By Mike Swanger
Saturday, September 24, 2016
The 4th annual Ohio Dirt Blowout presented by Kar Connection closed out the racing season at NAPA Wayne County Speedway for 2016 with some wild action in all class’. The OVSCA rolled into Orrville’s Historic Oval for the third time this season and for the second time, Wooster’s Danny Mumaw captured the win. Driving the Finishline Auto Body, Crown Investment and the ABR Farms #16, Mumaw would take the pole position starting spot and lead every lap of the 25 lap event. The early portion of the feature was marred by several cautions and a red flag. Andre Layfield and Brad Haudenschild would tangle on the opening lap that sent both cars to the pits with Layfield unable to return while Haudenschild came back and finished seventh. Dennis Wagner would stop the action on lap four as he bounced off the turn four wall and rolled for the red flag as he was in second at the time. Mumaw would bolt out to a big lead on the restarts as Jordan Ryan took over second until lap 11 when Chris Myers slipped past and Jason Dolick would hound Ryan for third. Jamie Myers, Shawn Hubler and 20th starting Clay Riney were charging hard for fifth. On lap 18, Hubler would try a power slide in turn three and got by Jamie Myers but made contact with Dolick, who spun. Hubler was charged with the caution and stopped his car on the frontstretch to protest and was disqualified when he got out of his car. At that point, the red flag came out for a fuel stop as the number of caution flag laps had run over the limit. The final six laps would go non stop as Mumaw, the Fisher Performance Sprint track champion for 2016, would pull away for his third win of the season as Chris Myers secured second place while Ryan held off Riney, Dolick and Jamie Myers for third as they finished in that order. Jamie Myers, Ryan and Layfield won the heat races. In the second heat race, Dennis Wagner and Joe McEwen made contact going down the backstretch that would send McEwen flipping into the turn three catch fencing. He would walk away ok.
For the Harriger Towing Super Late Models, it was the final night of the Attica Raceway Park/ NAPA Wayne County Speedway Series and with second place Matt Irey not showing, Ashland’s Ryan Markham would lock up his second Series title just by starting the feature. Shinnston WV’s Robbie Scott made a rare appearance to NAPA WCS and started on the pole and at the drop of the green flag took the lead as 4th starting Markham popped into second. Markham tried every line he could to overtake Scott but never could in the first half of the race. JR Gentry was working his way to the front and passed Larry Bellman on lap seven and closed in on the two leaders and would take second from Markham on lap 13. Two circuits later, Markham would slow and bring out the caution with a flat tire as he would return to finish 7th and the ARP/WCS crown in hand. The last ten laps would go nonstop as Scott and his Jenkins Ford, Brian Danials Racing and Slavic Designs #18 would pull away from Gentry for the win. 2016 Track Champion Brad Malcuit finished third as 13th starting Rick Bond, in his final race as he announced his retirement from racing, took fourth and also ended up second in the ARP/WCS Series. Larry Bellman was fifth. Heat winners were Markham, Gentry and Scott.
The Action Auto Body Super Stocks would be wrapping up their ‘Summer Series’ races with Tyler Thompson and Paul Holmes tied for the lead going into the last night and it was decided before the race started as Thompson was a no show for the night handing Holmes the crown. Todd Wentz would set the pace for the opening lap as Holmes would power into the lead on the next circuit as Wentz and Gary Hensel Jr. dueled for second as Bob Daugherty moved into fourth. On a restart following a caution on lap six, Daugherty slipped past Wentz and Hensel Jr. and reeled in Holmes. Using the extreme low groove, Daugherty and his Char’s Cars, McKenzie Concrete and Metz Machine Shop #21d was able to get alongside Holmes and squeeze into the lead on lap 12. A last lap caution would give Holmes one last chance at Daugherty but the Mansfield driver closed the door to post his third win of the season. Wentz and Hensel Jr. finished third and fourth as Brandon Craver filled out the top five. Wentz and Tim Coen topped the heat races.
Alan Dellinger of Hermitage Pa. would go flag to flag for his second win of the season in the Kar Connection Rush Late Model feature. Driving the Sarchione Chevrolet and BWR #8, Dellinger would be challenged early by Charlie Duncan but as the race wore on, Dellinger would slowly expand his lead lap after lap as Duncan would finish second. 2016 Track Champion Justin Chance also locked up the ‘Summer Series’ title with his third place run as Matt Aber and Greg Beach rounded out the top five. Heat wins were claimed by Dellinger and Aber.
It was a great season for Smithville’s Brad Hensel as he would lead all the way in the WQKT Sports Country 104.5 Mini Stock feature to grab his 7th win of the year, win the 2016 track championship and secure the ‘Summer Series’ crown. Jerry Adkins, Stephen Crowe and Gary Hensel Jr. battled back and forth for second through fourth before finishing in that order. Matt Miller finished out in fifth. Two red flags took place in the feature as Billy Parsons got bumped going down the back stretch and he would flip into the track exit lane on lap five and then on the restart of that red, a couple of cars got together at the flag stand that sent Colton Priebe barrel rolling down the front stretch. Both drivers walked away. Priebe and Parsons along with Brad Hensel won the heats
On Friday night, the NEW (Never Ever Won) races for drivers who had never won a feature before in any class or at any track were run and Wooster’s TA Perrine took the lead at the halfway mark from Tyler Nicely to win the Super Stock feature aboard the Diamond Stone Quarry, Huntley Trucking and Dave’s Hot Rod Shop #16. Barberton’s Matthew Cline grabbed the lead away from Mike Barr on lap three of the Mini Stock main and drove the BJP Racing and Ugly Duck Extreme Spor-B-Grille #21x to his first win ever.
During the red flag of the second heat of the sprints, as the track crew took time to fix the fence, the kids were allowed to go to the pits for Halloween in September trick or treat and then a costume contest took place with the top five getting cash prizes and several kids getting Jordan Ryan t shirts. There was also an apple bobbing contest during the evening.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2016 banquet that will be held on Saturday, November 12th at the Pines Golf Course. Go to the website at www.waynecountyspeedway.com for more information about the banquet.
NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Saturday, September 24, 2016
OVSCA & FISHER PERFORMANCE SPRINTS
Heat 1 Jamie Myers, Chris Myers, Jason Dolick, Dave Dickson, Kris Davis, Dylan Kingan, Jeremy Shambaugh, Patrick Coley
Heat 2 Jordan Ryan, Mitch Harble, Dennis Wagner, Shawn Hubler, Troy Kingan, Randy Fink, Clay Riney, Joe McEwen
Heat 3 Andre Layfield, Brad Haudenschild, Danny Mumaw, Tyler Dunn, Brandon Conkel, Brian Benson, Lou Scuderer dns
Feature Danny Mumaw, Chris Myers, Jordan Ryan, Clay Riney, Jason Dolick, Jamie Myers, Brad Haudenschild, Brandon Conkel, Dave Dickson, Randy Fink, Kris Davis, Tyler Dunn, Brian Benson, Patrick Coley, Dylan Kingan, Troy Kingan, Jeremy Shambaugh, Dennis Wagner, Mitch Harble, Andre Layfield, Shawn Hubler dq’ed, Joe McEwen dns, Lou Scuderer dns