Moesker Wins, Cole the Champion
The final 2018 Delaware Speedway champion was crowned on Saturday, September 28th with the annual running of the Pumpkin Smasher for the Discounted Autoparts Depot and Supply Bone Stocks. The event saw a pair of 10 lap heat races and twin 50 lap features, one with pumpkin guts all over the race track in turn one.
The evening started with group qualifying. It would be points leader and defending pumpkin smasher winner Craig Cole (55) widening his points lead by setting fast time with a time of 24.169. Brent Pelly (7) was second and Bill Brekelmans (007) rounded out the top 3.
A pair of 10 lap heat races started the racing portion of the event as drivers were divided into two groups based on qualifying, one for the top half and one for the bottom half. In heat 1 the field would go green for the first 8 laps with David Rockwood (90) leading until a caution came out for the 57 of Caleb Kemp hitting the wall in turn 2, setting up a green white checkered finish. Rockwood would lead the field back to green with Don Tomlinson (2) in second. Rockwood appeared to miss a shift on the restart giving Tomlinson the lead and his first career Discounted Auto Parts Depot and Supply checkered flag. The second heat would start with Craig Cole and Brent Pelly on the front row. Cole would have trouble on lap one and Brent Pelly would lead the first couple laps of the race, Derek Moesker would take the lead on lap 3 and not look back claiming the dash checkered flag.
The first 50 lap feature race started with Don Tomlinson and Derek Moesker on the the front row. Derek Moesker would lead the opening 9 laps until our first caution on lap 9 for a spin in turn 2. Moesker would lead the field back to green for a short period as down the back stretch the 84 of Julie Saunders would lose a tire resulting in a brief red flag. Once the track was cleared of the tire and wounded machine, Moesker would once again lead the field. After a short run there would be an incident on lap 13 coming out of turn 2 involving the 31 of Chris Radder and 59 of Kassy Howard. On the restart David Rockwood appeared to have a flat tire entering turn 1 and hit the wall resulting in a caution flag. The race would see its first lead change on lap 20 when Craig Cole would takeover the lead after starting deep in the pack. The caution flag would fly again on lap 30 for a spin in turn 4, Cole would lead the field back to green with Moesker on his outside. Cole and Moesker would battle it out for a few laps swapping the lead back and forth until caution flew on lap 33 for an incident in turn 1 involving Kicks in the 12 and Mart in the 44. Cole Would once again lead the field to green and the field would go on yet another brief green flag run with Cole and Moesker putting on a show for the fans. They yellow would fly in lap 41 setting up a mad dash to the finish. Cole and Moesker would swap the lead several times again the final 9 laps but it would be Craig Cole claiming the victory and increasing his points lead, 2nd Derek Moesker, 3rd Matt Langford.
After the intermission that allowed race fans onto the track to smash pumpkins, the Discounted Auto Parts Depot and supply Bone Stocks would kick off feature number two with the 84 of Julie Saunders and 69 of Shane Gibson on the front row. The field would make it 1 clean lap lead by by Shane Gibson before caution would fly for a spin in turn 1. Bill Brekelmans would take the lead on lap 2 and lead for a brief time until Derek Moesker would go to the point on lap 7. Caution would fly on lap 16 for debris on the backstretch, Moesker would lead the field back to green and maintain the lead while the field would slip and slide through the pumpkin smashed front stretch. Caution would fly once again on lap 23 for a spin in turn 1. On the restart, Moesker would lead the field until lap 30 when Chris Medlinger would use the inside line through the pumpkins to take the lead, caution would fly shortly after for a spin in turn 1. On the restart with 20 to go it was Medlinger and Moesker side by side battling it out for several laps until Moesker would start to pull away after a few laps. Caution would fly once again on lap 36 for Stan Cook (74) losing control on the pumpkin guts in turn 1 and making significant contact with the wall. Moesker would again jump out on the field and stretch his legs on the field, caution fly on lap 46 for Shawn Fucile (1) making contact with the turn 1 wall. The race would go green until the end and it was Derek Moesker taking the checkered flag and the overall pumpkin smasher championship for the 4th time in his bone stock career! 2nd Chris Medlinger, 3rd Craig Cole. Cole was also crowned 2018 Discounted Auto Parts Depot and Supply Bone Stock Champion.
The event closed out with a demolition derby that saw a car titled “Zombie” outlast the competition as nine cars beat, smashed, and crashed.
The next event at Delaware Speedway is Saturday, October 6th for the second annual iceMaker Enduro 150. More information on the event can be found on www.DelawareSpeedway.com
Photos by Jamie Maudsley
Top 10 report:
Discounted Autoparts Depot and Supply Bone Stocks:
Feature 1: 1. #55 C. Cole; 2. #51 D. Moesker; 3. #03 M. Langford; 4. #007 B. Brekelmans; 5. #7 B. Pelly; 6. #31 C. Radder; 7. #1 S. Fucile; 8. #61 D. Storey; 9. #87 M. Ebert; 10. #10 182 B. Stratford
Feature 2: 1. #51 D. Moesker; 2. #75 C. Medlinger; 3. #55 C. Cole; 4. #7 B. Pelly; 5. #03 M. Langford; 6. #12 J. Kicks; 7. #2 D. Tomlinson; 8. #61 D. Storey; 9. #007 B. Brekelmans; 10. #17 R. Dyson