Dayton Chatter
by: Jerry Wahl

Dayton, OH (April 21, 2014) -

What a great weekend it was, three tracks in two days and a variety of race cars. Friday night we caught the Kil-Kare Speedway season opener featuring the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series events.

 Saturday afternoon we visited Waynesfield Raceway Park for their test and tune with a large number of cars on hand getting dialed in for the season opener on May 3. Saturday evening was a toss up between Eldora for the USAC Sprint Cars or Shady Bowl Speedway for the CRA Street Stocks in a 200 lap event. We chose Shady Bowl since we had been to Eldora the week before.
 
At Kil-Kare the car count was on the slim side perhaps due to being early in the season but the action saw some very good racing on both the 3/8 and 1/5 mile tracks.
 
Seven late models checked in with Bill Burba clocking a 13.623 lap for fast time but it was second year late model driver Tyler Mahaffey taking the dash win over Burba, Cody Robinson, and Don Mahaffey.
 
When it came to feature time it was young Dylan Troyer and Arlis Williams leading the field to the green with Troyer out front the first four laps but sixth place starter Burba was on the move. Third by lap three and then slipped inside Troyer on the inside to show as the leader on lap five.
 
Second fast timer Robinson followed Burba also slipping by Troyer for second but it was evident Burba clearly had the fastest car as he put some distance over Robinson to take the season opening feature. Robinson had Williams closing in on him but the second year driver Robinson claimed second with Williams third, Troyer fourth while Tyler Mahaffey, Russ Bobb, and Don Mahaffey rounded out the field.
 
Ten modifieds were on hand with Derek Barnette being fast timer at 13.929. Second generation driver Zach Stacy, son of driver Mike Stacy recorded his first ever dash win and in fact his first win at Kil-Kare when he captured the fast car dash over Mark Timmerman, Barnette, and John Donovan.
 
Jim Lewis Jr. was a beginner stock champ in 1996 and has worked his way up through the ranks driving street stocks, late models, and modifieds. Friday night he showed his many years behind the wheel has given him a lot of knowledge as he started last, seventh in the mod heat and by half way was in the lead as Jamie Sites came from sixth for second place and Brian Brewer third after leading two laps.

 Bob Sibila was fourth with Grant Gamble fifth and Robert Dutra sixth.
One could sense when the modifieds lined up for their feature it was going to be a showdown between front row starters Jamie Sites and Jim Lewis and it was. Those two along with Zach Stacy and Mark Timmerman put on quite a show for the fans as they ran very close together but it was Sites reaching the finish line first with Lewis second, Stacy third and Timmerman fourth. Bob Sibila driving the car normally driven by Arlis Williams was fifth. John Donovan, Robert Dutra, Brian Brewer, Grant Gamble, and Derek Barnette rounded out the finish.
 
Doing double duty as was Jamie Sites, Jim Lewis posted fast time in the sport stocks with al time of 15.128 of the nine present. Last years sport stock champ Sites was fired up in the dash taking the win over former compact driver Bo Hoelscher, Lewis, and David Stump.
 
Second year driver Marcus Melzer ran side by side with Josh Longstreth for the heat lead as Mike South Jr. dropped Longstreth to third but tail end starter James Harding had charged into second on lap five but Melzer was able to hold off Harding's challenge at the stripe for the win. With Harding second South, Jake Heckman, and Longstreth trailed.
 
Second generation driver Jake Heckman started on the pole of the feature with James Harding along side but it was Heckman taking the lead with Bo Hoelscher taking second with Harding third. Heckman continued to set the pace with a decent lead until a caution on lap fourteen bunched the field. Jamie Sites had taken over second spot on lap seven and when the event restarted Sites passed Heckman and pulled away from the rest. It looked like Heckman had a solid second place finish but unfortunately he spun on turn four coming for the checker as the rest of the field sailed by.

 Harding claimed second place money with David Stump third, Lewis fourth, and Hoelscher fifth. Rounding out the field was Melzer, Heckman, Mike South Jr., Josh Longstreth.
Nine compacts showed for the first nights action with Nicholas Barrett fast time on the fifth mile track at 14.875. The guys got a taste of a lady's driving ability as Amber Holley led all four laps of the dash taking the win over Tony Cottrill, Nicholas Barrett, and Ryan Barrett.
 
Jamie Drook had the misfortune of losing a wheel in hot laps but made up for it by winning the compact heat. Nicholas Beake led the first lap but from there on it was Drook in a close finish over Davey Shaw and William Honious followed by Codie Knabe and Beake.
 
The compacts always put on a good show as witnessed when the green flag dropped they went three wide into turn one. William Honious started on the pole and emerged the leader with Holley running second along with Cottrill running third but the so called star of the show was Nicholas Barrett. He missed turning on the small track on lap five and headed onto the big track as he sailed around it and caught the tail of the field. Lap after lap he weeded his way toward the front getting as high as fourth. The caution flew on lap nineteen with one lap to go when Cottrill hit the turn two big time and threw water out onto the track which took quite awhile to dry up. It was a green white checker finish with William Honious claiming his first ever feature win. Amber Holly was second with Tony Cottrill third, Nicholas Barrett fourth, Ryan Barrett fifth followed by Jamie Drook, Codie Knabe, Nicholas Beake, and Davey Shaw.
 
Kil-Kare will be back in action this Friday with gates opening at 6 and qualifying at 7 pm.
 
Saturday night was a great night at Shady Bowl Speedway as 37 CRA street stocks showed for the $3,000 to win event before a packed grandstand. The racing was very good with the front running cars running very close all the way and there was minimal cautions. Have to give credit to Shady Bowl regular Rodney Roush as he ran as high as third to the traveling circuit drivers and finished a strong fifth.
 
Josh Poore led most of the laps with in the early going pre race favorite Jeff Lane running second. Unfortunately Lane suffered a mechanical problem and had to drop out.
 
In the other divisions that was on the racing card Gary Eaton Jr. won the Tuners feature, Justin Meed the Pro 4's, and Kenny George the Compacts.
 
This Saturday it will be back to regular racing with Late Models, Modifieds, Tuners, Compacts, and DWARF cars with racing at 7 pm.
Saturday night Eldora has Saturday Night Speedfest featuring UMP DIRTcar Mods, Stocks, and Waynesfield Tuff Trucks.
 
As I mentioned earlier Waynesfield had test and tune last Saturday, well if you missed it they will do the same this Saturday with gates opening at 12:30 and practice starting at 1 pm and it is free grandstand admission.

 You'll see non win sprints, maybe a few winged sprints, modifieds, mini sprints, trucks, compacts, and who knows what else.
 
Until next time, catch ya later. Comments welcome at jlwahl@woh.rr.com.