Another good crowd. Another good car count. Another good night of racing. Another marriage proposalcheck that. Not another, a first. During a brief moment between heat races, Richard Shaffer had announcer Jeff Yost ask Roni Lynn Kruse to marry him. And she said yes! Anything can happen at the Bullring!
The Wagon Wheel Bar & Grill Super Late Models were in the spotlight with the 24th annual Earl Hill, Memorial for $4,000 to win. Jared Miley, Freddie Carpenter, Corey Conley, and Donnie Moran scored the prelims. Derek Doll snared the consy. At the drop of the green Miley shot to the point with Conley, Chris Garnes, Carpenter, and Danny Mitchell in tow. Miley dominated the field, catching the backmarkers by lap 10. The first stoppage came on lap 17 when Keith Barbara got into Charlie Maloney, sending Maloney around in turn four. Miley, C. Conley, Garnes, Carpenter, and Sonny Conley were now the top five. Butch McGill made his presence known as he took fifth on lap 20. Miley continued to leave lapped cars in his wake. On lap 31, while trying the high side, Miley skated through turn four, but thought better of the next go round. The yellow fell again on lap 42 when Doll slowed. After the final circuits were counted, Miley, driving the Colussy Chevrolet / Forcey Coal #H1, added his second polka dotted hat to the collection. It was only the second time a driver has won the event in back to back years. Mike Benedum wore the polka dotted hat in 2006 and 07. Miley said in victory lane, "This is one of my favorite tracks. Daniel (Hill) and I are friends, and I would like to dedicate this to the Hill family." C. Conley, Garnes, Carpenter, and McGill completed the top five.
Tyler County Speedway and Elkins Raceway have joined forces for the "Double Down" bonus where any crate Late Model driver able to win back to back races, scores an additional $50. It rolls over each week not won and this Saturday it sat at $550. Kyle Thomas scored the win at Elkins on June 15 and since Elkins rained out June 22, he was still the driver eligible. In the United Rental Industrial Division crate Late Models, Derek Rogers took command at the green with Thomas hot on his tail. Thomas turned up the heat as he was a man on a mission. Thomas pulled door to door with Rogers on lap five, and motored his way around Rogers on the next circuit and never looked back. Thomas claimed the win and the bonus in the WG Motorsports / Dodd's Sporting Goods #32. Rogers had to settle for second. Daniel Hill, Mike Thorne, and Brian Baumberger filled out the top five.
Pictured is Paden City resident and former Wildcat athlete Ricky Wright in his #22 Honda Accord. Wright came from behind to finish third in his Custom Engraving 4 cylinder Honda Accord. Wright is now in fourth place in the points. (Photo by Zach Yost)
In the 2 Brothers Motorsports Modifieds, Travis Dickson withstood some heat from Dad Mark, Mike Wilson and Tommy Powell, but basically let all the drama unfold behind him. Travis piloted the A & M Commodities / Fannin Farms #16 to his third checkerboard of the season. The war for second raged the entire distance. M. Dickson, Wilson, and Powell battled three wide for second until the restart of lap 17, when M. Dickson pulled off with mechanical problems. When the checkers fell, Wilson, Powell, Jacob Hawkins, and Chris Basich would cross the stripe second through fifth.
Kenny Isner used his pole starting spot to out drag Travis Thomas to turn one for the front slot at the start of the Bridgeport Equipment & Tool Hot Mod feature. The front duo fought tooth and nail circuit after circuit until lap nine when Thomas nudged Isner in turn three, looping Isner. Thomas was delegated to the tail, and Isner was given back the lead. Isner would drive on to claim his third win in the Norris Tire / Mike's Auto Body #7. Codi Eaton finished second, with Lou Ennis third. Thomas climbed back to fourth and Mike Conkle was fifth.
In the Herrington Yoak Ford Mod Lites, Brandon Fluharty grabbed the lead at the outset, only to have James Watson take it on lap two. Fluharty retook the spot on lap four and fended off Watson, then a late rally from Jeff Fornash to notch his fourth straight checkers. Fornash, J. Watson, Zack Watson, and Mitch Ward filled out the top five.
The Custom Engraving 4 cylinders were again following Donnie Wamsley for the eighth straight week. Justin Freeland, Ricky Wright, Zack Jones, and Mike Harter completed the top five.
Zack Carr made his first visit count in the Mini Wedges as he took the "A" feature ahead of Trey Watson, Shayla Griffey, Kaitlyn Frazier, and Wesley Baker. In the "B" feature P J "Buckwheat" Wright took the checkers. Tiffany Jackson, Brett Coberly, Hayden Jacobs, and Kylie Cross crossed second through fifth. Bobby Hill Racing sponsored the trophies for the night.
This week there will be regular racing in all classes plus a huge fireworks display to kick off the 4th of July week.
The Renagades of Dirt Modified Series "Dickson Classic" originally slated for June 30 is now set for July 14 in conjunction with Elkins Raceway's 'Thunder in the Valley 25' July 13.
For all the latest information, point standings, and more, go to www.tylerspeedwayonline.com.
Earl Hill Memorial (29); Jared Miley, Corey Conley, Chris Garnes, Freddie Carpenter, Butch McGill, Donnie Moran, Sonny Conley, Paul Wilmoth Jr., Mike Benedum, Jared Hawkins, Keith Barbara, Danny Mitchell, Devin Moran, Chuck Harper, Derek Doll, Charlie Maloney, Scott Irvin, Zack Dohm. Heats; Miley, Carpenter, C. Conley, Do. Moran. Consy; Doll. DNQ; Buck Rine, Dannie Ruza, Donnie Dotson, Ricky Conley, Jacob Hawkins, Ross Nicastri, Eddie Carrier Jr., Mike Martin, Mike Basich, Steve Weigle, Josh Coffman.
Crate Late Models (15); Kyle Thomas, Derek Rogers, Daniel Hill, Mike Thorne, Brian Baumberger, Danny Thomas, Eric Glover, Joe Bowie, Jacob Lash, Brian Rush, Eddie Starkey, John Watson, Bill Shaffer, Michael Griffin. Heats; Rogers, Baumberger.
Modifieds (10); Travis Dickson, Mike Wilson, Tommy Powell, Jacob Hawkins, Chris Basich, Cody Henthorn, Kenny Harris, Mark Dickson, Cody Rogers, Del Cunningham. Heats; Wilson, T.Dickson.
Conkle, Curtis Watson, Chris Thomas, Levi Flesher, Jennifer Chicklo, Chad Dotson, Richard Rine, Mike Mason, Lindsey Smarr, Stevi Magyar, Kip Todd, Tim Martie, Anastasia Jones, Steve West. DNS; Jason Schott, Jonathon Sheets. Heats: Isner, T.Thomas, Eaton.
Mod Lite (20); Brandon Fluharty, Jeff Fornash, James Watson, Zack Watson, Mitch Ward, Matt Ward, Jim Ruckman, Joe Burkhead, Steve Weekly, Glenn Teter, Brian Herrington, Ryan Baker, Anthony Cavicchio, Jay Smarr, Tim Moore, Troy Collins, Jerry Williams, Josh Baldwin, Zak Kimbrew, Chuck Kimble. Heats; J. Watson, Fornash, Fluharty.
4 cylinders (10); Donnie Wamsley, Justin Freeland, Rickie Wright, Zack Jones, Mike Harter, John Carter, Jason Frazier, Billy Bunnell. DNS; John Sinnett, Samantha Frazier.