USAC Midgets and Twin Races Were on the Bill at Dominion Raceway
On a night when most of the Saturday night short track racing world’s attention was turned to
South Boston Speedway and the first leg of the triple crown, Dominion hosted twin races for the USAC
Midgets and the modifieds ran a 70-lap feature.
The midgets got things started with a 25-lap feature that saw eight cars take the green and saw
nose to tail racing for most of the event. Conner Gross qualified fifth on the grid for the feature and
would have a battle with the 22 car of Alex Murray as the two would battle nose to tail for several laps.
But Murray would come into the pits with four laps to go and would go onto finish in the sixth spot.
Gross would take the checkered to win the first feature of the night followed by Jessica Bean who was
not only the fastest car in practice, but also took the pole for the feature but started in fourth after the
redraw invert. Neal Allison came home third.
In the second 25 lap feature, Neal Allison would take the checkered flag leading only five cars
that were able to finish the race. The remaining order was Preston Lattomus in second, Allison third,
Gross fourth, and Levi Riffle in fifth. As of right now, this will be the only appearance by the UASC
midgets at Dominion this season.
The Modifieds ran a 70-lap split feature where the field came to pit road after 35 laps and were
able to take on fuel. Three cautions in the first seven laps slowed things down a bit, but the top five of
the top six cars were unaffected by the yellow flags and when the green dropped with 57 laps to go,
Chris Humblet led Chris Johnson, Eric Foulkes, and Wayne Hartley until the next caution came out with
42 laps to go. After a four-lap caution period, C. Humblet would show the way and hold that spot until
the midway break, followed by his brother Jimmy Humblet, Foulkes and Mike Rudy.
Having four cautions in the first half and the drivers only going 35 more laps, it seemed like we
might be in for a few more caution periods, but the field only had one more caution and C. Humblet
drove away for his second win of the year, leaving his brother J. Humblet to take second, Foulkes third
and Rudy Fourth.
The Dominion Racers ran twin 35 lap features that saw Aaron Donnelly win his second feature of
the year in the first race, Davey Callihan win his first feature of the year in the second, and a new points
leader emerge for the division.
Donnelly won the pole in qualifying with a time of 15.564, but the invert put him rolling off third
behind Callihan and Cole Bruce. Donnelly was never really contested in the first feature and went to
victory lane followed by Callihan, Chris Donnelly, and Bruce.
It didn’t take long in the second feature for some chaos to ensue. Following the mandatory eight
car invert which saw Andrew Lang and Bradley Kilby make up the front row, the first caution came out
before the cars even finished the first lap as A. Donnelly and James Johnson came to rest up against the
outside wall, in turn, one with Johnson’s nose under A. Donnelly. During the caution that followed, both
of the Donnelly cars came to pit road and Aaron got into the 47 machine that Chris had been driving.
Once the grid was reset, the green flag fell on a full field restart and Lang showed the way to turn one.
A six lap shootout was set up when the third caution of the feature was shown with 10 laps left
when Kilby, who was in the lead, spun going into turn two and put Bruce in the lead, followed by
Callihan and A. Donnelly. Green flag racing resumed with six laps left which saw Bruce take the inside on
the restart and Callihan, looking for his feature win this year, taking the outside at the cone. Callihan got
a jump on Bruce at the stripe and never looked back taking his first checkered flag this year at Dominion.
Bruce came home second, followed by A. Donnelly and Franklin Caricofe. Due to NASCAR rules, the
actual finishing order has C. Donnelly taking the third place position and points and A. Donnelly taking
the 12 th finishing spot and points, due to the fact that A. Donnelly took the initial green flag in the 31, not
the 47. Once all was sorted out, Bruce moved into the top spot a top the points with only a four-point
margin over A. Donnelly making this the tightest points battle at Dominion so far this season and both
have two feature wins this year. Caricofe, a Shenandoah Speedway regular, making his first starts in the
Dominion Racer class, was able to finish P5 and P4 respectively.
The last class of the evening was the mini modifieds and Jon Carte picked up his fourth win of
the year with Nick Johnston, Keith Riley, Steve Brady and Daniel Bentley rounding out the top five.
No racing this coming Saturday the sixth, but we are back in action on Saturday the 13 th with
twin 60 lap races for the Late Model Stock Car division, 40 laps for the Dominion Stocks, 25 laps for
UCAR, and 20 laps for the Anycar division. The mini cup division will be there, as well as the Southern
Ground Pounders making their season debut as well. Gates open at 5 and racing begins at 7.