July Starts on a High Note at Delaware
After an incredible heat wave to start the month of July, the action at Delaware Speedway was even hotter. The Case ’N Drum Oil/MRE Late Models, Doxtator Property Maintenance V8 Stocks, and Discounted Autoparts Depot and Supply Bone Stocks were in attendance for autograph night.
Group qualifying took place before the scheduled start time and would offer drivers the chance to start the first feature in a prime position. The Doxtator Property Maintenance V8 Stocks qualified first with Paul Fothergill (#33) setting the fast time, clocking in at 21.371 ahead of Barry Watson (#45) and Jeremy Taggart (#11). The Discounted Autoparts Depot and Supply Bone Stocks saw Jordan Morris (#73) run a 24.049, the fastest time ahead of Bill Brekelmans (#007) and Craig Cole (#55). Jake Sheridan (#52) set quick time in the Case ’N Drum Oil/MRE Late Models with a 19.310 over Jo Lawrence (#9) and Kevin Lay (#5).
After race fans gathered their autographs and met their favourite drivers, it was time to fire up the engines and get after it with the Doxtator Property Maintenance V8 Stocks rolling off first in the lineup. Barry Watson would start on pole after the inversion, with the fast qualifier, Paul Fothergill, to his high side. Fothergill would lead the opening seven circuits before Barry Watson made the pass with Jeremy Taggart behind. Watson would win the feature, holding off Fothergill as Cody Payne finished behind in the third spot.
The Discounted Autoparts Depot and Supply Bone Stocks first 25 lap feature started with Craig Cole on the pole beside Bill Brekelmans. Jordan Morris took the lead early and would begin to pull away from the field in the early stages. A red flag would be displayed on lap 14 when a tire came off of Nathan Rhea’s #26 machine, resetting the field for a dash to the finish. The caution would be displayed again on lap 17 as Kassy Howard (#59) went around in turn two. Brekelmans and Matt Langford (#03) battled for second while Jordan Morris walked away to win the event. Brekelmans would score second over Langford with Brent Pelley (#7) and Kris Lawrence (#59L) behind.
The Case ’N Drum Oil/MRE Late Models started with Jake Sheridan on the pole beside Jo Lawrence, two drivers that have feature wins in 2018. Lawrence would use the high side to take the lead after a few laps of side by side with Sheridan, as the field negotiated for third behind. The yellow flag came out on lap 12 as Bob Miller (#74) went around in turn one, resetting the field at the halfway point in the 25 lap event. Lawrence elected to take the high side for the restart, a very rare sight at Delaware Speedway. He would make it stick and maintain the lead but a caution before a lap was completed stacked the field up once again. Lawrence elected to take the inside for the ensuing restart but there was trouble again as several cars tangled in turn three. Lawrence would once again restart from the high side and once again make it stick, however Scott O’Connor (#23) hit the turn one wall hard and the yellow was shown again. After another restart, and another caution, Jake Sheridan took the lead and would hold off Lawrence to score the win as Jesse Kennedy (#10) finished behind.
The second round of features started with the Doxtator Property Maintenance V8 Stocks and it was Manny Ferreira (#8) starting on the pole. Jeremy Taggart would make a bold 3-wide pass to take the lead on lap two and the rest of the field would shuffle around for spots with Paul Fothergill and Barry Watson battling for second behind. Fothergill would lead lap 11 as Taggart was shuffled back to third on the race track. The yellow flag was shown on lap 17 as Angela Grover (#51) stopped in turn one, setting up for a hectic finish. Paul Fothergill would score the win ahead of Barry Watson and Cody Payne.
Don Tomlinson (#2) started on pole for the second Discounted Autoparts Depot and Supply Bone Stocks feature. Tomlinson would lead the early portion of the race before Jordan Morris took over the spot just before lap 10. The race saw drivers running 3 and 4 wide throughout the field and even getting into sideways battles as they leaned on each other. Morris would win the race, sweeping the night as Brekelmans and Brent Pelley rounded out the podium positions in the 25 lap race.
Jaden Chapman (#13) started on the pole for the second Case ’N Drum Oil/MRE feature. Paighton Jacobs (#15) jumped to the early lead and led thew opening five circuits before Jake Sheridan took over the spot. Jacobs went around on lap 7, bringing out the caution after a strong start to the feature race for the London driver. After the restart, Sheridan would begin to pull away as Jo Lawrence trailed behind. The yellow was shown on lap 14 as Bob Miller came to a stop on the front straightaway. Sheridan would hold off Lawrence to sweep the evening for the Late Models with Jesse Kennedy once again rounding out the podium.
Next weekend all racing takes a break at Delaware Speedway to allow the 12,000 pound monsters of Monster Truck Throwdown to invade the facility in crushing style. Friday, July 13th and Saturday, July 14th at 7:00pm things will get loud with six monster truck superstars including world freestyle champions Avenger and Bounty Hunter plus Train Wreck, Iron Outlaw, Bad Company, and Axe. Race fans are encouraged not to miss the pit party where they can get up close with the trucks and drivers starting at 5:00pm each night. Advance tickets are available on www.DelawareSpeedway.com but are going fast!
Ryan Dyson – DelawareSpeedway PR
Photos by Dave Franks Photography
Top 10 report:
Case ’N Drum Oil/MRE Late Models:
Feature 1: 1. #52 Jake Sheridan; 2. #9 Jo Lawrence; 3. #10 Jesse Kennedy; 4. #15 Paighton Jacobs; 5. #13 Jaden Chapman; 6. #69 Lloyd Rawlings; 7. #31 Chris Hebert; 8. #28 Tate O’Leary; 9. #74 Bob Miller; 10. #23 Scott O’Connor
Feature 2: 1. #52 Jake Sheridan; 2. #9 Jo Lawrence; 3. #10 Jesse Kennedy; 4. #13 Jaden Chapman; 5. #15 Paighton Jacobs; 6. #69 Lloyd Rawlings; 7. #31 Chris Hebert; 8. #28 Tate O’Leary; 9. #74 Bob Miller; 10. #5 Kevin Lay
Doxtator Property Maintenance V8 Stocks:
Feature 1: 1. #45 Barry Watson; 2. #33 Paul Fothergill; 3. #00 Cody Payne; 4. #11 Jeremy Taggart; 5. #810 Kyle Mezenberg; 6. #8 Andrew Ferreira; 7. #21 Dustin Hardy; 8. #51 Angela Grover; 9. #32 Shawn Fucile; 10. #23 Jeff Ferguson
Feature 2: 1. #33 Paul Fothergill; 2. #45 Barry Watson; 3. #00 Cody Payne; 4. #11 Jeremy Taggart; 5. #810 Kyle Mexenberg; 6. #8 Andrew Ferreira; 7. #21 Dustin Hardy; 8. #28 Steve Aubertin; 9. #51 Angela Grover; 10. #23 Jeff Ferguson
Discounted Autoparts Depot and Supply Bone Stocks:
Feature 1: 1. #73 Jordan Morris; 2. #007 Bill Brekelmans; 3. #03 Matt Langford; 4. #7 Brent Pelley; 5. #59L Kris Lawrence; 6. #51 Derek Moesker; 7. #6 Kris Fairweather; 8. #31 Chris Radder; 9. #87 Mike Ebert; 10. #36 Brian Brooks
Feature 2: 1. #73 Jordan Morris; 2. #007 Bill Brekelmans; 3. #87 Mike Ebert; 4. #7 Brent Pelley; 5. #76 Giis Ruiter; 6. #31 Chris Radder; 7. #59L Kris Lawrence; 8. #03 Matt Langford; 9. #75 Chris Medlinger; 10. #36 Brian Brooks