8-24 UCAR 100 Press Release and Feature Winner Photos
A chilly night of racing excitement at Wythe Raceway with the stars of the night coming from the always biggest field, UCars. The field of twenty-four cars running one hundred laps around the half mile to pick up the seven hundred dollar Carquest of Rural Retreat purse. Britt Johnson, Chilhowie and James Graybeal, Rural Retreat started on the front row for the action-packed race. With smooth sailing the top three of Johnson, Graybeal, and Ethan Atwell, Wytheville pulled away from the rest of the field and had caught the tail of cars by lap twelve but on lap fourteen Graybeal took a good hit to the outside safety barrier, losing a wheel, and ending his night. The next yellow came on lap thirty four starting with Jacob Harmon spinning in turn four. Lap thirty nine caution also came from turn four involving Daniel Wright, Wytheville Ricky Ward, Marion and Dakota Wilson, Rural Retreat all able to continue. A red flag was displayed with forty three laps on the board for a hard hit from Atwell and Jonathan Gray, Wytheville. on the next green coming into turn two the leaders of Brian Tate, Crockett and Richard Shupe, Bluefield Wv got lose tapping one another causing a frenzy of spinning cars behind the two. Twenty laps later the same view of Tate spinning in front of the field with the help of Will Hostetler, Rural Retreat caused a scramble once again in turn two Johnson sustained major damaged and ending Tate’s night. A late race caution on lap ninety six was not what the leaders of Wilson and Aaron Bowes, Bluefield wanted to see. The two had pulled away from the remains of cars and were running a race of their own with Wilson door to door on Bowes trying to pass for first. On the last start Bowes pulled ahead of Wilson to take home the checkered followed by Wilson whom had started in the twenty fourth position, even going a lap down to take home second only 0.26 seconds behind. Third went to Hostetler fourth Danny Tate Rural Retreat followed by Ward and Amber Huffman, Chilhowie for the top six. Only nine cars completed the one hundred laps.
The men of Pro Mini ran a flawless twenty lap feature, caution free. Shawn King, Wytheville the shark, started last in the field as an official call but by lap six had made his way to second over Chuck Kinzer, Woodlawn and had taken first one lap later. By halfway King had a huge lead and with only an elapsed time of eight minuets to complete the twenty laps the field ran single file and without any complications. At the stripe it was King claiming another victory over Kevin Atwell, Rural Retreat Tanner Cook, Max Meadows Travis Harden, Marion and Shane King, Wytheville for the top five.
A nail biter is what you could call the Wythe Eye Modifieds. For the first four laps the front four cars of Patrick Wheeler, Rural Retreat Kenny Peeples, Rural Retreat Morgan Widener, Chilhowie and Brandon Umberger of Rural Retreat ran door to door even three wide bunched up until Peeples was able to pull to the front. The first caution came from Billy Cline, Rural Retreat and Austin Hedrick, Wytheville spinning in turn two on lap six. By the halfway point of the twenty five lap feature Umberger and Peeples had pulled away from the playing field and were beating and banging on another for position. The noise from the crowed came on lap eighteen when Umberger pushed too hard into Peeples leaving him lose and Umberger was able to make the pass. With only four laps to go Cline stalled on the front stretch to bring out a caution. Peeples and Umberger took the last green side by side still banging on one another. Umberger got high and scraped the outside wall of turn two but was still able to come out on top over Peeples and ultimately held the checkered flag on the front stretch. Peeples came home second followed by Heath, Wytheville Wheeler and Widener for the top five.
On the start of the R&C Super Street race Michael Deskins, Tazewell took the lead, but Eddie Bentley, Sugar Grove was hot on his tail. In the rear view of the front two they could see Keith Griffitts, Sugar Grove Jerry Dillow, Bluefield Wv Duke Bare, Meadowview and Dale Hancock, Atkins all battling for the third place position. By lap seven field had straightened out to a single file race. On lap eleven held the only flashing lights for Tyler Dowell, Marion took a hard hit to the inside safety barrier of turn four taking Ernie Atwell, Atkins and Hunter Reedy, Marion along for the spin. At the checkered the running order for the top five were as they started twenty five laps earlier. Deskins, Bentley, Griffitts, Hancock, and Dillow.
Please join our Wythe Raceway family next week for American All-Star Create Late Models and Mid-East Modifieds Rural Retreat Rumble Excitement Guaranteed as Umberger and Peeples battle for the win.
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Reporting: Diamond Anderson