9-29-2018 Royal Oak Pediatrics Feature Winners
Wythe Raceway held its last night of racing event, two weeks late due to rain, and it was worth the wait. Royal Oak Pediatrics Presented the Mike Keith Memorial race for a driver took from this earth to soon by a short battle with cancer. We started the racing off with the KCAR division. Only two drivers showed to staging for the feature, Braxton Surber from Sugar Grove and Amber Huffman from Chilhowie took on the half mile for a short battle until lap three. Huffman ran out of room on the outside of Surber coming out turn four and took a hard hit to the retaining wall ending her night. Surber took a green, white, checkered for his first win of the season.
On the start of the Pro Mini class Shane King, Wytheville had a huge push on his rear bumper from Chuck Kinzer, Woodlawn helping King clear points champion Kevin Atwell, Rural Retreat. King only got to keep his number one position for one lap until Kinzer took over the lead. Atwell never let Kinzer out of his sight and the two had a side by side battle for the rest of the fifteen-lap feature neither giving an inch to another. Behind the front two King and Tanner Cook, Max Meadows also had their own dispute over third place. Kinzer still had his lead on the only lap that counts and took home another win on the season. Atwell took second in the caution free race followed by King, Cook, and Brad Carpenter, Lancing NC for fifth.
Morgan Widener, a Marion driver, was the star of the show for the Wythe Eye Modifieds but for the first few laps he had his hands full of Jason Powers also a Marion driver trying to keep his front spot in front of the field. Widener and Powers kept trading position one and two for five laps. Behind Widener and Powers, the rest of the field was single file. The first caution came on lap eight for a spin in turn one. A couple of restarts later and the field was back to running a smooth race. Widener took home his eighth win of the season and the points championship. The rest of the top five were as follows Powers, J R Davis, Crockett R K Dix, Rural Retreat and Billy Cline Rural Retreat.
The R&C Super Street had fifty laps and a thousand dollars on the line making the already competive class an even more interesting to watch. With fans on their feet Keith Griffitts, Sugar Grove and Rick Utsman took the first green flag with Utsman pulling ahead with Terry Sharp, Woodlawn close behind. Only on lap two Utsman lost his motor in front of the field leaving Sharp with a helmet full of smoke and oil caused his car to slide along the outside guard rail of turn three ending his night along with Utsman. The next restart saw Griffitts on the front row again this time with Jerry Dillow, Bluewell WV by his side. Coming out of turn two the backstretch quickly became a car filled spin frenzy involving Jerry Childress, Wytheville Randy Taylor, Chilhowie Kevin Cox, Ceres Dustin Dowell, Sugar Grove and Brian Peeples, Wytheville but all were able to continue. After the next start it became a single file race with Griffitts having a good lead on the next group of four guys including Jerry Dillow, David Peeples, Rural Retreat Dale Hancock, Atkins and Michael Deskins, Tazewell. On lap twenty Griffitts had caught the rear of the field and the front runners had to weave in and out of traffic. On lap twenty-three Larry Dowell took a hard hit to the inside front stretch retaining wall ending his night. The next twenty-five laps went off without a hitch and Griffitts took home the last trophy of the 2018 season and the thousand-dollar check. Hancock took home second, Deskins for third, Dillow for fourth and Tony Parks from Stuart for fifth.
NRV Furniture UCARS saw James Graybeal, Rural Retreat and Daniel Wright from Wytheville battle it out with side by side racing. Trading paint, dings and dents along the way arguing over the front running position. Only one yellow flag was displayed on lap thirteen for Jack Davidson trying to squeeze Andrew Hudgins, Bluewell WV for position and getting sideway into the outside guardrail just past the flag stand. With only two laps left of the fifteen-lap feature. Wright fell back from second to sixth leaving Britt Johnson, Chilhowie and Will Hostetler, Rural Retreat to battle Graybeal. Graybeal saw the checkered first followed by Johnson, Hostetler, Keith Arnold, and Kayla Surber for the top five.
Wythe Race would like to think all the fans for an amazing racing season. We will see you all in April.