Barnes Takes Dual Wins and Points Lead
After the “full moon racing” that went on two weeks ago at Dominion, Saturday’s Kids Night at the Races was a little tame, but it did see two double feature winners and a driver come from last to first to take a checkered flag. It also saw kids of all ages racing bikes on the front stretch before the features thanks to sponsors County Waste, Mullins Racing, F.O.E post 4123, Grover Gaming and Ferry Farm Repair.
After taking last year off, Doug Barnes has been a force this year at Dominion capturing three top fives in three races and sitting only six points out of the points lead coming into the weekend. He qualified second and started third in the field after the invert and wasted little time getting to the front. Barnes was out front by lap eight and never looked back, leaving Tyler Hughes in second and Timmy Phipps in third for the first feature.
Barnes started the second 60 lap twin P8 after the mandatory invert, but again, it took him just over half the race to get back out front. A contributing factor to Barnes being able to get back out front with only 24 laps to go, was an incident that took out, or crippled, three of the top contenders on the night. On lap two, Sergio Pena, Hughes and current track champion and points leader Jeff Oakley were involved in an incident coming out of turn two that saw Pena have to retire and both Hughes and Oakley make stops in the pits to repair their cars in order to continue. Hughes would come back out 27 laps down, but Oakley was able to get back out in 14th spot due to the cautions not counting yet. Oakley would charge from 14th and finish sixth while Hughes would come home 16th. Barnes would take his second checkered flag on the night followed by Michael Hardin, Phipps, and Alex Brock. “We are more than happy, to say the least about taking both features, but more importantly I think what really happened in the second was starting halfway through the first one we had a lead and knew something was wrong with the 8 car so we figured to save out stuff a little bit, keep the tires on it, we had a decent enough lead and if he got back to us we still had more in the car to give,” Barnes said after the second twin. When asked about coming out of the weekend with the points lead he said: “ It’s awesome!”
Mini Cups also ran twin 25 lap races and it saw the same winner in both races as well. Justin Herndon took the pole in qualifying and both feature wins on the night including coming from last place in the second one to take his second checkered flag on the night in order to get bonus points.
In the Dominion Stock feature, Todd Ruggles picked up his first feature win of the year winning the 40 lap feature which saw five cautions on the night the last of which set up a green, white, checkered finish that saw Ruggles come home first with Richard Powers second and Bobby Curtis third. Powers was able to drive back to the front and take home second after being involved in an earlier altercation that brought out one of the cautions on lap 24.
The MN Upholstery UCAR class had a 14 car field and after there last race, everyone was wondering if this feature would be like the last one, caution and drama filled, or would everyone settle down and go racing. The first lap led everyone to believe they were picking up right where they left off last race when they didn’t even finish a lap before the first yellow waved, but everything settled down after that and they saw only one more caution after that. Once racing got going again, it saw Ryan Pritt come home first and Cameron Ruggles second, with Kris Kurtz winning his second feature in a row for the import section of the class.
The Anycar class also ran Saturday night and saw Pete Sullivan take the checkered flag in commanding fashion followed by Richard Powers and John Andrews rounding out the top three.
No racing on Saturday the 8th. Racing resumes on Saturday the 15th with Late Models going 100 laps, Modifieds and Dominion Racers each going 35, mini mods and legends each going 25, and any cars going 20.