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The streak ends at 19

Published: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 2:32 a.m. CDT

CORNING — A record 19 race nights in a row had come off without interruption at the Adams County Speedway going back to June 22, 2013, but the streak came to an end when more than an inch of rain fell on an already wet race track Saturday. With the SLMR late models on the docket, the decision to cancel was difficult, but necessary.

The SLMR late models will be at Adams County on August 16 to compete for $2,000 in the Malvern Trust and Savings Bank special.

With no racing action to cover this week, and about one-third of the 2014 season in the books, it leaves an opportunity to look at the national points races in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

Last year ACS had six representatives at the national awards banquet in Charlotte, N.C., a number unmatched by any other track in the nation. With strong performances so far this year, several local drivers are in the hunt for a trip to Charlotte this year.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series points are accumulated from the best 14 point nights any driver has at any one of 52 sanctioned tracks in the nation.

In Whelen Division 2, modified driver Jesse Dennis, Corning, is currently sitting fourth overall, but is leading the dirt track standings with 217 points. Another driver from Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Penn., has the same number of points in identical starts, but Dennis’ five wins gives him the advantage.

The Stalker Chevrolet b-mods are in Division 3 and have the advantage of racing at both ACS and I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Neb., to accumulate national points.

ACS drivers competing at both tracks are dominating the division with Red Oak’s Jerod Weston leading the way with 358 points. Josh Sink, Stanton, and Blain Petersen, Essex, are sitting third and fourth nationally with 318 and 302 points respectively.

Defending champion Jon Plowman is in seventh currently, but has only been racing at Adams County and thus has fewer starts than the rest of the field. With an average point per race total well above the competition, Plowman would appear to be in line for a repeat trip to North Carolina.

Division 4 is dominated nationally by cars running on asphalt, but Bedford’s Brad Derry is bucking the trend and leads the national standings as the lone dirt car in the top 14. His 302 points in 12 starts has him 67 points ahead of second place. Joe Zadina, Corning, currently sits 15th overall and second place in the dirt division.

The Chat Mobility hobby stocks race is in Division 5, and although he’s still winless on the season, Bedford’s Jeremy Purdy sits 10th nationally and third in the dirt division. Fellow ACS regulars Tom Myers, Andy Davison, and Luke Ramsey are currently 13th through 15th, with only one point separating each of them.

Racing will resume on Saturday, June 14, with Southwestern Community College All-School night. All five classes of NASCAR racing will be on hand for a full night of action.

On June 21, the annual Alegent Kids’ Bicycle Races will be held on the front stretch at intermission. All kids age 12 and under are invited to bring their bikes and race on the dirt. Boys and girls will compete in separate divisions this year with trophies to the winners and a medal for all competitors. More details, as well as full results and point standings, can be found at www.acspeedway.com, and be sure to like ACS at www.facebook.com/acspeedway.

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