|Lee, Thomas, Coffman, and Houshell, Jr. Armed Forces Night Winners at Ponderosa Speedway
|Junction City, KY (May 30, 2014) It would be Armed Forces Night at Ponderosa Speedway and the track would pay homage to all military in attendance, along with presenting a great night of racing competition. Feature winners for the evening included Victor Lee of Danville, KY in Super Late Models, Ryan Thomas of Gosport, IN in Modifieds, Todd Coffman of Junction City, KY in Pro Late Models, and Glen Hounshell, Jr. of Mount Vernon, KY in Sportsman.
The Super Late Model main event would get off to a rocky start as a tangle on lap 1 in turn four would result in the cars of Derek Fisher, Timmy Taylor, and J.L. Muse wrecking, resulting in a red flag for a blocked track, with all three being done for the night. The restart would see Dustin Neat outduel Tim Tungate for the race lead and Neat would hold the point, with Tungate, Victor Lee, and Justin Rattliff giving chase. Rattliff’s night would come to an end on lap 11 when his mount slowed with mechanical issues in turn two. The restart would see Lee drive past Tungate for second and one circuit later, Neat would fall victim to Lee’s charge and Lee would take the race lead. Lee would pull away in the remaining laps to capture his third win of the season at the track aboard his Xtreme Style Signs and Graphics/Eagle Heavy Haulers/Jay Construction/Pingleton Trucking sponsored #4 Revelution Race Car powered by a Day’s Race Engine. Neat and Tungate would finish second and third respectively, while Gary Christian would win the battle for fourth with Dion Benningfield. Eleven entries would see be Rattliff be top qualifier at 13.670 seconds, while heat race victories fell to Neat and Tungate.
The Modified feature contest would see Benji Lee take the early lead only to lose it when he slowed with a broken right front shock on lap 4 after contact with the outside retaining wall. This would hand the lead over to Rocky Wilson and Wilson would lead until lap 7 when his mount slowed on the frontchute with mechanical problems. Jeff Watson would now hold the race lead and would hold it until lap 11 when eighth place starter Ryan Thomas would nip him at the line by the front bumper for the lead. Thomas would survive two more caution periods to take the race win in the seat of the Kerry Trowbridge owned Automotive Specialists/Johnson Heating and Air/Tri County Auto and Oil/Pro Crafters/Brunner and Son Lawn Maintenance/Dexter’s Gun and Ammo/KY Clutch sponsored #16 Diamond Race Car powered by a Pro Power Race Engine. Watson would take runner-up honors, with youngster Blake Brown, Jeff Rawlings, and Mike Petrey completing the top five. Fifteen entries would have Lee as top qualifier at 15.160 seconds, while heat wins fell to Lee, Wilson, and Mikah Reams.
The Pro Late Model feature would see Wesley Brummett and Zane Powell trade the lead two times in the opening lap of the event, before Brummett secured the lead on lap 3. After a caution for a slowed Dennis Barton, action resumed and sixth starting Todd Coffman would work past Powell and dog Brummett for the lead and take the spot on lap 8. Coffman would pull away after the midpoint of the 20 lap event take fourth straight Pro Late Model win behind the wheel of the Sharon Coffman owned Coffman’s Photography/The Muffler Shop/Hurst Racing/Harrod Farms/Premier Self Storage/Auto Connection/Archie’s Tire/Todd’s Body Shop/Wilson Equipment sponsored #35 Rocket Chassis, GM604 powered mount. Powell would take second, with Brummett finishing in third. Elliott Despain and Bobby Begley would complete the top five. Eight entries would see Coffman as top qualifier at 14.600 seconds, while Brummett won the heat.
The Sportsman main event would again be the Glen Hounshell, Jr. show and he would lead all 15 laps of the race and score his third straight win in the division in his Central Kentucky Sheet Metal/Smoke House Buffet/Nationwide Insurance/Central Scrap/B&B Homes/Jenning’s Do It Best Center/R&R Builders/AR Bodies/HVH Heads/Boyd Built Brakes sponsored #20 Chevy Camaro SS powered by a Glen Hounshell, Sr. Race Engine. Glen Branham, Sarah Patrick, Terry Cheeks, and Darrell Cain would complete the running order. Five entries saw Hounshell, Jr. set fast time at 16.450 seconds and also win the heat.
SUMMARY-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, Kentucky-May 30, 2014
SUPER LATE MODELS (11 entries)
Top Qualifier- Justin Rattliff 13.670
1st Heat- Dustin Neat, Victor Lee, Chris Ruble, Justin Rattliff, Jake Henry (DNS- Timmy Taylor)
2nd Heat- Tim Tungate, Derek Fisher, Dion Benningfield, Gary Christian, J.L. Muse
Feature- Victor Lee, Dustin Neat, Tim Tungate, Gary Christian, Dion Benningfield, Jake Henry, Chris Ruble, Justin Rattliff, Derek Fisher, J.L. Muse, Timmy Taylor
MODIFIEDS (15 entries)
Top Qualifier- Benji Lee 15.160
1st Heat- Benji Lee, Billy Meredith, Blake Brown, Tim Patrick, Jeff Rawlings
2nd Heat- Rocky Wilson, Jeff Watson, Ryan Thomas, Magen Witt, Trevor Thompson
3rd Heat- Mikah Reams, Mike Petrey, Steven Eversole, Eli Meredith, Ed Cundiff
Feature- Ryan Thomas, Jeff Watson, Blake Brown, Jeff Rawlings, Mike Petrey, Eli Meredith, Ed Cundiff, Magen Witt, Steven Eversole, Mikah Reams, Rocky Wilson, Tim Patrick, Billy Meredith, Benji Lee (DNS- Trevor Thompson)
PRO LATE MODELS (8 entries)
Top Qualifier- Todd Coffman 14.600
Heat- Wesley Brummett, Zane Powell, Elliott Despain, Dennis Burton, Bobby Begley, Todd Coffman, A.J. Reams, Gary Hebrock, Jr.
Feature- Todd Coffman, Zane Powell, Wesley Brummett, Elliott Despain, Bobby Begley, Dennis Barton, A.J. Reams, Gary Hebrock, Jr.
SPORTSMAN (5 entries)
Top Qualifier- Glen Hounshell, Jr. 16.450
Heat- Glen Hounshell, Jr., Terry Cheeks, Glen Branham, Darrell Cain (DNS-Sarah Patrick)
Feature- Glen Hounshell, Jr., Glen Branham, Sarah Patrick, Terry Cheeks, Darrell Cain