Humblet and Callihan Win Twin Features
Chris Humblet entered Saturday night with a 22-point lead over Chris Johnson in the points battle in the Modified division and only strengthened his hold on that position after taking both victories in the 35 lap twin races with four races left. C. Humblet started outside of row one for the first feature and wasted little time getting to the head of the line and drove away for his first win of the night in a caution free feature. Top three were C. Humblet, Jimmy Humblet and Chris Johnson.
The second feature saw C. Humblet start shotgun on the field, 11th starting position. After the eight-car invert from the first race, Wayne Hartley started inside row one with Tony Fowler on the outside. Once the green flag waved it didn’t take C. Humblet to make and complete his charge to the front of the pack. By lap five he had gained six spots and was up to fifth. By the time the first caution waved, he was up to second behind Michael Johnson and was in the lead with ten to go and never looked back. “Wasn’t sure what to expect in the first race. Really tight with the top three there with Dad and the 29 but the invert really worked in our favor”. C. Humblet said about the first feature. He then talked about his second feature win on the night. “Last race, small field tonight so I figured I would play it to my advantage and start shotgun and go for maximum points tonight and see if we could get back up front and here we are”. Top three finishers in the second feature were C. Humblet, C. Johnson and M. Johnson.
Dominion Racers also had twin 35 lap features with Davey Callihan taking both of those feature wins. Callihan took the pole in qualifying but with a five-car invert started on the inside of row three, putting the second place in points driver Richard Storm on the pole for feature one. With nineteen laps to go, points leader Cole Bruce and Callihan got together in turn one trying to avoid a lap car causing Bruce to go to the back after his spin in turn two. Bruce was able to battle back to a fourth-place finish with Callihan taking the win followed by Bradley Kilby and Reid Murphy.
Second feature saw Bruce start on the pole after several cars that were in front of him, due to the mandatory eight car invert, go to the back of the field. Kilby, who after the first race became the second place in points driver, started right behind Bruce in third. Callihan wasted no time again coming from mid pack to take the lead by lap 7, but the field was bunched up three times due to cautions. Once it was all said and done, Callihan had his second win of the night with Kilby finishing second, James Johnson third and Storm fourth. Bruce, still the current points leader finished fifth and holds a slim 24-point lead over Kilby and 30-point lead over Storm with two races left on the season. Points are unofficial until Tuesday.
Last set of twin races were for the Legends that ran 25 laps in each feature. Conner Jones started on the pole in feature one with Chris Lilly, Ryan Matthews and Carter Weedon rounding out the top four. Four cautions, including one red flag, kept the field tight and made for great side by side and nose to tail racing that saw Matthews take the first checkered flag of the night for the Legend class. Rounding out the top four were Jones, Weedon and Sparky West.
Second feature saw another eight-car invert which put Matthews, Jones and Weedon in the back to start the race. By lap 14, Jones and Weedon had moved to second and third respectively and it also saw Matthews, the first race winner, exit the race with mechanical issues. Weedon and Jones were racing one two over the last several laps of the event, setting up a great battle for the win. With 3 laps left, Weedon was out front with Jones right in his tire tracks. When the two went into turn one, Jones gave Weedon a little shot to move him up the track and he drove by into the lead. Jones held the lead until the last lap when Weedon returned the favor in turn three, spinning Jones, and driving away for the win. Top four were Weedon, Richard Davidowitz, Lilly and Kevin Nowak.
Next race is this Thursday to kick off Richmond race weekend. Divisions on action are the Late Models, Dominion Racers, Dominion Stocks, UCAR and Any Cars. Soles for souls 118 is also taking place. Adult tickets are $20. You can get a $5 discount on your ticket with a donation of a new pair of shoes or a $10 towards the pair of new shoes. Gates open at 5 and racing begins at 7.