June 30 Fireworks and Racing Feature Winners Press Release
With a huge crowd on hand for superior racing and an amazing firework show Wythe Raceway was the place to be Saturday night. The NRV Furniture UCAR was the first class to set the stage for the night. They had a rough couple of starts in the beginning, but things quickly settled out. On lap three Destiny Huffman, Chilhowie Robert Felts, Max Meadows Caroline King, Wytheville were involved in a wreck leaving Huffman and Felts to end their night early. James Graybeal a driver from Rural Retreat who qualified on the pole and led every lap of the race, at some points with a gap on the field won the race initially but, in the end, got disqualified. Leaving Daniel Wright, a Wytheville driver to obtain the win. Second place went to Britt Johnson from Chilhowie. Ricky Ward, Marion third Cole Dutton, Marion fourth and Kayla Surber from Sugar Grove Fifth.
The Pro Mini division saw a new face to the field after a few years. Kirby Gobble was the fastest qualifier but chose to start at the rear of the field. Travis Harden, Marion and Kevin Atwell, Rural Retreat started in positions one and two and battled for the lead until Atwell had an issue and slowed on the track to bring out the first caution also leaving Atwell to retire to the pits for the night. Gobble, who normally races at Kingsport Speedway brought his number 78 machine through the field and became the leader on lap nine and pulled away from the field. Gobble did get his picture taken in victory lane but failed to go through after race inspection and was disqualified. Travis Harden will receive the points and feature winner prize followed by Shane King from Wytheville who did have some issue with the turn four wall but managed to bring his car back to life. Third went to Tim Taylor followed by Chuck Kinzer, Woodlawn and Tanner Cook from Max Meadows.
That’s my Dress KCAR kept it simple with a caution free ten lap feature with the star of the show being Tanner Tate a driver from Marion leading the field around the half mile clay oval with ease and collecting another feature winner sticker. Second place went to Jacob Harmon from Abingdon Third Amber Huffman, Chilhowie and fourth Braxton Surber, Sugar Grove
J.R. Davis of Crockett finally got the win he had been looking for all season long in the Wythe Eye Modifieds. Tam Topham, Wytheville and Morgan Widener, Chilhowie gave Davis a run for his money, but the two battling behind gave Davis enough time to pull ahead on lap 12. With two of the best behind him knocking on his door for the twenty lap feature he kept his calm and cool and drove the wheels off to bring home the victory. Topham finished second and Widener finished third. Jason Johnson, Woodlawn and Tim Widener, Chilhowie rounded out the top five.
R&C Super Street, the fan favorite class, was the last race of the night and these boys never let us down. Jerry Dillow a Bluefield WV driver lead the first nine laps until he got lose in turns one and two and lost the lead to Dale Hancock, Atkins hot on Hancock’s tale Dillow’s throttle got stuck and he was unable to keep control of his number 8 machine receiving a hard hit into the turn four guard rail ending his night. On the restart Hancock had has hands full with Mike Keith, Rural Retreat Keith Griffitts, Sugar Grove and Duke Bare, Meadowview all trying to take his top running spot. After another caution on lap eighteen, the green, white, checkered was something to see. Bare pushing for Hancock’s door and Griffitts pushing hard for Bare’s quarter the last two laps kept the fans in the stands on their feet. Finishing in the order of Hancock, Bare, Griffitts, Kevin Cox, Ceres Mike Keith, Michael Deskins, Tazewell and Cody Rhymer Bristol TN.
Join the Wythe Raceway family next week for Fan Appreciation night. You will be able to take pictures with your favorite drivers get autographs, candy and prizes. Be sure to bring a bag to carry it all home in. Kids always free.