Dudley Dominates First Saturday Night of the Season

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Dudley Dominates First Saturday Night of the Season
Just when it looked like Mother Nature was about to secure her fourth win of the season at Franklin County Speedway, the skies over the track cleared and racing commenced on Saturday night.

Kyle Dudley dominated the first Late Model Stock Car feature over pole winner Dennis Holdren while battles ensued all the way throught the field behind them.  Bobby Gillespie, Devin Steele and Wesley Thomason had a great battle for the third, fourth and fifth positions.  Gillespie began to pull away from them but Thomason and Steele tangled ending both drivers night with damaged cars beyond repair for the second race of the night.

Gillespie would secure the third finishing position behind Dudley and Holdren with Josh Leedy finishing fourth in his first race of the season and Jonathan Hall taking a new car to a fifth place finish.  The field would be inverted for the second race putting Leedy on the pole and Gillespie to his outside.  Leedy looked strong early but soon enough Dudley was back in command.

Holdren soon made his way to second and tangled with Dudley in front of the field.  Both would go to the rear of the field leaving Leedy and Hall to lead the field to the final green flag.  Dudley’s car was so strong he was able to charge back to the lead as Leedy’s car bobbled just a little bit.  Dudley would take the win over Leedy and Hall.  Daniel Hutson who missed the first race of the night due to a broken fuel pump in qualifying placed fourth ahead of Gillespie at the finish.  Holdren was unable to rebound finishing sixth in the second race.

Dudley was excited about getting his program back on track.

“It’s been a rough start to the season for us,” said Dudley.  “We won one of the races on opening night but we haven’t been as competitive as we needed to be.  Tonight we were right where we wanted to be and it showed in how we were able to come right to the lead time and time again.”

Josh Leedy was excited to get his career best finish of second in the nightcap.

“That’s how we want to run,” said Leedy.  “We have been struggling to put together the finishes that we’re capable of.  We are always fast but seem to fade at the end but tonight the car stayed pretty good throughout.  It gave up a little there when Kyle got to us and you gotta give them credit they were really on it tonight.”

Exciting was the only way to describe the first set of twin races in the Mini Stock division this season.  In the first race of the night Barry Wilson and Dennis Holdren battled it out but a late race caution took away an incredible battle to the finish.  On the final green, white, checkered restart Wilson was able to get the top position as Holdren’s car stumbled a little.  Wilson would go on to take the victory, his first of the season.  Brian Turner and Cole Martin slipped by Holdren for their best finishes of the season while Holdren took fourth ahead of fifth place finisher Josh Phillips.

In the second Mini Stock race of the night Dennis Holdren looked poised to pick up the victory after being inverted to the pole for the start of the race.  Holdren dominated the 15-lap event until a caution waved with just laps remaining.  On the restart Holdren couldn’t get the top spot and Turner took the lead.  The two raced hard into turn three and made contact sending Turner spinning and resulting in Holdren being put to the rear of the field.

Martin then inherited the lead and worked hard to hold off Chad Burnopp for his first career Mini Stock victory.  Burnopp slipped a little on the final lap and made contact with Phillips who raced to his inside.  Phillips would grab second with Burnopp third, Wilson fourth and Drew Holdren rebounding from a late race spin and last place finish in the first race to finish fifth.

The V8 Street division again proved to be the most entertaining division at the track with a wild and crazy race that ended in a driver being disqualified for rough driving and the divisions dominator sidelined with a broken water pump.  Jason Warsing looked to be on his way to another win but the broken water pump ended his night as water spewed from his car as second place runner Mark Arrington and third place car Steve Brodie got together behind him.  Brodie who was making his first start of the season missed practice and started last on the field and looked to have one of the fastest cars before the water from Warsing caused he and Arrington to crash.

Warsing and Brodie were done for the night while Arrington lined back up to challenge Mike Worthington for the win.  The two raced hard but in the end Worthington turned Arrington and was the first to take the checkered flag.  Worthington however was stripped of his finishing position and disqualified from the event for rough driving handing the win to his father Steve Worthington.  Arrington was credited with finishing second after the wild last lap played out.

Tony Housman continued his dominance over the U-Car division.  After traveling to Ace Speedway on Friday night and breaking his transmission, Housman and his team got his car ready and returned to Franklin County Speedway looking for his third straight win this season.  After qualifying third, Housman was inverted to the pole and never relinquished the lead for another victory, his sixth in a row dating back to September of 2016.  Mike Reed challenged Housman but settled for second ahead of WJ Altizer, Jonathan Simacek and Doug Brown.

Jeff Davis won his second Mini Cup race of the season ahead of Alfred Hamblin.

Racing resumes this Sunday night at 7pm with the first Sunday night race of the season as the track celebrates Memorial Day with the first 100-lap Late Model Stock Car race of the year.  The Memorial Day Bash will also feature Open Wheel Modifieds, Mini Stocks, V8 Street and U-Cars.

Adult tickets are $10, Youth tickets (5-12) are $5 and children four and under get in free. Veterans and active military with ID will receive half price grandstand admission on Sunday night.

More information check out www.FCSpeedway.com or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MoonshineCapitalPromotions/ or contact Langley Austin at 276.613.4208.

OFFICIAL RESULTS 5/20/17:

Late Model Stock Car — Duel #1
1 – #4 Kyle Dudley
2 – #2 Dennis Holdren
3 – #18 Bobby Gillespie
4 – #03 Josh Leedy
5 – #25 Jonathan Hall
6 – #00 Calvin Brooks
7 – #17 Devin Steele
8 – #08 Wesley Thomason
9 – #57 Daniel Hutson – DNS
10 – #357 Kelly Kingery – DNS

Late Model Stock Car — Duel #2
1 – #4 Kyle Dudley
2 – #03 Josh Leedy
3 – #25 Jonathan Hall
4 – #57 Daniel Hutson
5 – #18 Bobby Gillespie
6 – #2 Dennis Holdren
7 – #00 Calvin Brooks
8 – #17 Devin Steele – DNS
9 – #08 Wesley Thomason – DNS
10 – #357 Kelly Kingery – DNS

Mini Stocks — Duel #1
1 – #7 Barry Wilson
2 – #04 Brian Turner
3 – #1c Cole Martin
4 – #1y Dennis Holdren
5 – #97 Josh Phillips
6 – #1d Billy Duty
7 – #79 Chad Burnopp
8 – #95 Thomas Parmalee
9 – #63 Drew Holdren

Mini Stocks — Duel #2
1 – #1c Cole Martin
2 – #97 Josh Phillips
3 – #79 Chad Burnopp
4 – #7 Barry Wilson
5 – #63 Drew Holdren
6 – #1d Billy Duty
7 – #95 Thomas Parmalee
8 – #1y Dennis Holdren
9 – #04 Brian Turner

V8 Street
1 – #46 Steve Worthington
2 – #12 Mark Arrington
3 – #71 Jason Warsing
4 – #00 Steve Brodie
5 – #99 James Woods
6 – #33 Paul Caldwell – DQ
7 – #13 Mike WOrthington – DQ

U-Cars
1 – #26 Tony Housman
2 – #89 Mike Reed
3 – #51 WJ Altizer
4 – #18 Jonathan Simacek
5 – #48 Doug Brown
6 – #03 Jason Janney

Mini Cups
1 – #81 Jeff Davis
2 – #74 Alfred Hamblin