CORNING — The rain and the cold finally left the Adams County Speedway long enough for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series to get in a full night of hot racing action Saturday.
Feature winners were Clarinda’s Andy Davison, Woodbine’s Jon Plowman, Corning’s Tony Hardisty, Maryville’s Jared Stiens, and Griswold’s JC Wyman on a track that was dry, dusty, and slick.
It was Chat Mobility kids money grab night during an intermission that followed 12 heat races, which were slowed by caution flags only three times. The b-mods took the track for the first feature with 23 cars making the call.
Jon Plowman needed only five laps to work his way to the front from his eighth starting position as he moved around Josh Sink for the lead. Sink stayed on his heals for the duration of the race which was slowed by the caution flag five times.
Plowman’s win cemented him firmly in the class point lead 37 points ahead of Prescott’s Josh Cooper. Filling out the top five were Plowman, Sink, Cody Werner, Shawn Kralik, and Ron Ballinger.
Eighteen Northland Oil pro-stocks took the green flag for their feature. Tony Hardisty started mid-pack but needed only five laps before he was able to snatch the lead away from defending track champion Greg Miller. Hardisty cruised on to collect his third win in five starts for the season.
Hardisty’s only finish outside the top five this year was the result of a shattered transmission. Miller came home second followed by Jason Rold (who had started 16th in the field), Craig Garner, and Joe Zadina in a race that was extended one extra lap due to a late race caution. Hardisty, Miller, and Zadina lead the division’s point chase.
The heat and wind took their toll on the track leaving the racers with a very dry-slick racing surface and the Chat Mobility hobby stocks on their narrow tires had their hands full with the racing conditions. Multiple times cars did 360 degree spins in the corners, but as fate would have it most emerged unscathed and the caution flag was rare.
Up front it was Andy Davidson and Jeremy Auten putting on the show of the evening swapping the lead five times in the last six laps. At the white flag Jeremy Purdy put himself in the fray with all three cars separated by less than one-tenth of a second. Davidson held on to the win with Auten second, Purdy third, and Jamie Songer and Tom Myers fourth and fifth.
Purdy holds just a two-point lead over Auten in the points race with Davidson just fifteen points back in third.
Jared Stiens was the class of the field in the Poet Biorefining modifieds as he took the checkers over six seconds ahead of second place Josh True. Stiens lead all but the first four laps of the eighteen lap race which was interrupted by the caution flag only twice. Debris on the track forced a restart on lap four, but a five car pile-up ensued in turn one on the restart.
Only one car was unable to restart and the rest of the race went caution free. Russell Stewart, Todd Van Eaton and Jesse Dennis rounded out the top five.
Only 13 Coors Light Silver Bullet late models were on hand for the evening. Their 25 lap feature went caution free with JC Wyman piloting the Jack McKee owned number 4 to a commanding win. Nearly half a lap separated him from Chris Spieker and Jason O’Brien. Spieker and O’Brien put on the show of the race as they battled for position while lapped traffic was constantly in play.
At the checkers it was Wyman, Spieker, O’Brien, John Hampel, and the youngster Daulton Maassen.
The Midwest’s top late model drivers will visit Corning Saturday for the second annual Liberty 50 Lucas Oil MLRA special. The 50-lap, $5,000 to win feature is co-sanctioned by Lucas Oil MLRA, MARS racing, and the CornBelt Clash racing series which means a tremendous field will be on hand.
Gates will open at 4 p.m. with grandstand tickets $20 for adults, $10 for teens, and $5 for elementary students.
A family pass is available for $50. Pit passes are $30. See the ACS web site at www.acspeedway.com for full details.