CORNING — Saturday’s Liberty 50 at Adams County Speedway in Corning was the latest in a string of wins for Lebanon, Mo., driver Tony Jackson, Jr.
Jackson moved around outside polesitter Ryan Gustin on the 15th lap, and held off Chris Simpson late to score the $5,000 payday.
“It was excellent,” Jackson said. “This race car has been awesome ever since we got it from Darrell (Lanigan). I tried to get Gustin there on the start, and he got by me. He messed up that one time and got off the bottom, and I got him. I just knew that if I could drive my race and stay on the bottom, I’d have to mess up for Chris to get me.”
Simpson closed quick on Jackson with four laps to go, but was never able to pass him. Simpson settled for second. On the final restart, both Terry Phillips and Chad Simpson moved around Gustin and finished third and fourth respectively. Gustin secured fifth.
With 46 cars on hand for the event just making the field was an accomplishment. ACS regulars Sterling Perkins and Jason O’Brien qualified through their heat races with O’Brien finishing 9th and Perkins 19th. Other ACS cars in the show included Trenton Jackson, JC Wyman, Justin Cooper, Josh Most, and Chris Spieker.
In Stalker Chevrolet b-mod action, Jon Plowman claimed his second win in as many weeks by coming from the 12th starting position to take the checkers. Ron Ballinger and Jerod Weston made Plowman work for the win with Ballinger less than one-tenth of a second behind the leader.
Josh Sink and Brett Sheppard were also in the top five.
With six weeks of points in the books Plowman has a firm hold on the class points lead 74 points ahead of second place Josh Cooper. Just two points behind Cooper is Josh Sink, and Weston is just two more points back.
Side by side racing was the order of the night in all the support classes, but none were closer than the Chat Mobility hobby stocks. Jeremy Purdy got his second win of the season but had to hold off hard charging Joe Murphy and Andy Davidson to get the win. Jamie Songer finished fourth after being forced to restart at the rear four laps into the race for contact causing a caution. Luke Ramsey, who paced a good portion of the race early finished fifth. Purdy’s win extended his point lead over defending champion Jeremy Auten to 17 points with Davidson nine points further back in third.
Less than one second separated the top four finishers in the Northland Oil pro-stocks when they took the checkered flag. Clarinda’s Craig Garner got his first win of the season, holding off Greg Miller, Tony Hardisty, and Jason Rold for the final five laps of green flag racing.
In a race slowed seven times by the yellow flag the finish was certainly one worth waiting for. Brad Derry finished fifth. Garners win puts him in a tie for fourth in the points battle with Derry. Hardisty leads the division, followed by defending champion Miller and Joe Zadina in third.
The final race of the evening featured a tremendous battle for the win between Essex’s Brian Foote and Altoona’s John Davis in the Poet Biorefining modifieds. Foote used the high side to pass Davis coming to the white flag and held on for the win. Russell Stewart, Ryan Schaffer and Jared Stiens rounded out the top five. Foote’s win moved him into third in the class points race 23 points behind leader Davis. Jesse Dennis sits in second just 15 points out of the lead.
The Coors Light Silver Bullet late models will be back in action on July 6 as week number 12 of the NASCAR Whelen All-American series hits the track. Casey’s General Stores and Whelen are the night’s sponsors. The evening will finish with the annual ACS Fireworks Spectacular being fired this year for the first time by the Creston Shooters pyrotechnics group.
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for high school and junior high, $2 for elementary and preschool free. A family pass good for two adults and all the children living in the home is available for $25. The gates open at 5 p.m. with racing action promptly at 7 p.m.