CORNING — For the first time in four King of the Hill races the number one seed in the King of the Hill got knocked off, as No. 6 seed Jeff Wiggins chose the right lane each and every time to come away with the crown Saturday at the Adams County Speedway.
As the points battles heat up so did the action on the track with 2011 hobby stock champion Matt McAtee making his first trip to victory lane in just his second outing at ACS this year.
Jerod Weston got win number four for the season in his b-mod, while Tony Hardisty got his fifth pro-stock of the season. Jesse Dennis piloted his Poet Biorefining modified to win number two and JC Wyman drove the Jack McKee owned number 4 late model to his third victory of the season.
The previous week was 2011 hobby stock champion Matt McAtee’s first trip to ACS this year and it ended early with mechanical problems. Week number two was far better as McAtee started on the pole and lead all 15 laps for the win.
Joe Murphy came in second followed by class point leader Jeremy Purdy in third. Andy Davison and Luke Ramsey were fourth and fifth. Purdy and lock up the point championship on Aug. 31 with a decent finish as he’s carrying a 67-point lead with just two weeks to go.
It took three attempts to get the first lap completed in the Stalker Chevrolet b-mod feature. The first try saw three cars tangle entering turn one and after a realignment the second attempt had five cars involved with one nearly upside down for a short time.
Once the racing got underway it was Jerod Weston and Jon Plowman coming from row six to race for the win. Weston managed to avoid the carnage and had the lead by the end of the first completed lap. Plowman moved into second by lap number four but never was able to take the lead away from Weston. Josh Cooper, Josh Sink, and Bret Sheppard followed at the checkers.
Chad Helvie’s orange number 14 pro-stock paced the field for the first seven laps of the Northland Oil feature. Behind him Tony Hardisty, Kevin Sharp, Brad Derry and Joe Zadina waged war, running two and three abreast lap after lap.
By lap eight Hardisty motored by to take the lead for good. Derry followed in second with Zadina and Sharp running third and fourth. Lorimor’s Greg Miller came back from an early race incident to finish fifth in the field of fourteen.
Coming into the night Brian Foote trailed Jesse Dennis by only five points in the chase for the championship for the Poet Biorefining modifieds. Foote started inside row five, directly behind Dennis. With Todd Van Eaton leading the first ten laps, Dennis and Foote clawed their way to the front. Dennis took the lead on lap 11 with Foote moving into second four laps later.
Dennis held on for the win extending his point lead to 12 points with two weeks to go. Jared Stiens crossed the line in third but was set back two positions post-race due to an early jump on a restart. Inheriting third place was Van Eaton, with Jeff Wiggins fourth and Stiens credited for fifth.
Jack McKee’s number 4 late model with JC Wyman behind the wheel was untouchable on the track this week taking the checkers nearly seven seconds ahead of the second place car. In 25 caution free laps Wyman came from his ninth place starting position to laps all but five of the field.
Chris Spieker followed in second, Justin Cooper third, Jason O’Brien fourth, and Paul Glendenning fifth.
Wyman’s win closed him to within 14 points of O’Brien while Spieker cut his margin from 25 points to 21 points with two point races left in the 2013 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
King of the Hill
The top eight in points in each class are paired for bracket racing – two cars for two laps, winner goes on, loser goes home. In the three weeks prior the number one seed has been the eventual winner, but not this week.
Jeff Wiggins came from the number six seed to win all three of his races and take the King of the Hill trophy.
Two to go
Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 are the last two weeks of NASCAR point racing at ACS for the season and the action promises to be furious as the drivers battle for the championship trophy and a possible trip to Charlotte for the national awards ceremony in November.
The Lucas Oil ASCS sprint cars will make their first trip ever to ACS for a rare Friday night show on Sept. 6. The 360 sprints will be joined with Midwest 305 sprint cars and the Central Vintage Racing Association coupes. Gates will open at 5 with racing at 7 p.m. for this special event.