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Full fields in each of the five divisions on the Hill were sure to lead to an exciting night of racing.
A field of twenty-one made up the Holmes Tire late model division with Shane McLoughlin setting fast time, 15.760. Heat race wins went to Corey Conley, Mike Basich and Brandon Francis. With the field set, the green was out and pole sitter, Conley would take the top spot. One lap in the books, a caution would bring the field single file back to green. Conley, out front, as the battle for forth would ensue between McLoughlin and Rick Mardis. Mardis securing fourth with six laps down. Nearing halfway, Conley and Francis would begin to navigate their way through lap traffic. Francis looking to use the lap cars to his advantage and close the gap on Conley. Lap sixteen would see another yellow with the final caution on lap nineteen. Six laps to go, the green was back out and Francis would again challenge Conley although unable to surpass as ‘The Flying Ace’ would once again find himself sitting in victory lane. Francis finished second, third JR Gentry, fourth Rick Mardis and fifth Dave Hornikel.
Setting fast time, 17.010, and picking up heat race one in the Bugs-R-Gone modifieds was ‘The Outlaw’ Jesse Wisecarver. Heat two went to Kyle Moore and heat three DJ Cline. The last chance race was won by John Disbennett. With an additional $300 incentive added to the Bugs-R-Gone feature winner, the green was out, and outside pole sitter Kyle Moore would look to redeem himself against Wisecarver who had taken the bounty on him just weeks ago. Moore to the lead with one lap in the books, Wisecarver running second. A final caution on lap seventeen, would set up one last attempt for Wisecarver to again take the win from Moore. However, this time he would be unable to do so as Kyle Moore would go on to lead every lap to the checker picking up the $1,000 to win Bugs-R-Gone feature event. Second went to Wisecarver followed by Jess Hartman, DJ Cline and Chris Basich.
Mark Baier and Gary Hensel would each pick up a heat race win in the street stock division. Mark Baier and Denny Shear on the pole of the night’s feature, after top three redraw. Baier would take the early lead as Gary Hensel would work his way into the top three with six laps down. Baier, Trae Schonauer, and Hensel, a three-way battle for the lead. Ten laps down, Hensel would look to the outside of Schonauer to secure second just as the caution would come out. Single file back to the green, Hensel would work the bumper of Baier for the lead. Three laps to go, Hensel would make his move, working around Baier off four to take the lead and ultimately pick up the win. Third went to Trae Schonauer, fourth David Potts and fifth Brad Hensel.
Heat race winners in the Snyder Hot Shot Truck and Trailer modlite division were Reece Bollinger and Joe Burkhead. A top three redraw after the heats would place Tanner McLoughlin and Levi Lease on the pole for the night’s feature event. With the drop of the green, McLoughlin would take the early lead as the battle for second through fourth would ensue between Lease, Bollinger, and Jimmy Smith. Four laps down, Smith would look to the inside of Bollinger for third, however unable to capitalize as caution would come out. Back under green, McLoughlin again to the to spot as Bollinger took to the inside of Lease securing second with five laps in the books. Not settling there, six laps down Bollinger would take the lead from McLoughlin. Once out front, Bollinger would fend off challenges by Smith to pick up the feature win. Smith was followed by Jon Preston, Tim Callahan, and Joe Burkhead.
Back in action for this week were the Short Track Safety Team mini stocks with a twenty-eight-car field. Going caution free and passing Jordan James, who had led the first half of the race, with three laps to go, to pick up the night’s feature win was Doug Hensel. Rounding out the top five was Corey Staley, Jason St. John, and Colton St. John. Heat race winners were Jason St. John, Doug Hensel, Colton St. John, and Jordan James.
July 31, 2020
Holmes Tire Late Models
Fast Qualifier- Shane McLoughlin 15.760
Heat 1- C. Conley, S. McLoughlin, R. Mardis, G. Lee, B. Daugherty, J. Henderson, J. Skelly
Heat 2- M. Basich, JR Gentry, H. Hall, V. Mardis, M. McGinnis, K. Tish, D. Smith
Heat 3- B. Francis, D. Hornikel, R. Conley, TJ Watson, L. Elson, J. Nicely, D. Giauque
Feature- Corey Conley, Brandon Francis, JR Gentry, Rick Mardis, Dave Hornikel, George Lee, Rick CONley, Harrison Hall, TJ Watson, Mike McGinnis, Vernon Mardis, Boz Daugherty, Jim Nicely, David Giauque, Jason Skelly, Keith Tish, Shane McLoughlin, Dustin Smith, Jason Henderson, Mike Basich DNS-Lance Elson
Fast Qualifer- Jesse Wisecarver 17.010
Heat 1- J. Wisecarver, J. Hartman, C. Shaw, J. Adkins, A. Harris, W. Harris, R. Taylor, C. Grandstaff
Heat 2- K. Moore, C. Basich, R. Duston, R. Miller, J. Waite, J. Disbennett, T. Gerthing, T. Jensen
Heat 3- DJ Cline, J. Brennan, G. Lee, R. Ledger, W. Morrison, R. Grogg, J. King DNS-S. Smith
B-Main- J. Disbennett, J. King, R. Grogg, R. Taylor, W. Harris, T. Gerthing, T. Jensen DNS-C. Grandstaff, S. SMith
Feature- Kyle Moore, Jesse Wisecarver, Jess Hartman, DJ Cline, Chris Basich, Jason Brennan, Robin Duston, Colton Shaw, Jerry Adkins, George Lee, Ron Miller, Jeremy Waite, Wes Morrison, Alec Harris, John Disbennett, Robbie Ledger, Richard Grogg, Jason King
Heat 1- M. Baier, T. Schonauer, D. Shear, J. Lanham, S. Dickerson, K. Michalo, D. Potts
Heat 2- G. Hensel, B. Hensel, K. Potts, T. Nicely, J. Lorentz Jr., A. Bright
Feature- Gary Hensel, Mark Baier, Trae Schonauer, David Potts, Brad Hensel, Tyler Nicely, Kevin Potts, Jeff Lanham, Seth Dickerson, Kyle Michalo, Justin Lorentz Jr., Denny Shear, Austin Bright
Snyder Hot Shot Truck and Trailer Repair Modlites
Heat 1- R. Bollinger, D. Mayer, L. Lease, E. Myers, T. Callahan, J. Pierce, D. Davis, D. Hubbard Jr., C. Hubbard
Heat 2- J. Burkhead, J. Smith, T. McLoughlin, J. Preston, J. Duncil, L. Heimberger, J. Large, S. Baldwin, N. Large
Feature- Reece Bollinger, Jimmy Smith, Jon Preston, Tim Callahan, Joe Burkhead, Levi Lease, Darrell Mayer, Justin Pierce, Jason Duncil, Emmett Myers, John Large, Lance Heimberger, Carson Hubbard, Derek Davis, Tanner McLoughlin, Steve Baldwin
Short Track Safety Team Mini Stocks
Heat 1- J. St. John, D. Thornsley, N. Rhoads, W. Staley, K. Dewitt, D. Bedlion DNS- T. Wilson
Heat 2- D. Hensel, C. Staley, N. Martin, D. Thornsley, R. Aronhalt, 55, W. Lauvray
Heat 3- C. St. John, E. Geary, R. Carter, J. Wheeler, K. Hook, C. Dewitt, B. Parsons
Heat 4- J. James, R. Searls, K. Markey, T. Hutten, B. Aber, 416, J. Mercer
B-Main- B. Parsons, T. Wilson, R. Aronhalt, J Mercer, K. Hook, B. Aber, K. Dewitt, C. Dewitt, 416 DNS- D. Bedlion, 55, W. Lauvray
Feature- Doug Hensel, Jordan James, Corey Staley, Jason St. John, Colton St. John, N. Martin, Darrin Thornsley, Ed Geary, Ryan Carter, Billy Parsons, Kevin Markey, Robert Searls, Travis Hutten, John Wheeler, Nathan Rhoads, Dan Thornsley, Wes Staley, Tom Wilson