Randolph County Raceway
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Mather Returns to Moberly to Win Second A-Mod Feature at 24 Raceway; Next Week: Speedbowl 2009
by Ron Lueck
MOBERLY, Mo. -- A-modified driver, Colt Mather, made the trek south from Iowa for just his 3rd race of 2009 at 24 Raceway, and got a 2nd win out of it that entry over 22 other A-mods. For the first three laps, both front row starters, Mather and Mark VanWinkle moved out from the pack and Mather took the lead on the 4th lap. After a couple of cautions on the 5th lap and a restart, Mather continued to lead, even through the 3rd yellow flag on lap 16, getting his 2nd win out of three tries at Moberly. VanWinkle tried but couldn't get back into the lead, holding down 2nd place from that 4th lap to the end. Porter Collins stayed in 3rd pretty much the entire race, while Matt Dotson worked his way up to finish in 4th after a start in the middle of the pack at row 6. Lonnie Wyman, Jr. rounded out the top five. The 71-car team owned by Alan McCormick and using the two different drivers of David Holder (first 4 races & 2 wins) and Kevin Blackburn (9 races & 3 wins), took the season points championship by some 36 over Collins, even with Blackburn coming in almost last in this one.
Bob Woodrow got to lead the first 5 laps of the B-modified race, but on lap 6, Jason McDaniel took over in front of the pack of 23 racecars and got to be the 2nd Iowa driver of the night to take the checkers. Chad Lebsock stayed with McDaniel but settled for 2nd, just ahead of Tom Elsen. Vance Wilson, doing some double duty modified driving, brought the Maxey-owed B-mod up to 4th, while Chad Hickam finished in 5th ahead of Woodrow. McDaniel got to the winner's circle in his first visit and said "Quite a Track" at the post-race interview. Lebsock locked up the 2009 points standings, helped out by winning 3 races for the season. Gary Wilson followed in 2nd by some 46 points behind Lebsock.
In the Sportsman class, a 3-wide start, the 01-car of Jeff Creed getting taken out in turn 3 before a lap got in the books, and another 3-wide start by the same threesome of Butch Bailey, Andrew Page and Derrick Agee had lots of emotions brewing. Bailey got the lead for a couple of laps and then tangled in turn 3 with Agee, sending both to the tail of the pack. Chad Walter got to lead after the restart, but by the halfway point, previous winner, Rick Girard moved up to the front and led the rest of the way. Kelly Smith moved on up to 2nd with 3 laps to go and finished ahead of Casey Walter, and then Andrew Page in 4th. On the last lap, Agee and Bailey tangled yet again in turn 3, collecting Chad Walter and Michael Kinzle in the melee, with both Bailey and Agee getting the ole "dq", the first from on-track actions, and the latter from an off-track incident in the pit area. Both drivers lost their night's points and winnings for their actions, per application of the published General Rules of the 24 Raceway track. And by giving up his night's winnings of 14 points, Agee dropped in the season points standings to 3rd, behind Page and then, the 2009 season champion, Girard, with his four victories. The brew-ha-ha by a crew member in the pit area following the night's events also cost Agee a two week suspension from racing at the track, also in accordance with the General Rules. Agee is the driver with the most wins in the Sportsman class with six for the 2009 season.
The Hobby Stocks started off with a spinning car in turn 1, but the restart saw the cars of Clayton Crump and Alan Hultz running nose to tail in tight formation for the entire 12 lap race, while Chase Breid and Tom Creed did the same in 3rd & 4th as these four broke away from the pack to run out front without any further yellows. Crump led all 12 laps in this one, with Hultz, Breid, Creed and Jerry Warren finishing in that order. Crump stated that the track "is a fun place to race". Creed picked up the season championship by virture of his six wins to Crump's three, even though these two teams tied in points at the end of the night (and season). The number of wins is used as the first factor in determining of the tie-breaker.
Rob Chase had the most wins of all five classes at 24 Raceway this season by winning 9 and picking up that 9th win on this night. Chase led laps 1 & 2, then Devin Still took over for lap 3, Chase led again on lap 4, Still on lap 5, but from then on it was all Chase. The only caution came on the white flag lap with Cody Melloway and John Baker hooking up, side by side and turning into the inside wall on the front stretch. On the restart, Brooke Hassler got a great jump and moved from running in 5th to a 3rd place finish, behind Still and the winner, Chase. In doing so, Hassler tied for 2nd in points with Still, some 64 behind Chase.
Following the night's five classes and determination of the 2009 Season Point Champions, the annual ssautosport.com All Star race was held. Winners of this extra event, not only will get their car's picture on the website banner, but also received a complimentary bottle of Pig-in-a-Polka meat rub. Due to the time, the five races for those qualifiers were shortened to 5 laps. In addition to those previously listed teams that finished in the top 5 in season points and drivers having won a feature during the 2009 season, there were four additional qualifiers from teams winning in the night's heat races. Colt Mather's #8 car posted the A-mod win in this special race, Chad Lebsock got the 5-lap B-mod win with his 29L-car, and Rick Girard doubled up with the Sportsman All Star race win too, in his 00-racecar. Chase Breid led all 5 laps in the Hobbys to get his car's picture on the website for the next year, and Rob Chase pulled off a clean sweep of winning this All Star race, the heat race and the feature on this evening. Colt Mather did the same in the A-modified class.
Both the Church Bulletin night, getting folks in for just $5 with a recent bulletin, and Autism Awareness night received many positive comments throughout the grandstand area. Plenty of racefans took part in purchase of the black tee-shirts and hoodies, and gave to the drivers passing the helmets for the support of families with autism and mainly, to benefit their support group of TouchPoint of central Missouri. Thanks to all who gave. And the 24 Raceway Cookbook is still an on-going drive to collect recipes for assembling into a book form for sale later. When at the track, pick up a form to fill out or bring your recipe to the registering table for entry into the weekly give-aways in the grandstands.
Sept. 5 - One-day 8th annual Speedbowl 2009 event. A-Mods will race for a $2009 prize And $1 hot dog nite too.
Sept. 12 - 7th Annual B-Modified Championship Shootout, and Bob Hubert Memorial, sponsored by MHC Kenworth of Columbia.
Sept. 19 - 360 Fall Classic w/ W.O.W. 360 cubic inch Sprints. It'll be a Topless modified night, too. Also, Red Cross Blood Drive earlier in the afternoon at the grandstand area (moved from Sept. 5)
The top five finishers from the all five classes of A-mods, B-mods, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks & 4 clyinder Hornets are listed below, but the complete list is available on the website of www.24racewayinmoberly.com by hitting the results button at the top of the home page. Season points can be viewed in the same fashion on that website and both are a direct link with a connection to www.speednetdirect.com . A complete and current 2009 season schedule is also available there in the same fashion. Action photos from 24 Raceway can be viewed at www.photogliff.com with ordering available off that website, for professional shots of both driver and racecar, and that too, is only a click away on that same home page.
PROMO: Up next on Saturday, September 5th, will be the annual SpeedBowl 2009, now a one-day show with the A-Modifieds running in a 35-lap feature on the high banks of 24 Raceway. This race will pay $2009 to win! All four of the other regular classes of B-modifieds, Sportsman, Hobby Stocks and 4 cylinder Hornets will race for the regular purse on this night. A flyer with the purse listed is available on the website. And: Hot dogs will be going for only $1.
Adult admission for this coming Satureay is only $12 to the grandstand, with kids, aged 12 and under, admitted free to see Dirt Track Racing at its Best! Pit passes are $25 per person. The grandstands will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps at 6:15 following a short drivers' meeting. Racing on the high banks of Moberly, featuring the annual SpedBowl 2009 will take place again at 7pm at 24 Raceway, just three miles east of Moberly, Missouri on U.S. Highway 24. Each race night, kids, ages 0 to 7 and 8 to 12, can enter at the Junior Fan Club table for a chance to win prizes or souvenior booth gift certificates, and this week, a bicycle will also be given out to some lucky one.
Of 87 race team entries, the Top 5 finishers are as follows:
(all hometowns are Missouri unless otherwise noted)
A-Modifieds (of 23 entries) 20 laps
1) 8 Colt Mather, Webster, IA (heat 2 winner)
2) 24v Mark VanWinkle, Hannibal (heat 1 winner)
3) 46 Porter Collins, Clarence
4) 88D Matt Dotson, Sturgeon
5) 95 Lonnie Wyman, Jr., Fulton
B-Modifieds (of 23 entries) 15 laps
1) 85 Jason McDaniel, Eldon, IA
2) 29L Chad Lebsock, Centralia
3) 0 Tom Elsen, Clarence
4) 92M Vance Wilson, Frankford (heat 2 winner)
5) 9H Chad Hickam, Centralia
Sportsman (of 14 entries) 12 laps
1) 00 Rick Girard, Columbia
2) 7 Kelly Smith, Kirksville
3) 5 Casey Walter, Holiday
4) 24A Andrew Page, Columbia (heat 1 winner)
5) 24 Steve Dieckmann, Centralia
Hobby Stocks (of 10 entries) 12 laps
1) 3C Clayton Crump, Centralia (heat 2 winner)
2) 51 Alan Hultz, Madison
3) 12B Chase Breid, Madison (heat 1 winner)
4) 17 Tom Creed, Cario
5) 03 Jerry Warren, Moberly
4 cyl. Hornets (of 12 entries) 12 laps
1) 3 Rob Chase, Clark (heat 2 winner)
2) 73 Devin Still, Anabel (heat 1 winner)
3) 21 Brooke Hassler, Columbia
4) 33 Kristi Chase, Clark
5) 02 Mike Denslow, Huntsville