|Junction City, KY (May 8, 2015) The World of Outlaws Late Model Series made their first-ever appearance at Ponderosa Speedway on Friday evening and Rick Eckert of York, PA would earn a $10,000 payday in his first-ever visit to the track. Other feature event winners for the night included J.T. Ayers of New Haven, KY in Sweet Beans and Things Modifieds, Todd Coffman of Parksville, KY in Premier Integrity Solutions Pro Late Models, and Glen Hounshell, Jr. of Mount Vernon, KY in Lawson Tractor Sales and Service KDRA Super Stocks.
Mason Zeigler and Darrell Lanigan would bring the field to the green flag and Lanigan would open up an early lead, while Rick Eckert and Shane Clanton would settle into second and third by lap 5. The pace would be slowed on lap 12 when Dustin Linville would make contact with the frontchute retaining wall and would end his night. The restart saw Lanigan maintain the lead, while Eckert and Clanton would battle for second. As the field saw the halfway signal on lap 25, Lanigan would close in on the rear of the field and start the process of working slower traffic, allowing Eckert and Clanton to close in on him. As the action heated up in traffic, Eckert would make his move and take the race lead on lap 29. Two circuits later, Lanigan and Clanton would make contact in turn two and the end result would be Lanigan suffering right front suspension damage with him collecting Justin Rattliff to bring out the caution on lap 32. The restart would stay green for one circuit before Brad Neat, Brandon Overton, and Chase Junghans would tangle in turn one. When action resumed, Eckert continued to maintain the lead, while 12th starting Chub Frank would close in on Clanton. The final caution waved on lap 44 when Mason Zeigler would suffer a flat right rear tire. The final few laps would see Eckert keep Clanton at bay and score the victory in the Paul Crowl Motorsports owned Vipor Risk Management/Monumental Paving and Construction/Priority Construction/National Concrete/J&K Salvage/Lillie Dane Seal Coating/Ritchey Sandblasting/Eckert Trucking/BMW Construction sponsored #7 MasterSbilt by Huey Race Car powered by a Cornett Race Engine. Clanton would take second, with Frank finishing a close third. Josh Richards and Dale McDowell would complete the top five. The remainder of the top ten would be James Rice, 24th starting Eric Wells, Kent Robinson, Brandon Kinzer, and Michael Chilton. Forty entries would see Eckert as overall top qualifier at 14.006 seconds, while heat race wins went to Clanton, Zeigler, Linville, and Dale McDowell. The B-Mains were won by Steve Francis and Chase Junghans, while series provisional starters were Morgan Bagley and Eric Wells.
The Sweet Beans and Things Modified division would race for $2,500 to win and Ryan Thomas would lead early on, fending off the challenges of J.T. Ayers and Michael England. However, Ayers would flex his muscle and show his strength when he took the lead on lap 12 and would stave off repeated challenges from Michael England to score his second straight win and third of the season aboard the Don Ayers owned Boone’s Butcher Shop/Western Crane Service/Snap On Tools/After Hours Body Shop/MVP Garden/Guy’s Building Supply sponsored #28 Bandit Race Car sporting a Dale Meers Race Engine. England would finish second, while Trent Young, Cameron Marlar, and Keith Smith would round out the top five. Completing the top ten would be Cy Cundiff, Chase McWhorter, Cody Smith, Pete Holt, and Shaun Holliday. Twenty-five entries would see England as top qualifier at 15.606 seconds, with heat race wins going to Thomas, Ayers, and Marlar, while Holliday won the B-Main.
The Premier Integrity Solutions Pro Late Model main event would see Zane Powell lead the first 7 laps of the contest before Todd Coffman would make the winning pass on lap 8 and drive on to his fourth consecutive win in the division behind the wheel of the Sharon Coffman owned Auto Connection/Self Service Storage/The Muffler Shop/Coffman’s Photography/Todd’s Body Shop/Harrod Farms sponsored #35 Rocket Chassis powered by a Hendren GM604 engine. Powell would take runner-up honors, while Conner Meade would finish third. Darrell Gaddis and Eric Centers would complete the top five. Twelve entries would see Timmy Yeager as top qualifier at 15.091 seconds, while heat wins were scored by Powell and Hudson O’Neal.
Glen Hounshell, Jr. would lead all 15 laps of the Lawson Tractor Sales and Service KDRA Super Stock main event to as the defending division track champion would park his Kentucky’s Best Transmission/Jay’s Golf Carts/R&R Builders/Jennings Do It Best Center/Nationwide Insurance/Smoke House Grill/Central Scrap #20 in victory lane. The remainder of the finishing order would be Johnny King, Scott Beeler, Sarah Patrick, and Glen Branham. Hounshell, Jr. was also top qualifier among the six entries at 16.590 and also won the heat.
SUMMARY-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-May 8, 2015 (www.ponderosaspeedway.net)
World of Outlaws Late Model Series (40 entries) Top Qualifier- Rick Eckert 14.006 1st Heat (top 4 transfer)- Shane Clanton, Rick Eckert, Gregg Satterlee, Justin Rattliff, Steve Francis, Brandon Overton, Brian Smith, Shannon Thornsberry, Timmy Taylor (DNS- Steve Casebolt, 2nd Heat (top 4 transfer)- Mason Zeigler, Darrell Lanigan, Kent Robinson, James Rice, Brandon Kinzer, Victor Lee, Boom Briggs, Austin Smith, Morgan Bagley (DNS- Don O’Neal) 3rd Heat (top 4 transfer)- Dustin Linville, Mike Marlar, Brad Neat, Tim McCreadie, Chase Junghans, Josh Rice, Greg Johnson, Eric Wells, Aaron Hatton (DNS- Dennis Barton) 4th Heat (top 4 transfer)- Dale McDowell, Josh Richards, Chub Frank, Michael Chilton, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Johnny Wheeler, Chris Combs, Jordan Yaggy, J.L. Muse (DNS- Jeff Rawlings) 1st B-Main (top 3 transfer)- Steve Francis, Brandon Kinzer, Brandon Overton, Victor Lee, Boom Briggs, Steve Casebolt, Brian Smith, Morgan Bagley, Austin Smith, Shannon Thornsberry, Timmy Taylor (DNS- Don O’Neal) 2nd B-Main (top 3 transfer)- Chase Junghans, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Josh Rice, Johnny Wheeler, Greg Johnson, Chris Combs, Jordan Yaggy, Eric Wells, Dennis Barton (DNS- J.L. Muse, Aaron Hatton, Jeff Rawlings) Series Provisionals- Morgan Bagley, Eric Wells A-Main (50 laps/$10,000 to win)- Rick Eckert, Shane Clanton, Chub Frank, Josh Richard, Dale McDowell, James Rice, Eric Wells, Kent Robinson, Brandon Kinzer, Michael Chilton, Gregg Satterlee, Tim McCreadie, Frank Heckenast, Jr., Josh Rice, Morgan Bagley, Mason Zeigler, Mike Marlar, Brad Neat, Chase Junghans, Brandon Overton, Darrell Lanigan, Justin Rattliff, Dustin Linville, Steve Francis
Sweet Beans and Things Modifieds (25 entries) Top Qualifier- Michael England 15.606 1st Heat (top 5 transfer)- Ryan Thomas, Michael England, Dennis Roberson, Keith Smith, Chase McWhorter, Shaun Holliday, Russ Gabbert, Wade Rookard, Tim Patrick 2nd Heat (top 5 transfer)- J.T. Ayers, Cory Daughtery, Jimmy Payne, Cy Cundiff, Steven Eversole, David Webb, Cody Smith, Aaron Cox 3rd Heat (top 5 transfer)- Cameron Marlar, Trent Young, Tommy Bailey, Jeff Watson, Pete Holt, Tommy Turner, Gerald Haynes, Jr., Joseph Husband B-Main (top 5 transfer)- Shaun Holliday, David Webb, Russ Gabbert, Cody Smith, Tim Patrick, Tommy Turner, Wade Rookard, Joseph Husband, Gerald Haynes, Jr. (DNS- Aaron Cox) Feature (30 laps/$2,500 to win)- J.T. Ayers, Michael England, Trent Young, Cameron Marlar, Keith Smith, Cy Cundiff, Chase McWhorter, Cody Smith, Pete Holt, Shaun Holliday, Jeff Watson, Dennis Roberson, Russ Gabbert, David Webb, Tommy Bailey, Ryan Thomas, Jimmy Payne, Steven Eversole, Cory Daughtery, Tim Patrick
Premier Integrity Solutions Pro Late Models (12 entries) Top Qualifier- Timmy Yeager 15.091 1st Heat- Zane Powell, Timmy Yeager, Eric Centers, Conner Meade, Jeremy Strunk, Darrell Gaddis 2nd Heat- Hudson O’Neal, Todd Coffman, Elliott Despain, Chris Fair, Brian Walters, Perry Barnhardt
Feature- Todd Coffman, Zane Powell, Conner Meade, Darrell Gaddis, Eric Centers, Brian Walters, Hudson O’Neal, Timmy Yeager, Elliott Despain, Chris Fair, Jeremy Strunk, Perry Barnhardt
Lawson Tractor Sales and Service KDRA Super Stocks (5 entries) Top Qualifier- Glen Hounshell, Jr. 16.590
Heat- Glen Hounshell, Jr., Johnny King, Scott Beeler, Glen Branham, Sarah Patrick
Feature- Glen Hounshell, Jr., Johnny King, Scott Beeler, Sarah Patrick, Glen Branham