Mother Nature tried her best to ruin our fun Friday and Saturday night, but she just couldn't do it. Only a few sprinkles hit Hilltop on Friday night but it never slowed the action once. Late Model action saw Dave Wirt set fast time, Stormin' Norman fighting for another feature win, and George Lee doing some stormin' of his own from the tail to 3rd in the feature. We also saw a "new and improved" version of Thomas Baker this week, as he got up on the wheel a bit and pulled off a 4th place finish in the feature. I'm thinking we're only a short time away from seeing him fighting for the feature wins once again. I'm very happy to say that JR Gentry told me that he plans to be back in action this Friday too. That's awesome news!!
The Modifieds saw their share of great action too, and the night started out with Rory Reed climbing into a new ride. He'd take advantage of the new improvement in equipment to put himself into the Dash race on his first night out. While he's never happy with anything less than a feature win, I'd say 3rd in the Dash on your first night in a totally different machine, ain't too damn shabby! He fought some mechanical problems in the feature, but was still able to bring it home in 6th place. Not a bad night if you ask me. Let's see what Rory can do with this thing after he gets a little seat time.
It seems that Brandon Craver may have added too much vinyl to his truck this week, and it just couldn't pull the extra weight. While he was able to pick up the heat race win, he had to settle for 2nd in the feature. Damn, I wanted to see him pull off the 3 for 3 trick this week!! Oh well,, there's always next week I guess, but it just won't be the same. ;-) I'm hearing that another Craver is about ready to get back on the track very soon. It's about damn time!
Speaking of next week, be sure to check out the message posted above about the Modified Mayhem special at Hilltop this coming Friday night. $1200 to win and $150 to start the feature should bring the best of the area to town for this one. The Pure Stock class has also been added to the show so you'll get to see all the classes in action once again. BE THERE!!
Saturday night didn't seem quite as exciting as you would expect a big show to be. The Main Event series kicked off their season at Midvale this week, and that brought the big guns in for a shot at the 75 lap feature race. I didn't realize that would be the only race of the evening for that class though. No heat races, no Dash, just qualifying and a 75 lap high speed parade. Hell it was like boring sex without any foreplay. Now don't get me wrong, I have no problem with eliminating foreplay, but damn, that was a long ass night for such little "action". ;-) Mike warned me early in the night that this would be one of those races that us dirt guys always talk about, with almost no passing, and he was right on the mark with that prediction. Honestly, if not for the speed, you would have expected them to be throwing candy to the kids in the stands like any other parade. The speeds did help keep everybody awake though as those guys were flying around that place. Mike had gotten a call earlier in the week with an offer to pilot some one else's car for the big show, and he was happy to take them up on the offer. This was a pretty fine piece of equipment and he made good use of it by qualifying 3rd fastest against the best the area has to offer. I'm not sure what changed by the time the feature got started, but he fought engine and handling problems most of the race. It was enough to take away his hopes of the win, but not enough to keep him from bringing it home with a 4th place finish. I'd call that a pretty good night for an "older fella" in a "borrowed" car. ;-) Nice job Mike!