Brushcreek Motorsports Complex
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Pfiefer Claims '08 Fastor Pastor Title at Brushcreek Motorsports
PEEBLES, Ohio -- Evening showers lasting into Friday night left some questioning the prospects for Saturday night's races. However, the Peebles area was treated to a warm dry Saturday morning allowing the staff at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex to get the track prepared for the fifth annual Jesus Motorsports Outreach Faster Pastor race. While fans were treated to the usual thrills and spills of Saturday night short track racing, they were also treated to some special activities as part of Faster Pastor night. Racers in Christ provided a pre race concert by Joy Dillow and inflatables for the kids. Other special activities included Jesus Motorsports Outreach & Rick Combs Racing bicycle give-aways and the kids had the opportunity to take a bus ride around the track.
Winchester, Ohio's Scott Edmisten picked up the late model feature win. Sardina, Ohio's Weasel Rhoads pick up the modified feature win in the Joey Stricker owned Pierce Chassis. Winchester, Ohio's John Gutman picked up another legend feature win, running his streak to four in a row. Shane Newman picked up the bomber feature win. West Union, Ohio's Josh Francis picked up the chevette/4 cylinder feature win. While Peebles, Ohio's Matt Nichols picked up another trophy 4 cylinder win and West Union, Ohio's Brandon Hopkins took the enduro win. Mark Pfiefer of Open Door Church Chillicothe, Ohio claimed the 2008 Faster Pastor title.
On a typical Sunday morning, area pastors can be found preaching the bible to their congregations, but on Saturday June 14th many of them traded their pulpit for a drivers seat in the fifth annual Jesus Motorsports Outreach Faster Pastor Race. Defending "faster pastor" Boyd Young's reign would be in question early, when he suffered mechanical problems during hot laps. However, Young would quickly find a new ride for the fifth annual faster pastor race. Young's new ride gave him hopes of defending his '07 faster pastor title, but ten other area pastors entered the race with their own hopes of being crowned the 2008 faster pastor. Mark Pfiefer wowed the large crowd slicing and dicing through the faster pastor field to pick up the win, securing the 2008 "Faster Pastor" title. While Mark Pfiefer picked up the feature win, the real winners were each participating church's youth group. A portion of every ticket sold by a participating church went to the church's youth group.
Brandon Webber and Scott Edmisten brought the late model feature field to the green. Edmisten jumped out to the lead only to have the action slowed with a caution for E.J. Hanneken before the first lap was complete. The field was quickly realigned for a complete restart. At the drop of the green Edmisten once again jumped out to the lead before another quick caution slowed the action. With the field realigned for another complete restart, Edmisten emerged from turn one with the lead over Webber, Weasel Rhoads, Terry Smart, and Butch Dowdy. As the leaders came through turn four the red flag was waved when Josh Burton's mount flipped landing on it's top in turn three. EMT's worked to extract Burton from the car after it was turned back on it's wheels. An alert and conscious Burton was transported to Adams County Hospital to be checked out. (No further updates were available before press time). While the track crew worked to clean up the wreck in turn three disaster struck for the points lead Clint Jamison and last week's feature winner Butch Dowdy. Both had to be pushed pit side with mechanical problems before the feature event was officially under way. On the restart, Edmisten jumped out to the lead over Webber, Mark Morrison, Weasel Rhoads, and Terry Smart. Edmisten stretched his lead until the action was slowed with a lap ten caution when Brandon Webber spun in turn two. On the restart, Edmisten pulled to a three car length lead over Terry Smart, Mark Morrison, Chris Shannon and Jonathan Day. Edmisten continued to stretch his lead over the next ten circuits cruising to the feature win. Following Edmisten across the line was Terry Smart, Mark Morrison, Brandon Webber, and Chris Shannon rounding out the top five.
Brian Whiteman and Weasel Rhoads brought the modified feature field to the green. Whiteman jumped out to the early lead, followed closely by Rhoads, Dave Jamison and Mike Gross. Rhoads slid by Whiteman to claim the point on the third circuit. As Rhoads held the point, Jamison hounded Whiteman for second before finally sliding by on lap six. Now in second, Jamison would set his eyes on front runner Rhoads, while Whiteman and Gross battled for third. As the front runners approached lapped traffic Rhoads began stretching his lead over Jamison, Whiteman, and Gross. Gross slid by Whiteman for third place on lap twelve. Over the next two circuits Jamison began to cut into Rhoads lead only to have Rhoads run his fastest lap on the final lap in route to the feature win. Following Rhoads and Jamison Across the line were Mike Gross, Brian Whiteman, and Brad White rounding out the top five.
Tom Partin and John Gutman brought the legend feature field to the green. As the two shot into turn one Partin emerged with the advantage over Gutman, Pierce Foster, Matt Nichols, and Gary Rowland. Gutman slid by Partin on the next circuit to claim the point. Gutman continued to hold the lead over Partin when the action was slowed with a lap 5 caution. On the restart, Gutman shot through turn one with Partin in tow. Partin made several attempts to claim the top spot over the next three laps, pulling along side Gutman, but was unable to complete the pass. Partin would regroup and make another run at Gutman, but Gutman was up to the task holding of Partin to take the legend feature win. Following Gutman and Partin across the line were Tony Steffen, Matt Nichols, and Pierce Foster rounding out the top five.
Shane Newman and Joe Buskirk brought the bomber feature field to the lead. Newman jumped out to the early lead over Buskirk, Mark Keatzel, Mike Brust, Larry Highland and Matt Edmisten. The action was slowed with an early caution for Matt Edmisten who rolled to a stop on the front stretch. On the restart, Newman jumped out to the lead over Buskirk, Mark Keatzel, Mike Brust, Larry Highland and Tim Cutler. Newman continued to stretch his lead as the laps wound down, cruising to the feature win. Following Newman across the line was Joe Buskirk, Mike Brust, Larry Highland, and Mark Keatzel rounding out the top five.
Mike Strickland and Josh Francis brought the Chevette/4 Cylinder feature field to the green. Strickland jumped out to the early lead. over Randy Johnson, Chris Vance, Matt Nichols and Nick Hodges. Strickland held the point for the first three circuits. Francis was able to power by Strickland on the back stretch on lap four. Francis maintained a two car length lead over Strickland over the final few laps to pick up the chevette/4 cylinder. Following Francis and Strickland across the line were Matt Nichols, Gary Rowland, and Matt Hodges rounding out the top five.
Action returns to the 1/3 mile speed plant on Saturday June 21 with a regular race consisting of late models, modifieds, legends, bombers, chevette/4cylinders, trophy 4 cylinders, and go karts.
Brushcreek Motorsports Complex is located 3 miles south of Peebles, Ohio on OH 41. For more information on Brushcreek Motorsports Complex visit their web site at www.brushcreekmotorsports.com or call the track office at 937-544-3344.
Directions: from Cincinnati, OH take 1-275 to OH-32 East. to OH-41turn right onto OH-41. From Columbus, OH take 1-270 to US-23 South to OH-32 West to OH-41 turn left onto OH-41. From Athens, OH take OH-682 S. Merge onto OH-32 W to OH -41 turn left onto OH-41.
Heat 1- Clint Jamison, Terry Smart, Josh Burton, Dave Kirker, Wade Davis, Jonathon Day
Heat 2 - Scott Edmisten, Mark Morrison, Weasel Rhoads, Chris Shannon, E.J. Hanneken, Brian Day
Heat 3 - Brandon Webber, Chuck Simons, Butch Dowdy, Arnold Topping (DNS), Kevin Schoonover (DNS)
Feature - Scott Edmisten, Terry Smart, Mark Morrison, Brandon Webber, Chris Shannon, Jonathon Day, Weasel Rhoads, E.J. Hanneken, Kevin Schoonover
Heat 1 - Brian Whiteman, Dave Jamison, Darrell Reno, Michael Poe, Dan Reno, Ron Strack
Heat 2- Weasel Rhoads, Mike Gross, Kelly Lippert, Brad White, Jeremy Young
Feature - Weasel Rhoads, Dave Jamison, Mike Gross, Brian Whiteman, Brad White, Kelly Lipperet, Darrell Reno, Jeremy Young, Ron Strack, Mike Poe, Dan Reno
Heat- Tom Partin, John Gutman, Tony Steffen, Pierce Foster, Gary Rowland, Matt Nichols
Feature- John Gutman, Tom Partin, Tony Steffen, Matt Nichols, Pierce Foster, Gary Rowland
Heat - Shane Newman, Joe Buskirk, Mark Keatzel, Mike Brust, Larry Highland, Tim Cutler, Bill Taylor
Feature- Shane Newman, Joe Buskirk, Mike Brust, Larry Highland, Mark Keatzel, Tim Cutler, Matt Edmisten
Heat - Mike Stricland, Josh Francis, Chris Vance, Randy Johnson, Eric Baker, Matt Hodges, #7, Kent Knoblauch, Boyd Young, Michael Workman
Feature - Josh Francis, Mike Strickland, Matt Nichols, Gary Rowland, Matt Hodges, Chris Vance, Matt Workman, Randy Johnson
Trophy 4 Cylinders
Dash - Matt Nichols, Gary Rowland, Andrew McCane, Jim Chandler, Boyd Young, Tom Marshall
Fastor Pastor - Mark Pfeifer - Open Door Church, Kim Zornes - Carpenters House of Prayer, Robbie Scott- West Union Methodist Church, Boyd Young - Lift Impact Church, Larry Spencer - Gods House, Jim Chandler - Peebles Church of Christ, Phil Fulton - Union Hill Church, Troy Dotson - Tranquility Churh, Tom Marshall- Life Impact Church, Chester Whaley - Bethany Ridge Church