Eighteen late models took the green flag for the first of the two 60 lap Easter Bunny Twins tonight at Dominion Raceway. Tyler Hughes in the number 8 Row 6 machine took the pole in qualifying and after the invert started P4 on the grid.
When the green flag dropped, Michael Hardin, the pole sitter, led the field into turn one before pulling away for the early lead, followed by Timmy Phipps and Hughes. By lap 8 the top eight cars were single file and on lap ten, Hughes passed Hardin to take the lead until the only caution of the night came out at lap 14 to bunch the field back up with a restart.
Hughes would start on the inside of row one, take the lead going into turn one, and never look back. Hughes stretched out his lead by almost half a straight away until Jeff Oakley was able to come from fourth place after the restart to try and reel in the leader, but there was just not enough time left in the 60 lap sprint.
When asked before the race what it was going to take to get to victory lane tonight after the bad luck 2 weeks ago, Hughes said “I think it is just racing smart tonight and staying out of trouble. We did have a stretch of bad luck last week. Staying out of trouble and keeping it out front will be key”.
The rest of the top five were Oakley, Doug Barnes, Hardin and Grayson Cullather
Tyler Hughes started the second 60 lap twin in P6 after the invert, but drove through the field and put the Row 6 machine in Radley Chevrolet Victory Lane for the second time tonight.
Alex Brock started on the pole after Sergio Pena had to go to the rear of the field due to starting the race in a different car. Brock led the field to the stripe but it was Mike Ganoe that took the early lead followed by Grayson Cullather.
Several lead changes took place, including Hughes taking the lead on lap 17, before the first caution flew on lap 24 when Ganoe found the outside wall coming out of turn four. The restart saw Hughes, Cullather, Doug Barnes and Jeff Oakley as the top four. After the restart, Hughes and Barnes were able to pull away leaving Cullather, Oakley and Michael Hardin to battle it out for third through fifth.
The second and last caution came out with 27 to go. Much like the last one, Hughes would jump out to the lead and never look back. With 15 laps to go, the only way the field would catch Hughes was if a third caution came out and but never did allowing Hughes to take his second checker flag of the night. Barnes, Oakley, Hardin and Cullather rounded out the top 5.
“We came through the pack pretty quick. The outside lane was working really there good off the restart and we picked up quite a few spots” Hughes said afterward. “Great run for this Row 6 Ford. Can’t thank my guys enough”.
After swapping the lead twice in the final 10 laps, Pete Sullivan was able to make a pass with only four laps left to win the any car feature at Dominion tonight.
Sullivan made a move with 12 laps to go passing two cars to take the lead and John Andrews followed in his tire tracks. Andrews started ninth out of nine on the grid and was able to come home with second place finish.
Ten cars took the green flag for the American Family Fitness Dominion Stock feature that saw Andrew Condrey come from third place to take the feature win tonight.
Condrey took the lead from Travis Weber and on the first lap and was pulling away when the first of 2 cautions came out. On the restart, Condrey was challenged for a quarter lap and then pulled away and had a ten car lead with 30 to go.
With 24 laps to go, the second caution came out when Ryan Paul hit the outside wall in turn two bringing out the red flag.
When the green flag dropped to resume racing, Condrey Todd Ruggles would start side by side. Condrey pulled away going into turn one and never looked back taking the feature win over Ruggles, Weber and Tommy Smith.
Seventeen cars took the green flag for the 25 lap UCAR feature tonight that saw Jimmy Pritt drive off to an early lead, but saw Daniel Thomas take the checkered flag in the MN Upholstery feature.
Thomas took the lead from Pritt when he started back pedaling through the field with what appeared to be an issue with the nine car.
Caution number two of four came out with fifteen to go and the restart had Thomas, David Gonce, Cameron Ruggles and Michael Frazier making up the first two rows. When the green waved, Gonce took the lead but with thirteen to go Gonce dropped back to third and Thomas took over the lead with Ruggles in between the two for second.
The fourth caution came when the restart saw multiple came come together on the back stretch. Since it was the fourth of the feature, laps started counting under the yellow setting up a green, white, checkered. The restart had Thomas, Gonce, Ruggles and Ryan Pritt making up the first 2 rows. The green flag dropped and Thomas led the way while Pritt went from fourth to second, but he didn’t have enough time to catch Thomas. EJ Kenny finished first in the import division.
“Been working on this thing for two years now. Couple years ago it wouldn’t run right and finally figured out the problem. Come up here two years ago and just got beat that night and decided to come play tonight and it all worked out for us” Thomas said in victory lane after his first win if the year.
Oakley Trumps the King
Hughes Effort Comes up short
Opening night at Dominion Raceway for the 2019 season saw side by side action, fireballs and some high caliber racing Saturday night highlighted by Jeff Oakley beating Phillip Morris to the checkered flag for the first time ever.
24 late models showed up Saturday night with 23 taking the green flag. It didn’t take long for the first caution of the night to come out on lap 2 when several cars came together and Alex Brock ended up spinning on the front stretch. The first caution also saw Logan Jones come down pit road ending his night.
After the restart, Morris eventually began to pull away and the lead pack fell into single file racing until lap 16 when Cole Knopp, Mike Michalski and Chase Burrow get collected in an incident bringing out the red flag for clean up. Burrow took a hard shot into the outside wall and all three drivers were done for the night.
With 16 to go the filed takes the green flag following a caution. Oakley, Morris, Sergio Pena and Timmy Phipps were the first four cars to take the green. Oakley works his way back to the front with Morris and Pena in his line. With 11 laps left Tyler Hughes, after pitting twice earlier in the race, had worked his way back through the field and was battling with Phipps for the fourth position, when their was some contact in the corner sending Phipps in to the outside wall with only six laps left.
With a green, white checker finish looming everyone lined up for a sprint to the finish. When the green waved one last time, something in Hughes’s car broke bunching up the field behind him and the race finished under caution with Oakley taking the yellow checkered flag..
“Something broke in the rear end housing or the drive line” Hughes said after the race. “Could have been the rear or transmission. We went to fourth and we had nothing”.
When asked about beating “The King”, Phillip Morris for the first time ever on opening night at his home track, Oakley said “ More than anything we backed up our championship tonight. There were 24 cars here and a lot of new faces that weren’t here last year, and we backed up our championship. But, you know, to beat Phillip, means a lot and our car was on the rail”. One of the biggest reasons that Oakley was able to finally beat Morris, was the great restarts that he was getting time and time again on the numerous restarts. “ yeah we certainly commanded the restarts, but even so you could see that it took 6-8 laps to start pulling away; When those guys started cooling their tires they could stay right with us”. “ These guys just gave me a great race car”.
Next race is 4/20 with twin 60s for the late models, 40 laps for Dominion Stock, 25 laps for both UCAR and Mini mods and 20 laps for the Any Car division. Get your tickets today. Gates open at 5 and green flag drops at 7.
Unofficial Results: https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Organizations/285527
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Results Certified for April 8 Dominion Raceway Event
(Thornburg, VA – 4/11/17) All results from Saturday, April 8th @ Dominion Raceway have been certified as published with the exception of the UCAR class. The UCAR finishing order has been amended as follows; the #68 car of Brandon Coates has been disqualified as a result of a post-race inspection. Revised finishing order is below.
31 Aaron Donnelly
11 Don Schumann
16 Derek Hoak
54 Trey Williams
56 D.J. Powell
95 Ricky Franklin
3 Bryan Phipps
22 Ryan Pritt
04 Stepen Brady
09 David Gonce
DQ 68 Brandon Coates
Penalties and Fines
The following penalties and/or fines have been handed down.
Jimmy Pritt official warning and 2 weeks probation for actions detrimental to motorsports.
Kevin Bruce official warning and 2 weeks probation for actions detrimental to motorsports.
Doug Barnes Jr. official warning for aggressive driving.
David Gonce $200 fine for use of antifreeze