A night at the races
A Saturday night of summer weather, engines revving, and mud flying is exactly how several families spent some time this weekend filled with excitement down at the Winchester Speedway.
Live action on the track began at 6:30 p.m. with the hot laps for each division, which was ensued by qualifiers for the Super Late Model, and Two Barrel/Crate Late Models (2 BBL).
Heat races were held to determine the starting position for cars in the feature races that were held for points in the standing, plus cash.
Race goers were in for a special treat at intermission, prior to the feature races, as a Power Wheel race was held for several kids to come down onto the track and compete in a shortened race on electric vehicles.
Medals and trophies were handed out to the top finishers, Grayson Ikard took home first place. In second place was Olivia Partin, and finishing third was Joseph Pendergrass. The race was greatly cheered as nearly 15 racers in all competed.
During intermission at the Winchester Speedway on Saturday night, several youngsters took their power wheelers to the dirt track to race against one another. Pictured are the top three finishers. In third place was Joseph Pendergrass (right), second place was Olivia Partin (left), and crossing the finish line in first was Grayson Ikard (center).
—Staff Photo by Evan Harris
Winchester Speedway credited Scott Blackwell with organizing the race — a first time attraction at the Speedway.
Following the crowd-pleasing intermission event, the feature races were set to begin.
First up was the Modified Stock classification.
Finishing in first place was Allan Carter of Murfreesboro. Russell Boothe of Nolensville placed in second, and in third was Richard Blazier of Lynchburg.
Nine drivers competed in the class, which paid out to the top six finishers.
The top finish credited Carter with 45 points in the standing to boost his overall total to 324, placing him fourth overall. Dewayne Hicks of Hazel Green, Ala., leads the Modified Stock standings with 533 total points.
Ethan Sims of Winchester was the biggest mover of the race advancing from a starting position of seventh, to finish fourth overall.
The finish netted Sims 37 points, putting him in second place on the overall standings, just five points shy of the leader with 528.
Late Model was the next classification to compete in the features with Joseph Faulker of Flintville coming from fourth place to cross the finish line in first. The win was the biggest cash draw of the night, hauling in $1,000 for Faulkner in the number 25 car.
Kevin Lovvorn of Shelbyville finished second, and Mark Haddon of Estill Springs rounded out the top three. The race featured 11 drivers and paid out to all of the finishers.
Haddon’s third place finish netted the driver 38 points, slightly extending his lead atop the classification’s standings with 481 points.
Trailing Haddon by just seven points is Matthew Summers also of Estill Springs. Summers struggled Saturday night finishing in seventh place, but holds onto second place with 474 points.
Former points leader Jerry Ashley dropped to third place in the standings after placing last in the race.
Next up was the Mini Stock race, which was won by Huntland High School student Justin Sells. After starting the race in third place, Sells capitalized on an opportunity near lap 10 to advance into first place and lead the final laps.
After leading several laps, John Perry of Decherd, in the 44 car, got a flat tire after being edged by Ricky Young in the X car. A small collision ensued that sent Perry to the back of the race and dropped Young back a few spots.
Jackie Hentz of Shelbyville also capitalized on the misfortune and finished in second place while Young battled back to place third.
Sells spoke after the race on his third first place finish of the year.
“I was running third, and two went to the rear opening it up for me,” he said when asked about his goals for the racing season. “Hoping to climb on up in the points, maybe top three.”
Huntland High School three-sport athlete Justin Sells shows he can compete on more than just a high school court or field by passing under the checkered flag in first place, driving the J27 car.
—Staff Photo by Evan Harris
The first place finish added 45 points to Sells total of 392 points, placing him in sixth place in the overall standings, just 157 points back of first place.
Hentz hauled in 40 points and sits atop the overall rankings with 549 points.
Seventeen cars were on the track for the 2 BBL race in which Haddon placed in first.
At just 15 years old, Jadon Frame battled with the big boys to place second, while Randy Gifford of Flintville completed the top three in third place.
With the victory Haddon jumped into first place in the overall standings with 569 total points in the 2BBL classification.
Just three points behind is Gifford with 566 points overall.
In what ended up being the final race of the night, nine racers competed in the Street Stock classification.
Wayne Walls Jr. of Murfreesboro was leading as the race was called due to rain. Since the race had eclipsed the halfway mark, it was declared official.
Walls Jr. placed first, followed by Josh Bondurant of Lynchburg in second place, and Matthew Renner of Belvidere in third place.
Renner earned 38 points for his third place finish, keeping him atop the standings with 530 total points. Just behind Renner is Walls Jr. who closed in with 45 points to add to his total of 521, nine points shy of Renner in first.
Due to the weather the Vintage Dwarf classification will have two feature races next Saturday night.
Come out June 7 to continue and watch the standings battle for the season.
Gates open at 3 p.m. and the drivers’ meeting is held at 6 p.m. with the hot laps to begin shortly thereafter.
A general admission ticket for an adult is just $10, while youths 12 and under get in free. Pit admission is $25 for adults, with youths 12 and under again getting in free of charge.