July 28, 2012 Results
Veterans Dominate at 35 Saturday
Under a waxing 1st quarter moon with somewhat cooler temps than over the past couple of weeks, veterans dominated the action Saturday night at 35 Raceway Park and with the excep-tion of the Senior Karts, all have multiple wins this season. Brandon Furniss (Mini Late Models), JR Lemaster (4 Cylinder Stock), Jake Hesson (Mini Sprint), Roger Owens (Super Heavy Kart) Cassie Ervin (Junior Kart) all recorded feature wins this weekend while Kelsey Daniels copped her first win of the season in the Senior Kart feature.
19 year-old nursing major (Shawnee State) Kelsey Daniels from Washington Court House earned her win of the season when she held off a determined Jerrod Bloomfield and her brother Trevor Daniels in the 12 lap Senior Kart feature. Front row starter Kevin Wills, who dominated the Open Class heat and feature earlier in the show, led the first two laps with Jack Morris and Kelsey following closely. By the third lap Morris took the lead from Wills shuffling him to third while Kelsey remained in the runner-up slot. On the eighth circuit Aaron Dunham stopped on the backstretch bringing out the race to a halt. Just before the yellow flew from starter Kenny Blade, Doug Morris, brother of Jack Morris, had clawed his way from his eleventh-place starting posi-tion into the lead over Kelsey. But with the yellow the pass was negated and on the restart Dan-iels jumped into the lead and was never seriously challenged for the remainder of the race. Her last feature win came at the tail of the 2011 season. The top five finishers were Kelsey Daniels, Jarrod Bloomfield, Trevor Daniels, Jack Morris and Doug Morris. Heat wins went to Jack Morris, Trevor Daniels, and Kevin Wills.
In the Super Heavy Kart feature, Circleville’s Roger Owens capped off an eventful night by tak-ing his sixth win of the season when a crash ending wreck on lap seven checkered the race ear-ly. When David Johnson exited turn two after completing lap seven the right left rear wheel sep-arated from the kart turning the Chillicothe driver hard to the right. Forward momentum tipped the kart to the left rolling over Johnson. He was uninjured but the race was checkered as Owens was the only kart still running: David Matson, last week’s feature winner, did not start and James Garrett dropped out earlier with mechanical issues.
It is unlikely Cassie Ervin and Blake Vest will exchange holiday greetings as the two continued to antagonize one another Saturday night with Vest the looser as he finished ninth after the two took to serious bumping through the halfway point of the twelve lap feature. Ervin went on to checker from her inside second row starting spot. On the initial start Ervin jumped into the lead followed by pole sitter Vest and Reece Bloomfield. Vest, from Chillicothe, was able to mount a challenge to Ervin on lap three but then the yellow flew for a stopped Trevor Holdren. It took several attempts to reset the field and get a good restart and when the race did restart it was Ervine in the lead followed by Bloomfield and Vest. Eddie Smith moved into second place on lap four with Vest still in third. Three laps later Vest passed Ervin for the lead but on the next lap it Ervin who was in front. During the pass the two continued their bumping with Vest dropping to ninth where he finished. On lap eleven Evan Smith, a six time winner this season, was charged with a yellow flag and sent to the tail. On the restart Ervin was able to hold of Smith’s brother Eddie Smith and Bloomfield to earn her fourth win of the year. Heat wins went to Vest and Bloomfield.
In the Open Clone Kart feature, it was Kevin Wills over Kevin May, Chris Rittenhouse, Trevor Daniels and Casey Oats. Robbie Cooke did not finish and Joe Conley did not start the 12 lap race. Wills took the Heat race earlier.
With the season two-thirds completed, it looks as if Jake Hesson may have the point chase for the Mini Sprint division locked up as he leads second place driver Chad Hyatt by 472 points. Hesson, a student at Creekview Intermediate School, continued his winning ways Saturday checkering first for his third win of the season. Logan Wood, the only other car in the feature, dropped out on lap eleven with mechanical issues.
Auto body technician JR LeMaster marched his way into the lead of the 20 lap 4 Cylinder Stock feature after starting seventh: on lap 5 his was in third place, lap eight he was second and on lap nine he was in the lead. The next lap saw Caleb McKinney and Aaron Nawman tangle. Both were able to restart but on the restart Shaun Lewis was able to get the jump on LeMaster with Nauman in third. On the white flag lap LeMaster was able to make the pass for the lead stick for the final time. Lewis dropped out on lap twelve and LeMaster was not challenged for remaining eight laps. In the end it was LeMaster, Adam Haynes, Nawman, Robert Haynes and Caleb McKinney. Heat wins went to LeMaster and Adam Haynes.
Steve Cruse, back in action after a two week absence, was able to jump into the lead of the twenty lap Mini Late Model feature on a restart caused by a stopped Steve Fannon on the initial start. He was not able to continue. Cruse, still looking for the first 2012 win, led the first seven laps but on a restart caused by stalled BJ Jackson, stumbled causing a collision between himself and the fifth place #777 of Josh Atwood. On the restart it was Zack Ackley in the lead followed by Brandon Furness and Joe Johnson. By lap twelve Cruse had regained the runner up spot with Atwood in third. In the closing laps Cruse was able to mount several challenges to Furness but was not able to pull the trigger with the Orient driver getting his ninth win of the year. Heat winners were Ackley and Cruse.
Next week, August 4, will feature the Bill Secrest Memorial race for 4 Cylinder Stocks along with a full racing program. August 11 the track will be dark for the Ross County Fair. Note that the events scheduled for Saturday September 1 will now be run Sunday September 2. There will be no racing September 1.
Mini Late Models
Heat, 8 Laps: Z. Ackley, J. Johnson, J. Atwood, J. Boling, S. Fannon (DNS)
Heat, 8 Laps: S. Cruse, B. Furniss, V. Jordon, BJ Jackson
Feature, 20 Laps: B. Furniss, S. Cruse, Z. Ackley, J. Atwood, J. Boling, BJ Jackson (DNF), S. Fannon (DNF), V. Jordon (DNF), J. Johnson (DNF)
Heat, 8 Laps: J. Hesson, L. Wood
Feature, 10 Laps: J. Hesson, L. Wood (DNF)
4 Cylinder Stocks
Heat, 8 Laps: JR LeMaster, S. Lewis, M. Clifford, Cody McKinney
Heat, 8 Laps: A. Haynes, A. Nawman, R. Haynes, Caleb McKinney
Feature, 20 Laps: JR LeMaster, A. Haynes, A. Nawman, R. Haynes, Caleb McKinney, S. Lewis (DNF), M. Clifford (DNF), Cody McKinney (DNF)
Junior Clone Kart
Heat, 6 Laps: B. Vest, Evan Smith, L. Hetzel, R. Brown, T. Troute, D. Vance,
Heat, 6 Laps: R. Bloomfield, C. Ervin, Eddie Smith, T. Buckner, C. Taylor, T. Holdren
Feature, 12 Laps: C. Ervin, Eddie Smith, R. Bloomfield, T. Troute, Evan Smith, L. Hetzel, T. Holdren, D. Vance, B. Vest, C. Taylor, R. Brown, T. Buckner (DQ Restrictor Plate)
Senior Clone Kart
Heat, 6 Laps: J. Morris, K. Daniels, J. Bloomfield, D. Morris, L. McKitrick, J. Hart, D. Davey,
Heat, 6 Laps: T. Daniels, A. Dunham, R. Vest, B. Foglesong, D. Buckner, J. Kidwell
Heat, 6 laps: K. Wills, J. Deal, A. Scarberry, J. Rittenhouse, R. Self, D. Searles
Feature, 12 Laps: K. Daniels, J. Bloomfield, T. Daniels, J. Morris, D. Morris, J. Deal, L. McKitrick, J. Hart, B. Foglesong, D. Buckner, R. Vest, D. Davey, D. Searles, J. Kidwell, R. Self, J. Rittenhouse, A. Dunham (DNF), A. Scarberry (DNF), K. Wills (DNF)
Super Heavy Clone Kart
Heat, 6 laps: D. Matson, R. Owens, J. Garrett, D. Johnson
Feature: 7 Laps: R. Owens, D. Johnson (DNF), J. Garrett (DNF), D. Matson (DNS)
Open Clone Kart
Heat, 6 Laps: K. Wills, J. Conley, R. Cooke, C. Rittenhouse, K. May, T. Daniels (DNF), C. Oats (DNF)
Feature, 12 Laps: K. Wills, K. May, C. Rittenhouse, T. Daniels, C. Oats, R. Cooke (DNF), J. Conley (DNS)
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