A packed house and bulging pit area of over 140 racers brought the curtain down on a rare Friday Night show dubbed "Friday Night Lights" at the Tyler County Speedway.
It was the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour kicking off their Monster Modified Weekend and the FASTRAK NE Tours 2014 kickoff highlighting the evening. When the checkered flag waived it was North Carolina's Kyle Strickler picking up the Renegades event and Shinnston, WV's Robbie Scott besting a fine field of FASTRAK competitors to claim the Northeast Tour's first show of the season. Also grabbing heralded 'Bullring' wins were Jacob Hawkins, Chad Smith, Jeff Fornash, Donnie Wamsley and Kylie Cross.
A stout field of 33 Renegades of Dirt modifieds representing 6 states would arrive with a $2,000 prize in their eye and looking to tame the 'bullring'. After four heat races and two b-mains the best of the best would take the speedway. Kyle Strickler would vault to the early lead blasting around the top of the cushion, owning up to his nickname the "Highside Tickler" and pick up the win in convincing fashion. Many spirited battles would thrill fans on back in the field with New York's Rich Michael running second. Third was a hard charging Jacob Hawkins piloting the Two Brothers Motorsports machine with fourth going to Travis Dickson and fifth to Brent Trimble.
Robbie Scott making a return to the Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Model division would take the checkered flag after an intense race long battle with perennial winner Kyle Thomas and hold off a hard charging Jared Hawkins to grab his first win of the early season. A talented field of cars would see four heat races going to Scott, John Over, Kyle Thomas and Ricky Williams setting the field for the first FASTRAK NE event of the season. In the end it was Scott driving the familiar #18 Rocket sponsored by Kenny's Machine, Slavic Decals, Rocket Chassis, Swift Springs, and Integra Shocks. Rounding out the top five was a charging Jared Hawkins, last week's winner Kyle Thomas, Beckley, WV racer TJ Salango and John Over.
In the J&R Excavating Super Late Model division presented by Midcap Land & Timber it was Fairmont, WV's Jacob Hawkins driving the MJJ Motorsports, St. Henry's Nite Club, Dargy, Melvin's Automatic Transmissions, Miller Lite, Creekside Grill #20H would blast to the early lead and hold off a pesky Chuck Harper, Gary Dalton, Steve Weigle and Butch McGill across the line.
A familiar face would park his ride in the Modlite Victory Lane as Salem, WV's Jeff Fornash would pick up his first win of the season. Driving the Mutschelknaus Oil & Gas, Richard Webb Contracting, Triple H Enterprise and Tri-State Welding, Leader Chassis #99 Fornash would overtake race long leader Mitch Ward on a last lap pass. Following Fornash and Ward across the line were Ryan Baker, Brandon Fluharty and Chris Logan.
Making it two for two in the early season defending champion Chad Smith would park his familiar #10 back in victory lane once again. Smith would blast to an early lead before setting the cruise and besting Lou Ennis, Mick Baker, Brad Dickson and Brandon Weigle across the line. Smith is sponsored by Quinet's Restaurant, Litman Excavating, Blakes Auto Glass, and Fast Eddy's Tire & Paint.
In the Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinders it was once again Clarksburg, WV's Donnie Wamsley going two for two. Wamsley's second victory wasn't as easy as opening night as the early pace was set by the "Birdman" Robert Frohnapfel before losing a tire and setting up Wamsley to lead the rest across the line. Rounding out the top five included Jason Frazier, Scott Critchfield, Steve Frazier and Mike Frazier.
In the MWRA Mini Wedge division it was young Kylie Cross piloting the #33 machine picking up her first win of the early season. She would lead Brady Reed, Caleb Nolan, Philip Bubeck and Brett Coberly across the line.
Coming this Saturday Night, April 26th will be "Mystery Money Night". Attention drivers, get your buddies to the "Bullring" as it's the night where whichever division has the highest car count they will race for the nightly Late Model payoff....$1000 to win/$200 to start! Plus it's Kids Gold Rush at intermission and general admission is just $10 with kids 10 and under FREE.
Late Models: Fast Qualifier: #12 Ricky Williams, 12.717; Heat: Scott Irvin, Corey Conley, Butch McGill, Gary Dalton, Michael Davis, Bryan Casey, Billy Brown, Rick Conley and Rick Armstrong.
Feature: Jacob Hawkins, Chuck Harper, 14 Gary Dalton, Steve Weigle, MC Butch McGill, Scott Irvin, Michael Davis, Danny Ruza, Rick Armstrong, Bryan Casey, Mike Basich, Corey Conley, Ricky Williams, Billy Brown and Derek Doll.
Renegades of Dirt Modifieds: Fast Qualifier: #17E Lance Elson 13.944; Heat Results: Slicker Graphics Heat #1 Finish: Lance Elson, Rich Michael, Jacob Hawkins, Ryan Ayers, Robbie Evans, Kurt Burge, Scott Stiffler.
DirtCast.com Heat #2 finish: Taylor Cook, Tanner Wilson, DJ Cline, Tyler Evans, Brent Trimble, Chris Arnold, Tyler Nicely, Mike Conkle.
ModFury.com Heat #3 finish: Kyle Strickler, Travis Dickson, Patrick Lyon, Mark Dickson, Chris Basich, Nathon Loney, Kevin Miller, Bruce Takach, Amanda Stiffler.
Karsyns Krusaders Heat #4 finish: Bird Wilson, Rick Aukland, Derrick Ramey, JE Stalder, Jess Hartman, Jon Sluka, Bob Page, Cody Henthorn
Flag to Flag Consolation Transfers: B-Main #1: Jacob Hawkins, Brent Trimble, Robbie Evans; B-Main #2: JE Stalder, Mark Dickson, Chris Basich
Provisionals: Tyler Nicely, Tyler Evans
Arizona Sport Shirts A-Main Finish: Kyle Strickler, Rich Michael, Jacob Hawkins, Travis Dickson, Brent Trimble, Rick Aukland, Patrick Lyon, JE Stalder, Derrick Ramey, Ryan Ayers, Tyler Evans, Mark Dickson, Chris Basich, Robbie Evans, DJ Cline, Lance Elson, Taylor Cook, Bird Wilson, Tanner Wilson, Tyler Nicely.
FASTRAK Late Models:Heat #1: Robbie Scott, Aaron Barley, Joel Prosser, Chad Green, Bobby Rohrer, Ryan Payne and Eddie Starkey; Heat #2: John Over, TJ Salango, Daniel Hill, Cody Rogers, Brandon Francis, Danny Thomas & Tyler Hershey; Heat #3: Kyle Thomas, George Kowatic, Shawn Jett, Brian Baumberger, Nolan Dalton, Tyler Stutler, Michael Lake and Chuck Kimball; Heat #4: Ricky Williams, Jared Hawkins, Travis Brown, Brandon McGrady, Derek Rogers, Andy Brown and Michael Mitchell.
Feature: Robbie Scott, Jared Hawkins, Kyle Thomas, TJ Salango, John Over, Aaron Barley, George Kowatic, Daniel Hill, Brandon McGrady, Joel Prosser, Tyler Hershey, Bobby Rohrer, Nolan Dalton, Chad Green, Danny Thomas, Brian Baumberger, Brandon Francis, Michael Lake, Andy Brown, Shawn Jett, Ricky Williams, Cody Rogers, Derek Rogers and Travis Brown.
Mod Lites: Fast Qualifier: #862 Mitch Ward, 14.518
Feature: Jeff Fornash, Mitch Ward, Ryan Baker, Brandon Fluharty, Chris Logan, AJ Spagnuolo, Jim Ruckman, Gabe Phillips, Troy Collins, Terry Williams, Daniel Eddy, Randy Kerns, Kenny Harris, Josh Baldwin, Matt Ward
EDGE Hot Mods: Fast Qualifier: #x85 Lou Ennis, 15.912; Heat #1: Mick Baker, Levi Flesher, Steve Magyar, Lindsey Smarr, Allen Moore & Josh Gump;
Heat #2: Brad Dickson, Brandon Weigle, Stevi Magyar, Tim Pennell & Brian Clegg
Feature: Chad Smith, Lou Ennis, Mick Baker, Brad Dickson, Brandon Weigle, Levi Flesher, Travis Thomas, Cody Brightwell, Stevi Magyar, Steve Magyar, Allen Moore, Lindsey Smarr, Tim Pennell, Chris Thomas, Brian Clegg, Kenny Isner, Josh Gump.
4 Cylinders: Fast Qualifier: #33 Randy Seckman, 17.124.
Feature: Donnie Wamsley, Jason Frazier, Scott Critchfield, Steve Frazier, Mike Frazier, Shayne Brown, Robert Frohnapfel, Bill Tennant, Mark Critchfield, Randy Seckman
Mini-Wedges: Feature: Kylie Cross, Brady Reed, Caleb Nolan, Phillip Bubeck, Brett Cobery, Steven Frazier, Coleman Evans, Dalton Anderson, Mackenzie Perine, Levi Nolan, Tyler Tennant, Dalton America, Tripp Perine, Noah Bubeck, Garrett Jones, Gage Stalder and Eva Knight.
The Tyler County Speedway is located in the scenic WV hills, the Tyler County Speedway is located just 4 miles south of Middlebourne, on State Route 18 at the Fairgrounds approximately an hour from Wheeling, Clarksburg & Parkersburg. Tyler County Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the raciest tracks in the nation and has been dubbed the 'Bullring' with three and four wide racing action being the norm not the exception.
Tyler County Speedway annually hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Ohio Valley region! National and regional touring series such as the World of Outlaw Late Model Series, NDRL King of Dirt, Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour, FASTRAK Racing Series and much more appear frequently. In addition to the incredible Special Event lineup, the Tyler County Speedway Weekly Racing Series consists of the Super Late Models, FASTRAK Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds, Hotmods, ModLites, FWD 4 Cylinders and MWRA Mini Wedges on Saturday Nights April thru September. For additional information regarding the 40th Anniversary Season at the Tyler County Speedway follow us online at www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com, phone the track office at 304-771-6874 or 304-771-5661 or on raceday at 304-758-2660.