After a month of rain outs, Mother Nature was kind enough to let Tyler County finally get to race. The Wagon Wheel Bar and Grill Super Late Models were the highlighted class as the 12th Annual Eaton/Childers King of the Ring stage was set. Tim Dohm, Rick Williams, and Jacob Hawkins grabbed heat victories while Dusty Hamrick snared the consi.
As the field roared to green Williams shot to the point with Dohm, Shane Hitt, Steve Weigle, and Richard Frazier in tow. There was a very quick yellow on lap two after someone hit the cone in turn three, but otherwise the race stayed green. Williams held T. Dohm at bay, but behind him, some furious duels were taking place. By lap 12 Corey Conley had motored to fourth from ninth. Circuit after circuit Williams stayed poised and fended off T. Dohm. When the checkers flew Williams driving the Pro Power #12 finally got that signature win at Tyler County. T. Dohm had to settle for second. Keith Barbara climbed from eighteenth to finish third. Conley was fourth and Zach Dohm motored from eleventh to finish fifth.
The United Rental Industrial Division crate Late Models had a double header as they ran their fogged out feature from July 21 to start the evening. After three tries, the green waved with Chad Green, Daniel Hill, Kris Southern, Shawn Jett and Steve Wilmoth filling out the top five. Racing became fast and furious as Green and Hill battled side by side just as Wilmoth, Jett and Southern ran three wide. With five go rounds to go Green and Hill came out of turn four door to door and bumped just as Green began smoking. Hill took the lead, and Green blew the motor ending his quest for the win. Hill was able to keep a hard charging Jett behind him to add his second win in the Larry's Western Shop / Perkins Supply #8. Wilmoth, Derek Rogers, and Danny Thomas completed the top five.
In the regular feature Shawn Jett took control at the drop of the green as Joel Prosser, Danny Thomas, Kyle Thomas, and Mel Ferguson hot on his tail. Jett set sail, but an all-out war developed behind him. The crowd were on their feet as the battle for second raged on. Daniel Hill began a charge and raced from ninth to second by lap 12. Jett driving the Aluminum Service Center / Custom Builders #747 notched his first checkerboard of the season. Hill, K. Thomas, D. Thomas, and Prosser were second through fifth.
In the Bridgeport Equipment and Tool Hot Mods, it was the sly old veteran out gunning the field. Although Mike Conkle may look the veteran part, he has only been racing for two seasons and picked up his first points race at Tyler County leading wire to wire. Driving the Poske's Performance Parts #14, Conkle gave his a wife an early 40th Anniversary present. Travis Thomas, Curtis Watson, Kenny Isner and Chad Dotson filled out the top five.
The Herrington Yoak Pre Owned Auto Mod Lites also ran doubles as their fogged out finale from July 21 was made up. In the makeup, Josh Baldwin in the White's Welding/Belmont Aggregate #34N withstood pressure from Mitch Ward to garner his first win of the year. Jeff Fornash crossed in third while Beau Newlon and Zack Watson were fourth and fifth.
In the regular feature, it may have been the best race of the year. Jeff Fornash held the front spot at the start, but had to turn back advances from Brandon Fluharty. Then Beau Newlon and Josh Baldwin joined the fun as the front four were covered by the preverbal blanket.
The race continued to wow the crowd go round after go round. With the checkers waving, Fornash piloting the Richard Webb Construction #99 emerged as the winner. A last lap bonzai move left Newlon looping his car and dropped from second to ninth. Baldwin would finish second, Fluharty third, Mitch Ward fourth and James Watson fifth.
In the last race for the Custom Engraving four cylinders, Billy Bunnell led until the final turn when his machine quit running giving Donnie Wamsley his ninth straight win. This week Bunnell ran away and hid, and lead all the laps to stop the Wamsley streak. Wamsley did finish second. The remainder of the field were Marky Cross, Jason Frazier, Steve Frazier, Charles Wade, Justin Freeland, Mike Harter, Zack Jones, and Rickie Wright.
Brandon Weigle collected his fifth MWRA Mini Wedge feature ahead of Trey Watson, Kaitlyn Frazier, Georgie Tennett, and Alec Frazier. In the B feature, Jackson Jacobs held off Scott Perine for his second checkers. Jamie Tate, Hayden Jacobs, and Josh Gump were third through fifth.
The Tyler County Speedway will be off this week due to the Tyler County Fair. But they will return for the last regular season race of the year Aug. 18.
It will be the Black Diamond qualifiers and Season Championships, plus Tyler County Hometown Heroes night. Residents of Tyler County show your ID for free admission. Plus race team appreciation bonfire party, a band, and free beverages will be on hand after the races.
The third annual Black Diamond 125 advanced tickets are on sale now, to order your tickets or reserve your seat call the ticket office at 304-771-5661.
Three day advance general admission prices are $50 with children 7-12 years of age only $15, children age six and under are admitted free, and three day advance pit credentials are priced at $60.
Reserved seating on the top four rows is also available at a $5 upcharge, which will cover all three days. Single day grandstand admission will be available for purchase any day of the event.
For more information regarding the Black Diamond 125 or the Tyler County Speedway check us out online at www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com.