A fun action-packed night at the Tyler County Speedway would see a couple first time winners visit victory lane, some wild finishes, late race heroics and fans treated to an on-track meet and greet autograph night with their favorite racers.
New Martinsville driver Sonny Conley, aboard the familiar 1X1 Rocket Chassis, picked up his first victory in three years in the J&R Excavating Late Model division presented by Midcap Land and Timber. But, it didn't come easy, as Conley set a torrid pace on the soft hammer down racing surface from the race start, but saw his big lead evaporate on the last circuit.
As the leader exited turn two, something broke underneath, leaving a slowing Conley in the cross hairs of second place running Mike Benedum. Conley was able to limp across the finish line with a closing Benedum and Steve Weigle in tow to narrowly escape with the popular win for the veteran racer. Rounding out the top five were Benedum, Weigle, Corey Conley and Scott Irvin.
Popular racer Derek Rogers of Spelter, W/Va., driving the #23 machine, would pick up his first victory of the season at the Tyler County Speedway in the Peoples Bank FASTRAK main event. A rough and tumble event would see Rogers hold off a hard charging Chris Carpenter from the tail to grab the popular win. Rounding out the top five were Rogers, Carpenter, Brian Baumberger, Mike Griffin and Tracy Sampson.
A $1,500 to win FASTRAK NE Touring event will be on the slate next Saturday night, June 15, for the Peoples Bank FASTRAK division. Mike "Bird" Wilson grabbed his second Two Brothers Motorsports feature event of the season.
Wilson would start his night with the misfortune of seeing his blue #20 hard in to the wall in heat race action, leaving his status for starting the feature in serious jeopardy.
But, after lengthy repairs, the talented Sistersville, W.Va., racer would charge from the tail of the feature event running high low and the middle of the race track and making a late race pass of early leader Mark Dickson to seize his second win of the season in impressive fashion. Rounding out the top five were Dickson, Travis Dickson, Justin Hart and Kenny Harris.
A full field of Hotmods would see Mike Conkle pick up another win after a wild and wooly main event. An intense battle up front among Conkle, David Kile, Chad Smith, Tom Sigler, Travis Thomas, and Bill Sigmon among others had drivers running all over the tacky racing surface looking for the win.
A late race skirmish, resulting in a seven car pileup under the flag stand, would see second running Kile's great run come to an end. But, when the dust settled, it was wiley veteran Mike Conkle picking up the win, followed by a charging Chad Smith from the tail, Lou Ennis, Chris Thomas and Bill Sigmon rounding out the top five.
Beallsville, Ohio's Josh Baldwin would lay claim to his second Chris Metz State Farm Insurance Modlite main event over Mitch Ward, Jeff Fornash, Tracy Fritter and Ryan Baker.
In the MWRA Mini Wedges, it was Jacob Ice claiming yet another win. The "Little Ice Man" has been on a mission by dominating the MWRA class thus far in 2013. Alec Frazier, Georgie Tennant, Levi Nolan and Buckwheat Wright rounded out the top five.
There is a busy week ahead for the Bullring, with a double header of racing action on the docket. The first leg of the Weekley Electric Icon Memorial Tour will roll through the Tyler County Speedway this Thursday, June 13.
The four night Icon Memorial Tour will kick off with the 25th Annual Earl Hill Memorial with $4,000 on the line for the J&R Excavating Super Late Models presented by Midcap Land and Timber.
Also on the Thursday Thunder card will be the always-entertaining and stout Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour that will see the east coast's best open wheel warriors hit the high banks of the bullring. Also joining the stellar Thursday Night card will be the Hotmods and Chris Metz State Farm Modlite divisions.
Gates open at 4 p.m. with hot laps/qualifications at 7 p.m. General admission is $20, children 10 and under are free and pit admission is $35 for the running of the Icon Memorial Tour featuring the Earl Hill Memorial and Renegade of Dirt Modified Tour.
Join everyone at the bullring on Saturday night, June 15, for the $1,500 to win FASTRAK Late Model Northeast Tour plus the annual running of the Tammy Clegg Tribute race for the Hotmod division, also racing the Modlites and Mini Wedges. Gates open at 4 p.m., Hotlaps/Qualifications begin at 7 p.m. General admission is $10 and children 10 and under are free and pit admission is $26.
Located in the scenic West Virginia hills, the Tyler County Speedway is located just four miles south of Middlebourne on W. Va. State Rt. 18 at the fairgrounds and features five weekly programs that consist of Super Late Models, FASTRAK Late Models, EDGE Modifieds, joined by the EDGE HotMods, ModLites. And, as always, the MWRA Mini-wedges will open the show at the Bullring.
As the best weekly card in the Ohio Valley region provides more bang for the race fans hard earned buck featuring double the Late Model excitement and a triple dose of modified action at fan friendly pricing.
Look for much more information regarding the 39th season of continuous operation at the new Tyler County Speedway and the 2013 plans of the Hometown Racing Association by following us online at www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com, or phone 304-771-6874 or 304-771-5051 or on race-day at 304-758-2660.