From Double-x Speedway
California, MO(July3, 2011)- Keeping himself in contention throughout the race, Kyle Bellm took advantage of other contender’s misfortunes to win his first career Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region race Sunday night at Double X Speedway.
Evan Martin led the field to the green on lap one as current Warrior point leader Brad Loyet did a 360 in between turns one and two to bring out the yellow.
Once green, Martin again led followed by Taylor Walton and Mark Shirshekan. With one lap in the books, action would come to a halt for a Cody Baker flip in turn three that also involved R.J. Johnson. Baker was done for the night, but Johnson would continue.
With another lap completed, Austin Alumbaugh contacted the wall and came to a stop on the backstretch along with Jon Corbin sending both drivers to the pits.
On the restart, Josh Stephens was forced into the inside wall damaging his front end and ending his night.
Finally green again, Martin led and was followed by Walton. The lead duo would stay this way until lap nine when Walton rode the cushion past Martin.
Walton would lead the next two laps until he got too high and hit the wall rolling to a stop in turn three with damage to his right rear.
Martin inherited the lead and on the restart Shirshekan pressured him for the top spot. Bellm and Jonathan Cornell were also having a very good battle for the third spot and just behind them, Loyet had moved back up to fifth from the tail.
Loyet was able to get by Bellm for fourth on lap nineteen and by lap twenty one, Cornell worked his way past Shirshekan for second.
Misfortune would hit the lead trio on lap twenty four. Martin looped his car in turn one and left Cornell with nowhere to go. Cornell climbed over the top of Martin’s car and rolled to a stop on the backstretch. Loyet, who was up to third, also was involved and would inherit the lead with a deflating tire.
On the restart, Bellm shot by Loyet and went on to the victory in the Jeff and Jerry Smith Maxim powered by a Jeff Smith motor. Shirshekan ran second in his Wesmar-powered Cooper Racing Products J&J, while Tyler Blank was the night’s hard charger moving up eleven spots to finish third in his Blank’s Backhoe GF1 powered by a Patriot motor. Sean McClelland was fourth and Lanny Carpenter rounded out the top five. Randy Martin was sixth, while Loyet held on to seventh. Johnson rebounded from his earlier incident to finish eighth while Bryan Grimes and Curtis Boyer rounded out the top ten. Heats for the 29 car field were won by Bellm, Loyet, Grimes, and McClelland, while Corbin won the B Main.
John Clancy of California picked up his fifth win of the season in the Cooper Racing street stocks. He was followed by Ray Smith of Centertown and Tim Cressley of Tipton. Curtis Turpin of Jefferson City and Dale Berry of Tuscumbia rounded out the top five.
A.J. Wirts of California picked up his first win in the Robbie D’s hobby stocks. He was followed by Sedalia’s Will Register and California’s Bridget Clifford. Centertown’s Seth Jacobs and Alma’s Jeff Buford rounded out the top five.
Points will be updated on the Speedway website www.xxspeedway.com.
Next Sunday July 10th, weekly racing will continue with the 360 sprints, street stocks, and hobby stocks along with the 600 CC micro midgets. Gates will open at five with hot laps starting at seven and racing at 7:30. Adult admission will be $8 with any child under ten getting in free. Pit passes are $20.
Speedway Motors ASCS Warrior Region results-
1st Heat- 1.86-Kyle Bellm, Nixa, MO(4) 2. 24-Lanny Carpenter, Clarksburg, MO(2) 3.93-Taylor Walton,Warrensburg, MO(7) 4. 775-Andy Korte, California, MO(3) 5.48- David Brown,Marshall, MO(1) 6. 49-Tyler Elliott,California, MO(5) 7. 55-Greg Clemons,Belton, MO(6) 8. XX-A.J. Wirts, California, MO(8)-DNF
2nd Heat- 1. 05-Brad Loyet,Sunset Hills, MO(6) 2. 3-Mark Shirshekan,Farmington, MO(2) 3. 75-Tyler Blank,California, MO(1) 4. 33-Austin Alumbaugh, Higginsville, MO(5) 5. 4J-Jon Corbin,Carrollton, MO(4) 6. 04-Brad Graham,Springfield, MO(3) 7. 5-Matt Close, LaMonte, MO(7)-DNF
3rd Heat- 1. 6-Bryan Grimes,Slater, MO(1) 2. 28-Jonathan Cornell,Sedalia, MO(2) 3. 14-Randy Martin, California, MO(3) 4. 9M-Cody Baker,Lone Jack, MO(4) 5.72-Curtis Boyer,New Haven, MO(5) 6. 11C-Dakota Carroll,LaMonte, MO(7) 7. 65-T.J. Muths, Sedalia, MO(6)-DNF
4th Heat- 1. 1-Sean McClelland,Tulsa, OK(3) 2. 71-R.J. Johnson,Tampa, FL(1) 3. 92J-J.R. Topper,St. Joseph, MO(2) 4. 4-Evan Martin,Lohman, MO(7) 5. 09-Josh Stephens,Buckner, MO(5) 6. 11-Chad Corken,Centennial, CO(4) 7. 53- Bill Porter, California, MO(6)
B Feature- 1. 4J- Corbin(3), 2. 72-Boyer(1), 3. 09-Stephens(2), 4. 11C-Carroll(4), 5. 04-Graham(8), 6. 5-Close(9), 7. 48-Brown(5), 8. 11-Corken(7), 9. 53-Porter(12)-DNF, 10. 65-Muths(11)-DNF, 11. 49-Elliott(6)-DNF, 12. 55-Clemons(10)-DNF, Did Not Start-XX-Wirts
A Feature- 1. 86- Bellm(7), 2. 3-Shirshekan(3), 3. 75-Blank(14), 4. 1-McClelland(6), 5. 24-Carpenter(8), 6. 14-R.Martin(11), 7. 05-Loyet(4), 8. 71-Johnson(10), 9. 6-Grimes(5), 10. 72-Boyer(18), 11. 775-Korte(16), 12. 11C-Carroll(20), 13. 92J-Topper(12), 14. 4-E. Martin(1)-DNF, 15. 28-Cornell(9)-DNF, 16. 93-Walton(2)-DNF, 17. 33- Alumbaugh(13)-DNF, 18. 4J-Corbin(17)-DNF, 19. 09-Stephens(19)-DNF, 20. 9M-Baker(15)-DNF