Making History: Dustin Smith Grabs BOSS Sprint Win
A history making night was enjoyed at the ‘Bullring’ as the Tyler County Speedway hosted the Mo Vaughn Transport BOSS Sprints. It was the first time traditional non wing sprint cars raced in West Virginia since July 4th, 1969. Seventeen cars signed in for battle on the fast mile oval. Preliminary heat races were won by Dustin Smith, Brandon Spithaler, and Aaron Middaugh.
The 25 lap main event was brought to the green flag by Wampum, Pennsylvania driver Joe Butera along with Harrison, Ohio’s “J-O” Justin Owen. From the start, Owen jumped out to the early lead and set a blistering pace in search of his first career sprint car victory. However, 4th and 5th starting Brandon Spithaler and Dustin Smith were battling for second and searching for bite all over the bullring oval.
The race’s only caution flag flew on lap # 4 when Steve Little spun and collected Kirk Jeffries, Scott Hardman and Adam Miller in the melee on the backstretch. Miller and Hardman were able to make repairs in the Buckeye Machine and Fab work area and return to competition.
On the restart, Justin Owen again jumped out to a big lead and appeared to be destined for that elusive first career victory. But Dustin Smith in the Dom’s Gulf #77 was dialing his car in as the laps clicked away and began to find some drive off the bottom of the track. On lap 17, Smith got by race runner-up Spithaler and set his sites on Owen who was about to catch lapped traffic. Over the next 6 circuits, Smith closed the gap to battle for the lead.
Just when it was about to get interesting, onto the scene popped the “Guilford Gasser” Shawn Westerfeld, who had started 8th and appeared to have the fastest car on the track. With 2 laps remaining,
Owen led the pack into turn one with Smith to the bottom and Westerfeld on the top they were 3 wide for the lead!
Something had to give! And it did, with Smith and Owen making racing contact, Owen did a 360 spin taking Westerfeld with him. The race stayed green as Spithaler raced by the synchronized spinners and into 2nd. At the finish, it was Smith followed by Spithaler, with Owen recovering to finish 3rd. Mike “The Magic Man” Miller was able to get to 4th with Westerfeld recovering from his spin to finish 5th.
Opening night feature winner Derek Doll dominated the ‘JR Excavating Late Models presented by Midcap Land and Timber’ feature event. He and fellow front row starter Steve Weigle banged wheels on the opening lap’s lead battle before Doll sped away from the pack. Sonny Conley swept past Weigle to take control of second near the mid-race point but was no match for Doll.
Ryan Payne looked poised to win his season first ‘Peoples Bank’ FASTRAK Late Model feature. Battling Joel Prosser in the early laps, Payne settled in to a comfortable lead before 5th starting Daniel Hill started to reel the race leader in. A caution with a handful of circuits remaining brought the field to Payne’s back bumper, and upon the restart Payne seemed to have the answer for everything Hill threw at him. Hill made one last run at the race leader as the pair of Greenwood, WV native’s pulled even in the final turn. Payne swung high and Hill tried a more direct route off the corner, with Hill winning by a car length in a finish that had the fans on their feet.
The ‘2 Brothers Motorsports’ Modified feature may rightfully go down in track history as the closest finish ever. After a pair of failed attempts to start the race, a single file start was ordered. Dash winner Tommy Powell led Mike ‘Bird’ Wilson and Brent Trimble to the green, and slowly gained separation from the heated battle for second. While Wilson and Trimble swapped the runner-up spot, Powell built a healthy advantage. Wilson found the track’s cushion to his liking, eventually wrestled the position away from Trimble and tracked down Powell just as a late race caution waved. The final 4 circuits were as good as racing gets, with Wilson rim-riding and Powell running the track’s middle lane. Side by side and swapping the point at various spots on the track, the lead duo had the fans on the edge of the seats. The entire final lap was a dead heat from the white flag until crossing over the transponder’s scoring loop. In a race that was every bit as close as witnessed, Powell’s ‘Kapple Automotive’ #56 earned his season first win in a finish that electronic scoring showed to be only 0.001 seconds difference between he and runner-up Wilson. Trimble, Thomas Sigler and Chad Smith rounded out the top 5.
Mick Baker stalked leader Roland Bell before making the race winning pass near the mid-point and holding off Bell’s repeated challenges the remaining laps in the EDGE Hot Mod main. Kenny Isner was third, and Travis Thomas turned back Darren Glover in the photo finish that rounded out the tightly bunched top 5.
Josh Baldwin shook off the gremlins that have plagued him all year in winning the ‘Chris Metz State Farm Insurance’ Mod-Lite main event presented by Cedar Run Farms. Baldwin held off the late race charge of team mate Ryan Saffell in leading flag to flag in the 15 lapper.
April Tennant had bolted to the race lead ahead of Donnie Wamsley in the ‘Lipps Towing FWD 4 cylinder’ division with the pack running in a tight single file formation when the red flag flew for Timothy Harlan who had pounded the wall after suffering a flat tire. Needing to be transported due to complaints of arm pain, the feature was declared official and Tennant would have her second feature win of the season.
In the JJK Mineral MWRA Feature events it was the 13D of Dalton Anderson and the 21T of Tristen Borkoski picking up a pair of wins in the ‘Youth League of Auto Racing’.
Be sure to join us once again at the ‘Bullring’ for our next event which is the Annual Kick off to the Tyler County Fair on Sunday, August 2nd. A jam packed night of action will see the prestigious running of the Bud Weigle Memorial for Super Late Models paying $2,000 to win along with the running of the 11th Annual Dickson Classic for the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour, plus racing in all other classes. Gates open at 4, with the action getting underway at 6:45.
J&R Excavating Super Late Models presented by Midcap Land & Timber Feature Results: Derek Doll, Sonny Conley, Steve Weigle, Ricky Conley, Travis Brown, Greg Gellner, Johnny Vandale, Paul Ivory, DNS: Levi Flesher, Tony Musolino
Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Model Feature Results: Daniel Hill, Ryan Payne, Joel Prosser, Kris Southern, Danny Thomas, Brett Benedum, Troy Frazier, Jamie America, Eddie Starkey, Todd Chicklo, Tyler Stutler
Two Brothers Motorsports Modified Feature Results: Tommy Powell, Bird Wilson, Brent Trimble, Tom Sigler, Chad Smith, Codi Eaton, Todd Higgins, Josh Cramer, Kevin Dotson, Brad Clark, Mark Deitch, Ron Clevenger
Chris Metz State Farm Insurance Modlites presented by Cedar Run Farms Feature Results: Josh Baldwin, Ryan Saffell, Brandon Fluharty, Mitch Ward, Josh Coffman, Daniel Eddy, Tom Keplinger, Troy Collins, Terry Williams, Ryan Harris, Cody Anderson, Dean Ward, Wylie Ford, John Cogar
Hotmod Feature Results: Mick Baker, Roland Bell, Kenny Isner, Travis Thomas, Darren Glover, Kendall Hodge, Lou Ennis, Allen Moore, Brandon Weigle, Tim Pennell, Stevi Magyar, Matt Yost, Mike Harter, Steve Magyar, Jay Smarr, Jeff Gorrell, Jordan Shaffer, Tiffany Jackson, Kip Todd, Sam Richards, DNS: Chris Thomas, DNQ: Michael Thomas, Cody Todd, Casey Ash, Josh Gump
Lipps Towing 4 Cylinder Feature Results: April Tennant, Donnie Wamsley, Jason Frazier, Wesley Tennant, Sambo Cokely, Randall Flanigan, Collin Holmes, Timothy Harlan
JJK Mineral MWRA Mini Wedge Feature Results: (A Division) Dalton Anderson, Kylie Cross, Garrett Jones, Wayne Bonner, Tyler Tennant, Allen Bonner, Seth Richards
(B Division) Tristen Borkoski, Tripp Perine, Caiden Black, Trent Baker, Frazier, Skylar Wright, Allen Clark, Rebecca Frazier, DNS: Gage Stalder, Donnie Wamsley
About the Tyler County Speedway: 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, 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.