Saturday, June 11, 2016
By Mike Swanger
It was Mid-Season championship time at NAPA Wayne County Speedway Saturday night presented by Ray’s Garage and Summit Racing that had double points attached. Jack Sodeman Jr. and Jason Dolick would bring the Fisher Performance Sprint feature to the green with Sodeman Jr. setting the first lap pace but Wooster’s Danny Mumaw would power past on the next lap and lead the rest of the way for his first NAPA WCS win of the season. Driving the Hitchcock Excavating, After Hours BBQ, and Mumaw Tree & Stump Removal #16 only challenge for the lead would come on the last lap restart following a red flag for Trevor Baker, who flipped going into turn three as the white flag was waving. Baker was ok. Sodeman Jr. who was in a early race battle for second with Dan Shetler, who dropped out with mechanical issues on lap 10,had one more chance at Mumaw, the winner at Lernerville the night before, but Mumaw sped away on the restart. Tenth starting Nick Patterson worked his way up through the field as he and Mitch Harble ran a tight race for third for the last half of the feature with Patterson nipping Harble at the line for third. Shawn Hubler filled out the top five. Harble, driving the Prosser-owned #19, Sodeman Jr. and Mumaw topped the heats.
The front row of JR Gentry and Doug Drown of Wooster would go back and forth on the opening lap of the Harriger Towing Super Late Model feature with Drown securing the point at the completion of the first lap and would never look back piloting the Hall’s Auto Sales, Wooster Glass and the Kar Connection #240 to claim his first win of the season at NAPA WCS. Second row starters Brad Malcuit and Rick Bond warred for the first five laps of the feature with Bond taking third for good on lap six and would chase down Gentry for third. Bond was in the process of taking second place from Gentry at the halfway mark but a the caution waved before he could complete the pass and kept Gentry in second. With the green flag waving again, Drown would pull away with Gentry holding second as Bond could not make another run on Gentry. Malcuit would hold on to fourth as 8th starting Larry Bellman rounded out the top five.Heat winners were Drown and Malcuit.
Tyler Nicely would use his outside front row starting position to lead the opening 6 laps of the Action Auto Body Super Stock main with Gary Hensel Jr. following from his outside second row starting spot and Hensel Jr. would slip past Nicely on lap seven for the lead but it was Canton’s Paul Holmes coming from his sixth place start to grab the top spot away from Hensel Jr with five to go and then take the #68 into victory circle for his first checker flag of the year. Hensel Jr. would hold on to second as Tyler Nicely held off his dad, Jim, for third with Tyler Thompson grabbing fifth. Chase Alexander, Jim Nicely and Hensel Jr. posted the heat wins.
Matt Aber leaped into the lead from his third starting position on the opening lap with Alan Dellinger challenging but Ashland’s Ryan Markham would take second from Dellinger on lap three and then power past Aber two laps later and then drive away from the field for his first Kar Connection Rush Late Model win of the season. Driving the H & T Demolition, Harriger Towing and Innovative Graphics #5m, Markham, the heat winner, would become the 4th different winner in the class so far this year. Dellinger held off 10th starting Justin Chance for second as Aber took home fourth as Charlie Duncan scored a fifth place finish.
Along with being Mid-Season Championship, the WQKT Mini Stocks were also competing for their second ‘Summer Series’ race sponsored by JoyRide Transportation with $300 going to the winner. Doug and Brad Hensel, the two heat winners, would start on the front row with Brad leading the way at the drop of the green flag and set the pace for the 15 lap, caution free main event and park his Smithville based, M & S Concrete, DJ Directional Services and JoyRide Transportation #28 in victory lane for the second time this year. Doug Hensel stayed in second all race long as Wes Staley claimed third. Michael Workman worked his way from starting ninth to finish fourth with Chris Priebe taking fifth.
Jamie Johnson would go flag to flag to win the Flat Track feature as Ron Jeffers, Cory Camillo, Brandon Gardner and Chuck Conway followed. Mike Winters and Johnson bested the heat races.
Contingency Connection Racers Awards totaling over $100,000 over the season were once again up for grabs for the NAPA Wayne County Speedway drivers.
The next racing action at NAPA WCS will be Monday, June 20th for Tony Stewart’s Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions Ohio Sprint Speed week show for the Duffy Smith Memorial race paying $5,000 to win. Nascar drivers Kasey Kahne and Rico Abreu, who won the ASCoC race on May 28th will be racing against Dale Blaney, Sheldon and Jac Haudenschild and all of the ASCoC regulars. The Action Auto Body Super Stocks will be on the racing program with the first of their ‘Summer Series’ races paying $1,000 to win.
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NAPA WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Saturday, June 11, 2016
FISHER PERFORMANCE SPRINTS
Heat 1 Mitch Harble, Jason Dolick, Ralph Engel, Nick Patterson, Troy Kingan, Trevor Baker, Jim Taddeo, Cody Gallogly dns
Heat 2 Jack Sodeman Jr., Shawn Hubler, Tyler Dunn, Butch Beasley, Sean Zemunik, Dennis Wagner, Clay Riney dns
Heat 3 Danny Mumaw, Dan Shetler, George Hobaugh, Chris Davis, Jeremy Duposki, Landon Lalonde, Dylan Kingan
Feature Danny Mumaw, Jack Sodeman Jr., Nick Patterson, Mitch Harble, Shawn Hubler, George Hobaugh, Jeremy Duposki, Jim Taddeo, Tyler Dunn, Dylan Kingan, Trevor Baker, Chris Davis, Troy Kingan, Dan Shetler, Ralph Engel, Sean Zemunik, Jason Dolick, Landon Lalonde, Clay Riney, Butch Beasley, Dennis Wagner dns, Cody Gallogly dns