Saturday, July 29, 2006
Results from Willard Speedway
by Race Author
WILLARD, Ky. -- This weekend was KIDZFEST 2006 at Willard Speedway. Over 100 kids from all over the Tri-State area joined in the festivities. With an inflatable jump house, dunking booth, games, prizes, bike races, ride-alongs, and more there was plenty of fun on tap for all the kids. Jenzo, Lucy, and Ric, our clowns from Racers In Christ, were there entertaining the kids as well. Pepsi-Cola of Franklin Furnace, Oh provided a special edition Dr. Pepper bicycle that was given away to one lucky fan. 9 year old Kelly Porter was the winner and on her birthday to boot! So Happy Birthday to Miss Porter!
After the festivities for the kids the racing began with qualifying for the Outlaw Race Cars (ORC) Late Model division. With Ronnie Lee Whitt in the W4 car turning in the fast time with a 13:42 in his steel block powered Late Model. Gary Rager in the 51 car turned in the 2nd fast time of 13:47, and Scott McCloud in the 5M was 3rd fastest with a 13:53.
There were 3 heat races for the ORC Late Models with a field of 19 cars. The results of those heats were as follows:
Heat 1- 12-Rick Lucas, W4 Ronnie Whitt, 77-B.J. Branham, 3-Dana Fultz, T71-Tom Pennington, K-9 Edgar Montgomery
Heat 2- 51-Gary Rager, 07-Jeremy Hall, 5W-Stevie Waggoner, 15-Brian Pennington, 64K-Cowan Kenny, 98.3-Carl Dillow Sr.
Heat 3- 5M-Scott McCloud, W1-Joe Whitt, 64-Terry Hicks, 18-Chad Estep, 0 Alben Watts, 95-Jesse Skaggs
The AM 1080 Sporting News Radio car of Carl Dillow II scratched with engine troubles. Carl would go to sub in the 98.3 car of Carl Sr. who is still racing at 73 years old!
The Bluegrass Preservation Society AMRA Modifieds also ran 3 heats with 18 cars in the field. Linc Simms in the Randy Moss owned 34 car was in the house and picked up the very first heat race win of his career in a photo finish where Simms edged out Lester Robinette in the 32 car. Robinette is currently 2nd in points in his GMPP 602 crate emgine powered modified. The complete results were as follows:
Heat 1- 66-Scott Linville, 22-Bobby Tackett, 8B-Brent Maynard, 30-Dave Maynard, 20-Jason Perry, 8-Paul Jordan
Heat 2- 34-Linc Simms, 32-Lester Robinette, 3J-Joe Meadows, J7-Greg Gibson, 2T-Jack Tackett, 6-Frank Porter.
Heat 3- 135-Clint Shutts, 1T-Chris Tackett, 5M-Brett Kennard, K3-Kegan Tussy, 7-Darren Barnhill.
The Poske’s Performance Parts Pure Stocks were next with 2 heats in a 15 car field. The R17 of Don Risner would drive a flawless heat race to hold off the 31 car of Tim Curnutte in heat 1. Matt Spencer in the 23 car would take heat 2 with the 22 of Jon Daniels in tow. The complete run down is as follows:
Heat 1- R17-Don Risner, 31 Tim Curnutte, 38-John Rayburn,3D Joe day, 2c-Justin Carter, R18-Justin Risner, 9F-Jeff Flaugher, 5-Eric Masters.
Heat 2- 23-Matt Spencer, 22-Jon Daniels, 25-Tim Woodrow, 47-Eric Dennison, 44 Marshall Nelson, 6-Menifee Napier, 7-Randy Johnson
The Draughn Racing Supply/Sunoco Fuel sponsored Mini Stock/Mod Division was next with 2 heats in an 11 car field. The 8 car of Marty Hall would hang on to win heat 1 despite an ailing transmission. The 01 of Bradley McGlone would take 2nd. Doug Guilds in the 53 car would win heat 2 with Shirley Tackett, the senior of the Tackett team, in 2nd. The complete run down goes as follows:
Heat 1- 8-Marty Hall, 01-Bradley McGlone, 3R-Jason Samons, 22-Jerry McKinny, 5-Don Salyers, 13-Brian Maynard
Heat 2- 53-Doug Guilds, 63T-Shirley Tackett, 3-Dale Evans, 460-Brandon Maynard, 40-Paul Hightower
Extremely heavy fog moved into the valley for the night cutting our racing short for the evening. The ORC Late Model feature was the only completed feature of the evening. The ramining features will be completed on Saturday August 5th when Willard Speedway will host double features in the Modified, Pure Stock (Bomber), and Mini Stock/Mod divisions.
59 year old Gary Rager jumped out to the early lead with the 12 of Rick Lucas in tow. Fast Qualifier Ronnie Whitt in the W4 held onto the 3rd position with the 5M of Scott McCloud and the W1 of Joe Whitt battling for the 4th and 5th spots. The 07 of Jeremy Hall would loop his car on lap 10 sending him to the tail and putting the 64 of terry Hicks in 6th. A three way battle between Terry Hicks in the 64, Joe Whitt in the W1, and B.J. Branham in the 77 car would pursue with Hicks eventually settling into 5th. Gary Rager in the 51 car would get back by the 12 of Lucas but a caution would put Rager back in 2nd on the restart. Rick Lucas would hang on to become the 11th different ORC Late Model winner in 13 events at Willard Speedway in 2006. Carl Dillow II would win the Bluegrass Preservation Society Hard Charger Award for his 3rd time this season. Starting last in the 98.3 and finishing 10th. The complete results are as follows:
W1 Joe Whitt
98.3 Carl Dillow II subbing for Carl Dillow Sr.---BPS Hard Charger Award Winner!!!!
18-Chad Estep DNS-oil leak
1080-Carl Dillow II-DNS mechanical---subbed in the 98.3 Car
Carl Dillow II wins his 3rd Bluegrass Preservation Society Hard Charger Award of the year!!!
Racing will resume on Saturday August 5th with double features for the Modifieds, Pure Stocks, and Mini Stocks/Mods. August 5th is also Whayne-Cat Supply of Ashland, KY. Employee Night. All Whayne-Cat employees get in free!!! Whayne-Cat has been a very generous supporter of Willard Speedway in 2006 and we would like to express our appreciation for that support.
Willard Speedway would like to invite everyone out for a great evening of affordable family fun at the Tri-State’s fastest ¼ mile with racing in all divisions and double features for the Modifieds, Pure Stocks, and Mini Stocks/Mods.
Pits Open at 3 PM
Gates Open at 5 PM
Racing at 7 PM