Results for Aug 23rd, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO- Thirty-seven of the nation's fastest sprint cars made history Saturday night (August 23, 2014) when the Renegade Sprints made their inaugural start at the Atomic Speedway for the 16th Annual Freedom 40. Also making history was Randy "The Hurricane" Hannagan, originally from San Jose, California, who pocketed the $5,000 winner’s paycheck. Hannagan inherited the lead from dominating leader Cole Duncan with two laps to go to win the 2014 version of the Freedom 40 event. Dave Fireball Pinkerton won the shortened AMRA Octane Advanced Services Modified feature; a race that ended with violent flip by Kenny Johnson.
Despite the high humidity, a large crowd turned out to salute the stars of open wheel racing. Not only did the Renegade Series deliver with a host of talent, they also created a fan-friendly atmosphere that allowed fans to connect with the drivers. Multiple opportunities were given for fans to get up-close and personal with the drivers. Ten of the series cars and drivers set up a meet-and-greet at the front gate to welcome race fans and sign autographs.
Support features were won by Harley Martin in the Sport Mods, Larry Highland in the Street Stocks and Tim Howard in the Enduro.
Heavy rains over Thursday and Friday put the race in doubt, but the Atomic crew worked hard to prep the track in adverse conditions. The extra moisture left the track super fast for the races as moisture worked out of the track surface for excellent traction, albeit a few choppy soft spots.
Like a Greek epic, Saturday's racing unfolded with classic drama. For some it was heartbreak; for others it was heaven. For Shane Helms and the Renegade Series it was a huge success. Excitement filled the air all evening long.
The first-ever Renegade Sprint feature event saw Caleb Armstrong and Cole Duncan pace the field to starter Frank Lemaster's green flag.
New Castle, Indiana driver Armstrong took the early lead with a good start over outside pole sitter Cole Duncan. Surviving a caution on lap two for Caleb Helms, and a red on the restart on a flip by Aaron Higgins, Armstrong continued to lead. Armstrong was smooth and fast through the turns with great forward bite off the high side. The young driver led through lap five when he jumped the cushion and spun over the back-chute.
That spin was followed by a flip by Brian Sabetto who jumped the cushion on the restart following Armstrong's misfortune. Both flip victims, Sabetto and Higgins were ok, but unable to continue.
With Armstrong restarting on tail, Cole Duncan 'blasted off' in what looked like a dominating drive to victory. Duncan sliced and diced through traffic, turning lap times reflective of qualifying times . Duncan lapped all the way up to sixth place by lap 25 and was working on sixth place Chad Kemenah. Great racing took place throughout the pack among some of the biggest names in racing. Duncan's effort, however, was delightful to watch.
Young Lady driver Taylor Ferns held a top five most of the race. The young feminine phenom remained poised and fast, holding down a strong third behind Andrew Palker who now had anchored a solid second. Randy Hannagan chased down Ferns by lap 26. Ferns made contact with another car and went headlong into the wall then rode the circumference through turn four before bringing her mount down on all fours on lap 34.
By this time Duncan was 3/4 lap ahead of his nearest competition. On the restart Duncan again was on a rail and raced some 12 car lengths ahead of the pack. Both Hannagan and Brandon Wimmer blitzed by Palker on the restart, leaving Palker and Danny Smith to battle it out for fifth.
According to the transponders, Hannagan had the second fastest car on the track. Caleb Helms who had gone a lap down early, actually was turning times faster than the leader Duncan in an effort to dig himself out of a hole. By races' end Helms had charged back into a top ten.
Duncan continued to drive as if chased by a pack of hungry wolves. Coming around to take the white flag, Duncan's mount slid high above the cushion, caught the turn four concrete and flipped violently into the catch fence. Duncan emerged unscathed but his newly built #49 was badly damaged.
Hannagan inherited the lead and raced on to the very first Renegade Sprint win. Much to the delight of the fans Hannagan did a wing stand after exiting his mount in victory lane.
Rounding out the top ten were Randy Hannagan, Brandon Wimmer, Chad Kemenah, Danny Smith, Andrew Palker, Caleb Helms, Dean Jacobs, Mike Terry, Jr., Jesse McCreary, and Mark Imler. Imler came from deep in the pack, while McCreary held his own in the top ten all evening long.
"I'll tell you what," said a winded Hannagan. "I gotta thank Brad (McCown) and this entire Renegade series. This series is gonna be a great deal."
"It's really a shame that my car owner Ed Neumeister is not here to see it, but he's probably listening now on the internet. I'd like to thank my crew, Charlie Fisher Engines, and everyone who made it possible to get me here. I was hungry for a win, but I think some guys behind me were just as hungry. (laughing) Ed will probably fix his hauler with the winnings."
"This car was a rocket tonight. We made some wholesale changes and some changes during the open red. It was Cole's race to lose and unfortunately he did. I hated to see that, but Cole is out there racing and knows there are 23 other guys out there behind him. We all race as hard as we can."
"We got ourselves behind in qualifying when the wing fell apart," said second place Brandon Wimmer. "But I can't complain with getting a second here tonight. We fought that qualifying time, but had a good run."
"I'd like to thank the fans for sticking this deal out," noted third place Chad Kemenah. "Continue to support this series. It is going to be a good deal."
"We had some things happen tonight, but the bottom line is you can't beat the weather and you gotta deal with it. We appreciate Brad for putting on this show and appreciate the fans for being here."
Kemenah raced from 9th to third, Terry from 17th to 8th, Jacobs from 19th to 7th, and Imler from 21st to tenth.
Brandon Wimmer was the hard charger in a great run from 18th to second place.
Heat winners were Dean Jacobs, Mark Imler, Wes McGlumphy, and Brandon Wimmer. Caleb Armstrong won the dash, and Jimmy Nier won the B-main. Jimmy Stinson, two-time Atomic Champion flipped in the dash, doing extensive damage to the Jamie Miller #6. Ryan Myers took a nasty end-for-end flip on the last lap of the B-main and actually transferred while flipping across the line. His mount, however, was unable to continue, thus his position and Stinson's allowed six cars instead of four cars to transfer from the B to the A-main.
Greg Wilson was absent from the sprint event in the hospital with gallstones. Ed Neumeister (Hannagan's owner) was on the sprint line-up, however, Neumeister's rig broke down and he was unable to make repairs.
In the AMRA Octane/Advanced Services modifieds Dave Fireball Pinkerton took the lead on the first lap, then dueled with Kenny Johnson the entire race. On Lap 15 Johnson's mount went over the cushion then barrel rolled five times hard into the end of the catch fence, tearing down the end anchoring pole and bending another. It took some time to get Johnson extracted, but luckily he emerged ok. The rest of the pack agreed to call the race with Pinkerton scoring the win.
"The car was great and there was a lot of bite in the track," said Dave Pinkerton. "I knew I had to get the jump on Kenny at the start and that is what made the difference."
Mike Long was the modified hard charger in a 10th to 4th run.
Rounding out the top ten were Dave Pinkerton, Rick Venham, Jr., Brian Whiteman, Mike Long, Brian Moore, Kenny Johnson, Matt Holcomb, Seth Daniels, Rick Shutts, and Donnie Miller.
In the Racersedgesupplements.com Street Stock feature Dean Boyd went across the line first, but did not make weight at the scales, handing the win to Larry Highland. Highland had some bad luck early in the year and badly damaged his car at midseason, only to come back stronger than before. Highland held off charges of Justin Poling to secure the win with Adam Jones. "I finally turned my luck around. Finally! It's good to get the win here," said Highland. "I'm ready now for the rest of the season!"
Highland was also the hard charger of the event.
Rounding out the line-up were Larry Highland, Justin Poling, Adam Jones, Dave Landman, Tommy Mossbarger, Jamey Adams, Brian McQuay, and Dean Boyd.
In the C & M Racing Equipment Sport Mods Harley Martin claimed win number six with a great last lap pass over Jason Cottrill. "I didn't have any power steering whatsoever," said Harley Martin. "I just stuck it in high, took the high road and prayed to God it would stick. I'm glad to get out of my dry spell."
The hard charger was Jason Cottrill in an 8th to 2nd run.
Rounding out the top ten were Harley Martin, Jason Cottrill, Billy Bowles, Rick Neace, Mike Brust, Jeff Gillman, John Cuckler, Ed Richendollar, Brennan Bobst, and Harold Meadows.
The Vintage American Race Cars or VARC put on a racing exhibition with Mike Mason taking the heat and John Lawhorn winning the feature in 1860's cageless sprint car.
FREEEDOM 40 ATOMIC SPEEDWAY
RENEGADE SPRINTS (37)
PINE TREE TOWING AND RECOVERY 410 Sprints
Fast Time- Cole Duncan 11:722
Heat One-Dean Jacobs,Jesse McCreary, Travis Philo, Cole Duncan, Caleb Armstrong, Ryan Myers, Adam Strausser, Josh Davis, Mark Coleman, Brandy Bower
Heat Two-Wes McGlumphy, Jimmy Stinson, Todd Kane, Chad Kemenah, Caleb Helms, Nate Reeser, Bryan Nuckles, Jeff Conrad, Ronnie Blair
Heat Three-Mark Imler, Nathan Skaggs, Danny Smith, Andrew Palker, Mike Terry, Jr., Aaron Higgins, Cody Gardner, Dean Kester
Heat Four-Brandon Wimmer, Randy Hannigan, Eddie Slone, Taylor Ferns, Brian Sabetto, Kevin Roberts, Randy Fink, Jimmy Nier, Ryan Broughton
Dash: Caleb Armstrong, Cole Duncan, Andrew Palker, Caleb Helms, Taylor Ferns, Jimmy Stinson
B-Main: Jimmy Nier, Aaron Higgins, Ronnie Blair, Adam Strausser, Ryan Myers, Nate Reeser, Josh Davis, Cody Gardner, Jeff Conrad, Brandy Bower, Brian Nuckles, Kevin Roberts, Randy Fink, Dean Kester, Mark Coleman, Kory Crabtree, Ryan Broughton.
Feature: Randy Hannagan, Brandon Wimmer, Chad Kemenah, Danny Smith, Andrew Palker, Caleb Helms, Dean Jacobs, Mike Terry, Jr., Jesse McCreary, Mark Imler, Ronnie Blair, Josh Davis, Eddie Slone, Cole Duncan, Caleb Armstrong, Taylor Ferns, Jimmy Nier, Todd Kane, Wes McGlumphy,Brian Sabetto,Nathan Skaggs, Travis Philo, Adam Strausser, Aaron Higgins
ADVANCE SERVICES H & C AMRA MODIFIEDS (13)
Fast Time: Kenny Johnson 15:334
Heat One-Kenny Johnson, Rick Venham, Jr., Donnie Miller, Joe Hamon, Matt Holcomb, Jake Vickers, Seth Daniels
Heat Two-Dave Fireball Pinkerton, Steve Clemmons, Brian Whiteman, Brian Moore, Mike Long, Rick Shutts, George Neely
Feature: Dave Pinkerton, Rick Venham, Jr., Brian Whiteman, Mike Long, Brian Moore, Kenny Johnson, Matt Holcomb, Seth Daniels, Rick Shutts, Donnie Miller, Steve Clemmons, George Neely, Jake Vickers, Joe Hamon
C & M Racing Equipment Sport Mods (15)
Heat One-Brennan Bobst, Mike Brust, Billy Bowles, Steve Noble, Jeff Gillman, John Cuckler, Bryan Filkins, George Neely
Heat Two-Bob Crace, Jr., Harley Martin, Ricky Neace, Jason Cottrill, Harold Meadows, Ed Richendollar
Feature: Harley Martin, Jason Cottrill, Billy Bowles, Rick Neace, Mike Brust, Jeff Gillman, John Cuckler, Ed Richendollar, Brennan Bobst, Harold Meadows, Steve Noble, John Remy, Bob Crace, Jr., Bryan Filkins
Racersedgesupplements.com Street Stocks (8)
Heat One- Justin Poling, Adam Jones, Larry Highland, Dave Landman, Tommy Mossbarger, Jamie Adams, Bryan McQuay, Dean Boyd
Feature: Larry Highland, Justin Poling, Adam Jones, Dave Landman, Tommy Mossbarger, Jamey Adams, Brian McQuay, Dean Boyd -DQ
Enduro: Tim Howard, Jip Howard, Craig Edwards, Robert Binder, Scott Clark, Bubba Hopkins, Bob Stoneburner, JD Broughton, Matt Farler, and Steven Smith.
Results for July 26th, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-Wheelersburg, Ohio driver R. J. Conley ran down early race leader Brandon Kinzer and blitzed on to victory to claim the $5,000 win in the inaugural Vallery Chevrolet Atomic Blast for super Late Models Saturday night July 26 at Brad McCown's Atomic Speedway. Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minnesota, led green to checkered in his heat and in the feature for the $1,000 Atomic Blast Modified win, Bob Crace, Jr. won the Sport Mods and Jamie Adams took the Street Stock Checkered flag. Devin Karr won the Enduro.
Once again rain hit all around the Chillicothe area, however, Atomic sat high and dry.
Drama started to unfold early when fast timer Jason Montgomery experienced possible engine problems and requested the tail. That bumped up R. J. Conley from an 8th place start to a 6th place start and set the tone for what would be a spectacular race. It was later discovered that Montgomery dropped a valve in his speedplant.
The Tim Hattle Trucking Dash determined the line-up for the feature and also paid $500, winner-take all.
As a result of the Hattle Trucking Dash victory, Brandon Kinzer, Allen, Kentucky charged into the lead over outside pole starter Steve Casebolt, Jr. Duane Chamberlain, Richmond, Indiana jumped the cushion and popped a tire off the rim. Racers were allowed a hot pit in the infield and Chamberlain changed the left rear and restarted at the tail with two laps in. No other pit stops were necessary.
After that early caution the next 38 laps clicked off with great precision. The first three cars you could 'throw a blanket over' as by lap 8 Kinzer's early lead had diminished. R.J. Conley had a lap six pass in a tantalizing move from 5th to second, leap-frogging second place runner Casebolt in the process.
Sometimes three-wide, that trio blitzed away from the rest of the field and by lap 18 Conley had made a run for the top spot. Fans definitely got their money's worth from the excitement the top three cars generated over the course of the event, not to mention heated action back in the pack. Conley twice dove low, then after the 'set-up move' moved to the highest portion of the race track, ram-rodding through turn three, sparks flying off the wall to blast by Kinzer off turn four on lap 22.
Kinzer tried Conley again over the next two laps, but the Wheelersburg driver's Rocket Chassis #71C turned on the after-burners in pulling away from Casebolt and Kinzer. Kinzer held off Casebolt to lap 32, when the C-9 burst by for the runner-up slot.
Casebolt ran out of time in his run for number one, while Dustin Linville- fast all night long-- closed the gap on third place Kinzer. Although much of the action was up front, great races for position, including Chamberlain's charge from last to the front tickled the nerves of the fans.
Berwanger ran in the top five much of the night, stumbling once over the cushion, but recovering for a great top five finish. In the last two laps, Chamberlain bagged J.T. Conley and Gullion for a top six finish. Both Gullion and Conley had credible runs, a compliment to the talents of these two young drivers.
Chris Stotts brought home a top ten for the Carthage Auto Parts team with a steady run from start to finish, just ahead of Greggie Oliver who started 17th and charged to tenth.
Rounding out the top ten were R.J. Conley, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Brandon Kinzer, Dustin Linville, Jeremy Berwanger, Duane Chamberlain, Billy Gullion, J.T. Conley, Chris Stotts, and Greggie Oliver.
"Wow! I don't know if anyone was running the same line as me, but I thought I was in trouble through 3 and 4 for 39 laps," said Conley. "I wondered where some of those guys were (behind me). I was too tired to get my foot off the gas, so I just held it down."
"This Rocket Chassis was really working for us. At the end I saw the checkered and looked at the gauges and it was 280 degrees, but Draime builds a great engine. It's been that hot before and it got the job done tonight."
J.T. Conley was the Dirt on Dirt hard charger $300 winner with a run from 16th to 8th. Chamberlain had an equally impressive run from last to sixth after restarting on the tail.
Dan Ebert's Artic Cat Impressive Chassis despite the cool Artic blast was hot and fast from start to finish in the 20-lap AMRA Modified headliner. The race of the night was a three-car battle between Kenny Johnson in the Mark Bailey #88, Travis Dickson, and Greggie Oliver. Tanner Wilson worked his way back into the mix as well.
Oliver charged from 9th into the top five, but wasn't finished there. The night-one winner of the Atomic Blast weekend, Oliver, bagged Dickson, then won a dog fight with Johnson for the second spot. For eight laps Oliver and Johnson went tooth-and-nail, with Oliver taking the second spot with three laps to go. Time ran out on the "Pickle Town Hustla's" charge with Ebert picking up his fourth Atomic win of the year. Behind Ebert were Greggie Oliver, a battered Kenny Johnson, Travis Dickson, Tanner Wilson, Brian Whiteman, Mark Dickson, Rob Stambaugh, Donnie Miller, and Mike Conkle. Johnson subbed in Mark Bailey's car after the current point leader totalled his mount Friday night. Johnson sustained a black eye, a knee injury, and experienced back pain after his Friday night joust.
"Wow, that was a lot of fun. This was a fun race track tonight," said the winning Ebert. "The track smoothed out nice and stayed fast from start to finish. I was doing a lot of searching in the heat race for a line and it seemed fastest on the top, so that's where we put it in the feature."
Racin' Jason Montgomery set the Bobst Auto Parts Late Model fast time of 13:911. In the Modifieds, Fine and Dandy Cotton Candy Fast time went to Cody Parker with a 15:604. Fine and Dandy Modified Hard Charger was Rob Stambaugh in a 14th to 8th run. Vince Conrad, a late-comer also had a fine run off the tail to 11th.
In the Racers Edge Supplements Street Stocks Jamey Adams ran down early leader Dean Boyd after yet another three-way race between Adams, Boyd, and Justin Poling. Adam Jones moved into the mix, but no one had the muscle for Adams who brought home his third win of the year. Rounding out the top ten were Jamey Adams, Dean Boyd, Justin Poling, Adam Jones, Dave Landman, Kurtis Dunaway, Larry Highland, Tommy Mossbarger, and Rob Smith.
Bob Crace, Jr. all but had Friday's victory in grasp when engine woes ended his night. Saturday, Crace sought redemption and the sweet taste of victory. Crace brought home the win after fending off Mitchell Fields for the win. Rounding out the top ten were Bob Crace, Jr., Mitchell Fields, Harley Martin, Brennan Bobst, Mike Brust, Steve Noble, Stevie Thornsberry, Rick Neace, and Jake Harris.
THE SUMMARY: July 26, 2014 Atomic Blast
GULLION ENTERPRISES AMRA LATE MODELS (19)
Bobst Auto Parts Fast time: Jason Montgomery 13:911
Tim Hattle Trucking Dash-Brandon Kinzer, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Dustin Linville, Jason Montgomery, Billy Guillon, Jeremy Berwanger
Heat One- Chris Stotts, Jamie Adams, Mike Wilson, Chad Smith, Rod Evans, Greggie Oliver,
Heat Two- R.J. Conley, Duane Chamberlain, Kevin Wagner, John Whitney, J.T. Conley, Mick Sansom
Atomic Blast Feature: R.J. Conley, Steve Casebolt, Jr., Brandon Kinzer, Dustin Linville, Jeremy Berwanger, Duane Chamberlain, Billy Gullion, J.T. Conley, Chris Stotts, Greggie Oliver, Kevin Wagner, John Whitney, Chad Smith, Jamie Adams, Mick Sansom, Rod Evans, Mike Wilson, Jason Montgomery, Mark Frazier (DNS)
ADVANCE SERVICES H & C AMRA MODIfieds (19)
Fine and Dandy Cotton Candy Fast Time: Cody Parker 15:604
Heat One- Kenny Johnnson, Cody Parker, Greggie Oliver, Tyler Hendrix, Seth Daniels, Mike Conkle
Heat Two-Travis Dickson,Tanner Wilson, Mark Dickson, Donnie Miller,Rob Stambaugh, Dave Pinkerton
Heat Three- Dan Ebert, Brian Whiteman, Brandon Oliver, Mike Long, Jeff Surber, Steve Clemmons
Feature: Dan Ebert, Greggie Oliver, Kenny Johnson, Travis Dickson, Tanner Wilson, Brian Whiteman, Mark Dickson, Rob Stambaugh, Donnie Miller, Mike Conkle, Vince Conrad, Jeff Surber, Tyler Hendrix, Steve Clemmons, Brandon Oliver, Mike Long, Seth Daniels
Racer's Edge Supplements Street Stocks (11)
Fast Time: Jamie Adams 16:536
Heat One: Jamey Adams, Justin Poling, Adam Jones, Tommy Mossbarger, Kurtis Dunaway, Rick Butler
Heat Two: Dean Boyd, Dave Landman, Davey Akers, Larry Highland, Rob Smith,
Feature: Jamey Adams, Dean Boyd, Justin Poling, Adam Jones, Dave Landman, Kurtis Dunaway, Larry Highland, Tommy Mossbarger, Rob Smith
C & M Racing Sport Mods (10)
Fast Time: Bob Crace, Jr. 16:675
Heat One-Bob Crace, Jr., Harley Martin, Rick Neace, Mitchell Fields, Brennan Bobst, Mike Brust, Steve Nobile, Stevie Thornsberry, Jake Harris, Harold Meadows
Feature:Bob Crace, Jr., Mitchell Fields, Harley Martin, Brennan Bobst, Mike Brust, Steve Noble, Stevie Thornsberry, Rick Neace, Jake Harris
Results for July 25th, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-Lockbourne, Ohio's Cole Duncan took the lead from Jimmy Stinson on the 11th lap and soared into the twilight zone, picking up the $3,000 victory and earning a spot in the Sprint Car Open Wheel Championships in October. Duncan lapped all but the first eight cars in the process to kick off the Atomic Blast weekend on a very fast track Friday night July 25th at Atomic Speedway.
Claiming the win in the AMRA Octane Modified division with a lap 17 pass of Tanner Wilson was Greggie Oliver, Jackson, Ohio. Dean Boyd, Williamsburg, Ohio claimed the Racer's Edge Street Stock main, and Kentucky driver Mitchell Fields won the C & M Racing Sport Mod main event. The sprint car feature was over at 10:45.
Round two of the Atomic Blast weekend is tomorrow (Saturday) July 26 with hot laps beginning at 6 p.m.
At the start of the sprint car main pole-sitter Ronnie Blair flipped in turn three, tumbling off the wall three times on the first lap of the A-main. From that point on the race went green-to-checkered.
Piketon, Ohio driver Jimmy Nier, a former track champion, took the early lead over new pole-sitter Jimmy Stinson. Nathan Skaggs quickly filed in behind Nier, but the #22 of Cole Duncan started to come to life.
Duncan stoked the fire and clicked off laps, sometimes nearly a second faster than his competitors, over the mid-point of the race. The Duncan express steamed past Nier on lap 9, then never looked back. Jason Meyers, the two time former World of Outlaws Champion, battled it out hard with Jimmy Stinson, Danny
Smith, and Caleb Armstrong for position. Former All-Star champ Chad Kemenah suffered mechanical woes early and went pitside.
Aaron Higgins, Kory Crabtree, and Todd Kane thrashed around the high-banks in another heated battle for position, while Stinson stonewalled Smith's charge to the front. That battle came after Stinson and Meyers had rubbed wheels in a move the sent the California driver past Stinson for fourth.
Nier settled down in second well ahead of Skaggs and Meyers as small battles continued to unfold all around the track. Duncan remained the fastest car on the track, even in traffic as he put several high quality cars down a lap. Duncan's superior charge saw veteran Todd Kane become his last victim with three other top runners within a couple car lengths of going down a lap as time run out and Duncan grabbed the checkered.
Many cars were turning laps in the eleven second bracket throughout the feature. Skaggs held off Meyers for third as Duncan blitzed to the checkered well ahead of the high flying Nier.
"Man, this is a lot of fun," shouted Duncan in victory lane. "My parents and grandparents are here and I'm just glad to be here in victory lane. Dad ( Rodney Duncan) made a good call right before the feature. We thought about tightening it (the car) up, but kept it free for (turns) three and four. I could make it through there faster than anyone and that made the difference. Motor City is one of our biggest sponsors. I'd like to thank them and all my sponsors. This is just so cool."
In victory lane Promoter Brad McCown upped the ante for the Freedom 40 saying, "Whoever wins the Freedom 40 will have a guaranteed spot in the Open Wheel Championship. If it is Cole Duncan, then he will start no worse than 10th guaranteed."
Duncan was also the Hummel Factory Kahne Shocks Hard Charger blasting from 6th to first.
Rounding out the top ten were Cole Duncan, Jimmy Nier, Nathan Skaggs, Jason Meyers, Jimmy Stinson, Danny Smith, Caleb Armstrong, Aaron Higgins, Todd Kane, and Kory Crabtree. Jesse McCreary won the sprint B-main over Brandi Bower and Sam Ashworth.
While running a strong second, Kenny Johnson took a wild flip after hitting the third turn wall in the AMRA Octane Modified main. While still upside down, Johnson-the current points leader- was clipped hard by Rick Hensley spinning Johnson's car around on its top. Johnson emerged shaken amid what was left of his mount.
Meanwhile, Tanner Wilson was the class of the field. Wilson pulled Johnson on the start then outran Cody Parker and Travis Dickson to the start-finish line. Dickson, Greggie Oliver, Parker, and Brian Whiteman jousted for nearly 15 laps before Oliver's mount started to awaken. Oliver went with a harder compound and finally began to heat things up in his Kevin Dulaney Impressive Chassis.
With Wilson well out in front and Johnson on the hook, Oliver bagged Parker then a strong-running Derrick Smith and Dickson. Oliver quickly closed the gap on Wilson, who had been in charge since the onset of the race. By lap 16 Oliver knocked at the door, as both cars battled side-by-side. Oliver tried a slide job, but it didn't take, but a lap later Oliver blitzed past Wilson and got the forward bite off two that he needed to secure the lead and eventual win.
One of the best races of the night was the battle between Philip Bapst, Steve Clemmons, Fireball Pinkerton, and Brandon Oliver. That quartet was three, sometimes four wide in a fight for the top ten. The hard charger was Steve Clemmons in a run from 14th to 8th, along with Bapst who transferred through the third heat in a 15th to 9th place run.
"It didn't take off at the start and didn't know what I had for anyone," said Oliver. "Then about midway the car started come to us. When the tires got hot the car was fast. We went a little harder on compound and once we got going I was thinking 'no more cautions'."
Rounding out the top ten were Greggie Oliver, Tanner Wilson, Cody Parker, Travis Dickson, Derrick Smith, Brian Whiteman, Mark Dickson, Steve Clemmons, Phillip Bapst, and Brandon Oliver.
Eric Arledge won the Modified B main ahead of Tyler Hendrix and Jeff Votaw, who both had good runs.
Evidence of another great track prep, Mineral Wells, WV driver Kenny Johnson regained his track record with a time of 15:030 eclipsing Kenny Wallace's one week old record of 15:090. Also setting new track records were Jamie Adams in the Street Stocks and Mitchell Fields in the Sport Mods.
Jamie Adams took the lead in the Street Stock main, but on lap seven, the leader broke a tie rod and went pitside, handing the leaders baton to Dean Boyd. Boyd's mount got looser as the race progressed and Justin Poling proved to be two-tenths of a second faster than the leader. Poling, however, never got the break he needed.
Twice in the last three circuits, Poling tried Boyd but scrubbed off just enough speed on the pass attempt to allow Boyd to blast on to win number 6 in 2014. Adam Jones anchored third much of the race after battling Tommy Mossbarger, but as the race unfolded young Evan Seitz and Larry Highland turned up the wick. Both bagged Jones, while Mossbarger hit the wall. Poling made his bid for the lead and at the same time Seitz, quicker with every lap, moved into third just ahead of Highland's great fourth place run. Jones finished fifth in one of his best 'smooth and fast' runs of the year. Behind Boyd were Justin Poling, Evan Seitz, Larry Highland, Adam Jones, Kurtis Dunaway, Tommy Mossbarger, Jamie Adams, Dave Landman, and Tim Cutler. Evan Seitz was the hard charger in a charge from 9th to third.
"It aint over til it's over", said Yankee great Yogi Berra. That was the theme for the Sport Mod main. Bob Crace, Jr. all but had the race won, when it appeared that Brennan Bobst would take over on lap 12. The youngster Bobst, up beside Crace twice, lost the handle on his third bid for the top spot and during the caution after that duo had been embattled with last week's winner Mitchell Fields. During the caution, Crace went pitside with mechanical woes, and Fields inherited the lead. Harley Martin and Ricky Neace had strong runs, but the shining star was Bobst who recovered from the tail to come back to fourth.
Rick Neace was the hard-charger in a 7th from third run. Rounding out the top ten were Mitch Fields, Harley Martin, Ricky Neace, Brennan Bobst, Steve Noble, Jimmy Spillman, David Lunsford, Bob Crace, Jr., Billy Bowls, Mike Brust, John Remy, and Andrew Bender
Other noteworthy runs for the night included fine runs from Randy Fink in the Sprints and Brian Moore in the modifieds.
THE SUMMARY: July 25, 2014
PINE TREE TOWING AND RECOVERY 410 Sprints (24)
Fast Time: Cole Duncan 11:505
Heat One-Cole Duncan, Jason Meyers, Chad Kemenah, Aaron Higgins, Mark Imler, Sam Ashworth, Randy Fink, Mark Coleman
Heat Two-Jimmy Stinson, Nathan Skaggs,Todd Kane, Danny Smith, Ryan Broughton, Jesse McCreary, Jack Lee Dean Kester
Heat Three-Jimmy Nier,Ronnie Blair, Caleb Armstrong, Kory Crabtree, Eddie Slone, Nate Reeser, Brandy Bower, Bryan Nuckles
B-Main: Jesse McCreary, Brandy Bower, Sam Ashworth, Bryan Nuckles, Randy Fink, Mark Coleman, Dean Kester, Nate Reesor, Jack Lee
Feature: Cole Duncan, Jimmy Nier, Nathan Skaggs, Jason Meyers, Jimmy Stinson, Danny Smith, Caleb Armstrong, Aaron Higgins, Todd Kane, Kory Crabtree, Ryan Broughton, Jesse McCreary, Mark Imler, Brandy Bower, Sam Ashworth, Bryan Nuckles, Eddie Slone, Randy Fink, Chad Kemenah, Ronnie Blair
ADVANCE SERVICES H & C AMRA MODIFIEDS (25)
Fast Time: Kenny Johnson 15:030 New Track Record
Heat One-Travis Dickson, Kenny Johnson, Brandon Oliver, Justin Murray, Donnie Miller, Jason Cottrill, Jeff Surber, Tyler Hendrix, Jeff Votaw
Heat Two-Tanner Wilson, Greggie Oliver, Mark Dickson, Rick Hensley, Steve Clemmons, Mike Conkle, Mark Bailey, Seth Daniels
Heat Three- Cody Parker, Brian Whiteman, Derrick Smith, David Pinkerton, Philip Bapst, Brian Moore, Eric Arledge, Aaron Pendleton
B-Main- Eric Arledge, Tyler Hendrix, Jeff Votaw, Mike Conkle, Brian Moore, Mark Bailey, Seth Daniels, Jason Cottrill, Jeff Surber
Feature: Greggie Oliver, Tanner Wilson, Cody Parker, Travis Dickson, Derrick Smith, Brian Whiteman, Mark Dickson, Steve Clemmons, Phillip Bapst, Brandon Oliver, David Pinkerton, Rick Hensley, Jeff Votaw, Justin Murray, Mike Conkle, Brian Moore, Eric Arledge, Tyler Hendrix, Donnie Miller, Kenny Johnson
Racer's Edge Supplements Street Stocks (10)
Fast Time: Jamie Adams 16:097 New Track Record
Heat One-Jamie Adams, Justin Poling, Randy Seitz,Adam Jones, Kurtis Dunaway
Heat Two-Dean Boyd, Tommy Mossbarger, Dave Landman, Larry Highland, Tim Cutler
Feature: Dean Boyd, Justin Poling, Evan Seitz, Larry Highland, Adam Jones, Kurtis Dunaway, Tommy Mossbarger, Jamie Adams, Dave Landman, Tim Cutler
C & M Racing Sport Mods(12)
Fast Time: Mitchell Fields 16:659 New Track Record
Heat One-Mitchell Fields, Brennan Bobst,John Remy, Rick Neace, Steve Noble, Billy Bowles
Heat Two-Harley Martin, Bob Crace, Jr., Mike Brust, Jimmy Spillman, David Lunsford, Andrew Bender
Feature: Mitch Fields, Harley Martin, Ricky Neace, Brennan Bobst, Steve Noble, Jimmy Spillman, David Lunsford, Bob Crace, Jr., Billy Bowls, Mike Brust, John Remy, Andrew Bender
Results for July 16th, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-Chatham, Illinois driver Brian Shirley led every lap despite pressure from all twenty-one contenders, roaring to the $5,000 win in the 40-lap UMP Summer Nationals 'Hell Tour' Late Model feature at Brad McCown's Atomic Speedway Wednesday night. In the companion Summit Modified UMP Summer Nationals 'Hell Tour' $1,000 to win 20-lap A-main, Devin Gilpin, Columbus, Indiana brought home the win after a heated battle with Late Model kingpin Jackie Boggs. Dean Boyd, Williamsburg, Ohio claimed the Street Stock main and Flemingsburg, KY driver Mitchell Fields won the Sport Mod main.
Regular Saturday night racing returns to Atomic this Saturday, July 19 for a $3,000 to win Late Model feature.
The track was blistering fast in hot laps and qualifying, due greatly to excellent track prep and cloudy skies. The trade off for the clouds was rain in much of the area, an asterisk that took a bite out of the crowd in what was otherwise a great night in the first-ever appearance of the United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) at Atomic.
Insane Duane Chamberlain, Richmond, Indiana started off the evening with a fast time of 13:766 in the Late Models. The mark was less than .35 off the track record.
Shirley was the class of the field in the feature, however, Chamberlain gave him an early run for the money. Chamberlain dogged Shirley on each of three restarts and kept the race interesting from start to finish. After the last restart though, Shirley turned on the afterburners and won by a straight-away amid a gaggle of lapped cars. Great side-by-side racing took place throughout the line-up with plenty of passing for position, a highlight that added an exclamation to Shirley's dominance out front. Doug Drown and R.J. Conley battled 3/4 of the race for position after the father-son Conley bout ended around lap ten.
The Illinois driver said in victory lane, "I punched a hole in my radiator with about five laps to go, but I wasn't going to let that stop me. I just kept the throttle down and an eye on the gauges. I have a lot of people to thank and would like to thank the fans for turning out tonight."
With Babb dropping out of the feature and Unzicker posting a top ten, the points battle on the "Hell Tour" has tightened.
In the Modified main Devin Gilpin jumped out to the early battle with outside pole-sitter Cody Parker. The duo battled hard ahead of Kenny Johnson and Jackie Boggs. Boggs reeled in Parker, then Gilpin and began to flex his muscle when at the halfway point, Brandon Ramsey spun and Seth Daniels looped it to avoid contact. Boggs had no time to react and clipped Daniels, bending the front suspension on his D-4 mount. Gilpin inherited the lead and withstood several late race bids from Dan Ebert to tackle the win.
"I was lucky tonight. I had a second place car and really hated to see what happened to Jackie Boggs," said Gilpin. I came around and saw him crossed-up and couldn't believe it. I am very fortunate and a blessed young man to be able to drive these race cars each and every night, and tonight to be able to stand here in victory lane."
Rounding out the top ten were Gilpin, Ebert, Johnson, Jeremy Rayburn, Parker, Philip Bapst, Taylor Cook, Fireball Pinkerton, Adam Colley, and Jacob Poel.
Five cars qualified under the old track record of 15:226, a time set by Kenny Johnson last November. NASCAR's Kenny Wallace set a new track record of 15:090 in qualifications. (UMP Official Press Release to be released )
In the Racer's Edge Supplements Street Stock feature event, Evan Seitz led the first three go-rounds before Dean Boyd took the lead. A three way battle ensued between Boyd, Seitz, and Jamie Adams. Adams took over second then after a restart performed a cross-over move took the lead at the flag stand.
Boyd came back the next lap and led the rest of the way despite having Adams within two car lengths for the duration. Rounding out the finish behind the winning Boyd were Jamie Adams, Evan Seitz, Justin Poling, Dave Landman, Tommy Mossbarger, Adam Jones, Shawn Valenti, Tim Cutler, and Brian McQuay. Hard charger Jamie Adams came from fifth to second.
Kentucky driver Mitchell Fields led the first 11 laps before getting loose in turn number two. Something appeared to be hampering the handling of Field's mount, allowing Harley Martin took over to lead the next two laps. Martin lost the handle on the 14th circuit while leading, reverting back to the 13th circuit and also relegating Fields to the lead.
Fields and Harrison Hall battled the rest of the way, but Fields claimed the win. Rounding out the line-up were Fields, Hall, Ricky Neace, Harley Martin, Mike Brust, and John Remy.
LATE MODELS (29)
Fast Time: Duane Chamberlain 13:766
Heat One-Duane Chamberlain, R.J. Conley, Jamie Oldfield, Jason Montgomery, Jeep Van Wormer, Mark Frazier, Chad Smith, Josh Haynes, Rod Conley, Brandon Sheppard
Heat Two-Delmas Conley, Devin Moran, Shannon Babb, Garrett Krummert, Ryan Unzicker, Jason Riggs, Steve Kester, Jeff Babcock, Bob Mayer
Heat Three-Brian Shirley, Doug Drown, Tanner English, Ryan Markham, Kevin Wagner, J.T. Conley, Don Stone, Tim Dohm, Steve Lance, Jr.
B-Main-Mark Frazier, Jason Riggs, Chad Smith, Rod Conley, J.T. Conley, Steve Kester, Tim Dohm, Jeff Babcock, Josh Haynes, Bob Mayer, Steve Lance, Jr., Don Stone, Brandon Sheppard
Feature: Shirley, Chamberlain, R.J. Conley, Drown, Van Wormer, Moran, Unzicker, Sheppard, riggs, Montgomery, Markham, "Oldfield, English, Kester, Lance, Smith, Babb, Delmas Conley, Krummert, Frazier, Rod Conley, Wagner
Fast Time: New Track Record Kenny Wallace 15:090
Heat One-Cody Parker, Jackie Boggs, Dan Ebert, Kenny Wallace, Shawn Holliday, Jimmy Lennex, David McWilliams, Brandon Oliver, Kevin Dulaney
Heat Two-Kenny Johnson, Taylor Cook, Adam Colley, Fireball Pinkerton, Nathan Loney, Blake Terry, Jacob Poel, Rick Hensley, Jared Spalding
Heat Three-Devin Gilpin, Jeremy Rayburn, Philip Bapst, Brandon Ramsey, Steve Clemmons, Scott Gerdeman, Seth Daniels, T.J. Schulz, Mike Harrison, Tanner Wilson
B-Main : McWilliams, Lennex, Gerdeman, Oliver, Dulaney, Daniels, Schulz, Terry, Poel, Hensley, Spalding, Harrison, Wilson
Feature: Gilpin, Ebert, Johnson, Rayburn, Parker, Bapst, Cook, Pinkerton, Colley, Poel, Wallace, McWilliams, Gerdeman, Ramsey, Clemmons, Lennex, Dulaney, Boggs, Daniels, holliday, Oliver, Loney.
Racers Edge Sports Supplements Street Stocks (10)
Fast Time: Jamie Adams 16:601
Heat One: Dean Boyd, Jamie Adams, Justin Poling, Evan Seitz,Shawn Valenti, Dave Landman, Adam Jones, Tim Cutler, Tommy Mossbarger,Brian McQuay
Feature: Dean Boyd, Jamie Adams, Evan Seitz, Justin Poling, Dave Landman, Tommy Mossbarger, Adam Jones, Shawn Valenti, Tim Cutler, Brian McQuay
C & M Racine Sport Mods (12)
Heat One- Bob Crace, Jr., Mitchell Fields, Eric Berry, Brennan Bobst, Harrison Hall, Mike Brust, Harley Martin, John Remy, Robert Lunsford, George Neely
Feature: Fields, Hall, Ricky Neace, Harley Martin, Mike Brust, John Remy, Eric Berry, Robert Lunsford, Steve Noble, Brennan Bobst, George Neely, and Bob Crace, Jr.
Results for July 3rd, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-The tradition of the "Night the Stars Come Out" lived up to its billing as a huge crowd, great racing, and high speeds helped kick off the Fourth of July weekend at Brad McCown's Atomic Speedway Thursday night, July 3rd. Claiming the big win in the 30-lap UNOH All-Star Circuit of Champions 410 sprint cars was Cortland, Ohio's Dale Blaney, while local star Greggie Oliver, Jackson, Ohio brought home the $5,000 win in the Gullion Enterprises AMRA Late Model 40-lap event. Lake Shore, Minnesota driver, Dan Ebert claimed the 20-lap AMRA Advanced Services Octane Modified feature, his third of the year at Atomic.
The STARS did indeed 'come out' Thursday and amid clearing skies shined brightly on all the hard work that Brad McCown and crew have put into Atomic Speedway.
There will be no racing this Saturday due to Thursday's mid-week show, however, the next race at Atomic will be the UMP Summer Nationals "Hell Tour" for Late Models and Modifieds with Street Stocks on Wednesday July 16. The next Saturday night race will follow just three days later on July 19.
Dale Blaney is on a hot-streak, winning five of his last seven races with the All-Star Circuit of Champions. For a time, it appeared Tim Shaffer would extinguish the Blaney hot streak in the 410 sprint main, but the traditional low-rider used multiple grooves to swoop past third place Travis Philo, then after a three-lap tango make Shaffer his victim.
Shaffer had started on the pole and had easy sailing until lapped traffic became a factor just past the first one-third of the race. Travis Philo began to reel in Shaffer and challenged for the lead on multiple occassions. Chad Kenemah had an early burst of speed on the bottom of the track, but ran out of moisture in what looked to be a charge to the front.
Outside pole-sitter Danny Holtgraver anchored down a top four, at one point dropping out of the chase before surging back at the midway mark to challenge Philo for third. After Blaney waltzed past Philo the trio passed the flagstand under a blanket in 1-2-3 fashion. Blaney dove low past Shaffer into turn one and Shaffer came back with cross-over move, only to have the speeding Blaney make his final pass on the backchute for the lead and eventual win.
"Tony (Kennedy) and George (Fisher) make my job easy," said Blaney in victory lane. "I just go out and drive. The car was flawless tonight. I got a pretty good start and just kept up my momentum. We are really good on momentum tracks right now."
"We would have liked to have won," said a soft spoken Shaffer. "But Dale is in a groove. We had a good car, but he was a little better tonight. This is a good run for our team...I just wish we could have figured out a way to win it."
"We had a good car tonight," said 3rd place finisher Travis Philo. "I wish we had a clear track ahead, but traffic hurt us tonight. I wish I could have got by Tim (Shaffer) earlier. On a clear track we were fast, but things got tight in traffic."
Rounding out the top ten were 14K-Dale Blaney; 2. 45-Tim Shaffer; 3. 5T-Travis Philo; 4. 10H-Danny Holtgraver; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs; 6. 49-Cole Duncan; 7. 63-Chad Kemenah; 8. 4-Danny Smith; 9. 84-Jimmy Stinson; and 10. 60C-Kory Crabtree. Nathan Skaggs was the hard-charger, advancing 13 positions from a 24th place start to 11th. (An official All-Star release will follow)
In the AMRA Late Model main veteran Delmas Conley, Wheelersburg, Ohio jumped into the early lead over outside pole sitter Greggie Oliver. Conley led the next 38 laps virtually uncontested. The veteran Conley, a National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame driver, appeared to be on a rail--straight and fast. The senior speedster was the class of the field by a long shot until his mount stumbled coming out of turn four on the 38th circuit.
Initial reports were that Conley's car suffered an ignition problem, however, at press time those reports were not confirmed.
Conley's misfortune was Oliver's treasure as the Jackson Ironman --aka, the 'Pickle City Hustla" --inherited the lead and charged on to the five-grand victory.
"I was pumped to be in second, then I looked up and I was like number one on the scoreboard," said an excited Oliver. "I don't know what happened to Delmas."
While Conley charged to at least a ten-car length lead much of the race and even a larger stretch of turf at the end of a 28-lap run, action became heated back in the pack.
Despite Conley's domination, Oliver was strong as well, fending off the charges of Jackie Boggs much of the race. Oliver repelled earlier challenges from the rest of the field amid a field of 'shooting stars'. Rod Conley settled in around 5th and 6th for the early portions of the race, before lighting a fire in his Rocket the last one-third of the race.
Super-heated battles developed among 'No Fear' Chris Garnes, Jeremy Berwanger, Insane Duane Chamberlain, Brandon Kinzer, Dustin Linville, and Rod Conley. That side-by-side racing, sometimes displaying door-rubbing precision, highlighted the action. Berwanger suffered mechanical woes early and went to the infield.
The latter part of the race, Garnes was perhaps the fastest car on the track, but the defending AMRA champ developed a push in a mad rush high against the wall. Garnes nearly pulled off a pass of Boggs for third, then scrubbed the first turn wall and lost some momentum, allowing Conley and Chamberlain an opportunity to blow by. Garnes reclaimed 5th from Chamberlain as Dustin Linville fell off the pace with a flat tire, and the Garnes-Conley battle rekindled.
When Conley's mount waivered, the rest of the field seemed to step up their pace as a hefty payday lay in wait for the winner. Oliver remained fast and smooth in stifling Boggs' late race advances and roared on to the win.
"Yes, I was pumped to be in second...just happy to be there. I looked up and I was number one on the scoreboard and couldn't believe it," asserted a dismayed Oliver. "I don't know what happened to Delmas, but this is great making it here to victory lane."
"I'd like to thank My Dad, brother Brandon, my crew and sponsors. Over the years, Ralph Seymour helped me a lot when I didn't have anything to drive; in fact this one of his old cars. It really is an old car, but I like it. I'm sure Ralph would be proud."
Rounding out the top ten were Greggie Oliver, Jackie Boggs, Rod Conley, Chris Garnes, Duane Chamberlain, Brandon Kinzer, Zach Dohm, Kevin Wagner, J.T. Conley, and Kenneth Howell. Ken Howell was the hard charger starting 20th and finished 10th.
In the AMRA Octane Modified/Advanced Services Modified main, Dan Ebert scored his third Atomic feature of the year. The driver of the Artic Cat #60 Impressive race cars made his trek look easy in picking up the $1,000 payday. Ebert got the jump on pole-sitter J.P. Roberts and began to pedal away from the pack.
On lap three Dave Fireball Pinkerton crossed up in turn two and collected several cars, all with casual contact. Pinkerton made a great recovery despite losing several positions in the mele, and all other cars continued. It wasn't clear whether Kenny Johnson was involved in the fray, but on the same lap Johnson broke a left front tire rod and tried to manhandle his mount for the next couple laps before going pitside. Pinkerton suffered a similar fate.
Eighth place starter--doing double duty--Greggie Oliver quickly blitzed from 8th place to third over Tim Tribby. With another bonzai move Oliver dove past Roberts in to second. Roberts and Tribby battled for the duration, then shared the firefight with an oncoming 9th place starter Shawn Holiday. Philip Bapst got into the mix with a 10th to 5th place drive before settling for sixth. The "STARS" in the star-studded field was exemplified by a 16th place start from veteran Dave McWilliams. McWilliams was the race hard charger with a drive to 7th place, an advancement of 9 positions.
When the dew had settled on the victory lane signage, Ebert again brought home the big win.
Rounding out the top ten were Dan Ebert, Greggie Oliver, Shawn Holiday, Tim Tribby, J.P. Roberts, Phillip Bapst, David McWilliams, Derrick Smith, former champs Rick Hensley, and Brian Whiteman.
"This track is so fun, so racy, one of my favortie race tracks," said Ebert. "I love coming here. It was a little slick tonight, but fast all over the track. Thanks to the fans for coming out tonight. I am blessed to be here and blessed to be working with Jackie (Boggs). He knows so much about these race cars. I am fortunate to have been able to work with him."
PINE TREE TOWING AND RECOVERY
All- Star Sprints (33)
All Star Circuit of Champions (33 Cars)
Qualifying - Kistler Engines
1. 55F-Taylor Ferns, 11.520; 2. 84-Jimmy Stinson, 11.737; 3. 5T-Travis Philo, 11.839; 4. 7C-Caleb Armstrong, 11.862; 5. 45-Tim Shaffer, 11.882; 6. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 11.887; 7. 49-Cole Duncan, 11.901; 8. 4-Danny Smith, 11.946; 9. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 11.971; 10. 14K-Dale Blaney, 11.973; 11. 22-Ryan Broughton, 12.016; 12. 81-Lee Jacobs, 12.079; 13. 63-Chad Kemenah, 12.081; 14. 4X-Eddie Slone, 12.119; 15. 40I-Mark Imler, 12.120; 16. 60C-Kory Crabtree, 12.156; 17. 57X-Andrew Palker, 12.181; 18. 40-Caleb Helms, 12.218; 19. 99-Todd Kane, 12.259; 20. 23-Jimmy Light, 12.355; 21. A97-Aaron Higgins, 12.421; 22. 41-Randy Fink, 12.492; 23. 25AU-Jack Lee, 12.563; 24. 92-Sam Ashworth, 12.582; 25. 59-Bryan Nuckles, 12.699; 26. 45C-Mark Coleman, 12.702; 27. 3F-Brandy Bower, 12.707; 28. 22D-Josh Davis, 12.798; 29. 83X-Nate Reeser, 12.911; 30. 3FX-Dean Kester, 13.774; 31. 2-Nathan Skaggs, 99.999
Heat 1 - Kears Speed Shop (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 9W-Jac Haudenschild ; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah ; 3. 57X-Andrew Palker ; 4. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 5. A97-Aaron Higgins ; 6. 55F-Taylor Ferns ; 7. 83X-Nate Reeser ; 8. 59-Bryan Nuckles
Heat 2 - All Pro Aluminum Heads (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 14K-Dale Blaney ; 2. 40-Caleb Helms ; 3. 84-Jimmy Stinson ; 4. 10H-Danny Holtgraver ; 5. 4X-Eddie Slone ; 6. 41-Randy Fink ; 7. 3FX-Dean Kester ; 8. 45C-Mark Coleman
Heat 3 - Dragon Racing Fuels (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 99-Todd Kane ; 2. 5T-Travis Philo ; 3. 22-Ryan Broughton ; 4. 40I-Mark Imler ; 5. 2-Nathan Skaggs ; 6. 25AU-Jack Lee ; 7. 3F-Brandy Bower ; 8. 49-Cole Duncan
Heat 4 - Kinsler Fuel Injection (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 2. 92-Sam Ashworth ; 3. 23-Jimmy Light ; 4. 22D-Josh Davis ; 5. 4-Danny Smith ; 6. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 7. 60C-Kory Crabtree
Dash - Howard Johnson Hotel - Lima, OH (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature
1. 45-Tim Shaffer ; 2. 10H-Danny Holtgraver ; 3. 84-Jimmy Stinson ; 4. 5T-Travis Philo ; 5. 4-Danny Smith ; 6. 9W-Jac Haudenschild
B-Main - MSD Ignition (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 49-Cole Duncan ; 2. 60C-Kory Crabtree ; 3. 55F-Taylor Ferns ; 4. 25AU-Jack Lee ; 5. 41-Randy Fink ; 6. 59-Bryan Nuckles ; 7. 45C-Mark Coleman ; 8. 83X-Nate Reeser ; 9. 3FX-Dean Kester ; 10. 7C-Caleb Armstrong ; 11. 3F-Brandy Bower
A-Main - University of Northwestern Ohio (30 Laps)
1. 14K-Dale Blaney; 2. 45-Tim Shaffer; 3. 5T-Travis Philo; 4. 10H-Danny Holtgraver; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs; 6. 49-Cole Duncan; 7. 63-Chad Kemenah; 8. 4-Danny Smith; 9. 84-Jimmy Stinson; 10. 60C-Kory Crabtree; 11. 2-Nathan Skaggs; 12. 4X-Eddie Slone; 13. 55F-Taylor Ferns; 14. 9W-Jac Haudenschild; 15. 40-Caleb Helms; 16. 57X-Andrew Palker; 17. 22D-Josh Davis; 18. 23-Jimmy Light; 19. 92-Sam Ashworth; 20. A97-Aaron Higgins; 21. 99-Todd Kane; 22. 40I-Mark Imler; 23. 25AU-Jack Lee; 24. 22-Ryan Broughton
Hard Charger: 2-Nathan Skaggs[+13]
GULLION ENTERPRISES AMRA LATE MODELS (27)
Fast Time: Delmas Conley 14:306
Heat One- Delmas Conley, Jeremy Berwanger, Rod Conley, Brandon Kinzer, Kevin Wagner, J.T. Conley, Keith Sansom, Steve Weigle, Mike Taylor
Heat Two-Jackie Boggs, Dustin Linville, Mark Frazier, Billy Guillon, Paul Davis, Freddie Carpenter, Curtis Deisenroth, Mick Sansom, Brandon Conkel
Heat Three-Greggie Oliver, Chris Garnes, Duane Chamberlain, Zach Dohm, John Whitney, Kenneth Howell, Andy Bond, Avery Taylor, Daniel Kattine
B-Main : Freddie Carpenter, J.T. Conley, Andy Bond, Curtis Deisenroth, Ken Howells, Mick Sansom, Keith Sansom, Avery Taylor, Steve Weigle, Daniel Kattine, Mike Taylor, Brandon Conkle.
Feature: Greggie Oliver, Jackie Boggs, Rod Conley, Chris Garnes, Duane Chamberlain, Brandon Kinzer, Zach Dohm, Kevin Wagner, J.T. Conley, Kenneth Howell, Billy Guillon,John Whitney, Delmas Conley, Dustin Linville, Andy Bond, Curtis Deisenroth, Paul Davis, Mark Frazier, Jeremy Berwanger, Freddie Carpenter.
ADVANCED SERVICES AMRA MODIFIEDS ( 22)
Fast Time: Fireball Pinkerton 15:722
Heat One-Kenny Johnson, Dave Pinkerton, Tim Tribby, Phillip Bapst, Roy Roush, David McWilliams, Mike Long, Jeff Surber
Heat Two- Dan Ebert, J.P. Roberts, Greggie Oliver, Jason Cottrill, Donnie Miller, Derrick Smith, Seth Daniels
Heat Three- Brian Whiteman, Rick Hensley, Shawn Holiday, Brandon Oliver, Brian Moore, Bob Crace, Jr., Rick Shutts
Feature: Dan Ebert, Greggie Oliver, Shawn Holiday, Tim Tribby, J.P. Roberts, Phillip Bapst, David McWilliams, Derrick Smith, Rick Hensley, Brian Whiteman, Donnie Miller, Bob Crace, Jr., Rick Shutts, Brian Moore, Roy Roush, Jason Cottrill, Brandon Oliver, Kenny Johnson, David Pinkerton, Mike Long, Seth Daniels.
Results for June 25th, 2014
Compilation report from Scott Wolfe/Brian Liskai, All-Stars
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Jac Haudenschild lived up to his nickname “The Wild Child” at Atomic Speedway Wednesday night. The Wooster, Ohio driver blasted around Dale Blaney with five laps to go and went on to score the win on night #3 of the 32nd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek with the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions. Dan Ebert, Lake Shore, Minnesota claimed the AMRA Modified $1,000 win, Harley Martin, Jackson, Ohio took the Sport Mod main, his 5th of the season; and Rob Smith claimed his second Street Stock win.
113 cars packed the pit area, inclulding 62 sprint cars-- the largest gathering of sprint cars at any dirt track in the USA this year!
Haudenschild used the concrete wall in turns three and four as a cushion to rim-ride to his second All Star win of 2014. It is his 28th career series victory.
“That was really fun. The track was awesome. The fastest way was around the top. I was running up there pretty high. It was a little easier running second. Dale was definitely fast but I was able to see his line and we got there at the end,” said Haudenschild beside his Destiny Racing/Rick Rogers Construction/Mondak Portables/Triple X Racing/Renegade Rentals/Champion Oil backed machine.
“We’ve been getting better every week and hopefully we can keep it up. The car is feeling good and the guys have worked their tails off,” added Haudenschild.
For Blaney, who came into the night leading the UNOH All Star national and Ohio Region points and the 2014 Ohio Sprint Speedweek points, it was another solid night with a second place finish despite leading the first 25 laps.
“It was my mistake. I moved to the middle there a little bit. It almost felt like it was starting to lock down there in the middle and I probably ran a little too conservative there to try and stay in it. He just got a run on me there and after that he was running pretty hard. My mistake for running a little too easy in one and two and being conservative. The guys gave me a great car and I just brought it home in second. Every night we’ve been really good and put ourselves in a good position and that’s what it takes,” said Blaney beside his Kennedy Cattle/GF1 Chassis/Ti22 Performance/Penske Shocks backed #14K.
Randy Hannagan would battle with Blaney for the runner-up position the final four laps before coming home in third.
“Car came on really good the last 10 laps. I missed that corner that one time that I didn’t need to miss it,” said Hannagan beside his Do-Si-Do/Upper Auto/Kenny’s Components backed #11n. “Ed Neumeister gives me an awesome car and my guys, Kent Karhoff and Jonathan Karhoff work their butts off for me. They make me look good.”
After the 62-car field was whittled down to the final 24 A-main starters it would be Blaney and Sheldon Haudenschild who would bring the field to the green for the 30-lap feature. Blaney would grab the lead over Sheldon Haudenschild, Cole Duncan, Jac Haudenschild, Taylor Ferns, Danny Smith, Randy Hannagan, Brady Bacon and Caleb Griffith. Jac Haudenschild would grab third on lap two.
It didn’t take the leaders long to find heavy lapped traffic by lap five but the action would grind to a halt on lap six when Cale Thomas would blow a right rear tire and get into the front stretch wall, getting upside down. On the restart Blaney pulled away slightly as the son and feather battled for second. Jac would take the runner-up spot on lap eight, bringing Duncan into third with Sheldon, Hannagan, Smith and Shane Stewart in tow.
Blaney would find lapped traffic by the 12th circuit with Haudenschild staying within striking distance while Duncan battled with Hannagan with Sheldon Haudenschild, Smith and Griffith in pursuit. Jimmy Stinson would spin to bring out the caution on lap 14 and once again hand the leaders a clear track. Blaney and Jac Haudenschild would pull away from the field and run nose to tail with Duncan, Hannagan, Sheldon Haudenschild, Smith, Griffith, Stewart and Bacon in tow. Bacon would spin in turn one on lap 21 to once again give the leaders a clean track.
On the restart once again Blaney and Jac Haudenschild were glued together and pulled away while Duncan was battling with Hannagan for third. Jac would execute a perfect slider on Blaney in turns three and four to take the lead with five laps to go when the red flew for a pile-up involving Christopher Bell, Danny Holtgraver and Cory Crabtree. On the restart Jac Haudenschild would continue to blast away at the extreme top edge of the track with Blaney now locked in a battle for second with Hannagan while Sheldon Haudenschild was battling with Griffith for fourth.
Jac Haudenschild would drive to the win with Blaney edging Hannagan for second while Griffith and Sheldon Haudenschild rounded out the top five.
In the power-packed Advanced Services AMRA Modified Feature, Kenny Johnson, the 5-time AMRA champ lined up against WISOTA Champ Dan Ebert as the duo led the charging star-studded line-up to the green flag. Ebert and Johnson diced in spectacular fashion with the always-present back-in-the-pack action at Atomic Speedway. Johnson, of Mineral Wells, WV is your 2014 Gibby's DTRN Modified Mid-Season Champion with 12 feature wins in what has been a Dream season already in 2014 with 12 Victories right here in our region. Johnson's bid for win #6 was short-lived, however.
In the Modified A -main there was a very bad wreck involving Dave Pinkerton, Jason Montgomery and Mark Dickson who tried to make it Three wide where three-wide would not fit. Past feature winner Jimmy Lennex was involved in the aftermath and was taken away in an ambulance, but at press time was reported to be only shaken and suffering a sore neck.
Cody Parker worked his way toward the front, along with hard-charger Rick Hensley who was on a rail from 14th to third. Rounding out the top ten were Dan Ebert, Cody Parker, Rick Hensley, Travis Dickson, KC Burdette, Nathan Loney , John Burdette, Jason Brookover, Mark Dickson, and Brian Whiteman.
He is only sixteen, but he is a veteran in many ways. Yes, Harley Martin persevered and won his fifth Sport Mod run of the year after a side-by-side battle with another youngster Brennan Bobst. The pair of high school young guns Martin and Bobst continued to run side-by-side lap after lap while battling for the lead! Martin prevailed for the win ahead of Brennan Bobst, Steve Noble, Allen Gulley, Harrison Hall, Rick Neace, Stevie Thornsberry, John Cuckler, Derek Davidson, Mike Brust, and John Remy.
The Street Stock main provided another torrid battle, but this time Rob Smith, scoring his second win in a row, had a little easier time of it. Last week, Smith made a last lap pass to claim the win, but although working hard in holding off the charges of a solid pack, especially Jamie Adams and Dean Boyd, Smith raced on to victory.
Rounding out the line-up were Rob Smith, Jamie Adams, Dean Boyd, Justin Poling, Evan Seitz, Adam Jones, Brian McQuay, Dave Landman, Tim Cutler, Casey Barr, and Tommy Mossbarger.
All Star Circuit of Champions (62 Cars)
Heat 1 – Kears Speed Shop (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 2. 14k-Dale Blaney ; 3. 9x-Rob Chaney ; 4. 55F-Taylor Ferns ; 5. 35AU-Jamie Veal ; 6. 5-Dave Glennon ; 7. 3F-Brandy Bower ; 8. 5R-Byron Reed ; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah ; 10. 22D-Josh Davis ; 11. 96AU-Bruce White ; 12. 2-Shane Stewart
Heat 2 – All Pro Aluminum Heads (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  ; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich ; 3. 49-Cole Duncan ; 4. 3G-James McFadden ; 5. 83-Stevie Smith ; 6. 77AU-Darren Mollenoyux  ; 7. 41-Randy Fink; 8.D12-Jason Dolick; 9. 59-Bryan Nuckles; 10. 60c-Cory Crabtree; 11. 98h-Dave Blaney; 12. A97-Aaron Higgins
Heat 3 – Dragon Race Fuels (8 laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 10H-Danny Holtgraver ; 2. 33M-Christopher Bell; 3. 99-Brady Bacon; 4. 4-Danny Smith; 5. 44w-Austen Wheatley; 6. 19p-Paige Polyak; 7. 57x-Andrew Palker; 8. 21-Dallas Hewitt; 9. 71AU-Ryan Davis; 10. 22r-Kevin Roberts Jr.; 11. 3FX-Dean Kester; 12. 24H-Brandon Wimmer 
Heat 4 – Kinsler Fuel Injection (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1.A76-Jimmy Stinson; 2. 9W-Jac Haudenschild; 3. 40DD-Caleb Griffith; 4. W20-Greg Wilson; 5. 71m-Paul May; 6. 78-Todd Kane; 7. 2s-Nathan Skaggs; 8. 22-Ryan Broughton; 9. 22s-Brandon Spithaler; 10. 25AU-Jack Lee; 11. 45C-Mark Coleman; 12. 4x-Shawn Petersen
Heat 5 – UNOH (8 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 45-Tim Shaffer; 2. 5t-Travis Philo; 3. 11n-Randy Hannagan; 4. 91-Cale Thomas; 5. 81-Lee Jacobs; 6. 1st-Gary Taylor; 7. 83x-Nate Reeser; 8. 40I-Mark Imler; 9. 92-Sam Ashworth; 10. 35m-Wes McGlumphy; 11. 12-Nick Roberts
Dash – Comfort Inn, Chillicothe OH (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature
1. 14k-Dale Blaney; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 3. 9W-Jac Haudenschild; 4. 49-Cole Duncan; 5. 99-Brady Bacon; 6. 55F-Taylor Ferns
C-Main – Computer Man Inc. (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the B-feature)
1. 2s-Nathan Skaggs; 2. 57x-Andrew Palker; 3. A97-Aaron Higgins; 4. 40i-Mark Imler; 5. 41-Randy Fink; 6. 25AU-Jack Lee; 7. 35m-Wes McGlumphy; 8. 96AU-Bruce White; 9. 22r-Kevin Roberts Jr.; 10. 4x-Shawn Petersen; 11. 22d-Josh Davis; 12. 63-Chad Kemenah; 13. D12-Jason Dolick; 14. 71AU-Ryan Davis; 15. 59-Bryan Nuckles; 16. 3FX-Dean kester; 17. 45c-Mark Coleman
B-Main – MSD Ignition (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 2-Shane Stewart; 2. 60c-Kory Crabtree; 3. 81-Lee Jacobs; 4. 24h-Brandon Wimmer; 5. 22-RyanBroughton; 6. 5r-Byron Reed; 7. 1st-Gary Taylor; 8. 83-Stevie Smith; 9. 19P-Paige Polyak; 10. 35AU-Jamie Veal; 11. 71m-Paul May; 12. 21-Dallas Hewitt; 13. 44w-Austen Wheatley; 14. 92-Sam Ashworth; 15. 78-Todd Kane; 16. 5-Dave Glennon; 17. 83x-Nate Reeser; 18. 77AU-Darren Mollenoyux; 19. 22s-Brandon Spithaler; 20. 3F-Brandy Bower; 21. 57x-Andrew Palker;
A-Main – University of Northwestern Ohio (40 Laps)
1. 9w-Jac Haudenschild ; 2. 14K-Dale Blaney; 3. 11n-Randy Hannagan; 4. 40DD-Caleb Griffith; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild; 6. 49-Cole Duncan; 7. 5t-Travis Philo; 8. 81-Lee Jacobs; 9. 4-Danny Smith; 10. 24H-Brandon Wimmer; 11. 3G-James McFadden; 12. W20-Greg Wilson; 13. 48-Danny Dietrich; 14. 2-Shane Stewart; 15. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 16. 55f-Taylor Ferns; 17. 9X-Rob Chaney; 18. 10H-Danny Holtgraver; 19. 60C-Cory Crabtree; 20. 33m-Christopher Bell; 21. 99-Brady Bacon; 22. 45-Tim Shaffer; 23. A76-Jimmy Stinson; 24. 91-Cale Thomas 
Hard Charger: 3G-James McFadden +12
Advanced Services AMRA Modifieds
Heat One: Jason Montgomery, Cody Parker, John Burdette Mark Dickson
Heat Two:Kenny Johnson, KC Burdette, Nathan Loney, Greggie Oliver
Heat three: Dan Ebert,Travis Dickson, Brian Whiteman, Jason Brookover
B-Main: Jimmy Lennex, Dave Pinkerton, Brandon Oliver, Seth Daniels, Philip Bapst, Dave McWilliams, Dave Jamison
Feature: Dan Ebert, Cody Parker, Rick Hensley, Travis Dickson, K-C Burdette, Nathan Loney , John Burdette, Jason Brookover, Mark Dickson, Brian Whiteman, Seth Daniels, Jason Cottrill, Greg Oliver, Brandon Oliver, Philip Bapst, Donnie Miller, Jason Montgomery, Dave Pinkerton, Jimmy Lennox, Kenny Johnson
C&M Racing Equipment Sport Mods
Feature: Harley Martin, Brennan Bobst, Steve Noble, Allen Gulley, Harrison Hill, Rick Neace, Steve Thornsberry, John Cuckler, Derek Davidson, Mike Brust, and John Remy
RACINGEDGESUPPLEMENTS.COM Street Stocks
Feature: Rob Smith, Jamie Adams, Dean Boyd, Justin Poling, Evan Seitz, Adam Jones, Brian McQuay, Dave Landman, Tim Cutler, Casey Barr, Tommy Mossbarger
Results for June 14th, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-Another decent crowd assembled for Veterans Appreciation Night at Atomic Speedway where Danny Smith, Chillicothe, Ohio claimed the exciting 410 Sprint car main in a torrid battle with Kory Crabtree. Kenny Johnson, Mineral Wells, WV, claimed the equally exciting AMRA Modified main after a race-long battle with Jess Hartman; Rob Smith claimed the Street Stock main, and John Remy, McArthur took the Sport Mod main. All Veterans were admitted free in appreciation for their service to our country. All features were completed before 11 p.m. A moment of silence was held for Justin Helton, Beaver, Ohio who lost his life this past week while serving in Afghanistan and another tribute moment for driver Fred Hardbarger, former driver at Atomic. Son in law Adam Jones carried the checkered flag for a lap in tribute to Hardbarger. The track was fast from the onset as 14 Sprint cars cracked the 11 second barrier in qualifying and Kenny Johnson came within three-hundredths of a second of the modified track record with fast time in the Modifieds at 15:446. Kory Crabtree had fast time in the sprints with an 11:585.
Ryan Broughton, Chillicothe, Ohio has tried to shake the bad luck bug since the last race of the 2013 season. Broughton won his heat and led the first eight laps of the feature, looking to shake the gremlins that have sidelined Broughton throughout the season despite several weeks of good runs. Broughton led the first eight laps, then after a caution flag for Jimmy Stinson, who had a flat and broken shock, Danny Smith took the lead on the restart. After a few laps of duals, Smith started to walk away from runner-up Broughton. Meanwhile, Jimmy Nier started 19th and was on a charge from the tail, up to 14th after five laps, and up to 5th by lap sixteen. Nier claimed the Hummel Factory Kahne Shock "Hard Charger Award". Jesse McCreary was on a similar charge from 9th to 5th at one point, but later having Ryan Myers drop him back to sixth. On a lap 16 restart Kory Crabtree blitzed by Danny Smith on the restart with a daredevil slide job that Smith returned skimming within inches of one another at 130 MPH on the super fast Atomic high-banks. Crabtree nearly led lap 17 after another swap of kamikaze dives, but Smith scurried back to the front off turn four. The next lap was just as exciting. Ryan Myers slowed the action with a spin in turn one and at about the same time Broughton slammed the turn three wall and went pit-side. Several reports indicated that Broughton's throttle may have stuck. The Smith-Crabtree battle continued for the last seven laps, but Smith began to pull away by lap 22. Lapped traffic factored into the finish as Crabtree made a late race bid for the win. Crabtree pulled within a car length of Smith on the white flag lap, then made a bid for the win in turn one-and-two only to jump the cushion, scrubbing off enough speed to allow Smith a micro-second of breathing room at the conclusion. Rounding out the top ten were Danny Smith, Kory Crabtree, Nathan Skaggs, Jimmy Nier, Ryan Myers, Jesse McCreary, Mark Imler, Todd Kane, Nate Reeser, and David Smith. David had his strongest Atomic run of the year, while Kevin Shelbo had notable success. "It was elbows up and hit the gas all the way around tonight," said Smith. "I hope the fans had fun tonight, I sure did. Tonight you had to be up on the wheel every step of the way. The track was really, really fast. Sometimes things work out and it worked out for us tonight."
Jess Hartman, Zanesville, Ohio jumped into the early lead in the AMRA Octane modified main and spent most of the first 15 laps fending off the challenges of Kenny Johnson. Hartman and Johnson grappled tooth-and-nail for the duration. Hartman endured three early cautions and each time survived the potential slide jobs of Johnson. Jason Cottrill and Mike Long each had good runs going, but were early casualties and went pit-side. Mark Bailey had charged from 15th to 6th and was well on his way to earning hard charger honors when he and another front-runner Philip Bapst made contact. Bailey's great run ended with contact and Bapst went to the rear after the misfortune. Brian Whiteman and Dave Pinkerton battled with Aaron Pendleton most of the race with Bapst at one point bursting into third. After Bapst's demise, Pinkerton turned on the afterburners and zoomed to fourth to challenge Whiteman. Up front Johnson tried to blitz past Hartman on a lap 13 restart, but couldn't make it stick. Johnson stayed with Hartman and pulled alongside the Zanesville ace several times, finally taking over the top spot with a run off the top of turn two. Johnson continued on to victory with an impressive high-flying win, his 5th at Atomic and his second of the June 13-14 weekend. Tim Tribby blasted from 11th to sixth as the race hard-charger, and Donnie Miller recovered from an early bobble to a solid top ten. Brian Moore had his best run of the season while battling Justin Murray and Bob Crace, Jr. to the finish. "That was a workout," gasped an exhausted winner Kenny Johnson. "I hope the fans had as much fan as I did. Boy was that track fast." Rounding out the top ten were Kenny Johnson, Jess Hartman, Brian Whiteman, Dave Pinkerton, Aaron Pendleton, Tim Tribby, Donnie Miller, Brian Moore, Justin Murray, and Bob Crace, Jr. "Jess gave us a good run tonight and made us work," added Johnson. "He had a fast car-very fast! I'd like to thank Coop, Danny, and Chad for getting this car in winning form. That was our eleventh win with seven seconds in 2014. It's been a great year."
Rob Smith has had some success in South-Central Ohio, and then brought his winning ways to Atomic Speedway Saturday. Smith and Dean Boyd, a four-time winner in the Street Stocks, paced the field to the green with Boyd taking the initial lead. Smith hung with Boyd the entire race, but couldn't find the right time or right place to make a move. Boyd came upon a lapped car and had to lift momentarily on the last lap. As the pair entered turn three, Boyd slid up the bank just enough for Smith to make his move. Boyd opened the door and couldn't slam it shut fast enough to seal the win. Smith had the momentum on the inside as the two cars rubbed doors coming to the checkered where Smith led his only lap of the night for the exciting win. "I saw a hole there and stuck my nose in, then went for it," said Smith. "I got into Dean a little bit and I hate that, but that's racing." Rounding out the line-up were Rob Smith, Dean Boyd, Justin Poling, Tim Cutler, Dave Landman, Brian McQuay, and Tommy Mossbarger.
Youngster Harley Martin and veteran John Remy paced the field to the green flag in the Sport Mod main with Martin taking the narrow lead early. Martin led the first five laps before the pair drove quickly into traffic. Martin closed quickly on a lapped car and made contact, flattening his tire and ending his run. Remy was right there to collect the bounty and brought home his first victory in ten years-a very popular win. "Once we got the line figured out we were ready to roll," exclaimed John Remy. "I had a good car and a good track to get me here." Rounding out the line-up were John Remy, Steve Nobile, John Cuckler, George Neely, Harley Martin, Allen Hunt, and Billy Bowles.
THE SUMMARY: Atomic Speedway, June 14, 2014
PINE TREE TOWING AND RECOVERY 410 Sprint Cars: (22)
Fast Time: Kory Crabtree 11:585
Heat One-Ryan Broughton, Kory Crabtree, Aaron Higgins, Ryan Myers, Rick Fraley, Dean Kester, Josh Davis
Heat Two-Jimmy Stinson, Danny Smith, Nathan Skaggs, Brian Nuckles, Nate Reeser, Mark Coleman, Brandi Bower
Heat Three- Todd Kane, Mark Imler, Jesse McCreary, Eddie Slone, Jeff Conrad, Kevin Shelbo, Jimmy Nier
Feature: Danny Smith, Kory Crabtree, Nathan Skaggs, Jimmy Nier, Ryan Myers, Jesse McCreary, Mark Imler, Todd Kane, Nate Reeser, David Smith, Eddie Slone, Rick Fraley, Kevin Shelbo, Mark Coleman, Ryan Broughton, Aaron Higgins, Jeff Conrad, Brian Nuckles, Dean Kester, Jimmy Stinson, Brandi Bower (DNS), Josh Davis (DNS)
ADVANCE SERVICES AMRA MODIFIEDS (20)
Fast Time: Kenny Johnson 15:446
Heat One-Kenny Johnson, Brian Whiteman, Mike Long, Jason Cottrill, Bob Crace, Jr., Jeff Surber, Glenn East
Heat Two-Aaron Pendleton, Dave Fireball Pinkerton, Phillip Bapst, Tim Tribby, Justin Murray, Rick Shutts, Glenn Keaton
Heat Three-Jess Hartman, Donnie Miller, Derrick Shadwick, Brian Moore, Mark Bailey, Jeff Votaw
Feature:Kenny Johnson, Jess Hartman, Brian Whiteman, Dave Pinkerton, Aaron Pendleton, Tim Tribby, Donnie Miller, Brian Moore, Justin Murray, Bob Crace, Jr., Derrick Shadwick, Philip Bapst, Rick Shutts, Glen Keaton, Mark Bailey, Mike Long, Jeff Surber, Jason Cottrill, Jeff Votaw (DNS), Glen East (DNS).
C & M RACING EQUIPMENT SPORT MODS (7)
Heat One-Harley Martin, John Remy, Billy Bowls, John Cuckler, George Neely, Allen Hunt, Steve Nobile,
Feature: John Remy, Steve Nobile, John Cuckler, George Neely, Harley Martin, Allen Hunt, Billy Bowles
RACERSEDGESUPPLEMENTS.COM STREET STOCKS (7)
Heat One-Rob Smith, Dean Boyd, Tim Cutler, Justin Poling, Tommy Mossbarger, Adam Jones, Dave Landman, Brian McQuay
Feature: Rob Smith, Dean Boyd, Justin Poling, Tim Cutler, Dave Landman, Brian McQuary, Tommy Mossbarger, Adam Jones.
Results for May 31st, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-A nearly full house estimated at several thousand packed the stands for "Fan Appreciation Night" at Brad McCown's Atomic Speedway Saturday night where Jimmy Nier, Piketon, Ohio brought home the 410 Outlaw Sprint win. A stout field of 37 sprint cars packed the pit area for what proved to be a wildly exciting night. Jeremy Berwanger, "The Murray City Bandit" rode away with the 25-lap Late Model main event win, while Kenny 'Worth the Price of Admission' Johnson claimed the AMRA Modified crown--his fourth of the season at Atomic-- and Jamie Adams won the Street Stocks.
Thirty Seven cars representing five states-- Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan-- were whittled down to the twenty car starting A-main field. Jimmy Nier blasted from sixth to third on the first lap as Nathan Skaggs raced Sam Ashworth to the start-finish line to lead the first lap. Skaggs led the next nine circuits before Nier chased him down to take the lead. Aaron Higgins gave his mount a great ride in a fifteenth to tenth place run, while Ryan Brought barnstormed through the pack from 17th to 9th.
"No Fear" Jimmy Nier continued to lead while Skaggs persistently tried to retake the lead, only to fall to a hard-charging Danny Smith. Ashworth, Mark Imler and Brandy Bower hammered it out for position, while Jimmy Stinson and Cole Duncan made late-race surges toward the front.
By lap 16 Smith had his radar locked in on Nier. Two laps later Smith was right on Nier's coattails and actually inched by in turn number three. With heavy traffic on the horizon, Nier regained momentum off four and led by a car length in turns one and two. Nier's race winning pass in his #00 Fisher powered Maxim came in turn three when Nier blitzed between the lapped cars of Chris Myers and Cody Gardner. The door slammed shut on Smith, who had to fight past those lapped cars, allowing Nier to open up a convincing margin of victory at the flag stand. Heat winners were Sam Ashworth, Cole Duncan, Nier, and Jimmy Stinson. Ryan Broughton and Dave Dickson won each of the two B-mains.
Rounding out the top ten were Jimmy Nier, Danny Smith, Nathan Skaggs, Jimmy Stinson, Cole Duncan, Mark Imler, Sam Ashworth, Brandy Bower, Ryan Broughton, and Aaron Higgins. The Hummel Factory Kahne Shock Hard Charger was Ryan Broughton with a 17th to 9th place run.
"It's great to see all these fans in the stands," smiled an excited Nier. "I'd like to thank everyone for coming out tonight for $5 night and thanks to my crew for giving me a good race car. I heard Danny back there and knew I had to do something. I saw a tight hole open up between those two lapped cars and said to myself 'It's now or never' and went for the opportunity. That probably saved us a down to the wire battle with Danny (Smith)."
The Late Model feature was one of pure dominance for "The Murray City Bandit" Jeremy Berwanger, whose Billy Lloyd Engines/Audie Swartz race cars #44j blasted to victory in only his second-ever late model run at Atomic. The former AMRA Modified Champ and Skyline Champion moved to the Late Models and already has two feature wins.
A pair of Bobst Auto Parts cautions slowed the field, giving Greggie Oliver a shot at victory. Oliver tried Berwanger several times on the restarts, but each time Berwanger would get heat in his tires and take off toward the win.
For Berwanger it was smooth sailing the last five laps as he worked traffic to perfection for the Late Model win. While many cars tailed out on corner exit, Berwanger was straight and smooth. Berwanger had got the jump on third generation driver J.T. Conley, who had earlier set fast time. Conley held second for eight laps, before giving way to Oliver.
An all-out 'Battle Royale" between John Whitney, Jr., Kevin Wagner, and Billy Gullion highlighted some of the best racing on the track. Whitney sacked Wagner and Gullion and at one time was making a run on the top three, only to be stymied of any further hopes of advancing.
Berwanger brought home the win ahead of Greggie Oliver, J.T. Conley, John Whitney, Jr., Kevin Wagner, Billy Gullion, Chris Shannon, Russ Frohnaphel, Joe Brewer, and Mick Sansom. Several drivers picked up a couple positions in the run for hard charger. Late Model racing returns June 14 for Veteran's Night. Veterans are admitted for $5 with military ID.
Berwanger said, "Special Thanks to Tim Dohm and Jackie Boggs. Audie Swartz builds a great race car. The car would run anywhere, up high, down low, just about any place I pointed it. This engine is from my Modified, so it's getting a little tired. But when the track dried out, the car hooked up great. It's great to get a win here at Atomic in the Late Model."
Kenny Johnson, Mineral Wells, West Virginia has many nicknames and all in some way describe his wildly incredible driving style. Brandon Oliver took the early lead over Mark Bailey with Johnson quickly up to third. On lap two Johnson claimed Bailey then a couple markers later Johnson roared by Oliver and soared toward victory. Bryan Whiteman caught fire late in the race and at one point was the fastest car on the track. Fireball Pinkerton charged from 10th to fourth and was gaining on the leaders, when something went awry on his #8.
Philip Bapst, the hard charger last week, again was impressive with a solid run into the top five. Whiteman and Bapst battled with Mark Dickson and Pinkerton most of the race. Bailey and Jess Hartman joined Jason Cottrill and Donnie Miller on runs into the top ten.
Meanwhile, the dazzling Johnson bobbed and weaved through traffic to claim his eighth overall win of the year to go with seven second place finishes.
Kenny Johnson, Brandon Oliver, Brian Whiteman, Philip Bapst, Mark Dickson, Mark Bailey, Jess Hartman, Jason Cottrill, Donnie Miller, and Mike Conkle rounded out the top ten. Conkle went from 15th to tenth, Bapst from 9th to fourth, and Justin Murray 17th to 12th, all picking up five positions for hard-charger honors.
"How about those Atomic Speedway fans. I love Atomic Speedway and I love these Atomic Speedway fans," cited Johnson to a round of resounding cheers. "It's been a good year and tonight was a good night. Thanks to everyone that turned out tonight. I hope you had fun and come back June 14th. I'll be here! Also thanks to my crew and sponsors for helping me get to victory lane."
Jamie Adams drove the Jim Hildebrand #427--an Adams Chassis with what Adams dubbed a "tired old Ford with 48 races on it" under the hood. Adams blasted into the lead and rode off into the sunset far ahead of the rest of the pack. Newcomer Rob Smith had a strong run into second with a late race pass of four-time winner Dean Boyd. Adam Jones charged from the back to fourth, while the rest of the pack fought hard for position.
"The engine was tired but when the track slicked up it was just what we liked," said Adams. "I hope to have the Late Model out soon, but there is a big two-day show for Street Stocks next week and we wanted to shake this car down for that big race."
Jamie Adams, Rob Smith, Dean Boyd, Adam Jones, Tommy Mossbarger, Dave Landman, Tim Cutler, Justin Poling, Brian McQuay, and Larry Highland rounded out the top ten.. Adam Jones was the hard-charger in a 7th to fourth place run.
THE SUMMARY: Atomic Speedway May 31, 2014
PINE TREE TOWING AND RECOVERY 410 Sprints (37)
Fast Time: Danny Smith 13:540
Heat One-Cole Duncan, Danny Smith, Ronnie Blair, Josh Davis, Cody Gardner, Ryan Broughton, Cody Gardner, Wes McGlumphy, Nate Reeser, George Hawkins
Heat Two- Sam Ashworth, Brandy Bower, Chris Myers, Aaron Higgins, Brian Benson, Bob Tucker, Brian Nuckles, John Shewbrooks, Mark Coleman
Heat Three-Jimmy Nier, Nathan Skaggs, Kirk Jeffries, Ryan Myers, Dave Dickson, Taylor Ferns, Brice Dickson, Rick Fraley, Dean Kester
Heat Four-Jimmy Stinson, Mark Imler, Jesse McCreary, Jamie Myers, Eddie Slone, Tom Bush, Kevin Sabo, Cale Thom as, Todd Kane
B-Main One: Ryan Broughton, Cody Gardner, Wes McGlumphy, Brian Benson, Bob Tucker, Brian Nuckles, Jeff Conrad, Mark Coleman, John Shewbrooks, Nate Reeser
B-Main Two: Dave Dickson, Eddie Slone, Todd Kane, Taylor Ferns, Tom Bush, Brice Dickson, Kevin Sabo, Rick Fraley, Cale Thompson, Dean Kester
Feature: Jimmy Nier, Danny Smith, Nathan Skaggs, Jimmy Stinson, Cole Duncan, Mark Imler, Sam Ashworth, Brandy Bower, Ryan Broughton, Aaron Higgins, Jesse McCreary, Josh Davis, Ron Blair, Kirk Jeffries, Eddie Slone, Chris Myers, Cody Gardner, Jamie Myers, Ryan Myers, Dave Dickson
GULLION ENTERPRISES AMRA LATE MODELS (16)
Fast Time: J.T. Conley 15:880
Heat One- J.T. Conley, Greggie Oliver, Kevin Wagner, Chris Shannon, Joe Brewer, Brandon Conkel, Avery Taylor, Braden Roof
Heat Two-Jeremy Berwanger, Billy Gullion, Kevin Wagner, Brian Casey, Russ Fronaphel, Mick Sansom, Brandon Thompson
Feature: Jeremy Berwanger, Greggie Oliver, J.T. Conley, John Whitney, Jr., Kevin Wagner, Billy Gullion, Chris Shannon, Russ Frohnaphel, Joe Brewer, Mick Sansom, Brandon Thompson, Brian Casey, Avery Taylor, Braden Roof, Brandon Conkel
ADVANCE SERVICES H & c AMRA MODIFIEDS (20)
Fast Time: Jess Hartman 15:809
Heat One-Jess Hartman, Mark Bailey, Jason Cottrill, Fireball Pinkerton, Bob Crace, Jr., Glenn Keaton
Heat Two-Brian Whiteman, Brandon Oliver, Jimmy Lennex, Matt Holcomb, Justin Murray, Mike Long, Glen East
Heat Three-Kenny Johnson, Mark Dickson, Phil Bapst, Donnie Miller, Mike Conkle, Jeff Surber, Brian Moore
Feature: Kenny Johnson, Brandon Oliver, Brian Whiteman, Philip Bapst, Mark Dickson, Mark Bailey, Jess Hartman, Jason Cottrill, Donnie Miller, Mike Conkle, Bob Crace, Jr., Justin Murray, Matt Holcomb, Brian Moore, Glen East, Dave Fireball Pinkerton, Mike Long, Jeff Surber, Glenn Keaton, Jimmy Lennex
STREET STOCKS (10)
Heat One-Jamie Adams, Tim Cutler, Rob Smith, Dean Boyd, Tommy Mossbarger, Dave Landman, Adam Jones, Justin Poling, Brian McQuay
Feature: Jamie Adams, Rob Smith, Dean Boyd, Adam Jones, Tommy Mossbarger, Dave Landman, Tim Cutler, Justin Poling, Brian McQuay, Larry Highland
Results for May 24th, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-The year's biggest crowd turned out to support the KC/Atomic Speedway 2014 Hall of Fame Inductions and a great night of racing at Brad McCown's Atomic Speedway Saturday night. All three features went right down to the wire with Richmond, Indiana driver Duane Chamberlain capturing the $2,500 to win Gullion Enterprises AMRA Late Model main. Jimmy Stinson, Vandalia, Ohio was a repeat winner by a car-length over Greg Wilson for the $2,500 win in the 410 sprint main, while Lake Shore, Minnesota driver Dan Ebert claimed the Advanced Services AMRA Modified main.
A solemn, but memorable ceremony honored past racing legends and race contributors for the Atomic Speedway 2014 Hall of Fame inductions. Inducted into the hall were Spike Spears, Jim Meeker, Harry and Tony Martin, Dale Jones, Gerald Palmer, and the Karshner family.
Nine exciting heat races saw four photo finishes. The preliminaries set the stage for the night's feature events. A quality field of cars and drivers filled the pits for one of the best racing events of the year. Next week, May 31 is Fan Appreciation Night with a $5 admission.
"Insane Duane" Chamberlain powered his Darge Engines/Rocket Chassis past early leader Delmas Conley on the 24th lap, then outdistanced the field to claim his second Atomic Speedway win of the year. The win was also Chamberlain's seventh win in a row for the Richmond, Indiana driver.
Delmas Conley jumped into the early lead and for a time started to check out, but as the race progressed Chamberlain reeled in the veteran Conley for what proved to be a classic dog fight for the middle portion of the race. By lap 12 Chamberlain dove low under Conley, setting the stage for a five lap shootout between the two veteran drivers. Chamberlain and Conley swapped slide jobs on both ends of the track during those five laps and at one point Chamberlain leaned on Conley hard upon the turn four exit.
Conley came back to cop the lead again as the crowd rose to its feet for the great, great show they witnessed. Chamberlain then took the lead, but Conley came right back while a just as exciting battle had developed for third between Devin Moran and Jackie Boggs. That race-long battle ended on lap 17 when a racing deal sent Moran hard into Boggs. Boggs' mount was disabled and Moran went to the tail.
Earlier Jason Montgomery had been shuffled back to seventh, but he climbed back into the mix behind Conley and Chamberlain. Again the duo went at it tooth and nail with fast-timer Chamberlain taking over for good on lap 23. Two laps later Conley went pitside with mechanical problems.
R.J. Conley started 13th but now had worked into a top five. Moran had a similar fate with a blast from last to the top eight after his earlier spill. Oliver jumped the cushion while running a strong third, but recovered for a top ten, opening the door for Rod Conley and a good run from third generation driver J.T. Conley. John Whi tney, Billy Guillon, and Kevin Wagner had strong runs as well amid the star-studded field.
Rounding out the top ten were Chamberlain, R.J. Conley,Jason Montgomery, Rod Conley, J.T. Conley, Greggie Oliver, John Whitney, Devin Moran,Billy Guillon, and Kevin Wagner. R.J. Conley was the hard charger with a 13th to second place run.
In the 30-lap Sprint car A-main Jimmy Stinson, bobbed and weaved through traffic and blitzed to what seemed an insurmountable lead. As the race unfolded, however, former All-Star Champ Greg Wilson began to reel in the May 17th winner, and closed the gap to within a car length by the time a lap 22 caution waved for a spinning Nate Reesor. Earlier Wes McGlumphy had a great run stymied when he made contact with another car and spun.
The battle heated up between the two front runners after the caution. Eight laps of helter skelter, high anxiety racing fueled the fire to the finish. Wilson tried several slide jobs, the most severe a high-speed flash through two and into the front of the high flying Stinson. Stinson somehow regained control and bored into three past Wilson on lap 27. Wilson banged the front chute wall in the chase and scrubbed off just enough speed to give Stinson a little breathing room.
Wilson fought back under Stinson twice and challenged off turn four, but Stinson held on for the popular win.
"I saw the 20 car out there on the scoreboard during the caution and knew he would be fast," said Stinson. "Then at last he scared the crap out of me and I scared the crap out of myself, but that's what racing is all about. I hope we made it exciting for the fans."
"The track keeps getting better every week and the fans keep coming out better. I'm glad to see this deal at Atomic going good and thank Jamie Miller for putting together a great race car."
Jimmy Nier, aboard his 360 mount, fought from 21st to 9th to earn Hummel Factory Kahne's Racing Shock "Hard Charger" award. Kory Crabtree was nearly as impressive with 16th to tenth place run.
Nathan Skaggs had a great run from eighth to third place in an impressive run, while Todd Kane and Josh Davis consistently ran in the top five. Rounding out the top ten behind Stinson were Greg Wilson, Nathan Skaggs, Todd Kane, Josh Davis, Ryan Broughton, Ryan Myers, Aaron Higgins, Jimmy Nier, and Kory Crabtree.
The 25-lap Advance Services AMRA Octane Modified main was a barnburner. Dan Eberts took the early lead, but every step of the way Luke Jordan was in the wake. Jordan reeled in Eberts and grabbed the lead on lap twelve with Eberts now the hunter, not the hunted. Jordan led two close, side-by-side laps then Ebert blasted into the lead.
Ebert worked traffic to perfection, but Tim Tribby was on the move. Tribby first bagged Jordan, then Shawn Holiday. Pinkerton recovered from a near-spin at mid-race to finish fourth ahead of Jordan, Jimmy Lennex, and Doug Adkins.
Tribby made a late race bid for the lead, but Ebert's move in traffic gained him enough turf to pull off the close win at the finish.
"The middle part of the race got pretty exciting out there", exclaimed Ebert. "The car worked anywhere I put it and I dedicate this win to Jackie Boggs. Our heavy track set up and middle -heavy set ups have been great, but our slick track stuff has been mediocre. Jackie got me sorted out and I give this win to him."
Rounding out the top ten were Dan Ebert, Tim Tribby, Shawn Holiday, Dave Pinkerton, Luke Jordan, Jimmy Lennex, Doug Adkins, Jason Montgomery, Phillip Bapst, and Rob Stambaugh. Phillip Bapst was the hard charger in a 16th to 9th place run.
Jason Edwards, Port William, Ohio won the Enduro.
PINE TREE TOWING AND RECOVERY (23)
Fast Time: Greg Wilson 12:042
Heat One- Greg Wilson,Wes McGlumphy, Ryan Broughton, Aaron Higgins, Eddie Slone, Kory Crabtree, Jeff Conrad,Mark Coleman
Heat Two-Jimmy Stinson, Mark Imler, Nathan Skaggs, Jesse McCreary, Nate Reeser, Kevin Sabo, George Hawkins
Heat Three-Todd Kane, Josh Davis, Ryan Myers, Kirk Jeffries, J.T. Stapp, Bob Tucker, Jimmy Nier
Feature: Jimmy Stinson, Greg Wilson, Nathan Skaggs, Todd Kane, Josh Davis, Ryan Broughton, Ryan Myers, Aaron Higgins, Jimmy Nier, Kory Crabtree, Kirk Jeffries, Mark Imler, Nate Reeser, Jesse McCreary, Eddie Slone, Wes McGlumphy, George Hawkins, J.T. Stapp, Kevin Sabo, Jeff Conrad, Mark Coleman, Bob Tucker.
GULLION ENTERPRISES AMRA LATE MODELS (20)
Fast Time: Duane Chamberlain 13:794
Heat One- Jackie Boggs, Duane Chamberlain, Rod Conley, Mick Sansom, R.J. Conley, Rod Evans, Justin Carter
Heat Two- Jason Montgomery, Devin Moran, J.T. Conley, Kevin Wagner, Graylin Prince,Kevin Wagner, Jeremy Berwanger,Dwayne Pick
Heat Three-Delmas Conley, Greggie Oliver, John Whitney, Billy Guillon, Avery Taylor, Jay Helton
Feature: Duane Chamberlain, R.J. Conley,Jason Montgomery, Rod Conley, J.T. Conley, Greggie Oliver, John Whitney, Devin Moran,Billy Guillon, Kevin Wagner, Avery Taylor,Jay Helton, Dwain Pick, Delmas Conley,Jackie Boggs,Justin Carter,Graylin Prince, Rod Evans, Jeremy Berwanger, Mick Sansom
ADVANCE SERVICES AMRA MODIFIEDS (25)
Fast Time: Dan Ebert 15:445
Heat One- Dan Ebert, Luke Jordan, Tim Tribby, Jason Montgomery, Brandon Oliver, Phillip Bapts, Glenn East, Jim Lemaster, Dave Kelly
Heat Two-Dave Pinkerton, Larry Holbrook, Jimmy Lennex, Donnie Miller, Jason Cottrill, Travis Hightower,Rick Hensley, Greg Oliver, George Neely
Heat Three- Doug Adkins, Brian Whiteman, Shawn Holiday, Jeff Votaw, Rob Stambaugh, Chris Tolle, Glenn Keaton, Bob Crace, Jr.
B-Main: Philip Bapst, Bob Crace, Jr., Glenn Keaton, Chris Tolle,Travis Hightower, Glenn East, Jim Lemaster
Feature: Dan Ebert, Tim Tribby, Shawn Holiday, Dave Pinkerton, Luke Jordan, Jimmy Lennex, Doug Adkins, Jason Montgomery, Phillip Bapst, Rob Stambaugh, Brian Whiteman, Jason Cottrill, Brandon Oliver, Jeff Votaw, Donnie Miller, Bob Crace, Jr., Glenn Keaton , Chris Tolle, Larry Holbrook, Travis Hightower.
Results for May 17th, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO- One of the most competitive nights of racing in the history of Atomic Speedway concluded with a near photo finish
as Bob Crace, Jr. won a heated battle on a last lap pass of Harley Martin to claim the C & M Racing Equipment Sport Mod main. Six of
the night's eight heat races went down to the wire, setting the stage for a quartet of barn-burning finishes in the fourth feature
events. Even the kids put on a great show in the bicycle races and the festive Kid' Night activities.
Vandalia, Ohio's Jimmy Stinson, aboard the Jamie Miller-owned 6s, claimed the biggest win of the night by outdistancing early
leader Ryan Broughton in the Pine Tree Towing and Recovery 410 Sprint Car main. Kenny "Worth the Price of Admission" Johnson lived up
to his namesake by holding off the challenges of K-C Burdette for a photo finish in the Advanced Services AMRA Octane Modified 20-lap
main and Dean Boyd pulled off his fourth win of the year in the Street Stock main after a torrid race-long battle with Adam Jones.
Twenty-eight of the finest sprint cars in the Midwest sorted through three qualifying heat races, and an eye-opening b-main to
set the line-up for an exciting A-main. The trace was tacky, fast, and racy throughout the night with multi-groove passing from start
Ryan Broughton got the jump on Danny Smith at the start of the event and withstood the challenges of a stacked-field for the
first 17 laps. In the early stages of the race, heat winner Ronnie Blair jumped the cushion was shuffled out of the top ten as was
youngster Kory Crabtree. On lap four Smith suffered a similar fate and was shuffled back to fourth behind Broughton, Stinson, and
Two laps later Smith again jumped the cushion and sailed off the turn two embankment. That set the stage for one of many
spectacular drives up through the pack. Ryan Myers suffered a flat tire in the heat race after anchoring a transfer spot. The flat
delegated him a spot in the b-main where he started 11th and blasted to fourth. That in turn pitted Myers in a 19th place starting
spot that set the stage for a hard-charging 19th to fourth place run that earned the Lewisburg, Ohio driver the Hummel's Factory Kahne
Meanwhile, Broughton continued to be the cream of the crop as the race leader. Mitchell Harble anchored a strong top three,
the entire race while Aaron Higgins and Wes McGlumphy contended for a top five most of the race. Only late race charges from Myers
and Smith would shield these drivers from top five runs. On the 17th circuit, Jordan Harble spun with the leaders taking evasive
Stinson in the Claxton Mopar/Kahne Maxim #6 drove hard into turn one and alongside Broughton. Side-by-side the two dueled
into three where Stinson put the decisive slide job on the 22 car and sailed on to victory. Myers blasted into the top five and on the
last lap Smith did the same with a barnstorming run past Higgins. Crabtree recovered to recover a top ten after his early bout with
Rounding out the top ten were Stinson, Ryan Broughton, Mitchell Harble, Ryan Myers, Danny Smith, Aaron Higgins, Wes McGlumphy,
Kory Crabtree, Todd Kane, and Mark Imler. The win was a clean sweep for Stinson who set fast time with an 11:491 and won the first
"We had a great car and a great race track tonight," said Stinson. "It was fast everywhere, a little choppy and bumpy for all
of us in places, but an exciting track to race on. I'd like to thank my owner Jamie Miller for doing it all to get us here to victory
lane and thanks to the fans for braving the weather and staying here for the finish. That had to be a great race to watch."
Kenny Johnson, Mineral Wells, WV--the five time AMRA champion-- is usually the man to watch coming off the tail. Johnson was
equally spectacular in starting on the pole, only to have to survive the challenges of Parkersburg, WV driver K-C Burdette. Burdette
had won the first heat in a last-to-first place run, then determined his own fate in the feature with a spin on lap six that sent him
to the tail.
Johnson meanwhile had to fend off Dave Fireball Pinkerton, who along with Matt Holcomb and Doug Adkins made it an exciting
four-way race. Pinkerton at one time shuffled back to fourth, but recovered nicely to regain second. Matt Holcomb had a great run
going much of the night. Doug Adkins moved into second, then fell off the pace and back to sixth before charging back to fourth at
Jimmy Lennex at one point seemed to be out of the chase, but came on strong at the finish, while Dave McWilliams, Eric
Arledge, and Bob Crace, Jr. each ran consistently well.
Johnson appeared to soar into another county in the early going, but had his lead decimated by a pair of cautions, one of
which was by Burdette on lap six. Burdette charged from the tail of the 21-car starting field and into third on the 16th circuit, then
second a lap later. That set up a firestorm of a finish as Burdette twice bore past Johnson only to have Johnson dive low in one to
half Burdette's final challenge. Burdette gave it another try blitzing alongside Johnson at the finish with Johnson winning by a
Johnson said, "I love this track and I love these fans. I felt kind of defeated coming here tonight as we have fought engine problems for a week. It didn't run right last night, it didn't run right in the heat, and it didn't run right in the feature, but we had enough to get to victory lane. K-C beat me last night and I was second, so it felt good to be on top tonight."
Rounding out the top ten were Johnson, Burdette, Dave Fireball Pinkerton, Matt Holcomb, Doug Adkins, Jimmy Lennex, Dave McWilliams, Eric Arledge, and Bob Crace, Jr.
In the daring Atomic Speedway Street Stock main, Adam Jones led the early going with Dean Boyd and Tommy Mossbarger filing in rank-and-file. Boyd took over on lap five and never looked back despite constant challenges from Jones. Mossbarger and Jamie Adams put on a great show for third Boyd sailed on to his fourth win in six starts.
Rounding out the top ten were Dean Boyd, Jamie Adams, Adam Jones, Tim Cutler, Brandon Thompson, Justin Poling, Dave Landman, Larry Highland, Tommy Mossbarger, and Jeremy Conley.
The final race went right down to the wire, capping off a great evening of dirt track racing that ended well at 10:37 p.m.
John Remy was the early leader, before giving way to young Harley Martin. Bob Crace, Jr. came into the mix at third, then advanced to second when Remy spun into the turn four infield wall.
Crace flat-footed his #23 mount alongside Martin on many occasions, but each time he 16-year-old prevailed. Crace made two bids in the last two laps, the drove it in hard on the white flag lap pulling alongside Martin out of turn two. The two dueled to the checkered where Crace won by less than two feet. Rounding out the top ten were Bob Crace, Jr., Harley Martin, Jay Helton, Mike Brust, John Remy, Ricky Neace, Steve Cruse, Brandon Allen, and Brad McCown.
THE SUMMARY: May 17th, 2014
PINE TREE TOWING AND RECOVERY
410 Sprints (28)
Heat One- Jimmy Stinson, Mitchell Harble, Todd Kane, Aaron HIggins, Cody Gardner,Jimmy Light, Jordan Harble, Mark Coleman
Heat Two- Ronnie Blair,Cole Duncan, Mark Imler,Jesse McCreary, Josh Davis, Jason Dollick, Nate Reeser, Rick Fraley, Dean Kester
Heat Three- Danny Smith, Ryan Broughton, Kory Crabtree, Wes McGlumphy,Trey Gustin, Brandy Bower, Eddie Slone, Ryan Myers, John Shewbrooks
B-Main- Jimmy Light, Ryan Myers, Jordan Harble, Jason Dollick, Eddie Slone, David Smith, John Shewbrooks, Mark Coleman, Rick Fraley, Dean Kester, Brandy Bower, Nate Reaser
Feature: Jimmy Stinson, Ryan Broughton, Mitchell Harble,Ryan Myers, Danny Smith, Aaron Higgins,Wes McGlumphy, Kory Crabtree,Todd Kane, Mark Imler, Josh Davis,Trey Gustin, Jesse McCreary, Ron Blair, David Smith, Jason Dolick, Jordan Harble, Cole Duncan, Jimmy Light, Cody Gardner
ADVANCE SERVICES AMRA MODIFIEDS (22)
Heat One-KC Burdette, Brian Whiteman, Matt Holcomb, Eric Arledge, Bob Crace, Jr., Jimmy Lennex, Tim Tribby
Heat Two-Dave Pinkerton, Kenny Johnson, Dave McWilliams, Aaron Pendleton, Jason Cottrill, Glenn Keaton, Pete Brunton
Heat Three-Doug Adkins, Rob Stambaugh, Donnie Miller, Brandon Oliver, Tyler Hendrix, Tom Arnott, Bill Thorlan, Glenn East
Feature: Kenny Johnson, K-C Burdette, Dave Fireball Pinkerton, Matt Holcomb, Doug Adkins, Jimmy Lennex, Dave McWilliams, Eric Arledge, Bob Crace, Jr., Brandon Oliver, Jason Cottrill, Aaron Pendleton, Donnie Miller, Glenn Keaton, Tom Arnott, Bill Thorla,Pete Brunton, Rob Stambaugh, Glenn East,Tyler Hendrix, Brian Whiteman, Tim Tribby (DNS)
C & M RACING EQUIPMENT SPORT MODS (9)
Heat One- John Remy, Harley Martin, Bob Crace, Jr., Jay Helton, Mike Brust,Steve Cruse, Ricky Neace, Steve Nobile,
Feature:Bob Crace, Jr., Harley Martin, Jay Helton, Mike Brust,John Remy, Ricky Neace, Steve Cruse, Brandon Allen, Brad McCown
STREET STOCKS (10)
Heat One-Tim Cutler, Adam Jones, Jamie Adams,Dean Boyd, Tommy Mossbarger, Brandon Thompson, Justin Poling, Larry Highland, Dave Landman, Jeremy Conley
Feature: Dean Boyd, Jamie Adams, Adam Jones, Tim Cutler, Brandon Thompson, Justin Poling, Dave Landman, Larry Highland, Tommy Mossbarger, Jeremy Conley
Results for May 3rd, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-Twenty-six of the hottest modifieds in the Midwest battled for a spot in the 2014 version of "Modified Mayhem" at McCown's Atomic Speedway, where the field was whittled down to the $1,500 winner Kenny Johnson of Mineral Wells, West Virginia. Claiming the companion AMRA Late Model victory was Rod "Hot Rod" Conley, while Cole Duncan, Lockbourne, Ohio outran Todd Kane to the finish in the 410 Sprints, Dean Boyd won his third straight Street Stock main, and Rob Stambaugh claimed the sport mod victory.
Three exciting heat races set the stage for a barnburner of a feature in the AMRA Octane/Advanced Services Modifieds. Travis Dickson, Gallipolis, Ohio, last week's feature winner, set fast time with a 15:491. Heats were won by Dave McWilliams, Verona, Kentucky; Johnson, and Luke Jordan, of South Webster, Ohio. Anthony Kincade, Zanesville, Ohio won the B-main. What may have been the difference in the feature finish was a last-to-first run by Johnson, high against the wall in the night's second heat. Kenny "Worth the Price of Admission" Johnson lived up to his name in a stacked heat that was more reflective of a feature. That win earned him an outside pole starting slot, along with a throng of new fans that joined his fan base.
McWilliams and Johnson paced the field to the unfurled green flag of starter Frank Lemaster. Johnson won the drag race to the first turn cushion to take the lead, then never looked back in a torrid flag-to-flag win. While Johnson worked traffic to perfection, Luke Jordan continued a great evening with a solid second place run most of the event. Early on, Jordan stayed within striking distance, but Johnson's surge enabled the Mountaineer to check-out as the race unfolded.
After a lap 8 restart, Jimmy Lennex, Maysville, KY restarted 11th. Just six laps later the Bluegrass ace was up to 7th place and on a charge to the front. Meanwhile, Greggie Oliver, doing double-duty in Late Models and Modifieds moved into third over McWilliams. McWilliams two laps later jumped the cushion and was shuffled back to 14th after anchoring third for much of the race.
Doug Adkins, Tanner Wilson, Jess Hartman, Rick Hensley, Travis Dickson, and Fireball Pinkerton went "two stacks deep" of three-wide racing for the fifth spot. Adkins ran anywhere from fifth to 7th much of the race, but began a late race surge along with 16th place starter Kincade. Pinkerton's great run ended with a flat tire and early exit. On a lap 18 restart, Oliver made a bonsai pass of Jordan, and yet another restart gave Oliver a late race bid for number one. Oliver made the dive low, but Johnson's momentum carried him through turn two and on to an impressive win.
Adkins continued his forward advance to fourth with Lennex now anchoring a top five with Kincade, Craig Christian and McWilliams battling for a spot in the top ten.
At the finish it was Johnson, Oliver, Luke Jordan, Doug Adkins, Jimmy Lennex, Tanner Wilson, Jess Hartman, Anthony Kincade, Craig Christian, and McWilliams. Lennex charged from 14th to fifth and Kincade from 16th to eighth. Craig Christian was credited with the hard charger award in a 20th to 9th place run.
"I really like to run the bottom," joked Johnson in victory lane. "No, seriously, I hooked up on the high side and tried to put on a show for these fans. I drive past two other tracks to race here because these fans are among the best. They are great to me and that's why I am here. That (the great fans) and Brad provides us with a great race track."
"I screwed up in the heat race and ran hard into turn one and right upon Mark Dickson. I was my fault, and when I went to the tail I didn't know if I could come back through the pack. There were a lot of good drivers in my heat. But we did it and that allowed me a good start in the feature."
In the Pine Tree Towing 410 Sprint cars, Todd Kane, Delaware, Ohio claimed his heat in the Charlie Brown #99 and was looking for his first 2014 feature win. The veteran took the lead over Stuart Brubaker and led the first 20 circuits, pulling away to a straight-away lead by the 10th circuit and lapping much of the field up to 13th.
Brubaker ran a fast, steady second, but fell victim to Cole Duncan on the 13th circuit. Jimmy Stinson, Aaron Higgins, Taylor Ferns, and Josh Davis all jockeyed for a top five. Some of the best battles of the night came from this group, while Kane's lead started to diminish.
Kane was straight and fast, but as the track locked down with rubber, the 99 displayed some tire smoke at the apex of the turns. Duncan, meanwhile, was on a rail. His ISPC/Motor City Maxim with Gressman power started to reel in the fading Kane. On the 19th circuit Duncan tried Kane, but Kane closed the door, then one lap later, the second generation driver dove low under Kane and made it stick, then held off Kane's charges to the finish.
"The track was excellent tonight and racy all the way around," said Duncan. "We had several of our sponsors here tonight and we are glad to bring home the win for them. Todd and I go way back. He was fast tonight, but we were able to be in the right places at the right times."
Rounding out the top ten behind Duncan were Kane, Stuart Brubaker, Jimmy Stinson, Aaron Higgins, Taylor Ferns, Josh Davis, Ryan Broughton, Brandy Bower, and Tyler Courtney. The Hummel -Factory Kahne Racing Shock 'Hard Charger' was Duncan with a 7th to first place run, while Brandy Bower had a 14th to 9th place run. Davis went from 11th to 7th in a good run.
The Gullion Enterprises LLC AMRA Late Models were fewer than normal, but of high quality. The late model main went green to checkered without a caution. Heat winners were Greggie Oliver, Rod Conley, and Delmas Conley. The best LM heat of the night was a torrid battle between Oliver and Billy Gullion, who battle tooth and nail for all of ten laps in a masterful display of racing-Great driving and great racing by two outstanding drivers.
Oliver, the fast-timer, sat on the pole with outside starter Hot Rod Conley. Conley blitzed into turn one first then fended off early challenges from Oliver. Delmas Conley, Gullion, and Kevin Wagner went three wide for position in the early stages as the top five distanced themselves from the rest of the field.
The Conley-Oliver dual was short-lived by lap 9, when Conley began to check out on the rest of the field. Conley's Rocket/Draime powered machine diced through traffic with great precision as the second generation driver blasted into victory lane. Delmas Conley came home third, leading the trio of himself, Wagner and Gullion, who battled race-long for position. The current point’s leader will get a provisional for the Atomic Blast next Saturday, a show that pays $15,000 to the NDRL Late Model winner.
That battle went down to the wire between Wagner, the points leader, and Gullion, the runner-up, with Wagner narrowly escaping with the one-up over Gullion in the feature finish. Should Wagner make the show Saturday, then second in points would take the provisional, if needed, and right on down the line for the current Atomic points' race. Going into the event Wagner led Gullion 228 to 221 in a close 2014 points battle. Current points were not available at press time.
Rounding out the top ten were Rod Conley, Greg Oliver, Delmas Conley, Kevin Wagner, Billy Gullion, Mark Frazier, Curtis Deisenroth, Avery Taylor, Mick Sansom, and Darin Kattine. Deisenroth was the hard charger in a 9th to 7th place run.
"This was a fine race track tonight, and a whole lot better than last week," noted Conley. "Last week it was a power track-- You could flat-foot it all the way around this place. Tonight, it was a driver's track. You had to drive the car to be good, and this Rocket worked perfectly."
In the Street Stock feature, Dean Boyd, Williamsburg, Ohio checked out earlyin his Adams Chassi/Cropper Engines #11B and by the mid-point was in a different time zone. In the process Boyd claimed his third straight win. Rounding out the top ten were Boyd, Tommy Mossbarger, Justin Poling, Adam Jones, Tim Cutler, Dave Landman, Brian McQuay, Keith Elliott, Larry Highland, and Brandon Thompson.
In the C & M Racing sport mods, Rob Stambaugh drove his nephew's X car to victory lane over Harley Martin and Emily Jordan. Earlier Stambaugh and Jordan, who led much of the heat, had a great battle in the qualifying event. Stambaugh's win put him on the pole for a continuation of that battle. Two-time winner Harley Martin got into the mix and edged Jordan with Steve Nobile, Greg Litteral, Kyle Call, David Lunsford, and Mike Brust rounding out the finish.
Pine Tree Towing and Recovery 410 Sprint Cars (21)
Fast Time: Cole Duncan 12:517
Heat One: Todd Kane, Ryan Broughton, Cole Duncan, Mark Imler, Cody Gardner, Eddie Slone, Nate Reeser
Heat Two: Stuart Brubaker, Jimmy Stinson, Tyler Courtney, Josh Davis, Brandy Bower, Nick Roberts, Randy Fink
Heat Three:Aaron Higgins, Taylor Ferns, Jesse McCreary, Ronnie Blair, Kevin Roberts, John Shewbrooks, Rick Fraley
Feature: Cole Duncan, Todd Kane, Stuart Brubaker, Jimmy Stinson, Aaron Higgins, Taylor Ferns, Josh Davis, Ryan Broughton, Brandy Bower, Tyler Courtney, Mark Imler, Ronnie Blair, Jesse McCreary, Nate Reeser, Cody Gardner, Eddie Slone, John Shewbrooks, Rick Fraley, Randy Fink, Kevin Roberts, Jr., Nick Roberts
Gullion Enterprises AMRA Late Models (12)
Fast Time: Greggie Oliver 14:776
Heat One: Greggie Oliver, Billy Gullion, Mick Sansom, Justin Carter
Heat Two: Rod Conley, Mark Frazier, Darin Kattine, Curtis Deisenroth
Heat Three: Delmas Conley, Kevin Wagner, Avery Taylor, Jay Helton
Feature: Rod Conley, Greg Oliver, Delmas Conley, Kevin Wagner, Billy Gullion, Mark Frazier, Curtis Deisenroth, Avery Taylor, Mick Sansom, Darin Kattine, Justin Carter, Jay Helton
Advance Services AMRA MODIFIEDS (26)
Fast Time: Travis Dickson 15:491
Heat One: Dave McWilliams, Tanner Wilson, Travis Dickson, Dave Pinkerton, Mark Bailey, Anthony Kincade, Bob Crace, Jr., Donnie Miller, Eric Arledge
Heat Two: Kenny Johnson, Mark Dickson, Doug Adkins, Rick Hensley, Jimmy Lennex, Brian Moore, Craig Christian, Adam Colley
Heat Three: Luke Jordan, Greggie Oliver, Brandon Ramsey, Jess Hartman, Mike Conkle, Jason Cottrill, Seth Daniels, Rick Shutts
B-Main: Anthony Kincade, Larry Holbrook, Donnie Miller, Bob Crace, Jr., Craig Christian, Jason Cottrill, Eric Arledge, Seth Daniels, Rick Shutts, Brian Moore, Adam Colley
Feature: Kenny Johnson, Greggie Oliver, Luke Jordan, Doug Adkins, Jimmy Lennex, Tanner Wilson, Jess Hartman, Anthony Kincade, Craig Christian, Dave McWilliams, Rick Hensley, Travis Dickson, Mike Conkle, Mark Bailey, Donnie Miller, Brandon Ramsey, Mark Dickson, Larry Holbrook, Fireball Pinkerton
C & M Racing Equipment Sport Mods (8)
Heat One: Rob Stambaugh, Emily Jordan, Harley Martin, Steve Nobile, Mike Brust, Kyle Call, Greg Litteral, David Lunsford, Derek Davidson
Feature: Rob Stambaugh, Harley Martin, Emily Jordan, Steve Nobile, Greg Litteral, Kyle Call, David Lunsford, Mike Brust
Street Stocks (10)
Heat One: Tommy Mossbarger, Dean Boyd, Justin Poling, Dave Landman, Brandon Thompson, Adam Jones, Tim Cutler, Brian McQuay, Larry Highland, Keith Elliot
Feature: Dean Boyd, Tommy Mossbarger, Justin Poling, Adam Jones, Tim Cutler, Dave Landman, Brian McQuay, Keith Elliott, Larry Highland, Brandon Thompson.
Results for April 26th, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-Two repeat winners and two newcomers visited victory circle Saturday night during Food Drive Night at Brad McCown's Atomic Speedway, where veteran Danny Smith, Chillicothe, Ohio claimed the 410 outlaw sprint main and Dean Boyd, Williamsburg, Ohio claimed the Street Stock feature as second-time winners at Atomic in 2014. "Insane" Duane Chamberlain, Richmond, Indiana was the Gullion Ent. AMRA Late Model winner, setting fast time and taking home the $1,500 win, while another newcomer, Travis Dickson, Gallipolis, Ohio; a third generation driver from the racing Dickson family edged Kenny Johnson to take the Advanced Services AMRA Octane main. Next week May 3 is "Modified Mayhem" weekend featuring $1,500 to win for the Advanced Services Octane Modifieds.
Duane Chamberlain brought out the shop broom and swept the competition in the AMRA Late Model main. Chamberlain set fast time, won the first heat, then after a battle with Rod Conley swept away to the 25-lap feature win. Cars from four states lined up on the starting grid-- Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Indiana-- with the Hoosier driver bringing home the win.
Hot Rod Conley, Wheelersburg, Ohio led the first seven laps, then after a caution succumbed to a torrid battle with Chamberlain's Rocket/Darge Engines Powered #20C. Chamberlain literally rode off into the sunset after a brief bid by Conley to retake the lead.
Great battles throughout the pack kept the fans on edge, namely a race-long battle between Delmas Conley and Jason Montgomery, and a three-way firefight among Mark Frazier, J.T. Conley and Billy Gullion. Gullion ran a solid top five most of the race before yielding late to Frazier and the young J.T.
Meanwhile, Chamberlain flat-footed his missile to victory. Chamberlain slammed his mount hard against the cushion to outdistance two generations of the Conley clan who were running second and third. Rounding out the top ten were Chamberlain, Hot Rod Conley, Delmas Conley, Jason Montgomery, Mark Frazier, J.T. Conley, Billy Gullion, Kevin Wagner, Ralph Withem, and Mick Sansom. the hard-charger of the race was Mick Sansom from 17th to tenth.
"We started out well then had some bad luck in the heat," said Chamberlain. "We poked a hole in the radiator and had to scramble to patch that up. We like coming here and the car worked really good. It went about everywhere I wanted. I didn't know just how far ahead I was."
For Mark Imler, "It was close, but no Cigar." Imler of Chillicothe, Ohio led the first 17 laps of the Pine Tree Towing 410 Outlaw sprint main, surviving two red flags and four cautions. Imler was good in traffic and at times started to pull away, but Sam Ashworth closed in by lap 7 to challenge for the lead when Bryan Nuckles slammed the turn three wall and flipped. Ashworth, with no place to go, rode the front wheel of Greg Nicholas in evasive action, but was able to restart. His car was never exactly the same after the mishap.
On the restart Imler continued to lead, but Ryan Broughton benefitted and worked his way into the top five. At the same time Cole Duncan charged from the tail and an earlier flip into the top ten. Also on a charge was Kory Crabtree who started rear pack in 22nd and began to pick off the competition, while Josh Davis anchored a strong third and Nate Reeser held a top six most of the race. Davis looked to be fast on the lap 14 restart, but after the lap 17 delay never recouped the zap of the previous circuits.
Imler dominated for the next several laps, but Broughton again had a good restart over Davis. Broughton then picked off Ashworth for second with Smith in tow making it a three car race.
The young talent Broughton took the lead after the final red flag led several laps; pulling away from the top three. Broughton appeared to be well in control and looked to be "off to the races" before his ignition box became disengaged, allowing Smith and Imler back into the mix. Smith's Maxim/J.D. Engines/Coors light Gang #4 went high and Imler low with the veteran Smith storming on to the victory.
"It was a tricky track tonight and hard to figure out, slick in spots, really slick in other spots, and tacky in others," said Smith. "I don't know if I could have caught Broughton or not, but I was gonna give it a try. It worked out and we're here in victory lane. And that's good cause we needed the money."
Behind Smith in the top ten were Mark Imler, Cole Duncan, Josh Davis, Aaron Higgins, Sam Ashworth, Jimmy Stinson, Kory Crabtree, Wes McGlumphy, and Nate Reeser. Ronnie Blair and Adams Strausser took extremely violent flips that trashed their frames, but both emerged only shaken. Other flip victims were Duncan (heat) and Nuckles in the feature. Jesse McCreary suffered minor burns when hot fluids spewed onto him in lap 17 of the feature. Duncan was hard-charger in 22nd to 3rd charge.
The AMRA Modified cars put on one heck of a show from start to finish. On the first lap, youngster Seth Daniels and Dave Jameson got together and into the front stretch wall with Jameson flipping over the top of Daniels and back onto his wheels. Pole sitter Jimmy Lennex, Maysville, Kentucky and last week's winner led the first 8 laps of the AMRA modified main. Bob Crace, Jr. the third heat winner, and then Kenny Johnson filed into second before Travis Dickson took the runner-up slot. Dickson's Two Brothers Shaw with Sherman Gerlach power was strong all evening long.
As the race unfolded, a spectacular three-way battle between Lennex, Johnson, and Dickson developed. Dickson took the lead from Lennex and a lap later Johnson ensued. Lennex regained the position, but Johnson came right back, setting a wild six-lap dash to the finish between Johnson and Dickson. During that span Dickson was smooth and fast, but Johnson pulled up alongside numerous times, only to have Dickson prevail.
Dave Pinkerton snuck into the frey for the final three circuits with Greggie Oliver in tow, subbing for Kevin Dulaney. Mark Dickson ran a steady race, while Colt Maxwell battled off the tail after a spin back to sixth.
"I have watched a lot of races here and ran here many times, but this is my first time in victory lane at Atomic Speedway," said Dickson. "Jimmy Lennex and Kenny Johnson are fast everywhere they go. I always enjoy racing with Kenny Johnson because he battles you hard, but races you clean. I just want to thank everyone that helped me get here tonight. It's a great, great feeling."
Rounding out the top ten behind Dickson were Kenny Johnson, Dave Fireball Pinkerton, Greg Oliver, Jimmy Lennex, Mark Dickson, Colt Maxwell, Rob Stambaugh, Mike Conkle, and Donnie Miller. Miller and Pinkerton shared hard-charger honors.
"Rubbin' is racing" and that's just what the Street Stock finale came to. Both Tommy Mossbarger and Dean Boyd suffered bad luck in the heat race. But come feature time, they turned their luck around. Adam Jones led the first eight laps, while the field sparred behind him. Dave Landman and Larry Highland fought hard for second before Tommy Mossbarger kicked his mount into high gear and stormed to the front. Boyd and Tim Cutler dueled for position, then Boyd blasted by Jones on the high side.
Mossbarger was his next prey and over the next two laps the duo rubbed doors before making heavy contact coming off turn four on the white flag lap. Both cars headed head-long toward the wall but both drivers were able to regain the handle, somehow averting disaster. Boyd, also the hard charger from 7th to first, carried the momentum and brought home his second win in a row in his Cropper powered Adams Chassis.
"It's good to be here again," said Boyd. "I made up my mind I was gonna driver up the wall if I had to. After we made contact, I made up my mind I was going for the win."
Behind Boyd were Mossbarger, Adam Jones, Tim Cutler, Justin Poling, Dave Landman, Larry Highland, Brian McQuay, and Joseph McClain.
Pine Tree Towing and Recovery 410 Sprint Cars (24)
Fast Time: Cole Duncan 11:816
Heat One: Brandy Bower, Aaron Higgins, David Smith, Rick Fraley, Cole Duncan (flip), Adam Strausser (flip)
Heat Two: Sam Ashworth, Mark Imler, Nate Reeser, John Shewbrooks, Dean Kester, Taylor Ferns
Heat Three: Danny Smith, Josh Davis, Jimmy Stinson, Randy Fink, Kory Crabtree, Kevin Roberts, Jr.
Heat Four: Ryan Broughton, Wes McGlumphy, Brian Nuckles, Jesse McCreary, Greg nicholas, Ronnie Blair (flip)
Feature: Danny Smith, Mark Imler, Cole Duncan, Josh Davis, Aaron Higgins,Sam Ashworth, Jimmy Stinson, Kory Crabtree, Wes McGlumphy, Nate Reeser, Taylor Ferns, Brandy Bower, Ryan Broughton, Randy Fink, Rick Fraley, Dean Kester, Kevin Roberts, Jr., Jesse McCreary,John Shewbrooks, David Smith, Greg Nicholas, Bryan Nuckles(flip).
Gullion Enterprises AMRA Late Models (18)
Fast Time:Duane Chamberlain 13:750
Heat One: Duane Chamberlain, Billy Gullion, Ralph Withem, Kevin Wagner, Avery Taylor, Tim Stewart
Heat Two: Jason Montgomery, J.T. Conley, Mark Frazier, Josh Haynes, Justin Carter, Mick Sansom
Heat Three: Hot Rod Conley, Delmas Conley, Joe Ramey, Jeff Arnold, Jay Helton, Greggie Oliver
Feature: Duane Chamberlain, Hot Rod Conley, Delmas Conley, Jason Montgomery, Mark Frazier, J.T. Conley, Billy Gullion, Kevin Wagner, Ralph Withem, Mick Sansom, Jay Helton, Justin Carter, Jeff Arnold,Joe Ramey, Josh Haynes, Tim Stewart, Avery Taylor
Advance Services AMRA Modifieds (21)
Heat One: Brandon Oliver, Greggie Oliver, Mark Dickson, Mark Bailey, Jason Cottrill, Rick Hensley
Heat Two:Kenny Johnson, Travis Dickson, Dave Fireball Pinkerton, Mike Conkle, Dave Jameson, Tanner Wilson, Brian Moore
Heat Three: Bob Crace, Jr., Jimmy Lennex,Colt Maxwell, Rob Stambaugh, Donnie Miller, Eric Arledge, George Neely
Feature: Travis Dickson, Kenny Johnson, Dave Fireball Pinkerton, Greg Oliver, Jimmy Lennex, Mark Dickson, Colt Maxwell, Rob Stambaugh, Mike Conkle, Donnie Miller, Rick Hensley, Mark Bailey, Bob Crace, Jr., Jason Cottrill, Brandon Oliver, Brian Moore, Eric Arledge, Tanner Wilson, George Neely, Seth Daniels, Dave Jameson
Street Stocks (9)
Heat One: Adam Jones, Dave Landman, Larry Highland, Justin Poling, Tim Cutler, Brian McQuay, Dean Boyd, Tommy Mossbarger, Joseph McClain.
Feature: Dean Boyd, Tommy Mossbarger, Adam Jones, Tim Cutler, Justin Poling, Dave Landman, Larry Highland, Brian McQuay, Joseph McClain
Results from April 19, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO- Talk about first impressions! The Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association opened up its 2014 season in a huge way at Brad McCown's Atomic Speedway Saturday night as three cars crossed the finish line side-by-side-by-side with defending series champion Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio bringing home the popular win over veterans Todd Kane (2nd) and Randy Hannagan in third. Jimmy Lennox, Maysville, Kentucky won a simiarly contested battle in the Advanced Services AMRA Octane Modifieds and the $1,000 paycheck, while Steve Nobile, Wellston, Ohio won the $400 C & M Racing Equipment Sport Mods and Dean Boyd, Williamsburg, Ohio grabbed the $500 Super Street Stock win. Every race including most of the heat races went right down to the wire, many times bringing the large, enthusiastic crown to its feet.
Four classes and great racing was finished before 10:30 p.m. Next week is Food Drive Night to restock the local foodbanks. Fans can bring three cans of food or non-perishable items to get $2 off the price of admission for a full blown Sprint Car, Late Model, Modified, Street Stock quadruple-header, all for one low price.
Additionally, fans can see the third in a series of Enduro races, the Dreadland Haunted Hills 50.
Just a couple months ago it appeared Nathan Skaggs would watch the 2014 sprint car season. February 24, 2014 at the Arenacross in Reno Nevada, Skaggs, who is a multi-time Motocross champion, was involved in a horrible accident that resulted in him getting hospitalized for a good deal of time. He sustained 10 broken ribs, a punctured and collapsed lung and a broken collar bone among other injures that required 40 screws to lace him back together. Still in pain last week, he climbed back into the sprint car for a second place finish.
Car owner Harold Beasley said, "Last week he ran out of air, literally," referring to Skaggs' healing lung. "Tonight he left no excuse." Ironically, Skaggs left rear tire also 'ran out of air' as he entered victory lane. He cut victory that close!
"We made some changes to the car this week," said Skaggs, grimacing and still visually in pain. "I knew we had a run for the money the last few laps, but our car went just about anywhere I put it. I was just hoping I could hold on."
Last week, Skaggs GF! Chassis/Griff's Engines #2 finished second after a 16th to second run behind crafty veteran Danny Smith. Saturday, Skaggs and Smith again battled it out "Battle Royale" style with several side by side racing laps. On lap ten Skaggs took the lead, but was hard-pressed to shake Smith, a persistent Todd Kane, Jimmy Stinson, and San Jose, California driver Randy Hannagan. Smith came together with a lapped car on lap 14 and came to a halt in turn four.
That left a tight battle for the front runners. For a time Skaggs had some breathing room as Stinson and Kane sparred for second. Hannagan pulled the Neumeister 11N into the frey passing Andre Layfield for fourth and Stinson for third, then zooming by Kane for second. Hannagan reeled in Skaggs with Kane becoming 'somewhat of an after-thought'. Hannagan and Skaggs rubbed wheels a couple of times in some ultra-tight racing that saw Skaggs masterfully hit the right holes at the right times. Hannagan wasn't to be denied and edged ahead in turn two of the 23rd lap, but Skaggs pulled him down the backchute.
Skaggs worked the traffic to his liking on the white flag lap with Hannigan boring it high in turns one and two, only to have Todd Kane climb back into the mix. Hannigan went high, Skaggs to the middle, and Todd Kane to the bottom coming off the last turn to the checkered flag with Skaggs narrowly ahead, and Kane by a wheel over Hannigan a the start-finish line. The crowd was abuzz for nearly ten minutes after the checkered waved in awe of the great race they had witnessed.
Twenty cars started and twenty cars finished with just one caution in the 25-lap gem. Rounding out the top ten were Nathan Skaggs, Todd Kane, Randy Hannigan, Andre Layfield, Jimmy Stinson, Josh Davis, Danny Smith, Ronnie Blair, Dave Dickson, and Adam Strausser. Layfield had a good run into the top five, while Josh Davis and Ronnie Blair were in the mix all night long. Danny Smith recovered to finish seventh from the tail. Hard chargers were Dave Dickson, Hannagan, Skaggs, and Aaron Higgins each picking up five positions during the feature on perhaps the raciest track of the young year.
A pair of "eight's" led the start of the Advanced Services AMRA mod main with defending race winner, Dave Fireball Pinkerton zooming into the lead. Pinkerton took to the high groove over the 'other' eight of Jimmy Lennex. Lennex was fast and straight on the bottom and by lap three had challened Pinkerton for the lead. Josh Scott fought for second as Dave McWilliams, the week one winner, began a charge from fourth.
Lennex challenged Pinkerton over the first eight laps then swapped the lead with him over the next four circuits. Pinkerton ran hard upon a lapped car upon turn thre entry of the 14th round and Lennex dove under him, closing the door and grabbing the lead. Again the two battle in reverse order until a couple laps later McWilliams made it a three wide battle off turn four. McWilliams took second and Scott climbed back into the mix to battle for third.
At the finish four cars huddle under a blanket to the finish line with Lennex bringing home the win in his Bad Fast Chassis. Lennex said, "Yeah, I knew the eight and McWilliams were right there somewhere. It was a good, competitive race. The car hooked up good along the bottom and I just kept it down there trying to find some moisture."
Rounding out the top ten were Lennex, Dave McWilliams, Josh Scott, Fireball Pinkerton, Rick Hensley, Rob Stambaugh, Brandon Oliver, Eric Arledge, Donnie Miller, and Jeff Surber.
In the C & M Racing Equipment Sport Mods Steve Nobile took the lead on the sixth circuit, then held off the challenges of Jay Helton and Harley Martin to bring home the win. Thanks to Dan Spires Auto Body and Detail adding $100 to the Sport Mod Winner and Nobile's $400 payday. Nobile and Martin had a race-long battle as Jay Helton got back into the groove with what would prove to be a third place finish. Mike Brust and Greg Litteral battled hard most of the race for solid top five finishes.
Nobile, Jay Helton, Harley Martin, Mike Brust, Greg Litteral, Dustin Appling, Robert Lunsford, David Lunsford, Jimmy Corley. Behind Nobile were Helton who finally nipped Harley Martin, Mike Brust, Greg Litteral, Dustin Appling, Robert Lunsford, David Lunsford, and Jimmy Corley.
Justin Poling burst into the early lead as Dean Boyd and Adam Jones fought for second. Tommy Mossbarger grappled back into the hunt as Boyd blitzed high with Poling midhigh in the turns. A lap 8 pass by Body saw the two leaders rub some paint in exciting door-to-door action. At the finish it was a strong win by Boyd over Justin Poling, Tommy Mossbarger, Adam Jones, Tim Cutler, Dave Landman, Larry Highland, Brian McQuay, Mike Drake, and Keith Elliott.
Pine Tree Towing 410 Sprint Cars (29)
Fast Time: Mark Imler 12:943
Heat One: Jimmy Stinson, Adam Strausser, Mark Imler, Brandy Bower, Aaron Higgins, Kevin Roberts, Jr., Jess Stiger, Nate Reeser
Heat Two: Nathan Skaggs, Randy Hannigan, Josh Davis, Dave Dickson Trey Gustin, Jordan Harble, David Smith
Heat Three: Danny Smith, Andre Layfield,Mitchell Harble, Jason Dollick, Wes McGlumphey, Brian Benson, Dean Kester
Heat Four: Todd Kane, Ryan Broughton, Ronnie Blair, Sam Ashworth, Jess McCreary, Rick Fraley, Nick Roberts
B-Main: Aaron Higgins,Trey Gustin, Wes McGlumphy, Brian Benson, Jess McCreary, Kevin Roberts, Brian Benson, Jordan Harble, Rick Fraley, Nick Roberts, David Smith, Jess Stiger, Nate Reeser
A-Main:Nathan Skaggs, Todd Kane, Randy Hannigan, Andre Layfield, Jimmy Stinson, Josh Davis, Danny Smith, Ronnie Blair, Dave Dickson, Adam Strausser, Brandy Bower, Aaron Higgins, Ryan Broughton, Sam Ashworth, Trey Gustin, Mitch Harble, Jason Dolick, Mark Imler, Wes McGlumphy, Brian Benson
Advanced Services AMRA MODIFIEDS (13)
Heat One: Fireball Pinkerton, Rob Stambaugh, Josh Scott, Eric Arledge,Donnie Miller, Rich Shutts, Jeff Surber
Heat Two: Dave McWilliams, Jimmy Lennex, Dave Jameson, Rick Hensley, Brandon Oliver, Brian Moore.
Feature: Jimmy Lennex, Dave McWilliams, Josh Scott, Fireball Pinkerton, Rick Hensley, Rob Stambaugh, Brandon Oliver, Eric Arledge, Donnie Miller, Jeff Surber, Brian Moore, Rick Shutts, Dave Jameson
C & M Racing Sport Mods (9)
Heat One: Harley Martin, Steve Nobile, Mike Brust, Jay Helton, Greg Litteral, Jimmy Corley, Dave Lunsford, Dustin appling, Robert Lunsford
Feature:Steve Nobile, Jay Helton, Harley Martin, Mike Brust, Greg Litteral, Dustin Appling, Robert Lunsford, David Lunsford, Jimmy Corley
Street Stocks (10)
Heat One: Tommy Mossbarger, Adam Jones, Dave Landman, Larry Highland, Brian McQuay
Heat Two: Dean Boyd, Justin Poling, Tim Cutler, Mike Drake, Keith Elliott
Feature: Dean Boyd, Justin Poling, Tommy Mossbarger, Adam Jones, Tim Cutler, Dave Landman, Larry Highland, Brian McQuay, Mike Drake, Keith Elliott
Results from April 12, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-Chillicothe, Ohio's Danny Smith celebrated his 40th year in racing with a win in the Pine Tree Towing 410 Sprint cars, and Wheelersburg, Ohio's R.J. Conley 'rocketed' to victory in the Gullion Ent. AMRA Late Models Saturday night in a star-studded racing event at McCown's Atomic Speedway. Dave "Fireball" Pinkerton claimed the Advanced Services AMRA Modified main before yet another large crowd, while Harley Martin, Jackson, Ohio won the Sport Mods and Tim Cutler claimed the Street Stock Main. Overall, 87 cars were in the pits.
The Late Model feature started at a blistering pace, despite outside pole-sitter Jason Montgomery jumping the cushion and getting shuffled out of the top ten. R.J. Conley burst into the lead and soared 22 laps caution free, lapping ten cars in the process.
Initially, family patriarch Delmas Conley rode a close second, but R.J. proved to be the cream of the crop. Still in second, Delmas had lapped nearly as many cars as the leader, but was involved in a turn three crash with Lauren Longbrake. Chris Garnes, the defending AMRA Champion, running a strong third suffered the same fate a lap later after nearly flipping off turn two before regaining control.
While Conley's lead had appeared insurmountable, the late race cautions changed the complexion of the event. Conley had to hold off the charges of Jackson, Ohio hot-shoe Greggie Oliver over the last three laps to bring home the win. Behind R.J. Conley and completing the top ten were Greg Oliver, Hot Rod Conley, Jason Montgomery, Kevin Wagner, Nick Bocook, Nick Latham, J.T. Conley, Delmas Conley, and Chris Garnes.
"This Rocket and the Draime Engine we had tonight was really hooked up," said Conley. "The track held up nice and you never know how close the second place car is, so you have to give it everything you have. A couple times it got pretty scary out there, but the holes just opened up."
Conley was referring to 'not knowing exactly how big his dominate lead was' most of the race. Known for winning the first race of the season, Conley did not make the opener, but he said, "I won the first race I was at here this year (laughing)."
Several cars picked up a couple of spots; however, there was no clear cut hard-charger. Unofficially, Montgomery claimed the honors after dropping back to 12th on the opening lap and fighting back to fourth.
The 410 Sprint car main was a drama-filled event. Ryan Broughton got the jump on heat winner and fast-timer Trey Gustin with a hard charging Danny Smith in tow. Broughton led the first five laps with intense pressure from Smith. Smith took over on the 6th circuit and led to lap 17 while another great battle developed among the chargers of Broughton, Jimmy Stinson, Josh Davis and Mark Imler.
Coming to the lap 18 mark Stinson and Broughton had performed masterful passes on one another with Stinson anchoring second upon the third turn entry. A lapped car split the two and on the turn four exit Stinson and Broughton touched spiraling a disabled Broughton mount spinning in front of the field. All cars cleared the "what could have been a disaster" with Broughton's fine run coming to a close. Stinson dropped back to fourth later, but exited just after a red flag for the flipping up-and-coming Nate Reeser.
Chillicothe youngster Nathan Skaggs, recovering from several broken bones accrued during a motocross accident had one the B-Main and started 16th. By lap five he was tenth and on the move, then by lap twelve had charged to fourth place.
Skaggs bagged Stinson and Davis on a restart then set his sights on Smith. Skaggs pulled alongside with great forward bite coming off the turns, but the crafty Smith rode the momentum off the high side. Coming around for the last lap Skaggs looked to have Smith trapped behind a lapped car, but Smith saw a vacancy and blitzed to the narrow win.
"Thanks to Brad McCown for getting these gates back open (at Atomic)," Smith said to much applause. "I knew Skaggs was right there and I thought a lapped car might make a difference, but the Nuckles boy did a good job and gave us room and we were able to race to the finish."
"I Dedicate this race to the Coors Light Gang, who has had some adversity this week and want to keep them in our prayers. This is the 40th Anniversary Year for me and now we have won one every year that I have raced. I told myself when I quit winning, I would quit, so it looks like I am good for another year!"
The hard charger of the race was Nathan Skaggs who blasted from 16th to second place. Davis secured a solid third ahead of a late storming Dallas Hewitt who took fourth ahead of Mark Imler, Wes McGlumphey, Trey Gustin, Hud Horton, Todd Kane, and Sam Ashworth.
It took five starts to get the modified main underway. Some of the top dogs of the AMRA were on hand and anxious to make a good impression. Three straight spins sent the field reeling for position until finally a single file restart was summoned.
Both Rick Hensley and Kevin Dulaney, early leaders were victims of spins setting the stage for Kenny "worth the price of admission" Johnson, the five time AMRA champion, to lead. Johnson lead for much of the duration until lap nine when his mounts slowed somewhat entering turn three, stumbled and never quite recovered. Pinkerton was the beneficiary, and after playing possum for much of the race, rode off into the sunset with the win. Zanesville, Ohio driver Tanner Wilson stormed from 10th to third to earn hard charger honors.
McWilliams, the opening night winner, suffered some tow-in damage on one of the melees at the start of the event, yet fought hard with Wilson, Jameson, Brandon Oliver, and Jeremy Rayburn for a top five.
Wilson nearly reeled in Johnson at the finish in what was a great battle to the checkered, a finish cut short by time-limits due to the excessive number of spin-outs. Behind Pinkerton were Johnson, Wilson, Dave Jameson, Brandon Oliver, Dave McWilliams, Jeremy Rayburn, Rick Hensley, Robert Garnes, and Donnie Miller.
The C&M Racing Equipment Sport Mods proved to be one of the best races of the evening. Mike Brust led the first 7 laps, but after a tangle with another car went pit-side. Harley Martin inherited the lead with Mike Newton and Steve Noble in tow. Newton pulled alongside Martin on a couple of occasions, but once Martin settled in on the point, no one could catch the 16-year old. For Martin it was his second straight Atomic win. Behind Martin were Martin, Mike Newton, Steve Noble, Jimmy Spillman, Tony Whitt, Sr., David Lunsford, Greg Litteral, Jimmy Corley, and Mike Brust.
In the street stocks, Tim Cutler made it a clean sweep for the evening. Cutler led twice during the event, jumping out to the early lead, only to have former champ Tommy Mossbarger take the top spot. Mossbarger led through lap 14 when his mount went South, allowing Cutler to storm on to the win. Adam Jones had a good run going in challenging Cutler but looped it in front of the field, collecting Justin Poling in the process. Multi-time champ Jamie Adams made the race exciting as he and Dean Boyd and Dave Landman fought for a top five.
At the finish it was Cutler, Jamie Adams, Dean Boyd, Adam Jones, Dave Landman, Tommy Mossbarger, Justin Poling, Larry Highland, Derek Spencer, and Brian McQuay.
The summary: April 12, 2014
Pine Tree Towing 410 Sprint Cars (27)
Fast Time: Trey Gustin 11:759
Heat One: Trey Gustin, Danny Smith, Hud Horton, Kevin Roberts, Brian Benson, Dave Smith, Nathan Skaggs, Brandi Bower, Jason Dolick.
Heat Two: Ryan Broughton, Jimmy Stinson, Todd Kane, Sam Ashworth, Nick Roberts, Nate Reeser, Scott Curren
Heat Three: Josh Davis, Mark Imler, Kory Crabtree, Dallas Hewitt, Wes McGlumphey, Greg Mitchell, Bryan Nuckles, Eric Martin
B-Main: Nathan Skaggs, Nate Reeser, Jesse McCreary, David Smith, Bryan Nuckles, Jason Dollick, Scott Curren
Feature: Danny Smith, Nathan Skaggs, Josh Davis, Dallas Hewitt, Mark Imler, Wes McGlumphey, Trey Gustin, Hud Horton, Todd Kane, Sam Ashworth, Kory Crabtree, Jesse McCreary, Brian Benson, David Smith, Bryan Nuckles, Nick Roberts, Jimmy Stinson, Nate Reeser, Kevin Roberts, Ryan Broughton.
Gullion Enterprises AMRA Late Models (22)
Fast Time: R.J. Conley 13:812
Heat One: R.J. Conley, Delmas Conley, Kevin Wagner, J.T. Conley, Billy Gullion, Dylan Huron, Lauren Longbrake, Avery Taylor
Heat Two: Jason Montgomery, Greggie Oliver, Nick Bocook, John Whitney, Mick Sansom, Travis Fleshman, Jeremy Scott
Heat Three: Rod Conley, Chris Garnes, Nick Latham, Robbie Hensley, Russ Frohnaphel, Scott Phillips, Brock Morris
Feature: R.J. Conley, Greg Oliver, Hot Rod Conley, Jason Montgomery, Kevin Wagner, Nick Bocook, Nick Latham, J.T. Conley, Delmas Conley, Chris Garnes, John Whitney, Jr., Billy Gullion, Robbie Hensley, Dylan Huron, Brock Morris, Jeremy Scott, Scott Phillips, Lauren Longbrake, Russ Fronaphfel, Travis Fleshman, Avery Taylor, Mick Sansom
Advanced Services AMRA Modifieds (17)
Heat One: Kevin Dulaney, Rick Hensley, Jeremy Rayburn, Dave Jameson, Eric Arledge, Donnie Miller, Seth Daniels, Rusty Hampton
Heat Two: Kenny Johnson, Dave McWilliams, Fireball Pinkerton, Robert Garnes, Tanner Wilson, Rick Shutts, Brandon Oliver, Matt Edmisten
Feature: Fireball Pinkerton, Kenny Johnson, Tanner Wilson, Dave Jameson, Brandon Oliver, Dave McWilliams, Jeremy Rayburn, Rick Hensley, Robert Garnes, Donnie Miller, Kevin Dulaney, Glen East, Eric Arledge, Seth Daniels, Rusty Hampton, Rick Shutts, Matt Edminsten
C & M Racing Sport Mods (11)
Heat One: Mike Brust, Mike Newton, Harley Martin, Derek Davidson, Greg Litteral, Austin Noel
Heat Two: Steve Noble, Jimmy Spillman, David Lunsford, Tony Whitt, Sr., Jimmy Corley
Feature: Harley Martin, Mike Newton, Steve Noble, Jimmy Spillman, Tony Whitt, Sr., David Lunsford, Greg Litteral, Jimmy Corley, Mike Brust
Street Stocks (10)
Heat One: Tim Cutler, Tommy Mossbarger, Jamie Adams, Derek Spencer, Larry Highland
Heat Two: Dave Landman, Adam Jones, Justin Poling, Dean Boyd, Bryan McQuay
Feature: Tim Cutler, Jamie Adams, Dean Boyd, Adam Jones, Dave Landman, Tommy Mossbarger, Justin Poling, Larry Highland, Derek Spencer, Brian McQuay.
Results from Opening Night, March 22, 2014
By Scott Wolfe
CHILLICOTHE, OHIO-A full grandstand and a stout field of cars featuring winners from three states kicked off the 2014 racing season in a big way at Brad McCown's Atomic Speedway Saturday night March 22, where Piketon, Ohio's Jimmy Nier brought home the 410 sprint car win and 4-time AMRA Champion Chris Garnes, Evans, West Virginia captured the AMRA Late Model victory. Verona, Kentucky driver Dave McWilliams claimed the Advance Services AMRA Octane Modified win, while Jackson, Ohio youngster Harley Martin blitzed the Sport Mod field. For owner Brad McCown and staff it was another home run, as the racy highbanks of Atomic Speedway produced some great racing throughout the evening and the final feature was completed by 9:18 p.m. Racing continues next Saturday night March 29.
Next week, March 29 racing will begin with the same early start times of racing at 4 p.m. with Pit gates opening at noon, and main gates opening at 2 p.m. March 29 is EMS/Fire Department/ and Police Department Night with Atomic Speedway honoring these civil servants with a $5 admission . General Admission is $12 and $30 pits.
In the Pine Tree Towing and Recovery 410 sprint car main, pole-sitter Caleb Griffith fell victim early to Helena, Ohio's Stuart Brubaker and Jimmy Nier. The northern Ohio driver Brubaker continued to impress the large crowd, bringing them to their feet on lap two when he recaptured the lead on a crossover move to overcome a turn one pass by Nier. The races only caution flew seconds later for a Nate Reeser spin, but from that point on the feature went green-to-checkered.
Brubaker survived a Nier challenge on the restart and appeared to have the race well in hand for the next ten laps. Both Brubaker and Nier were masterful in traffic, as battles for position continued throughout the pack. A high quality field of sprint cars once again graced the high banks of Ohio's fastest 3/8 mile high-banked track.
On lap 12 Nier started to gain some ground as All-Star champ Dale Blaney dueled for third with a feisty Griffith. For much of the race Danny Smith, Travis Philo, Brad Bowman, Cole Duncan, and Jimmy Stinson battled within inches of each other for track position. Smith eventually prevailed in that group despite great runs from Bowman and Philo.
Meanwhile, Nier's Maxim/Charlie Fisher Powered mount decimated Brubaker's lead and blasted by on lap 18. Brubaker challenged a couple laps, however, it appeared his tires went away just enough to enable Dale Blaney to enter the mix. Blaney sailed by and began a run at Nier, but time ran out with Nier capturing a popular six car length win. Rounding out the top ten were Brubaker in third, Caleb Griffith, Danny Smith, Travis Philo, Brad Bowman, Cole Duncan, Jimmy Stinson, and Ron Blair. Heat wins went to Nier, Blaney, and Griffith.
"It's great to see this place open," said Jimmy Nier to a gaggle of cheers from the crowd. "I give Brad (MCown) and his staff a lot of credit for getting this track prepped tonight and thanks to the fans for braving the cold to support (racing). The track was fast and racy and as good as it gets with the wind and all this time of year."
The Gullion Enterprises AMRA Late Model main was also a barnburner. Jeremy Scott and Billy Gullion paced the field to Frank Lemaster's green flag, where Gullion immediately took charge. Steve Breeding from Isom, Kentucky quickly filed into second where he and Flyin' Ryan Markham began hot pursuit. As a result of the redraw, Chris Garnes started fifth, but was quick to make his way to the front. Garnes quickly made Markham his prey, then two laps later moved into second ahead of Breeding. While Gullion ran a smooth, fast line on the point, one of the best races of the night was the battle for third between Markham and Breeding.
Throughout the run Kevin Wagner, the third heat winner, dueled with former AMRA champ Andy Bond, Mike Sampson, and ADRA champion--The Coshocton Ironman--Bryan Casey.
Gullion survived several slide jobs from Garnes, and then began a march that padded his lead through the midpoint of the race with Garnes in tow. The ever-improving Gullion worked traffic to perfection, but the veteran Garnes had a little more bite later in the race, passing Gullion for the top spot on the 20th circuit. Garnes' new Swartz Extreme Chassis rocketed to the checkered flag just ahead of Gullion, Markham, Breeding, and Wagner. Rounding out the top ten were Bond, Sampson, Casey, Mike Unger, and Dylan Huron.
Garnes and Gullion also brought home heat wins.
Garnes said in victory lane, "These Audie Swartz cars drive the same new or old--they really hook up. Any time you win its good and right now we are looking to be here (at Atomic) running for an AMRA championship at least through the NDRL show."
Kenny "worth the price of admission" Johnson came from last to first to win his heat on the last lap. Many fans were expecting something just as spectacular in the feature. Dave McWilliams thought otherwise!
The fans almost got what they wanted when McWilliams, the pole sitter, and early leader went tooth and nail with Johnson over the first four laps. On lap two Johnson had bagged Chillicothe's Fireball Pinkerton for second then put on an outlaw slide job on McWilliams in turn one. The large crowd came to its feet as McWilliams dove back under Johnson and reclaimed the lead. Several such passes and lead swaps continued, only to be slowed by cautions. Johnson made his last bid for the lead on lap seven, scrubbed off some speed and never quite had the ooomph he needed in the middle stages of the race. Pinkerton then occupied Johnson in a scrap for second as McWilliams drove off to a comfortable lead.
Rick Hensley, former track champion, was the talk of the night. After flipping hard off turn three in his heat, Hensley started nearly scratch and had worked his way up to sixth by lap five. Jess Hartman, Jason Montgomery, and Kevin Harkin battled with Hensley for position much of the night.
Up front however, Johnson and Pinkerton made a late race charge to unseat McWilliams for the top spot. The last three laps Johnson stood up on the wheel and closed the gap quickly on McWilliams. Johnson was on McWilliams' hind quarters through one and two of the final lap, but the race-long leader carried the momentum into three and slammed the door on a Johnson pass at the finish to pull off the win.
"Wow, Kenny Johnson ...he taught me how to race this place. We had a good race going there. It's really exciting to be here in victory lane," said McWilliams. "I'd like to thank my sponsors and Diamond Race Cars and my crew for getting this car back together after the heat. We hope to be here alot this season, and we'll be back next week, hopefully here in victory lane."
Rounding out the top ten were McWilliams, Johnson, Pinkerton, Jess Hartman, Rick Hensley, Jason Montgomery, Kevin Harkin, Jason Armes, and Dave Jameson, who had a good charge off the tail after a mid race spin.
Sixteen year-old Harley Martin drove a hard-smooth race, leading most of the way despite charges from practically everyone in the field. Martin survived challenges from Tony Whitt, Jr. who led a couple mid race laps, then battled Chris Shelton and Tony Whitt, Sr. on two other occasions. With one lap to go Shelton was whistled for rough driving as both Martin and Shelton spun, sparking a series of restarts that created some anxious moments at the finale. Martin survived all the hoopla which bolstered a strong second place finish from Greg Litteral and Shelton who came back off the tail to third.
Rounding out the top ten was the winner Harley Martin ahead of Litteral, Chris Shelton, Tony Whitt, Sr. , Tony Whitt, Jr., David Lunsford, Robert Lunsford, Steve Noble, Dwayne Hurley, and Mike Brust.