Saturday, August 18, 2012
Jenkins, Purvis, Hensel, Hensel, Collins and Gibson Columbus Winners
by Jeff Nuckles
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Johnny Jenkins allocated his second NASCAR Whelen All American Series late model feature of 2012 Saturday night at Columbus Motor Speedway. Stalking early race leader Ray Muncy until late in the main event, Jenkins took advantage when an apparent deflating tire ended Muncy’s designs on victory. Kyle Purvis came from mid-pack to claim his second Columbus modified feature contest while other main event winners included Joe Hensel (sport stock), Cecil Collins (crazy compact) and Zach Gibson (winged sprint cars).
Ray Muncy and Jenkins led the 21 car field of late models to the green flag with the former surging ahead in the early going of the contest. Jenkins and Brandon Oakley gave chase through the mid-point of the 35-lap affair when a pair of drivers began to flex some muscle. Starting seventh and tenth, respectively, Chad Pendleton and Dick Dunlevy found their way into the top-5 at that juncture. Ironically, the duo is battling for the 2012 NASCAR Ohio State championship with just three weekends of racing remaining. With ten laps remaining, and Muncy still showing the way, a deflating tire sent him pit-side and moved Jenkins to the point while elevating Oakley into the runner-up spot. Once back underway, Jenkins held off Oakley, Pendleton, Dunlevy and Josh Cahill for the victory.
Buddy Townsend stormed into the lead of the Columbus modified feature from his front row starting birth while Dave Disinger was in hot pursuit early on. Eventual race winner, Purvis, started sixth and wasted little time in his assault. Up to third at the mid-point of the 30-lap affair he swept past Dave Disinger and went to the outside of Townsend for the lead. Securing the point as lap-20 went up on the NASCAR scoreboard he continued to stretch his advantage. George Lindsay made a late race charge to secure the runner-up spot as Townsend, Disinger and Sean MacNealy followed him across the finish line.
Joe Hensel surged into the lead of the 25-lap sport stock from the outset and held off Bruce Snider for his eighth win of 2012. Mike Litchfield was third at the stripe ahead of Ralph Vinson and Steve Karnes.
Cecil Collins captured his first career crazy compact main event outdistancing Ryan Smith, Charlie Hoepker, fast qualifier Christian Bullock and Jim McElfresh in an exciting 20-lap contest.
Zach Gibson outran everyone in the Buckeye Super Sprint finale holding court over Kevin Mingus, Todd Buchanan, Doug Berryman and Joe Speakman.
While some tracks offer discounted admission prices or special car load admission fees Columbus Motor Speedway is doing the unthinkable next Saturday when all general admission tickets are absolutely free. The special afternoon program will have the gates opening at 2:00PM and racing beginning at 4:00PM. In addition, it will be kids day at the races with free race car rides for the youngsters in addition to a free Joan Jett concert following the races. Check out www.ColumbusSpeedway.com for more info.
Fast Time: Bill Browning
Dash: 1) Dick Dunlevy 2) Chad Pendleton 3) Howard Muncy 4) Bill Browning
Heat: 1) Doug Sommers 2) Norm Taylor 3) Mike Holland 4) Bobby Fihe 5) Burgess White
Heat: 1) Bobby Justus 2) Josh Cahill 3) Jerry Williams Jr 4) Brandon Oakley 5) Mike Mazzagatti
Feature: 1) Johnny Jenkins 2) Brandon Oakley 3) Chad Pendleton 4) Dick Dunlevy
5) Josh Cahill 6) Norm Taylor 7) Eric Withers 8) Mike Holland 9) Bobby Justus
10) Bobby Fihe 11) Paul Leitenberger 12) Jim Hursey 13) Daryl McKay
14) Ray Muncy 15) Mike Mazzagatti 16) Jerry Williams Jr 17) Howard Muncy
18) Les Stephenson 19) Bill Browning 20) Doug Sommers 21) Burgess White
Fast Time: Terry Humphrey
Dash: 1) Chad Pendleton 2) Kyle Purvis 3) Terry Humphrey 4) George Lindsay
Heat: 1) Eddie Vallette 2) Paul Baker Jr 3) David Stein 4) Jerry Williams 5) Bob Eaton
Heat: 1) Dave Disinger 2) Ray Muncy 3) Sean MacNealy 4) Ethan Mullet 5) Daryl McKay
Feature: 1) Kyle Purvis 2) George Lindsay 3) Buddy Townsend 4) Dave Disinger
5) Sean Mac Nealy 6) Chad Pendleton 7) Ray Muncy 8) Daryl McKay 9) Ethan Mullet
10) Eddie Vallette 11) Jerry Williams 12) Brian Whetnall 13) Bob Eaton
14) David Stein 15) Paul Baker Jr 16) Terry Humphrey
Fast Time: Steve Karnes
Dash: 1) David James 2) Jacob Muncy 3) Steve Karnes 4) James Harding
Heat: 1) Bruce Snider 2) Dennis Middleton 3) Phil Gussler Jr 4) Mike Litchfield 5) Jeremiah English
Feature: 1) Joe Hensel 2) Bruce Snider 3) Mike Litchfield 4) Ralph Vinson 5) Steve Karnes
6) Phil Gussler Jr 7) James Harding 8) Kenny Simpson 9) Jacob Muncy
10) David James 11) Jeremiah English 12) Bill Ramey 13) Dennis Middleton
Fast Time: Christian Bullock
Feature: 1) Cecil Collins 2) Ryan Smith 3) Charlie Hoepker 4) Christian Bullock
5) Jim McElfresh 6) Michael Robison 7) Rob Smith 8) Corey Kyer 9) Dustin Harding
10) Jason Grove 11) Josh Mecum 12) Dan Cook 13) Terry Bond 14) Dan Kalminer
15) Dan Disinger 16) Ed Smith 17) Rob Smith 18) Lonnie Brown 19) Mike Anthony
20) Danielle Brown 21) Gwen Walsh 22) Frank Hreha 23) Jeff Watkins 24) Bill Ott
25) Ryan Tamburro
Winged Sprint Cars
Heat: 1) Zach Gibson 2) Joe Speakman 3) Todd Buchanan 4) Brian Gibbs 5) Kevin Mingus
Feature: 1) Zach Gibson 2) Kevin Mingus 3) Todd Buchanan 4) Doug Berryman 5) Joe Speakman 6) Brian Gibbs 7) Chad Livingston 8) Jerry Smith 9) Adam Blitz