With 96 cars on hand, there was fast and furious racing action in all divisions! Championship night at Moler Raceway Park had an extra feel to it as the Sport Mods and Freedom 4 divisions each had a special race to makeup. The evening started out with Diamond Cut Lawn Care Dash events for non-winners in 2015 and it was Frank King taking the win for the Tarvin Auto Service Freedom 4’s while Graylin Prince took the dash win in the Late Model Division.
The Tarvin Auto Service Freedom 4’s were the first class to start the night. They were racing for $300 to win. Heat race winner Joey Wykoff jumped out front at the green flag of the 15-lap event with 2015 Track Champion Sean Jones in close pursuit from his fourth starting spot. Wykoff would lead until lap 10, when Jones would get around him and set sail to claim his seventh feature win of the season in his Barber Bros Automotive, Hudepohl Heating and Air, Jim Holden Financial, Mark Shinkle All Basement Waterproofing sponsored machine. Wykoff would come home in second with Kyle Tarvin, Eric Weaver, and Dustyn Fisher completing the top five spots. Fisher was also victorious in a heat race.
The Diamond Cut Lawn Care Sport Mod Division was up next and it was a backup drivier taking home the title. Spencer Watson of Blanchester was called to fill in for Daryl Phelps in the CCLS Trucking, Badfast Chassis machine and he would drive the machine to victory lane for his first victory at MRP in quite some time, leading all 15 laps of the event. Mitchell Fields Jr would put pressure on Watson but would come up just inches short at the finish line. Fields would later be DQ’d for failing to allow tech inspection on his engine moving Chris Shelton Jr to second spot with Bert Crawford, Glen Keaton, and Andy Trout completing the top five spots. Watson and Shelton were heat race winners while Andy Trout would be crowned the 2015 Track Champion.
The Late Models were up next and they put on a fantastic feature event. At the drop of the green flag, 2015 Track Champion John Whitney Jr jumped to the lead ahead of Mike Meyers. By lap three, it was Roger Ruark on the move up to second but most eyes were on last place starter Bill Sheets who arrived late to the racetrack due to engine issues and would have problems coming out for his heat race. So, at the drop of the green flag, Sheets ran his first laps at speed all night and began charging through the field towards the front. At the front, Whitney and Ruark battled hard for the top spot coming through lap traffic. A caution on lap 13 for a spinning Tom Collini would be what Sheets needed as he was up to third spot but nearly a half-lap behind. With the yellow waving, it was now a three-car battle for the win. Whitney would again get a good restart but Ruark was looking high and low for a way around as he and Sheets would trade the second spot numerous times following the restart. Sheets got past both Ruark and Whitney on lap 20 and took over the top position, setting sail for his second consecutive win . Ruark would come home in second with Whitney, Meyers, and Graylin Prince completing the top five spots.
A field of 26 Matt’s Graphics UMP Modifieds were on hand and it was Patrick Alcorn, Brian Scaggs, and Dave Jameson taking heat race wins while Larry Pickelheimer Jr would take the checkers in the B-main event. At the drop of the green flag of the 20-lap feature event it was Alcorn out front but the pace would be slowed by numerous cautions early in the event. By lap five it was evident that Adam Stricker, who started 12th and was looking to claim his second st raight Modifieds championship, and Jimmy Lennex Jr., who started 17th, were the cars on the move as they had worked their way into the top five positions.
Meanwhile, the Cohen Recycling, Ashley Motorsports #1 of Ryan Morton had gotten past Alcorn and was the new leader. By lap 10, Stricker had worked his way to second spot but Morton was determined to keep his car out front and he did as the Middletown, Ohio driver led the final 15 laps to claim his first win of the 2015 race season at MRP. Stricker would come home in second spot and claim the 2015 championship over Pickelheimer. Lennex would come home in a close third spot with Scaggs, and Alcorn completing the top five positions.
The final event of the evening would see the DRC.net Crazy Compacts in action and it was Burlington, Kentucky’s Justin Dalton taking the lead early in his Dalton Property Maintenance sponsored machine and holding off 2015 Track Champion Jason Borgenmenke to take the win. Jerry Gibson III would claim third spot with Willie Butler and Chris Shelton Sr completing the top five positions. Dalton and Kevin Stamper were heat race winners.
Congratulations to Everyone for a Great 2015! Special Congratulations to our 2015 Track Champions…Lil’ John Whitney (Late Models), Adam Stricker (Matt’s Graphics UMP Modifieds) Jason Borgemenke (TheDRC Crazy Compacts), Sean Jones (Tarvin Auto Service Freedom 4’s) and Andy Trout (Diamond Cut Lawn Care Sport Mods)!
September 25th will be Molerfest with a Parade Lap and introduction of our 2015 Track Champions along with a Dash for Cash of our top five in points in each division and a Moler vs. Moler dash! We will be closed October 2nd. Modified Mania for October 9th and 10th has been rescheduled to Saturday October 10th (One Day Only) and will see both Late Model and Modifieds battling for 1500 to Win along with all classes. The final race of 2015 will of course be our Turkey Gobbler 40 with Late Models 1500 to Win and Modifieds 1000 to Win plus all classes on November 14th with rain/snow dates of November 21st and 28th. The ninth annual Banquet of Champions will be January 16th, 2016. www.molerracewaypark.com