NAPA Big Block Modified action with Jamie Mills # 1W & Brad Trice # 33
First Racing Views Were Fast
April 26, 2012
By Bonnie Nibblett
Delmar, DE…..Spring is here and the racing is scoring fast on the Season Opener at the Delaware International Speedway, back on April 14, 2012. At this writing the Season Opener has been the only event on the ½ mile clay oval. Speaking of clay, the management has laid new clay prior to the track while getting ready for this year. The night’s events proved everyone is ready to race. A total of 141 cars hit the track on the opener night.
With the first night of racing in the book’s everyone was ready to see, smell and listen to some hot racing action. If that night of action is any indication of what the year has in store, we will have a super year of racing to watch. More cars will continue to come in the next several weeks as not everyone was ready to show off their race car on opening night just yet.
Each class had a decent car count, with the two crate divisions having the best count. The AC Delco Modified had highest number with a total of 32 cars for the 26 positions available. The first consi was necessary to fill the cars position. The Crate Model had 25 cars for the first feature of the year. Super Late Models had 21 cars. The NAPA Big Block was the slackest with 15 cars. The Mod Lites had 19 cars total and looked good as well. Also the Little Lincoln Vintage Stock Cars had 16 cars and the Southern Delaware Vintage Cars had 13 cars on hand.
In the Little Lincoln feature Jamie Wagner had to pit for a flat right rear tire and yet restarted last but came in 2nd. It was a close race in the top 3 cars. Wagner rode wheel to wheel in late laps and almost got by eventual winner Bill Brittingham until the next lap where he went to wide in the turn. It was a great effort. Brittingham stayed strong to claim the first win of the year.
The track seemed super for the stock cars and it was fast. Brad Trice in the no. 33 modified big block stock car had the fastest speed in the heats & the feature. In the heats 19.20 seconds and 93.721 MPH was the fast time while during the feature it was speeds of 20.281 seconds and 88.753 MPH. But it was H J Bunting that won the 25 lap feature. It was a good racing with the top 5 cars plus the whole feature.
In the late model class two drivers had the fastest times during the same heat. 2012 defending champion Donald Lingo, Jr. smoked a cool 18.861 seconds and 95.345 MPH, while Richard Jarvis, Jr. was the closest to Lingo with 19.08 second and 94.435 MPH. Ray Davis, Jr. took off the 2011 season but returned on the opening event to claim the first win of the year, and with the fastest time of 19.882 seconds & 90.534 MPH in the feature. During the feature Jarvis had to go to the back with a spin but still finished 4th.
The speeds continued to be fast with Jordan Watson the winner of the AC Delco mods’ took the fastest speeds in both the qualifying with 20.619 seconds and 87.298 MPH time & during the feature times were 20.760 seconds and 86.705 MPH.
Dylan Evans claims the first Crate Model win on the Season Opener April 14, 2012
Dylan Evans ran 20.415 seconds and 88.17 MPH in qualifying but also the fastest times in for the feature with 21.608 seconds & a time of 83.302 MPH in the crate model class. The mod lites ran fast too with speeds of 78 MPH.
There are a few new drivers in all the classes except the big blocks right now. Some of these drivers are Adam Weber & Ty Short both former mod lite divisions, Eric Humlhanz, Clay Tatman and Nick Nash all going in the AC Delco mods. Robbie Walls, Jr., T J Williams, Scott Tessman, Donnie Williams and Billy Thompson are a few crate model drivers this season. Aaron VanVorst, Joe Moore, Zac Weller, Ryan Dryden, and Jim Bogett are all new to mod lites class this year. Stacy Roberts and Kerry King, Jr. are both new to super lates.
So the season is starting off with some fast times right out of the gates and that will continue each weekend. So get out seeing some of the heritage that made racing to what we have today. You won’t be disappointed I am sure; good family fun too.
This weekend will be the Annual William J. Cathell Memorial at the speedway with the first appearance of the URC Sprints this year. Gates will open at 4:30 PM, racing at 7.
Don’t forget to come out on May 31, 2012 for the “Fulton Bank 50”, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series will return for a 50 lap feature. These guys travel all year to many tracks and give one of the best racing shows you will see in Super Late Model action. They are professionals in their own rights with being able to adapt to any track that they visit and race on. It’s really quite fascinating. The local drivers will race against the outlaws too. Advanced tickets are on sale at the tracks office call 302-875-1911.
There’s been a change in the entrance to the pit for spectators this year. The entrance to the pits is down by the go-kart track or where the drivers & rigs go in. The new fee for the speedway admission is $15 general admission, $20 on URC events. Children 13 & under free when with an adult. The pit fee remains $25, no changes.
The U S 13 Dragway continues each Sunday with ET Brackets, time trials on the ¼ mile. Gates will open each Sunday at 10 AM, time runs at 11 AM. The first Friday night will begin June 8, 2012, the gate will open at 3:30 PM, time runs start 4:30 PM. Also remember the new admission fee is $12 which gets you in both spectator & pit entrance.
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