By BURTON HEATON
Adams Co. Speedway
CORNING — The final round for the Stalker Chevrolet B-mod King of the Hill came down to number 1-ranked Jon Plowman facing off against number 2-ranked Jerod Weston, and even though Weston got lane choice it was Plowman taking the checkers, the crown, and the trophy Saturday at the Adams County Speedway.
That trophy will join the nine feature win trophies already in the Plowman stable, with number nine being collected this evening.
With a win last week,Jason O’Brien had a slim seven-point lead over Chris Spieker as he tries to win back to back championships. This week it was Spieker with the win, and by garnering the two extra bonus points available by starting 10th or worse, the two have emerged tied again. Based on total wins Spieker sits on top of the leader board with six compared to O’Brien’s four.
Creston’s Dave Carlisle led the first two laps of the feature before Mount Ayr’s Paul Glendenning took the helm, but it only took five laps for Spieker to move to the front. O’Brien followed him in second but was never able to make a serious charge for the lead as those two distanced the field. Third place went to Griswold’s JC Wyman, followed by John Hampel and Glendenning.
With 10 wins in 14 starts, Corning’s Jesse Dennis has dominated the modified class this season at ACS. This week it was Josh Most on hand in the number 89 machine that appeared to have something for Dennis, but a slip with five laps to go let Dennis out in front where he extended his lead to over four seconds by the time the checkers flew.
John Davis and Josh Cooper followed in second and third with Most slipping to fourth and Brian Foote, back from a week off with a hand injury, fifth.
With four weeks left in the point chase Dennis would appear to have the track championship locked in, but the race for second couldn’t be closer. Brian Foote holds a slim two point margin over Todd Van Eaton and Jeff James who are tied for third.
Corning’s Joe Zadina leads the Northland Oil pro-stocks in wins with five this season, compared to Greg Miller’s three and two each for Clay Mercer and Brad Derry, but Zadina still trails Miller by 22 points in the battle for the championship. This week Zadina started outside in the fourth row with Miller on his rear bumper. The two made their way to the front quickly, with Zadina taking the lead on lap five. Several cautions grouped the field but Zadina was strong on the restarts and held on to the lead and the win.
Miller came in second with Tony Hardisty, Kevin Sharp and Clay Mercer rounding out the top five.
Once again it was the number 17 Jon Plowman racing show as the Woodbine native managed to avoid the carnage when the caution flag came out no less than five times in the first three laps of the feature race. Plowman needed just one more lap to take the lead from Brett Sheppard and eventually extend his lead to nearly half a lap as he got win number nine in 14 starts this year.
Sheppard held on to second with Josh Sink, Shawn Kralik, and Dave Schafroth following if third through fifth.
In the evening’s final event Plowman beat Troy Fudge, Josh Sink, and Jerod Weston in the King of the Hill – two cars/two laps – races to claim the crown and his second trophy of the evening.
Bedford’s Jeremy Purdy extended his point lead in the Chat Mobility hobby stocks to 39 points by picking up win number three in his number 4 machine, matching Luke Ramsey and Dusty Van Horn with three wins this season.
Purdy started 11th in a small field of only 13 hobby stocks and spent the first 10 laps reeling in Mount Ayr’s David Weeda who paced the field for the first two-thirds of the race distance. With a smooth, slick track beneath them side by side racing was the norm for the evening. Purdy was followed by Andy Davison, Luke Ramsey, Kurt Hansen, and Weeda at the checkers.
SLMR late models
Aug. 16 sees the SLMR late models making their first trip to ACS this year after their scheduled June date was rained out. A $1,000 bounty has been posted by series officials for any driver who can break Kyle Berck’s string of six consecutive series wins.
Add that to the $2,000 winner’s purse courtesy Malvern Trust and Savings bank, and another $1,000 available to the winner of the special Ray Houck Memorial Dash and one driver could have a $4,000 night at ACS on Aug. 16.
Gates open at 5 p.m. with adult tickets $15, high-school and junior high students $5, elementary students $2 and preschool free. A family pass for two adults and all children living in the home is $35. Pit passes will be $25 for all adults and $10 for age 15 and under.