August 3/4 Feature Winners
What started out as a Saturday night race finished as a Sunday day race. The clay of Wythe Raceway has not seen a day race in an uncountable amount of years. The American Create All-Star Late Model Touring Series was track side for this weekend’s vents and shortly after all classes had completed time trials the dark sky opened, and the rain begin to fall. The call of racing on a Sunday was made at 9:45 pm.
The first cars to take to the track Sunday afternoon was the Wythe Eye Modifieds with yet another added bonus to the winners check from Service Master. With a thousand to win on the line Brandon Umberger from Rural Retreat and Tam Topham from Wytheville took the green flag on the front row. Going into the first turn of the night a small pile up accrued evolving Morgan Widener, Chilhowie R.K. Dix, Rural Retreat Cole Hedrick, Wytheville Dustin Dowell, Sugar Grove and Mathew Yates, Cedar Bluff. On the next green flag Umberger’s car became a smoke shield and he pulled to the pits to find a busted rear end to complete his night way too early and to bring out a caution. Topham took the lead on the restart over Jeff Robinson, Greenwood SC leaving Robinson and Patrick Wheeler, Rural Retreat to battle for second. Justin Blevins, Marion who started in the rear made his way through the field and took over second from Robinson after a brief scuffle. Blevins didn’t have much time to catch Topham but was able to close the gap by the checkered. Topham crossed the scoring line first followed by Blevins, Robinson, Wheeler, and Jason Powers Marion for the top five.
Forty of the best drivers around showed to compete in the Mayhem in the Mountains for the series American Create All-stars. Starting twenty-six of the forty cars it was a tight field to make. Michael Brown had the fastest lap in time trials, but Carson Ferguson was able to claim the win of the fast six dash. With the conditions of the slick track there were many cautions for spins and bumps. Drivers were also using the bottom cushion more than the high groves to make it around the super speedway. At the halfway point the series made an unscheduled pause in the race for cars to refuel due to the many caution laps they had driven. Coming to the Checkered flag the second and third place cars got sideways leaving Tyler Arrington to push the two sideways cars in front of him to straighten out with the rest of the field shuffling. Brandon Williams of Crossville Tn was declared the winner even after coming back through the field after a flat early in the fifty-lap feature. Carson Ferguson, Lincolton Nc saw the checkered behind Williams followed by Kyle Hardy, Stephens City Greg Martin, Oliver Springs Tn and Layton Sullivan out of Gaffney Sc. Tyler Arrington from Lebanon who calls Wythe Raceway home finished sixth but also won the points for the three night mayhem and the check that went along with it.
Driving on ice was not the ideal running conditions for the R&C Super Street drivers, but the track had blackened over from the late models and had began to get dry from the eighty-degree weather of the Sundays beaming sun. On the start Jerry Dillow, Bluewell Wv and Keith Griffitts, Sugar Grove took turn one door-to-door and made it stick. The two alternated positions at the line each time they passed. The first caution came on lap nine for Tyler Dowell, Marion stalling in turn two and only one lap later Ernie Atwell spun also in the troublesome turn for the second yellow. On lap thirteen Eric Cline, Max Meadows took a hard hit to the outside safety barrier in turns one and two. With the white flag in the air Dowell once again came to a stop in turn two for a late race caution. Green, white, checkered was the call. Dillow and Griffitts once again were door-to-door for the next two laps, but at the line it was Dillow’s powerhouse a few inches over the scoring line before Griffitts. Deskins crossed third followed by Bobby Helton, Chilhowie and Atwell.
Compacts, UCars, Junkyard finds or what ever you may want to call them, but the men and women of the biggest class never cease to amaze. Daniel Wright, Wytheville Dakota Wilson, Rural Retreat Britt Johnson, Chilhowie and Briar Heath, Wytheville were the top for cars of the night. Coming to the flag stand to complete lap one Ricky Ward, Marion and Jeremy Dailie got together coming out of turn four ending wards not in the inside guard rail. On lap five Pie Short, Abingdon tapped the turn two wall and stalled at the bottom of turn three for the second yellow. The next six green flag laps gave the top four an opportunity to put a gap on the rest of the field with Wright in the lead but Johnson hot on his bumper. The last flashing lights came on lap eleven for Heath taking a hard hit to the safety barrier also ending his night. The next nine laps went on without a flaw ending with Wright the winner followed by Johnson, Wilson, Brandon Shupe, Bluefield Wv and Daniel Tate, Rural Retreat to round out the top five.
The last class of the night was the men of Pro Mini. These four cylinder cars quickly found out how slick the ½ mile clay was. Terry Sharpe, Woodlawn had the first and second caution of the race, the second ending his night as he took a very hard slam in the wall of turn four. Two laps later Chuck Kinzer from Woodlawn spun in turn two and on lap six Andrew Hudgins, Marion also spun in the troublesome turn. With more Spins coming from Shane King, Wytheville, Shawn King, Wytheville, Kinzer and Hudgins they called it an early race with only thirteen laps in the books. With many cautions and the front of the field changing every time Kevin Atwell, Rural Retreat took home his second win on the year followed by Tanner Cook, Max Meadows for his best finish of the season in second. Third went to Travis Harden, Marion followed by Kinzer and Shane King to compete the top five.
Please join our Wythe Raceway family next Saturday night for a night of excitement guaranteed. Vintage cars will be running along with Ucar, Kcar, Super Street, Modified and Pro Mini. As always kids free!