Tim Iulg who spun in turn four, Anderson maintained the top spot as Curt Michael was threading his way to the front.

By the halfway point of the race, Grasso was offering serious challenges for the lead and on lap fourteen, the BK Leasing #99 was at the front of the pack. Grasso quickly established a comfortable lead over Anderson and Michael as Kramer Williamson and Justin Collett rounded out the top five.

In the closing stages of the race, Grasso had to contend with lapped traffic, however, he held a solid lead over Anderson. Although Michael tried to reel in Anderson, she too managed her advantage.

With the checker flag waiving, JJ Grasso was the winner over Becca Anderson, Curt Michael Kramer Williamson and Justin Collett.

FEATURE FINISH: JJ Grasso, Becca Anderson, Curt Michael, Justin Collett, Josh Weller, Kramer Williamson, Art Liedl, Robbie Stillwaggon, Kevin Darling, Kevin Nouse, Randy West, Rory Janney, Eddie Wagner, Joe Zuczek, Jonathan Swanson, Midge Miller, Tim Higgins, Gary Gollub, Mike Kostic, Scott Pursell, Tim Iulg, Justin Jones, Randy Wilbert, Bill Unglert. DNQ- - -Tim Hogue, Andy Best.

 

 

 

 

SMOOTH SAILING FOR H.J. BUNTING IN DELAWARE MODIFIEDS

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (9/11/10) – H.J. Bunting has had more than his share of ups and downs this season but everything went smoothly for once as he took the lead on lap four and controlled the rest of the 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway.

Scott VanGorder set the early pace with Beau Wilkins giving chase from second. Bunting started in the fourth spot and powered into second on lap three. He completed his charge to the front on the next laps as he pulled past VanGorder. The first yellow was out one lap later as Drew Simmons, who was making his first start of the season, slowed to a stop.

Bunting remained in command on the restart as Brad Trice maneuvered into second . At the halfway sign the top five were Bunting, Trice, Howard O’Neal, Matt Jester and VanGorder. The second caution was out at this point for a two car tangle in the turn.

Jester got a good run on the restart and moved by O’Neal for third. The final yellow would fly on lap 16 when C.J. Faison’s car locked up and came to a stop at the top of the second turn.

Trice would chase Bunting the rest of the distance but Bunting was able to maintain a comfortable lead and post his fourth win of the season. “We had a great starting spot and it makes it easy and it actually stayed together for 25 laps and it all worked out,” said Bunting.

Trice finished in the second spot with Jester third. Fourth went to O’Neal with Joseph Watson coming on strong in the closing laps to finish in fifth. Point leader Kenny Brightbill finished in the sixth spot and the point battle between he and Jester will go down to the final race in two weeks. Heats were won by Trice and O’Neal.

It took two attempts before the first lap of the 15-lap AC Delco TSS Modified feature was in the books. Kyle Fuller led from the pole looking for his second straight win with Matt Hawkins and Joseph Tracy battling for second.

Cautions in the early laps kept the field tightly bunched. Fuller remained smooth in the lead with Tracy working by Hawkins for second just before halfway. By lap nine the front pair were running side by side with Fuller in the high groove and Tracy on the bottom. Tracy edged out front to lead lap ten but on the next circuit Fuller was back on top.

The pair continued to run side by side until the final lap when Tracy was able to gain the advantage and post his fourth win of the season. With the victory Tracy guaranteed himself his first track championship. Fuller finished in the second spot with Hawkins holding on to third. Fourth went to Scott Calhoun and Justin Griffith rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Brandon Perdue.

Jim Pride, Jr. jumped out front on the first lap of the 12-lap Vintage Stock Car feature and ran uncontested the remainder of the distance for his second win of the season. Charles Moore held off the challenges of Mark Williams for second. Chuck Tucker was able to get by Williams with two laps to go to finish in third with Williams fourth and Rick Loveland, Jr. fifth. Freddy Brightbill took a terrifying series of flips down the front straight wall in the event but was not injured.

This Saturday night there will be no racing at the speedway as action moves to the adjacent U.S. 13 Dragway for the three day NHRA Northeast Division 1 Bracket finals. Racing returns in two weeks with the United Racing Company making its sixth and final appearance of the season along with the five weekly divisions. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7:00 p.m.

RESULTS: NAPA Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. HJ Bunting; 2. Brad Trice; 3. Matt Jester; 4. Howard ONeal; 5. Joseph Watson; 6. Kenny Brightbill; 7. Scott Van Gorder; 8. Robert Dutton; 9. Jim Horton IV; 10. Beau Wilkins; 11. Chad Clark; 12. Michael White; 13. Neil Huber; 14. George Richardson; 15. Drew Simmons; 16. Norman Short Jr; 17. CJ Faison; 18. Duane Rust; 19. Gary Simpson; 20. Dale Hawkins; 21. Jason Daliessio; Did not start: Tim Trimble.

AC Delco TSS Modified Feature Finish: 1. Joseph Tracy; 2. Kyle Fuller; 3. Matt Hawkins; 4. Scott Calhoun; 5. Justin Griffith; 6. Danny Smack; 7. Taylor McCracken; 8. John Curtis; 9. Rodney Cordrey; 10. Tom Moore; 11. Ted Reynolds; 12. Garrie Bostwick; 13. Herbie Hempel; 14. Greg Taylor; 15. Westley Smith; 16. Paul Vreeland; 17. Dan Reidy; 18. Ryan Anderson; 19. Scott Hitchens; 20. Billy Carr; 21. Nate Benson; 22. Brandon Blades; 23. Herman Powell; 24. Brandon Perdue; 25. Shawn Ward; 26. Scott Baker.

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Kevin McKinney; 2. Kerry King Jr; 3. Curt Miles Jr; 4. Brandon Dennis; 5. Ray Gulliver; 6. Kirk Miles Sr; 7. Trent Willey; 8. Tyler Reed; 9. Jason Musser; 10. Brandon Sturgis; 11. Tim Williams; 12. TJ Williams; 13. Billy Thompson; DNS: Stacy Roberts.

Vintage Stock Car Feature Finish: 1. Jim Pride, Jr.; 2. Charlie Moore; 3. Chuck Tucker; 4. Mark Williams; 5. Rick Loveland, Jr.; 6. Kelly Putz; 7. Carl Schirmer; 8. Ronnie Ford; 9. Todd Miller; 10. Adam LaPlant; 11. Chris Loveland; 12. Dave Schamp; 13. C.J. Schirmer; 14. Freddy Brightbill; 15. Gary Scott.

 

 

 

 

MATT JESTER STAYS IN POINT HUNT WITH SIXTH DELAWARE BIG BLOCK WIN

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (9/4/10) – “All I can do is keep winning,” said Matt Jester when he was asked about his chances of catching  point leader, Kenny Brightbill after winning Saturday night’s 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature at the Delaware International Speedway.

 

Scott VanGorder took the early lead at the start of the feature with Robert Dutton chasing from second. Tim Trimble went to the outside on lap two and passed both Dutton and VanGorder but before he could lead a lap the car slowed bringing out the yellow.

 

VanGorder was back in command on the restart with Brad Trice knifing into second. Trice moved on top for lap five. Two laps later, Jester, who had started in ninth, got by VanGorder for second.

 

By lap ten Jester had erased Trice’s lead. One lap later Jester moved on top and at the halfway sign the top five were Jester, Trice, VanGorder, Howard O’Neal and Dutton.

 

Kenny Brightbill was now on the move entering the top five on lap 14. By lap 17 he was up to third. As Jester opened a five second advantage, Trice and Brightbill battled for second. Brightbill squeezed into second with one to go but Trice cranked it up and regained the position.

 

At the checkered it was Jester by 6.145 seconds over Trice. Brightbill finished in the third spot with VanGorder fourth. H.J. Bunting got together with Jimmy Horton IV in a battle for the fifth spot in the final turn with Horton ending up off the top of the track and Bunting finishing fifth. Heats were won by Trice and Brightbill.

 

“That was a fun racetrack,” said Jester. “ I got a text from Jamie (Mills) this morning. He said if I didn’t win on this slick track . . . well I can’t say it but everybody can pretty much figure it out. All we can do (towards the championship) is win races. The heat races have been killing us. It seems that whatever I do, he (Brightbill) does one better.”

 

Seventeen year old Kyle Fuller took full advantage of his pole starting position in the AC Delco Modified 15-lap feature leading every lap to post his second win of the season. A great battle was waged in the top five behind him with Westley Smith regaining second on the final lap from John Curtis. Scott Baker had gotten as high as third but had to settle four fourth and the checkered with Justin Griffith holding off point leader Joe Tracy for fifth.

 

Fuller started off the night strong as he set fast time in qualifying.

 

Erik McKinney led the first ten laps of the 15-lap Mod Lite feature before Tyler Reed moved on top. Reed used his patient and smooth driving style to hold the top spot the rest of the non-stop distance as he recorded his fifth win of 2010.

 

Tim White got by McKinney with one to go to finish in the second spot with McKinney holding on to finish in third. Fourth went to James Hill who had run as high as second early in the race and Kerry King, Jr. rounded out the top five. McKinney set fast time in qualifying.

 

This Saturday night will feature the five weekly divisions plus the Little Lincoln Vintage Cars. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

 

RESULTS: Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Matt Jester; 2. Brad Trice; 3. Kenny Brightbill; 4. Scott Van Gorder; 5. HJ Bunting; 6. Howard ONeal; 7. Robert Dutton; 8. Beau Wilkins; 9. Chad Clark; 10. Michael White; 11. Joseph Watson; 12. CJ Faison; 13. Chris Glanden; 14. George Richardson; 15. Jim Horton IV; 16. Norman Short Jr; 17. Dale Hawkins; 18. Brandon Sturgis; 19. Dana Walker; 20. Tim Trimble; 21. Andy Hammond.

 

AC Delco Feature Finish: 1. Kyle Fuller; 2. Westley Smith; 3. John Curtis; 4. Scott Baker; 5. Justin Griffith; 6. Joseph Tracy; 7. Tom Moore; 8. Ryan Anderson; 9. Scott Calhoun; 10. Danny Smack; 11. Scott Hitchens; 12. Shawn Ward; 13. Taylor McCracken; 14. Greg Taylor; 15. Ted Reynolds; 16. Garrie Bostwick; 17. Billy Carr; 18. Herbie Hempel; 19. David Scarano; 20. Matt Hawkins.

 

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Tyler Reed; 2. Tim White; 3. Eric McKinney; 4. James Hill; 5. Kerry King Jr; 6. Brandon Dennis; 7. Curt Miles Jr; 8. Kirk Miles Sr; 9. Jason Musser; 10. Ray Gulliver; 11. Stacy Roberts; 12. TJ Williams; 13. Trent Willey; 14. Billy Thompson.

 

 

DONALD LINGO, JR. GETS AN EMOTIONAL 7TH WIN IN DELAWARE LATE MODELS

 

Donald Lingo, Jr. was a driver on a mission on Saturday night in the 20-lap Super Late Model main. Lingo’s grandmother had passed away late in the week and he was torn between racing and being at home with family.

 

Hal Browning looked strong from the pole at the start of the caution splattered 20-lap feature. Staci Warrington ran in second with Mark Byram in third. On a lap four restart, Warrington and Byram made contact at the flag stand with both cars slowing in the first turn with flat tires.

 

Lingo shot from fifth past Kerry King for second on the restart. The yellow was out on lap eight as front runners King/David Hill, David Pettyjohn and Mike Parsons all tangled in the fourth turn.

 

Lingo took the lead from Browning coming to the halfway sign with Mark Pettyjohn, who started in last up to third and Ray Davis, Jr. in fourth. Davis’s drive would end to laps later with a flat putting King and Warrington back up into the top five.

King would come to a stop on lap 17 bringing out the final yellow of the race. Lingo rocketed away from the field on the restart and went on to his seventh win of the year. In victory lane, an emotional Lingo admitted that it was a hard decision whether or not to race that night. “If I wasn’t going to be at home with my family I knew that I was going to have to win tonight for her (his grandmother).”

 

Browning held off Mark Pettyjohn to finish in the second spot with David Pettyjohn making a comeback to finish in fourth and Warrington rounded out the top five. King and Browning won the heats.

 

Justin Breeding led the first to laps of the 15-lap Crate Model feature before Nick Davis moved on top. Chris Hitchens took second on lap five just as the yellow flew as Eric Vent got around with John Imler ending up on his side and Clay Tatman involved.

 

On the restart Mike Wharton and Joe Warren entered the top five. Hitchens took the lead on lap eight and one lap later, Warren got by Davis for second. Warren would challenge for the lead but Hitchens was able to hold him off to take his third consecutive victory. Wharton finished in the third spot with Davis fourth and Tyler Reed fifth. Fast time in qualifying was set by Clint Chalabala.

 

Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Donald Lingo Jr; 2. Hal Browning; 3. Mark Pettyjohn; 4. David Pettyjohn; 5. Staci Warrington; 6. David Hill; 7. Rob Schirmer; 8. Ray Davis Jr; 9. Bob Geiger; 10. Kerry King; 11. Mike  Parsons; 12. Bryan Driver; 13. Mark Byram; 14. Lou Johnson; 15. Brian Donley; Did Not Start: Amanda Whaley.

 

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Chris Hitchens; 2. Joe Warren; 3. Mike Wharton; 4. Nick Davis; 5. Tyler  Reed; 6. Justin Breeding; 7. Mike Wilson; 8. Robbie Emory; 9. Mike Williams; 10. Clint Chalabala; 11. Kelly Putz; 12. Eric Vent; 13. Clay Tatman; 14. Matt Glanden; 15. Randy Given; 16. Michael Wilkins; 17. Robert Bragg; 18. John  Imler; 19. Richard Harden.

 

BECCA ANDERSON WINS ON TAYLOR & MESSICK NIGHT SATURDAY  AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY

Becca Anderson of Houston, DE scored her first win of the season and tenth career win Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway for the eighteenth race of the 2010 Rislone URC Sprint Series.  Anderson was URC's  fourteenth different winner of the season collecting $2,000 for the win.  Anderson ran an awesome race but luck did go her way on lap fourteen when race leader Josh Weller tangled with a lapped car and displaying the yellow.  Anderson inherited the lead at that point driving the Dave Bett's owned sprint and ran uncontested to the win.

A field of twenty-six URC sprint cars turned out for the program with heat race wins going to Art Liedl, Josh Weller and  Rory Janney as Eddie Wagner won the "B" Main.

In the twenty-five lap Rislone URC sprint feature, Josh Weller of Mertztown, PA  gunned to the lead at the drop of the green flag.    Six time URC Champion Curt Michael charged from his twelfth starting position to cross the line in sixth as the field completed the first lap.

With three laps down, the caution  was displayed for Mike Kostic who stopped with a flat tire.    Weller set a blistering pace  as the race restarted and was chased by Art Liedl, Becca Anderson and Kramer Williamson.

The yellow flag was again displayed, this time for a multi-car mix-up involving Randy West, Jonathan Swanson, Tim Higgins and Andy Best.

On the restart, it was all Weller but now Becca Anderson was in second and Kramer Williamson third.  The turning point of the race came on lap fourteen when Justin Jones, a  lapped car, tangled with race leader Josh Weller in turn three.  The yellow was displayed with both Weller and Jones requiring a hook to return to the pits.  An outstanding and dominating ride by Weller had come to an end.

When green flag racing resumed, Becca Anderson  was on point with Kramer Williamson  now in the chase.  Curt Michael ran third followed by JJ Grasso and Justin Collett.  Anderson maintained a comfortable lead over Williamson so he  never challenged for the top spot.  Williamson held the same distance over Michael in third as Grasso and Collett followed in the top five.

The top five remained unchanged for the final laps with Becca Anderson easily taking the win.

FEATURE FINISH:  Becca Anderson, Kramer Williamson, Curt Michael, JJ Grasso,  Justin Collett, Rory Janney, Robbie Stillwaggon, Kevin Darling, Tim Iulg, Fran Hogue, Joe Zuczek, Eddie Wagner, Scott Pursell, Midge Miller, Josh Weller, Justin Jones, Jonathan Swanson, Randy West, Andy Best, Tim Higgins, Art Liedl, Mike Kostic, Bill Unglert,  Rob Liedl, Randy Wilbert.

 

 

 

 

 

H.J. BUNTING BACK IN STRIDE IN DELAWARE MODIFIEDS

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (8/28/10) – H.J. Bunting had the Jake Marine No. 85 NAPA Big Block Modified working to perfection on Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. Bunting drove from fifth to take the lead on lap seven and would go unchallenged the rest of the distance in the 25-lap main.

Joseph Watson looked strong as he set the pace for the first six circuits. Bunting worked on the lead from second with Scott VanGorder in third. Robert Dutton held the fourth spot and Beau Wilkins ran in fifth.

Bunting moved on top on lap seven as Joseph Watson held on to second. The top five would remain unchanged through the halfway sign. Bunting and Michael White made contact and Bunting was working through the rear of the field with White spinning to bring out the first yellow.

Bunting pulled away on the restart as Howard O’Neal began to work into the top five. O’Neal got by Wilkins for fifth on lap 17. Dutton got by VanGorder for third with O’Neal following into fourth with six to go.

The final yellow was out with five to go when VanGorder slowed. Once again Bunting was able to pull away from Watson who had been running with a flat left front tire for several laps. Bunting would drive to his third win of the season with Watson limping home in second. Third went to Dutton and Matt Jester coming on in the closing laps to finish in fourth and O’Neal rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Brad Trice and Joseph Watson.

“It feels good to be back here,” said Bunting. “It’s been a rough year and I would just like to thank crew and Jake (Marine) and everybody for sticking with it and eventually you will get it turned around.”

The King of Kings for the Big Blocks matched feature winners in a 10 lap, $500 to win dash. Jester drew the pole with Chad Clark in the middle and Kenny Bright in the three-wide front row start. Jordan Watson would start in fourth with Bunting in fifth.

Jester won the drag race to the first turn with Brightbill in second. Bunting got by Clark to take third on lap two. One lap later he moved by Brightbill for second. Jester had already built a half second lead but Bunting was cutting into it at the rate of a tenth per lap.

With one lap to go he was only two tenth of a second behind Jester. Jester never faltered and going into the final turn Bunting made a bid for the win but got sideways and Jester drove to the victory. Brightbill got by Bunting for second and Bunting recovered to finish in third. Fourth went to Clark and Watson rounded out the field.

Shawn Ward would once again take advantage of his pole starting position and drive a smooth race in the 15-lap AC Delco TSS Modified main. Ward was chased by Westley Smith until Joseph Tracy took second on lap five. Scott Baker followed Tracy into third and on lap six moved into second.

Baker challenged Ward for the lead just past halfway but slid high and both Tracy and Smith got by. Justin Griffith dropped Baker to fifth with four to go. Ward would make no mistakes as he posted his fifth win of the season. Tracy increased his point lead by finishing in second with Smith taking third. Fourth went to Griffith and Baker rounded out the top five. Fast time was set in qualifying by Tracy.

Brandon Dennis set fast time in the Mod Lite qualifying putting him on the pole for the 15-lap feature. The defending point champion held off the early race challenges of James Hill . Hill got around on lap nine turning over the chase to Tyler Reed.

Jason Musser was tuning in a strong performance in third with Curt Miles, Jr. battling for the position. Miles, Jr. took third from Musser with three to go as Alan Passwaters worked into the top five.

Dennis would improve his point lead as he drove to his fourth win of the season. Reed finished in the second spot with Curt Miles, Jr. in third. Musser turned in a personal best in fourth and Passwaters rounded out the top five.

The Saturday night the United Racing Company Sprint Cars will join the five weekly divisions in the fifth event of the Taylor & Messick Delaware State Sprint Series. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

RESULTS: NAPA Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. HJ Bunting; 2. Joseph Watson; 3. Robert Dutton; 4. Matt Jester; 5. Howard ONeal; 6. Brad Trice; 7. Beau Wilkins; 8. Kenny Brightbill; 9. Dana Walker; 10. Dale Hawkins; 11. Chad Clark; 12. Jim Horton IV; 13. Michael White; 14. Ted Reynolds; 15. Scott Van Gorder; 16. Jordan Watson; 17. CJ Faison; 18. George Richardson; DNS: Tim Trimble.

AC Delco TSS Feature Finish: 1. Shawn Ward; 2. Joseph Tracy; 3. Westley Smith; 4. Justin Griffith; 5. Scott Baker; 6. Tom Moore; 7. Taylor McCracken; 8. Scott Hitchens; 9. Ryan Anderson; 10. Scott Calhoun; 11. Brandon Perdue; 12. Billy Carr; 13. Matt Hawkins; 14. Kyle Fuller; 15. Rodney Cordrey; 16. Greg Taylor; 17. Danny Smack; 18. Garrie Bostwick; 19. John Curtis; 20. Brandon Sturgis; 21. David Scarano; 22. Mark Williams; 23. Dan Reidy; 24. Herbie Hempel; 25. Herman Powell.

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Brandon Dennis; 2. Tyler Reed; 3. Curt Miles Jr; 4. Jason Musser; 5. Alan Passwaters; 6. Billy Thompson; 7. Ray Gulliver; 8. Eric McKinney; 9. James Hill; 10. Kirk Miles Sr; 11. Tim White; 12. Stacy Roberts; 13. Dick Passwaters; 14. Kerry King Jr.



DAVID HILL GETS SECOND WIN IN DELAWARE LATE MODELS



David Hill wasted no time getting to the front and driving to his second win of the season in the 20-lap Super Late Model feature Saturday night at Delaware International.

Amanda Whaley had the crowd cheer as she set the pace in the early laps. Mark Pettyjohn challenged from second before Andrew Mullins secured the spot. Kerry King was the next driver to take the runner-up spot on lap six with David Hill following into third.

Whaley put up a good fight in the lead until lap seven when King, Hill and her went three wide down the front straight. Hill came out on top in turn one with King in second and Ray Davis, Jr. climbing into third.

Davis got by King for second on lap 13. One lap later the yellow was out as Bob Geiger slowed to a stop. Hill controlled the restart with Davis, King, Staci Warrington and Mark Byram running in close formation in the top five.

Hill would face one more challenge as Mark Pettyjohn stopped bringing out the yellow with one to go. Hill held off Davis on the final lap to post his second win of the season.

“That was exciting,” said Hill in the victory lane. “Once coming off turn here we were three wide and I was in the middle and wasn’t sure where I was going to end up. But somehow I got out of it and into the lead.”

Davis ended a good run in second with King third. Fourth went to Warrington and Byram rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Whaley and Warrington.

In the 15-lap Crate Model feature it was Chris Hitchens charging from third to first to lead lap one. Clint Chalabala got by Justin Breeding for second. By lap five Nick Davis had moved into the third spot and one lap later took second from Chalabala. By halfway Joe Warren was running in the fourth spot and Tyler Reed held down fifth.

The final of a series of cautions would come out on lap 11 keeping the field tightly bunched. Hitchens hugged the bottom groove and made no mistakes and he captured his second consecutive win of the season. Davis finished a close second with Chalabala third. Warren took fourth from Reed with one to go. Fast time in qualifying was set by Reed.

Mel Joseph, Jr. used the outside line to drive from fifth to take the lead on the first lap of the 12-lap Little Lincoln Vintage feature. Ryan Walsen chased him in second through the halfway point. Walsen got around and collected Donald Robinson, Jr. on the final lap to erase Joseph’s big lead.

On the one lap shoot out, Joseph held off the challenge of Bill Brittingham to take the win. Brittingham got high coming off the fourth turn and traded paint with Brian Brasure to the finish line with Brasure getting second and Brittingham third. Fourth went to John Stevenson and Steven Baker rounded out the top five.

Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. David Hill; 2. Ray Davis Jr; 3. Kerry King; 4. Staci Warrington; 5. Mark Byram; 6. Donald Lingo Jr; 7. Amanda Whaley; 8. Dale Lingo; 9. Hal Browning; 10. Bob Geiger; 11. Mark Pettyjohn; 12. Mike Wharton; 13. Andrew Mullins; 14. Mike Parsons; Did not Start: David Pettyjohn; Rob Schirmer.

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Chris Hitchens; 2. Nick Davis; 3. Clint Chalabala; 4. Joe Warren; 5. Tyler Reed; 6. Justin Breeding; 7. Clay Tatman; 8. Mike Williams; 9. Mike Wilson; 10. Matt Glanden; 11. Loren Evans; 12. Robbie Emory; 13. Robert Bragg; 14. Kelly Putz; 15. Randy Given; 16. John Imler; 17. Dylan Evans; 18. Richard Harden; 19. Alessa Young; 20. Eric Vent; 21. David Nailor.

Little Lincoln Feature Finish: 1. Mel Joseph, Jr.; 2. Brian Brasure; 3. Bill Brittingham; 4. John Stevenson; 5. Steven Baker; 6. Emory West; 7. Tim Archer; 8. Virgil Bradford; 9. Brian Nailor; 10. Bobby Williamson; 11. Jamie Wagner; 12. Ryan Walsen; 13. Donald Robinson, Jr.; 14. Dylan Betts.

 

 

 

BITTER SWEET WIN FOR MATT JESTER IN DELAWARE MODIFIEDS

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (8/21/10) – It was a bitter sweet victory for Matt Jester in Saturday night’s “Topless” 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature at the Delaware International Speedway. Jester got caught up in a first lap chain reaction and was left sitting putting him to the rear. For the second time this season he would come from last to first but not until after an hour delay as emergency crews tended to his friend Jamie Mills.

 

The first scare of the evening came at the beginning of the night in hot laps when Kenny Brightbill had his throttle stick going into the first turn. The car hit the dirt backed tire wall at high speed. Brightbill was shaken but would compete in qualifying and the feature in an AC Delco Modified borrowed from driver Garrie Bostwick. Following the racing Brightbill did go for treatment of a badly swollen leg.

 

Matt Hawkins would lead lap one of the feature before Chad Clark moved on top. Almost immediately, Clark’s car slowed and the yellow was out again. Hawkins was back on top with Beau Wilkins second and Joseph Watson third.

 

H.J. Bunting was on the move taking third on lap four. Watson regained the spot to laps later with Jamie Mills following into fourth and Brad Trice taking fifth. Mills was on a mission on the outside passing both Watson and Wilkins down the back straight to take second on lap seven.

 

Disaster would strike on the next circuit. As it seemed evident that Mills would have no problem catching the leader Hawkins, his car slowed briefly going down the back straight. The car then picked up speed entering the third turn. It went up the turn and off the top hitting the dirt backed tire barrier under power. The car came to an instant grinding stop and rolled over on its top.

 

Safety crews were immediately on the scene, putting the car back on all four wheels. Mills was initially unconscious but then went into convulsive like behavior. Both county paramedics and Delmar Volunteer fire company EMT’s along with the speedway’s EMT’s worked to stabilize Mills as the Delaware State Police helicopter landed for transport. The medical crews could not sufficiently stabilize Mills for air transport so he was taken to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in nearby Salisbury where he was placed on breathing support and moved to the Intensive Care Unit.

 

Promising news from Mills’ family came on Sunday around noon when he was removed from the breathing support. Early evaluations indicate that Mills suffered a concussion but no broken bones and a full recovery is expected.

 

Back under the green Jester worked by Bunting for third and then powered by both Wilkins and Hawkins to lead lap 11. At the halfway sign Bunting had moved into second with Wilkins third. Hawkins and Tim Trimble were holding on in the top five.

 

The second half of the race was caution free with Jester driving to his fifth win. “I’m real glad that we won but man, I’m real worried about Jamie,” said an emotional Jester in victory lane. “We’re good friends. It’s a win’s for him and a buddy of mine down in the trailer whose dad had a stroke earlier. It’s not been a good night.”

 

Bunting finished in the second spot with Trice third. Fourth went to Wilkins and Hawkins rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Trice and Mills.

 

Kyle Fuller led the first three laps of the 15-lap AC Delco while Shawn Ward and Jon Callaway battled for second. Joe Tracy built up momentum on the outside and drove from fourth to the lead on lap six. On lap later the yellow was out as Shawn Ward got around and was hit hard by point leader John Curtis. Both drivers were okay but both cars were badly damaged.

 

At the halfway sign the top five were Tracy, Fuller, Callaway, Tom Moore and Scott Baker. The order would remain unchanged to the checkered as the remainder of the race went caution free. It was the fourth win of the season for Tracy and moved him back into the point lead. Fuller was unfortunately light at the scales making the remainder of the top five in order: Callaway, Moore, Baker and Billy Carr. Fast time in qualifying was set by Fuller.

 

Tim White shot from fifth to lead lap one of the 15-lap Mod Lite feature. Ray Gulliver and Tyler Reed put on a good battle for second before Alan Passwaters came blasting through the top five to take second on lap seven.

 

A final yellow on lap 12 erased White’s lead. On the restart, Passwaters made a challenge but White was able to pull away to record his fourth win of the year. Passwaters turned in a season’s best finishing in second with Reed third. Fourth went to Kerry King, Jr. and Curt Miles, Jr. rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by White.

 

This Saturday night it will be the King of Kings for Modifieds plus the regular weekly divisions and the Little Lincoln cars. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

 

RESULTS: NAPA Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Matt Jester; 2. HJ Bunting; 3. Brad Trice; 4. Beau Wilkins; 5. Dale Hawkins; 6. Jim Horton IV; 7. Tim Trimble; 8. CJ Faison; 9. George Richardson; 10. Chad Clark; 11. Kenny Brightbill; 12. Ted Reynolds; 13. Jamie Mills; 14. Joseph Watson; 15. Robert Dutton; 16. Scott Van Gorder.

 

AC Delco TSS Modified Feature Finish: 1. Joseph Tracy; 2. Jon Callaway; 3. Tom Moore; 4. Scott Baker; 5. Billy Carr; 6. Justin Griffith; 7. Taylor McCracken; 8. Rodney Cordrey; 9. Scott Hitchens; 10. Mark Williams; 11. Danny Smack; 12. Scott Calhoun; 13. Ryan Anderson; 14. Herman Powell; 15. Herbie Hempel; 16. David Scarano; 17. Dan Reidy; 18. Shawn Ward; 19. John Curtis; 20. Mike White; 21. Brandon Blades; 22. Westley Smith; 23. Brandon Sturgis; 24. Greg Taylor; 25. Nate Benson; DQ: Kyle Fuller.

 

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Tim White; 2. Alan Passwaters; 3. Tyler Reed; 4. Kerry King Jr; 5. Curt Miles Jr; 6. Brandon Dennis; 7. Ray Gulliver; 8. Ty  Short; 9. Jason Musser; 10. Stacy Roberts; 11. Robert Poloski; 12. Billy Thompson; 13. James Hill; 14. Kirk Miles Sr.

 

ROB SCHIRMER TAKES SECOND WIN IN DELAWARE LATE MODELS

 

Rob Schirmer took full advantage of his pole starting position in the 20-lap Super Late Model feature but it was far from being an easy win. Schirmer held the point at the start with Hal Browning and Staci Warrington locked in a hot battle for second. Mark Pettyjohn and Kerry King closed the gap to make it a five car lead battle.

 

Schirmer held tight to the bottom line while Warrington and Pettyjohn swapped third several times. By lap six King had worked by Pettyjohn for fourth and started to challenge Warrington for third. The challenge was a wake up call for Warrington who worked by Browning to take second on lap nine.

 

At the halfway sign the top five were Schirmer, Warrington, Browning, King and Mark Pettyjohn. The first yellow was out on lap 12 and ended a good drive by Browning who slowed in a shower of sparks down the back straight.

 

Schirmer had a strong restart with Warrington in second and King in third. King took the second spot with four to go as Derrike Hill began a late race charge through the top five. Hill had just taken the third spot as Warrington and King made contact on the final lap.

 

Warrington went around Schirmer on the high side in the second turn but the yellow flew as King was unable to steer his car and came to a stop on the front straight. This put Schirmer back on the point with Warrington restarting in second and Derrike Hill in third for the one lap shoot out.

 

Schirmer had a great restart and made no mistakes on the final circuit to collect his second win of the season. Derrike Hill edged by Warrington at the finish for second with Warrington holding off David Hill for third. Mark Pettyjohn rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Schirmer and Browning.

 

“I started up front and just kept my rhythm until that caution,” said Schirmer. “I don’t know what happened to Kerry (King) but going into three there was a streak of oil or water going in and I had to slide up. Staci shot around me but fortunately the caution came out.”

 

Chris Hitchens started on the pole in the 15-lap Crate Model feature. Hitchens set the pace as Mike Wharton worked by Clint Chalabala for second. The first yellow was out at the halfway sign as Clay Tapman got in some contact and spun. Hitchens controlled the restart but the yellow was back out as both Joe Warren and Dylan Evans slowed with flat tires.

 

Hitchens made no mistakes in the closing laps to post his first win of the season. Chalabala grabbed second on the final lap with Wharton ending his four win streak by finishing in third. Fourth went to Tyler Reed and John Imler rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Chalabala.

 

The Slide for 5 cars rounded out the night with 15 cars taking the green. Paul Griffin led the first lap before Jesse Betts took over for the next two circuits. Ronnie Layton threaded his way through a tangle and took the lead for lap four and held on for his first win. Mike Creppon finished in second with Griffin recovering to take third. Fourth went to James Brasure and Warren Montieth rounded out the top five.

 

Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Rob Schirmer; 2. Derrike Hill; 3. Staci Warrington; 4. David Hill; 5. Mark Pettyjohn; 6. Donald Lingo Jr; 7. Amanda Whaley; 8. Andrew Mullins; 9. Bob Geiger; 10. Ray Davis Jr; 11. Kerry King; 12. Hal Browning.

 

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Chris Hitchens; 2. Clint Chalabala; 3. Mike Wharton; 4. Tyler  Reed; 5. John  Imler; 6. Eric Vent; 7. Kelly Putz; 8. Mike Williams; 9. Nick Davis; 10. Justin Breeding; 11. Mike Wilson; 12. Tim Booth; 13. Robbie Emory; 14. Joe Warren; 15. Roy Hassler; 16. Michael Wilkins; 17. Clay Tatman; 18. Dylan Evans; 19. Richard Harden; DNS: Sparky White.

 

 

 

 

 

JAMIE MILLS SPINS AND WINS IN DELAWARE MODIFIEDS

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (8/14/10) – Jamie Mills always seems to perform better under pressure and that was the case on Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. Mills got high in the first turn on the first lap of the 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature and looped his car binging out the caution. Mills would restart at the rear of the lineup and put on a driving clinic as he sliced his way back through the field to take the lead at the halfway sign an go on to the win.

 

Scott VanGorder headed a pack of cars at the start as H.J. Bunting, Matt Jester, Tim Trimble and Kenny Brightbill diced for position. The second yellow was out on lap three when Chad Clark slowed. Just as the yellow was displayed Jester headed to the infield with problems.

 

Brightbill powered by Bunting on the restart for second and Brad Trice followed into third. Mills was already back up to fifth and both he and Bunting shuffled Trice back to fifth. Bunting fought his way back by Brightbill for second just as the third and final yellow flew as Beau Wilkins got loose coming off the second turn and spun.

 

Bunting grabbed the lead on the restart with Mills following into second and Trice into third. Brightbill shuffled VanGorder back to the fifth position. Coming to the halfway sign, Mills pulled by Bunting to complete his charge to the front and Howard O’Neal got by VanGorder for fifth.

 

Brightbill’s drive ended in a cloud of smoke on lap 17 as he slid into the infield. Trice got by Bunting for second with six laps to go and began to track down Mills. Trice was closing but time ran out with Mills getting his fourth win of the season. Trice finished a strong second with Bunting, O’Neal and Joseph Watson rounding out the top five. Heats were won by Mills and Bunting.

 

“I was a little red faced there when I spun out on the first lap,” said Mills. “But the car was good and the track was excellent and we could run from the bottom to the top and anywhere in between.”

 

Brandon Dennis started on the pole for the first time this season and took full advantage of it as he led the 15-lap Mod Lite feature from flag to flag. James Hill would keep Dennis within striking distance but no closer throughout the race.

 

Tyler Reed had just gotten by Erik McKinney on lap 12 when the one and only caution of the event flew. Hill made a bid on Dennis on the restart but Dennis was once again able to open an advantage as he drove to his third win and extended his point lead. Hill finished an excellent drive in second with Reed third. Fourth went to Curt Miles, Jr. and Kerry King, Jr. rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Dennis.

 

Shawn Ward continued his stellar season as he translated his pole starting position into his fourth win of the year in the AC Delco TSS Modified 15-lap feature. Kyle Fuller chased from second but on lap two was involved in a restart tangle with Joseph Tracy and Ted Reynolds and all three were done for the night.

 

A heated battle for second developed between John Curtis and Scott Calhoun with Curtis finally taking command of the spot on lap five. By the halfway sign Scott Baker and Michael White had worked into the top five.

 

The second half of the race would be all-green as Ward made no mistakes and took the win. Curtis tightened his chase for the point lead by finishing in second and Calhoun in third. Fourth went to Baker and White rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Fuller.

 

Freddy Brightbill returned to victory lane after many year’s absence as he recorded his first win in the Vintage Stock Cars. Driving the restored Ritter Farms No. 25 that he had so much success with at the track, Brightbill grabbed the lead from Gary Scott at the drop of the green and led all 10 laps for the win.

 

Jim Pride, Jr. got by Mark Williams and for second but was unable to catch Brightbill. Chuck Tucker came from tenth to finish in third with Williams fourth and Carl Schirmer fifth.

 

This Saturday night it will be “Topless Night” as all five division will run minus their roofs plus the Slide for 5. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

 

RESULTS: NAPA Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Jamie Mills; 2. Brad Trice; 3. HJ Bunting; 4. Howard ONeal; 5. Joseph Watson; 6. Tim Trimble; 7. Scott Van Gorder; 8. George Richardson; 9. Dana Walker; 10. CJ Faison; 11. Beau Wilkins; 12. Kenny  Brightbill; 13. Robert Dutton; 14. Matt Jester; 15. Chad Clark; DNS: Jordan Watson; Dale Hawkins.

 

AC Delco TSS Modified Feature Finish: 1. Shawn Ward; 2. John Curtis; 3. Scott Calhoun; 4. Scott Baker; 5. Mike White; 6. Justin Griffith; 7. Danny Smack; 8. Billy Carr; 9. Tom Moore; 10. Westley Smith; 11. Matt Hawkins; 12. Brandon Perdue; 13. Scott Hitchens; 14. Herman Powell; 15. Rodney Cordrey; 16. Kyle Fuller; 17. Jamie Eichholz; 18. Garrie Bostwick; 19. Brandon Sturgis; 20. Herbie Hempel; 21. Bones Anderson; 22. Brandon Blades; 23. Taylor McCracken; 24. Corey Cohee; 25. Joseph Tracy; 26. Ted Reynolds.

 

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Brandon Dennis; 2. James Hill; 3. Tyler Reed; 4. Curt Miles Jr; 5. Kerry King Jr; 6. Alan Passwaters; 7. Eric McKinney; 8. Ray Gulliver; 9. Kirk Miles Sr; 10. Jason Musser; 11. Nick Nash; 12. Tim White; 13. Stacy Roberts; 14. Kevin McKinney; 15. Billy Thompson; 16. Mike Hovatter.

 

Vintage Feature Finish: 1. Freddy Brightbill; 2. Jim Pride, Jr.; 3. Chuck Tucker; 4. Mark Williams; 5. Carl Schirmer; 6. Charlie Moore; 7. Kelly Putz; 8. Dave Schamp; 9. Gary Scott; 10. Rick Loveland, Jr.; 11. Dale Schamp; 12. C.J. Schirmer; 13. Ronnie Ford.

 

 

 

LINGO WINS RACE, MARK PETTYJOHN CAPTURES KING OF KINGS IN DELAWARE LATE MODELS

 

The Super Late Model division was highlighted on Saturday night as the drivers competed in their regular 20-lap feature then the feature winners this season went head to head in a 10-lap King of Kings event paying $500 to win.

 

In the 20-lap feature, Amanda Whaley and Staci Warrington paced the males in the early laps. The first yellow was out on lap four when Derrike Hill got sideways in the fourth turn. Ray Davis, Jr. went under the rear of Hill’s car and Hal Browning spun to avoid getting involved. Hill was able to keep moving and maintained his fourth spot but Davis drove to the pits with front end damage and Browning restarted at the rear.

 

David Pettyjohn took second from Warrington on lap seven and one lap later moved by Whaley for the lead. Donald Lingo, Jr. was working his way up from tenth was grabbed third from Warrington on lap 13. Two laps later he was able to battle his way past Whaley and into second.

 

With Pettyjohn in the high groove, Lingo went to the bottom and quickly closed the gap. Coming off the fourth turn for the white flag, Lingo pulled into the lead but pushed high in the first turn and Pettyjohn shot underneath and back into the lead. The pair pulled even in the fourth turn once again but this time coming to the checkered flag.

 

Lingo was able to inch ahead to take the win by .023 seconds. David Pettyjohn finished in second with the 15 year old Whaley third. Fourth went to Warrington and Mark Pettyjohn climbed from 12th to finish in fifth.

 

“I was pretty sure when we went down the back straight that he (David Pettyjohn) was going to drop to the bottom,” said Lingo. “I knew if he did the race would be over. But he carried in to the top groove and gave me the room.” Lingo dedicated the race to his grandmother who is battling cancer at Peninsula Regional Hospital nearby. Heats were won by Warrington and Browning.

 

In the ten lap King of Kings drivers drew for starting position and started three wide. David Pettyjohn drew the pole with Mark Byram in the middle and Hal Browning on the outside of the front row. David Pettyjohn led the first two laps before Donald Lingo, Jr. moved on top. Mark Pettyjohn got by both Browning and his brother David to take second on lap six.

 

Just as it looked like Mark would not have enough time to catch Lingo, the caution flew with two laps to go as David Hill got into the front straight wall and came to a stop in turn one.

 

On the restart Mark Pettyjohn held off a challenge from Browning and went to work on Lingo. The pair came off the final turn wheel to wheel with Pettyjohn squeaking out the win by .008 seconds over Lingo. Browning finished in third with David Pettyjohn fourth and Rob Schirmer rounding out the top five.

 

Clint Chalabala led the first three laps of the Crate Model 15-lap feature before Mike Wharton moved on top. Once out front Wharton would never be headed. The only yellow of the race came on lap nine when Justin Breeding came to a stop.

 

Wharton was able to pull away from Chalabala on the restart and drove to his fourth consecutive win. Tyler Reed took the second spot with two laps to go and padded his point lead with Chalabala holding on to third. Fourth went to Joe Warren and Sparky White rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Reed.

 

Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Donald Lingo Jr; 2. David Pettyjohn; 3. Amanda Whaley; 4. Staci Warrington; 5. Mark Pettyjohn; 6. David Hill; 7. Derrike Hill; 8. Kerry King; 9. Mark Byram; 10. Rob Schirmer; 11. Mike  Parsons; 12. Bob Geiger; 13. Bryan Whaley; 14. Hal Browning; 15. Chris Loveland; 16. Ray Davis Jr.

 

King of Kings Late Model: 1. Mark Pettyjohn; 2. Donald Lingo Jr; 3. Hal Browning; 4. David Pettyjohn; 5. Rob Schirmer; 6. Mark Byram; 7. David Hill; 8. Derrike Hill.

 

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Mike Wharton; 2. Tyler  Reed; 3. Clint Chalabala; 4. Joe Warren; 5. Sparky White; 6. Matt Hill; 7. Mike Williams; 8. Robert Bragg; 9. Mike Wilson; 10. Chris Hitchens; 11. David  Nailor; 12. Matt Glanden; 13. Robbie Emory; 14. Roy Hassler; 15. Eric Vent; 16. Randy Given; 17. Richard Harden; 18. Nick Davis; 19. Justin Breeding; 20. John  Imler; 21. Dylan Evans.

 

 

 

BROWNING AND PETTYJOHN WIN TWIN 20'S

 

By Alison Byram, Delmar, DE - Aug. 7, 2010.....Odds were for a female driver winning one of the Twin 20 events, as Amanda Whaley and Staci Warrington started in the top two positions in the first 20-lap A Main Event. Whaley took the early lead with challenges from Staci Warrington and veteran, Hal Browning. Warrington took the second position from Browning and was fixed to the rear bumper of Whaley. Kerry King was on the move, as got underneath Browning and took the third position.

The top five had broken away from the rest of the field, as second place runner, Staci Warrington spun in the turns one and two corners, and had to forfeit her position for the rear. On the restart, Whaley remained the leader, as Donald Lingo, Jr., Kerry King and Rob Schirmer had a three-way battle for third.

By lap eight, Whaley maintained the lead, with Browning beginning to make challenges on the bottom of the track. At the same time, Donald Lingo, Jr., had caught up to the back bumper of Browning.

On lap 12, the field stacked up single file for the restart with Whaley leading the field. Kenny Pettyjohn who started in the eighth position passed Kerry King for fourth. On the next circuit, Browning got underneath Whaley, as well as Lingo closing the gap on Browning. Whaley went high and Browning and Lingo both took the top two spots.

The top five were now Browning, Lingo, K. Pettyjohn, King, and Derricke Hill. On lap 16, Lingo slowed on the backstretch bringing out the caution flag, handing over the second position spot to Kenny Pettyjohn.

The field lined up single file for a four lap showdown. K.Pettyjohn went to the top of the racetrack challenging Browning for the top position, but could not close the deal. Behind the leader, David Pettyjohn, Ray Davis and Mark Byram had a three car battle for the fifth position.

Kenny Pettyjohn could not overcome Hal Browning, as Browning took the checkered flag with K.Pettyjohn, Kerry King, Derricke Hill, and Ray Davis rounding out the top five.

For the second 20-lap Feature event for the super late models, the field was inverted from the last running car in the first event, placing Mike Parsons on the pole and Hal Browning starting towards the rear, with exception of Donald Lingo, Jr., and Bryan Driver who did not finish the first event and would start at the rear. Donald Lingo raced cousin Dale Lingo's super late model in the second event due to mechanical failure in his family-owned No. 55L.

 Mark Pettyjohn took the early lead from Mike Parsons with Ross Robinson following in third, with Warrington and Geiger behind. Kenny Pettyjohn was the man on the move, taking a liking to the topside of the track and passing multiple cars per lap. By lap five, Kenny Pettyjohn had worked his way to the fourth position.

 On lap six, the first caution flag flew with Ray Davis making a right hand turn to the pits for a flat tire.

On the restart, K. Pettyjohn went to the top, and passed brother Mark Pettyjohn with ease. On the next circuit, Mike Parsons spun coming out of turn two and collected a variety of cars, including, Hal Browning, Ross Robinson, Mark Byram, and Donald Lingo, Jr., who maintained speed throughout the caution and was able to remain in his respected position.

When the green flag waved, Staci Warrington quickly pounced on Mark Pettyjohn, as Pettyjohn fought back in the next corner to retake the second position. Donald Lingo, Jr., followed in suit and took the third position. Meanwhile, K. Pettyjohn had developed a half straightway lead.

The top five were now K. Pettyjohn, M. Pettyjohn, Donald Lingo, Jr., David Hill, and Staci Warrington.

 On lap 12, the caution flag flew again for Ross Robinson slowing in turns one and two.

The cars lined up for a single-file restart, as K. Pettyjohn began working on stretching out his lead. David Pettyjohn and Ray Davis made it a three-wide battle with David Hill for the fifth position.

On the backstretch, Mark Byram and Derrike Hill made contact, with Hill ultimately spinning in turns three and four, collecting Hal Browning.

 On the restart, M. Pettyjohn made a last bid challenge, getting under K. Pettyjohn, and Donald Lingo, Jr., advanced on M. Pettyjohn. K. Pettyjohn maintained the lead with M. Pettyjohn, Donald Lingo, Warrington, and King following in fifth.

 With two laps remaining, K. Pettyjohn had developed a comfortable lead. The battle was for seventh, as David Pettyjohn, Rob Schirmer, David Hill, and Mark Byram battled four-wide.

K. Pettyjohn took the checkered flag with brother M. Pettyjohn following in second, Donald Lingo, Jr., Staci Warrington, and Ray Davis beating Kerry King to the line.

In victory lane, Kenny Pettyjohn stated, "This reminds me of the old days with the big cushion. It was a lot of fun." Pettyjohn dedicated his victory to Mr. Dryden, a long time track supporter and photographer.

 Heat races were won by Hal Browning and Staci Warrington.

 RESULTS: First Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Hal Browning; 2. Kenny Pettyjohn; 3. Kerry King; 4. Derrike Hill; 5. Ray Davis, Jr.; 6. David Pettyjohn; 7. Mark Byram; 8. Amanda Whaley; 9. Dale Lingo; 10. David Hill; 11. Ross Robinson; 12. Staci Warrington; 13. Rob Massey; 14. Mark Pettyjohn; 15. Bob Geiger; 16. Mike Parsons; 17. Herb Tunis; 18. Rob Schirmer; DNF: Donald Lingo, Jr., Bryan Driver

Second Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Kenny Pettyjohn; 2. Mark Pettyjohn; 3. Donald Lingo, Jr.; 4. Staci Warrington; 5. Ray Davis, Jr.; 6. Kerry King; 7. David Pettyjohn; 8. Mark Byram; 9. David Hill; 10. Rob Schirmer; 11. Hal Browning; 12. Amanda Whaley; 13. Mike Parsons; 14. Derrike Hill; 15. Bob Geiger; DNF: Ross Robinson; DNS: Herb Tunis; Bryan Driver; Rob Massey

 

 

 

 

 JESTER, WINNING RACES FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP BID

 

By Alison Byram, Delmar, DE - Norman Short quickly took the lead away from Scott VanGorder at the start of the 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature event. It was a three-wide battle for third between Joseph Watson, Jeff Brown, and H.J. Bunting. On the third circuit, the caution flag waved for a car spun in turns one and two.

 On the restart, VanGorder challenged Short, with Joseph Watson on the topside. Short remained the leader with Joseph Watson following in second. H.J. Bunting passed VanGorder for third, with Jamie Mills beginning to challenge VanGorder for fourth.

 H.J. Bunting and Mills began battling for the third position. Contact was made between the two and both suffered front end collapse with their winning efforts done for the event. Brad Trice and Jeff Brown were also involved in the incident.

 On the restart, Joseph Watson and Scott VanGorder battled door to door, as Norman Short extended his lead. Robert Dutton, Howard O'Neal, and Jordan Watson began battling for the fourth position.

Matt Jester was on a mission, in the seventh position by lap eight after starting at the rear of the field, due to an altercation in the qualifying event.  

The caution flag waved on lap nine for Dale Hawkins spinning off turn three and four. The top five were now Short, Joseph Watson, VanGorder, Dutton, and O'Neal.

Howard O'Neal began battling Joseph Watson for the second position on the restart, with Watson maintaining the position. VanGorder, Jester, and Trice made contact as they battled for the fifth position. Jester took the position.

 Short had developed a five car-link advantage over Watson, that was beginning to fade by lap 18. Howard O'Neal had caught the bumper of Watson's machine. With five laps remaining, Watson was doing everything he could to attempt to pass Short, with no success. On lap 21, Watson finally got underneath Short for the pass, as Jester and O'Neal followed. Short slowed in turns three and four and was done for the event.

 The cars lined up single file with O'Neal quickly shooting to the bottom of Watson with Jester on their tails. Watson maintained the lead as Jester and O'Neal fought for the second position. WIth one lap remaining Jester successfully passed O'Neal and was charging for Watson. Jester went to the bottom and passed Watson for the lead coming for the white flag.

 Jester developed a six car link advantage quickly over Watson to take the checkered flag, with O'Neal, Brightbill, and Trice rounding out the top five.

 In victory lane, Jester stated, "We did it the hard way tonight. We did a 180 degree turn on our set-up and we definitely had something to prove. The only way to win this championship is to win races."

Heats were won by H.J. Bunting and Jamie Mills. Chad Clark took a wild ride in heat race number one, flipping three times, landing on all four tires in turns three and four. Driver was okay.

 The 15-lap AC Delco Modified event went wire to wire and was completed in an outstanding five minutes and 30 seconds. Tom Moore took the lead from Scott Calhoun on lap one and never looked back as he captured the checkered flag. By lap five, Kyle Fuller had reached the back bumper of Moore and began challenging for the lead. The two battled lap by lap, with Moore never becoming rattled. On the final lap, Scott Calhoun and Westley Smith battled for third. Coming for the checker, Moore and Fuller touched, with Moore beating Fuller to the line by half a car link.

In victory lane, Moore stated, "This is unbelievable. The track was great, and the lap traffic did what they were suppose to do and moved up." Moore captured his third victory of the season.

Westley Smith was fastest in qualifying. Consilation event was won by Rodney Cordrey.

 The Crate Model feature event got off to a rocky start, as a five car pile up occurred in turns one and two on lap one. The cars lined up for an original start. When the green flag waved, Mike Wharton quickly challenged Breeding for the lead. Eric Vent quickly moved from his sixth starting position to second, with Tyler Reed following in suit. By halfway, Reed successfully passed Vent and was on the bumper of Wharton. Reed went to the top of the racetrack as Wharton maintained his line on the bottom. Reed could not complete the pass as Wharton won his third race in a row, with Reed, Vent, Warren, and Breeding following in fifth.

 Tyler Reed was fastest in qualifying.

 The yellow flag was waved quickly for the Modified Lite event as Ty Short jumped the start and was moved to the tail-end of the field. On the original start, a multi- car pile up ended many cars bid for the event. On the restart, Tim White took the lead with Brandon Dennis and Kirk Miles following in third. By halfway, Short had worked his way from the rear to second. Dennis and Short battled door to door for second with Dennis on the bottom and Short on top of the race track. On the final lap Short finally completed the pass for second with Time White taking the checker. The top five were White, Short, Dennis, McKinney, and King, Jr.

 Brandon Dennis was fastest in qualifying.

 Jamie Wagner took the lead in the Little Lincoln feature event on lap two and never looked back as he captured the 12-lap feature event. Donald Robinson, Jr., and Mel Joseph, Jr., battled door to door for multiple laps before Joseph successfully completed the pass. With two laps remaining, the leader had reached lap traffic and Joseph had reached Wagner's bumper. Joseph made a last chance bid on the outside, but could not make it work as Wagner took the checker with Joseph and Robinson following in third.

 NAPA Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Matt Jester; 2. Joseph Watson; 3. Howard O'Neal; 4. Kenny Brightbill; 5. Brad Trice; 6. Jordan Watson; 7. Robert Dutton; 8. Scott Van Gorder; 9. Beau Wilkins; 10. Dana Walker; 11. Dale Hawkins; 12. CJ Faison; 13. Jeff Brown; 14. George

Richardson; 15. Andy Hammond; DNF: Norman Short, Jr., Larry Crouse, Dave Schamp, H.J. Bunting, Jamie Mills; DNS: Chad Clark

 Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Mike Wharton; 2. Tyler Reed; 3. Eric Vent; 4. Joey Warren; 5. Justin Breeding; 6. Clint Chalabala; 7. Sparky White; 8. Dylan Evans; 9. Mike Wilson; 10. David Nailor; 11. Nick Davis; 12. Colby Steele; 13. Roy Hassler; 14. Mike Williams; 15. John Imler; 16. Clay Tatman; 17. Gus Economides; 18. Richard Harden; 19. Randy Given; DNF: Robby Emory; Matt Hill; Chris Hitchens; Matt Glanden; Robert Bragg 

AC Delco Modified Finish: 1. Tom Moore; 2. Kyle Fuller; 3. Scott Calhoun; 4. Jon Callaway; 5. Scott Baker; 6. Matt Hawkins; 7. Joseph Tracy; 8. Westley Smith; 9. John Curtis; 10. Mike White; 11. Ryan Anderson; 12. Justin Griffith; 13. Brandon Perdue; 14. Brandon Blades; 15. Brandon Sturgis; 16. Mark Williams; 17. Rodney Cordrey; 18. Danny Smack; 19. Scott Hitchens; 20. Herman Powell; 21. Billy Carr; 22. Ted Reynolds; 23. Garrie Bostwick; 24. Jason Bishop; DNF: Taylor McCracken, Shawn Ward

 Modified Lite Finish: 1. Tim White; 2. Ty Short; 3. Brandon Dennis; 4. Kevin McKinney; 5. Kerry King, Jr.; 6. Ray Gullier; 7. Nick Nash; 8. James Hill; 9. Billy Thompson; 10. Kirk Miles, Sr., 11. Stacy Roberts; DNF: Jason Musser, Curt Miles, Jr., Tyler Reed, Alan Passwaters; DNS: Paul McGinley 

Little Lincoln Finish: 1. Jamie Wagner; 2. Mel Joseph, Jr., 3. Donald Robinson, Jr., 4. Brian Brasure; 5. Bill Brittingham; 6. Jeff Wheatley; 7. David Archer; 8. Ryan Walsen; 9. Emory West; 10. Brian Nailor; 11. Jeff Adkins; 12. Dylan Betts; 13. Steven Baker; 14. Matt Tipton

 

 

 

 

 

 

JAMIE MILLS SPINS AND WINS IN DELAWARE MODIFIEDS

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (7/31/10) – Jamie Mills had his luck do a 180 degree turn during Saturday night’s Pepsi of Delmarva sponsored NAPA Big Block Modified 25-lap feature at the Delaware International Speedway. Mills would bring out the yellow twice in the first two laps of the main then drive from the rear of the 21 car field to post his second consecutive win.

 

In the Big Block Modified feature, the caution was out before the first lap was in the books as Jordan Watson and Norman Short got crossed up on the back straight. On the restart, Mills got over the wheel of Dale Hawkins while making a bid for fourth and spun putting him to the rear of the field.

 

Robert Dutton set the early pace with H.J. Bunting shooting into second. The yellow was out on lap two as Mills slowed down the back straight with a flat rear tire. His team was able to change the tire and get Mills back out at the rear once again.

 

Bunting worked by Dutton to take the lead on lap eight just as the leaders were entering lapped traffic. Kenny Brightbill was on the move taking third from Dutton on lap nine and three laps later, pulling by Howard O’Neal for second.

 

Mills was back in the top five by lap 16 as he shot by Brad Trice for fourth. By lap 19 Mills was running in third and trying to close the large gap between himself and both Bunting and Brightbill.

 

Mills would get a bigger than expected break as Bunting’s motor let go as he powered off the fourth turn for lap 22. Brightbill shot past to lead the lap but as the yellow came out for Bunting who was slowing, Brightbill’s car lost power and came to a stop on the back straight.

 

Mills found himself on top with two laps to go and held off O”Neal to post his second consecutive win and his third of the season in the I.G. Burton Chevrolet/Bicknell. O’Neal finished in second with Trice third. Fourth went to Matt Jester and Dutton rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Mills and Dale Hawkins.

 

“I had a third place car tonight,” said Mills. “But I’ve always said that I would rather be lucky than good.”

 

The Mod Lite field took to the track for their 15-lap feature as it started to spit rain. Tyler Reed took off in the lead with Tim White running in second and Erik McKinney in third. The rain held off and the first caution came out with five to go as Chris Jestice got around.

 

On the restart White began to challenge for the lead edging out front on lap 13. Reed stayed on the back bumper of White as the pair took the white flag. In the final turn, White slipped up the speedway and Reed drove by on the bottom to record his fourth win of the year in the Bonneville Roofing/Pro. White held on for second with McKinney third. Fourth went to Alan Passwaters and Ty Short rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Reed.

 

The AC Delco Modifieds hustled onto the track for their 15 lap feature. Scott Calhoun started on the pole but it was Shawn Ward driving from third to take the lead on lap one. Joseph Tracy pulled into the second spot with Kyle Fuller riding in third. Ryan Anderson was on a mission coming from tenth to fourth by lap four.

 

The race would remain green until lap seven when Brandon Blades came to a stop. Under the yellow the rain came once again and the race was declared complete with Ward, in the Primo Team No. 14K taking his third win of the season. Tracy had to settle for second with Fuller, Anderson and Calhoun rounding out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by John Curtis.

 

This Saturday night it will be Sysco Night with Twin 20’s for the Super Late Models plus the regular weekly divisions and the Little Lincoln cars. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

 

RESULTS: Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Jamie Mills; 2. Howard ONeal; 3. Brad Trice; 4. Matt Jester; 5. Robert Dutton; 6. Jordan Watson; 7. Chad Clark; 8. Dale Hawkins; 9. Scott Van Gorder; 10. Joseph Watson; 11. Tim Millman; 12. George Richardson; 13. Jason Smythe; 14. Kenny  Brightbill; 15. HJ Bunting; 16. David Howard; 17. Tim Trimble; 18. Norman Short Jr; 19. Dave Schamp; 20. Dana Walker; 21. Beau Wilkins.

 

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Tyler Reed; 2. Tim White; 3. Erik McKinney; 4. Alan; Passwaters; 5. Ty  Short; 6. Curt Miles Jr; 7. Brandon Dennis; 8. Kerry King Jr; 9. Jason Musser; 10. Ray Gulliver; 11. Chris Jestice; 12. Kirk Miles Sr; 13. Billy Thompson; 14. Stacy Roberts; 15. James Wood; 16. James Hill.

 

AC Delco Feature Finish: 1. Shawn Ward; 2. Joseph Tracy; 3. Kyle Fuller; 4. Ryan Anderson; 5. Scott Calhoun; 6. Tom Moore; 7. John Curtis; 8. Mike White; 9. Westley Smith; 10. Danny Smack; 11. Billy Carr; 12. Scott Baker; 13. Greg Taylor Jr; 14. Scott Hitchens; 15. Rodney Cordrey; 16. Jason Bishop; 17. Brandon Sturgis; 18. Ted Reynolds; 19. Taylor McCracken; 20. Nate Benson; 21. Herbie Hempel; 22. Brandon Blades.  

 

MARK PETTYJOHN GETS SECOND WIN IN DELAWARE LATE MODELS

 

Mark Pettyjohn made the decision at the drop of the green in the Pepsi of Delmarva 20-lap Super Late Model feature to go for the lead. Pettyjohn fought his way by pole sitter, Amanda Whaley and would never look back.

 

Whaley held the second spot with Staci Warrington and Rob Schirmer batting for third. Schirmer took the third spot just and the one and only caution came out as Bob Geiger came to a stop.

 

On the restart Pettyjohn began to drive away from the field and Schirmer grabbed second from Whaley. Herb Tunis followed into third while Warrington and Derrike Hill fourth for fourth. By halfway Pettyjohn had built a five second lead.

 

Pettyjohn would extend his lead to a full straight over Schirmer and he went on to collect his second checkered of the season in the Hitchens Brothers Trucking/Swartz. Schirmer turned in another solid performance finishing in second with Tunis posting a season best in third. Fourth went to Warrington who held off Derrike Hill at the finish. Both heats were won by the female drivers as Whaley won heat one and Warrington won heat two.

 

Sparky White led the first lap of the 15-lap Crate Model feature before Mike Wharton pulled on top. Clint Chalabala mounted a challenge on White for second and took the spot on lap five.

 

Wharton would make no mistakes as the race went caution free and he drove his Patton Well Drilling/Warrior to his second straight win. Chalabala finished in second with White third. Tyler Reed came from eighth to finish in fourth and Chris Hitchens rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Reed.

 

Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Mark Pettyjohn; 2. Rob Schirmer; 3. Herb Tunis; 4. Staci Warrington; 5. Derrike Hill; 6. Ray Davis Jr; 7. Donald Lingo Jr; 8. David Hill; 9. David Pettyjohn; 10. Dale Lingo; 11. Kerry King; 12. Hal Browning; 13. Amanda Whaley; 14. Bob Geiger.

 

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Mike Wharton; 2. Clint Chalabala; 3. Sparky White; 4. Tyler  Reed; 5. Chris Hitchens; 6. Eric Vent; 7. Matt Hill; 8. Joe Warren; 9. Justin Breeding; 10. Dylan Evans; 11. Mike Wilson; 12. Nick Davis; 13. Mike Williams; 14. Clay Tatman; 15. Matt Glanden; 16. John  Imler; 17. Robbie Emory; 18. Roy Hassler.  

 

JJ GRASSO POCKETS  $2,500 IN  URC THRILLER, EARNS 50TH CAREER URC OWNERS WIN FOR KATHY & PAT PALLADINO

JJ Grasso of  Pedricktown, NJ once again added spice to an already exciting Rislone URC sprint feature on Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway, winning his third feature of the season, in his typical stand on the gas style.  It was the third win of the season for Grasso and for car owners Pat and Kathy Palladino, this victory marked their fiftieth car owner victory in URC.  It was a joyous victory ceremony with champagne spraying in victory lane.

Grasso, threading his way through traffic in high, wide and handsome style,  took the lead on lap sixteen of the twenty-five lap feature and went on to collect the $2,500 first place prize.  Viper Fuel added an additional $1,000 to the payoff with Grasso earning $500 of the bonus for the victory.  Justin Collett earned and additional $250 of Viper money along with Becca Anderson, Kevin Darling, Kramer Williamson and Robbie Stillwaggon each earning an extra $50 courtesy of Viper.

A field of twenty-seven URC sprint cars turned out for the tenth event of the season with heat race victories going to Andy Best, Kevin Darling and Tim Hogue as Jimmy Stitzel earned the win in the "B" Main.

In the feature event, Tim Hogue set the pace at the drop of the green flag.  As the second lap was completed, the yellow was displayed when Justin Jones spun in turn two.  The following lap, the yellow fell once again, this time for Chris Weiss who spun.

When green flag racing resumed, Tim Hogue remained the pace setter with Kevin Darling in the chase.  On a charge was Becca Anderson along with Kevin Nouse.  With five laps complete, Hogue was the leader followed by Darling, Anderson, Nouse and Curt Michael.

By lap nine, six time champion Curt Michael moved into third with JJ Grasso fourth.  Grasso made the move past Michael on lap twelve and set his sights on the leaders.  Randy West brought out the final caution of the race on lap sixteen, stopping in turn four.

On the restart, Hogue had the lead with the fast company of JJ Grasso and Curt Michael hot on his heels.    Going into turn on, Grasso took the lead and Michael followed in second as Hogue, Josh Weller and Becca Anderson made up the top five.

Grasso maintained a comfortable lead over Michael as the action was shaping up for third.  Weller passed Hogue for third and then began to reel in Michael.  Kevin Nouse was on a charge and moved into the top five on lap nineteen.

In the final laps, Grasso was approaching slower traffic but managed to maintain his lead over Michael.  In the meantime, Weller moved closer to Michael.  With the white flag waiving, Weller was now within striking distance of Michael in a battle for second.

With the checker flag waiving, Grasso took the win over Michael, Weller, Hogue and Kevin Nouse.


FEATURE FINISH:  JJ Grasso, Curt Michael, Josh Weller,  Tim Hogue, Kevin Nouse, Justin Collett, Art Liedl, Becca Anderson, Kevin Darling, Jimmy Stitzel, Kramer  Williamson, Robbie Stillwaggon, Nick Schlauch Jr.,  Rory Janney, Andy Best,  Randy West, Tim Iulg, Jonathan Swanson, Tim Higgins, Bill Unglert, Kenny Meisner, Scott Pursell, Chris Weiss,  Justin Jones.  DNQ- - Kyle Purks, Johnny Zimmerman, Joe Zuczek.

 

 

 

JAMIE MILLS WINS “MIX & MATCH” AT DELAWARE

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (7/24/10) – Jamie Mills always seems to rise to the occasion when the NAPA Big Block Modifieds take on the Super Late Models. Mills, who had had nothing but bad luck since winning on opening night, dominate the “Mix & Match” 30-lap feature leading wire to wire.

 

The Big Blocks started on the inside row and the Super Late Models started on the outside after the luck of the draw. Mills started on the pole after winning his heat. Other heat winners starting in the top four were Scott Van Gorder in the Big Block, Amanda Whaley in the late model and Staci Warrington in a late model.

 

Mills led the first lap but the yellow was out as Jordan Watson got over the wheel of his brother Joseph Watson on the back straight. As the pair fought to regain control Kenny Brightbill, Matt Jester and Beau Wilkins got involved. Mills pulled away on the restart with Van Gorder and Whaley chasing from second and third.

 

By lap seven, Chad Clark was on the move taking third in his modified while the late models of Whaley and Hal Browning battle for fourth. Browning took fourth on lap ten and H.J. Bunting moved into the top five. With the race staying green until lap 18, Mills was lapping cars and building a 10 second advantage. That was erased when Kerry King came to a stop.

 

Clark was now up to second with Bunting in third. Bunting drove by Clark for second and began to focus on Mills in the distance. David Hill got around to bring out the third and final yellow with six to go putting Bunting on Mills’ back bumper.

 

Mills was able to again to pull away on the restart and drove the I.G. Burton Chevrolet/Bicknell to his second win of the year. Bunting finished in second with Clark third. Van Gorder turned in his best run of the season in fourth and David Pettyjohn came on strong in the closing laps to finish in the first late model in fifth. Matt Jester won the consolation.

 

Scott Calhoun started on the pole for the second straight week in the 15-lap AC Delco Modified feature but this time his team had chosen the right setup. Calhoun was fast in the bottom groove as Shawn Ward and John Curtis battle for second. Ward took second for good on lap 11 just as the final yellow came out.

 

Calhoun controlled the restart and went on to post his first career win in the Gilbert’s Tires & Wheels/Short’s Auto/Teo. Ward finished in second with Westley Smith closing fast to finish in third. Fourth went to Joseph Tracy who came from 14th and Curtis rounded out the top five. Fast time was set in qualifying by Justin Griffith.

 

Mike Wharton started on the pole in the 15-lap Crate Model feature and would drive a flawless race. Joe Warren and Matt Hill applied the pressure from the drop of the green. A series of yellow flags through the mid-point of the race kept the field tightly bunched.

The final three laps were all green and Wharton collected his first win in several seasons in his Lawnworks Landscaping/Warrior. Warren finished in second with Hill third. Tyler Reed took the fourth spot and Sparky White rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Reed.

 

The 15-lap Mod Lite feature was a competitive one with Erik McKinney setting fast time and starting on the pole in his first start of the season. James Hill grabbed the lead at the green with Brandon Dennis following into second. Tyler Reed cranked it up and took second from Dennis and moved into the lead on lap three.

 

Reed would survive three consecutive cautions prior to halfway and continued on to claim his third win of the year in his Bonneville’s Roofing/Pro/Suzuki. Dennis finished in the second spot with Hill third. McKinney finished in fourth and Ray Gulliver rounded out the top five.

 

Steven Baker led the first two laps of the 12-lap Little Lincoln main before John Stevenson moved on top. Jamie Wagner got by Baker for second just prior to halfway and was glued to Stevenson’s back bumper while Emory West in his Studebaker held down third.

 

A caution with one lap to go set up a one lap shootout but Stevenson remained anchored to the bottom groove and drove to his first career win. Wagner finished in second with Emory third. Fourth went to Mel Joseph, Jr. and Baker rounded out the top five.

 

This Saturday night will be “Pepsi of Delmarva Night”. The United Racing Company Sprint Cars will make there fourth appearance of the season along with the five weekly divisions. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

 

RESULTS: Big Blocks vs. Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Jamie Mills (BB); 2. HJ Bunting (BB); 3. Chad Clark (BB); 4. Scott Van Gorder (BB); 5. David Pettyjohn (LM); 6. Howard ONeal (BB); 7. Kenny  Brightbill (BB); 8. Hal Browning (LM); 9. Jordan Watson (BB); 10. Brad Trice (BB); 11. Amanda Whaley (LM); 12. Robert Dutton (BB); 13. Derrike Hill (LM); 14. David Hill (LM); 15. Rob Schirmer (LM); 16. Norman Short (BB); 17. Staci Warrington (LM); 18. Herb Tunis (LM); 19. Ray Davis Jr (LM); 20. Kerry King (LM); 21. Beau Wilkins (BB); 22. Bob Geiger (LM); 23. Joseph Watson (BB); 24. Matt Jester (BB); DNS: Dale Hawkins (BB); Mark Pettyjohn (LM).

 

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Mike Wharton; 2. Joe Warren; 3. Matt Hill; 4. Tyler  Reed; 5. Sparky White; 6. Eric Vent; 7. Mike Williams; 8. Kelly Putz; 9. Chris Hitchens; 10. Clint Chalabala; 11. Robbie Emory; 12. John  Imler; 13. Richard Harden; 14. Roy Hassler; 15. Justin Breeding; 16. Clay Tatman; 17. Mike Wilson; 18. Matt Glanden; 19. Tony Bowers; 20. Robert Bragg; 21. Nick Davis; 22. Dylan Evans;

 

AC Delco Modified Feature Finish: 1. Scott Calhoun; 2. Shawn Ward; 3. Westley Smith; 4. Joseph Tracy; 5. John Curtis; 6. Rodney Cordrey; 7. Justin Griffith; 8. Kyle Fuller; 9. Scott Baker; 10. Jason Bishop; 11. Billy Carr; 12. Scott Hitchens; 13. Danny Smack; 14. Ryan Anderson; 15. Brandon Sturgis; 16. Herbie Hempel; 17. Nate Benson; 18. Jon Callaway; 19. Corey Cohee; 20. Ted Reynolds; 21. Taylor McCracken; 22. Tom Moore; 23. Mike White; 24. Garrie Bostwick; 25. David Scarano.

 

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Tyler Reed; 2. Brandon Dennis; 3. James Hill; 4. Erik McKinney; 5. Ray Gulliver; 6. Tim White; 7. Curt Miles Jr; 8. Chris Jestice; 9. Jason Musser; 10. Kerry King Jr; 11. Kirk Miles Sr; 12. Alan Passwaters; 13. Paul McGinley; 14. Chad Passwaters; 15. Scott Tessman; 16. Stacy Roberts; 17. Billy Thompson.

 

Little Lincoln Feature Finish: 1. John Stevenson; 2. Jamie Wagner; 3. Emory West; 4. Mel Joseph, Jr.; 5. Steven Baker; 6. Donald Robinson, Jr.; 7. Bryan Brasure; 8. Brian Nailor; 9. Bobby Williamson; 10. Ryan Walsen; 11. Bill Brittingham; 12. Virgil Bradford; 13. Tim Archer; 14. Dylan Betts.

 

 

 

 

MATT JESTER HOLDS OFF KENNY BRIGHTBILL FOR THIRD WIN IN DELAWARE BIG BLOCK MODIFIEDS



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (7/17/10) – It was the first “All Out 100” features only program at the Delaware International Speedway and it provided a lot of close competition. By the luck of a fan’s draw, the top ten in points were inverted for the start of the 30-lap NAPA Big Block Modified main. Matt Jester, who started in ninth, took advantage of several breaks during the distance to record his third feature win of the season and to very much stay in the hunt for the point championship.

Chad Clark, looking for his second win of the season started on the pole and led the first three laps before Robert Dutton moved on top. Dutton tried to pull away as Beau Wilkins took command of second and started to give chase. Jamie Mills was on a mission on the outside and quickly shot from eighth to third by lap four.

Mills got by Wilkins on lap seven and began the process of reeling in Dutton. By halfway he was on the back bumper of the leader but slowed with a flat right rear tire bringing out the first yellow. Dutton controlled the restart with Wilkins back in second and Matt Jester on the move in third.

Jester took second on lap 17 but fortune was on his side as Dutton slowed at the top of turn two and was done for the night. Jester now had the point with Wilkins trying to hold off Kenny Brightbill who had climbed from tenth. Brightbill moved into second with eight laps to go and caught Jester with three to go. Brightbill got a good run off the second turn under Jester and nosed ahead down the back straight but the yellow was out for a final time as Wilkins slowed to a stop relegating Brightbill back to second on the restart.

Jester stepped up the pace on the restart and Brightbill was not able to challenge on the final laps as Jester, in the Clearview Farms/Bicknell took the checkered. “We got lucky tonight, “said Jester. “ It felt like about lap 18 the car started to loose power. I had to matt the throttle in the corner and it kind of lugged down the straight but we got lucky and the race got over.”

Brightbill remained on top in the points with his second place finish with Jordan Watson turning in a steady run in third. Fourth went to Brad Trice and Howard O’Neal rounded out the top five.

The draw for the AC Delco TSS Modified 15-lap feature inverted the top six with Scott Calhoun starting on the pole. Calhoun led the first lap before Scott Baker moved on top with Westley Smith following into second. Calhoun held on to third with Shawn Ward and Tom Moore, Jr. battling it out for fourth.

The order remained the same until halfway when the first yellow flew as Brandon Blades tried to make it into the infield with a broken front suspension but came up short. Smith got and excellent restart and worked his way past Baker down the back straight.

The final yellow was out with one lap to go as Calhoun and Ryan Anderson tangled in the turn. Smith was not to be denied his first career win and he held off Baker to the checked in his S&W Millwright/Bicknell. Baker finished in second with Moore climbing back to third. Fourth went to Ward and point leader Joseph Tracy rounded out the top five.

Kevin McKinney was the benefactor of the top ten inversion in the 15-lap Mod Lite feature and started on the pole. McKinney would keep his cool on a hot night and lead wire to wire. Billy Thompson took a nasty flip coming off the fourth turn on lap one. Thompson was shaken but walked to the EMT vehicle under his own power.

Alan Passwaters chased from second with Chris Jestice in third. Brandon Dennis had been involved in the first lap tangle and restarted in the rear. By lap nine he had cracked the top five and continued his march taking second with one to go. The caution was out on the final lap when Jestice and Jason Musser tangled giving Dennis one final chance.

Dennis was able to get along side of McKinney in the first turn but McKinney pulled back out front down the back straight and drove to his fourth win in the Hovey’s Performance Cycles/Pro. Dennis finished in second with Passwaters third. Fourth went to Curt Miles, Jr. and Tyler Reed rounded out the top five.

This Saturday night will be “Mix and Match Night” with the Big Block Modifieds taking on the Super Late Models in a 30-lap combined feature plus weekly divisions. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.



DONALD LINGO, JR. HOLDS OFF KENNY PETTYJOHN ON FINAL LAP FOR FIFTH DELAWARE LATE MODEL WIN



The 25-lap Super Late Model feature was super competitive as the lead changed hands five different times during the race. The six car inversion placed Hal Browning on the pole at the start. Browning led the first two laps but caught the wall coming off the second turn grinding to a stop. Browning was uninjured but was done for the night.

Kerry King was the new leader with David Hill challenging from second. Donald Lingo, Jr. started in sixth and got by Rob Schirmer for third on lap four. While King stayed on top, Schirmer and David Pettyjohn were putting on a good battle for fourth.

The yellow was back out on lap nine and on the restart, Lingo moved by Hill for second. One lap later, Lingo took the lead from King. The yellow was out for a third time at this point when Hill spun to a stop. David Pettyjohn was now up to third and took King on the restart for second as Mark Byram followed into third.

As David Pettyjohn dueled with Lingo the focus shifted to Kenny Pettyjohn, who was driving Hal Browning’s backup car. Kenny had started in 16th and was up to third with ten to go. With five to go the top three were racing under a blanket with Kenny getting by David for second with two to go.

The final yellow as out at this point as Mark Pettyjohn came to a stop. On the restart, Kenny Pettyjohn got by Lingo to take the white flag. Kenny then slid up in the first turn and Lingo took advantage of the bottom groove to move back on top and hold on to post his fifth checkered of the season in the Lingo Marine/Rocket.

“It’s good to be up front but on this type of track where it was changing the whole race it was tough,” said Lingo. “It was fast on the bottom in the beginning but I wanted to tip toe up top and I bobbled a little and Kenny got by me. But I tell you, after leading and breaking on Camp Barnes night I didn’t know how I was going to get this one but I was going to get it.”

Kenny Pettyjohn turned in another outstanding performance finishing in second with David Pettyjohn third. Fourth went to Ray Davis, Jr. and Byram rounded out the top five.

The 15-lap Crate Model feature inverted the top 12 with 14 year old Dylan Evans starting on the pole. Evans led the first two laps before Nick Davis came from fifth to take the lead on lap three. Two multi-car tangles kept the field tightly bunched but when the green came out for good on lap seven Davis was able to pull away.

Davis would make no mistakes the rest of the distance as his Davis Trucking/Rocket handled to perfection in the bottom groove and he posted his third win of the year. Evans and Eric Vent put on a side by side battle for second throughout the entire second half with Evans holding on for a well deserved runner-up finish. Vent finished in the third spot with Justin Breeding fourth and Mike Williams fifth.

Twenty-one Slide for 5 cars finished out the night’s program. Matt Carmean continues to be the driver to beat as he took the lead on the first lap. Carmean ran into a blocked track on lap two and Greg Nailor, Jr. slipped by to lead lap three. Carmean regained the advantage to lead the final two laps and take the win. Jessie Betts came from 19th to finish in second with Nailor holding on to third. Ronnie Layton finished in fourth and Tyler White rounded out the top five.

RESULTS: NAPA Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Matt Jester; 2. Kenny Brightbill; 3. Jordan Watsonl 4. Brad Trice; 5. Howard ONeal; 6. Jeff Brown; 7. Chad Clark; 8. Dana Walker; 9. Scott Van Gorder; 10. Tim Trimble; 11. George Richardson; 12. Beau Wilkins; 13. Dale Hawkins; 14. Joseph Watson; 15. Robert Dutton; 16. Jamie Mills; 17. HJ Bunting.

Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Donald Lingo Jr; 2. Kenny Pettyjohn; 3. David Pettyjohn; 4. Ray Davis Jr; 5. Mark Byram; 6. Rob Schirmer; 7. Ross Robinson; 8. Staci Warrington; 9. Herb Tunis; 10. Amanda Whaley; 11. Kerry King; 12. Bob Geiger; 13. Mark Pettyjohn; 14. David Hill; 15. Derrike Hill; 16. Mike Parsons; 17. Hal Browning.

AC Delco TSS Modified Feature Finish: 1. Westley Smith; 2. Scott Baker; 3. Tom Moore; 4. Shawn Ward; 5. Joseph Tracy; 6. John Curtis; 7. Jon Callaway; 8. Matt Hawkins; 9. Billy Carr; 10. Danny Smack; 11. Brandon Perdue; 12. Scott Hitchens; 13. Brandon Sturgis; 14. Garrie Bostwick; 15. Scott Calhoun; 16. Herbie Hempel; 17. Ryan Anderson; 18. Ted Reynolds; 19. Brandon Blades; 20. Kyle Fuller.

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Nick Davis; 2. Dylan Evans; 3. Eric Vent; 4. Justin Breeding; 5. Mike Williams; 6. Chris Hitchens; 7. Mike Wharton; 8. Mike Wilson; 9. Tyler Reed; 10. Clay Tatman; 11. John Imler; 12. Roy Hassler; 13. Skip Syester; 14. Jack Mullins; 15. Robbie Emory; 16. Clint Chalabala; 17. Robert Bragg; 18. Randy Given; 19. Matt Hill; 20. Joe Warren.

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Kevin McKinney; 2. Brandon Dennis; 3. Alan Passwaters; 4. Curt Miles Jr; 5. Tyler Reed; 6. Kerry King Jr; 7. Ray Gulliver; 8. James Hill; 9. Chad Passwaters; 10. Chris Jestice; 11. Stacy Roberts; 12. Jason Musser; 13. Tim White; 14. Kirk Miles Sr; 15. Billy Thompson; 16. Trent Willey.

Slide for 5 Feature Finish top 5: 1. Matt Carmean; 2. Jessie Betts; 3. Greg Nailor, Jr.; 4. Ronnie Layton; 5. Tyler White.

 

 

 

 

 

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ALL OUT 100 FIELDS AND ADDITIONAL INFO FOR NON-QUALIFIED CARS
07/13/2010



The “All Out 100” format was designed as a way to recognize the top 20 teams for a combination of their competitiveness and weekly support. It will allow more time to showcase those drivers and regular points will be awarded. Any driver not in the top 20 that would like a little more seat time will be allowed to participate in the hot lap sessions. The following are qualified drivers by division:


Big Block Modified: Kenny Brightbill, Matt Jester, Jamie Mills, Joseph Watson, H.J. Bunting, Beau Wilkins, Jordan Watson, Robert Dutton, Tim Trimble, Norman Short, Jr., Chad Clark, Dale Hawkins, Scott VanGorder, George Richardson, Brad Trice, Jeff Brown, Howard O’Neal, Michael White, Bobby Watkins, and Dana Walker.

Super Late Models: Donald Lingo, Jr., Ray Davis, Jr., David Hill, Rob Schirmer, Kerry King, Hal Browning, Amanda Whaley, Herb Tunis, David Pettyjohn, Staci Warrington, Mark Byram, Derrike Hill, Bob Geiger, Mark Pettyjohn, Bryan Driver, Andrew Mullins, Mike Parsons, Dale Lingo, IV, Kenny Pettyjohn and Ross Robinson.

AC Delco Modifieds: Joseph Tracy, John Curtis, Tom Moore, Jr., Scott Baker, Westley Smith, Scott Calhoun, Kyle Fuller, Shawn Ward, Brandon Blades, Matt Hawkins, Billy Carr, Brandon Sturgis, Brandon Perdue, Jon Callaway, Danny Smack, Scott Hitchens, Ryan Anderson, Herbie Hempel, Garrie Bostwick and Ted Reynolds.

Crate Model: Tyler Reed, Joe Warren, Eric Vent, Chris Hitchens, Matt Hill, Clint Chalabala, Jack Mullins, Jr., Nick Davis, Justin Breeding, John Imler, Mike Wilson, Dylan Evans, Roy Hassler, Skip Syester, Mike Williams, Randy Given, Michael Wharton, Rob Bragg, Robbie Emory and Clay Tatman.

Mod Lites: Brandon Dennis, Timmy White, Tyler Reed, James Hill, Curt Miles, Jr., Billy Thompson, Steve White, Kirk Miles, Alan Passwaters, Chris Jestice, Kevin McKinney, Ray Gulliver, Chad Passwaters, Ty Short, Scott Tessman, Jason Musser, Trent Willey, Staci Roberts, Shawn Weber, Kerry King, Jr.
 

 

DELAWARE FALLS TO WEATHER – NEW FORMAT ON TAP FOR SATURDAY NIGHT

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – Much needed rain fell throughout the day on Saturday forcing the first cancellation of the season at the Delaware International Speedway.

 

This Saturday night, July 17th will be the first ever “All Out 100” featuring 100 cars in 100 laps of feature only racing. The top 20 drivers in points in each of the five weekly divisions will make up the feature fields. Starting order will be selected by a fan for each event. The NAPA Big Block Modifieds will run 30 laps, the Super Late Models 25, the AC Delco Modifieds 15, the Crate Models 15 and the Mod Lites 15 laps – 100 cars going 100 laps. There will be no qualifying events.

 

Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m. and feature only action to follow.

 

 

 

RICK LAUBACH AND KENNY PETTYJOHN WIN BIG IN CAMP BARNES BENEFIT

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (7/6/10) – Rick Laubach of Quakertown, Pa. won the Shootout at last year’s Camp Barnes Benefit. This year Lauback returned for the 38 Annual event this time driving the Benton Electric & Elevator/Teo and once again it paid off big. Laubach won his head and started on the pole in the 25-lap Big Block Modified feature, leading every lap and collecting $3600 for his efforts.

 

Kenny Pettyjohn of Millsboro, Del. won his second big payday of the season at DIS in the Super Late Model 25-lap main. Pettyjohn took the lead on lap 14 and led the rest of the distance to earn $3275.

 

Other winners on the night included Jon Callaway of Harrington, Del. in the AC Delco Modifieds, Nick Davis of Gumboro, Del. in the Crate Models, Tim White of Salisbury, Md. in the Mod Lites and Bill Brittingham of Felton Del. in the Little Lincoln Vintage cars.

 

Private First Class Randall Allen, home on two weeks leave from Afghanistan was the Honorary Starter for the night. Rick Laubach took control at the start of the 25-lap Big Block Modified feature with Kenny Brightbill slipping into second and Jimmy Horton running third. Chad James charged into fourth and took third from Horton on lap12. One lap later, James moved by Brightbill into second. His drive would end on lap 19 when he slowed to a stop bringing out the yellow.

 

Laubach had no problems with the restarts and pulled away each time. Billy Pauch was running third with five to go and took second from Horton with two laps to go. Laubach went on to the win with Pauch second and Horton third. Fourth went ot Kenny Brightbill and Matt Jester rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Laubach and Jamie Mills.

 

“I do like coming down here,” said Laubach. “It was easy for us because it doesn’t hurt to draw a good number. I know out laps times were fast so if they had went by that like last year we still would have been decent.”

 

Donald Lingo, Jr. took off in the lead in the Super Late Model feature. Ricky Elliott chased from second with Kenny Pettyjohn running in third. Devin Friese was on the move and took third on lap three. Friese had just worked by Elliott for second on lap ten when Elliott slowed bringing out the yellow. Lingo controlled the restart but he too slowed in the second turn bringing out the yellow and turning the lead over to Friese.

 

Friese led through the halfway sign before Kenny Pettyjohn moved on top. David Hill followed into second. Hill made a final attempt for the win with one to go but came up short and Pettyjohn picked up his second big win of the season. Ross Robinson came on strong in the closing laps to finish in third with Friese fourth and Rob Schirmer fifth. Heats were won by Lingo and Elliott.

 

“These were the two nights to win,” said Pettyjohn of his two victories this season. “This was a tough one and that’s one tough race car I was riding in.”

 

Nick Davis almost led wire to wire in the 15-lap Crate Model feature. Matt Hill gave chase early on before Sparky White worked into second. Joe Warren took the second spot at the halfway sign and edged out front for lap 13. Davis was back out front for the white flag and went on to his second win of the season. Chris Hitchens took second from Warren on the final lap. Fourth went to Mike Wharton and Clint Chalabala rounded out the top five. Davis set fast time in qualifying.

 

Jon Callaway collected all the lap money in the 15-lap AC Delco Modified feature. Shawn Ward took second from Brandon Perdue on lap two and challenged Callaway the remainder of the distance. Ward got along side of Callaway with one to go but Callaway held him off to record his second win of the season and his first Camp Barnes victory. Ward finished in second with Justin Griffith third. Fourth went to Greg Taylor, Jr. and Mike White rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Callaway.

 

Drivers from five states made up the 24 car Mod Lite starting field. Ty Short led the first seven laps with Tim White taking charge at the halfway sign. At that point he was followed by Short, Kevin McKinney, James Hill and Brandon Dennis in the top five. White drove his Floyd Carey owned mount to his second win of the season. Short crossed the line in second but failed the post race inspection. Finishing in second through fifth were Kerry King, Jr., Dennis, McKinney and western Pennsylvania’s Lynn Knepper. Fast time in qualifying was set by Short.

 

In the 12-lap Little Lincoln feature, John Stevenson led the first two laps before Bill Brittingham nosed in front for lap three. Stevenson regained the lead a lap later and held the top spot until lap eight when Brittingham went back out front to stay. Stevenson would chase him the rest of the distance but it was Brittingham taking the win. Stevenson finished in second with Mel Joseph, Jr. coming from the rear to finish in third. Fourth went to Brian Brasure and Emory West rounded out the top five.

 

RESULTS: Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1.Rick Laubach; 2. Billy Pauch Sr; 3. Jimmy Horton; 4. Kenny  Brightbill; 5. Matt Jester; 6. Jordan Watson; 7. Brad Trice; 8. Howard ONeal; 9. Robert Dutton; 10. Scott Van Gorder; 11. HJ Bunting; 12. Chad James; 13. Dana Walker; 14. Bobby Watkins; 15. Joseph Watson; 16. Dale Hawkins; 17. Tim Trimble; 18. Chad Clark; 19. CJ Faison; 20. Brad Brightbill; 21. Andy Hammond; Did not Start: Jamie Mills.

 

Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Kenny Pettyjohn; 2. David Hill; 3. Ross Robinson; 4. Devin Friese; 5. Rob Schirmer; 6. Andrew Mullins; 7. Mark Byram; 8. Kerry King; 9. Ron  Kline; 10. Dale Lingo; 11. Mark Pettyjohn; 12. Herb Tunis; 13. Donald Lingo Jr; 14. Ricky Elliott; 15. David Pettyjohn; 16. Derrike Hill; 17. Kelly Putz; 18. Staci Warrington; 19. Hal Browning; 20. Bob Geiger; 21. Ray Davis Jr; Did not Start: Darryl Hills.

 

Crate Model Feature Finish; 1. Nick Davis; 2. Chris Hitchens; 3. Joe Warren; 4. Mike Wharton; 5. Clint Chalabala; 6. Dylan Evans; 7. Mike Williams; 8. Robert Bragg; 9. Tyler  Reed; 10. Roy Hassler; 11. Kelly Putz; 12. Sparky White; 13. Matt Glanden; 14. Matt Hill; 15. Eric Vent; 16. Robbie Emory; 17. Mike Wilson; 18. Gus Economides; 19. Randy Given.

 

AC Delco Modified Feature Finish: 1. Jon Callaway; 2. Shawn Ward; 3. Justin Griffith; 4. Greg Taylor Jr; 5. Mike White; 6. Matt Hawkins; 7. Brandon Blades; 8. Jerry Carter; 9. Westley Smith; 10. Ted Reynolds; 11. Scott Hitchens; 12. Scott Baker; 13. Brandon Perdue; 14. Herbie Hempel; 15. Dan Reidy; 16. Brandon Sturgis; 17. Herman Powell; 18. Billy Carr; 19. Nate Benson; 20. Tom Moore; 21. Jason Bishop; 22. Jeff Marker; 23. John Curtis; 24. Danny Smack; 25. Scott Calhoun; Did not Start: Joseph Tracy.

 

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Tim White; 2. Kerry King Jr; 3. Brandon Dennis; 4. Kevin McKinney; 5. Lynn Knepper; 6. James Hill; 7. Chris Jestice; 8. Ray Gulliver; 9. Jason Musser; 10. Ryan Charland; 11. Trent Willey; 12. Chad Passwaters; 13. Alan Passwaters; 14. Kirk Miles Sr; 15. Kyle Cole; 16. Nick Nash; 17. Stacy Roberts; 18. Curt Miles Jr; 19. Alan Knepper; 20. Randy Hill Jr; 21. Bobby Watkins; 22. Brandon Sturgis’ 23. Billy Thompson; Disqualified: Ty  Short.

 

Little Lincoln Feature Finish: 1. Bill Brittingham; 2. John Stevenson; 3. Mel Joseph, Jr.; 4. Brian Brasure; 5. Emory West; 6. Ryan Walsen; 7. Jeff Adkins; 8. Bobby Williamson; 9. Tim Archer; 10. Matt Tipton; 11. Donald Robinson, Jr.; 12. Steven Baker; 13. Jamie Wagner; 14. Brian Nailor.  

 

 

 

 

CHAD CLARK GETS FIRST DELAWARE BIG BLOCK WIN



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (7/3/10) – Former Rookie of the Year, Chad Clark put together the best performance of his career as he held off Kenny Brightbill to win his first career NAPA Big Block Modified feature Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway.

Clark looked strong early in the night running the top groove and winning his heat race. In the 25-lap main he started on the pole and immediately went back to the top line. Tim Trimble gave chase in the second spot with Howard O’Neal running in third.

The first yellow was out on lap five when H.J. Bunting lost and engine and rolled to a stop in the top of turn four. Kenny Brightbill, who had started in tenth, had worked his way into the top five just before the yellow. On the restart, O’Neal took the second spot and Brightbill followed into third.

Brightbill got by O’Neal for second on lap seven and began the process of catching Clark who had already built a sizable lead. That lead was erased on lap 18 when the second and final yellow came out as Dana Walker rolled to a stop.

Brightbill immediately began to challenge in the bottom groove and was able to nose out front going into the turn. Clark relied on his line that he had used all race long and pulled back by Brightbill. Clark, in the Clark’s Pools/Teo was flawless to the checkered to collect his first win.

“We’ve been struggling all year to get this car to work,” said Clark. “We got some help this week and I certainly appreciate it. I messed up a little bit down there and I saw him (Brightbill) get up under me. I just had to keep running the same line and make it work and it all worked out for the good.”

Brightbill extended his point lead by finishing in second with Matt Jester staying in the hunt finishing in third. Fourth went to O’Neal and Joseph Watson rounded out the top five. O’Neal was the other heat winner.

Westley Smith led the first lap of the 15-lap AC Delco TSS Modified feature before Tom Moore moved on top. A series of cautions kept the field tightly bunched with the final yellow coming out at halfway. By that point, Jon Callaway had moved into third behind Joseph Tracy and Moore and the battle was on.

Tracy tried to make a pass on several occasions but Moore was up to the challenge and he drove his JEM Transport/Bicknell to his second win of the season. Tracy finished in the second spot with Callaway third. Fourth went to John Curtis and Justin Griffith rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Moore.

Billy Thompson head the 15-lap Mod Lite feature for the first two circuits before James Hill took the point. Brandon Dennis got by Tyler Reed for second on lap four and pressured Hill until taking the lead on lap nine.

Hill tried to regain the spot but spun to bring out the final yellow with five to go. Dennis was able to hold off Tim White for the final five laps to post his first win since opening night in his Back in Action/Pro. White finished in the second position with Reed third. Fourth went to Chris Jestice and Kerry King, Jr. rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Dennis.

A strong field of 15 Vintage cars was on hand.. Freddy Brightbill led the first three laps of the ten lap feature before C.J. Schirmer moved on top. Jim Pride, Jr. debuted his new Vega wagon and took the lead just past halfway. Pride went on to take the checkered followed by Schirmer, Brightbill, Charlie Moore and Mark Williams in the top five.

This Tuesday night will be the 38th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit with the Big Block Modifieds and Super Late Models going 25 laps each for $3000 to win plus the Crate Models, AC Delco Modifieds, Mod Lites and Little Lincoln cars. Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m. Saturday night will feature the five weekly divisions plus the Slide for 5. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.





MARK BYRAM RETURNS TO VICTORY LANE AFTER A LONG ABSENCE IN DELAWRE LATE MODELS



Mark Byram returned to Super Late Model competition this season after a couple years absence when car owner Charles Jarvis offered him a ride. The team had been struggling with the car up until Saturday night when Byram took the lead on the final lap and drove to his first win since joining the team.

Amanda Whaley started on the pole but it was Staci Warrington making the pass and leading lap one. The caution was out before the second lap could be completed when Herb Tunis got upside down on the front straight. Tunis was not injured in the accident. Under the yellow Warrington gave up the lead as she headed to the pits but was able to return and restart at the rear of the field.

Whaley was back on top and led lap two before sixteen year old Andrew Mullins shot out front. Donald Lingo, Jr. was on a mission and took second. Lingo became the fourth different leader on lap six just before Mullins got around bringing out the yellow.

On the restart David Pettyjohn took up the chase from second driving the car his brother Mark had won in the week prior. Byram was charging hard and took second at the halfway sign. The final yellow flew with six to go when Bob Geiger slowed putting Byram on Lingo’s rear bumper for the restart.

Byram went all out taking the lead coming to the white flag and holding on for the final circuit to win in the Seaside Builders/Rocket. Lingo got back by Pettyjohn on the final lap to finish in second. Kerry King came from the rear to finish in fourth with Ray Davis, Jr. finishing in fifth. Heats were won by Amanda Whaley and Staci Warrington.

Nick Davis led the first three laps of the 15-lap Crate Model feature before Matt Hill took the lead. Clint Chalabala followed into second and kept the pressure on the leader. The only caution of the event came on lap 11 when Clay Tapman came to a stop.

Hill had one close call in traffic but would make no mistakes and he drove the Lynch’s Towing//Warrior to his second win of the season. Chalabala, who set fast time in qualifying, finished in second with Eric Vent third. Fourth went to Tyler Reed and Davis rounded out the top five.

A good field of 20 Slide for 5 cars closed out the night’s action. Jessie Betts led the first lap before Matt Carmean powered his way to the front. Once out front, Carmean kept it straight and went on to the win. Ronnie Layton, who started in 19th finished in second and Ashley Wilkerson rounded out the top three.

RESULTS (7/3/10) – BIG BLOCK MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH: 1. Chad Clark; 2. Kenny Brightbill; 3. Matt Jester; 4. Howard ONeal; 5. Joseph Watson; 6. Tim Trimble; 7. Beau Wilkins; 8. Brad Trice; 9. Scott Van Gorder; 10. Brad Brightbill; 11. George Richardson; 12. Dale Hawkins; 13. Robert Dutton; 14. Dana Walker; 15. Tim Millman; 16. Jordan Watson; 17. Jamie Mills; 18. HJ Bunting; Did not Start: CJ Faison.

SUPER LATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH; 1. Mark Byram; 2. Donald Lingo Jr; 3. David Pettyjohn; 4. Kerry King; 5. Ray Davis Jr; 6. Hal Browning; 7. Staci Warrington; 8. Ross Robinson; 9. Rob Schirmer; 10. Amanda Whaley; 11. Mike Parsons; 12. Bob Geiger; 13. Andrew Mullins; 14. Richard Jarvis Jr; 15. Bryan Driver; 16. Herb Tunis; Did not Start: David Hill.

CRATE MODEL FEATURE FINISH: 1. Matt Hill; 2. Clint Chalabala; 3. Eric Vent; 4. Tyler Reed; 5. Nick Davis; 6. Joe Warren; 7. Chris Hitchens; 8. Mike Williams; 9. John Imler; 10. Jack Mullins; 11. Mike Wilson; 12. Dylan Evans; 13. Sparky White; 14. Justin Breeding; 15. Colby Steele; 16. Robbie Emory; 17. Matt Glanden; 18. Roy Hassler; 19. Skip Syester; 20. Randy Given; 21. Richard Harden; 22. Alessa Young; 23. Clay Tatman;; 24. Mike Wharton; 25. Robert Bragg.

AC DELCO TSS MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH: 1. Tom Moore; 2. Joseph Tracy; 3. Jon Callaway; 4. John Curtis; 5. Justin Griffith; 6. Billy Carr; 7. Scott Calhoun; 8. Brandon Blades; 9. Westley Smith; 10. Brandon Sturgis; 11. Rodney Cordrey; 12. Mark Rowe; 13. Scott Baker; 14. Danny Smack; 15. Herbie Hempel; 16. Garrie Bostwick;; 17. Scott Hitchens;;18. Ted Reynolds; 19. Jason Steward; 20. Kyle Fuller; 21. Shawn Ward.

MOD LITE FEATURE FINISH; 1. Brandon Dennis; 2. Tim White; 3. Tyler Reed; 4. Chris Jestice; 5. Kerry King Jr; 6. Billy Thompson; 7. Alan Passwaters; 8. Curt Miles Jr; 9. Ray Gulliver; 10. Trent Willey; 11. Jason Musser; 12. Kirk Miles Sr; 13. Stacy Roberts; 14. James Hill; 15. Chad Passwaters; 16. Shawn Weber.

VINTAGE FEATRUE FINISH; 1. Jim Pride, Jr.; 2. C.J. Schirmer; 3. Freddy Brightbill; 4. Charlie Moore; 5. Mark Williams; 6. Carl Schirmer; 7. Dave Schamp; 8. Chuck Tucker; 9. Kevin Gardner; 10. James Leplant; 11. Adam Leplant; 12. Ronnie Ford; 13. Rick Loveland, Jr.; 14. Dale Schamp; 15. Gary Scott.

 

 

 

JORDAN WATSON WINGS IT TO 3RD WIN IN DELAWARE BIG BLOCKS

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (6/26/10) – Jordan Watson captured the 25-lap “Wings & Things” NAPA Big Block Modified feature and the $500 bonus Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. It was his third win of the season, the fourth of his career, and his second in “Wings & Things” competition.

 

Jordan Watson captured his heat and started on the pole in the feature event. Brad Trice, who was making his first start in two months due to a non-racing related back injury, returned at 100 percent, capturing the second heat and giving chase from the drop of the green.

 

By lap five the duo had caught the rear of the field who were not running the air foils on their cars. Watson and Trice sliced through traffic with H.J. Bunting in stock configuration running in third. Don Hallowell, who was running the high side panels, moved by Jester who was also running in stock trim.

 

On lap nine Hallowell dropped Bunting to fourth and one lap later, Joseph Watson dropped Bunting to fifth. The first yellow was out on lap 11 when Jamie Mills came to a stop. On the restart Jester regained third but the yellow was out for a second time for a tangle between Kenny Brightbill and Norman Short, Jr.

 

Joseph Watson took the third spot on the restart as the paneled cars ran in the top three spots. A series of three cautions on lap 23 erased Jordan Watson and Trice’s advantages. Watson would make no mistakes on the final two circuits as he took the checkered in the Courtland Manor/Bicknell.

 

Trice finished in the second spot and collected a $250 bonus and Joseph Watson finished in third. Jester was the first standard body rule car in fourth and received a $250 bonus and Bunting rounded out the top five.

 

Westley Smith led the first five laps of the AC Delco TSS Modified feature until Jon Callaway moved on top. Teammate John Curtis slowly worked his way up through the top five taking fourth from Tom Moore on lap five, third from Shawn Ward on lap 11 and second from Smith with three to go.

 

A final caution with two laps to go set up the shootout between Callaway and Curtis. Curtis hit the restart perfectly and was able to drive around Callaway coming off the second turn. Curtis, in the Taylor & Messick/Teo went on to his third checkered of the season. Callaway finished a close second with Smith posting a season’s best in third. Fourth went to Brandon Blades. Ward crossed the line in fifth but failed the post race inspection of his ignition system and was disqualified moving Moore into fifth. Fast time in qualifying was set by Ryan Anderson.

 

Fifteen year old James Hill drove a perfect race to win the 15-lap Mod Lite feature. Hill jumped out front at the drop of the green and never looked back. Tyler Reed chased the leader the entire distance and had one final chance when a yellow flew with four laps to go.

 

Hill had no problems with the restart and drove to his first victory of the season in the Carey’s Towing//Lightning. Reed finished a solid second with point leader Brandon Dennis finishing in third. Fourth went to Tim White and Curt Miles, Jr. rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by White.

 

This Saturday night will be “Topless Night” for all divisions plus Slide for 5 and Vintage Stock Cars. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

 

RESULTS: NAPA Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Jordan Watson; 2. Brad Trice; 3. Joseph Watson; 4. Matt Jester; 5. HJ Bunting; 6. Kenny  Brightbill; 7. Robert Dutton; 8. Chad Clark; 9. Tim Trimble; 10. Scott Van Gorder; 11. George Richardson; 12. Bobby Watkins; 13. Don Hallowell; 14. Dale Hawkins; 15. Beau Wilkins; 16. Norman Short Jr; 17. Jamie Mills; 18. Andy Hammond.

 

AC Delco TSS Modified Feature Finish; 1. John Curtis; 2. Jon Callaway; 3. Westley Smith; 4. Brandon Blades; 5. Tom Moore; 6. Matt Hawkins; 7. Kyle Fuller; 8. Scott Calhoun; 9. Danny Smack; 10. Scott Baker; 11. Billy Carr; 12. Jason Bishop; 13. Brandon Perdue; 14. Rodney Cordrey; 15. Brandon Sturgis; 16. Garrie Bostwick; 17. Taylor McCracken; 18. Herbie Hempel; 19. Joseph Tracy; 20. Ryan Anderson; 21. Mark Rowe; 22. Herman Powell; 23. Nate Benson; 24. Justin Griffith; 25. Scott Hitchens; Disqualified: Shawn Ward; Did not start: Greg Taylor, Jr.

 

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. James Hill; 2. Tyler Reed; 3. Brandon Dennis; 4. Tim White; 5. Curt Miles Jr; 6. Chris Jestice; 7. Alan Passwaters; 8. Ray Gulliver; 9. Jason Musser; 10. Chad Passwaters; 11. Kerry King Jr; 12. Trent Willey; 13. Shawn Weber; 14. Kirk Miles Sr; 15. Stacy Roberts; 16. Ty  Short; 17. Billy Thompson; 18. Paul McGinley.

 

 

MARK PETTYJOHN ENDS FIVE YEAR DROUGHT IN DELAWARE LATE MODELS

 

Mark Pettyjohn may have arrived late at the speedway but when the checkered dropped on the 20-lap Super Late Model feature, he was first to cross under the flag.

 

Staci Warrington started on the pole with Mark Pettyjohn giving chase from second. The yellow was out after one circuit when Mike Parsons came to a stop. This would turn out to be the only caution of the event.

 

Warrington stayed on top on the restart with Pettyjohn pressuring from second. Pettyjohn got a good run off the turn on lap three and edged out front to lead lap four. Derrike Hill was on the move taking third from Hal Browning on lap six.

 

At the halfway sign the top five were Pettyjohn, Warrington, Hill, Browning and Ray Davis, Jr. Pettyjohn just got stronger as the race went along and he drove the Hitchen’s Brothers Trucking/Swartz under the checkered flag 11.736 seconds ahead of Warrington.

 

“We’ve been working on the car each week and getting it a little bit better,” said Pettyjohn. “We’ve just had a lot of bad luck because we should have been here before now.” Warrington ended a super drive in second with Derrike Hill third. Fourth went to Davis, Jr. and David Hill rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Derrike Hill and Donald Lingo, Jr.

 

Jack Mullins, Jr. took full advantage of his pole starting spot and drove to his second win of the season in the 15-lap Crate Model feature. Kelly Putz gave chase for the first two laps before Eric Vent took the spot. Tyler Reed moved into third on lap four and the top three would remain unchanged to the finish.

 

Vent had one final opportunity to challenge Mullins as the third of three cautions flew with three to go. Mullins was able to fend off the challenge and drove to the win in The Speed Shop/Warrior. Vent finished in second with Reed third. Fourth went to Joe Warren. Kelly Putz crossed the line in fifth but his ignition failed post race inspection and he was disqualified. Chris Hitchens rounded out the top five. Matt Hill set fast time in qualifying and Mike Williams won the consolation.

 

Jamie Wagner driving his ’53 Chevy took the lead from Bill Brittingham for lap two and drove to his second win of the season in the 12-lap Little Lincoln Vintage feature. Mel Joseph, Jr. ran in second until the halfway sign when Donald Robinson, Jr. took over the spot.

 

At the checkered it was Wager getting the win over Robinson. Joseph finished in the third spot with Brittingham fourth and Brian Breasure fifth.

 

 

Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Mark Pettyjohn; 2. Staci Warrington; 3. Derrike Hill; 4. Ray Davis Jrl 5. David Hill; 6. Donald Lingo Jr; 7. Hal Browning; 8. Rob Schirmer; 9. Kerry King; 10. Dale Lingo; 11. Herb Tunis; 12. Bryan Driver; 13. Mike  Parsons; 14. Amanda Whaley; 15. Bob Geiger;

 

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Jack Mullins; 2. Eric Vent; 3. Tyler  Reed; 4. Joe Warren; 5. Chris Hitchens; 6. Matt Hill; 7. Sparky White; 8. Matt Glanden; 9. Mike Wharton; 10. Nick Davis; 11. Clint Chalabala; 12. Justin Breeding; 13. Mike Williams; 14. Skip Syester; 15. Dylan Evans; 16. Robbie Emory; 17. Roy Hassler; 18. Mike Wilson; 19. Clay Tatman; 20. Randy Given; 21. Robert Bragg; 22. Matt White; 23. Colby Steele; 24. Richard Harden; 25. John  Imler; Disqualified: Kelly Putz; Did not start: Michael Wilkins.

 

Little Lincoln Feature Finish: 1. Jamie Wagner; 2. Donald Robinson, Jr.; 3. Mel Joseph, Jr.; 4. Bill Brittingham; 5. Brian Brasure; 6. Steven Baker; 7. John Stevenson; 8. Emory West; 9. Tim Archer; 10. Bobby Williamson; 11. Ryan Walsen; 12. John Bowers; 13. Jeff Adkins; 14. Brian Nailor; 15. Archie Tucker.

 

 

 

MATT JESTER WINS LAST LAP DUEL IN DELAWARE BIG BLOCKS

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (6/19/10) – Matt Jester had to pull out all of the stops on the final lap to win the 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway.

 

Howard O’Neal was fast in the bottom groove and quickly opened a lead over second place Tim Trimble. Jamie Mills started in the eighth spot and was taking no prisoners as he shot to third by lap three. Mills got by Trimble one lap later for second and immediately closed the gap on O’Neal.

 

Mills took the lead for lap seven but the first caution was out as Joseph Watson slowed with mechanical problems. On the restart, O’Neal nosed out front at the line but Mills shot back on top in turn two. On lap nine, Mills led the field into the third turn but the car slowed and he pulled to a stop at the top of the speedway bringing out the yellow once again.

 

O’Neal was back on top with Robert Dutton in second and Matt Jester on the move in third. Jester grabbed the second spot just before halfway and on lap 14 moved on top. H.J. Bunting was up to third but a flat tire on lap 15 ended his chances. On the restart Kenny Brightbill got by Jordan Watson for third as Jester opened a lead.

 

Brightbill got by O’Neal with seven laps to go and was trailing Jester by .7 seconds. Each lap Brightbill narrowed the margin by about two tenths catching Jester with two laps to go. Brightbill dove off the fourth turn under Jester coming to the white flag and took the lead. He then drifted up in turn two and Jester took advantage of the opening to regain the lead down the back straight. Jester sucked to the bottom of the track going into three eliminating any chances of a repeat move by Brightbill and went on to his second checkered of the season in the Clearview Farms/Bicknell.

 

“I thought the start got away from me,” said Jester. “Jamie shot by me like a rocket and I just got stuck behind guys. We slowed up close to the end and Kenny got up there next to me and I got a good run off two and dove to the bottom. I wasn’t going to give it to him.” Brightbill padded his point lead with a second place finish with O’Neal turning in a season’s best in third. Fourth went to Jordan Watson and Dutton turned in another solid top five. Heats were won by Brightbill and Jester.

 

Jon Callaway led wire to wire to post his first win of the season in the 15-lap AC Delco TSS Modified Feature. Last week’s winner, Tom Moore, Jr. ran second to the firs two laps before Kyle Fuller took up the chase. Matt Hawkins got by Moore with three to go for third.

 

Callaway made no mistakes as he took the checkered in the Callaway Furniture/Curtis Farms/Teo. Fuller finished in the second spot with Hawkins third. Fourth went to Moore and point leader, Joseph Tracy rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Brandon Perdue.

 

Kevin McKinney put together back to back wins in the 15-lap Mod Lite feature. Ty Short looked strong as he led the first half of the race. McKinney took second from James Hill on lap two and battled Short for the lead until edging on top at the halfway sign.

 

From that point on it was all McKinney drove to his third win of the season in the Hovey Performance Cycles/Bandit. Short posted a season’s best in second with Tyler Reed finishing in third. Fourth went to Brandon Dennis and Hill rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Kerry King, Jr.

 

This Saturday night will be “Wings & Things” for the Big Block Modifieds plus the regular weekly divisions and the Little Lincoln cars. The “Wings & Things” feature will pay a $500 bonus to the winner and $250 for second. The first finisher running regular Saturday night body rules will also receive a $250 bonus and all feature racers were receive 100 points. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

 

RESULTS: NAPA Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Matt Jester, 2. Kenny  Brightbill, 3. Jordan Watson, 4. Howard ONeal, 5. Robert Dutton, 6. HJ Bunting, 6. Scott Van Gorder, 7. Norman Short Jr, 8. Bobby Watkins, 9. Brad Brightbill, 10. Tim Trimble, 11. George Richardson, 12. Dale Hawkins, 13. Jamie Mills, 14. Chad Clark, 15. Joseph Watson, Did Not Start: Jeff Brown.

 

AC Delco TSS Feature Finish: 1. Jon Callaway, 2. Kyle Fuller, 3. Matt Hawkins, 4. Tom Moore, 5. Joseph Tracy, 6. Brandon Perdue, 7. Scott Baker, 8. Ryan Anderson, 9. John Curtis, 10. Scott Calhoun, 11. Brandon Sturgis, 12. Brandon Blades, 13. Westley Smith, 14. Scott Hitchens, 15. Justin Griffith, 16. Garrie Bostwick, 17. Danny Smack, 18. Taylor McCracken, 19. Rodney Cordrey, 20. Shawn Ward, 21. Jason Bishop. 22. Herbie Hempel, 23. Corey Cohee, 24. Billy Carr, 25. Ted Reynolds, 26. Greg Taylor Jr. Did Not Qualify: Nate Benson, David Scarano, Jason Steward.

 

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Kevin McKinney, 2. Ty  Short, 3. Tyler Reed, 4. Brandon Dennis, 5. James Hill, 6. Tim White, 7. Curt Miles Jr, 8. Billy Thompson, 9. Ray Gulliver, 10. Alan Passwaters, 11. Chris Jestice, 12. Trent Willey, 13. Chad Passwaters, 14. Jason Musser, 15. Shawn Weber, 16. Stacy Roberts, 17. Nick Nash, 18. Kirk Miles Sr, 19. Ryan Walls, 20. Kerry King Jr.

 

 

DONALD LINGO, JR. SCORES FOURTH WIN IN DELAWARE LATE MODELS

 

Donald Lingo, Jr. was a man on a mission as he came from his tenth starting spot to take the lead just before the halfway sign and go on to collect his fourth checkered of the season.

 

Staci Warrington jumped out to the early lead from her pole starting position with Amanda Whaley running in second. Herb Tunis powered into second on lap two and Derrike Hill took his turn on lap three.

 

A big scramble in the fourth turn had several cars out of shape. David Hill got tangled into Whaley with Whaley collecting the front straight wall. She was shaken in the incident but climbed from the car under her own power.

 

On the restart, Warrington remained in control as Tunis regained second from Derrike Hill. Lingo got by Mark Byram for the fourth spot and by lap five was running third and the caution was out again.

 

On the restart Lingo took the second spot. Warrington put up a good fight but Lingo’s crew had hit the setup on the money and he powered on top for lap seven. Byram mounted a challenge on Warrington for second and Lingo opened a 4.5 seconds lead.

 

Three cautions in the second half kept the field tightly bunched but on each restart Lingo was able to pull away. Lingo, in the Lingo Marine/Rocket/Ford rode the high groove to the finish with Warrington holding off Byram for her best finish of the season. Tunis turned in a great performance finishing fourth and David Hill rounded out the top five.

 

“It felt like old days again,” said Lingo. “I had a little bit of a drought there. The first three came pretty quick but I struggled a little bit. I got some cautions tonight that gave us the track position that we needed. It’s tough coming from tenth.” Heats were won by Lingo and Whaley.

 

Mike Wharton led the first six laps of the 15-lap Crate Model feature. Joe Warren worked by Jack Mullins, Jr. and Chris Hitchens to take the lead on lap seven. Wharton put on a good fight to regain the lead through the halfway point.

 

Two cautions at halfway kept the field tightly bunched. Hitchens got by Wharton for second with four to go but would not be able to seriously challenge Warren who posted his third win of the year in the Del-South Materials/Lazer. Hitchens finished a season’s best in second with Mullins third. Fourth went to Wharton and Nick Davis rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Warren.

 

Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Donald Lingo Jr, 2. Staci Warrington, 3. Mark Byram, 4. Herb Tunis, 5. David Hill, 6. Ray Davis Jr, 7. Rob Schirmer, 8. Hal Browning, 9. Kerry King, 10. Dale Lingo, 11. Derrike Hill, 12. Bob Geiger, 13. Bryan Driver, 14. Mark Pettyjohn, 15. Amanda Whaley, 16. Mike  Parsons, DNS: David Pettyjohn.

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Joe Warren, 2. Chris Hitchens, 3. Jack Mullins, 4. Mike Wharton, 5. Nick Davis, 6. Eric Vent, 7. Tyler  Reed,, 8. Mike Williams, 9. Matt Hill, 10 Dylan Evans, 11. Tony Bowers, 12. Roy Hassler, 13. Skip Syester, 14. John  Imler, 15. Mike Wilson, 16. Robbie Emory, 17. Richard Harden, 18. Robert Bragg, 19. Clint Chalabala, 20. Justin Breeding, 21. Michael Wilkins, 22. Randy Given, 23. Matt Glanden.

 

 

JJ GRASSO JETS FROM FOURTEENTH TO VICTORY IN URC RISLONE SPRINT SERIES FEATURE EVENT SATURDAY NIGHT AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL

Defending Champion and current Rislone URC Sprint Series point leader JJ "The Jersey Jet" Grasso was the class of the field Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway winning the 25 lap feature on Taylor & Messick Night.  Grasso squeezed out a fifth place finish in his heat race, earning him the fourteenth starting spot in the feature field line-up.  Grasso wasted little time moving the Palladino #99 through traffic moving into the top five by lap ten.  In a planned and calculated move on lap twenty-two, Grasso passed a strong running Davey Sammons to take the lead.  For the final four laps, Grasso set a blistering pace to score his second win of the season and fourteenth career win under the URC banner.

Heat race events were won by Kevin Nouse, Mike Kostic and Davey Sammons and the twenty-four car starting field was set to drop the green flag.

Kevin Nouse and Mike Kostic made-up the front row in the twenty-five lap URC sprint feature.  At the drop of the green flag, Nouse jumped to the early lead with Davey Sammons taking solid control of second with Kevin Darling third.  Sammons wasted little time in going after Nouse to stage a battle for the lead.  On lap five, the first caution was displayed when Nick Schlauch Jr spun in turn one.

On the restart, Nouse again set the pace with Sammons still very close in the chase.  Six time URC Champion Curt Michael was now in the top five and chasing down the leaders.  As the field passed for lap ten, Sammons took the lead and never looked back.    The yellow came out on lap eleven, this time for Mike Kostic who spun in turn four.

The field re-grouped and Sammons once again mastered the field followed by Kevin Nouse and JJ Grasso, now in third.

As the field passed for the halfway sign, Sammons was the pace setter followed by Nouse, Grasso, Kevin Darling and Curt Michael.    On lap fourteen, Grasso and the Palladino #99 set their sights on Sammons who was holding a ten to twelve car length lead.  Grasso slowly began to reel in Sammons as the two front runners approached slower traffic.  By lap seventeen, it was a Sammons and Grasso show, then on lap twenty-two, Grasso made the move of the race to take the lead.    Before lap twenty-three was completed, the yellow flag was displayed for Randy West who cut a tire and stopped in turn two, displaying the yellow flag for the final time of this event.

The green flag fell to restart of the three lap shoot out, but Grasso quickly moved away from the rest of the field, leading the final three laps to collect the URC victory.  Sammons delivered a great ride to finish second followed by Kevin Nouse, Kevin Darling and a fast closing Josh Weller who nipped Curt Michael on the final lap for fifth.
 

FEATURE FINISH:  JJ Grasso,  Davey Sammons, Kevin Nouse, Kevin Darling, Josh Weller, Curt Michael, Robbie Stillwaggon, Chris Coyle, Justin Collett, Kyle Purks, Bill Unglert, Scott Pursell, Rory Janney, Nick Schlauch Jr., Art Liedl, Tim Hogue, Andy Best, Tim Higgins, Jonathan Swanson,  Nick Bardsley, Justin Jones, Randy West, Mike Kostic, Kenny Meisner.  DNQ- - -Tim Iulg, Jack Conover.

 

 

 

June 12, 2010

KENNY PETTYJOHN COLLECTS $3750 PAYDAY IN DELAWARE’S ELK MOONEYHAM MEMORIAL

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE - Former ten-time Super Late Model champion, Kenny Pettyjohn returned to action on Saturday night for the 30 lap Elk Mooneyham Memorial which posted a $2500 bonus to the winner and came away with the big payday.

 

Pettyjohn started on the pole by virtue of winning his heat then having his crew member win an unusual contest. Crew members from the top two finishers in the heats had to eat a hot dog and drink a large Pepsi then sprint 50 yards to finish line! Pettyjohn’s crew member was the quickest earning him the pole.

 

Ricky Elliott started in the second spot and immediately gave chase with David Hill and Mark Pettyjohn dueling for third. Mark Pettyjohn took the third spot from Hill then drove by Elliott for second.

 

The yellow was out on lap 11 and on the restart, Elliott moved back into the second spot. Mark Pettyjohn’s chances ended on lap 14 when the front suspension broke bringing out the yellow.

 

Hill grabbed second on the halfway restart and Mark Byram moved by Elliott for third. With ten to go Kenny Pettyjohn held a 2.5 second lead over Hill as Elliott got back by Byram for third.

 

A pair of yellows on lap 23 and one on lap 24 kept the field tightly bunched. Elliott had saved his tires and began his move with three to go as he pulled past Hill. Rob Schirmer also turned up the wick following Elliott into third.

 

Elliott made a bid for the lead on the final lap but Pettyjohn had also saved a little for the end and held on in the ASI/KPR/Rocket taking the win by .197 seconds over Elliott. “I really don’t like starting on the pole but I have to thank my crew there,” said Pettyjohn. “I knew Rick was probably saving his tires and I was too. I did some business with Mr. Mooneyham and it tickles me to win tonight because he was a nice fellow.”

 

Heats were won by Kenny Pettyjohn and Elliott. Donald Lingo, Jr. received a $1500 bonus for being the first finishing track regular running on the American Racer track tire.

 

The 15-lap Crate Model feature was an exciting event especially for Justin Breeding who took full advantage of his pole starting position to earn his first career win. Jack Mullins, Jr. gave chase from second as Matt Hill worked by Joe Warren for third.

 

The yellow was out at the halfway sign for a spin. Breeding had a great restart as Hill, Tyler Reed and Mullins battle for second. Mullins regained second with three to go and Reed followed into third. Breeding would make no mistakes as he took his first win in the Mark Breeding & Son Excavating/Rocket and the $100 bonus. Mullins settled for second with Reed third, Hill fourth and Warren fifth. Fast time in qualifying was set by Eric Vent.

 

KENNY BRIGHTBILL NOTCHES ELK MOONEYHAM MEMORIAL FOR FIFTH DELAWARE BIG BLOCK WIN

 

Veteran Big Block Modified pilot, Kenny Brightbill of Sinking Springs, Pa. is on a roll. Saturday night he posted his fifth win of the season in the 30-lap Elk Mooneyham Memorial at the Delaware International Speedway. Brightbill took the lead from race long leader, Dale Hawkins with five to go and went on to collect the $1000 bonus from Hal Browning and Brian Donley earning him a $2750 payday.

 

Dale Hawkins took full advantage of his pole starting position and quickly began to pull away from the field. Tim Trimble held down the second spot with Jeff Brown running in third. Jamie Mills was on the move through the pack with H.J. Bunting and Brightbill following.

 

By lap ten, Mills had worked by Norman Short, Joseph Watson and Brown to take third. Mills took second from Trimble on the following circuit and Bunting followed into third one lap later. Hawkins held a 6.5 second lead at the halfway point with the race remaining caution free.

 

Brightbill cracked the top five on lap 16 and got by Trimble for fourth one lap later. As Hawkins got into traffic Mills started to close in. Brightbill took third from Bunting on lap 22 as Mills pulled along side of Hawkins in the battle for the lead. Just as it looked like Mills was setting up Hawkins to take the lead his engine went up in a cloud of smoke just as he crossed the start/finish line bringing out the only caution of the race.

 

Hawkins controlled the restart with Brightbill and Bunting giving chase. With five to go Brightbill took the lead coming off the second turn. He went on to collect his fifth checkered behind the wheel of the Coulbourne Farms/Bicknell. “I don’t know? It’s spitting some water out there. I don’t know what’s happening,” said Brightbill while surveying his car in victory lane. “Things have been going a little better form me here lately. I would like to thank Keith Coulboune and the whole crew and sponsor for the good car they keep giving me.”

 

Hawkins held off Bunting in the closing laps to finish out a super run in second. Fourth went to Joseph Watson and Trimble scored another impressive top five. Heats were won by Bunting and Mills.

 

Tom Moore came up just three laps short of his first career victory a week prior in the AC Delco TSS Modifieds. Saturday night Moore didn’t let history repeat itself as he led wire to wire to capture his first career win.

 

In the caution filled 15-lap event, Moore took command from his pole starting position as Joseph Tracy powered from fourth to second on the first lap to set up a rematch of a week prior. Moore maintained his cool through eight restarts spread throughout the race knowing the Tracy was ready to pounce at any mistake.

 

In the end Moore would make none as he drove his JEM Transport/All-Tech Auto/Bicknell to his first checkered and collected a $100 bonus from the speeday. Tracy finished on his back bumper for second with Kyle Fuller third. Fourth went to Scott Baker and Brandon Blades rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Westley Smith.

 

Kevin McKinney drove to his second win of the season in the 15-lap Mod Lite feature. Curt Miles, Jr. led the first lap before James Hill moved on top. McKinney took second on lap three and three laps later worked by Hill for the lead.

 

The race would go caution free and McKinney, in the Hovey Performance Cycles/Pro drove to the win and collect the $100 bonus from the speedway. Hill held off the late race challenges of Brandon Dennis to finish in second. Fourth went to Tyler Reed and Tim White rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by White.

 

In the 12-lap Vintage feature, Chuck Tucker jumped out front on the first lap and led the remaining distance to post his second win of the year and collect the $50 bonus. Ross Robinson ended his first Vintage start in second with Charlie Moore third. Fourth went to Dave Schamp and C.J. Schirmer rounded out the top five.

 

This Saturday night the United Racing Company Sprint Cars will make their third appearance of the season as part of the Taylor & Messick Delaware State Sprint Car Tour along with the five weekly divisions. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7:00 p.m.

 

RESULTS: Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Kenny Brightbill; 2. Dale Hawkins; 3. HJ Bunting; 4. Joseph Watson; 5. Tim Trimble; 6. Matt Jester; 7. Jeff Brown; 8. Norman Short Jr; 9. Howard ONeal; 10. Scott Van Gorder; 11. Chad Clark; 12. Jordan Watson; 13. George Richardson; 14. Robert Dutton; 15. Jason Daliessio; 16. Jamie Mills.

 

AC Delco TSS Feature Finish: 1. Tom Moore; 2. Joseph Tracy; 3. Kyle Fuller; 4. Scott Baker; 5. Brandon Blades; 6. Justin Griffith; 7. Ryan Anderson; 8. Jon Callaway; 9. Billy Carr; 10. Scott Calhoun; 11. John Curtis; 12. Rodney Cordrey; 13. Shawn Ward; 14. Mike White; 15. Herbie Hempel; 16. Danny Smack; 17. Scott Hitchens; 18. Westley Smith; 19. Jason Steward; 20. Garrie Bostwick; 21. Brandon Sturgis; 22. Brandon Perdue; 23. David Scarano; 24. Taylor McCracken; 25. Ted Reynolds; 26. Corey Cohee.

 

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Kevin McKinney; 2. James Hill; 3. Brandon Dennis; 4. Tyler Reed; 5. Tim White; 6. Ryan Walls; 7. Kirk Miles Sr; 8. Curt Miles Jr; 9. Alan Passwaters; 10. Ray Gulliver; 11. Chad Passwaters; 12. Trent Willey; 13. Billy Thompson; 14. Scott Tessman; 15. Shawn Weber; 16. Dick  Passwaters.

  

 

Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Kenny Pettyjohn; 2. Ricky Elliott; 3. Rob Schirmer; 4. David Hill; 5. Mark Byram; 6. David Pettyjohn; 7. Donald Lingo Jr; 8. Ray Davis Jr; 9. Bob Geiger; 10. Kelly Putz; 11. Staci Warrington; 12. Herb Tunis; 13. Derrike Hill; 14. Kerry King; 15. Amanda Whaley; 16. Mark Pettyjohn; 17. Rick Whaley; 18. Bryan Driver; 19. Hal Browning.

 

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Justin Breeding; 2. Jack Mullins; 3. Tyler  Reed; 4. Matt Hill; 5. Joe Warren; 6. John  Imler; 7. Mike Wharton; 8. Eric Vent; 9. Clint Chalabala; 10. Chris Hitchens; 11. Mike Wilson; 12. Dylan Evans; 13. Mike Williams; 14. Clay Tatman; 15. Skip Syester; 16. Randy Given; 17. Roy Hassler; 18. Tim Booth; 19. Tony Bowers; 20. Nick Davis; 21. Robbie Emory.

 

Vintage Stock Car Feature Finish: 1. Chuck Tucker; 2. Ross Robinson; 3. Charlie Moore; 4. Dave Schamp; 5. C.J. Schirmer; 6 Ronnie Ford; 7. Gary Scott; 8. Carl Schirmerl; 9. Kevin Gardner; 10. Emory West; 11. Freddy Brightbill.

 

 

H.J. BUNTING & JORDAN WATSON TAKE TWIN 20’s AT DELAWARE

 

By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (6/5/10) – H.J. Bunting scored his second win of the season as did Jordan Watson in the Twin 20’s for the NAPA Big Block Modifieds Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway.

 

Tim Trimble led the first lap of the first 20 lap Big Block main. H.J. Bunting used the outside groove to quickly work from fourth to lead lap two. Jamie Mills, who started in eight followed into second and Kenny Brightbill came from ninth to take third on lap three.

 

The only yellow came on lap nine as Jordan Watson spun in turn two. On the restart Mills tried the low groove to get by Bunting. Mills was able to pull along side but Bunting was stronger off the turn keeping the lead. Brightbill edged by Mills on lap 11 but Mills regained second on the following circuit.

 

The chase would last to the very end as Bunting, in the J&M Roofing/Teo crossed under the checkered a car length ahead of Mills for the win. “The track was real good,” said Bunting. “It had a bottom and a top and I just put it on the top to see if they could get by me on the bottom.”

 

Brightbill finished in the third spot with Joseph Watson fourth and Matt Jester fifth. Heats were won by Brightbill and Mills.

 

In the second 20 lapper, Chris Glanden who was making his first start of the season set the early pace from his pole starting spot. Jordan Watson worked by George Richardson into second.

 

Watson made a bid for the lead on lap five but got together with Glanden and dropped to third behind Dale Hawkins before he could recover. Watson regained second on the next circuit as the yellow flew as Robert Dutton came to a stop.

 

On the restart Watson stepped up his challenge and took the lead using the outside groove on lap nine. Hawkins took second on lap 11. Jamie Mills was on a mission from the back of the field and took third on lap 12.

 

Mills was able to get by Hawkins with four laps to go and began to reel in Watson. With one to go, Mills pulled along side of Watson going into the first turn. Watson was up for the challenge and remained unfazed in the top groove to drive to his second win of the year in the Courtland Manor/Bicknell. “All I can say is that I got really lucky with the inversion deal,” said Watson. “I spun out in the first one and all night long we’ve had motor problems. I was really getting scared because I kept hearing Jamie’s number on the radio under the cautions. I figured well hear he comes and he’s about to slide me soon.”

 

Mills finished second for the second time of the evening. Hawkins finished a personal best for the season in third with Matt Jester fourth and Norman Short, Jr. fifth.

 

Tom Moore led the first three laps of the 15-lap AC Delco TSS Modified feature. Joseph Tracy used the outside line to take the lead on lap four and Scott Baker worked by Kyle Fuller for third.

 

Cautions spread throughout the race kept the top three tightly bunched. Brandon Blades climbed to fourth and Matt Hawkins held down fifth. Moore would make several bids to regain the lead but Tracy, in the Virgil F. Davis III/Olsen would make no mistakes as he took the win. Moore finished a personal best in second with Baker third. Fourth went to Blades and Hawkins rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Tracy.

 

The 15-lap Mod Lite feature went caution free. Tyler Reed grabbed the lead from Billy Thompson on the first laps and would lead the rest of the distance. James Hill got by Thompson for second on lap five and Brandon Dennis would drop Thompson to fourth two laps later.

 

Reed remained comfortably out front while Hill and Dennis battled for second. Reed brought the Bonneville Roofing/Lighting across under the checkered for his second win with Hill holding on to finish in second. Dennis finished in the third spot with Tim White fourth and Thompson fifth. Reed set fast time in qualifying.

 

This Saturday night will be the 3rd Annual Elk Mooneyham Memorial with 30 lap features for the Late Models and Big Block Modifieds and bonus money in all divisions plus the Vintage cars. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

 

RESULTS: 1st Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. HJ Bunting; 2. Jamie Mills; 3. Kenny  Brightbill; 4. Joseph Watson; 5. Matt Jester; 6. Scott Van Gorder; 7. Beau Wilkins; 8. Howard ONeal; 9. Tim Trimble; 10. Robert Dutton; 11. Chad Clark; 12. Dale Hawkins; 13. Dana Walker; 14. Norman Short Jr; 15. Jordan Watson; 16. George Richardson; 17. Chris Glanden; 18. Larry Crouse.

 

2nd Big Block Modified Feature Finsih: 1. Jordan Watson; 2. Jamie Mills; 3. Dale Hawkins; 4. Matt Jester; 5. Norman Short Jr; 6. Beau Wilkins; 7. HJ Bunting; 8. Chad Clark; 9. Kenny  Brightbill; 10. Chris Glanden; 11. Howard ONeal; 12. Robert Dutton; 13. Tim Trimble; 14. Joseph Watson; 15. Scott Van Gorder; 16. Larry Crouse; 17. George Richardson; 18. Dana Walker.

 

AC Delco TSS Modified Feature Finish: 1. Joseph Tracy; 2. Tom Moore; 3. Scott Baker; 4. Brandon Blades; 5. Matt Hawkins; 6. Kyle Fuller; 7. Brandon Sturgis; 8. Westley Smith; 9. Scott Calhoun; 10. John Curtis; 11. Danny Smack; 12. Billy Carr; 13. Garrie Bostwick; 14. Ted Reynolds; 15. Ryan Anderson; 16. Shawn Ward; 17. Herbie Hempel; 18. Justin Griffith; 19. Brandon Perdue; 20. Jason Steward; 21. Dan Reidy; 22. Scott Hitchens; 23. Nate Benson; 24. Greg Taylor Jr; 25. Taylor McCracken.

 

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Tyler Reed; 2. James Hill; 3. Brandon Dennis; 4. Tim White; 5. Billy Thompson; 6. Scott Tessman; 7. Alan Passwaters; 8. Chad Passwaters; 9. Kirk Miles Sr; 10. Chris Jestice; 11. Trent Willey; 12. Ray Gulliver; 13. Jason Musser; 14. Steve White; 15. Curt Miles Jr.

 

 

HAL BROWNING GETS SECOND WIN IN NON STOP LATE MODEL MAIN

 

Hal Browning continued his best season in years as he collected his second win of the season in the 20 lap Super Late Model feature Saturday night at Delaware International.

 

It was the rookie versus the veteran and Andrew Mullins set the early pace with Hal Browning getting by Amanda Whaley to challenge from second. Browning nosed out front on lap three but Mullins regained the spot to keep the lead.

 

Browning was patient and worked his way back to Mullins. Mullins slid high in the fourth turn and Browning drove by to lead lap seven. Kerry King got by Whaley to take third at the halfway point with Derrike Hill riding in fifth.

 

King pressured Mullins for second and Hill dropped Whaley to fifth. While Browning remained smooth out front, Ray Davis, Jr. worked his way into the top five. Browning remained flawless in the non-stop main and took his second checkered on 2010 in the Race Track Auto/Art Collins Trucking/Rocket.

 

“He (Mullins) had me worried for a couple of laps there,” said Browning. “But I dropped down and got a good move there and it worked out.” Mullins finished a person best in second with Kerry King third. Fourth went to Davis, Jr. and Donald Lingo, Jr. rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Browning and Whaley.

 

Jack Mullins, Jr. led the first two laps of the 15-lap Crate Model feature. Clint Chalabala was smooth as he worked by Mullins to take the lead on lap three. On lap seven, Mullins and Skip Syester made heavy contact in the second turn with Syester hitting the inside wall hard. Syester was not injured in the incident.

 

Eric Vent got by Justin Breeding on lap nine and tried to run down Chalabala. Tyler Reed powered into third just as the yellow flew with one lap left to go and Chris Hitchens made contact and got into the front straight wall.

 

Chalabala got a great restart and was able to pull away from Vent on the final lap to take his first win of the season and the second of his career in the Cain Construction/No. 24. Vent finished in second with Reed finishing in third. Fourth went to Joe Warren and Breeding rounded out the top five. Vent set fast time in qualifying.

 

The 12-lap Little Lincoln Vintage feature saw Mel Joseph drive from his sixth starting spot to lead lap one. Jamie Wagner held second until Brian Brasure, who started in 13th grabbed the second spot on lap four.

 

Wagner regained second at the halfway sign but Brasure took second for good one lap later. A tangle involving Wagner and Steven Baker on lap 11 set up a one lap shoot out to the finish. Joseph was up to the challenge and took his second win of the season in the Mitchell’s Auto & Truck Salvage ’57 Chevy. Brasure finished in the second spot with Bill Brittingham taking third. Fourth went to Donald Robinson, Jr. and Jeff Wheatley rounded out the top five. Rounding out the rest of the field in order were Emory West, John Stevenson, Bobby Williamson, Tim Archer, Wagner, Virgil Bradford, Baker and Brian Nailor.

 

RESULTS: Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Hal Browning; 2. Andrew Mullins; 3. Kerry King; 4. Ray Davis Jr.; 5. Donald Lingo Jr; 6. Derrike Hill; 7. David Pettyjohn; 8. David Hill; 9. Amanda Whaley; 10. Mark Pettyjohn; 11. Bryan Driver; 12. Staci Warrington; 13. Rob Schirmer; 14. Dale Lingo; 15. Kelly Putz; 16. Bob Geiger.

 

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Clint Chalabala; 2. Eric Vent; 3. Tyler  Reed; 4. Joe Warren; 5. Justin Breeding; 6. Mike Wharton; 7. Nick Davis; 8. Mike Wilson; 9. Matt Hill; 10. John  Imler; 11. Randy Given; 12. Dylan Evans; 13. Jack Mullins; 14. Roy Hassler; 15. Chris Hitchens; 16. Skip Syester; 17. Clay Tatman.

 

 

 

 

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June 4, 2010

ELK MOONEYHAM MEMORIAL TO OFFER BIG PAYDAY IN DELAWARE



Delmar, DE – The 3rd Annual Elk Mooneyham Memorial will be held on Saturday night, June 12th at the Delaware International Speedway and will offer big bonus money in all divisions.

Three years ago drivers Hal Browning and Brian Donley put together the memorial program in memory of Elk Mooneyham. Elk had been a long time sponsor and friend of Browning’s and had been involved in the sport since the early 1960’s.

On June 12th the Super Late Models will compete in a 30 lap feature paying a $2500 bonus to the winner. That will make the winner’s share of the purse a whopping $3750. There will be an open tire rule for Late Models only with any brand or compound 29x11 tire being allowed. All other DIS Late Model rules will apply. Any driver taking part in the heats, consolation or feature will receive 100 points.

The Super Late Model feature will have a very unusual handicapping format. The top two finishers from the heats will report to the front straight with a crew member. The crew member must eat a hot dog and empty a drink then sprint to a finish line. How the members cross the finish is how their respective drivers will line up in the feature!

Lots of extra bonus money will be on hand. The Big Block Modifieds will also be going 30 laps in their feature competing for a $1000 winner’s bonus. That will make their 30 lap event worth $2750 to the winner. The speedway will provide bonus money to the winners of the rest of the weekly divisions with the Crate Models and AC Delco Modified winners receiving $100 bonuses each and the Mod Lite and Little Lincoln feature winners receiving $50 bonuses each.

General admission for the event will be just $12.00 on the spectator side and $25.00 for the pits. Children 13 and under are free when accompanied by an adult on the spectator side only. Child’s pit admission is $3.00. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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KENNY BRIGHTBILL ON A ROLL WITH 4TH WIN AT DELAWARE



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (5/29/10) – Kenny Brightbill found himself at the right place at the right time in Saturday night’s 25-lap R.C. Holloway Co. Big Block Modified feature at the Delaware International Speedway. Brightbill was running in third and was able to capitalize on a mistake by the leaders to take the point and go on to his fourth win of the season.

Chad Clark took control at the start with Robert Dutton applying the pressure. On lap three two of the top contenders, Jamie Mills and H.J. Bunting, who had just taken second, experienced mechanical problems and slowed bringing out the yellow.

Clark got a good restart with Tim Trimble grabbing second from Dutton. Brightbill was on the move from ninth and was up to fourth with Beau Wilkins running in fifth. Dutton regained the second spot and started to once again pressure Clark. Brightbill pulled into the third spot making it a three car battle for the lead.

Just past the halfway point, Dutton made a move under Clark for the lead in turn two. Dutton’s car slid up forcing Clark to go high. Brightbill spotted the opportunity on the bottom side and shot by both to take the lead on lap 16.

From that point on it was all Brightbill as the race remained green for the rest of the distance. “You never know what’s going to happen,” said Brightbill. “I was just at the right spot at the right time. I want to thank the crew, Keith Coulbourne and all the guys for the good job they do on the car. It’s a pleasure driving for them.

Dutton posted his best finish of the year in second and Clark did likewise by placing third. Fourth went to Wilkins and Jordan Watson rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Bunting and Mills.

Scott Baker survived three cautions to turn in his best run and to record his first career victory in the 15-lap AC Delco TSS Modified feature. Matt Hawkins held second for the first lap before John Curtis moved into second.

Curtis would chase Baker the rest of the distance but Baker would make no mistakes in collecting his first win in the T.W. Construction/Diversified Imports/Teo. Curtis finished in the second spot with Hawkins holding on to third. Fourth went to Tom Moore and Brandon Blades, who set quick time in qualifying, rounded out the top five.

Steve White remains on a roll in the Mod Lites. Tyler Reed led the first two laps before White moved on top. Brandon Dennis got by Reed just past the halfway sign. A caution would allow Dennis to challenge in the closing laps but White stepped up the pace and drove to his fourth win of the season.

Dennis finished in second and remained on top in the point standings with Reed posting a good run finishing in third. Fourth went to Tim White and Kevin McKinney rounded out the top five. Tim White set fast time in qualifying.

This Saturday night it will be “Twin 20’s” for the Big Block Modifieds along with the weekly divisions and the Little Lincoln Vintage Cars. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

RESULTS: Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Kenny Brightbill; 2. Robert Dutton; 3. Chad Clark; 4. Beau Wilkins; 5. Jordan Watson; 6. Tim Trimble; 7. Joseph Watson; 8. Dale Hawkins; 9. Scott Van Gorder; 10 George Richardson; 11. Dana Walker; 12. HJ Bunting; 13. Jamie Mills; 14. Norman Short Jr; Did not start: Michael White; Matt Jester.

AC Delco TSS Modified Feature Finish: 1. Scott Baker; 2. John Curtis; 3. Matt Hawkins; 4. Tom Moore; 5. Brandon Blades; 6. Greg Taylor Jr; 7. Scott Calhoun; 8. Billy Carr; 9. Kyle Fuller; 10. Westley Smith; 11. Nate Benson; 12. Scott Hitchens; 13. Joseph Tracy; 14. Brandon Sturgis; 15. Bryan Applegate; 16. Justin Griffith; 17. Ryan Anderson; 18. Danny Smack; 19. Taylor McCracken; 20. Shawn Ward; 21. Jason Steward; 22. Corey Cohee; 23. Herbie Hempel; 24. Ted Reynolds; DQ; Brandon Perdue.

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1.Steve White; 2. Brandon Dennis; 3. Tyler Reed; 4. Tim White; 5. Kevin McKinney; 6. Chad Passwaters; 7. Billy Thompson; 8. Kerry King Jr; 9. Kirk Miles Sr; 10. James Hill; 11. Ray Gulliver; 12. Curt Miles Jr; 13. Chris Jestice; 14. Shawn Weber; 15. Alan Passwaters; 16. Stacy Roberts; 17. Ty Short; 18. Jason Musser.


THIRD GENERATION DRIVER, DERRIKE HILL GETS FIRST CAREER WIN IN DELAWARE LATE MODELS



Nineteen year old Derrike Hill added to a long family tradition on Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. Derrike’s grandfather Larry Hill was the Late Model champion in 1976 and ’77. Derrike’s father David is the all-time leading feature winner at the speedway with 138 wins and a five time champion and Uncle Steve Hill was an eight time winner at the track. Saturday night Derrike was able to track down Hal Browning by the halfway sign to take the lead.

Browning started on the pole in the 20-lap feature and quickly pulled away from the field as Derrike Hill and Amanda Whaley battled for second. Mark Byram quickly climbed from sixth to third. Donald Lingo, Jr. was slicing through the field from 11th and was running in fourth by the halfway sign.

On lap 11 Hill got a good run on Browning and took the lead at lap 12. Byram followed into second two laps later with Lingo in tow. Byram seemed to have the quicker car in the first and second turns and was able to stick a nose along side of Hill. Hill was the quicker of the two off the turn and maintained his lead to earn his first career victory in the Teco/Westinghouse/Rocket.

“I’ve literally been waiting 19 years to be here,” said Hill in victory lane. “It’s great to get that first win in. I know I saw someone diving inside of me late in the race but I figured that he couldn’t get by me if I could just keep my momentum around the top.”

Byram turned in his best run of the season in second with Lingo, Jr. third. Fourth went to Ray Davis, Jr. and David Hill rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Derrike Hill and Amanda Whaley.

In the 15-lap Crate Model feature it was former champion Jack Mullins, Jr. taking the lead from pole sitter, John Imler on lap one. Mullins was able to open a comfortable lead as Imler and Nick Davis battle for second.

The only caution of the race came on lap 11 when Skip Syester got around. On the restart, Davis was able to mount a challenge and take second with two laps to go but he would not be able to mount a challenge on Mullins.

Mullins took the R&J Poultry/The Speed Shop//Warrior home in first. Davis finished in the second spot with Imler posting a personal best in third. Fourth went to Joe Warren and Chris Hitchens rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Mullins.

RESULTS: Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1.Derrike Hill; 2. Mark Byram; 3. Donald Lingo Jrl; 4. Ray Davis Jr; 5. David Hill; 6. Hal Browning; 7. Mark Pettyjohn; 8. Amanda Whaley; 9. Kerry King; 10. Rob Schirmer; 11. Bryan Driver; 12. Staci Warrington; 13. Bob Geiger; 14. Herb Tunis; 15. David Pettyjohn.

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Jack Mullins; 2. Nick Davis; 3. John Imler; 4. Joe Warren; 5. Chris Hitchens; 6. Tyler Reed; 7. Eric Vent; 8. Clint Chalabala; 9. Justin Breeding; 10. Kelly Putz; 11. Mike Wilson; 12. Mike Williams; 13. Skip Syester; 14. Roy Hassler; 15. Randy Given; 16. Dylan Evans; 17. Mike Wharton; 18. Robert Bragg; 19. Robbie Emory; 20. Tony Bowers; Did not start: Matt Hill; Richard Harden.


ANDY BEST SCORES FIRST CAREER URC WIN AT DELAWARE


Andy Best of Dover, DE had his dream come true Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway, after winning the twenty-five lap Rislone URC Sprint feature that is part of the Taylor & Messick Delaware State Sprint Series. For Best, it was his childhood dream to win a URC feature and everything fell perfectly into place at URC’s fourth race of the season. A rookie with URC in 2009, it was ironic that his two biggest threats for the win were also 2009 rookie drivers, Jonathan Swanson the early race leader and Eddie Wagner, who raced in third most of the feature event. It was 2009 URC rookie sweep with Andy Best taking the win over Jonathan Swanson and Eddie Wagner. Making up the top five were Justin Collett and six time URC Champion Curt Michael.

A strong field of thirty-three URC sprint cars took part in the racing program with heat race victories going to Swanson, Best and Wagner as Kevin Darling won the twelve lap “B” Main.

In the twenty-five lap Rislone URC Sprint feature, Jonathan Swanson was the early race leader followed by Andy Best and Eddie Wagner. Swanson quickly ran to hide from the rest of the field as Best and Wagner settled in to run second and third. It was a mad dash to the front as drivers like Curt Michael, JJ Grasso, Trevor Lewis and Davey Sammons started the feature outside of the top twelve starting positions.

A very fast speedway saw the URC sprint cars racing at top speed and even at the halfway point, the brass of URC was still not in the top five. As the crossed flags were displayed, the top five running order was Swanson, Best, Wagner, Nick Schaluch Jr, and Justin Collett, with Swanson and Best in a battle for the lead.

On lap sixteen, the yellow flag was displayed for Randy West and Jimmy Stitzel who tangled in turn four, on the restart, Swanson and Best locked into battler and with a strong run off turn four, Best took the lead. By lap seventeen, Curt Michael moved into fifth with JJ Grasso and Davey Sammons on a charge. Sammons started last due to mechanical issues earlier in the night, but he was on his charge and inside the top ten.

With the checker flag waiving on lap twenty-five Andy Best scored the win, his first ever under the URC banner. Jonathan Swanson delivered an impressive second with Eddie Wagner third. After Wagner crossed the finish line, motor problems were evident as the sprinter coasted to a stop on the backstretch. Justin Collett finished fourth with Curt Michael fifth.

FEATURE FINISH: Andy Best, Jonathan Swanson, Eddie Wagner, Justin Collett, Curt Michael, JJ Grasso, Nick Schlauch Jr., Kramer Williamson, Art Liedl, Davey Sammons, Josh Weller, Robbie Stillwaggon, Kenny Meisner, Kyle Purks, Rory Janney, Kevin Darling, Kevin Nouse, Tim Higgins, Scott Pursell, Trevor Lewis, Chris Coyle, Randy West, Jimmy Stitzel, Tim Hogue, Mike Kostic. DNQ- - Bill Urglert, Jack Conover, Gary Gollub, Chris Weiss, Justin Jones, Tim Iulg, Troy Severin, Johnny Zimmerman.

 

 

 

 

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May 22, 2010

HAL BROWNING BLISTERS THE TRACK IN DELAWARE WINGS & THINGS LATE MODEL WIN



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE - Saturday night’s performance by Hal Browning in the “Wings & Things” 20-lap Super Late Model feature was so amazing it is hard to put into words. Browning set the tone in winning his heat turning a phenomenal lap of 16.936 seconds and an average speed of 106.282 miles per hour! The only other cars to go faster at the track have been a select few 410 sprint cars.

In the feature it was like the “on” button had been through on Browning’s car when the green came out. By lap one he was two seconds ahead of the hard charging Amanda Whaley who was running her standard car. David Pettyjohn took over second on lap two as Browning continued to pull away.

On lap five, Whaley tagged the wall coming off the second turn bringing out the yellow and ending her night. Browning was able to rocket away from Pettyjohn on the restart and Austin Hubbard took over in second.

As Browning headed off into the sunset, Pettyjohn regained second and Staci Warrington climbed from ninth to fourth. Pettyjohn’s charge ended on lap nine when he slowed and headed to the pits.

Browning was slicing through lapped traffic by the halfway sign. Warrington got by Hubbard with seven to go but there was no catching Browning who lapped all but the second and third place cars to take the checkered.

“It was fast,” said Browning. “It felt pretty good but I missed my line a couple of times. It was hard to see when I got down to the end of the straightaway.” I was the first win of the season for the driver of the Race Track Auto/Art Collins Trucking/Brian Donley Rocket and Browning received a $500 bonus for the win.

Warrington turned in her best performance of the season finishing in second and collecting the $250 bonus. Third went to Hubbard with Bob Geiger fourth and Donald Lingo, Jr. finished in fifth collecting the $250 bonus for first stock bodied car. Browning and Whaley won the heats.

Matt Hill led started on the pole and made no mistakes to lead wire to wire in the 15-lap Crate Model feature. Chris Hitchens chased from second until Tyler Reed took over the runner-up spot on lap five.

Hill’s only scare in the race came on the final lap when a lapped car got sideways in front of his car in the second turn. Hill managed to just scrape by and went on to his first checkered of the year and his second career win in the Lynch’s Towing/Warrior. Reed finished in the second spot with Jack Mullins, who set fast time in qualifying coming from ninth to finish in third. Fourth went to Hitchens and Clint Chalabala rounded out the top five.

Steven Baker led the first three laps of the 12-lap Little Lincoln feature before Mel Joseph, Jr. moved on top. Brian Brasure followed into the second spot and traded paint with Joseph with two to go before taking over the lead. Joseph faded with a flat tire and Brasure went on to his first career win. John Stevenson came on strong in the closing laps to finish in second with Bill Brittingham third. Fourth went to Donald Robinson, Jr. and Ryan Walsen rounded out the top five.

RESULTS: “Wings & Things” Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Hal Browning; 2. Staci Warrington; 3. Austin Hubbard; 4. Bob Geiger; 5. Donald Lingo Jr; 6. Kerry King; 7. Mark Pettyjohn; 8. Herb Tunis; 9. Derrike Hill; 10. Rob Schirmer; 11. David Pettyjohn; 12. Amanda Whaley; 13. David Hill; Did Not Start: Ray Davis Jr.

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Matt Hill; 2. Tyler Reed; 3. Jack Mullins; 4. Chris Hitchens; 5. Clint Chalabala; 6. Dylan Evans; 7. Justin Breeding; 8. John Imler; 9. Eric Vent; 10. Mike Wilson; 11. David Nailor; 12. Mike Williams; 13. Joe Warren; 14. Roy Hassler; 15. Robbie Emory; 16. Richard Harden; 17. Nick Davis; 18. Skip Syester; 19. Robert Bragg.

Little Lincoln Vintage Feature: 1. Brian Brasure; 2. John Stevenson; 3. Bill Brittingham; 4. Donald Robinson, Jr.’ 5. Ryan Walsen; 6. Jamie Wagner; 7. Emory West; 8. Bobby Williamson; 9. Jeff Adkins; 10. Tim Archer; 11. Steven Baker; 12. Mel Joseph, Jr.; 13. Brian Nailor; Did not Start: Wayne Wilkerson.



H.J. BUNTING GETS 1ST WIN OF SEASON IN DELAWARE BIG BLOCKS



Defending NAPA Big Block Modified point champion, H.J. Bunting has had a dismal season plagued by small things braking on his car. On Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway everything stayed together and this week Bunting was able to hold off Kenny Brightbill for the win.

Tim Trimble looked strong from his pole starting spot as he led the first to laps of the 25-lap Big Block feature. Bunting, who started in fourth, was running second by lap one and took over the top spot for lap three.

Norman Short and Joseph Watson were waging a good battle for the third spot with Watson getting the spot on lap five. With the race staying green Bunting was able to build a full half track lead by the halfway sign.

The first yellow flew on lap 15 erasing Bunting’s lead. Watson had just gotten by Trimble for second when Jamie Mills came to a stop in the second turn. Under the yellow, Norman Short, who had been running in fourth, headed to the pits.

Kenny Brightbill and Matt Jester were now running fourth and fifth. Brightbill got by Trimble on the restart with Jester following into fourth. With five to go Brightbill edged by Watson for second and Robert Dutton moved into the top five.

The second and final yellow flew with just three to go putting Brightbill on Buntings bumper just as it had happened a week prior. This time Bunting got a good restart and was able to open a two car length advantage to the checkered.

“It’s been a rough year,” said Bunting. “The crew has been working hard but it’s just been little stuff that’s been braking. It’s not anybody’s fault. It’s just something that you have to put up with and keep coming back every week.” It was the first win of the season for the five time champion in the J&M Roofing/Jake Marine/Teo.

Brightbill turning in another strong performance with his second place finish as Watson ended a good drive in third. Fourth went to Jester and Dutton rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Jamie Mills and Jester.

Sixteen year old Kyle Fuller took full advantage of his pole starting spot in the 15-lap AC Delco Modified feature. Fuller lead every lap in the race that was only slow once by a caution.

Scott Baker challenged from second but could not make the winning pass. Fuller made no mistakes as he picked up his first win of the year and his second career victory in the C.W. Matthews Logging/Teo. Baker finished a strong second with Joseph Tracy getting by Shawn Ward on the final lap to finish in third and fourth respectively. Westley Smith rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Jon Callaway.

Curt Miles Jr. led the first five laps of the caution filled 15-lap Mod Lite feature. Steve White moved on top for lap six. A two car flip occurred on lap nine when Rick Wheatley and Alan Passwaters tangled. No one was injured.

Tim White moved into the second spot but could not mount a challenge on Steve White who posted his third win of the season in the Northeast Heating & Air/Lightning. Tim White settled for second with Brandon Dennis coming from the rear of the field to finish in third. Fourth went to Miles, Jr. and Kevin McKinney rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by Tyler Reed.

This Saturday night will be R.C. Holloway Night and will included the United Racing Company Sprint Cars. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

RESULTS: NAPA Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. H.J. Bunting; 2. Kenny Brightbill; 3. Joseph Watson; 4. Matt Jester; 5. Robert Dutton; 6. Jamie Mills; 7. Beau Wilkins; 8. Dale Hawkins; 9. Michael White; 10. George Richardson; 11. Tim Trimble; 12. Norman Short Jr; 13. Larry Crouse; Did not Start: Jordan Watson; Bobby Watkins; Scott Van Gorder.

AC Delco TSS Modified Feature Finish: 1. Kyle Fuller; 2. Scott Baker; 3. Joseph Tracy; 4. Shawn Ward; 5. Westley Smith; 6. Jon Callaway; 7. Tom Moore; 8. Brandon Perdue; 9. Billy Carr; 10. Ted Reynolds; 11. John Curtis; 12. Brandon Blades; 13. Greg Taylor Jr; 14. Scott Hitchens; 15. Justin Griffith; 16. Brandon Sturgis; 17. Scott Calhoun; 18. Ryan Anderson; 19. Taylor McCracken; 20. Danny Smack; 21. Nate Benson; 22. Garrie Bostwick; 23. Herbie Hempel; 24. Bryan Applegate.

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Steve White; 2. Tim White; 3. Brandon Dennis; 4. Curt Miles Jr; 5. Kevin McKinney; 6. Ty Short; 7. Scott Tessman; 8. Kirk Miles Sr; 9. Chad Passwaters; 10. Jason Musser; 11. James Hill; 12. Ray Gulliver; 13. Trent Willey; 14. Chris Jestice; 15. Stacy Roberts; 16. Matt Glanden; 17. Billy Thompson; 18. Rick Wheatley; 19. Alan Passwaters; 20. Tyler Reed; 21. Paul McGinley.


 

TOPLESS KENNY BRIGHTBILL BY A WHEEL FOR 3RD WIN IN DELAWARE BIG BLOCKS



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (5/15/10) – Right up to the final turn it looked as if defending point champion, H.J. Bunting had shook off his run of bad luck and was headed for his first win of the season during “Topless Night” at the Delaware International Speedway. “Mr. Excitement” Kenny Brightbill however lived up to his name as he drove under Bunting in the final turn and won the drag race to the finish line by a wheel for his third win of the season in the Keith Coulbourne No. 55.

The yellow was out before the first lap was complete in the 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature when Jamie Mills, George Richardson, Billy Collingsworth and Scott VanGorder tangled in the first turn. Chad Clark controlled the restart as Bunting shot from fourth to second.

Bunting cranked it up on the outside and took the lead for lap two. Jeff Brown followed Bunting into second as Joseph Watson advanced from sixth to third by lap five. By lap ten Bunting had build a seven second lead but that was erased when Matt Jester got off the top of turn three bringing out the yellow.

On the restart Bunting once again pulled away from Brown who was now being challenged by Watson. Kenny Brightbill was on the move and had climbed from tenth to fourth by the halfway sign.

Watson got by Brown on lap 17 and Brightbill followed into third one lap later. Brightbill worked his was past Watson for second with five to go. Bunting again had built a five second lead but the turning point of the race happened with three to go when Robert Dutton lost and engine and slowed bringing out the final yellow.

On the restart, Brightbill began searching for a faster line. He caught Bunting going into the final turn and moved to the low groove coming off turn for. At the wire it was Brightbill by .016 seconds for the win. “I thought that I had gotten him (Bunting) but I wasn’t sure,” said an exhausted Brightbill.

Bunting posted his best finish of the season in second with Watson ending an excellent drive in third. Jester charged back through the field for fourth and Beau Wilkins rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Wilkins and Bunting.

Scott Baker led the first three laps of the AC Delco Modified feature before John Curtis took the point. Joseph Tracy grabbed second on lap seven. Curtis survived a rash of caution through the middle of the race and held off the late race challenges of Tracy to score his second win of the season in the Taylor & Messick/Teo. Tracy finish on Curtis’ bumper for second with Baker holding on to third. Fourth went to Shawn Ward and Matt Hawkins rounded out the top five. Jon Callaway, who debuted his new car and set fast time, finished in sixth.

The 15-lap Mod Lite feature got off to a wild start with a five car pileup coming off the first turn. Two cars flipped by no one was injured. When the dirt settled it was Kevin White taking the lead and Brandon Dennis running in second.

The duo would pull away from the rest of the field. Dennis made a last lap challenge but White, in the CLC Cabling/Lightning collected his first win of the season. Dennis finished in second with Billy Thompson turning in his best performance finishing in third. Fourth went to Chris Jestice in his best run and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, A.J. Allmendinger drove from 17th to finish in fifth.

This Saturday night will be “Wings & Things” for the Super Late Models plus the weekly point divisions and the Little Lincoln Vintage Cars. Late Model drivers will receive 100 points plus there will be a $500 bonus for first and a $250 bonus for the second place finishers. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

RESULTS: Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Kenny Brightbill; 2. HJ Bunting; 3. Joseph Watson; 4. Matt Jester; 5. Beau Wilkins; 6. Jamie Mills; 7. Jordan Watson; 8. Norman Short Jr; 9. Chad Clark; 10. Jeff Brown; 11. Don Hallowell; 12. Tim Trimble; 13. Billy ;Collingsworth; 14. Robert Dutton; 15. Scott Van Gorder; 16. George Richardson; Did not Start: Bobby Watkins; Dale Hawkins.

AC Delco Modified Feature Finish: 1. John Curtis; 2. Joseph Tracy; 3. Scott Baker; 4. Shawn Ward; 5. Matt Hawkins; 6. Jon Callaway; 7. Kyle Fuller; 8. Brandon Blades; 9. Tom Moore; 10. Brandon Perdue; 11. Brandon Sturgis; 12. Danny Smack; 13. Westley Smith; 14. Ryan Anderson; 15. Gary Simpson; 16. Herbie Hempel; 17. Taylor McCracken; 18. Scott Hitchens; 19. Garrie Bostwick; 20. Dan Reidy; 21. Nate Benson; 22. Scott Calhoun; 23. Greg Taylor Jr; 24. Billy Carr.

Mod Lite Featue Finish: 1. Tim White; 2. Brandon Dennis; 3. Billy Thompson; 4. Chris Jestice; 5. AJ Allmindinger;; 6. James Hill; 7. Chad Passwaters; 8. TJ Williams; 9. Trent Willey; 10. Ray Gulliver; 11. Rick Wheatley; 12. Stacy Roberts; 13. Curt Miles Jr; 14. Alan Passwaters; 15. Kevin White; 16. Scott Tessman; 17. Kirk Miles Sr; 18. Ty Short; 19. Steve White; 20. Tyler Reed; 21. Matt Glanden.


DONALD LINGO, JR WINS THIRD IN TOPLESS DELAWARE LATE MODELS



Donald Lingo, Jr. said he was still upset with himself after Thursday night’s performance in the World of Outlaw show at Delaware International Speedway. He was able to channel his frustration into a dominating performance as he drove to his third win of the season.

Hal Browning led the first two circuits before Lingo, who started in sixth, blasted on top. David Hill worked his way into second for lap four and the chase was on. At the halfway sign the top five were Lingo, Hill, Mark Byram, Ray Davis, Jr. and Ross Robinson.

Byram’s charge ended with a flat rear tire on lap 14 bringing out the yellow. On the next circuit, Amanda Whaley got around tightening the field once again. Lingo quickly opened a two car advantage on the restart and charged the remaining distance to the checkered in the Lingo Marine/Rocket.

“Thursday night put a fire under my butt,” said Lingo. “I haven’t been that disappointed in a long while. We spent all day yesterday and today trying to get this thing back together. We needed this tonight to get over Thursday night.”

Hill, who kept himself in contention all race long, finished in second with Ray Davis, Jr. coming on strong in the closing laps to finish in third. Fourth went to Ross Robinson and Andrew Mullins took fifth on the final lap. Heats were won by Lingo, Jr. and Amanda Whaley.

Third generation driver, Eric Vent started on the pole in the 15-lap Crate Model feature. Vent did exactly what he needed to do making no mistakes in the race. Clint Chalabala worked by Matt Hill and was able to get along side of Vent with four laps to go.

Vent answered the call and went on to take the win in the Clark’s Pools machine. Chalabala finished a close second with Matt Hill third. Fourth went to Chris Hitchens and Jack Mullins came from ninth to finish in fifth. Fast time in qualifying was set by Chalabala.

The Slide for 5 cars rounded out the night. Matt Carmean slid to his second straight win followed by Zack Moore and Preston Lindey in third.

RESULTS: Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Donald Lingo Jr; 2. David Hill; 3. Ray Davis Jr; 4. Ross Robinson; 5. Andrew Mullins; 6. Mark Pettyjohn; 7. Rob Schirmer; 8. Herb Tunis; 9. Kerry King; 10. Staci Warrington; 11. Derrike Hill; 12. Mark Byram; 13. David Pettyjohn; 14. Bob Geiger; 15. Amanda Whaley; 16. Brian Donely; 17. Hal Browning; 18. Bryan Driver.

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Eric Vent; 2. Clint Chalabala; 3. Matt Hill; 4. Chris Hitchens; 5. Jack Mullins; 6. Joe Warren; 7. Nick Davis; 8. John Imler; 9. Tyler Reed; 10. Mike Wilson; 11. Justin Breeding; 12. Mike Williams; 13. Dylan Evans; 14. Skip Syester; 15. Randy Given; 16. Ryan Deztraze. 17. Robbie Emory; 18. Clay Tatman; 19. Roy Hassler; 20. Richard Harden.

 

Just Enough Power: Richards Holds Off Brady Smith To Capture 'First State 50' At Delaware International Speedway



DELMAR, DE – May 13, 2010 – Josh Richards had just enough power left under the hood of his Rocket Chassis house car to capture Thursday night's World of Outlaws Late Model Series 'First State 50' at Delaware International Speedway.

Running more than half the A-Main's distance on what he said was seven cylinders, Richards managed to turn back a furious late-race challenge from Brady Smith to record his series-leading third victory of the 2010 WoO campaign. He is the only driver who has won more than once in the national tour's 13 events contested to date.

Richards, 22, of Shinnston, W.Va., led the rough-and-tumble 50-lapper from start-to-finish, never faltering on the restarts that followed the race's nine caution flags. The defending WoO LMS champion crossed the finish line 0.244 of a second ahead of Solon Springs, Wis.'s Smith, whose runner-up placing in his Team Zero by Bloomquist mount was his best since he won the tour's second event of '10 on Feb. 13 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.

The victory also moved Richards back into the WoO LMS points lead by 22 points over Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., who fell from the catbird's seat in the standings following a dismal 16th-place finish. McCreadie cut a right-rear tire while running fifth on lap 23 and later retired on lap 43 with apparent jackshaft problems after climbing back to 10th place.

"Luck was definitely on our side tonight," said Richards, who earned $10,675 for his 23rd career triumph on the WoO LMS. "We ran good in our heat, drew the outside pole (starting spot for the A-Main), were able to run up front and keep in clean air the whole way in the feature, and survived an engine problem. I guess it was just meant to be tonight."

Steve Francis of Ashland, Ky., lost second place to Smith on a lap-23 restart and battled an overheating engine for much of the distance, but he held on to finish third in his Valvoline Rocket car. Teenage Rookie of the Year contender Austin Hubbard of Seaford, Del. – racing at a track just minutes from his home – advanced from the 19th starting spot to finish fourth in Dale Beitler's Rocket car, while 11th-starter Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, Ga., completed the top five in NASCAR star Clint Bowyer's Warrior Chassis after ceding fourth to Hubbard on a lap-48 restart.

The road to victory was certainly nerve-racking for Richards, who thought his tough luck in WoO LMS action at the half-mile oval was about to continue when his Cornett engine began to sour as he set the pace. His previous disappointments at DIS included a tangle with a lapped car after leading the first 20 laps of the 2007 event and a first-lap incident in 2009 that forced him to run the remainder of the distance one lap down in an extremely beat-up machine.

"I don't know what happened exactly, but I felt something change in the engine just before halfway," said Richards. "When it happened I thought we were done, because we were definitely down huge on power all of a sudden. But after 10 or 15 laps I was still leading and I really hadn't heard anybody, so I was like, 'I must be O.K.'

"Actually, being down on power might have helped because I could roll through the corner, run wide open and the car stuck. I could keep all my momentum up."

Richards was chased throughout the race's second half by Smith, who started fourth. Smith closed right up on the rear bumper of Richards's car exiting turn two several times during the final laps and stuck his machine's nose under Richards after a lap-48 restart, but he couldn't pull off a pass.

Less than one week after Richards saw a potential victory at Lincoln (Ill.) Speedway slip through his fingers because he tangled with a lapped car on the last lap and was then nipped at the finish line by Shane Clanton of Locust Grove, Ga., the young sensation made it all the way to the checkered flag first.

"I saw (Smith) with like two (laps) to go," said Richards. "I slipped in three and four and I saw him flash under me for a second, but I had enough momentum to pull him off the corner. Then I just tried to hold on for the last lap.

"This track bit us a couple times in the past, so it's nice to come out here and finally get a win."

Smith, who turns 33 on May 31, wore a satisfied smile despite falling short of victory.

"I gave it all I had, and I'm sure (Richards) was giving it all he had," said Smith. "It was a good race. It was fun.

"I really thought I was gonna be able to run under him coming through (turns) three and four on that last lap, but I just over-charged the corner because I was trying not to leave anything on the racetrack and do everything I could to win.

"We'll take second," he added. "Oh my god, we needed a paycheck worse than you could ever imagine. We've had a great race car and my guys have been working hard, but we just haven't had things fall into place this year."

Among the WoO LMS stars who ran into trouble during the event were good buddies Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., and Tim Fuller of Watertown, N.Y. Both drivers brought out caution flags after their cars' noses were bent under from digging into the racetrack – Smith on lap nine after he had started from the pole position and run second for laps 1-8, and Fuller on lap 48 when slid off the track in turn one while holding 11th place.

Finishing in positions 6-10 was fifth-starter Rick Eckert of York, Pa., who climbed as high as fourth; Clanton, who started 15th; Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., who started and finished in the same spot; 17th-starter Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa.; and Russell King of Bristolville, Ohio, who registered his first top-10 finish of the 2010 season.

DIS regular Donald Lingo Jr. of Millsboro, Del., who finished 12th, received the $500 WoO LMS 'Bonus Bucks' cash for being the highest-finishing driver who hasn't won a tour A-Main and isn't ranked among the top 12 in the points standings.

Forty cars were signed in for the event, which was run on an overcast evening with no threat of rain.

Eckert was fastest in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials with a lap of 18.377 seconds (97.949 mph). It was his first fast-time honor of 2010.

Heat winners were Eckert, Francis, McCreadie and Brady Smith. The B-Mains were captured by Frank and Mark Byram of Georgetown, Del.

Millsboro, Del.'s Amanda Whaley, a 15-year-old Late Model rookie at Delaware International Speedway, finished third in the second B-Main to qualify for a WoO LMS A-Main in her first-ever appearance on the tour. She placed 19th in the 50-lapper, completing 33 laps before retiring.

Whaley became just the third female driver to start a WoO feature, joining WoO rookie Jill George of Cedar Falls, Iowa, who finished 23rd in the First State 50 after gaining entry to the field thanks to a provisional, and April Farmer of Livingston, Tenn. Both George and Farmer broke the tour's gender barrier during the 2009 season.

Mel Joseph, Jr. of Georgetown, Del. won the companion Little Lincoln Vintage feature of Jame Wagner.

Results of WoO Late Model Series 'First State 50' (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):



1. (2) Josh Richards/50 $10,675

2. (4) Brady Smith/50 $5,500

3. (3) Steve Francis/50 $3,600

4. (19) Austin Hubbard/50 $3,300

5. (11) Dale McDowell/50 $2,000

6. (5) Rick Eckert/50 $2,250

7. (15) Shane Clanton/50 $1,900

8. (8) Darrell Lanigan/50 $1,900

9. (17) Chub Frank/50 $1,700

10. (20) Russell King/50 $1,600

11. (1) Clint Smith/50 $1,550

12. (16) Donald Lingo Jr./50 $1,500

13. (21) Brent Robinson/50 $950

14. (18) Mark Byram/50 $900

15. (13) Tim Fuller/50 $1,350

16. (6) Tim McCreadie/43 $1,400

17. (14) Kenny Pettyjohn/40 $770

18. (10) Jamie Lathroum/37 $750

19. (22) Amanda Whaley/33 $730

20. (9) Jeremy Miller/28 $700

21. (24) Ross Robinson/24 $700

22. (7) Vic Coffey/15 $700

23. (23) Jill George/13 $725

24. (12) Ricky Elliott/12 $700


* Earnings include Winners Circle program and cash contingency award bonuses


Time of Race: 42 Mins., 39.881 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 0.244 Secs.

Yellow Flags: 9 (Laps 9, 13, 16, 23, 25, 27, 42, 44, 48)

Lap Leaders: Richards (1-50)

Provisional Starters: George, R. Robinson

Rookie of the Race: Hubbard ($250)

WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Donald Lingo Jr. ($500)


Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):



1. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 18.377

2. 6-Jamie Lathroum/Mechanicsville, MD 18.508

3. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 18.543

4. 2-Brady Smith/Solon Springs, WI 18.545

5. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 18.578

6. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 18.586

7. 43A-Jason Covert/York Haven, PA 18.698

8. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 18.715

9. 20-Staci Warrington/Milton, DE 18.737

10. 19H-Austin Hubbard/Seaford, DE 18.765

11. 7-Darryl Hills/Great Mills, MD 18.789

12. 55L-Donald Lingo Jr./Millsboro, DE 18.801

13. 1M-Jeremy Miller/Gettysburg, PA 18.844

14. 15-Steve Francis/Ashland, KY 18.893

15. 25-Shane Clanton/Locust Grove, GA 18.914

16. 88-Ricky Elliott/Seaford, DE 18.942

17. 3-Brent Robinson/Smithfield, VA 18.954

18. 5K-Kirk Ryan Jr./Lewisberry, PA 18.989

19. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 19.016

20. 45-Mark Byram/Georgetown, DE 19.035

21. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 19.061

22. 57-Derrike Hill/Trappe, MD 19.079

23. 17M-Dale McDowell/Chickamauga, GA 19.103

24. 56-Russell King/Bristolville, OH 19.139

25. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 19.174

26. 7R-Ross Robinson/Georgetown, DE 19.211

27. 75-David Hill/Trappe, MD 19.262

28. 44W-Amanda Whaley/Millsboro, DE 19.291

29. 8-Mark Pettyjohn/Milton, DE 19.311

30. 38s-Kenny Pettyjohn/Millsboro, DE 19.313

31. 99L-Dale Lingo IV/Millsboro, DE 19.490

32. 5M-Herb Tunis/Georgetown, DE 19.741

33. 84-Ray Davis Jr./Millsboro, DE 19.819

34. 22-Jill George/Cedar Falls, IA 20.094

35. 8x-Eddie Pettyjohn/Milton, DE 20.221

36. 59-Kelly Putz/Georgetown, DE 20.418

37. 35-Mike Parsons/Lewes, DE 20.571

38. KB-Kerry King/Delmar, DE 21.001

39. 100-Hal Browning/Lewes, DE 27.212

40. 22*-G.R. Smith/Cornelius, NC N/T


Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Eckert, Richards, J. Miller, Fuller, Frank, B. Robinson, Warrington, M. Pettyjohn, Davis, Parsons

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Francis, C. Smith, Lathroum, K. Pettyjohn, Hubbard, George, Derrike Hill, Ryan, R. Robinson (DNS) K. King

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): McCreadie, Coffey, McDowell, Clanton, David Hill, E. Pettyjohn, Browning, Dale Lingo, Covert (DNS) Hills

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): B. Smith, Lanigan, Elliott, Donald Lingo Jr., Byram, R. King, Whaley, Tunis, Putz (DNS) G.R. Smith

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Frank, Hubbard, B. Robinson, Davis, Warrington, Parsons, R. Robinson, M. Pettyjohn, George (DNS) Derrike Hill, Ryan, K. King

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): Byram, R. King, Whaley, David Hill, Tunis, E. Pettyjohn, Putz, Browning (DNS) Dale Lingo, Covert, Hills, G.R. Smith

May 8, 2010

NO JOKE, MATT JESTER WIN IN DELAWARE MODIFIEDS



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – Mother Nature provided some brutal conditions that made for a dry and hard race track on Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. It turned out that the conditions were just what Matt Jester needed to nurse his NAPA Big Block Modified to victory in the 25-lap feature.

Chad Clark led the first three laps before the yellow flew as Robert Dutton and Jamie Mills made contact in the first turn with both receiving flat tires. Under the yellow, Clark ran over some debris and he headed to the pits with a flat right rear.

Matt Jester had been riding in second and was now the new leader. Norman Short worked past Joseph Watson for second and Beau Wilkins began to climb through the top five. The race stayed green from lap seven on allowing Jester to build almost a half track lead.

Jordan Watson and Dale Hawkins got by Short for third and fourth. With five to go, Jester had reached the rear of the pack and was not eager to jump up on the outside. As Wilkins began to close the gap it became evident that he would not have enough time to catch Jester.

Jester was able to nurse his Clearview Farms//Holly Hills Farms/Bicknell to the checkered as Wilkins came up just 4.06 seconds short. “Beau is usually good on these hard slick tracks,” said Jester. “Coming off of four you just couldn’t see nothing so the 888 he just slowed up because he couldn’t see. So I just waited and I thought I saw the checkered but I’ve had a couple of buddies lose races because they pulled off with one to go so I was going an extra one.”

Jordan Watson finished in the third spot with Dale Hawkins turning in a season best in fourth and Short rounded out the top five. Heats were won by H.J. Bunting and Jester.

Shawn Ward made no mistakes as he led wire to wire to win the 15 lap AC Delco Modified feature. Ward got by Scott Calhoun to lead lap one and would never look back. Westley Smith dropped Calhoun to third on lap five but Ward had already built a lead of almost five second.

That lead was erased with two laps to go for a three car tangle. On the restart Ward was able to pull away and go on to post his second career victory in the Primo Team/Fleetwood Farms/No 14K. Smith finished a personal best in second with Calhoun ending a good drive in third. Fourth went to Scott Baker who set fast time in qualifying and Joseph Tracy rounded out the top five. Results are unofficial pending on-going tech at time of writing.

The Mod Lite 15 lap feature was a heated battle throughout the distance. Ty Short led the first half of the race. Tim White got by second place runner Billy Thompson for lap seven and began to challenge for the lead.

Sixteen year old Tyler Reed joined the lead battle with five to go and took second from White with one two laps to go. Reed made a daring move on the outside going into the third turn and took the white flag as the leader. He then drove the Bonneville’s Roofing/Suzuki to his first win.

Ty Short ended a great drive in second with Tim White third. Brandon Dennis got by Steve White on the final lap for fourth with Steve finishing in fifth. Dennis set fast time in qualifying.

Veteran Dave Schamp of Dover, Del. captured the 12-lap Vintage Stock Car feature. Schamp held off the last lap challenge of Chuck Tucker to take the win. Tucker finished a close second with Paul Weaver coming from the rear of the field to finish in third. Fourth went to C.J. Schirmer and Ronnie Ford rounded out the top five.

RESULTS: NAPA Big Block Modified Feature Finish: 1. Matt Jester; 2. Beau Wilkins; 3. Jordan Watson; 4. Dale Hawkins; 5. Norman Short Jr; 6. Tim Trimble; 7. Jeff Brown; 8. Michael White; 9. Scott Van Gorder; 10. Dana Walker; 11. Joseph Watson; 12.Bobby Watkins; 13. George Richardson; 14. Robert Dutton; 15. Kenny Brightbill; 16. Larry Crouse; 17. Chad Clark; 18. Jamie Mills; 19. HJ Bunting.

AC Delco Modified Feature Finish (unofficial pending tech): 1. Shawn Ward; 2. Westley Smith; 3. Scott Calhoun; 4 Scott Baker; 5. Joseph Tracy; 6. John Curtis; 7. Brandon Sturgis; 8. Jason Bishop; 9. Garrie Bostwick; 10. Herbie Hempel; 11. Tom Moore; 12. Nate Benson; 13. Danny Smack; 14. Taylor McCracken; 15. Scott Hitchens; 16. David Scarano; 17. Brandon Perdue; 18. Bryan Applegate; 19. Dan Reidy; 20. Brandon Blades; 21. Ryan Anderson; 22. Greg Taylor Jr; 23. Ted Reynolds; 24. Corey Cohee; 25. Billy Carr; Did Not Start: Kyle Fuller.

Mod Lite Feature Finish: 1. Tyler Reed; 2. Ty Short; 3. Tim White; 4. Brandon Dennis; 5. Steve White; 6. Curt Miles Jr; 7. Kirk Miles Sr; 8. Chris Jestice; 9. Scott Tessman; 10. Ray Gulliver; 11. James Hill; 12. Stacy Roberts; 13. Shawn Weber; 14. Alan Passwaters; 15. Rick Wheatley; 16. Trent Willey; 17. Billy Thompson; 18. Jason Musser; 19. Chad Passwaters; Did Not Start: TJ Williams.

Vintage Feature Finish: 1. Dave Schamp; 2. Chuck Tucker; 3. Paul Weaver; 4. C.J. Schirmer; 5. Ronnie Ford; 6. Rick Loveland, Jr.; 7. Carl Schirmer; 8. Gary Scott; 9. Mark Williams.


ROB SCHIRMER ENDS EIGHT YEAR DROUGHT IN DELWARE LATE MODELS



Rob Schirmer turned in an outstanding run on Saturday night to record his second career win at the Delaware International Speedway. His first and only other victory came eight years earlier on July 20, 2002. Schirmer lead the entire distance and held off former track champion, David Pettyjohn to notch the win.

Schirmer started on the pole and took off from the field at the drop of the green. David Pettyjohn and Herb Tunis swapped the second spot back and forth until lap five when Pettyjohn took over the spot for good.

At the halfway sign the top five were Schirmer, Pettyjohn, Tunis, Mark Byram and Ray Davis, Jr. Schirmer had built almost a seven second lead when the second and final yellow flew on lap 13. Schirmer had an excellent restart and was able to keep about a car length between himself and Pettyjohn.

Schirmer stayed smooth and mistake free the rest of the distance to earn the win in the Wade R. Hudson Truck Repair/All About the Dogs/Lazer/Myers. “It’s been a long time. A lot of money and a lot of hard work,” said Schirmer. “I just found the right track and was in the right spot. All I had to do is stay on the bottom and run. The car felt great.”

David Pettyjohn finished in second with Tunis ending a solid drive in third. Fourth went to Byram and Davis, Jr. rounded out the top five. Mark Pettyjohn in his father’s famed Eight Ball started last in the field and finished sixth. Heats were won by Warrington and Davis, Jr.

Nick Davis was smooth and error free as he drove to his first win of the season in the 15-lap Crate Model feature. Davis started on the pole with Clint Chalabala literally knocking on his back bumper. Matt Hill ran in third with Tyler Reed fourth and Joe Warren coming from seventh to fifth by lap seven.

A tangle brought out the caution with four laps to go. Davis had an excellent restart and was able to put a little breathing room between himself and Chalabala. At the checkered it was Davis, in the Virgil F. Davis,III Trucking/Davis Trucking/Rocket taking his first win of the season. Chalabala finished in second with Hill third. Fourth went to Reed and Warren rounded out the top five. Reed also set fast time in qualifying.

Thursday night the World of Outlaw Late Models will come to Delaware International. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m. The Little Lincoln Vintage cars will also be on the program. Come out and see the best professional Super Late Model drivers take on the stars and cars of Delmarva in this once a year event.

RESULTS: Super Late Model Feature Finish: 1. Rob Schirmer; 2. David Pettyjohn; 3. Herb Tunis; 4. Mark Byram; 5. Ray Davis Jr; 6. Mark Pettyjohn; 7. Donald Lingo Jr; 8. Mike Parsons; 9. Ricky Elliott; 10. Hal Browning; 11. David Hill; 12. Kelly Putz; 13. Kenny Pettyjohn; 14. Staci Warrington; 15. Bob Geiger; 16. Bryan Driver; 17. Amanda Whaley; Did Not Start: Kerry King.

Crate Model Feature Finish: 1. Nick Davis; 2. Clint Chalabala; 3. Matt Hill; 4. Tyler Reed; 5. Joe Warren; 6. Eric Vent; 7. Chris Hitchens’ 8. Justin Breeding; 9. Jack Mullins; 10. John Imler; 11. Robert Bragg; 12. Dylan Evans; 13. Roy Hassler; 14. Gus Economides; 15. Clay Tatman; 16. Skip Syester; 17. Randy Given; 18. Richard Harden; 19. Robbie Emory; 20. Mike Wilson.
 

KENNY BRIGHTBILL CAPTURES KYLE DIXON MEMORIAL IN DELAWARE



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (5/1/10) – Kenny Brightbill of Sinking Springs, Pa. seems to have adjusted to his new Keith Coulbourne ride in a very short period of time. Brightbill backed up his win last week by capturing Saturday night’s non-stop 25-lap Kyle Dixon Memorial at the Delaware International Speedway.

Robert Dutton looked strong from his pole starting spot with Norman Short and Beau Wilkins giving chase from second and third. Brightbill started in the seventh spot and was already making ground on the outside. By lap four he was into the top five and two laps later he worked by Wilkins for third.

Dutton continued to pace the field as Brightbill got by Short for second on lap nine. Two laps later Brightbill worked his way into the lead. H.J Bunting had worked his way up to third from tenth but pulled to the infield with mechanical problems. Jamie Mills took over the spot and got by Dutton for second with seven laps to go.

With five to go, Brightbill’s lead was 4.5 seconds but as he cautiously started to work lapped traffic Mills began to close. We two laps to go the distance was under two seconds but the race would remain caution free and Mills would run out of time.

Brightbill, in the Coulbourne Farms/Liquid Assets/Bicknell collected the checkered about three car lengths ahead of Mills. “It went straight through and it was starting to wear me out a little bit,” said Brightbill. “The guys have done a good job and we’ve got the car coming off the corner better and that helps a lot.”

Mills finished in the second spot with Dutton turning in a strong performance in third. Fourth went to Matt Jester and Joseph Watson rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Short and Mills.

In the 15-lap AC Delco TSS Modified feature it was Matt Hawkins leading the first lap before John Curtis moved on top. Curtis enjoyed a comfortable lead while Hawkins and Shawn Ward swapped second back and forth.

Ward to second for good just past the halfway sign and when the yellow came out for the final time on lap 11 it closed the gap and set up a good battle to the finish. Ward was able to get the nose of his car under Curtis on a couple of occasions but Curtis, in the Taylor & Messick/Curtis Farms/Teo held off the challenges to take the win.

Ward, who got his first career win last week, turned in another outstanding performance to finish in second with Hawkins holding on to finish in third. Fourth went to Joseph Tracy and Brandon Blades came from tenth to finish in fifth. Fast time in qualifying was set by Tracy.

Steve White was back in top form in the Mod Lite 15-lap feature. Curt Miles, Jr. led the first lap before White, who started in fourth, shot to the lead. Kevin McKinney gave chase from second with Brandon Dennis coming from sixth to third by lap six.

White worked the track with perfection as Dennis got by McKinney at the halfway sign. A yellow with one lap to go erased White’s lead but he was able to with the one lap shoot out for his second straight victory in the Northeast Heating & Air/Durham Racing/Lightning. Dennis finished in the second spot with Tyler Reed coming from tenth to finish in fourth. Miles, jr. rounded out the top five. Fast time in qualifying was set by White.

This Saturday night the Vintage Stock Cars join the five weekly divisions. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

RESULTS: NAPA Big Block Modified Feature: 1.Kenny Brightbill; 2,.Jamie Mills; 3. Robert Dutton; 4. Matt Jester; 5. Joseph Watson; 6. Norman Short Jr; 7. Beau Wilkins; 8, Jordan Watson; 9.Tim Trimble; 10. Brad Trice; 11. Scott Van Gorder; 12. Chad Clark; 13. George Richardson; 15.HJ Bunting; 16.Dale Hawkins; DNS: Jeff Brown; Billy Collingsworth.

AC Delco Modified Feature: 1.John Curtis; 2.Shawn Ward; 3.Matt Hawkins; 4.Joseph ; Tracy; 5.Brandon Blades; 6.Danny Smack; 7.Ted Reynolds; 8.Billy Carr; 9.Scott Calhoun; 10.Garrie Bostwick; 11.Westley Smith; 12.Brandon Perdue; 13.Kyle Fuller; 14.Tom Moore; 15.Ryan Anderson; 16.Herbie Hempel; 17.Corey Cohee; 18.Taylor McCracken; 19.Brandon Sturgis; 20.Nate Benson; 21.Greg Taylor Jr; 22.Scott Hitchens; DNS:Scott Baker.

Mod Lite Feature: 1..Steve White; 2..Brandon Dennis; 3..Kevin McKinney; 4..Tyler Reed; 5. Curt Miles Jr; 6..Tim White; 7. Billy Thompson; 8..Chris Jestice; 9..Kirk Miles Sr; 10.Ray Gulliver; 11..Chad Passwaters; 12..Alan Passwaters; 13..Jason Musser; 14..TJ Williams; 15..Scott Tessman; 16..Trent Willey; 17..Shawn Weber; 18. Stacy Roberts; 19..Rick Wheatley; DNS..James Hill



DAVID HILL ENDS DROUGHT IN DELAWARE LATE MODELS



David Hill, former five time Super Late Model Champion and all-time leading feature winner at the Delaware International Speedway, had come very close on several occasions but had not recorded a win since September 15, 2007. That all changed in dramatic fashion on Saturday night as it was the veteran against the kid in the 20-lap Kyle Dixon Memorial Super Late Model feature.

Fifteen year old Amanda Whaley gave no hit that she is a rookie in the division as she won her first heat race in a field that included three past track champions. Whaley started on the pole and immediately settled into a rhythm that saw her pulling away from the field.

Kerry King held off Herb Tunis and Hill for second. Hill took the third spot on lap four with Kenny Pettyjohn, driving the Hal Browning No. 100 following into fourth. Hill diced with King as the yellow came out on lap eight when Andrew Mullins came to a stop.

On the restart Hill took the second spot with Pettyjohn staying in tow in third. Whaley again was able to open a lead but that was erased for a final time when Derrike Hill came to a stop with mechanical problems.

Whaley went right back to the high groove but her car started to lose some bit and
David Hill started to close ground on the bottom. The fans were on their feet, some cheering for the rookie and some for the veteran as the pair went wheel to wheel with four to go.

Whaley got a little too lose coming off turn four on lap 17 and Hill pulled by on the bottom for the two to go sign. Whaley didn’t give up the challenge but at the checkered it was Hill, in the Hill’s Electric/Star Associates/Rocket posting career win number 138.

“It’s been over two years and it’s good to get back in victory lane,” said Hill. “Amanda was running real good and I wasn’t sure if I was going to get her. But the last few laps my car really started coming on on the bottom and it looked like the top was going away.”

Whaley received a standing ovation for her second place finish with Ray Davis, Jr. coming on strong after the final caution to finish in third. Fourth went to Kenny Pettyjohn and Kerry King rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Whaley and Andrew Mullins.

The Crate Model 15-lap feature was an outstanding race. Joe Warren took the lead from Eric Vent on lap one but Vent regained the lead one lap later. Both Matt Hill and Chris Hitchens joined the lead battle with Warren and Hill running wheel to wheel lap after lap.

Hill took second on lap seven but continued to battle with Warren. The final yellow was out on lap 11 and on the restart everyone went for broke. Hitchens nearly got by Warren but Warren moved to the top groove as Hill battle Vent for the lead.

Warren took second with one to go and it was a drag race to the checkered with a photo finish at the line. Warren was awarded the win by inches (.01 seconds) verified by the tape. Vent finished in second with Hitchens third. Jack Mullins slipped in to take fourth and Hill finished in fifth.

The Slide for 5 saw four lead changes on the first lap. Zack Moore was credited with lead lap one before Matt Carmean moved on top. Camean stayed out of trouble the rest of the distance to take the win.

Super Late Model Feature: 1.David Hill; 2.Amanda Whaley; 3.Ray Davis Jr; 4.Kenny Pettyjohn; 5.Kerry King; 6.Mark Byram; 7.Donald Lingo Jr; 8.Herb Tunis; 9.Rob Schirmer; 10.Andrew Mullins; 11.Bob Geiger; 12.Derrike Hill; 13.David Pettyjohn; 14.Mike Parsons; 15.Dale Lingo; 16.Bryan Driver; DNS:.Ross Robinson

Crate Model Feature: 1.Joe Warren; 2.Eric Vent; 3.Chris Hitchens; 4.Jack Mullins; 5.Matt Hill; 6.John Imler; 7.Tyler Reed; 8.Nick Davis; 9.Justin Breeding; 10.Clint Chalabala; 11.Dylan Evans; 12.Robert Bragg; 13.David Nailor; 14.Roy Hassler; 15.Randy Given; 16.Gus Economides; 17.Mike Wilson; 18.Skip Syester; 19.Robbie Emory; 20.Matt White; 21.Clay Tatman; 22.Kelly Putz.

Slide for 5: 1.Matt Carmean; 2.Zack Moore; 3.Tim Short; 4.James Layton; 5.Preston Lindsey; 6.Shane Layton.
 

“MR. EXCITEMENT” KENNY BRIGHTBILL WINS WILLIAM J. CATHELL MEMORIAL IN DELAWARE



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (4/24/10) – One of modified racing’s all-time best, Kenny Brightbill of Sinking Springs, Pa. demonstrated that at 62 he still has what it takes to win as he captured the 25-lap William J. Cathell Memorial for the Big Block Modifieds Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway. Lady Luck did play a role in the win as Jamie Mills was heading for his second straight victory when he cut a tire with ten laps left to go. It was his first win at the speedway since taking the Small Block Fall Championship race in 2000.

Joseph Watson led the first five laps of the main before Mills, who had started in fifth, marched through the top five and into the lead. Brightbill worked by Watson one lap later but Mills had already built a substantial lead.

A series of three quick caution just before halfway kept the field tightly bunched. Matt Jester had worked by Brightbill but on a restart on lap 12 was cited for a jump start and sent to the back of the pack. At the halfway sign the top five were Mills, Brightbill, Watson, Brad Trice and Tim Trimble.

Mills’ drive fell apart on lap 15 just as the yellow came out for debris in turn three. Mills ran over the debris resulting in a flat rear tire. He was able to change the tire and make it out just as the field took the green. Mills’ car got around in the first turn bringing out the yellow once again.

Brightbill was the new leader with Trice grabbing second on the restart. Brightbill would open a two and a half second lead to take the checkered in the Coulbourne Farms/Advance Auto Parts/Bicknell. “I’m glad to be back,” said Brighbill. It’s a good track here and we were lucky to win tonight but we will take what we can get.”

Brad Trice turned in his third consecutive top five run finishing in second with Joseph Watson battling race long to hold on to third. Fourth went to Jester who came from the rear and Norman Short closed strong to finish in fifth. Heats were won by Mills and Beau Wilkins.

Sophomore driver, Shawn Ward of Laurel, Del. put on a great run in the 15-lap AC Delco modified feature to post his first career win. Scott Calhoun set the pace from the pole leading the first six laps. Joseph Tracy had patiently worked his way through the top five from sixth, taking the lead from Calhoun on lap seven.

Ward was able to get by Calhoun with three laps to go and quickly caught Tracy with two to go. Ward took the lead at the white flag and made no mistakes in the final half-mile for the win in the Todd Fleetwood/The Primo Team No. 14K. Tracy finished a close second with Calhoun turning in a person best finishing in third. Fourth went to Westley Smith and Brandon Perdue came on strong in the closing laps to finish in fifth. Fast time in qualifying was set by Tracy.

The 15-lap Mod Lite feature was near perfect for Steve White of Laurel. White started on the pole and immediately moved to the high groove. While James Hill and Tim White battled for second Steve was able to open a comfortable lead.

The race went caution free in a time of 5.50:650 seconds but the perfect run ended there as White, in his Northeast Heating & Air/Lightning, detonated an engine just past the finish line. Tim White was closing in the final laps but had to settle for second with Hill third. Fourth went to Brandon Dennis and Scott Tessman rounded out the top five.

In the 10-lap Vintage Stock Car feature, Phil Claussen led the first lap in his sportsman car before C.J. Schirmer took the lead. Chuck Tucker caught Schirmer at the halfway sign and after a good wheel to wheel battle took the lead. Tucker drove a smooth race the rest of the distance to take the win. Mark Williams took third with Claussen fourth and first sportsman and Dave Schamp rounded out the top five. Claussen got the “long distance award” as he towed 972 miles one way from Oak Brook, Illinois to compete.

RESULTS: NAPA Big Block Modified Feature: 1. Kenny Brightbill; 2. Brad Trice; 3. Joseph Watson; 4. Matt Jester; 5. Norman Short Jr; 6. Robert Dutton; 7. Beau Wilkins; 8. Jamie Mills; 9. Tim Trimble; 10. Scott Van Gorder; 11. Jordan Watson; 12. Dale Hawkins; 13. Billy Collingsworth; 14. George Richardson; 15. Jeff Brown; 16. HJ Bunting; 17. Jason Daliessio; 18. Chad Clark; 19. Michael White; 20. Bobby Watkins.

AC Delco TSS Modified Feature: 1. Shawn Ward; 2. Joseph Tracy; 3. Scott Calhoun; 4. John Curtis; 5. Westley Smith; 6. Brandon Perdue; 7. Tom Moore; 8. Billy Carr; 9. Brandon Sturgis; 10. Scott Baker; 11. Greg Taylor Jr; 12. Scott Hitchens; 13. Herbie Hempel; 14. Taylor ;McCracken; 15. Danny Smack;; 16. Ryan Anderson; 17. Corey Cohee; 18. Bryan Applegate; 19. Nate Benson; 20. Ted Reynolds; 21. Matt Hawkins.

Mod Lite Feature: 1. Steve White; 2. Tim White; 3. James Hill; 4. Brandon Dennis; 5. Scott Tessman; 6. Ty Short; 7. Paul McGinley; 8. Kirk Miles Sr; 9. Billy Thompson; 10. Chad Passwaters; 11. Alan Passwaters; 12. Jason Musser; 13. Matt Glanden; 14. Curt Miles Jr; 15. Stacy Roberts; 16. TJ Williams; 17. Kevin McKinney; 18. Chris Jestice;

Vintage Stock Car Feature: 1. Chuck Tucker; 2. C.J. Schirmer; 3. Mark Williams’ 4. Phil Claussen; 5. Dave Schamp; 6. Gary Scott; 7. Carl Schirmer; Sr.; 8. James Laplant; 9. Ronnie Ford.



DONALD LINGO, JR. GETS SECOND SUPER LATE MODEL WIN



Donald Lingo, Jr. of Millsboro, Del. double the number of wins that he had last season as he earn his second victory of the year in Saturday night’s William J. Cathell Memorial 20-lap Super Late Model Feature. Third generation driver Derrike Hill of Trappe, Md. put on the best performance of his young career as he challenged for the lead in the closing laps for a strong second place run.

Hal Browing led the first lap of the feature. Ray Davis, Jr. dove inside of Browning going into the third turn but the two made contact with Davis spinning to bring out the yellow. Donald Lingo, Jr. took up the chase through lap three. Lingo nosed past Brown entering turn three and the two touched with Browning spinning off the top of the turn.

Lingo was now on top with Mark Byram in second and Derrike Hill, who had just returned from college making his first start of the season running in third. Lingo was able to open a five car length lead as Byram and Hill diced for second. Dale Lingo ran in the fourth spot and David Hill came from 13th to fifth.

Lingo was able to negotiate lapped traffic with no problems as Derrike Hill got by Byram with six to go. A final yellow came out on lap 17 when Bob Geiger came to a stop erasing Lingo’s 1.5 second lead.

Derrike Hill stayed on the back spoiler of Lingo on the restart and in the final turn made a move to the low side of the leader but it was Lingo, Jr. taking the win in his Lingo Marine/Atkins Masonry/Rocket/Ford. “It was a little exciting there at the beginning,” said Lingo. “I knew the first lap we made we had made some adjustments to the car and it was just stuck down.”

Derrike Hill was cheered by the crowd for his fine second place run. David Hill got by Byram on the final lap to finish in third behind his son with Byram fourth and Davis climbing back to fifth. Heats were won by Rob Schirmer and Ray Davis, Jr.

Eric Vent led the first five laps of the Crate Model feature. Last week’s winner, Tyler Reed was carrying a ton of momentum on the outside of the turns and was trailing Vent at that point. Reed took the lead on the following lap.

Joe Warren worked his way back into second just past the halfway point as Chris Hitchens climbed from sixth to third. Warren was able to reel in the leader in the closing laps but Reed, in the Reed Trucking/Quillen Signs/Warrior took the victory by just .372 seconds. Warren finished in the second spot with Hitchens third. Vent held on to fourth and Clint Chalabala finished in fifth. Fast time in qualifying was set by Matt Hill.

In the 12-lap Little Lincoln Vintage feature it was Ryan Walsen leading the first two laps before Jamie Wagner, who had started in eighth, took the lead. John Stevenson climbed ot the second spot by the halfway sign but could not catch Wagner who posted his first win of the season in his ’53 Chevy. Stevenson finished in second with Donald Robinson, Jr. third. Fourth went to Steven Baker and Jeff Atkins rounded out the top five.

This Saturday night will be the Kyle Dixon Memorial featuring the five weekly divisions plus the Slide for 5. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

RESULTS: Super Late Model Feature: 1. Donald Lingo Jr; 3. Derrike Hill; 3. David Hill; 4. Mark Byram; 5. Ray Davis Jr; 6. David Pettyjohn; 7. Ross Robinson; 8. Dale Lingo; 9. Amanda Whaley; 10. Herb Tunis; 11. Hal Browning; 12. Kerry King; 13. Rob Schirmer; 14. Mike Parsons; 15. Bob Geiger; 16. Andrew Mullins; 17. Kelly Putz; 18. Staci Warrington; 19. Bryan Driver.

Crate Model Feature: 1. Tyler Reed; 2. Joe Warren; 3. Chris Hitchens; 4. Eric Vent; 5.

Clint Chalabala; 6. Matt Hill; 7. Nick Davis; 8. Mike Wilson; 9. Randy Given; 10. John Imler; 11. Dylan Evans; 12. Roy Hassler; 13. David Nailor; 14. Clay Tatman; 15. Robbie Emory; 16. Jack Mullins; 17. Robert Bragg; 18. Michael Wilkins; 19. Tony Bowers.

Little Lincoln Vintage Feature: 1. Jamie Wagner; 2. John Stevenson; 3. Donald Robinson, Jr.; 4. Steven Baker; 5. Jeff Atkins; 6. Bobby Williamson; 7. John Bower; 8. Tim Archer; 9. Brian Nailor; 10. Ryan Walsen; 11. Dale Bounds; 12. Mel Joseph, Jr.; 13. Brian Brasure; 14 Emory West.
 

JAMIE MILLS WINS BIG BLOCKS IN DELAWARE



By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE (4/17/10) – Jamie Mills of Milford, Del. was admittedly a little more cautious this week after letting what looked to be a win get away from him the week prior. His patience paid off as he took the lead from Chad Clark on lap eight and went on to win the 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature Saturday night at the Delaware International Speedway.

Clark was smooth and fast from the pole at the start of the feature with Beau Wilkins, in Mills’ backup car running in second. Joseph Watson locked into a battle with Mills for third until Mills forged ahead on lap six. Mills shot past Wilkins to laps later and quickly closed to the leader Clark.

Mills worked his way into the top spot just as the first yellow flew as Kenny Brightbill slowed in the third turn. Brightbill headed to the pits and the rest of the race would run caution free.

By halfway, Wilkins had worked his was past Clark for second. Brad Trice was putting on another great run in fourth and Jordan Watson had climbed from 13th to fifth. Mills had a sizeable lead and was working traffic with five to go. Trice and Jordan Watson got by Clark for second and third and Jordan continued his drive taking third with one to go.

At the checkered, it was Mills picking up the win in the Mills Brothers Markets/Bicknell. “We were good last week and I got messed up a little bit in lapped traffic so this week I made sure to take it a little easier,” said Mills.

Wilkins finished in second with Jordan Watson third making it a top three sweep for the Milford based teams. Chad James made a late race charge after starting in 11th to finish in the fourth spot and Trice got his second straight top five in fifth. Heats were won by Clark and Mills.

Brandon Blades turned in what looked like a picture perfect run in the 15-lap AC Delco TSS Modified feature. Blades took off from his poles starting position and led the rest of the distance for what appeared to be his first career win. Blades did not however pass the post race inspection due to a tire infraction and Matt Hawkins, who had chased him the distance, was credited with his second career win.

Last week’s winner, Joe Tracy finished in second with Shawn Ward, Westley Smith and John Curtis rounding out the top five. Smith set fast lap time in qualifying.

Kevin McKinney took the lead from Curt Miles, Jr. on the second lap of the 15-lap Mod Lite feature. Sixteen year old Tyler Reed (no relation to the Crate Model winner), held down the second spot with Tim White in third.

A rash of late race cautions kept the field tightly bunched and Brandon Dennis was able to work by White for third. McKinney would make no mistakes as he powered the Hovey’s Performance Cycle/Pro/GSXR 1000 to the checkered. Reed turned in his best career performance finishing in second with Dennis third. Fourth went to Tim White and Curt Miles, Jr. held on for fifth. Dennis set fast time in qualifying.

This Saturday night will be the William J. Cathell Memorial featuring the five weekly divisions plus the Little Lincoln and Vintage cars. Gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

RESULTS: Modified Feature Finish: 1. Jamie Mills; 2. Beau Wilkins; 3 Jordan Watson; 4. Chad James; 5. Brad Trice; 6. Chad Clark; 7. Joseph Watson; 8. Robert Dutton; 9. Jeff Brown; 10. Michael White; 11. Tim Trimble; 12. Scott Van Gorder; 13. Billy Collingsworth; 14. George Richardson; 15. Norman Short Jr; 16. Kenny Brightbill; 17. Matt Jester; 18. Dale Hawkins; DNS: HJ Bunting, Bobby Watkins.

AC Delco Modified Feature: 1. Matt Hawkins; 2. Joseph Tracy; 3. Shawn Ward; 4. Westley Smith; 5. John Curtis; 6. Brandon Perdue; 7. Tom Moore; 8. Billy Carr; 9. Scott Calhoun; 10. Kyle Fuller; 11. Bryan Applegate; 12. Greg Taylor Jr; 13. Scott Hitchens; 14. Jerry Carter; 15. Ted Reynolds; 16. Brandon Sturgis; 17. Corey Cohee; 18. Taylor McCracken; 19. Ryan Anderson; 20. Herbie Hempel; 21. Garrie Bostwick; 22. Scott Baker; 23. David Scarano; DNS: Nate Benson; DQ: Brandon Blades.

Mod Lite Feature: 1. Kevin McKinney; 2. Tyler Reed; 3. Brandon Dennis; 4. Tim White; 5. Curt Miles Jr; 6. Alan Passwaters; 7. Billy Thompson; 8. Scott Tessman; 9. Chris Jestice’ 10. Kirk Miles Sr; 11. Matt Glanden; 12. Ty Short; 13. Ray Gulliver; 14. Chad Passwaters; 15. James Hill; 16. Jason Musser; 17. Stacy Roberts; 18. Shawn Weber; 19. Steve White; 20. TJ Williams.

DAVID PETTYJOHN RIDE HIGH GOOVE TO LATE MODEL WIN


It was “David and David” not “David and Goliath” Saturday night in the Super Late Model Feature. David Pettyjohn and David Hill put on a great battle with Pettyjohn coming out the victor.

Fifteen year old Amanda Whaley led the first lap of the Super Late Model 20-lap feature before coming to a stop and bringing out the yellow. David Hill took over in the lead with David Pettyjohn and Rob Schirmer in close pursuit.

Pettyjohn edged into the lead on lap four but he and Hill ran wheel to wheel for the next five laps. The yellow was out again on lap eight and on the restart Schirmer edged ahead of Hill for second. Hill regained the spot down the back straight and went back to work on David Pettyjohn. Kenny Pettyjohn and Ray Davis, Jr. was also putting on a good battle for fourth with Davis keeping a nose ahead of Kenny.

The final yellow flew with five laps to go. David Pettyjohn had a smooth restart and made no slips the rest of the distance to post his first victory of the season in the Hitchens Brothers Trucking/Terra-Firma/Rocket.

“I don’t know who it was or if anybody was behind me or not,” said Pettyjohn. “You know you just got to kind of put through these turns and take it nice and easy. It was a lot of fun with him (Hill) and I was trying to hit my marks and be smooth and I know that he has done this enough that he was going to hit his marks and be smooth.”

Hill finished in the second spot with Schirmer turning in a solid performance in third. Fourth went to Davis, Jr. and Kenny Pettyjohn rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Hill and David Pettyjohn.

Tyler Reed did everything right in the 15-lap Crate Model feature. Reed started on the pole and would lead from flag to flag. Eric Vent gave chase from second until Clint Chalabala took the runner-up spot for lap three. Kelly Putz held down the third spot and that is the way they would cross the finish line. Chris Hitchens made a nice run to finish in fourth and Matt Hill rounded out the top five. Fast time was set by Joe Warren who was involved in an early race tangle.

RESULTS: Super Late Model Feature: 1. David Pettyjohn; 2. David Hill; 3. Rob Schirmer; 4. Ray Davis Jr; 5. Kenny Pettyjohn; 6. Donald Lingo Jr; 7. Mike Parsons; 8. Hal Browning’ 9. Bob Geiger’ 10. Kerry King; 11. Staci Warrington; 12. Herb Tunis; 13. Bryan Driver; 14. Amanda Whaley.

Crate Model Feature: 1.Tyler Reed; 2. Clint Calabala; 3. Kelly Putz; 4. Chris Hitchens; 5. Matt Hill; 6. Mike Wilson; 7. Nick Davis; 8. Eric Vent; 9. Robert Bragg; 10. Roy Hassler; 11. John Emory’ 12. Skip Syester; 13. Joe Warren; 14. Justin Breeding; 15. Dylan Evans; 16. Tony Bowers; 17. Richard Harden; 18. John Imler; 19. Jack Mullins; 20. Randy Given; 21. Clay Tatman; DNS: Michael Wilkins.

JUSTIN COLLETT LEADS WIRE-TO-WIRE, JOHN PINTER SCORES FIRST WIN AS URC CAR OWNER SATURDAY NIGHT AT DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL

It was a cold night at the Delaware International Speedway on Saturday night, but the spirited competition certainly did warm things up. At the end of the twenty-five lap Rislone URC Sprint feature event, Justin Collett of Middletown, DE scored the win, leading all twenty-five laps. For Collett, it was his second career win with URC, but for car owner John Pinter, it was a breakthrough night scoring his first career win as a URC Car Owner. Pinter has been so close on numerous occasions, but Saturday night the hard work finally paid off as the seasoned veteran of this sport, found victory lane. The win for Collett and Pinter was not an easy one has lapped traffic became a factor late in the race. But a caution on lap eighteen gave Collett clean air and clean sailing to the $2,000 first play prize.

The URC heat race events were won by Mark Bitner, Justin Collett and Davey Sammons. The starting field was set for the twenty-five lap Taylor & Messick Delaware State Sprint Series feature event. At the drop of the green flag, Collett quickly ran to hide from the rest of the field with Kevin Welsh and Mark Bitner in the chase.

On lap three, the yellow was displayed when Kevin Darling flipped in turn two. Darling walked away uninjured but damage sustained to the car, took the team out of the race. On the restart, Collett was again fast and furious and immediately established a solid lead. JJ Grasso moved into third on lap six with Kramer Williamson and Randy West in the hunt. Further back, Curt Michael, Trevor Lewis and Davey Sammons were on a charge to the front.

As the field crossed for the halfway sign, Collett was in the lead but slower traffic was becoming a factor as runner-up Kevin Welsh was making up ground and staging a challenge for the top spot. Grasso, Williamson and Michael followed in the top five.

The caution was displayed on lap eighteen when Davey Sammons tagged the outside wall and tumbled down the homestretch. It was a wild ride but Sammons did walk away uninjured.

On the restart, Collett had a clear speedway and established himself as the man to beat. Curt Michael passed JJ Grasso for third and set his sights on runner-up Kevin Welsh. With two lap remaining, Michael put on hold his challenge for second and now had to defend his third place spot as Grasso returned and staged a battle.

With the checker flag waiving, Collett easily took the win with Kevin Welsh second, Curt Michael delivered a strong third place finish as JJ Grasso and Randy West followed in the top five.

West turned in an impressive fifth place finish. Robbie Stillwaggon advanced fourteen spots in the feature and finished an impressive seventh. Chris Coyle, returning from a wild flip at the Bridgeport Speedway the week before, established fast time of the night in his heat race event. An oil leak forced Coyle to pit during his heat race, a bad start for the night. Coyle started deep in the feature starting field and still delivered a strong ninth place feature finish.

FEATURE FINISH: Justin Collett, Kevin Welsh, Curt Michael, JJ Grasso, Randy West,Trevor Lewis, Robbie Stillwaggon, Kramer Williamson, Chris Coyle,Nick Schlauch Jr.,Kyle Purks, Scott Pursell, Eddie Wagner, Andy Best, Jonathan Swanson, Bill Unglert, Justin Jones, Kenny Meisner, Davey Sammons, Art Liedl, Mark Bitner, Kevin Darling, Kevin Nouse, Tim Iulg, .

Brad Penn Oil Heat Winner:: Mark Bitner. Engler Machine & Tool Heat Winner: Justin Collett. Bar's Leaks Heat Winner: Davey Sammons
The Audi Shop 13th Place Bonus: Eddie Wagner
LikeWise Stables Fast Time: Chris Coyle
LikeWise Stables Tire Awards: Randy West, Kyle Purks, Jonathan Swanson
Fred's Trailer Parts Hard Charger: Robbie Stillwaggon Advanced 14 spots in the feature


 

 

 

 

 

 

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DIS TUNE & TEST PROMISING FOR 2010 SEASON
04/03/2010



By Charlie Brown

The Delaware International Speedway held its Tune & Test Night on Saturday. Despite racing across the county at Georgetown and just north off Rt. 13 at Middleford, a strong turnout of 77 cars took advantage of the practice session.

The track was in perfect condition and remained table top smooth throughout the night. Lap times were good in all divisions. The quickest time of the night was turned in by J.J. Grasso in the sprint cars. Grasso appeared ready to defend his title and by the second session was down to 17.249 at 104.354 miles per hour average. Satisfied, the Palladino team packed up and headed home. Ken Meisner was quickest in session three with a 17.9 and Robbie Stillwagon topped session four with a 17.9. Andy Best, Nick Schlauch, Chris Coyle, Kevin Darling, and Justin Collett and rookie Tim Ulge also participated. Collett broke a drive shaft in the John Pinter car in session one and was done for the night.

Defending NAPA Big Block modified champion, H.J. Bunting had both his Jake Marine owned mount and his own new No. 91 on hand. Bunting was fastest in the first session with a quick 19.659 in the Marine car. Brad Trice got dialed in and headed sessions two and three running around 20 seconds flat and Robert Dutton topped session four also around 20 flat. Chad Clarks car is a beauty and looks like the pool water that he delivers. Tom Sparks has his two cars looking the best ever for drivers George Richardson and Cory Anderson and rookie Michael White’s new car is a real tribute to his favorite driver including the orange No. 43.

In the Super Late Models there was both a father and son team and a father and daughter team. David and Derrike Hill both were fast. David was fastest in session three and Derrike was fastest in session four. David’s car was sporting new sponsorship from Will Brown’s Truck Repair. The quickest car in the division was Rick Whaley with a very fast 19.422 in session two. It was the first time out for his daughter Amanda who is still not old enough for a driver’s license. Amanda looked smooth in her new No. 44 before having problems with the driveline. She climbed into her father’s No. 4 for the final two sessions and was just as smooth and quick. Hal Browning’s new cars are absolute beautiful. Hal drove one while Brian Donley was in the other and both were quick. Veteran Bob Geiger is ready for another season took advantage of the practice time to dial things in.

Mike Wilkins turned some heads with his quick time in the Crate Model first session. Sophomore driver, Clint Chalabala got dialed in by session two and was fastest for the rest of the night. Eight cars took part. In the AC Delco Modifieds Scott Baker was the quickest heading the first two sessions. Joe Tracey was fastest in session three and Baker was back on top in session four. A dozen AC Delco mods were on hand.

Who other than Steve White would be fastest in the Mod Lites. White was quickest in the first two sessions and was done for the night with a best lap at 22.369. Paul McGinley topped the third session and Billy Thompson was fastest in session four. Almost a full field of 18 cars took part. Bad news for Kirk Miles as it appeared that he lost an engine in the final session. Also Bandon Keim tagged the wall hard in the first session doing quite a bit of damage to the Musser Racing No. 5.

The Little Lincoln cars have some new added variety this season. Emory West was in the Mitchell’s No. 60 Studebaker. Yes a Studebaker. Mel Joseph, Jr. made the debut of his immaculate new early 60’s Thunderbird. The car looks just like a NASCAR Grand National of that period. Six Little Lincoln and four Vintage cars were on hand.

New faces or old faces in new divisions included: Tim Ulge in the sprints, Michael White and Corey Anderson in the modifieds, Brian Donley and Amanda Whaley in the Super Late Models, Ray Gulliver, Jason Musser, and Chris Jestice in the Mod Lites, Taylor McCracken, Greg Taylor, Jr. and Ryan Anderson in the AC Delco modifieds and J.D. Diaz and Timothy Archer in the Vintage and Little Lincoln cars.

 

 

 

 

 

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DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL READY WITH FREE FAN PREVIEW OF 2010



Delmar, DE (3/28/10) – The Delaware International Speedway is ready to start its 39th consecutive season. Delmarva fans need travel no further than Delmar, Del. to see some of the finest dirt track action in the East. Fans will be treated to a preview on Saturday night, April, 3rd then the green flag will drop on the 2010 point season on Saturday night, April 10th.

Delaware International will one again headline the NAPA Big Block Modifieds and the Super Late Models on a weekly basic along with the AC Delco Modifieds, the Crate Models and the Mod Lites. On six dates throughout the season the United Racing Company Sprint Cars will join the weekly divisions. The Little Lincoln Vintage Cars, the Vintage Stock Cars, and the Slide for 5 cars will make periodic visits along with the return of the World of Outlaw Late Models in May.

Anticipation is high in the NAPA Big Block Modifieds as “Mr. Excitement” Kenny Brightbill of Sinking Springs, Pa. will make DIS his Saturday night home. The modified legend will be driving the Keith Coulbourne big block and has already scored a heat victory at the Selinsgrove Speedway in the new ride. AC Delco Modified champion, Michael White will be moving to the big blocks as will former champion Brad Trice and multi time winner Tim Trimble. Second generation driver Beau Wilkins has returned from North Carolina and will be driving a new Bicknell car built and fielded by his father Bobby Wilkins.

In the Super Late Models, a potent three car team of Rick Whaley, his daughter Amanda and Mark Byram will be a force to be reckoned with. Amanda will be moving from the crate late models and will be tutored by Byram who returns to the late models with owner Charles Jarvis.

The affordability and safety of the AC Delco Modifieds and the Crate Model divisions have made both attractive entry level classes. Look for several drivers to move from the karting ranks into the full sized racers in 2010.

The Mod Lites comprise the fifth weekly points divisions. Twenty-one DIS competitors competed in February at the TUSA Mod Lite Winter Nationals in Tampa, Fla. with both Landis Musser and Kevin McKinney taking wins. Look for some strong new additions to the field as this division has become a true training grounds for young talent.

The URC Sprints make their first appearance on April 17th and will make five additional stops during the season. Look for a large contingent of the winged sprinters to be on hand for the free to the public Tune & Test Night..

Be sure to mark you calendars for two big mid-week shows. The World of Outlaw Late Models return on Thursday night, May 13th to kick off the big NASCAR weekend in Dover and the ever-popular Camp Barnes Benefit race will take center stage on Tuesday night, July 6th.

Gates open for the April 3rd Tune & Test at 5 p.m. with test sessions running from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Admission on the grandstand side is free. Opening night, April 10th, gates open at 5 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m. For more information log on to www.delawareracing.com  or call the speedway office at 302-875-1911.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 1, 2010

 

“Fall Championship moved to earlier date and night time racing”

DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL RELEASES AMBITIOUS 2010 SCHEDULE
 


By Charlie Brown, Delmar, DE – The 2010 season schedule at the Delaware International Speedway is one of the most ambitious in the track’s history. Along with some long time staples such as six United Racing Company sprint car dates, the Camp Barnes Benefit and five weekly points divisions the track has also added surprises. The new events include the return of “Twin 20’s” nights for both the NAPA Big Block Modified and the Super Late Models plus an “All Out 100” feature only night.

One of the biggest changes for the 2010 season will be a change in the dates and times of the Delaware State Dirt Track Championship. This year’s event will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, October 22 & 23. The traditional tacky night time surface that the track is noted for should provide some outstanding side by side racing. “Our tradition dates were in direct conflict with very popular local “Pumpkin Chunkin,” said promoter Charlie Cathell. “The World Championships in Charlotte, N.C. are also on the previous date and along with the World of Outlaw Late Models and Sprint Cars they are adding the big block modifieds this year plus I was never very satisfied with the single file racing that the daytime surface provided.”

The season will open in traditional fashion with a “Tune & Test” on Saturday night April 3rd followed by the season opener – “Delmar Night” on Saturday night April 10th. Rounding out the month will be the first of six URC appearances on April 17th and the William J. Cathell Memorial on April 24th which will include the Little Lincoln and Vintage Stock Cars along with the five weekly divisions.

The month of May will be filled with specials. The 3rd Annual “Kyle Dixon Memorial” will be on May 1st and will include the Slide for 5. The “World of Outlaw Late Models” return on Thursday night, May 13th. On May 15th it will be “Topless Night” as all weekly division will run minus their roofs. May 22nd will be “Wings & Things” for the Late Models and the URC Sprints make their second stop on “R.C. Holloway Night” May 29th.

June 6th the “Twin 20’s” for the NAPA Big Block Modifieds returns. Once a regular format at the speedway, it has been several years since a twin feature event has been held. The very popular “Elk Mooneyham Memorial” returns on June 12th with lost of bonus money on tap. June 19th will be stop three for the URC Sprints and June 26th it will be “Wings & Things” for the NAPA Big Block Modifieds.

July will include the Camp Barnes Benefit on Tuesday night, July 6rd and the “All Out 100” feature only night on July 17th. More information on this new format will be forthcoming. The “Mix & Match” Big Block Modifieds vs. Super Late Models format returns on July 24th.

August will be highlighted by Lankford Sysco Night with “Twin 20’s” for the Super Late Models on August 7th. The “King of Kings” shootout for Super Late Model feature winners will be on August 14. On August 21st if will be another “Topless Night” plus Slide for 5 and the “King of Kings for the NAPA Big Blocks will be feature on August 28th.

For more information and the complete schedule log on to www.delawareracing.com.  Fans can now also keep up to date on both Facebook and Twitter by becoming fans of Delaware Racing. For more information contact the speedway office at (302) 875-1911 or by Email at dragway@delawareracing.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 11, 2010

DELAWARE INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY CELEBRATES 2009 SEASON



By Charlie Brown, Dover, DE – More than 500 of Delmarva’s dirt track faithful assembled this past weekend at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino to celebrate the 2009 season at the Delaware International Speedway. Over $45,000 in cash plus contingencies was distributed to the top ten in points in the five weekly divisions.

Second generation driver, H.J. Bunting III of Milford, Del. claimed his fifth overall championship in the NAPA Big Block Modifieds and received $6000. Bunting earned a personal season best of eight features in 2009. It was the first Big Block Modified Championship for long time car owner Jake Marine of Laurel, Del. who fields the J&M Roofing & Builder/Art Collins Trucking/Dukes Lumber Company/First State Chevrolet/Marine Stables/J&B Speed Supply/Marine Concrete Services/Medford Speed/Carmean’s Appraisal Group/Tommy’s Country Cuts/Bilstein/Teo Pro.

In a reversal of last season, 2008 champion Jamie Mills led the points most of the season but ended up chasing Bunting in the final weeks to finish in second with five wins on the season. Third through fifth in points were Matt Jester (two wins), Joseph Watson and Jordan Watson (one win). Sixth through tenth in order were Scott VanGorder (one win), Bobby Watkins, Jeff Brown, Howard O’Neal and George Richardson. Rookie of the year honors went to Tim Trimble who finished 19th in points after moving into the division at mid-season. Sysco Eastern Maryland presented the trophies.

Ocean City, Md.’s Richard Jarvis, Jr., behind the wheel of Salisbury, Md.’s Steve & Patty Nuttall’s Super Late Model, collected seven wins during the season to earn his second career point title and $4000 in point money. It was the first title for Jarvis as the driver of the Mid-Coastal Siding & Construction/American Racer/Kings Island Pride/Kenny Pettyjohn Racing/Pro Rad Radiators/Rocket/Pro Power O.C. Team.

Through his consistency Ross Robinson finished a person best of second in the division despite not winning a feature. Former two-time champion, Donald Lingo, Jr. finished in the third spot in points with one win and defending point champion, Ray Davis, Jr. finished fourth with one win. Hometown driver Kerry King rounded out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Staci Warrington with one win, Rick Whaley, Bob Geiger and David Hill (tie) and Hal Browning with one win. Trophies were sponsored by Brownie’s Package Store. A total of 11 different drivers had wins in the division.

Joe Warren of Georgetown, Del. amassed a personal best of seven wins to defend his point championship in the Crate Model division. It was his third title in five years earning him $1500. Warren’s patience and smooth driving style kept him comfortably out front in points as he piloted the Big Fish Grill/Delaware-South Materials/Davis, Bowen & Friedel/Keys Advisors Group/First State Flag/Sposato Landscaping//Keizers Wheel/King Croup Insurance/BRC Lazer to the title.

Chris Hitchens moved from the AC Delco Modifieds to the Crate Models in 2009 and ended up second in points with two wins. Young Nick Davis also added two wins to finish third in the standings with Tyler Reed and rookie Clint Chalabala rounding out the top five with one win each. Sixth through tenth were Amanda Whaley, Mike Wilson, Rookie Matt Hill (one win), Skip Syester and Darin Henderson. Trophies were presented by Snookie’s Speed Parts of Milton.

The AC Delco TSS Modified season was dominated by defending point champion Michael White of Laurel, Del who collected $1500. White posted eight wins to help him top the division by almost 400 points more than the next closest competitor. Once again he was behind the wheel of the J&M Roofing & Builders/Jay Ryder’s Plum Creek Farms/Art Collins Trucking/Laurel Motor Company/Carey’s Towing/Kelly’s Garage/Teo.

Turning in an outstanding performance to finish second in points was rookie Shawn Ward. Matt Hawkins earned his first career win in 2009 and finished third in points while rookie Kyle Fuller also made a trip to victory lane and finished fourth. Rounding out the top five was Tim Trimble with four wins.

Rounding out the top ten were John Curtis with a win/Westley Smith, Scott Baker, Joseph Tracy with two wins and Scott Calhoun. Calhoun was also the lucky winner of a driver’s drawing for a signature custom tool box donated by Taylor & Messick of Harrington, Del. Trophies were presented by R.C. Holloway Company.

The championship in the Modified Lite division went to another defending champion - Brandon Dennis of Greenwood, Del. This year Dennis pulled the upset earning only one win during the year but netting him $1100 from the point fund. The key to Dennis’ success was that he finished every feature this season. Sponsorship of his Pro Chassis machine came from ECB Homes and Simpson Construction of Harrington.

Former champion, Steve White rebounded from a mid-season penalty to finish second in points with 10 wins. Kevin McKinney finished third with two wins. Fourth went to Ty Short and Curt Miles, Jr. collected his first career win during the season finishing in fifth. Sixth through tenth were Alan Passwaters and Kirk Miles (tie), Paul McGinley, T.J. Williams and a tie between Tim White and Cody Belote. Trophies were presented by the Pepsi Bottling Ventures.

The champions received championship jackets from American Race Tires/Lias Tire and “Gold Cards” for 2009 admission. They also competed in a game of chance that netted Michael White a diamond necklace. Richard Jarvis, Jr. received a Night at the Races for his friends, Joe Warren received a season pass and H.J. Bunting and Brandon Dennis received season pit parking spots.

A special service award was presented to Lisa Diaz for 20 service at the speedway.

The point fund was due largely in part to season sponsors that included: Sysco Eastern Maryland, NAPA Auto Parts, R.C. Holloway Company; American Race Tires from Lias Tire Racing Division; NuCar Connection of New Castle, Del., Scott’s Furniture, Snookie’s Speed Parts, Taylor & Messick John Deere, Pepsi Bottling Ventures; Insinger Performance, Inc., Pro Chassis and Brownie’s Package Store. Door prizes were courtesy of Taylor & Messick, NuCar Connection and Delmar Liquor.

 

 

 

 

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