Car counts continue to grow along with the exciting racing
Seventy race teams from go kart to 600 micros filled the pit area on G-n-S Trucking sponsored race day. Everyone was hoping it would their turn to visit victory lane at Dunn Hill 2 on Saturday.
Super Seniors were up first with four drivers setting their sights on the top prize. Last weeks feature winner Rodney McConnell was hoping to make it win number three. That did not happen as Mike Ely let the know he was there by recording his first win of the 2012 season. Second was Brent Lattimer, third was Rodney McConnell and in fourth was Dale Anderson. Dale broke during the feature event and was unable to finish.
The beginners group known as Rookie Purple were next to race. Jack Maby and Micheal Davis brought the field to the green. It was Micheal's brother Connor who grabbed the lead early. Connor lead the event until lap seven when a miscue on the track gave the lead to Doug Newbiggin. Doug set sail and held off the late race charge from Davis to capture his very first feature event. Caleb Hadlock, Micheal Davis and Jack Maby followed Doug across the finish line.
Tamara Burkholder found her way to victory lane for the first time in the Sportskids. She broke the win streak of Keith Lamphere who developed mechanical problems. Dom Rogers finished second, Mackenzie Doyle was third, DJ Knowles was fourth and Logan Steele was fifth.
The Animal win went to last weeks winner Zack Bruce. Finishing in second was Bob Coveney.
Stock Appearing Clone winner was Mike Ely. Track officials combined these two features due to low car count.
Novice Blue class saw a very competitive race with Seth Anderson taking home the win. Once Anderson grabbed the lead on lap one he maintained control. The action behind him found the second and third positions being swapped back and forth. When the checkered flag fell it was Anderson picking up his win, with Cody Kershner, Jacob Doyle, Craig Smith and Destiny Powell finishing second through fifth.
Sportsmen was next to make their appearance on the track. Doug Lantz continued on his winning ways with win number three. Richie Vanderpool gave Lantz a run for the win, but found himself the bridesmaid finishing in second. It was Troy Maby finishing in third. Unable to start the feature was Logan Terry who suffered mechanical problems early in the day.
The final kart event of the day was the Flatheads. It was Tripp Ritter who captured his third win with Carl Abbott in second. Bob Coveney and Quinn Davis finished in third and fourth respectively.
On to the big car portion of the Small Car Saturday events. 600 Micros were the first division up with 15 cars all hoping they would be the one to capture the win. Bobby Maynard and Cody Fassett brought the field to the green. Maynard grabbed lead early, but could not hold off last weeks feature winner Chris Fox. Fox went on to capture his second feature win. Behind him the battle for second between Jordan Tittle and Bobby Maynard heated up. Tittle was able to hold off Maynard to finish in second. Bobby was third, Nick Wood was fourth and newcomer Kyle Pierce was fifth, who also received the Hard Charger honors.
Kelsi Jenkins picked up her first win of the season. This young lady has been making good strides each week in the Rookie 270 division. When you have never driven any kind of race machine it takes time and lots of laps to get better. She has been doing just that, and tonight she got the win she needed to boost her confidence. Someday she will be racing with the big dogs and we'll all have a chance to say, "I remember when Kelsi started at Dunn Hill 2 Speedway."
It was feature time for the Allstar Sling Shots. Evan Barnes and Dalton Maynard made up the front row. When the checked flag fell it was Barnes grabbing the lead. By lap three Alex Shaffer took the lead away. Alex and Carl Bittenbender put on one heck of a show racing back and forth for the lead until lap nine. Bittenbender secured the lead, but Shaffer made sure that Carl knew he was still there. When the checkers fell it was Carl recording win number three with Alex in second. Rounding out the top five were Evan Barnes, Rich Howard and Dalton Maynard.
The final feature of the days racing program found Bobby Maynard and Derek Frederick bringing the 270 Micros to the green. Maynard grabbed the lead early and checked out. Jordan Tittle did everything he could to catch the number 29. As the laps wound down the second and third positions changed. Mark Wurzler ran a patience race with the youngster Derek Frederick on his bumper. When the checkered flag flew it was Bobby Maynard who captured his first win of the season. Mark Wurzler who received the Hard Charger honors finished in second. Derek Frederick, Jordan Tittle and Kyle Traver rounded out the top five.
Next Saturday's events will be sponsored by Forbes Machine Shop. The days events will be a regular show for all divisions, with a "Meet and Greet" with all the drivers. Gates open at 2 p.m. with practice at 4 p.m. The drop of the green flag for qualifying will start after practice. Be sure to secure you favorite viewing spot on the hill, so not to miss any of the action. As the drivers show the fans, "How Dirt Track Racing Is Dunn."