Friday, June 15, 2012
Prelude to $4,000: John Allen Tunes up Against Tough Competition at 'The Hummer'
by Scott Lee Stewart
HUMBOLDT, Kan. -- One week away from the return of the USMTS Modifieds to Humboldt Speedway, and a shot at 4 Grand in cash to win, a field of thirty Modifieds that are not USMTS regulars packed the pits at "The Hummer."
Between mechanical failures and the dreaded "B" main, a field of 20 stellar drivers from all over the area cranked off for the USRA Modified "A" feature.
Head to head on the front row were a pair of crowd pleasing vetrans; Al Purkey and John Allen. Purkey is best known as a Late Model guy who flies in a Modified. Allen grew up here, and has roamed the Humboldt high banks as long as many can remember. Oh yes; he too is extremly fast.
When flagman Tony Morgan dropped the green, Purkey took off like a scalded cat. Allen quickly settled in to second, waiting paitently to make his move. The first 15 laps of the 25 lap event were fairly routine as the bulk of the field settled into race trim. Purkey would rocket down the straights, Allen would gain ground in the corners. Then, the journey through lapped traffic began.
Both drivers mirrored each other as they weaved through slower cars. Again, Allen remained paitent.
Finally through the lapped cars, on lap 22, Allen struck. With a nice move through turns 3 and 4, he captured the lead, and the win. Purkey was runner up. Jeremy Payne finished third. Shad Badder and Mickey Burrell completed the top five.
Most of all, it would appear that the USMTS all stars will have some serious competition waiting when they arrive on June 22nd.
Derek Michael turned in yet another impressive performance in the Pure Stock feature, besting red hot Tyler Kidwell and defending points champ Jeremy Willard for the win. Forth place went to George Reimer, while Mike Churning was fifth.
The Factory Stock feature was an interesting affair; Scott Stuart won, but the battle was fierce. Acting as hired gun for the evening, Tyler James was runner up. Daryl Drake ran a tight third, while Todd Kidwell fought off apparent mechanical gremlins to claim fourth. In his best finish of the year, Jason Thurman was a strong fifth.
B-Mods? Well, Trever Hunt continues to win, but not without a fight, as Tim VanGotten emerged from the back of the pack to take second in an outstanding performance. Jack Simmons, abscent for a couple of weeks, finished third. Jeremy Wilson was fourth, Buddy Thompson fifth.
Next Friday: USMTS invades The Hummer once again, with the hometown boys locked and loaded! $4,000.00 up for grabs, winner take all. General admission $20.00, kids are 5 bucks. Pit pass? $35.00. BE THERE!