Purkhiser Takes Double Checkered at Dominion

The Super Cup tour kicked off their season Saturday night at Dominion with twin 60 lap features and saw Allen Purkhiser take both wins in solid fashion.

It was Boy Scouts of America night at Dominion and seventeen cars made up the field. Purkhiser claimed the pole in qualifying by almost a quarter of a second. After the invert he would start in the third position. For the first half of the race, Kevin Kromer looked like the car to beat after starting on the pole and driving away from the field, but brought out a caution with 27 laps to go with an apparent engine issue. Kromer was done for the night and would not make the field for the second twin.

Purkhiser, who was running second when the caution flew, inherited the lead, took the inside groove at the cone, and never looked back taking his first win of the year followed by Jon Kerley and Ron Langdon. “I actually ran Hooters Pro Cup with this back in 2008-2012 and then brought it back to Super Cup. I only ran 1 race last year and didn’t win but I did win two of the Hooters Pro Cup” Purkhiser said in victory lane.

In the second twin, Purkhiser started sixth after the invert which put J.J. Pack and Mike Potter on the front row. Pack shot to the lead and would hold that position for 12 laps until Purkhiser picking his way through traffic put himself in the position he was most familiar with during the first twin. After he regained the lead and pulled away, the real race was between Pack, Langdon, Brent Nelson, and Jon Kerley for second through fifth. The four of them jockeyed those positions back and forth until a red flag came out with 33 to go when a scary moment happened in turn one and two.  Nelson cut a tire slamming into the outside wall and erupting into flames. The car was a fireball until it came to rest on the high side of the track. Nelson got out safely and walked away.

When racing resumed, Purkhiser was never tested and parked it in victory lane for his second consecutive win of the young season and a sweep of the Boy Scout twins. 

The Affordable Automotive Repair modified class also had twin races Saturday night and unlike the Super Cups, we would see a different winner in each feature.

Chris Johnson took the pole in qualifying but the field inverted the top 5 putting Eric Fowlkes inside row one and Adam Medek on the outside. When racing started it saw plenty of bumping and passing through the first half of the race. Fowlkes had been out in front until he and Jimmy Humblet got together and both had to get out of the gas to save their cars, which allowed Chris Humblet to take the lead from the third position. With five laps to go a caution came out and bunched the field back up and at the cone, Medek took the low line with Chris Humblet taking the high side. Medek got the jump and never looked back taking the checkered flag in front of Johnson and Peyton Ferree, who drove up from sixth to take the third spot. When asked about how he earned the victory, Medek said “Yeah he gave it to me. I mean, the race was mine the whole time without the cautions and he got the cautions. I knew Chris was better than me. I knew he was going to race me hard. I cut down on him because I figured he wouldn’t dump me and he let me go”.

In the second feature, where four cautions provided some stop and go action, Chris Humblet was able to park his machine in victory lane after starting fifth for the 35 lap feature.  Johnson and Medek rounded out the top 3. 

The Dominion Stocks ran a 35 lap feature which saw Cole Bruce take his first checkered flag. Bruce started fourth following the invert after winning the pole earlier in the day. Bruce was able to pick his way through traffic and get to the lead. Aaron Donnelly, Andrew Lang and Bradley Kilby all tried to track him down, but Bruce was just to strong and pulled away for his first victory of the year.

Last race of the night saw Conner Jones win his first feature race in the Legends class. Jones won the pole and started fifth after the invert. After cautiously picking his way through the lead cars, it came down to a green white checkered after a caution. Jones took the restart in second and navigated his way around Ryan Matthews to take his first checkered flag.  “I love that I won my first race tonight because I love this track and I love everybody here. I just had to use the caution to my advantage and bump him out of the way first corner to get really a good enough lead under him” Jones said afterwards.