Carl Bittenbender Captures The Twin 15's at Dunn Hill 2 Speedway
This past Saturday was a great night for racing. The pits were full with many competitors, some who were making their first visit to the track. Seventy three teams all hoping they could take home the checkered flag. The evenings events were sponsored by Z's Repair Service and Graphix By Billy. There were twin 15 lap feature events for the All Star Slingshots with Graphix By Billy paying all the entry fees.
First up was the kart portion of the days events. The kids divisions seem to be the popular one with the Rookie Purple and Novice Blue having the most excitement. Rookie Purple has had some great racing during the season. Current points leader Doug Newbigging is being chased by Connor Davis. Close behind them is Caleb Hadlock hoping to reel in some more points. Newbigging and Davis have recorded the majority of the feature wins. Caleb has yet to capture the checkered flag, but his consistency has gotten him in the hunt. This feature was not any different, as all three played their cards and tried to get the win. At the end of the 15 lap event it was Doug Newbigging grabbing the win, with Connor in second, Caleb in third, Michael Davis in fourth and fifth was newcomer Nick Whitesel.
The Novice Blue division has also had some exciting feature events during the season. Current points leader Cody Kershner has eight win, while second place in points Seth Anderson had six win going into tonight's feature. When the green flag fell it was Cody who took the lead. He and Seth battled for the top position until the ninth lap. Seth made a pass to take the lead and now Cody was trying to get first back. He tried everything he knew to get around the Anderson number 92, but ran out of laps. When the checkers fell it was Seth Anderson grabbing win number seven, with Cody in second. This will really tighten up the points battle going into the last week. Cody had a ten point lead over Anderson going into tonights feature. Rounding out the top five were Jacob Doyle, Craig Smith and Mitch Maynard.
The Sportskids division is the other popular division for the big kids. Their cars are run with a sealed stock motor. Keith Lamphere has dominated this division by recording twelve feature wins. He has been challenged by several of the competitors with only Tamara Burkholder grabbing two wins. As the current points leader Keith knew that Tamara was thirty five points behind him. Keith managed to keep Tamara behind him in the feature as he captured win number thirteen. Tamara was second, DJ Knolles was third, Kylie Fenstermacher was fourth and finishing in fifth was Dom Rogers.
The adult kart divisions have also seen some hard racing during this season. Super Seniors have only had three competitors during 2012. These three drivers have raced hard and are still good friends off the track. Going into Saturday feature event the race for the points championship between Bren Lattimer and Rodney McConnell was only two points. Bren and Rodney have raced hard throughout the season each grabbing several feature wins. This feature Rodney grabbed the early with Bren trying everything he could to get around the McConnell 431. On lap nine he made the move for the lead and grabbed it. Rodney didn't let him get away as they raced for the win. Bren recorded his seventh win with Rodney and Dale Anderson finishing right behind him.
The Animal division only had two competitors, but it was a great race as Nick Bruce grabbed the checkers over Bob Coveney. Bob is the current points leader with only one feature win. His consistency behind the wheel of his kart has kept him on top of the leader board over Zack Bruce.
Sportsmen division has grown in the last few weeks. Six teams were on hand all hoping to dethrone Doug Lantz the current points leader. Three new drivers were on hand as Evan Barnes, Alyssa Bobber and Paul Corron all wanted to race Doug. When the green flag dropped Doug Lantz grabbed the lead with Rich Vanderpool right behind him. Coming to the front was Keith Lamphere, who worked his way into second. The top three all battled nose to tail for all fifteen laps. When the checkered flag was waved it was Doug capturing win number fourteen. Rounding out the top five were Keith Lamphere, Rich Vanderpool, Evan Barnes and Paul Corron.
The final event of the evening was the Flathead division. Quinn Davis and Rodney McConnell brought the field to the green. Quinn had the lead for the first lap, until Rodney made his move aroung the number 86. Rodney had some strong competition from Cliff Casterline and Quinn during the event. Zack Bruce brought his number 77 into the action as the laps drew to a close. When the checkered flag flew it was Rodney McConnell grabbing the win over Cliff Casterline. Carl Abbott was third, Zack Bruce was fourth and in fifth was Mark Abbott.
On to the big car portion of the days festivities with Micro and Slingshot racing. Graphix By Billy paid the entry fees for the All Star Slingshots. They ran twin 20 lap features with an inverted start for the second feature event. Bringing the field to the green was Evan Barnes and Carl Bittenbender. Carl grabbed the lead and was soon challenged by Dalton Maynard. Carl and Dalton battled hard for position, with Dalton trying to make the pass each lap. The event ran caution free which gave Carl and advantage to keep the lead. When the checkers flew it was Carl Bittenbender capturing the win. Dalton was second, Alex Shaffer was third, fourth was Bob Boughton and fifth was Alex Boughton.
The second 20 lap event had the father and son team of Bob and Alex Boughton in the front row. When the green flag dropped Bob grabbed the lead with Alex and Kamdin Maby close behind. Moving into second was Dalton Maynard after Kamdin made contact with the Boughton number 27 sending him spinning. On the restart Carl Bittenbender moved from third to second and was setting his sights on the Boughton machine in first. Once again Carl and Dalton battled hard to the position of second and Dalton made a move to go by Carl and Bob for the lead. On lap 11 Carl moved into second with a great charge. He and Dalton raced each other clean for the remainder of the feature event. On lap fourteen Carl passed Dalton for the lead. When the checkered flag dropped Carl had captured another feature with Dalton finishing in second. Rounding out the top five were Bob Boughton, Alex Shaffer and Kamdin Maby who made a nice recovery from his spin.
Rookie 270 Micro division has been growing each week. Current points leader Kelsi Jenkins has come a very long way since opening day. She had become quite the Micro driver and will someday be winning many features. She has won two features in 2012, with the help of her dad and family. Going into tonight's feature she started in third behind other feature winners Brent Heeman and Allen Carnrike. When the green was dropped Allen jumped into the lead with Brent right there to make his move. That move did not happen as the number 69 developed a mechanical problem and was out of the event for the night. Allen held on to the lead until lap five when last weeks feature winner Alex Shaffer made a move for the lead. Once by Allen, Alex opened up a lead over the field and went on to capture win nubmer two. Kelsi was consistent once again and finished in the second position. Third went to Scott Dean, fourth was Allen Carnrike and in fifth was Brent Heeman.
The 270 Micro were fifteen race team strong. In the front row by luck of the draw were Gary Keister and Troy Whitsel. When the race began Denny Rinehimmer currently setting in the sixth position in points stormed to the front for the lead. In his normal fashion he opened up a lead over the rest of the field. Troy was hunting him down to get a chance at the lead. Cautions kept the field bunched up. This allowed the rest of the drivers to get their plan together. By lap eight Austion Bishop had moved into second ready to challenge Denny for the win. As the lap wound down Bobby Maynard currently second in the points moved into fourth. While Austin looked to get around Denny, Bobby was looking to do the same to Troy Whitesel.. When the checkered flag fell Denny Rinehimmer recorded his seventh and final feature at DH2. He sold his car at the track after the races and will not be returning next week for the last event. Coming in second was Austin Bishop, third was Troy Whitesel, fourth was Bobby Maynard and in fifth was Gary Keister. Not a good night for the current points leader Mark Wurzler who finish in tenth.
The 600 Micro division put on another exciting feature race. It was Nick Wood recording another win over Chad VanHorn who gave him a great run. Nick led all but one lap of the twenty lap feature event. Nick who is currently the points leader with a slim margin of twelve points was looking to grab a few more points. Collin Hadlock who is in second developed a mechanical problem and was able to start the feature event. A very tough break for this rookie driver who came from the kart and Slingshot ranks. Collin has recorded two feature wins and many consistent finishes through out the 2012 season. As the race progress several cautions kept the field tightly bunched and gave VanHorn the help he needed to make his move. Chad lead lap 17, but could not hold back the aggressive Wood for the lead. Nick stole it back on lap 18 and went on to win his fourth feature of the season. Following Nick and Chad across the line were Bennett Lennox in third, Dustin Jochum in fourth and Derek Frederick in fifth.
It was another great day of racing by all the competitors. This week will be the Season Championships sponsored by J W Maynard & Sons Truck Repair. We will be crowning our 2012 track champions. If you haven't had a chance to come and watch Small Car Saturday, this will be your last chance of the 2012 season. Gates open at 2 p.m. with racing at 4 p.m. starting with hot laps. For more information visit our website at www.dunnhill2speedway.com.