The Delaware State Police helicopter made an appearance for the Camp Barnes Benefit

Big block modified heat action


Mother Nature Sure Hurts The Racin Scene For July



July 26, 2012

By Bonnie Nibblett


Delmar, DE….Mother Nature has plagued the racing in July with heat or rain threatening just about every weekend at the Delaware International Speedway on the ½ mile dirt oval.  In fact, the only event held at the speedway in July was a very important one being the 40th Annual Camp Banes Benefit Race.  Thank heaven for Mother Nature being on our side that night back on July 10. 


The night was a great success for the Camp Barnes Inc. & Delaware State Police.  Many events went on before all the racing started for fans with remote control racing, big truck rides, silent auction, food, ice cream and much more all to promote the Camp Barnes Benefit.


The night went on to be a good night of racing in all divisions.  Let’s go over the top five in each class.  First up in the NAPA Big Block Modified winner was Jamie Mills 1W, with track fast lap turn of 18.999 seconds and 94.742 MPH on lap 11.  H J Bunting III 85 followed, local Brad Trice 33, Ryan Godown 88C and Rick Laubach 7 rounded out the top five.  The heats were won by Mills with the fastest lap of the night with a 18.785 seconds and 95.821 MPH time and Eric Korman 16S won the 2nd heat.  

David Williams finished 2nd in the heats but won the super late model feature

The Super Late Model race needed a few more laps added to the original 25 Lap feature with local Kenny Pettyjohn 38S just missing the victory to visitor David Williams 72.  Williams led all 25 laps, but it was a very good race in all.  Williams took the win with Pettyjohn, Austin Hubbard 11, Ricky Elliott 88, and Mark Byram 45 finished 5th.  The 2nd fastest lap was turned during the heats by Pettyjohn in 18.94 seconds and 95.037 MPH in heat 1 and Williams turned the 18.775 seconds and 95.872 MPH in his heat # 2.


The $1000 12 lap Late Model vs. Modified Shoot out returned this year with final results going to Jamie Mills in a big block:  note = BB-big block, LM-late model


                                                                        Pos               driver                                #                  time sec               time MPH

1.  BB

Jamie Mills




Track Fast Lap

2.  BB

H. J. Bunting III




      3rd Track Fast Lap

3.  LM

Mark Byram





4.  LM

Ricky Elliott




     2nd Track Fast Lap

5.  BB

Brad Trice





6.  BB

Matt Jester





7.  LM

David Hill





8. LM

Austin Hubbard





9.  BB

Ryan Godown





10.  LM

David Williams






The AC Delco Modified 15 lap feature win went to Jordan Watson 1J, Joseph Tracy 37J, Rodney Cordrey 20, John Curtis 17, and Ryan Anderson 27.  Tracy had the fastest qualifying time of 21.16 seconds and 85.066 MPH. 


The Crate Model was won by young Dylan Evans 80, Mike Wharton 100, Nick Davis 92, Joe Warren 11, and Sparky White 16.  The speeds were fast in the feature and in qualifying.  Nick Davis ran 20.704 seconds and 86.94 MPH during the feature.  Mike Wharton ran the fastest in qualifying with 20.814 seconds and 86.48 MPH. 


The Mod Lites had Jimmy Wills 22W taking the win, Jason Musser 52, Mike Stratton V75, Ray Gulliver 3D and Alan Passwaters 62 rounded out top 5.  The fastest lap turned in the feature was set by James Hill 1.  Hill took the lead after a caution on lap 7 restart with 22.82 seconds and 78.878 MPH the fastest time.  The battle began between Hill & Wills for the lead until lap 14 when coming off turn 2 the cars tangled with Hill riding the rim of the back wall before he went flipping several times in the air before stopping.  Hill was okay, but his night was over on the track.  Hill finished in a disappointing 11th finish. 

Donald Robinson, Jr. # 64 won the Little Lincoln Vintage Stock Car Feature 

The Little Lincoln Vintage Stock Car feature win went to Donald Robinson, Jr. 64.  It was his last race of the season due to helping his boys with their sport the rest of the year; what away to go out with a win.  Second place went to Bill Brittingham 4, Jamie Wagner 3, Steven Baker 79, and Dylan Betts 65.



Delmarva trucks battle the inside truck # 4 was the first truck in the feature


It was the first time the Delmarva Chargers & Trucks participated in the Camp Barnes event.  Kyle Tubbs 60 took the win, with Derrick Swafford 89 the first truck to cross the victory line. 


The season may be a little halfway over but there’s plenty of racing action left.  Take a kid to the track so they can feel the pride of all us race fans who love the sport.


This Saturday night, July 28 will be Pepsi Night along with the Tony Steele Vintage Memorial Night.  With no racing for 3 weeks on the oval you can bet both fans & drivers will be anxious to run.  I know I’m jonesin’ for some racin.  Check out the tracks website at for upcoming events or call the tracks hot line 302-846-3968.  The office is open m-f, 9-4.


The US 13 Dragway has been a little luckier with Mother Nature but was forced to not run last Friday night.  The track will run this Friday.  The gates will open at 3:30PM and time trials start at 4:30PM.  Be sure to visit the tracks web site at  And check us out on Facebook & Twitter. 


The Delaware Motorsports Complex is located just one mile north of the MD / DE state line, 50 minutes South of Dover, DE and 30 minutes west from the beaches on Sussex Hwy. The complex is also the home to both the U S 13 Dragway quarter mile strip, and the ½ mile clay oval, the Delaware International Speedway (DIS).


Be sure to take notice of the project coming this winter to the complex of Decorating Delmarva “Holiday Festival of Lights”.  It’s the first year of the annual event and things appear to be right on target.  This event will start Nov. 15 – Jan. 5.  The local schools and businesses are coming together with villages such as North Pole Tour on Santa Expressway, Schoolville, Rudolph’s Garage plus many, many more to see.  Local schools will have different options such as High School Holiday Display, or Middle School Tree Decorating Contest.  Funds can be raise for your organization. There will be so much more; you really need to check out the web for more information.


Don’t forget to check out for all your local tracks news.  Weekly results and photos can be seen too.  Be sure visit the largest racing message board on Delmarva powered by  Note the link to the message board has changed to  You’ll want to follow us on Facebook & Twitter too.  See you at the track!





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