CORNING — Dry-slick and a little dusty, much more like a late July race track is expected, was the racing surface that met the hot rods at ACS last week.
It was Jeremy Purdy, Jerod Weston, Jason Rold, Jesse Dennis, and Chris Spieker that were able to manage the track conditions the best and took home the trophies on Alegent Health Kids Bike Race night.
Purdy used the win to extend his season point lead in the Chat Mobility hobby stocks and it took a pass over second place in points Jeremy Auten as they approached the white flag for him to finally get the lead. Purdy started tenth but blasted through the pack to be running second to Auten just two laps into the race. Through five restarts Auten held the lead, but Purdy used a five lap green flag set at the end to make the decisive move and get the win.
Blain Petersen came from starting dead last to finish third after missing his heat race with Kurt Hansen and last week’s winner Andy Davidson in fourth and fifth.
Red Oak’s Jerod Weston got win number three of the 2013 season and made a small dent in the sizeable point lead that Jon Plowman holds with only six weeks of point racing remaining. Weston bolted to the lead early but was challenged the whole race by newcomer Cole Ferguson from Dexter.
Ferguson managed to slip by for the lead on only one lap mid-race and finished within half a second of the winner, but was disqualified in post-race inspection for failure to be using the required rev limiter chip. Plowman was awarded second with Chris Stanley, Darrin Hardisty, and Josh Sink in the top five.
Avoca’s Jason Rold joined Tony Hardisty at the only multiple time winners in the pro-stock class this season but he had to hold off a hard charging Hardisty to do so. Rold started ninth and Hardisty 12 in the field and by the midway point of the 18 lap feature they were running nose to tail for the lead.
Rold never bobbled and Hardisty just couldn’t find the grip to power by as Rold got win number two for the year compared to Hardisty’s four. Cody Clark, Craig Garner, and Joe Zadina followed at the checkers.
A win in a NASCAR Whelen All-American series point race comes with five bonus points, and those five points were what Jesse Dennis needed to pass John Davis for the season point lead. Dennis got his first win of the season and became the eighth different winner in nine weeks in this very competitive division. Four different drivers held the lead in the 18-lap feature slowed only on lap number nine and 13 by the caution flag.
Dennis grabbed the lead away from Ryan Schaffer on lap number 12 and held on for the win. Schaffer was followed by Todd Van Eaton, Brian Foote and Larry Foote at the checkers.
Chris Spieker came back from an abysmal finish last week to find his way back to the winner’s circle for the second time this season. Starting third in the field of sixteen he held the lead by lap four. By lap number seven JC Wyman had worked his way from starting outside row five into second place.
A caution on lap 13 was the only break in the racing action as Spieker held on to the lead for the duration. Wyman finished second, followed by Justin Zeitner, Trent Jackson, and Paul Glendenning.
A tremendous battle is raging in the feature division late models with Jason O’Brien currently in the lead. Wyman is in second just ten points back with Spieker only four points further back in third. 2011 track champion Paul Glendenning is still in striking distance only 28 points behind the leader.
Candy Drop Night
The first ever Trolli Gummy Bear candy drop night will be on Aug. 3 at the speedway. More than 1,000 bags of Gummy Bears will be dropped on the front stretch for the kids age 12 and under to gather up at intermission.
Closing off the evening will be the Chat Mobility hobby stock King of the Hill races. Check out the ACS web site for full results, points standings, and more.