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It was a spectacular night at Spoon Saturday as they hosted their annual Kids Back Pack Night. More than seventy back packs were handed out at intermission to the kids by the Drivers, Spoon River Speedway workers and management putting a huge smile on their little faces. The track even had their Kids/Fans bus on hand to give rides through the pits and around the track. At one point the Modified dash came out on the track and during the parade lap split the bus giving the kids and fans a thrill.
The racing action began with the Dirtcar Pro Late Model division with Austin May, who had set fast time earlier won the first heat race. Allen Weisser brought home the win in the second heat race. After the front three in each heat redraw, they found Evan Fink sitting on the pole with Samuel Halstead outside front row. Halstead would jump out to the early lead but National point leader Allen Weisser took over on lap five. Weisser would hold the lead until a hard charging Myles Moos would make a crossover move out of turn two late in the race to pull out his second feature win in a row at Spoon. Weisser would finish second followed by Halstead, Jason Wagner and Mavrick Piller.
Next up was the exciting USAC/IMRA Speed2 Midgets which saw Promoter Brad Denney behind the wheel of one of the sixteen hotrods on hand. Tyson Hart would win the first heat race while Chase McDermand would win the second heat. After the redraw, Hart would start on the pole with McDermand on his outside. Hart would jump out to the lead and hold off McDermand and third place finisher Mitchel Davis to pick up the feature win. Behind Davis was a tenth place starter Andy Baugh and Adam Taylor rounded out the top five. Promoter Brad Denney started sixteenth and would finish just outside the top ten in eleventh. Denney would exit the midget with a smile from ear to ear saying “Man these cars are fun. It took me a little while to get use to the quick steering but after that I started to feel more comfortable in the car. I might have to get me one of these.” Johnny Murdock who let Denney drive one of his cars nickname Denney the Hurricane saying “He picked right up on how to drive a midget and was up to speed fast. We might have to do this again if he wants.”
Twenty Dirtcar Modified were on hand. Ray Bollinger (Second in National Points) would take home the win in heat one of three. Heat two saw Allen Weisser (Third in National Points) would bring home the win with track point leader Brandon Roberts winning heat number three. Weisser would draw the pole positon for the dash and run away with it to put him on the pole for the feature event with Roberts on his outside. Weisser jumped out to the early lead and never looked back to pick up the feature win. Behind Weisser was a different story as Roberts, Bollinger and Josh Allen would battle it out for the entire twenty laps from top to bottom for second. As the checkered flag flew, Bollinger would take second followed by Allen then Roberts with sixteenth starter Dave Wietholder rounding out the top five.
In the E-Mod division, Kevin Morrow would win the first heat race while track point leader Mark Anderson would win the second heat. Fifteen E-Mods would start the feature event with youngsters Mason Duncan and Dawson Cook leading the field to the green. Duncan would jump out top the early lead but it didn’t take long for sixth place starter Morrow to pass young Duncan on the third lap and lead the final twelve laps for his second feature win in a row and also taking back over the point lead from Anderson. In second was Matt Dobey who earlier had set fast time for the night in this division. Behind Dobey in third was Duncan followed by Cook and Trent Ross.
In the Dirtcar Hornet division Kyle Harper would pick up both the heat and feature win while Johnny Dennis picks up the 6-Shooter heat and feature victory.
Next Saturday Night is the annual Meet the Drivers Night when all the cars will be parked on the front stretch and the fans will be allowed to come out on the track to get autographs and meet their favorite drivers. Check out Spoon’s Face Book page and website for more info on this and other up coming events.
Ray Bollinger continued his hot pursuit of the 2017 UMP DirtCar National Modified Championship with another victory at Spoon River Speedway Saturday night, this one in much more dominating fashion than the nail-biting finish of the previous event at Spoon on July 22nd. Bollinger proved to be the class of the field Saturday night very early when he turned a blistering 14.41 second lap in qualifying before winning his heat, the Mod Dash, and the 20-lap feature in the Zane’s Auto Service Modified Division at the high-banked oval.
With the win, Bollinger stayed within shouting distance of National Points Leader Mike Harrison, who races mostly at Southern Illinois tracks but will most likely be head to head with Bollinger and the rest of the Spoon River local come Labor Day Weekend for the Fall Modified Nationals.
In what might be a momentum changing night, AJ May, driver of the #A9 entry in the Spoon River Speedway Perkins Seed House Pro Late Model Division, charged to a big win Saturday ahead of three of the other Top 5 Pro Late Models in the nation, and served notice that he is ready for the stretch run of the season as he tries to defend his 2016 National Championship. May pulled way late in an entertaining 20 lap feature to pick up his first win in a few months at Spoon River, and was guardedly optimistic afterwards in Victory Lane.