Mother Nature was a little nicer to us this week at Lakeville. Car counts were up a little and the fans were treated to some great side by side action all night long. Without a doubt the best action of the night was the Modified feature race. This one wouldn't be settled til the very end. At the drop of the green Rory Reed jumped out front and within a few laps he had a decent gap on second place. The yellow flag would take away that gap more than once and a long caution would take away his advantage completely. Young gun Tanner Wilson snuck around Rory for the lead with the action really picking up behind them. "The Logger" himself was working his way into the mix and many probably figured he'd jump out front before it was over. Reed had other plans though as he climbed up on the wheel and went back after the lead. Rory and Wilson battled door to door and swapped the lead for several laps without any contact between them. Wilson would pick up his first feature win with Reed all over him. I gotta say it's been a while since I've seen that kind of fire under Rory's ass and it was great to watch! This may have been the last night for the "old" #88 ride so I can't wait to see what's in store when the new Diamond Chassis #88 rolls out this week if all goes as planned. Talking to Rory today it appears they're looking for great things from this brand new car. I hope to see Rory in the winner's circle soon. This guy is way overdue dammit! Hopefully word of the excitement from the Modifieds at Lakeville spreads far and wide bringing even more Mods and fans to help support Lakeville. How about it Mod guys? Sure the track hasn't been perfect these first 2 weeks, but it hasn't been great anywhere else due to the crappy weather. We're blessed in this area to have two tracks determined to bust their asses each week to bring you the best possible racing experience. Be sure to support them every chance ya get! Here's the official write-up and results direct from Lakeville:
RICK BOND TAKES THE WIN AT LAKEVILLE SPEEDWAY
It appeared that the feature event in the Rod Eddleblute's Garage
Super Late Models was going to be a replay from the week before as Rick
Bond and Charlie Duncan ran nose to tail for just about all the laps.Bond
had earned the pole spot and Duncan lined up in third place.At the drop of
the green,Bond showed the way with Brad Moore tucked in very close behind
the leader and Duncan showed in third.Bond did not have a chance to put any
distance between Moore and himself due to a caution flag which bunched them
back together.Moore continued his pursuit of Bond until lap nineteen when he
got crossed up and was charged with the caution.After the resart,Duncan moved
in on the back bumper of the leader and continued to pressure Bond.Several side
by side battles insued back in the pack as Dave Hornikel and Corey Conley was moving
up.Another close race was displayed between Mike Lonas and Travis Mensching.Bond
went to take the win as Duncan sailed home second,Conley took third,Hornikel was
fourth and Lonas gathering in fifth place.Duncan,Conley and Hornikel won the three
Last week,Tanner Wilson made a great late race run but had to settle for a third
place finish in the Tri State Modifieds but he was keyed into winning his first
feature event.When the green weas displayed,Rory Reed went to the point and appeared
to be headed to a win.Wilson worked from his third place starting spot and had moved
in behind the leader.On lap ten is when he made his move off of turn two to take the
lead.The lead was short lived as Reed battled back and moved up beside Wilson and they
swapped the lead on four different occassions.Kevin Morehouse was also in the hunt as
he moved up on the back bumper of Reed.Wilson was first to the checkered flag in his
Lucas Oil entry with Reed second,Morehouse third,Hilton Eppley fourth and Tom Bruck
taking fifth.Reed and Morehouse were the two heat winners.
Brandon Gardner made his first trip to Lakeville this year a good one as he took
the win in the America's Best Siding Pure Stocks.Johnny Moore led the first six laps until
Gardner moved to the outside off of turn one and the two talented drivers raced door to door.
Gardner led the rest of the way in his Massillon Transmission sponsored #27.Bob Daugherty
raced to a runner up spot from starting seventh and Josh Miller came from fifth to secure
third place.Last weeks winner Todd Swim came from sixth to take fourth and Justin Patterson
charged back from an early spinout and had to restart in fourteenth place and got back to fifth.
Moore and Patterson won the two heats.
Jordan James made it two in a row in the Atom's Pest Control 4 Cylinder Bombers.It was a
complete race battle as Bobby Stamper and Brad Hensel kept pressure on the leader.Dustin Cyrus
became a player late in the race as did Kevin Stamper.No one had enough to take it away from
James as he sailed to th win with B.Stamper second,Hensel third,Cyrus fourth and K.Stamper fifth.
Two heats were contested with Kevin Stamper and Tim Jenson taking the wins.
Steve Foley got his second career and first this year win in the Lake Wappason Classic
Cruisers as he bested Jim Gerbasi,Pauley Hess,Glenn Elliott and Sonny Flannery.
Lakeville Speedway will be back in action on Friday night May 27th. with all five racing division
in action.The Lakeville website is still under construction.Promoter Randy Young can be reached at
Heat 1-Charlie Duncan,J.R.Gentry,Brad Moore,David Liles,Jason Hinton
Heat 2-Corey Conley,Jason Flory,Travis Mensching,Kristin Flory,Steve Shaffer
Heat 3-Dave Hornikel,Rick Bond,Mike Lonas,Rick Armstrong,Kevin Wright
Wright,Larry Bellman,Ben Mott,Gentry,Moore,J.Flory,Hiram Bachmann,
Tri State Modifieds
Heat 1-Rory Reed,Hilton Eppley,Jimmy Smith,Aaron Phillips,Sid Danals
Heat 2-Kevin Morehouse,Tanner Wilson,David Bodkins,Tom Bruck,Kevin Davis,
Feature-Wilson,Reed,Morehouse,Eppley,Bruck,Smith,Rob Melzer,Eric Singhaus
Bodkins,Phillips,Danals,Davis,Scott Clantz,Brock Burcher,Chad Hamilton
Heat 1-Kyle Moore,Todd Swim,Josh Miller,Bob Daugherty,Donna Canode,
Heat 2-Justin Patterson,Brandon Gardner,Tim Glasburn,Tim Arnold,Gary Hoopingarner
Feature-Gardner,Daugherty,Miller,Swim,Patterson,Arnold,Nathan Bryan,Mark Bee,Denny Shear
Glasburn,Hoopingarner,Moore,Chris Gibbs,Rob Scott,Canode
4 Cylinder Bombers
Heat 1-Kevin Stamper,Jordan James,Bobby Stamper,Brad Hensel,Roger Rush Sr.
Heat 2-Tim Jenson,Steve Miller,Josh Pyers,Dustin Cyrus,Bill Huntington
Mark Price,Rush,Josh Ramirez,Pyers,Miller
Heat 1-Seth Dickerson,Steve Foley,Pauley Hess,Jim Gerbasi,Glenn Elliott
Feature-Foley,Gerbasi,Hess,Elliott,Sonny Flannery,Terry Myers,Dickerson
With the crazy stuff going around here the past few weeks making the trip down to Hilltop on Saturday night has been out of the question. Looking at the overloaded week ahead this week I made the decision to make a run for Millersburg to catch up on what I've been missing out on. When I pulled into the parking lot it seemed like the rest of Ohio decide to make the trip to Hilltop too! Holy shit that place can pack them in. The pits were packed with over 130 cars once again and the grandstands were standing room only during any of the action packed features. We were treated to make-up features for the Late Models and Street Stocks to kick off the night. Doug Drown picked up right where he left off before the rains came weeks ago and picked up the win in a commanding fashion. He had to be the most likely pick to win the second feature of the night but we were all in for one hell of a race for that one. This would go into the books as one of the best races I've seen in a few years. There was plenty of action all the way through the field but all eyes were glued to the front of the pack. 2 wide, 3 wide and slide jobs galore were brought to you by Parker, Markham, Drown, Maffet, and Aronhalt. Markham and then Drown would take themselves out of the hunt in seperate dramatic moves but the action up front seemed to only heat up from there. Aronhalt used the "George Lee" line around the very top of the track to take the win in front of the packed house, many on their feet most of the race. Hats off to these guys for putting on one hell of a show! A kickass field of Street Stocks meant 2 consi races once again for these "nearly Modified" rockets. Ed Leasure would pick up the make-up feature win and Daughriety Jr. picked up the second feature win. This may not be my idea of a Pure Stock type class but there's no denying they put on a great show. Thanks Hilltop for another great night of dirt action!