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Georgia’s Clanton wins Dream

ROSSBURG — Shane Clanton was living the Dream, if only for a day.

The driver from Fayetteville, Ga., had just entered an exclusive fraternity by winning the Dirt Late Model Dream at Eldora Speedway late Saturday night, making him one of five drivers to win both the Dream and the World 100.

Yet Clanton, who led all 100 laps of the $100,000-to-win feature, didn’t think his name deserved to be included with the likes of Scott Bloomquist, Donnie Moran, Billy Moyer and Jimmy Owens, the other drivers to sweep both of Eldora’s crown jewels of dirt racing.

“Just today. Today I’m the best,” Clanton said. “My car, my crew or somebody is the best, it might not be me.”

Clanton started on the outside pole and never surrendered the lead. Runner-up John Blankenship got a run under Clanton in Turn 2 but couldn’t pull off the pass on lap 43. At times he led by a straightaway — holding a 3.7-second lead over the 26-car field - and won by 3.149 seconds.

Blankenship was followed by Darrell Lanigan, Steve Francis and Dennis Erb Jr. in the top five. Clint Smith, Eddie Carrier Jr., Brian Birkhofer, Billy Moyer and Chris Madden rounded out the top 10.

“It’s a bad race to come up short in,” Blankenship said. “The car was awesome, but Clanton’s was a little better. Kudos to him he ran a great race. I would’ve liked to get up there with him and mixed it up more.

“(Winning $20,000 is) nice and I’ll definitely take it. But $100,000 would’ve been better.” Clanton benefitted from clean air running ahead of the field, and when he caught lapped traffic late in the race he had built a big enough advantage he didn’t need to pass. He followed the back of the field the final five laps, at times taking glances at Eldora’s jumbo video screen in Turn 2 to see how close cars were behind him.

“I said just stay as far ahead as you can if you hear somebody then you can go. I never heard nobody so I just rode right there behind them,” Clanton said.

“I was just driving, made my laps and wanted the end of the race to hurry up and get there.” Clanton dodged a challenge when five-time Dream winner Bloomquist roared ahead of the field on a restart on lap 24. Race officials ruled Bloomquist jumped the start and was moved one row back on the restart.

Bloomquist, who appeared to suffer mechanical problems, finished 21st.

“Scott fired 10 car lengths before we were supposed to,” Clanton said. “(Race officials) were telling the whole time the race leader’s got the race in control. It was my job to start the race, not Scott’s. I wasn’t gonna let him just go and fire with him.”

Now as part of that rare racing club, Clanton was asked which win is his favorite — the higher-paying $100,000 Dream or the more prestigious World 100 he claimed in 2008?

“If I said right now I’d say the World because I passed Jimmy Owens for the win. He’s pretty good around this place,” Clanton said. “My bank account is gonna say this one. The World is pretty special because it’s the first big race I ever won.

“That’s a dream come true. To win it is special, to win the World also, prestige can’t get no bigger than these two races. I had a shot to win in 2010 and a part failure cost us a shot to win then. Everything held together tonight and we came out victorious.”

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Tri-State Dragway results

Results from Sunday, May 7:

Super Pro: Billy Clayton def. Shannon Craft. Semifinals: Ryan Butler, Scott Hill.

Pro Bracket: Wayne Adams def. Ryan Butler. Semifinals: Deron Prewitt Jr.

Sportsman: Brian Hendrickson def. Rodney Johnson. Semifinals: Tom Reese, David Jennings.

Jeg’s Jr. Dragster: Harley Patrick def. Robbie Marcum. Semifinals: Shayla Babb.

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Kil-Kare Dragway results

Results from Saturday, May 6:

Super Pro

Winner : Randy Stutz R/U : Cammie Sherrill

Pro

Winner : Mark Griffith R/U : Jason Ford

Sportsman

Winner : Mike Haines R/U : Sam Bunch

Buckminns D&D Harley Davidson Pro Bike

Winner : Austin Stidham R/U : Burt Exman

High School

Winner : Shawn Pitts R/U :

Jr Dragsters 8/9

Winner : Chase Dunkle R/U :

Jr Dragster 10/12

Winner : Jacob Castle R/U : Shelby Stacy

Jr Dragster 13/17

Winner : Paige Vance R/u : Kylie Derifield

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Eldora Speedway results

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SUPER MOON ARRIVES EARLY AS KEMENAH TRIUMPHS IN OUTLAW SPRINT MAIN

Barney Craig Captures Stock Car Main in Night One of Outlaw Thunder by Goodyear Doubleheader

ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 4) - The super moon, the closest a full moon gets to Earth in this year, doesn’t arrive until Saturday night. But the World of Outlaws (WoO) treated fans at Eldora Speedway with a wild and crazy night of winged Sprint Car racing Friday in the Outlaw Thunder presented by Goodyear.

A series of cautions and a major five-car pileup shuffled the lead through three different drivers before handing it to Ohio native Chad Kemenah with six laps left. Kemenah sped away from Donny Schatz over those final laps for his first WoO victory at what’s considered his home track, and his fourth career WoO victory.

Barney Craig won the Stock Car division by coming from fourth to first on the opening lap for the victory.

It wasn’t as simple for Findlay, Ohio’s Kemenah. Crowd favorite Jac Haudenschild started on the pole and led the first 24 laps before a stunning turn of events during a span of two laps knocked out three race leaders.

With 23 laps completed, Sammy Swindell cut a tire in turn 1 for the race’s fifth caution flag. Haudenschild darted into the pit area under that yellow flag period for fuel; however, under WoO rules, drivers can refuel only under an open red flag stop. With no red having been displayed, WoO officials ruled Haudenschild’s night was over.

The lead shifted to Dale Blaney, who then pitted with a flat right front tire under the same caution.

David Gravel then inherited the lead and held it at the restart with Kerry Madsen charging underneath. Racing side-by-side for the lead, Madsen appeared to slide up into Gravel going into turns 1-2 to touch off a sensational multi-car accident that sent Sprint Cars tumbling and parts showering the track. In addition to Gravel and Madsen, the accident also collected Craig Dollansky, Tim Shaffer and Paul McMahon. Joey Saldana also suffered a damaged wing and a flat tire.

“I saw cars going everywhere and I thought if I keep my nose clean I might keep my right front tire,” Kemenah said.

He did, holding off Schatz the final six laps for the victory. Steve Kinser, who caused the fourth caution of the race on lap 20 when he slowed on the frontstretch, recovered to finish third. Cody Darrah and Daryn Pittman rounded out the top five.

“There have been a few races this year where I had the fast race car and I’d seem to lose. Tonight I guess it didn’t matter; I’m standing up here,” Kemenah said. “I’m kind of speechless, I can’t thank everybody enough. Man, I’m about ready to cry.”

Eldora Speedway owner Tony Stewart flew in from Talladega, Ala., — the site of Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race — to compete with the Outlaws. The reigning and three-time Sprint Cup Series champion finished seventh.

Kraig Kinser won the last chance showdown. Haudenschild won the dash, while Blaney, Dollansky, Madsen and Swindell won heat races.

Gravel of Watertown, Conn., set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 13.228 seconds, 0.003 seconds faster than Kemenah. Kinser (13.277), Pittman (13.288) and Haudenschild (13.291) rounded out the top five in a competitive two-lap qualifying session. The top 20 drivers were separated by less than 0.3 seconds.

In the Stock Car division, Craig took a two-point lead over Dean Pitts in the driver standings following his victory and his third-place finish in Eldora’s season-opener on April 21. Pitts, Earnie Woodard, Rob Trent and Shawn Phillipi finished in the top five.

“It’s been a few years. I thought if I kept plugging away I could probably get another feature win,” Craig said.

“This is my 25th year running big cars and it’s good winning again! … I felt like I got a good run getting in. I just stood on it and just hoped for the best.”

Craig and Woodard won heat races.

The WoO doubleheader program continues Saturday with a full WoO event and the UMP DIRTcar Modifieds. Gates open at 2 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Outlaw Thunder by Goodyear, the Kings Royal weekend, and all other Eldora events are available through the track office at (937) 338-3815 or online 24 hours a day at www.EldoraSpeedway.com. Like us at www.Facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway or catch all the behind-the-scenes preparation for the event on Twitter @EldoraSpeedway.

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WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINTS - 33 CARS

Qualifying - 1. 89G-David Gravel, 13.228; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.231; 3. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.277; 4. 27-Daryn Pittman, 13.286; 5. 5-Jac Haudenschild, 13.291; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.295; 7. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.305; 8. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.320; 9. 2-Dale Blaney, 13.334; 10. 9-Joey Saldana, 13.355; 11. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.374; 12. 83-Tim Shaffer, 13.385; 13. 55-Trey Starks, 13.386; 14. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.399; 15. 19-Stevie Smith, 13.404; 16. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.453; 17. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.478; 18. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.480; 19. 54-Cap Henry, 13.489; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.518; 21. 45-Paul McMahan, 13.547; 22. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.558; 23. 1X-Randy Hannagan, 13.596; 24. D4-Danny Holtgraver, 13.604; 25. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto, 13.631; 26. 6-Bill Rose, 13.673; 27. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.801; 28. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 13.829; 29. 56R-Ryan Myers, 13.853; 30. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.886; 31. 19T-Todd King, 13.927; 32. 2M-Dustin Daggett, 13.946; 33. OO-Jim Nier, 14.077.

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 2-Dale Blaney [2]; 2. 5-Jac Haudenschild [3]; 3. 55-Trey Starks [1]; 4. 89G-David Gravel [4]; 5. 14-Tony Stewart [5]; 6. 45-Paul McMahan [6]; 7. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto [7]; 8. 56R-Ryan Myers [8]; 9. OO-Jim Nier [9].

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [1]; 2. 9-Joey Saldana [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 5. 63-Chad Kemenah [4]; 6. 6-Bill Rose [7]; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [8].

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [4]; 3. 19-Stevie Smith [1]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [3]; 5. 54-Cap Henry [5]; 6. 1X-Randy Hannagan [6]; 7. 28-Brian Paulus [7]; 8. 19T-Todd King [8].

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [1]; 2. 83-Tim Shaffer [2]; 3. 27-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [3]; 5. D4-Danny Holtgraver [6]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 7. 2M-Dustin Daggett [8]; 8. 44W-Austen Wheatley [7].

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 5-Jac Haudenschild [1]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 3. 89G-David Gravel [4]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [3]; 5. 9-Joey Saldana [6]; 6. 2-Dale Blaney [5]; 7. 83-Tim Shaffer [8]; 8. 1-Sammy Swindell [10]; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky [9]; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen [7].

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1] [-]; 2. 45-Paul McMahan [2] [-]; 3. 1X-Randy Hannagan [4] [-]; 4. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto [5] [-]; 5. 6-Bill Rose [6] [$200]; 6. 44W-Austen Wheatley [8] [$180]; 7. 28-Brian Paulus [7] [$175]; 8. 2M-Dustin Daggett [12] [$160]; 9. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [10] [$150]; 10. OO-Jim Nier [13] [$150]; 11. 56R-Ryan Myers [9] [$150]; 12. 19T-Todd King [11] [$150]; 13. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [3] [$150].

A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 63-Chad Kemenah [4] [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [12] [$5,000]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [2] [$3,000]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [13] [$2,700]; 5. 27-Daryn Pittman [11] [$2,500]; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell [8] [$2,200]; 7. 14-Tony Stewart [17] [$2,000]; 8. 9-Joey Saldana [5] [$1,800]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [18] [$1,600]; 10. 54-Cap Henry [19] [$1,450]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20] [$1,300]; 12. 5-Jac Haudenschild [1] [$1,200]; 13. 2-Dale Blaney [6] [$1,100]; 14. 89G-David Gravel [3] [$1,000]; 15. 29-Kerry Madsen [10] [$950]; 16. 83-Tim Shaffer [7] [$900]; 17. 7-Craig Dollansky [9] [$850]; 18. 45-Paul McMahan [21] [$750]; 19. W20-Greg Wilson [14] [$725]; 20. 55-Trey Starks [15] [$700]; 21. 19-Stevie Smith [16] [$700]; 22. D4-Danny Holtgraver [23] [$700]; 23. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto [24] [$700]; 24. 1X-Randy Hannagan [22] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Jac Haudenschild 1-23, Chad Kemenah 24-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+10].


STOCK CAR - 18 CARS

HEAT 1 - (8 Laps) - 1. 71C-Barney Craig [3]; 2. 20-Shawn Phillipi [2]; 3. 3-Rob Trent [7]; 4. 23-Casey Barr [1]; 5. 19-Wayne Williams [4]; 6. 52-John Phlipot, Jr [6]; 7. 5-Ricky Rae Dillon [DNS]; 8. 11D-Colton Oda [DNS]; 9. 7W-Dan Wooten [DNS];

HEAT 2 - (8 Laps) - 1. 01-Earnie Woodard [5]; 2. 00-Dean Pitts [1]; 3. 5G-Anthony Goode [6]; 4. 08-Todd Gross [2]; 5. 55-Bradley Caudill [3]; 6. 52T-Cody Timmerman [7]; 7. M1-Jeremy Creech [4]; 8. 36-Adam Schaeff [8]; 9. 1W-Mark Wooten [9];

FEATURE - (15 Laps) - 1. 71C-Barney Craig [4]; 2. 00-Dean Pitts [1]; 3. 01-Earnie Woodard [3]; 4. 3-Rob Trent [5]; 5. 20-Shawn Phillipi [2]; 6. M1-Jeremy Creech [14]; 7. 5G-Anthony Goode [6]; 8. 55-Bradley Caudill [10]; 9. 23-Casey Barr [7]; 10. 52T-Cody Timmerman [12]; 11. 19-Wayne Williams [9]; 12. 52-John Phlipot, Jr [11]; 13. 36-Adam Schaeff [16]; 14. 1W-Mark Wooten [18]; 15. 08-Todd Gross [8]; 16. 5-Ricky Rae Dillon [DNS]; 17. 11D-Colton Oda [DNS]; 18. 7W-Dan Wooten [DNS];

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Eldora Speedway results

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SWINDELL PADS OUTLAW POINTS LEAD WITH ELDORA VICTORY

First Eldora Win Since 2006 - Jeff Babcock Prevails in Modified Finale

ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 5) - In two of his most recent appearances at Eldora Speedway - including Friday night - tire issues have left veteran Sammy Swindell deflated. But in the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car feature on Saturday, the only shredding for the Germantown, Tenn., driver is what he did to the field. Swindell led all 30 laps to capture his fourth WoO victory this season in the concluding night of the Outlaw Thunder presented by Goodyear doubleheader weekend. In the UMP DIRTcar Modified feature, Wayne, Ohio’s Jeff Babcock benefitted from a late caution that bunched the field to take the lead and run off the final five laps of the 18-lap feature. In the two UMP DIRTcar features at Eldora this season he’s finished first and second.

Swindell started second to pole-sitter Paul McMahan and stormed to the lead to click off the first lap. He stretched his lead to a dominating 1.8 seconds over Joey Saldana with 12 laps complete. But Saldana started reeling in Swindell over the next two laps, trimming that nearly two-second deficit to 0.6 seconds on lap 14. Swindell never relinquished the lead but worry entered his mind on lap 24 when Jason Sides shredded a tire and again on lap 28 when Kraig Kinser’s tire went flat.

At the Kings Royal in 2011, Swindell was charging out of turn 4 to the sure victory when he shredded a tire and limped past the line to finish second. On Friday night, Swindell’s night was slowed when he cut a tire with seven laps left to finish sixth. “I really hated to see those because the tires do get pretty warm here. Having those two yellows back-to-back we thought we might lose some (tire) pressure,” said Swindell, who holds an 11-point lead over Donny Schatz for the WoO points lead. “I was thinking about the Kings Royal and about not making it that last corner. This Big Game Tree Stands car’s been awesome.”

Kinser’s flat set up an exciting green-white-checkered flag finish for the Outlaws. Swindell, as he did in the previous caution, chose the outside on the double-file restart. The pack engulfed Saldana on the restart as his engine faltered. Dale Blaney took advantage to jump up to second but didn’t have time to chase down Swindell.

“I wasn’t stuck to where I had to run right up against the curb,” said Swindell, who ran along the outer wall but maneuvered around traffic both high and low on Eldora’s banking. “I could move down and that really was the key in the lapped traffic. … We could just breeze right through there pretty easy.”

Blaney, Big Game Tree Stand teammate Craig Dollansky, David Gravel and Daryn Pittman rounded out the top five. Saldana finished seventh.

“We weren’t really, really good the first 15 or 20 laps … but overall it was a great night,” Blaney said. “I was going to run fourth until those cautions but we got through to second. I’m looking forward to coming back for the Kings Royal weekend.” Eldora Speedway owner Tony Stewart arrived in Ohio following qualifying for Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama - he qualified eighth for the Sprint Cup race - to compete with the second night with the Outlaws. The reigning and three-time NASCARSprint Cup Series champion qualified ninth and finished 18th in the feature. Stewart won the Last Chance Showdown to reach the main event.

The victory was the 19th at Eldora for Swindell and his first since April 8, 2006. Only Steve Kinser (35) has more WoO wins on Eldora’s all-time list.

David Gravel topped the two-lap qualifying session for the second straight night with a 13.213 around the half-mile oval. Gravel also was fast qualifier Friday with a 13.228.

“It usually doesn’t happen for me here but we found something,” Gravel said of his qualifying sessions. McMahan, Trey Starks, Steve Kinser and Jac Haudenschild all won heats.

In the Modified feature, Aaron Orr led the first 12 laps before tagging the wall in turn 3-4 to bring out a caution and surrender the lead to Matt Westfall. Westfall fought off a slide job by Babcock on lap 13, but couldn’t hold off a second one as Westfall brushed the wall in turn 3-4 and Babcock raced past. Babcock charged ahead of the field and beat Westfall to the finish line by a comfortable 3.4 seconds. Jesse Bitterling, Joey Kramer and Rob Williams finished among the top five.

“I thought I could get him the lap before but I didn’t have the clearance,” Babcock said of that first pass attempt of Westfall. “I thought the next lap I’ll set him up good to where I can get him. Everybody is so fast around here. The race track is perfect like this, everybody is fast and you can go anywhere. It makes the racing a lot of fun.”

Jesse Bitterling, Babcock, Scott Orr and Westfall all won heats. Joey Kramer and Scott Bowersock won B-Features. Eldora Speedway hosts Mobil 1 Family Fun Night on Saturday, May 19. The UMP DIRTcar Modifieds and Eldora Stock Cars will be in action. Fans also will be treated to a pyrotechnic-filled fireworks extravaganza.

Information for the Family Fun Night, the Kings Royal weekend, and all other Eldora events are available through the track office at (937) 338-3815 or online 24 hours a day at www.EldoraSpeedway.com. Like us at www.Facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway or catch all the behind-the-scenes preparation for the event on Twitter @EldoraSpeedway.

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GOODYEAR OUTLAW THUNDER NIGHT #2 MAY 5, 2012

WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINTS - 36 CARS

Qualifying - 1. 89G-David Gravel, 13.213; 2. 2-Dale Blaney, 13.237; 3. 9-Joey Saldana, 13.249; 4. 27-Daryn Pittman, 13.279; 5. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.288; 6. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.331; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.350; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.392; 9. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.410; 10. D4-Danny Holtgraver, 13.416; 11. OO-Jim Nier, 13.416; 12. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.422; 13. 45-Paul McMahan, 13.429; 14. 55-Trey Starks, 13.435; 15. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.445; 16. 5-Jac Haudenschild, 13.447; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.453; 18. 6-Bill Rose, 13.475; 19. 19-Stevie Smith, 13.503; 20. 54-Cap Henry, 13.510; 21. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.511; 22. 83-Tim Shaffer, 13.526; 23. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.570; 24. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.586; 25. 1X-Randy Hannagan, 13.633; 26. 2M-Dustin Daggett, 13.635; 27. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto, 13.635; 28. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.656; 29. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.713; 30. 56R-Ryan Myers, 13.771; 31. 4S-Danny Smith, 13.777; 32. 12-Jared Ridge, 13.835; 33. 28-Brian Paulus, 13.883; 34. 40-Caleb Helms, 13.908; 35. 71M-Paul May, 14.268; 36. 19T-Todd King, No Time.

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 45-Paul McMahan [1]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 3. 89G-David Gravel [4]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [3]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 6. 14-Tony Stewart [2]; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [8]; 8. 1X-Randy Hannagan [7]; 9. 28-Brian Paulus [9].

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 55-Trey Starks [1]; 2. 2-Dale Blaney [4]; 3. 4-Cody Darrah [3]; 4. 83-Tim Shaffer [6]; 5. D4-Danny Holtgraver [2]; 6. 40-Caleb Helms [9]; 7. 2M-Dustin Daggett [7]; 8. 6-Bill Rose [5]; 9. 56R-Ryan Myers [8].

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 11-Steve Kinser [1]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 3. 9-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. OO-Jim Nier [2]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. 19-Stevie Smith [5]; 7. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto [7]; 8. 71M-Paul May [9]; 9. 4S-Danny Smith [8].

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 5-Jac Haudenschild [1]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [2]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [6]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 5. 27-Daryn Pittman [4]; 6. 54-Cap Henry [5]; 7. 12-Jared Ridge [8]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 9. 19T-Todd King [9].

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 45-Paul McMahan [1]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 3. 9-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 2-Dale Blaney [5]; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky [2]; 6. 89G-David Gravel [6]; 7. 11-Steve Kinser [8]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10]; 9. 5-Jac Haudenschild [9]; 10. 55-Trey Starks [7].

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 14-Tony Stewart [1] [-]; 2. 1X-Randy Hannagan [5] [-]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [8] [-]; 4. 54-Cap Henry [4] [-]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [9] [$200]; 6. 6-Bill Rose [2] [$180]; 7. 24H-Bryan Sebbetto [7] [$175]; 8. 19-Stevie Smith [3] [$160]; 9. 2M-Dustin Daggett [6] [$150]; 10. 28-Brian Paulus [13] [$150]; 11. 40-Caleb Helms [14] [$150]; 12. 71M-Paul May [15] [$150]; 13. 4S-Danny Smith [11] [$150]; 14. 12-Jared Ridge [12] [$150]; 15. 56R-Ryan Myers [10] [$150]; 16. 19T-Todd King [16] [$150].

A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [2] [$10,000]; 2. 2-Dale Blaney [4] [$5,000]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [5] [$3,000]; 4. 89G-David Gravel [6] [$2,700]; 5. 27-Daryn Pittman [11] [$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [24] [$2,200]; 7. 9-Joey Saldana [3] [$2,000]; 8. 11-Steve Kinser [7] [$1,800]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [12] [$1,600]; 10. 63-Chad Kemenah [22] [$1,450]; 11. 45-Paul McMahan [1] [$1,300]; 12. 29-Kerry Madsen [14] [$1,200]; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [19] [$1,100]; 14. 5-Jac Haudenschild [9] [$1,000]; 15. 55-Trey Starks [10] [$950]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8] [$900]; 17. 4-Cody Darrah [13] [$850]; 18. 14-Tony Stewart [15] [$750]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [21] [$725]; 20. D4-Danny Holtgraver [16] [$700]; 21. 83-Tim Shaffer [20] [$700]; 22. 1X-Randy Hannagan [23] [$700]; 23. 54-Cap Henry [18] [$700]; 24. 6-Bill Rose [25] [$]; 25. OO-Jim Nier [17] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Sammy Swindell 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+18].


UMP DIRTcar Modifieds - 39 CARS

Heat 1 - (8 laps, Top 4 finishers transfer to A-Main feature): 1. 225-Jesse Bitterling (1), 2. 11-Rob Williams (8), 3. 52-John Phlipot Jr. (7), 4. 21M-Donnie Miller (2), 5. 15-Nick Katterhenry (4), 6. 03-Cory Seeling (10), 7. 21T-Tom Treon (6), 8. 45B-Brian Post (5) DNF, 9. 31J-John Brooks (3) DNF.

Heat 2 - (8 laps, Top 4 finishers transfer to A-Main feature): 1. 7B-Jeff Babcock (4), 2. 188-Aaron Orr (2), 3. 05-David Smith (10), 4. 7A-Doug Adkins (9), 5. 22B-Andy Bibler (8), 6. 4J-David Treon Jr. (6), 7. 8-Fireball Pinkerton (3), 8. 79-Shane Unger (7), 9. 36-Brandon Vaughan (5), 10. 1-Scott Williams (1).

Heat 3 - (8 laps, Top 4 finishers transfer to A-Main feature): 1. 88-Scott Orr (3), 2. 28-Shaun Smith (2), 3. 7-Evan Taylor (6), 4. 0-Brent Hole (4), 5. 77-Joey Kramer (7), 6. 00-Dave Daugherty (8), 7. 1S-Steve Billenstein (1), 8. 5-Jonathan Taylor (6), 9. 29-Mark Kowarsch (10), 10. 4-Mike Chrisman (5).

Heat 4 - (8 laps, Top 4 finishers transfer to A-Main feature): 1. 20W-Matt Westfall (2), 2. 18-Ryan Sutter (4), 3. 20-Josh Morton (1), 4. 5X-Tim Richardson (6), 5. 10-Scott Bowersock (9), 6. 26-Mike Dirksen (7), 7. 31-Matt Bex (3), 8. 24-Terry Grillot (5), 9. 8C-Corey Bevard (8)

B-Main 1 (8 laps, Top 4 finishers transfer to A-Main): 1. 77-Joey Kramer (2), 2. 15-Nick Katterhenry (1), 3. 900-Dave Daugherty (4), 4. 21T-Tom Treon (5), 5. 5-Jonathan Taylor (8), 6. 29-Mark Kowarsch (10), 7. 4-Mike Chrisman (12), 8. 45P-Brian Post (7), 9. 1S-Steve Billenstein (6).

B-Main 1 (8 laps, Top 4 finishers transfer to A-Main): 1. 10-Scott Bowersock (2), 2. 4J-David Treon Jr. (3), 3. 8-Fireball Pinkerton (5), 4. 26-Mike Dirksen (4), 5. 31-Matt Bex (6), 6. 79-Shane Unger (7), 7. 8C-Corey Bevard (10), 8. 1-Scott Williams (11), 9-22B-Andy Bibler (1), 10. 24-Terry Grillot (8), 11. 36-Brandon Vaughn (9).

A-Main (18 laps) - 1. 7B-Jeff Babcock (6), 2. 20W-Matt Westfall (4), 3. 225-Jesse Bitterling (7), 4. 77-Joey Kramer (17), 5. 11-Rob Williams (3), 6. 18-Ryan Sutter (8), 7. 05-David Smith (10), 8. 7A-Doug Adkins (14), 9. 28-Shaun Smith (1), 10. 7-Evan Taylor (11), 11. 88-Scott Orr (5), 12. 52-Weasel Phlipot (9), 13. 10-Scott Bowersock (18), 14. 00-Dave Daughterty (21), 15. 21M-Donnie Miller (13), 16. 20M-Josh Morton (12), 17. 0-Brent Hole (15), 18. 15-Nick Katterhenry (19), 19. 26-Mike Dirksen (24), 20. 5X-Tim Richardson (16), 21. 4J-David Treon Jr. (20), 22. 8-Fireball Pinkerton (22), 23. 188-Aaron Orr (2), 24. 21T-Tom Treon (23).

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Waynesfield Raceway results

Courtesy of Waynesfield Raceway Park:

Waynesfield Raceway Park opened the 2012 season with beautiful weather, a superfast racing surface and a full pit area. That combination made for an exciting night of racing for the tremendous crowd in the grandstands.

Kicking off the nights feature racing were the Performance Powder Coating 1000cc Mini Sprints. As the green flag dropped, the field rolled off into turn one with the #2 of Chad McInturff having problems right off the bat. The field was lined back up and carnage would once again ensue as #31 Greg Nicholas would spin and flip in turn 4, collecting #55 Greg Nicholas.

On the restart, the Father/Son combination of #22r Kevin Roberts Jr.,and #4k Kevin Roberts Sr. would serve notice that they were not going to give up the front easily. On lap 5 caution would wave again for the #26 machine driven by Nathan Miller who came to a stop in turn 4. As the green flew once again, Roberts Jr. would take off with the point and never look back. #13 TJ Heil, #80 Trey Gustin, #24L Lee Underwood, and #1 Nick Roberts would complete the top 5.

Next up were the Post Agri Service UMP Modifieds. Despite several cautions during the 20 lap A Main, the action was fast and furious, as #67 Rob Stambaugh and #10H Brad Hess battled side by sidedthe first 15 laps for the lead, with defending track champion #44 Zach Schroeder in tow. Hess would get sideways on lap 15 losing several spots while saving the car, and that was the opening Schroeder was waiting for. Both Schroeder and #112 Chris Ullery would get by Stambaugh to finish 1-2, with Stambaugh 3rd, #28 Chad Rosenbeck 4th, and #47 Nick Rosselit rounding out the top 5.

The Buckeye Machine Fabricators Non Wing Sprint Car A Main would hit the track next with the number 5j machine of Columbus Indiana’s Joss Moffat taking off from the pole with #97 Devon Dobie and #37 Dustin Smith in tow.

Dobie showed that with a year under his belt in the Non Wing sprints, he was ready to compete for a win, as he began stalking Moffatt as the leaders closed on lapped traffic. Caution would wave on lap 8 for a spinning #43g of Rob Guy, bunching the field back up. When the green flew again, Smith would begin to challenge Dobie for second while keeping Moffatt in sight.

On lap 10, Smith attempted a slide job in turns 1 and 2 that went terribly wrong as he collided with Dobie causing both to flip. Dobie would walk away from the accident, but Smith would ride back to the pits in the ambulance, but was later ok. After one more yellow on lap 14, #40 Justin Grant would set his sights on Moffatt, patiently waiting until he found his opening on lap 19, executing a perfect slider on Moffatt to grab the lead.

Joss Moffatt would not be denied, as he would find a gap on the high side of the speedway as the white flag flew to grab the lead and charge to victory. Grant would be 2nd with #31m Tom Rhoades 3rd, #2m Dallas Hewitt would charge from 15th to 4th, and #23s Kyle Simon Completing the top 5.

The Block Thunder Stock Cars would be next. #71c Barney Craig would take off to the early lead, with #16 Jeff Koz and #7b Shawn Valenti in tow. On lap 10 Valenti would get around Koz and on lap 11 slip by Craig on the outside to grab the lead and the eventual win. Craig would finish 2nd with #327 Randy Crossley 3rd, #48 Tim Cole 4th, and #88 Zach Bowen rounding out the top 5.

The JR and Sons Service Center Compacts were the next on track, with #1j JJ Butler grabbing the early lead. #17 Justin Durflinger would grab the point on lap 3 and never look back as he would win over defending track champion #31 Jeff Kimes, #82 Harvey Yoder, #71 Dustin Mobley, and #85 Nick Glasgow

The Dave’s Reliable Motors Tough Trucks would complete the nights racing action with polesitter Dan Crowder spinning on lap one, collecting defending track champion #33 Mike Hicks, and #01h Randy Hamp. All 3 would be done for the evening. As the race resumed, “Bee Badd” Gabe Twining would pull out to a 12 length lead over 2nd place #71 Chris Hicks.

After a lap 9 caution, Hicks would be passed by #1s Mike Sawmiller, and the Hicks machine would begin dropping water onto the speedway. Hicks would pull off, leaving Twining and Sawmiller to battle for the win. Sawmiller would close in the final laps, but Twining would hold on to win the season opener, with #18b Tim Fox returning to the trucks with a 3rd place finish, #1w Matt Twining 4th, and #1x Jerry Butler 5th.

Waynesfield Raceway Park returns to action next Saturday night, May 12th as the Midwest Mini Sprint Association invades WRP. All 6 classes will be in action with the cars and stars of the MMSA challenging the Waynesfield regulars for supremacy.

Pit Gates open at 4, Grandstand gates open at 5, with hotlaps starting at 6 and Racing at 7pm. $12 Adult General Admission, Ages 11-15 admitted for $6, and kids 10 and under get in FREE! Pit passes for all ages $25. Don’t miss out on a great night of action this Saturday night May 12th at Waynesfield Raceway Park! Full schedule at www.waynesfieldracewaypark.com

Waynesfield Raceway Park - 5/5/2012

JR and Sons Service Center Compacts (11 Cars) [#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 - Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 31-Jeff Kimes[1] ; 2. 17-Justin Durflinger[5] ; 3. 1J-JJ Butler[6] ; 4. 518-Jordan Iiams[3] ; 5. 5-Edward Kemp[2] ; 6. 1X-Erik Wolleson[4]

Heat 2 - Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 71-Dustin Mobley[1] ; 2. 1H-Jeff Zwiebel[2] ; 3. 82-Harvey Yoder[3] ; 4. 85-Nick Glasgow[5] ; 5. 27X-Robbie Tuttle[4]

A-Main - (15 Laps) 1. 17-Justin Durflinger[4]; 2. 31-Jeff Kimes[6]; 3. 82-Harvey Yoder[1]; 4. 71-Dustin Mobley[5]; 5. 85-Nick Glasgow[8]; 6. 1J-JJ Butler[2]; 7. 1H-Jeff Zwiebel[3]; 8. 27X-Robbie Tuttle[10]; 9. 1X-Erik Wolleson[11]; 10. 5-Edward Kemp[9]; 11. 518-Jordan Iiams[7] Hard Charger: 31-Jeff Kimes[+4]

S&H Nerfs Non Wing Sprints (33 Cars) [#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 - Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 97-Devon Dobie[2] ; 2. 37-Dustin Smith[1] ; 3. 23S-Kyle Simon[8] ; 4. 15-Brandon Ferguson[6] ; 5. 7-Tim Calicoat[3] ; 6. 74-Tony Main[5] ; 7. 83-Adam Cruea[4] ; 8. 52-Mark Silva[7] ; 9. 41J-Brad Powley[9]

Heat 2 - Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 44-Jason Soudrette[1] ; 2. 32M-Derek Hastings[3] ; 3. 21X-Travis Hery[2] ; 4. 24P-Rod Henning[4] ; 5. 9N-Jon Nelson[6] ; 6. 2-Dustin Ingle[5] ; 7. 2M-Dallas Hewitt[8] ; 8. 1H-Kevin Hawk[7]

Heat 3 - Heat 3 (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 31M-Tom Rhoades[1] ; 2. 18-Todd Keen[4] ; 3. 43G-Rob Guy[5] ; 4. 6-Ryan Dickey[2] ; 5. 2W-Jacob Moore[7] ; 6. 21-Cody Hewitt[8] ; 7. 12-Jamie Davis[3] ; 8. 2K-Kevin Klatte[6]

Heat 4 - Heat 4 (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 5J-Joss Moffatt[5] ; 2. 40-Justin Grant[3] ; 3. 12W-Kent Wolters[1] ; 4. 37D-Mike Dunlap[6] ; 5. 21H-Tyler Hewitt[7] ; 6. 48-Mike Burkin[8] ; 7. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[4] ; 8. 42-Rick Horne[2]

B-Main #1 - (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 2m-Dallas Hewitt[6] ; 2. 9n-Jon Nelson[2] ; 3. 2-Dustin Ingle[4] ; 4. 7-Tim Calicoat[1] ; 5. 52-Mark Silva[7] ; 6. 83-Adam Cruea[5] ; 7. 74-Tony Main[3] ; 8. 1h-Kevin Hawk[8]

B-Main #2 - (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 48-Mike Burkin[4] ; 2. 2w-Jacob Moore[1] ; 3. 59J-Kirk Jeffries[6] ; 4. 21H-Tyler Hewitt[2] ; 5. 2k-Kevin Klatte[7] ; 6. 42-Rick Horne[8] ; 7. 21-Cody Hewitt[3] ; 8. 12-Jamie Davis[5]

A-Main - (25 Laps) 1. 5J-Joss Moffatt[1]; 2. 40-Justin Grant[8]; 3. 31M-Tom Rhoades[2]; 4. 2m-Dallas Hewitt[15]; 5. 23s-Kyle Simon[7]; 6. 12W-Kent Wolters[12]; 7. 18-Todd Keen[5]; 8. 37D-Mike Dunlap[16]; 9. 48-Mike Burkin[18]; 10. 21X-Travis Hery[10]; 11. 24P-Rod Henning[14]; 12. 2W-Jacob Moore[20]; 13. 9n-Jon Nelson[17]; 14. 32M-Derek Hastings[6]; 15. 6-Ryan Dickey[13]; 16. 2-Dustin Ingle[19]; 17. 43g-Rob Guy[9]; 18. 97-Devon Dobie[4]; 19. 37-Dustin Smith[3]; 20. 15-Brandon Ferguson[11] Hard Charger: 2m-Dallas Hewitt[+11]

Post AgriService UMP Modifieds (17 Cars) [#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 - Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top 9 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 2-Jason Kinney[1] ; 2. M1G-Matt Twining[3] ; 3. 20K-Bill Keeler[5] ; 4. 67-Rob Stambaugh[9] ; 5. 47-Nick Rosselit[4] ; 6. 100-Jim Brown[7] ; 7. I1-Tom Ordway[2] ; 8. 35-Tim Cornett[6] ; 9. 21F-Kevin Free[8]

Heat 2 - Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top 9 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 112-Chris Ullery[2] ; 2. 44-Zach Schroeder[4] ; 3. 28-Chad Rosenbeck[7] ; 4. 10H-Brad Hess[6] ; 5. 58P-Jim Post[5] ; 6. 6-Dave Sibberson[1] ; 7. 0P-Derrick Austin[8] ; 8. K9-Scott Gerdeman[3]

A-Main - (20 Laps) 1. 44-Zach Schroeder[5]; 2. 112-Chris Ullery[7]; 3. 67-Rob Stambaugh[2]; 4. 28-Chad Rosenbeck[3]; 5. 47-Nick Rosselit[9]; 6. 10H-Brad Hess[1]; 7. M1G-Matt Twining[6]; 8. I1-Tom Ordway[13]; 9. 35-Tim Cornett[15]; 10. 21F-Kevin Free[17]; 11. 6-Dave Sibberson[12]; 12. 20K-Bill Keeler[4]; 13. 2-Jason Kinney[8]; 14. 58P-Jim Post[10]; 15. 0P-Derrick Austin[14]; 16. 100-Jim Brown[11] Hard Charger: 21F-Kevin Free[+7]

Block Thunder Stock Cars (13 Cars) [#]-Starting Position

Qualifying - 1. 5K-Karl Spoores Jr, nt; 2. 27-Frank Paladino, nt; 3. 82-Chris Douglas, nt; 4. 88-Zach Bowen, nt; 5. 327-Randy Crossley, nt; 6. 71C-Barney Craig, nt; 7. 48-Tim Cole, nt; 8. 7B-Shawn Valenti, nt; 9. 12G-Garry Domoe, nt; 10. 16-Jeff Koz, nt; 11. 52-Cody Timmerman, nt; 12. 16X-Daniel May, nt; 13. 1W-Mark Wooten, nt

Heat 1 - Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top 7 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 48-Tim Cole[4] ; 2. 82-Chris Douglas[2] ; 3. 327-Randy Crossley[3] ; 4. 52-Cody Timmerman[6] ; 5. 12G-Garry Domoe[5] ; 6. 1W-Mark Wooten[7] ; 7. 5K-Karl Spoores Jr[1]

Heat 2 - Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top 7 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 7B-Shawn Valenti[4] ; 2. 16-Jeff Koz[5] ; 3. 71C-Barney Craig[3] ; 4. 88-Zach Bowen[2] ; 5. 27-Frank Paladino[1] ; 6. 16X-Daniel May[6]

A-Main - (15 Laps) 1. 7B-Shawn Valenti[5]; 2. 71C-Barney Craig[1]; 3. 327-Randy Crossley[2]; 4. 48-Tim Cole[6]; 5. 88-Zach Bowen[8]; 6. 27-Frank Paladino[10]; 7. 82-Chris Douglas[4]; 8. 52-Cody Timmerman[7]; 9. 16X-Daniel May[12]; 10. 12G-Garry Domoe[9] Hard Charger: 7B-Shawn Valenti[+4]

Performance Powder Coating 1000cc Mini Sprints (23 Cars) [#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 - Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top 8 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 55-Rob Winks[2] ; 2. 31-Greg Nicholas[6] ; 3. 25E-Eric Semple[3] ; 4. 24L-Lee Underwood[5] ; 5. 1-Nick Roberts[7] ; 6. 2-Chad Mcinturff[4] ; 7. 1H-Anthony Haas[8] ; 8. 44-Ron Coleman[1]

Heat 2 - Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top 8 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 80-Trey Gustin[2] ; 2. 22R-Kevin Roberts Jr.[1] ; 3. 13E-TJ Heil[5] ; 4. 30-Adam Treadway[6] ; 5. 50-Craig Stower[7] ; 6. 4-Chase Dunham[4] ; 7. 26-Nathan Miller[3] ; 8. K8-Kate Heitkamp[8]

Heat 3 - Heat 3 (8 Laps - Top 8 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 7R-Nick Daugherty[4] ; 2. 4K-Kevin Roberts Sr.[7] ; 3. 22B-Brad Racer[5] ; 4. 12J-Tyler Moore[6] ; 5. 15-Aaron Farney[3] ; 6. 65-Chris Bounds[1] ; 7. 1R-Rick O’Shea[2]

A-Main - (20 Laps) 1. 22R-Kevin Roberts Jr.[2]; 2. 13E-TJ Heil[8]; 3. 80-Trey Gustin[5]; 4. 24L-Lee Underwood[10]; 5. 1-Nick Roberts[13]; 6. 12J-Tyler Moore[12]; 7. 1R-Rick O’Shea[21]; 8. 30-Adam Treadway[11]; 9. 50-Craig Stower[14]; 10. 22B-Brad Racer[9]; 11. 1H-Anthony Haas[19]; 12. 4-Chase Dunham[17]; 13. 4K-Kevin Roberts Sr.[1]; 14. 2-Chad Mcinturff[16]; 15. 25E-Eric Semple[7]; 16. 26-Nathan Miller[20]; 17. 31-Greg Nicholas[3]; 18. 7R-Nick Daugherty[4]; 19. 55-Rob Winks[6] Hard Charger: 1R-Rick O’Shea[+14]

Dave’s Reliable Motors Tough Trucks (19 Trucks) [#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 - Heat 1 (8 Laps - Top 10 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 33-Mike Hicks[4] ; 2. 71-Chris Hicks[5] ; 3. 79-Brian Beach[1] ; 4. 25G-Gabe Twining[7] ; 5. 7X-Trent Mullen[6] ; 6. 17-Ryan Dunlap[8] ; 7. O1H-Randy Hamp[3] ; 8. 27-Rob Adams[9] ; 9. 3P-Colton Wattell[10] ; 10. 1X-Jerry Butler[2]

Heat 2 - Heat 2 (8 Laps - Top 10 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 37-Roy Miller[8] ; 2. 18B-Tim Fox[5] ; 3. 1S-Mike Sawmiller[7] ; 4. 43-Dan Crowder[3] ; 5. 24-Devin Carl[2] ; 6. 710T-Ben Werling[9] ; 7. 9X-Troy Mullen[4] ; 8. 1W-Matt Twining[6] ; 9. 55-Greg Stimmel[1]

A-Main - (15 Laps) 1. 25G-Gabe Twining[2]; 2. 1S-Mike Sawmiller[3]; 3. 18B-Tim Fox[5]; 4. 1W-Matt Twining[16]; 5. 1X-Jerry Butler[19]; 6. 79-Brian Beach[4]; 7. 7X-Trent Mullen[9]; 8. 37-Roy Miller[7]; 9. 17-Ryan Dunlap[11]; 10. 27-Rob Adams[15]; 11. 24-Devin Carl[10]; 12. 710T-Ben Werling[12]; 13. 9X-Troy Mullen[14]; 14. 71-Chris Hicks[6]; 15. 55-Greg Stimmel[18]; 16. 3P-Colton Wattell[17]; 17. O1H-Randy Hamp[13]; 18. 33-Mike Hicks[8]; 19. 43-Dan Crowder[1] Hard Charger: 1X-Jerry Butler[+14]

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Patrick coming to the Prelude

Danica Patrick has tamed the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and taken on Daytona International Speedway.

This June, Patrick will tackle Eldora.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup rookie will compete in the Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway on June 6.

“I’ve heard a lot about Eldora, but have never been there,” Patrick said. “I know it’s a special place and a lot of famous names have raced on that dirt. I’ve raced at Indy and Daytona, so I’m excited to add Eldora to my list of tracks.”

Patrick was one of six drivers announced Wednesday, along with Ryan Newman, Bobby Labonte, Kenny Wallace, Ty Dillon and Aric Almirola.

Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Dave Blaney, Tony Kanaan, Ron Capps, Jimmie Johnson, Just Allgaier, Bill Elliott, Ray Evernham, David Gilliland and Cruz Pedregon were previously announced.

The drivers will compete in late models on Eldora’s historic half-mile track in the eighth running of the event. Proceeds benefit Feed the Children.

“I raced on dirt once before in a go-kart when I was young, but that’s about it,” Patrick said. “It’s going to be a challenge for sure, but I know (Eldora owner) Tony (Stewart) has offered to help in anyway possible. I’m excited about it, but I’m also nervous. It’s a totally different style of racing, so I’m not sure what to expect. But, it’s for a great cause with Feed The Children benefiting from the money raised this year, so I’m ready to give it a shot.”

Patrick, the IndyCar Series rookie of the year in 2005, is focusing on her NASCAR career this season. She’s running a full-time Nationwide Series schedule with JR Motorsports and a limited Sprint Cup schedule with Stewart-Haas Racing.

“Obviously driving for Tony, I wanted to participate because I know how much the event means to him and certainly the charitable aspect is important to me as well with Feed the Children being involved,” Patrick said. “In the past the schedule didn’t work for me to participate, but this year we were able to make it happen, so I’m excited to do it.

“I have not had a chance to watch the Prelude in the past, other than some quick highlights on SportsCenter or SPEED, but from the little I’ve seen, it’s an incredible event. A lot of big names have participated in it and for so many drivers to give up their time, it must be a pretty big deal.”

For ticket info, call the Eldora Speedway box office at (937) 338-3815 or order online 24 hours a day at www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

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Johnson, five others join Prelude lineup

ROSSBURG — Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson returns to the Prelude to the Dream on June 6, one of six more drivers announced by Eldora Speedway.

Johnson, winner of the 2010 Prelude, is joined by 1988 Sprint Cup champ Bill Elliott, three-time Sprint Cup championship crew chief Ray Evernham, two-time NHRA Full Throttle Series champion Cruz Pedregon, NASCAR Nationwide Series contender Justin Allgaier and 2007 Daytona 500 pole sitter David Gilliland.

Sprint Cup drivers Clint Bowyer, Dave Blaney, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne, NHRA driver Ron Capps, and IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan were previously announced.

Bowyer is the Prelude to the Dream defending champion.

The drivers will compete in late models on Eldora’s half-mile dirt oval in the charity event now in its eighth year. This year’s event supports Feed The Children.

The final 12 drivers are scheduled to be announced March 15 and March 22.

For ticket and campsite information, call the Eldora Speedway box office at (937) 338-3815 or order tickets online 24 hours a day at www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

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First Prelude to the Dream drivers confirmed

Defending champion Clint Bowyer will return in an attempt to defend his title at the Feed the Children Prelude to the Dream on June 6, Eldora Speedway announced Thursday morning.

Other drivers making the early commitment to race in the charity event are Kasey Kahne, Kurt Busch, Dave Blaney, Tony Kanaan and Ron Capps. Tony Stewart will also compete.

Tickets and campsites for the Feed The Children Prelude to the Dream and other 2012 Eldora Speedway events can be purchsed by calling the speedway box office at (937) 338-3815 or online 24 hours a day at www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

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DARF needs race cars

Dayton, OH - The Dayton Auto Racing Fan club is in need of race cars for their annual Toys For Kids charity car show on March 10-11 at Lang’s Chevrolet in Beavercreek. All types of race cars are welcome to the show whether it be a sprint, late model, midget, go kart, legends, drag, dwarf, compact, quarter-midget, modified, mini sprint, truck, etc. You name it and they are all welcome to show free of charge and each entrant gets two free admission tickets for the show.

All proceeds from the show go to the providing for needy children at Christmas so if you have a car, wouldn’t you like to help make a child have a happy Christmas?. Or, if you know someone who has a car, please encourage them to help the cause.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 10th and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on March 11th.

Set-up is Friday evening after 6:30 p.m. Over-night security will be provided.

To enter, call Bernie Coppock at (937) 746-9095 or just show up with your car. DARF thanks you in advance for your consideration.

Lang’s is located on Rt. 35 about eight miles east of Dayton or just three miles west of Xenia at Orchard Lane.

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