Speedway has spectacular season finale
- ?The FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series headed back to West Virginia for the second straight event on Saturday night for the second and final appearance of the season at Tyler County Speedway.
Event No. 11 of 17 attracted a field of 29 cars for the inaugural “Union-Confederate North-South Battle of the States”.
- Making his first ever FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series start, Chris Meadows came out victorious in the 30-lap feature earning the big $2,000 payday and chalked up a win for the Southerners over the Northerners. Not only was it the Beckley, W.Va driver’s first Northeast Touring Series start, it was the first start in any FASTRAK-sanctioned event ever in the Northeast Region.
- It was not a good night for any of the Northern racers as the West Virginia drivers swept all four heat races, the B main, and took the top five spots of the feature. Meadows hounded Touring Series regular and track regular Gary Knollinger for the first 17 laps of the feature before making the winning move on the 18th circuit. Meadows then held off Knollinger the rest of the way in his No. 33 for the victory. Meadows became the seventh different Touring Series winner this season in 11 races and the 15th different winner in 30 Touring Series events all-time. ?Knollinger recorded his second runner-up of the season and fifth top four finish in Touring Series competition, and also leaped from fifth in points to third. Daniel Hill, who is second in Tyler County’s track points, finished third for his first career Touring Series top five. Kyle Thomas was fourth and recorded his third top 10 in four Touring Series starts. Aaron Barley, another southern West Virginia invader, made his second straight Touring Series start and was an impressive fifth.
- Touring Series point leader, David Scott, probably wouldn’t consider finishing sixth a good night for him typically, but he came home the top finishing Northern racer after starting 14th and extended his point lead to 18 over Max Blair, who got caught up in a first lap accident. Scott has now finished in the top seven in 10 of the 11 races this season. Mike Blose, Bud Watson, Steve Adkins, and Dereck Rogers completed the top 10.
- FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series Race No. 11 (30 laps $2,000 to-win):
1. CHRIS MEADOWS (33) 2. Gary Knollinger (38K)
3. Daniel Hill (8)
4. Kyle Thomas (57)
5. Aaron Barley (28)
6. David Scott (Powell 100)
7. Mike Blose (5)
8. Bud Watson (2)
9. Steve Adkins (18)
10. Dereck Rogers (23)
11. Dan Angelicchio (14)
12. Shane Hitt (2H)
13. Chad Green (88)
14. Butch Lambert (27)
15. John Watson (Horton 48)
16. Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. (8s)
17. Carl McKinney (6M)
18. Dusty Hamrick (X)
19. Derek Doll (87)
20. Brian Rush (x10)
21. David Gorrell (31)
22. Jeff Porter (14P)
23. Max Blair (111)
24. Mike Pegher, Jr. (Geisler 1c)-DSQ (no scales)
DNQ: Garrett Mott (43X), Joel Prosser (77), Bill Schaffer (18s), Melvin Ferguson (4), Tom Copeland (98).
Lap leaders: Knollinger (1-17), Meadows (18-30)
Heat winners: Gary Knollinger, Aaron Barley, Chris Meadows, Dusty Hamrick?B main winner: Chad Green?Car count: 29
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Davis, Dickson, Thomas, Conley & Frazier also scorefeaturewins
- Anexciting Tyler County Speedway season finale was headlined by the FASTRAK N.E. Touring Series,as all feature winner’s also garnered guaranteed starting positions in the the upcoming Hillbilly Hundred weekend events, and the 2009 track champions were determined.
- The Sistersville Center Genesis Health Care TSMA sanctionedModifieds rivaled their full bodied counterparts in side by side action, as the open wheelersrancaution free in a fantastic20 lap race. Brian Probst bolted past fellow front row starter Mike Sprouse to grab the early lead, then showed his familiarity with ‘the Bullring’s’ well manicured high banks by extending his lead.
As Probst ran uncontested, Sprouse was in a hornets nest asDarren Glover sped past and brought a host of racers with him in a torrid turfbattle.Jason Brookover briefly broke free in a battle with Mike Wilson to take the second position, with seventh starting Shawn Davis soon challenging him for the spot, making the pass on the 13th circuit.
Probst’s once unsurmountableadvantage quickly evaporated as Davis reeled the leader in.?With thepair running wheel to wheel and approaching the back of the field, Davis used a lapped car to his advantage when Probst’s momentum was stymied, grabbing the point with just a pair of laps remaining.
- Davis’s ‘Jack’s Auto Crushing/ K & J’s Body Shop’ No. 29was flawless the finaltwo circuits in earning his second ‘Bullring’ win of the season.
- “The crew made a change before the feature that really helped the car” Davis said afterwards. “They (BDS) do such a good job with this track, and it’s great to be ableto race side by side cleanly with the guys over here.”
When asked about looking forward to defending his ’08title in the upcoming ‘White Lightnin 25’, Salem’s Davis said “It would be nice to win another!”Probst finished a disappointed but very competitive second ahead of Mike Wilson, Jason Brookover and Darren Glover, whocompletedthe top five.Mark Dickson earned hard charger honors after advancing nine positions to finish eighth and secure theModified division season championshiptitle.Prelim winners were Probst and Sprouse.
- The ‘Sigler Fabrication’ Hot Mod division’s inaugeral season has been nothing short of successful, as car counts andcompetition has improved throughout the season.The season championship races, both prelims and feature race, were a testament to the classes bright future.
Heat winners Greg Conger and Travis Thomas brought the field to green, with mutiple feature winner Conger grabbing the early advantage with fourth starting Travis Dickson threading the traffic needle to immediately apply pressure. Reprising their heat race battle, Conger and Dickson ran nose to tail and side by side until Dickson made a brave high side pass coming off turn 4.
A lap later, Kenny Isner found an opening under Conger and immediately turned on the afterburners, grabbing second and quickly running down race leader Dickson.While the lead duo battled amongst themselves, Conger was scrappingwith Thomas, Glen Underwood, and newcomer Ted Webb in a sometimes three-wide tussle for third.
The pressure was ratcheted up when the race leaders approached the back of the field with just three laps remaining, but Dickson made a savvy move to squirt through a small opening that closed before Isner was able to take full advantage.
Scoring his class leading fifth feature win,Gallipolis, Ohio’s Dickson put a season ending exclamation point on the way to becoming theinaugeral champion in the Sigler Fab Hot Mods, as his ‘Guinther Meats/ Stu-Art Signs’ No. 16held a narrow advantage over the hard charging Isner at the checkered flag.Glen Underwood won the battle for third, finishing ahead of Greg Conger and Ted Webb who rounded out the top five.Conger and Travis Thomas were the heat race winners.
Alma’s Danny Thomas has been on fire the second half of the season and carried the momentum into the season championship race, winninguncontested in the 15 lap’WXCR 92.3 FM’ Pure Stockfeature. Despite Thomas’s dominance, the race wasn’t without it’s moments as newcomer Derek Smith was solid in his first ever ‘Bullring’appearance, masteringa final lap encounter with lapped traffic to hold off the 2009 and defending Pure Stock track champion Jeff Fornash in a close race for the runner-up position.
- Thomas’s ‘Wable Ford-Mercury/ M & H Trucking’ No. 7 cruised to an easy win, besting Smith, class champion Fornash, Bill Deem and Cody Henthorn. Thomas and Smith were the heat winners.
New Martinsville native Sonny Conley once again proved he’s a ‘wheelman’ no matter the car, as he parked Bob Butcher’s WV2 in the winner’s circle at the end of the ‘Wayside Furniture’ Mod-Lite main.Conley was chased to the line by Jacob Lash, whose second place run alsosuccessfully defended his class point title. Brandon Fluharty, Danny Thomas, who substituted for a vacationing Mitch Herrick,and Bobby Kimball followed.
Kimball and Conley garnered heat race honors.
Mt. Clare, W.Va.’s Gary Frazier scored his first ‘Bullring’ feature win of the season, as he substitutedfor an ailing Walt Fosterin the ‘Easy EddiesUsed Cars’ No. 4Fbesting a large field in the Custom Engraving and Awards Junkyard Warrior main.Grabbing the lead from Jonathon Sheets on the fifth circuit, Frazier led2009 point champion Donnie Wamsley to the checkered flag.The lead duo were followed by Ivan Wamsley, Sheets and Shayne Brown.
Brandon Weigle scored his first ever feature win in the first ‘Bridgeport Equipment & Tool’ Mini-wedge main, with Hunter Partridge grabbing his second win in as many races infeature 2.
Anastasia Jones was the 2009 season point champion n ‘the Little League of Auto Racing’.
Area race fans now eagerly await the Labor Day weekend speed classic that will culminate an action filled seasonas BDS Promotions, along with legendary race promoter Carl Short will present theoneand only 41st annual Hillbilly Hundred.
The three-night celebration of speed has been called a “must see” by race fans everywhere, as ‘the Bullring’ will bulge at the seams with talented racers and knowledgable race fans,with the nation’s oldest Late Model major & largest single day purse providing the grand finale.
You can assure that you’ll be a part of the excitement by purchasing your tickets in advance, and save money by doing so! Advance three day ticket prices are just $45 for adults, with children 7-12 years of age only $15. Kids age 6 and under are admitted free. Advance three-day pit passes are just $55.Three-day general admission tickets at the gate are $50 for adults, with children 7-12 years of age $15 and three-day pit passes are $60 at the gate.
Individual evening tickets are available at the gate as well. Friday general admission is $15, Saturday general admission is $20, and Sunday general admission is $30.Secure online ticket sales are available through the Tyler County Speedway website at , or contact the track’s ticket sales lines at 304-758-2934 or 304-771-5661. Tickets can be ordered via mail order at by sending check, money order or cashier check to Hillbilly 100, PO Box 232, Middlebourne, WV 26149. Additionally, ticket ordering forms are included in all ‘Hillbilly Hundred’ flyers.
Results:?Sistersville Center Genesis Health Care TSMA Modifieds: Shawn Davis, Brian Probst, Mike Wilson, Jason Brookover, Darren Glover, Thomas Sigler,Robin Duston,Mark Dickson, Mike Sprouse, Lou Ennis, Del Cunningham, Tommy Hawk, Steve Higgins, Randy Clark, Gerald Deitch, Ted Beaver, Jim Wilson.
Sigler Fabrication Hot Mods: Travis Dickson, Kenny Isner,Glen Underwood, Greg Conger, Ted Webb, Travis Thomas, Bob Long, Chris Ice, Lyndsay Smarr, Luke Fairburn, (dns) Jim Hughes.
WXCR 92.3 Classic Rock Pure Stocks: Danny Thomas, Derek Smith, Jeff Fornash, Bill Deem, Cody Henthorn, Al Wagner, Justin Sinnett, Mike Mason, Curt Reck, Scott Meeker, Nick Lee, Levi Flesher, Justin Hart, (dns) Brad Thomas.
Wayside Furniture Mod-Lites: Sonny Conley, Jacob Lash,Brandon Fluharty, Danny Thomas, Bobby Kimball, Jim Ruckman, Kyle Gist, Chris Kincaid, Tony Tatgenhorst, Steve Weekly, Josh Baldwin, Brett Irvin.
Custom Engraving & Awards Junkyard Warriors: Gary Frazier, Donnie Wamsley, Ivan Wamsley, Jonathon Sheets, Shayne Brown, Eddie Starkey, Jonathon Arnold, Josh Fulks,Jessica Savage, Garry Stull, Billy Bunnell, Josh Golden, David Bunnell, Cody Rodgers, Dallas Moore,Brandon Doll.
Bridgeport Equipment & Tool MWRA Mini-wedges:?Feature 1: Brandon Weigle,Steven West, Anastasia Jones, Georgie Tennant, Tiffany Jackson, Scott Perrine, Buckwheat Wright, Alec Frazier, Kylee Cross, Gunnar Travis, Ryan Watson, Logan Hitt.?Feature 2: Hunter Partridge, Tony Cochran, Katlynn Frazier, Jordan Doty, Shane Wright, Stevie Magyar, Breanna Wade, Chris Thomas, Shayla Griffy, Makenzie Perrine, Michael Shuman.