Iron-Man Late Model Series
Josh Rice Victorious in Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Northern Series 20th Annual Iron-Man Classic at Atomic Speedway
WAVERLY, OHIO (September 16, 2023)– The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Northern Series would roll into Atomic Speedway in Waverly, OH for the 20th Annual Iron-Man Classic and Josh Rice of Verona, KY would lead all forty laps on the way to his first win in the Iron-Man Classic and the $7,500 payday.
For the 25-year-old Rice, it would be his seventh series win of the season and his thirteenth career Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series victory and would come behind the wheel of a Rocket Chassis with a Jay Dickens Race Engine with sponsorship from Sunesis Holdings and Construction, BLOX Spiked Ice, Extreme Sportswear, Map It Right Engineering and Land Surveying, Chain Locker USA, Maxwell Trucking, AirMax Motorsports, Northern Kentucky Equipment, M.C. Tank Transport, and Rice Excavating and Plumbing.
Josh Rice would jump to the lead at the drop of the green flag in the 20th edition of the Iron-Man Classic, followed by Tyler Carpenter, Jesse Wisecarver, Kirk Phillips, and Seth Daniels. The front four would remain the same as Rod Conley would take fifth from Daniels on lap three. Rice would rimride the high side of the racing surface and would set a torrid pace out front and began lapping slower traffic on lap six. Rice would get into heavy lapped traffic on lap nine, allowing Carpenter to close in within three car lengths of Rice, but Rice would clear three cars in one pass in turn one on lap eleven and put some distance back on Carpenter. David Webb would challenge Rod Conley for the fifth spot on lap twelve and take the position and would run down Phillips for fourth, but the first caution of the race would wave on lap sixteen when Camaron Marlar slowed his machine in turn one. The restart would Rice, Carpenter, and Wisecarver maintain the top three spots, with Webb taking fourth, while Phillips would hold fifth. Rice would once again have open track and set a rapid pace and would encounter slower traffic and start the lapping process on lap twenty-two and would work traffic smoothly at this point and maintain a comfortable advantage over Carpenter. The final caution of the event flew on lap thirty when Austin Seelig would spin in turn four. The restart would see the top five remain the same until lap thirty-two when Phillips would retake fourth from Webb and bring R.J. Conley along into fifth. Rice would catch the rear of the field again on lap thirty-seven and would see a two second lead shrink in the closing, but Rice would make a move between two lapped cars in turn three coming to the checkered flag to secure the win. Carpenter would finish second, with Wisecarver finishing third. Phillips and R.J. Conley would complete the top five. The remainder of the top ten finishers would be David Webb, Freddie Carpenter, Jared Hawkins, Seth Daniels, and Rod Conley.
The next events for the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Northern Series will be Friday October 6 at Brownstown Speedway in Brownstown, IN for the Hoosier Dirt Classic paying $10,000 to win (co-sanctioned with the World of Outlaws Case Construction Late Model Series) and Saturday October 7 at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY for the Big Daddy Fall Classic paying $10,088 to win. Both events will also be points races for the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Southern Series.
For more information on the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series, phone series promoter Chris Tilley at (828) 361-5981 or by visiting the tour website at www.IMDIRT.net or by following Iron-Man Series (@CTPROMOTE) on Twitter or liking Iron-Man Racing Series on Facebook.
The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series and Brucebilt Performance Parts Iron-Man Open Wheel Modified Series would like to thank the following sponsors and marketing partners for their support of the 2023 racing season: Valvoline, Zerex by Valvoline, Brucebilt Performance Parts, Hoosier Racing Tire, E-Z-GO, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, SFP Performance Systems, MyRacePass, Impact Race Gear, XS Power Batteries, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Racecar Engineering, American Racer Tires, Keltner Contracting, Todd Steel Buildings, TW Taylor Trucking, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Weichert Realtors-Ford Brothers (Judith Dyehouse-Agent), Swafford Signs, KY Clutch, DIRTCAR Racing, Brown Haven Homes, Knowles Race Parts and Bodies, Coosa Heating and Cooling, STAKT Products, KND Safety, Chattanooga Valley Auto Parts, PopBit, Denby’s J&J Construction, Jim and Nancy Viox, Advanced Transportation, Lowe’s Tows, Reno’s Roadhouse, and Racetrack Safety Initiative.
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Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Northern Series 20th Annual Iron-Man Classic at Atomic Speedway in Waverly, OH on Saturday September 16, 2023
- Josh Rice-Verona, Ky.
- Tyler Carpenter-Parkersburg, W.V.
- Jesse Wisecarver-Zanesville, Ohio
- Kirk Phillips-Ashland, Ky.
- R.J. Conley-Wheelersburg, Ohio
- David Webb-Nicholasville, Ky.
- Freddie Carpenter-Parkersburg, W.V.
- Jared Hawkins-Fairmont, W.V.
- Seth Daniels-Jackson, Ohio
- Rod Conley-Wheelersburg, Ohio
- Henry Hornsby III-Beckley, W.V.
- Jesse Lay-Walton, Ky.
- Chad Roush-Reedsville, Ohio
- Cody Scott-Ontario, Ohio
- Austin Lay-Walton, Ky.
- Austin Seelig-Millersport, Ohio
- Jason Montgomery-Jackson, Ohio
- Daran Kattine-West Union, Ohio
- Andy Bond-Coolville, Ohio
- Chris Stotts-Shade, Ohio
- Camaron Marlar-Winfield, Tenn.
- Vern LeFevers-Cincinnati, Ohio
Did Not Start-Ralph Withem-Athens, Ohio
Time of Race: 16 minutes, 38 seconds
Margin of Victory: 0.849 seconds
Yellow Flags: Two (lap 16, 30)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Josh Rice 1-40
E-Z-GO Time Trials Top Qualifier: Josh Rice 14.075 seconds
SFP Performance Systems Hard Charger Award ($100 product certificate): Austin Seelig (started 23rd-finished 16th-advanced 7 positions)
Todd Steel Buildings Heat Race One Finish (8 laps/all transfer): Josh Rice, Jesse Wisecarver, R.J. Conley, Henry Hornsby III, Chad Roush, Chris Stotts, Austin Lay, Daran Kattine
SFP Performance Systems Heat Race Two Finish (8 laps/all transfer): Tyler Carpenter, Seth Daniels, Freddie Carpenter, David Webb, Jared Hawkins, Cody Scott, Jason Montgomery, Austin Seelig
STAKT Products Heat Race Three Finish (8 laps/all transfer): Kirk Phillips, Rod Conley, Camaron Marlar, Jesse Lay, Andy Bond, Vern LeFevers, Ralph WithemBack to News