A New Format & Nearly $40k In Renegade of Dirt Modified Purse Welcomes Racers To The 3rd Annual “LET IT RIDE 55”!

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(Middlebourne, WV) In just eleven days the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sports Shirts returns to life with the 3rd running of the “LET IT RIDE 55”, May 23rd- 25th, the touring series premier event on the 2014 season schedule. With nearly $40,000 dollars on the line the Memorial Day Weekend purse again ranks among the highest in the nation including a possible $10,000+ if any driver can win three features during the weekend plus pick up the ‘Bullring Bounty’ during Sunday’s guaranteed $5,555 to win main event.

In addition to the lucrative weekend loot an all new format will also greet the best in the open wheel business to the “Bullring”. The now three day race weekend will feature a complete Friday night $1,000 to win show, a set of twin $1,200 to win complete shows that will allow at least forty competitors to enter an A-Main on Saturday night, and the famous “LET IT RIDE 55” $5,555 to win 55 Lap A-Main will cap off the weekends racing festivities with an alphabet soup style of events on Sunday evening. The format will allow racers to roll onto the speedway for a possible 130 A-Main laps featuring four Renegade of Dirt Modified Tour A-Mains. If a driver races their way into at least three A-Mains during the weekend they will receive a guaranteed $720 dollars in start monies as well the new format looks to spread out the winnings amongst the racers more equally to help aid all in their travels.

The 3rd Annual “LET IT RIDE 55” weekend will get started with a preliminary evening of events on Friday night featuring the ‘Beasts of the East’ as they battle it out for a cool grand and dial in their rides for the big money weekend ahead. Valuable Renegade of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sport Shirts points will also be on the line when the tour’s regulars enter the ‘ring’ for the second time in 2014. On Saturday night the ‘nation’s coolest touring series’ will once again saddle up for a pair of $1,200 to win main events. The field will split into equal groups during the evenings pill draw activities where each group will then participate in a full night of events including time trials, heat races, last chance races, and a 25 lap main event. The top six in each feature will then transfer straight into Sunday nights $5,555 to win “LET IT RIDE 55” A-Main with the rest of the field from Saturday night transferring to either a B-Main or C-Main event. The remaining field of Saturdays non-qualifiers will transfer into a pair of D-Mains to be run on Sunday night. SHOWCASING ONE OF THE BIGGEST MODIFIED PURSE’S IN THE EASTERN U.S!

Friday Night Prelim: 1) $1000, 2) $500, 3) $400, 4) $300, 5) $250, 6) $225, 7) $200, 8) $180, 9) $160, 10) $150, 11) $140, 12) $130, 13) $120, 14) $110, 15-20) $100

Saturday Night Qualifier #1: 1) $1200, 2) $600, 3) $400, 4) $300, 5) $250, 6) $225, 7) $200, 8) $180, 9) $160, 10) $150, 11) $140, 12) $130, 13 – 18) $120

Saturday Night Qualifier #2: 1) $1200, 2) $600, 3) $400, 4) $300, 5) $250, 6) $225, 7) $200, 8) $180, 9) $160, 10) $150, 11) $140, 12) $130, 13 – 18) $120

3rd Annual “Let It Ride 55”: 1) $5555, 2) $2500, 3) $1800, 4) $1400, 5) $1200, 6) $1000, 7) $800, 8) $700, 9) $600, 10) $575, 11) $550, 12) $525, 13 – 20) $500

B-Main Non-Transfers – $150.00 —– D & C-Main Non-Transfers – $100.00

Bonus Monies:

$2,000 Gamblers Fee Bonus! ($100 plus entry due upon pre-entry)

$555 bonus to win and have raced at TCS at least 3 times prior to the “Let It Ride 55”!

$155 to win “DASH for CASH”

$755 to win 3 FEATURES!!!

Off track activities will also add the huge weekend of excitement featuring a plethora of options for all types of motorsports enthusiasts. On Friday night immediately following the evenings racing activities a pit party and DJ is slated to officially kick off the highly anticipated camping weekend. Racers and fans can mingle over their beverage of choice for a crazy night ‘Bullring Style’ as we celebrate the start of another great weekend of racing action. On Saturday fans are encourage to enjoy breakfast early or take part in some of the activities going on during the day. Vendors will be on display throughout the weekend selling event merchandise and your favorite driver and tour gear. Also on Saturday around 1pm will be the inaugural “Dirt Modified Hall of Fame” gathering where fans can interact and share stories with the 2014 DMHoF members. The observance to honor and award those in attendance will take place on Sunday evening during opening ceremonies each will receive a plaque among other items for their remarkable achievements. Also on Saturday from 3-5pm will be a Renegade of Dirt driver autograph session at the ‘Karsyns Krusaders’ booth featuring Kyle Strickler the current RoDT point leader, Travis Dickson, Amanda Stiffler, Nathon Loney, Tanner Wilson, and all of your favorite Renegade of Dirt regulars. As part of the ‘Karsyns Krusaders’ non-profit child cancer fund raising organization they will additionally be raffling off a fan basket each evening featuring tons of cool merchandise and race tickets. Ms Renegade of Dirt, Desiree Hixenbaugh can also be found hanging out at the Renegade of Dirt souvenir trailer throughout the weekend signing autographs and helping to get you geared up in the latest RoDT swag.

Also in action Memorial Day Weekend is the ‘Planet’s Most Powerful Stock Cars’ the World of Outlaw Late Model Series featuring Rick Eckert, Darrell Lanigan, Tim McCreadie, Chub Frank, Clint Smith, and many more. Watch the stars of the nation’s premier late model series as they battle it out on Saturday and Sunday night with $20,000 dollars up for grabs to the winner of the 3rd Annual “Jackpot 100”. Can anyone slow down Union, KY’s Darrell Lanigan who has reached victory lane in the each of the events first two races? On Saturday the World of Outlaw’s will take part in three 25 lap preliminary main events with a $1,000 dollar winner take all purse on the line. Each will also help set the field for Sunday nights 75 lap “JACKPOT WEEKEND” finale. In addition to the Renegades of Dirt and the World of Outlaws the STARS Modified Lite Touring series will also invade each night for a trifecta of ‘Bullring’ action each paying $500 to winner. On Saturday the EDGE Hotmods, FWD 4cylinders, and FASTRAK Late Models will qualify and heat race to set the lineups for their main events to be held on Sunday evening paying $700, $500, & $1000 respectively. Gates are set to fly open each day at 2pm for the pits and 3pm for the the general admission. Reserved seats and tickets are also now on sale to race fans and participants. For more information call 304-771-5051 or 304-758-2660 on raceday or visit them online at www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com.

The Tyler County Speedway is located 3 miles south of Middlebourne, WV at the Tyler County Fairgrounds on State Route 18, a mere 18 miles east of the Ohio River and half way between Parkersburg in the south and Wheeling to the North. From Clarksburg: Follow Route 50 W to West Union, WV and turn right on WV 18 to Tyler County Fairgrounds. From Parkersburg: Follow Route 2 North to Sistersville, WV, turn right on WV 18 to Tyler County Fairgrounds. From Wheeling: Follow WV Rt. 2 South thru New Martinsville, WV turn left on WV 180, go to end of 180 and turn left on WV Rt. 18 to Tyler County Fairgrounds.

TICKET PRICES
Weekend Passes
3 Day General Admission $65
3 Day Youth (7-12) $15
Kids 6 and Under FREE
3 Day All Access Pit Pass $75

Single Day
Friday $10 Gen. $15 Pits
Saturday $30 Gen. $35 Pits
Sunday $30 Gen. $40 Pits

Lots of great camping available at the spacious Tyler County Fairgrounds, primitive as well as hook ups. Ideal for a weekend getaway or a day of family fun, the fairground has shower facilities, shelters for picnicking, playground areas and nearby fishing available. No reservations for camping are available, first come first serve but plenty of room available. Camping is operated by the Tyler County Fair Association.

2014 Official ‘Renegade of Dirt Touring’ Sponsors Include:
Arizona Sport Shirts – “The Official Apparel Provider” of the Renegades of Dirt
2Brothers Motorsports – Proud Presenter of the 2014 “Triple Crown”
The Hangout – “The Official Restaurant Partner” of the Renegades of Dirt
XSAN – “The Official Video Network” of the Renegades of Dirt
VP Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel Provider” of the Renegades of Dirt
Genesis Shocks – “The Xtreme Shock” of the Renegades of Dirt
FastShafts – “The Only Shafts Fast Enough for the Renegades of Dirt”
DirtCast.com – “The Official Interview Network” of the Renegades of Dirt

XFactor Bushings – “The XFACTOR” in the Renegades of Dirt
The Wanted – “The Official Radio Show” of the Renegades of Dirt
American Racer – “The Official Racing Tire” of the Renegades of Dirt
Tye Twarog – “The Official Parts Supplier” of the Renegades of Dirt

2014 Renegade of Dirt Touring Sponsors:  XSAN, The Hangout, Arizona Sport Shirts, GottaRace.com, American Racer, Lias Tire, Xtreme Chassis, VP Race Fuels, Outlaw Graphics and Automotive, Tye Twarog Racers, DirtCast.com, ModFury.com, OhioValleyDTR.com, 2Brothers Motorsports, FastShafts, XFactor Bushings, Gibbys DTRN, DTR Updates, Terror Race Cars, Genesis Shocks, Adrenaline Performance Products and Innovative Graphics.
For more information regarding the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sport Shirts visit the Renegades of Dirt online at www.renegadesofdirt.com. You can also call Renegade Offices anytime for further information @ 304.771.5051. Like us on Faceb0ok at www.faceb0ok.com/rodconnector on Twitter at www.twitter.com/rodconnect..

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Tickets & Reserve Seats on Sale for 3rd Annual Jackpot 100 Memorial Weekend

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It’s almost that time yet again.  When race enthusiasts from all over the Mid-Atlantic region make the annual trek through the hills of the Mountain State and specifically to the critically acclaimed ‘Bullring’ for three days of elbows up…. wide open…. three and four wide action over Memorial weekend for the 3rd Annual World of Outlaw Late Model Jackpot 100.

The best racers in short track racing will converge upon Middlebourne, WV’s Tyler County Speedway on Friday-Sunday, May 23-25th with over $130,000 total purse up for grabs at America’s Raciest Little Bullring.

Highlighting the weekend will be the Worlds Most Powerful Stock Cars, the World of Outlaw Late Models as the best in the business will look to grab the 3rd running of the prestigious $20,000 to win Jackpot 100.  A two day show for the Super Lates will see qualifications and extended lap qualifying heat races on Saturday, May 24th with the B-Main and $20,000 to win Feature event highlighting the Sunday Night May 25th card.  Two time defending Jackpot 100 winner Darrell Lanigan will look to make it a three-peat at the ‘Bullring’.

The Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour will roll into the ‘Bullring’ for three fantastic days of the best open wheel racing on the East Coast.  The ‘Beast of the East’ as they are known will bring the biggest names in modified racing to Tyler County Speedway in hopes of capturing the coveted $5,555 to win 3rd Annual ‘Let It Ride 55’.  A $1,000 prelim feature will kick things off on Friday, May 23rd, while Saturday will really get the party started as twin $1,000 to win features (Black Diamond format) will set the stage for Sunday, May 25th’s running of the ‘Let it Ride 55’.  Past winners include Rick Aukland in 2012 and Nick Hoffman in 2013.

Also on the race fans dream weekend will see the mighty Modlites compete in the Mountain State Modlite Triple Crown.  Three nights of $500 to win complete shows will crown a Triple Crown champion.  The FASTRAK Late Models will also be on the card vying for a $1,000 payday, while the Hotmods will square off for $700, and the FWD 4 Cylinders will square off for a $500 payday.

So load up the camper, pack the cooler and get ready for three days of die hard racing…..Tyler County Style.  Be sure to get in on all the action and get your tickets for the Summer’s must see event.  Three day general admission ticket is priced at $65, with children age 7-12 just $15, while kids 6 and under are free.  A three day all access pit pass is just $75.  Single day tickets are available at the gate but are not available for purchase in advance.  Reserved seating is also available like in years past for only $5 extra you can grab your favorite seat, only the top four rows are reserved.  To order tickets or to reserve your seat call 304-771-5661, email info@tylercountyspeedwayonline.com, or send check or money order to Tyler County Speedway, PO Box 475, Middlebourne, WV  26149.  For more information on Tyler County Speedway, as well as complete ticketing information, be sure to visit www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com or check our page out on Facebook for the latest news.

About the Tyler County Speedway: Located in the scenic WV hills, the Tyler County Speedway is located just 4 miles south of Middlebourne, on State Route 18 at the Fairgrounds approximately an hour from Wheeling, Clarksburg & Parkersburg. Tyler County Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the raciest tracks in the nation and has been dubbed the ‘Bullring’ with three and four wide racing action being the norm not the exception.

Tyler County Speedway annually hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Ohio Valley region! National and regional touring series such as the World of Outlaw Late Model Series, NDRL King of Dirt, Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour, FASTRAK Racing Series and much more appear frequently. In addition to the incredible Special Event lineup, the Tyler County Speedway Weekly Racing Series consists of the Super Late Models, FASTRAK Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds, Hotmods, ModLites, FWD 4 Cylinders and MWRA Mini Wedges on Saturday Nights April thru September. For additional information regarding the 40th Anniversary Season at the Tyler County Speedway follow us online at www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com, phone the track office at 304-771-6874 or 304-771-5661 or on raceday at 304-758-2660.

 

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Sonny Conley Wins Electrifying 20th Annual Topless 50

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Ruckman & Stalder Garner First Ever Bullring Wins

(Middlebourne, WV)  An epic night at the ‘Bullring’ for the 20th Annual Topless 50 would see a little bit of everything.  From new track records, first time winners, legendary side by side duals, a daring outside charge for victory in front of a packed house that left the Tyler County Speedway faithful buzzing afterward.  Local standout and New Martinsville, West Virginia native Sonny Conley would steal the show in picking up his 2nd Topless 50 title in thrilling fashion over a very talented field.  A stout 110 car field took part in the traditional Topless event with Robbie Scott, JE Stalder, Jim Ruckman, Chad Smith, Bill Tennant, and Brady Smith also picking up coveted ‘Bullring’ wins.

The Elite 8 Super Late Model tour would set the tone for their first ever show by witnessing the “Showstopper” Tim Dohm return to the ‘Bullring’ and blistering the 1/4 mile racey oval in 12.12 seconds lowering the previous track record held by Mike Benedum.  Three heat races were ran setting the stage for the 20th Annual Topless 50 with Chuck Harper, Zack Dohm and Sonny Conley picking up heat race wins.

With the table set for a Tyler County Speedway classic, the fan favorite Topless 50 event would see five different leaders and side by side racing aplenty throughout the field.  Chuck Harper would lead lap 1 while fourth starting Jared Hawkins would blast by on lap two and stretch out an early comfortable lead while 5th and 7th starting Paul Wilmoth and Keith Barbara would begin their assault on the front picking off cars one at a time.  Hawkins would see his lead diminish as the Fairmont, WV racer would suffer a flat tire midway through the race and bring out the caution setting up an epic chapter in the Topless 50 history.  With double file restarts being utilized by Elite 8 officials that would set up a highly contested Wilmoth and Barbara battle as the field went back to green.  Barbara on the high side and Wilmoth uncharacteristically on the bottom the lead duo would wage a side by side war for some dozen laps in breathtaking fashion as only the ‘Bullring’ can provide.  Meanwhile behind the lead duo would also see row after row of side by side action as an intense battle raged for 3rd and 4th between Sonny Conley and Zack Dohm.  A late race caution as Chuck Harper would slam the outside guardrail coming out of turn 4 collecting Davey Johnson and Dusty Hamrick and bringing out the events last caution.  Once again it would be Barbara and Wilmoth lining up for an eight lap shootout.  However, when the green flag dropped it was the familiar 1×1 of Sonny Conley who would blast around the top shelf of the speedway in daring fashion first passing Wilmoth and then blowing by Barbara coming off of turn two with 4 laps to go to lead the rest of the way.  Conley would cross under the stripe grabbing his second Topless 50 title to a rousing applause from the appreciative crowd.  Following the New Martinsville, WV racer was 7th starting Keith Barbara, Paul Wilmoth, Zack Dohm and Devin Moran.

Robbie Scott aboard the Kenny’s Machine, Slavic Decals, Swift Springs, Integra Shocks, Rocket Chassis would claim his 2nd Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Model victory of the season by picking up the ‘Topless 25′.  A stout field of 21 eager FASTRAK racers would hit the highbanks in search of Topless glory.  But it would be the former Topless 50 winner and Shinnston racer holding off Shawn Jett, Tim Dohm, fast qualifier Derek Rogers and Pennsylvania newcomer Damien Bidwell.

It was a very popular and well deserved win for veteran racer Jim Ruckman in the Modlite division.  A long time competitor at Tyler County Speedway, Ruckman of Waverly, WV would not find his first speedway win easy as he would have to hold off previous winners Jeff Fornash and Mitch Ward.  Lap after lap Ruckman would hit his marks in near perfect fashion and drive to victory ahead of Fornash, Ward, Brandon Fluharty and Ryan Baker.

Another first timer JE Stalder of Martins Ferry, Ohio driving the 17JE machine would park his ride in the Tyler County Speedway victory lane for his first feature win by blasting around the topside of the speedway.  Hot on his tail would be Gerald Deitch, Bird Wilson, Del Cunningham and Tommy Powell.

Picking up his 4th win in a row at Tyler County Speedway in the Hotmod division was Chad Smith of Sardis, Ohio aboard the black and camo 10s.  The night started out with Smith getting involved in a grinding crash on the frontstretch during the dash.  The determined and defending track champion would roll off his 6th starting spot in the feature and pick off his competitors one by one in convincing fashion.  Following Smith across the line were Darrin Glover, Lou Ennis, Kenny Isner, and Levi Flesher.

In the FWD 4 Cylinder division it was Bill Tennant garnering his second win in a row.  Tennant would hold off a pesky Donnie Wamsley across the stripe as the duo was followed by Robert Frohnapfel, Jason Frazier and Scott Critchfield.

Brady Reed would grab the win in the JJK Mineral MWRA Mini Wedge division besting Kylie Cross, Dalton Anderson, Steve Frazier and Roo Roo Dotson rounded out the top five.

Join us again next Saturday Night, May 10th for the Annual Tammy Clegg Tribute Hotmod Invitational plus King of the Kounty Night #1 for the Late Models, Modifieds, and 4 Cylinders and regular racing in all other classes.  Gates open at 4, racing at 7, general admission is just $10, pits $30 with children 10 and under free.  For more information visit us at www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com or call 304-771-6874.

J&R Excavating Super Late Models presented by Midcap Land & Timber, 20th Annual Topless 50 Results:  Sonny Conley, Keith Barbara, Paul Wilmoth, Zack Dohm, Devin Moran, Mike Benedum, Butch McGill, Jared Miley, Dusty Hamrick, Bryan Casey, Davey Johnson, Chuck Harper, Derek Doll, Donnie Dotson, Jared Hawkins, Scott Irvin, Billy Brown  DNS: Jacob Hawkins, Tim Dohm, Steve Weigle

Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Models Topless 25 Results:  Robbie Scott, Shawn Jett, Tim Dohm, Derek Rogers, Damien Bidwell, Daniel Hill, Kyle Thomas, Brandon McGrady, Bill Shaffer, Brandon Francis, Ryan Payne, Danny Thomas, Brian Baumberger, Todd Chicklo, Kenny Rucker, Travis Brown, Joel Prosser, Andy Brown, Chuck Kimball,  Tyler Stutler, Jamie America

Hotmod Workin’ Man World Championship Qualifier #2 Results:  Chad Smith, Darrin Glover, Lou Ennis, Kenny Isner, Levi Flesher, Curtis Watson, Steve Magyar, Brandon Weigle, Jim Dudley, Travis Thomas, Chris Thomas, Brad Dickson, CJ Dotson, Brian Clegg, Lindsey Smarr, Allen Moore, Cody Brightwell, Josh Gump, Stevi Magyar

Modlite Results:  Jim Ruckman, Jeff Fornash, Mitch Ward, Brandon Fluharty, Ryan Baker, Ryan Saffell, Kelvin Kohan, Ron Parrish, Gabe Phillips, Tom Keplinger, Daniel Eddy, Joe Burkhead, Cody Anderson, Terry Williams, Cole Petrelle, Matt Ward

Two Brothers Motorsports Modified Results:  JE Stalder, Gerald Deitch, Bird Wilson, Del Cunningham, Tommy Powell, Rex Frohnapfel, Kurt Burge, Kevin Miller, Brian Rush

4 Cylinder Results:  Bill Tennant, Donnie Wamsley, Robert Frohnapfel, Jason Frazier, Scott Critchfield, Mike Frazier, Steve Frazier, Tyler Mosser

MWRA Mini Wedge Results:  Brady Reed, Kylie Cross, Dalton Anderson, Steven Frazier, Roo Roo Dotson, Levi Jones, Mackenzie Perine, Gage Stalder, Garrett Jones, Harli Rush, Tyler Tennant, Dalton America, Tripp Perine, Phillip Bubeck, Eva Knight, Noah Bubeck

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Tyler County Speedway’s Topless 50 Turns 20!

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The Topless 50 at Tyler County Speedway is a unique event in which all roofs and window supports are removed from the racecar to provide the fans with a “birds eye” view of the drivers as they work their way around the quarter mile speedway.  The Topless 50 has provided some of the best side by side racing action and last lap finishes that make this event a must see year after year!  The second oldest Topless race in the country behind the Topless 100 in Batesville, Arkansas will celebrate its 20th edition in 2014 on Saturday Night, May 3rd.    

What will the 20th edition have in store?  Will the Brothers Hawkins make it 4 in a row or will one of the wiley veterans like Paul Wilmoth Jr., Butch McGill or Chuck Harper who have found success multiple times in the Topless 50 grab another one?  Join us on Saturday Night, May 3rd in what promises to be a can’t miss event!

What:  20th Annual Topless 50, $3040 to win “Elite 8 Super Late Model Touring Series”

America’s 2nd Oldest Topless Late Model Race in America!

Plus Topless 25 FASTRAK Late Model $1,040 to win

And Topless Hotmod Working Man National Championship Qualifier #2

Plus Regular Racing in the Two Brothers Motorsports Modifieds, Modlites, 4 Cylinders and Mini Wedge division.

When:  Saturday Night, May 3rd.

Where:  Tyler County Speedway, Home of the Bullring, Middlebourne, West Virginia

Price:  General Admission $20, Pits $35, Children 10 and under are FREE!

Time:  Gates open at 4, Mini Wedges start at 6:15, Hotlaps/Qualifying begin at 6:45

Past Winners:  14 ?????????????, 13 Jacob Hawkins, 12 Jacob Hawkins, 11 Jared Hawkins, 10 Paul Wilmoth, 09 Steve Shaver, 08 Paul Wilmoth, 07 Mark Banal, 06 Sonny Conley, 05 Robbie Scott, 04 Mike Benedum, 03 Chuck Harper, 02 Paul Wilmoth, 01 Paul Wilmoth, 00 Doug Horton, 99 Butch McGill, 98 Chuck Harper, 97 Kenny Johnson, 96 Butch McGill, 95 Steve Steele

History of the Topless 50

Starting in 1995, New Martinsville’s Steve Steele put his name first on the list. Steele passed race long leader Butch McGill exiting turn four coming to the checkered flag, setting the bar high for races to come.

After losing on the final circuit in the inaugural race, in 1996 ‘the Doddridge County Terror’ Butch McGill dominated and won the second annual event.

In 1997 Gary Dalton grabbed the lead early. Eighth starting Kenny Johnson, ‘the South Side Flyer’ worked his way to the front and began a duel with Dalton. Johnson secured the spot on lap 47 enroute to the victory. Johnson, Dalton, Bobby Hill, Chris Stotts and Bill Childers were the top five.

The 1998 race had Greg Mitchell holding the point until lap eight when ‘the Beverly Gearjammer’ Chuck Harper grabbed the spot and never looked back. Harper, Bobby Hill, Denny Chamberlain, Bill Childers, and D J Cline filled out the top five.

In 1999 Mike Balzano was the leader at the outset, but Chuck Harper stole the spot away on lap 10. He would relinquish it to Paul Wilmoth Jr. on lap 17. Harper would get it back on lap 24, only to have Butch McGill take it on lap 31. McGill became the first two time winner as he bested Harper, Gary Dalton, Mike Eaton and Steve Weigle.

What some call one of the best of the annual roofless races happened in 2000. Mike Benedum held off numerous attempts from Doug Horton to take the point. On the white flag lap, Horton, ‘the Bruceton Bandit’ got under Benedum at the flag stand to get the lead and collected his biggest career win. Charlie Maloney was third, Jimmy Cobb and Jeremy Peck were fourth and fifth.

The 2001 version had three different leaders as Chuck Harper held the spot until lap 38 when Mike Benedum took over. ‘The Gambler’ Paul Wilmoth Jr. then snagged the spot on lap 41 to capture his first Topless crown. Benedum, Doug Horton, Robbie Scott and Mike Eaton filled out the top five.

Paul Wilmoth Jr. dominated the 2002 race as he led wire to wire to take his second checkerboard. Mike Benedum would finish second for the third straight year. Bobby Hill, Robbie Scott and Chuck Harper were third through fifth.

The 2003 50 lapper had Steve Weigle in command for the first 17 go rounds. M T Hall then took over until lap 27 when ninth starting Chuck Harper secured it. Harper would become the third two time winner as he crossed the line ahead of Tim Dohm, Mike Benedum (from eleventh), Hall and Robbie Scott.

Tired of finishing second (three times) and third (’03) ‘The Bristol Bullet’ Mike Benedum snared the lead away from M T Hall on lap 39 to put his name on the Topless winners list. Hall held on for second, Robbie Blair was third. Butch McGill and Tim Dohm completed the top five.

In 2005 Jared Hawkins set sail and was the front car until Robbie Scott slipped by on lap 17. Scott would drive on for the win. Hawkins finished second. Chuck Harper (from thirteenth) was third. Bobby Hill was fourth and Sonny Conley was fifth.

It was New Martinsville, WV’s Sonny Conley aboard the familiar family operated 1×1 machine that stole the show and grabbed his first Topless 50 title in the 12th edition of the race.  It was Conley’s biggest career win.

An ‘out of stater’ came to the Bullring in 2007 and stole the show. St. Clairsville Ohio’s Mark Banal led wire to wire and was never seriously challenged enroute to the victory. Ricky Williams, Paul Wilmoth Jr., Josh McGuire and Robbie Blair crossed behind.

For his third trip to victory lane, Paul Wilmoth Jr., would lead all 50 circuits in the 2008 edition. Mike Balzano gave chase but had to settle for second. Tim Dohm, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Doug Horton rounded out the top five.

Two oval track travelers put on a show in 2009 as Robbie Blair held off ‘Showtime’ Steve Shaver for the front spot until lap 20. Shaver took over and didn’t give it back. Blair crossed in second. Third through fifth were Jared Hawkins, Eddie Carrier Jr., and Tim Dohm.

In 2010 Gary Dalton returned to Tyler County and grabbed the lead at the drop of the green with the UFo series sanctioning the race. Doug Horton passed Dalton on lap 4, but Dalton regained the spot on lap 14. Paul Wilmoth Jr. then outdragged Dalton for the lead on the restart of lap 19. Wilmoth would add his fourth Topless trophy to the case. Robbie Scott (from eleventh), Jared Miley (from nineteenth), Doug Horton, and Eddie Carrier Jr. (from twelfth) were second through fifth.

In what would become the Hawkins brothers show, the 2011 edition had its share of excitement. Tim Dohm would grab the early lead and stay there for most of the event.  Jared Hawkins started 13th and as the laps clicked off would hound Dohm until lap 48 when Dohm slowed exiting turn two allowing Hawkins to zip by and claim his 1st Topless crown.  The elder brother Jared, was able to fend off his pesky younger brother Jacob Hawkins from 17th, for the win. Robbie Scott, Paul Wilmoth Jr., and Mike Benedum filled out the top five.

Jacob Hawkins driving the St. Henry Night Club / C & R Sanning #20, would grab his biggest career win in the 18th Annual Topless 50.   The young Hawkins would hold off a hard charging Mike Marlar, Brandon Shepherd, Jared Hawkins and Corey Conley across the stripe.

A perfect evening for racing welcomed eager race fans to the 19th Annual Topless 50 where it was a familiar face sitting in victory lane as young Jacob Hawkins, Fairmont, WV would repeat his performance from a year ago in capturing consecutive Topless 50 wins.  Hawkins joins Paul Wilmoth, Butch McGill and Chuck Harper as multi win victors in the Topless 50. Mike Benedum, Jared Miley, Derek Doll and Corey Conley would round out the top five.

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McGill Grabs Popular Win on Mystery Money Night

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(Middlebourne, WV)  It was another fast paced thrilling evening at the Tyler County Speedway as cagey veteran and forty year competitor at the ‘bullring’ Butch McGill of West Union, WV would grab a popular win on Mystery Money Night.  Also grabbing wins were Chad Smith, Mitch Ward, Kyle Thomas, Bird Wilson, Bill Tennant and Brady Reed on a cool brisk night that seen the seven division 106 car program complete by 10:30.

Saturday Night was Mystery Money night, a unique event that seen the division with the highest car count compete for the Super Late Model purse of $1000 to win/ $200 to start and when the dust settled on registration it was the Hotmod division that would run for the big bucks.  It was Sardis, Ohio’s Chad Smith driving the familiar black and camo 10s picking up his 3rd feature win in a row at the ‘bullring’ and grabbing the $1,000 payday.  Trailing the dominant Smith across the stripe was Kenny Isner who netted a cool $800 for his 2nd place finish while 3rd running Brad Dickson would also cash in for $600 with Travis Thomas and Lou Ennis rounding out your top five.

In the J&R Excavating Super Late Model division presented by Midcap Land and Timber it was Butch McGill and Paul Wilmoth starting on the front row.  At the onset it was the ‘Gambler’ Paul Wilmoth who would grab the early lead and appear headed to yet another Tyler County Speedway feature win.  As Wilmoth set a torrid early pace blistering the high side of the speedway it was McGill who started to slowly reel the race long leader in, running the middle of the racey track.  Once McGill would catch Wilmoth the lead duo would partake in a side by side dual for several laps before McGill would eventually squeeze by for the popular victory.  Following McGill in the 1mc Jenkins Ford/High Lines Overload Escort/NAPA Auto Parts/Slicks Car Wash/ J&M Grafix Ford Mustang Rocket across the stripe was Wilmoth in his first night out in a retro looking B1, a charging Keith Barbara, the X machine of Dusty Hamrick and Donnie Dotson.

Once again in the Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Model division it was Pennsboro, WV’s Kyle Thomas grabbing a hard fought victory.  The sixth starting Thomas would vault to third at the drop of the green and patiently work his way to the lead passing race long leader Chad Green to claim his second win of the season in the highly competitive division.  Green would settle for second while Robbie Scott from the back of the pack would win the war over Derek Rogers for third and Brian Baumberger would cross in fifth.

It was Mike ‘Bird’ Wilson of Sistersville, WV picking up his first win of the season in the Two Brothers Motorsports Modified divison.  Wilson would lead the distance over JE Stalder, Lance Elson, Del Cunningham and Gerald Deitch.  Wilson pilots the unsponsored blue #20 Two Brothers Motorsports entry.

In the Modlite division it was Shinnston, WV’s Mitch Ward grabbing a popular win.  Ward would win a race long battle with Jeff Fornash to claim his first win of the season after being so close all year.  Ward pilots the 862 Pro/Eliminator sponsored by Throw n Dirt, Ward Welding and Fabrication, Hitt Enterprises, Hardrock modlite.  Rounding out the top five were Fornash, Brandon Fluharty, a fast closing Braden Dillinger and Matt Ward.

A new winner would emerge in the FWD 4 Cylinder division as it was Colliers, WV’s Bill Tennant aboard the #2 Cavalier sponsored by B&J Performance and BJP Racing.  Grabbing his seasons first win would not be easy for Tennant as he had to hold off a pesky Donnie Wamsley as the two time winner would look high low and in between for a way around but it was Tennant holding off all challenges to grab the victory.  Rounding out the top five behind Tennant and Wamsley were John Sinnett, the ‘birdman’ Robert Frohnapfel and Jason Frazier.

Picking up his second win of the season in the JJK Mineral MWRA Mini Wedge division was Brady Reed driving the #15 machine.  Following Reed across the stripe was last weeks winner Kylie Cross, and a hard charging Garrett Jones.

Join us next Saturday Night, May 3rd for the 20th Annual Topless 50,paying $3,040 to win.  America’s 2nd oldest Topless Late Model race turns the big 2-0 this coming Saturday night and a who’s who of regional Super Late Model talent is expected as the Elite 8 Super Late Model Series kicks off in earnest at the ‘Bullring’.  The Brother Hawkins, Jared and Jacob have won the last three Topless 50′s will they make it four in a row?  Also on the must see card will be Topless FASTRAK Late Models vying for $1040 in a Topless 20 event while the Hotmod’s will square off in the 2nd Qualifier for the Workin Man’s Weekend event in the fall.  Plus all other classes, with general admission priced at $20 and pit credentials $35, children 10 and under are free.  Gates open at 4, mini wedges at 6:15, hotlaps/qualifying beginning at 6:45.  Tyler County Speedway is located 3 1/2 miles South of Middlebourne on State Route 18 at the Tyler County Fairgrounds.  For more information contact 304-771-6874 or 304-771-5661 or visit us on the web at www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com.  Hope to see ya there!

Finishing results 4/26/2014

J&R Excavating Super Late Models presented by Midcap Land & Timber:  Butch McGill, Paul Wilmoth, Keith Barbera, Dusty Hamrick, Donnie Dotson, Sonny Conley, Billy Brown, Rick Conley, Steve Weigle, Scott Irvin

Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Models:  Kyle Thomas, Chad Green, Robbie Scott, Derek Rogers, Brian Baumberger, Brandon Francis, Danny Thomas, Cody Rogers, Travis Brown, Jamie America, Joel Prosser, Brandon McGrady, Ryan Payne, Tyler Stutler, Andy Brown, Chuck Kimball

Two Brothers Motorsports Modifieds:  Bird Wilson, JE Stalder, Lance Elson, Del Cunningham, Gerald Deitch, Kevin Dotson, Tim Rager, Kurt Burge

Hotmods:  Chad Smith, Kenny Isner, Brad Dickson, Travis Thomas, Lou Ennis, Cody Brightwell, Mick Baker, Darrin Clark, Darren Glover, Stevi Magyar, Steve Magyar, Jay Smarr, Daniel Muldrew, Tim Pennell, Randy Doolin, Levi Flesher, Tiffany Jackson, Brandon Weigle   DNS  Allen Moore, Josh Gump, Brian Clegg

Modlites:  Mitch Ward, Jeff Fornash, Brandon Fluharty, Braden Dillinger, Matt Ward, Jim Ruckman, Ryan Baker, Ryan Harris, Gabe Phillips, James Watson, Daniel Eddy, Terry Williams, Bob Stackpole, Ryan Saffell, Cody Anderson, Michael Moles, Cole Petrelle, Josh Baldwin  DNS  Ron Parrish

4 Cylinders:  Bill Tennant, Donnie Wamsley, John Sinnett, Robert Frohnapfel, Jason Frazier, Scott Critchfield, Mike Frazier, Shayne Brown

JJK Mineral MWRA Mini Wedges:  Brady Reed, Kylie Cross, Garrett Jones, Dalton Anderson, Caleb Nolan, #44, Eva Knight, Levi Nolan, Harli Rush, Tyler Tennant, Gage Stalder, Tripp Perine, #21t, Noah Bubeck, Mackenzie Perine, #13, Phillip Bubeck, Dalton America

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Strickler and Scott Grab Huge Friday Night Lights Wins

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A packed house and bulging pit area of over 140 racers brought the curtain down on a rare Friday Night show dubbed “Friday Night Lights” at the Tyler County Speedway.  It was the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour kicking off their Monster Modified Weekend and the FASTRAK NE Tours 2014 kickoff highlighting the evening.  When the checkered flag waived it was North Carolina’s Kyle Strickler picking up the Renegades event and Shinnston, WV’s Robbie Scott besting a fine field of FASTRAK competitors to claim the Northeast Tour’s first show of the season.  Also grabbing heralded ‘Bullring’ wins were Jacob Hawkins, Chad Smith, Jeff Fornash, Donnie Wamsley and Kylie Cross.

A stout field of 33 Renegades of Dirt modifieds representing 6 states would arrive with a $2,000 prize in their eye and looking to tame the ‘bullring’.  After four heat races and two b-mains the best of the best would take the speedway.  Kyle Strickler would vault to the early lead blasting around the top of the cushion, owning up to his nickname the “Highside Tickler” and pick up the win in convincing fashion.  Many spirited battles would thrill fans on back in the field with New York’s Rich Michael running second.  Third was a hard charging Jacob Hawkins piloting the Two Brothers Motorsports machine with fourth going to Travis Dickson and fifth to Brent Trimble.

Robbie Scott making a return to the Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Model division would take the checkered flag after an intense race long battle with perennial winner Kyle Thomas and hold off a hard charging Jared Hawkins to grab his first win of the early season.  A talented field of cars would see four heat races going to Scott, John Over, Kyle Thomas and Ricky Williams setting the field for the first FASTRAK NE event of the season.  In the end it was Scott driving the familiar #18 Rocket sponsored by Kenny’s Machine, Slavic Decals, Rocket Chassis, Swift Springs, and Integra Shocks.  Rounding out the top five was a charging Jared Hawkins, last week’s winner Kyle Thomas, Beckley, WV racer TJ Salango and John Over.

In the J&R Excavating Super Late Model division presented by Midcap Land & Timber it was Fairmont, WV’s Jacob Hawkins driving the MJJ Motorsports, St. Henry’s Nite Club, Dargy, Melvin’s Automatic Transmissions, Miller Lite, Creekside Grill #20H would blast to the early lead and hold off a pesky Chuck Harper, Gary Dalton, Steve Weigle and Butch McGill across the line.

A familiar face would park his ride in the Modlite Victory Lane as Salem, WV’s Jeff Fornash would pick up his first win of the season.  Driving the Mutschelknaus Oil & Gas, Richard Webb Contracting, Triple H Enterprise and Tri-State Welding, Leader Chassis #99 Fornash would overtake race long leader Mitch Ward on a last lap pass.  Following Fornash and Ward across the line were Ryan Baker, Brandon Fluharty and Chris Logan.

Making it two for two in the early season defending champion Chad Smith would park his familiar #10 back in victory lane once again.  Smith would blast to an early lead before setting the cruise and besting Lou Ennis, Mick Baker, Brad Dickson and Brandon Weigle across the line.  Smith is sponsored by Quinet’s Restaurant, Litman Excavating, Blakes Auto Glass, and Fast Eddy’s Tire & Paint.

In the Front Wheel Drive 4 Cylinders it was once again Clarksburg, WV’s Donnie Wamsley going two for two.  Wamsley’s second victory wasn’t as easy as opening night as the early pace was set by the “Birdman” Robert Frohnapfel before losing a tire and setting up Wamsley to lead the rest across the line.  Rounding out the top five included Jason Frazier, Scott Critchfield, Steve Frazier and Mike Frazier.

In the MWRA Mini Wedge division it was young Kylie Cross piloting the #33 machine picking up her first win of the early season.  She would lead Brady Reed, Caleb Nolan, Philip Bubeck and Brett Coberly across the line.

Coming this Saturday Night, April 26th will be “Mystery Money Night”.  Attention drivers, get your buddies to the “Bullring” as it’s the night where whichever division has the highest car count they will race for the nightly Late Model payoff….$1000 to win/$200 to start!  Plus it’s Kids Gold Rush at intermission and general admission is just $10 with kids 10 and under FREE.

Late Models:

Car Count: 15

Fast Qualifier: #12 Ricky Williams, 12.717

Dash: Chuck Harper, Jacob Hawkins, Derek Doll, Steve Weigle, Mike Basich & Ricky Williams

Heat: Scott Irvin, Corey Conley, Butch McGill, Gary Dalton, Michael Davis, Bryan Casey, Billy Brown, Rick Conley & Rick Armstrong

Feature:

1. #20H Jacob Hawkins

2. #00H Chuck Harper

3. #14 Gary Dalton

4. #75 Steve Weigle

5. #1MC Butch McGill

6. #3 Scott Irvin

7. #7M Michael Davis

8. #9R Danny Ruza

9. #21 Rick Armstrong

10. #25 Bryan Casey

11. #71M Mike Basich

12. #14 Corey Conley

13. #12 Ricky Williams

14. #54 Billy Brown

15. #87 Derek Doll

Renegades of Dirt Modifieds:

Car Count: 33

Fast Qualifyier: #17E Lance Elson 13.944

Inversion Pill: 3

Heat Results:

Slicker Graphics Heat #1 Finish: Lance Elson, Rich Michael, Jacob Hawkins, Ryan Ayers, Robbie Evans, Kurt Burge, Scott Stiffler

DirtCast.com Heat #2 Finish: Taylor Cook, Tanner Wilson, DJ Cline, Tyler Evans, Brent Trimble, Chris Arnold, Tyler Nicely, Mike Conkle

ModFury.com Heat #3 Finish: Kyle Strickler, Travis Dickson, Patrick Lyon, Mark Dickson, Chris Basich, Nathon Loney, Kevin Miller, Bruce Takach, Amanda Stiffler

Karsyns Krusaders Heat #4 Finish: Bird Wilson, Rick Aukland, Derrick Ramey, JE Stalder, Jess Hartman, Jon Sluka, Bob Page, Cody Henthorn

Flag to Flag Consolation Transfers:

B-Main #1: Jacob Hawkins, Brent Trimble, Robbie Evans

B-Main #2: JE Stalder, Mark Dickson, Chris Basich

Provisionals: Tyler Nicely, Tyler Evans

Arizona Sport Shirts A-Main Finish:

1. #8 Kyle Strickler

2. #17X Rich Michael

3. #13 Jacob Hawkins

4. #16 Travis Dickson

5. #1B Brent Trimble

6. #2 Rick Aukland

7. #01 Patrick Lyon

8. #17 JE Stalder

9. #91 Derrick Ramey

10. #6 Ryan Ayers

11. #17T Tyler Evans

12. #0 Mark Dickson

13. #71 Chris Basich

14. #17 Robbie Evans

15. #4 DJ Cline

16. #17 Lance Elson

17. #21 Taylor Cook

18. #20 Bird Wilson

19. #17 Tanner Wilson

20. #25 Tyler Nicely

FASTRAK Late Models:

Car Count: 31

Heat #1: Robbie Scott, Aaron Barley, Joel Prosser, Chad Green, Bobby Rohrer, Ryan Payne & Eddie Starkey

Heat #2: John Over, TJ Salango, Daniel Hill, Cody Rogers, Brandon Francis, Danny Thomas & Tyler Hershey

Heat #3: Kyle Thomas, George Kowatic, Shawn Jett, Brian Baumberger, Nolan Dalton, Tyler Stutler, Michael Lake & Chuck Kimball

Heat #4: Ricky Williams, Jared Hawkins, Travis Brown, Brandon McGrady, Derek Rogers, Andy Brown & Michael Mitchell

Feature:

1. #18 Robbie Scott

2. #RJ1 Jared Hawkins

3. #57 Kyle Thomas

4. #18S TJ Salango

5. #K2 John Over

6. #28 Aaron Barley

7. #5 George Kowatic

8. #8 Daniel Hill

9. #13 Brandon McGrady

10. #77 Joel Prosser

11. #14 Tyler Hershey

12. #11 Bobby Rohrer

13. #d2 Nolan Dalton

14. #88 Chad Green

15. #7JR Danny Thomas

16. #32B Brian Baumberger

17. #113 Brandon Francis

18. #27 Michael Lake

19. #431 Andy Brown

20. #1J Shawn Jett

21. #12 Ricky Williams

22. #22 Cody Rogers

23. #23 Derek Rogers

24. #31 Travis Brown

Mod Lites:

Car Count: 15

Fast Qualifier: #862 Mitch Ward, 14.518

Dash: Mitch Ward, Jeff Fornash, Ryan Baker, Josh Baldwin, Ron Parrish & Daniel Eddy

Heat: Brandon Fluharty, AJ Spagnuolo, Jim Ruckman, Troy Collins, Terry Williams, Ryan Saffell & Kenny Harris

Feature:

1. #99 Jeff Fornash

2. #862 Mitch Ward

3. #18 Ryan Baker

4. #25 Brandon Fluharty

5. #21 Chris Logan”

6. #5 AJ Spagnuolo

7. #97 Jim Ruckman

8. #15 Gabe Phillips

9. #3 Troy Collins

10. #4T Terry Williams

11. #99E Daniel Eddy

12. #21R Randy Kerns

13. #5K Kenny Harris

14. #34N Josh Baldwin

15. #22 Matt Ward

EDGE Hot Mods:

Car Count: 17

Fast Qualifier: #x85 Lou Ennis, 15.912

Dash: Travis Thomas, Chad Smith, Kenny Isner, Lou Ennis, Cody Brightwell & Chris Thomas

Heat #1: Mick Baker, Levi Flesher, Steve Magyar, Lindsey Smarr, Allen Moore & Josh Gump

Heat #2: Brad Dickson, Brandon Weigle, Stevi Magyar, Tim Pennell & Brian Clegg

Feature:

1. #10s Chad Smith

2. #x85 Lou Ennis

3. #47 Mick Baker

4. #30 Brad Dickson

5. #75 Brandon Weigle

6. #72 Levi Flesher

7. #18 Travis Thomas

8. #79 Cody Brightwell

9. #151 Stevi Magyar

10. #150 Steve Magyar

11. #40M Allen Moore

12. #8L Lindsey Smarr

13. #t50 Tim Pennell

14. #110 Chris Thomas

15. #83 Brian Clegg

16. #7 Kenny Isner

17. #J7 Josh Gump

 

4 Cylinders:

Car Count: 10

Fast Qualifier: #33 Randy Seckman, 17.124

Dash: Bill Tennant, Steve Frazier, Mark Critchfield, Mike Frazier, Shayne Brown & Randy Seckman

Heat: Robert Frohnapfel, Donnie Wamsley, John Sinnett, Scott Critchfield & Jason Frazier

Feature:

1. #00 Donnie Wamsley

2. #2 Jason Frazier

3. #13 Scott Critchfield

4. #76 Steve Frazier

5. #11 Mike Frazier

6. #23 Shayne Brown

7. #45 Robert Frohnapfel

8. #2 Bill Tennant

9. #310 Mark Critchfield

10. #33 Randy Seckman

 

Mini-Wedges:

Car Count: 17

Feature:

1. #33 Kylie Cross

2. #15 Brady Reed

3. #3 Caleb Nolan

4. #1J Phillip Bubeck

5. #00 Brett Cobery

6. #0 Steven Frazier

7. #17c Coleman Evans

8. #13 Dalton Anderson

9. #8 Mackenzie Perine

10. #38 Levi Nolan

11. #2 Tyler Tennant

12. #3x Dalton America

13. #24T Tripp Perine

14. #7 Noah Bubeck

15. #23 Garrett Jones

16. #22 Gage Stalder

17. #17 Eva Knight

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Tyler County Speedway Opens 40th Season in Grand Fashion

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A packed house welcomed the over 100 car field back to the ‘bullring’ for night one of the historic 40th Anniversary season at the Tyler County Speedway. Garnering the 2014 season’s first checkered flags included Derek Doll, Kyle Thomas, Travis Dickson, Chad Smith, Ron Parrish, Donnie Wamsley and Brady Reed. A smooth running show including seven features and two crack the whip events took the final checkered flag at 10:45.

 

It was only fitting that 40 years after the first checkered flag at Tyler County Speedway was presented to a man named Pat Herrick that the ‘bullring’ kicked off the season with the 4th running of the Pat Herrick Memorial for STARS Modlites. Adding his name to an impressive resume of past champions of the popular event was Fairmont, WV’s Ron Parrish piloting the Randy Kerns RPM Motors, John Buelock, Extreme Motorsports black #21. Parrish would survive a race long battle with Mitch Ward, Brandon Fluharty, Jeff Fornash and Tracy Fritter to claim the coveted event. Following Parrish across the stripe were veteran Tracy Fritter, Jeff Fornash, newcomer Tyler Frankenberry and Brandon Fluharty.

 

A stellar J&R Excavating Super Late Model event presented by Midcap Land & Timber would see young lion Derek Doll vault from his sixth starting position and overtaking race long leader and last seasons track champion Butch McGill with just two circuits remaining to claim his 1st win of the season. Doll of Greenwood, WV driving the Marshall Doll owned blue and yellow 87 sponsored by BSI Well Service, Perkins Supply, ASC, Rocket Chassis would lead McGill, Mike Benedum, Corey Conley and Sonny Conley across the line.

 

It was all Gallipolis, Ohio’s Travis Dickson in the Two Brothers Motorsports Modified division as the young hard charger Renegade regular would earn the victory in preparation of Friday’s big Renegade of Dirt Modified tour event. Dickson pilots the family owned AM Commodities, Fannin Farms, Lias Tire, Outlaw by Shaw #16. Dickson would lead perennial track champion Bird Wilson, Lance Elson, New Yorker Rich Michael and Chris Basich across the stripe.

 

2014 started out much like 2013 for Pennsboro, WV’s Kyle Thomas as the young ace parked his Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Model in victory lane once again. Thomas back in his family owned #57 would methodically work his way from his 7th starting spot to secure the popular win in the ultra-competitive division that seen 22 cars take the green. A race long tussle between leader Derek Rogers and former late model ace Robbie Scott would thrill fans before Scott got high out of turn 4 down the frontstretch making contact with the wall and bringing out the caution. A workmanlike drive to the front for the patient Thomas would eventually see last years track champion take the lead from Rogers and besting Beckley’s Aaron Barley, Rogers, Danny Thomas and Brandon McGrady. Thomas is sponsored by Powells and Son Farm, Thomas and AJ Logging, Dodd’s Sporting Goods, Slicks Auto Detailing, Maka Energy Solutions, Highlines, The Window Outlet, and Small Town Realty.

 

Sardis, Ohio’s Chad Smith would continue his red hot performance of 2013 by picking up his first victory of the season in the EDGE Hotmod division. The defending track champion aboard the sharp looking black 10s sponsored by Quinet’s Restaurant, Litman Excavating, Blakes Auto Glass, Fast Eddy’s Tire and Paint would hold off a determined Travis Thomas, Darren Glover, Lou Ennis and Kenny Isner to pick up the win.

 

After a year absence the mighty Front Wheel Drive 4 cylinders returned and perennial winner and champion Donnie Wamsley didn’t need a map to find the ‘bullring’ victory once again. Wamsley would park his familiar 00 Ford Escort sponsored by Barbie’s Day Care, East Gate Used Cars, Frosty’s Preowned into the winners circle ahead of Robert Frohnapel, Scott Critchfield, Mark Critchfield and Mike Frazier.

 

In the JJK Mineral MWRA Mini Wedge division it was Brady Reed besting Kylie Cross, Philip Bubeck, Garrett Jones, and Caleb Nolan.

 

Be sure to join us April 18th for a Friday Night Lights special event this week as the ‘bullring’ goes green on a rare Friday Night. See the East’s top modified pilots head to the Tyler County Speedway as the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour will converge for a $2,000 to win top prize bringing in the best modified drivers on the planet. Current point leader Kyle Strickler from NC will lead the strong contingent to the ‘bullring’ in hopes of picking up night one of Monster Modified weekend. Also on the stellar card will be the FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Tour featuring a stout $1,500 payday. All other divisions are on the card as well. Gates open at 4, mini wedges get underway at 6:30 racing at 7. General admission for the stacked card is just $15 while pit pricing is $35. Don’t miss the Tyler County Speedway’s first stand -alone Friday night show in history!

 

Late Models:
Car Count: 13
Fast Qualifier: #14 Corey Conley, 13.526

Dash: Butch McGill, Donnie Dotson, Mike Benedum, Sonny Conley, Corey Conley & Derek Doll

Heat: Scott Irvin, Billy Brown, Bryan Casey, Mark Banal, Jim Quaigg, Mike Martin, & Steve Weigle

Feature:
1. #87 Derek Doll

2. #1MC Butch McGill

3. #25 Mike Benedum

4. #14 Corey Conley

5. #1×1 Sonny Conley
6. #15 Donnie Dotson
7. #25 Bryan Casey
8. #3 Scott Irvin
9. #75 Steve Weigle
10. #T8 Mark Banal
11. #J1M Jim Quaigg
12. #55 Mike Martin
13. #54 Billy Brown

FASTRAK Late Models:
Car Count: 22
Fast Qualifier: #8 Daniel Hill, 13.485
Dash: Aaron Barley, Derek Rogers, Daniel Hill, Robbie Scott, Brandon Francis & Shawn Jett
Heat #1: Kyle Thomas, Danny Thomas, Mike Griffin, Todd Chicklo, Travis Brown, Chuck Kimball, Gary May & Andy Brown
Heat #2: Brandon McGrady, Jamie America, Joel Prosser, Brian Baumberger, Tyler Stutler, Eddie Starkey, Cody Rogers, Ryan Payne
Feature:
1. #57 Kyle Thomas
2. #28 Aaron Barley
3. #23 Derek Rogers

4. #7JR Danny Thomas
5. #13 Brandon McGrady
6. #32B Brian Baumberger
7. #113 Brandon Francis
8. #11 Mike Griffin
9. #77 Joel Prosser
10. #22 Cody Rogers
11. #12R Ryan Payne
12. #C4 Chuck Kimball
13. #58 Eddie Starkey
14. #431 Andy Brown
15. #14T Tyler Stutler
16. #31 Travis Brown
17. #18 Robbie Scott
18. #8 Daniel Hill
19. #3 Jamie America
20. #1J Shawn Jett
21. #44 Todd Chicklo
22. #44M Gary May

Modifieds:
Car Count: 13
Fast Qualifier: #17x Rich Michael Jr., 14.468
Dash: Mike Wilson, Travis Dickson, Chris Basich, Lance Elson, Mark Dickson, & Rich Michael Jr.
Heat: Mike Conkle, John Sluka, Kurt Burge, DJ Cline, Del Cunningham, Tate Hughes & Cody Henthorn
Feature:
1. #16 Travis Dickson
2. #20 Mike Wilson
3. #17E Lance Elson
4. #17x Rich Michael Jr.
5. #71c Chris Basich
6. #0 Mark Dickson
7. #14 Mike Conkle
8. #21J Jon Sluka
9. #4DJ DJ Cline
10. #22c Tate Hughes
11. #K7 Kurt Burge
12. #73c Del Cunningham
13. #18 Cody Henthorn

Pat Herrick Memorial for Mod Lites:
Car Count: 19
Fast Qualifier: #99 Jeff Fornash, 14.584
Dash: Mitch Ward, Brandon Fluharty, Josh Baldwin, AJ Spagnuolo, Jeff Fornash & Tracy Fritter
Heat #1: Ron Parrish, Ryan Baker, Glenn Teter, Matt Hall, Jim Ruckman & Kenny Harris
Heat #2: Tyler Frankenberry, Braden Dillenger, Matt Ward, Troy Collins, Terry Williams & Daniel Eddy
Feature:
1. #21R Ron Parrish, 2014 Pat Herrick Memorial Champion
2. #59 Tracy Fritter
3. #99 Jeff Fornash
4. #38 Tyler Frankenberry
5. #25 Brandon Fluharty
6. #14 Braden Dillenger
7. #22 Matt Ward
8. #18 Ryan Baker
9. #40 AJ Spagnuolo
10. #40 Glenn Teter
11. #97 Jim Ruckman
12. #99E Daniel Eddy
13. #4T Terry Williams
14 #3 Troy Collins
15. #5K Kenny Harris
16. #17 Ryan Saffell
17. #34N Josh Baldwin
18. #862 Mitch Ward
19. #9H Matt Hall

Crack the Whip Champion – #22 Matt Ward

EDGE Hot Mods:
Car Count: 18
Fast Qualifier: #x85 Lou Ennis, 15.993
Dash: Chad Smith, Travis Thomas, Kenny Isner, Lou Ennis, Cody Brightwell & Darren Glover
Heat #1: Steve Magyar, Stevi Magyar, Tim Pennell, Lindsey Smarr & Brian Clegg
Heat #2: Levi Flesher, Mick Baker, Allen Moore, Larry Higgins, Daniel Muldrew, Brandon Weigle & Josh Gump
Feature:
1. #10s Chad Smith

2. #18 Travis Thomas

3. #00 Darren Glover

4. #x85 Lou Ennis

5. #7 Kenny Isner

6. #72 Levi Flesher

7. #47 Mick Baker

8. #151 Stevi Magyar

9. #150 Steve Magyar

10. #t50 Tim Pennell

11. #82 Larry Higgins

12. #J7 Josh Gump

13. #75 Brandon Weigle

14. #79 Cody Brightwell

15. #21m Daniel Muldrew

16. #40m Allen Moore

Crack the Whip Champion – #18 Travis Thomas

4 Cylinders:
Car Count: 7
Fast Qualifier: #00 Donnie Wamsley, 17.592
Heat: Donnie Wamsley, Jason Frazier, Robert Frohnapfel, Bill Tennant, Scott Critchfield, Mike Frazier & Mark Critchfield
Feature:
1. #00 Donnie Wamsley
2. #45 Robert Frohnapfel
3. #13 Scott Critchfield
4. #310 Mark Critchfield
5. #11 Mike Frazier
6. #2 Bill Tennant
7. #2 Jason Frazier

MWRA Mini Wedges:
Car Count: 17
Feature Finish:
1. #15 Brady Reed
2. #33 Kylie Cross
3. #1J Phillip Bubeck
4. #23 Garrett Jones
5. #3 Caleb Nolan
6. #38 Levi Nolan
7. #13 Dalton Anderson
8. #3x Dalton America
9. #2 Tyler Tennant
10. #24T Tripp Perine
11. #0 Steven Frazier
12. #7 Noah Bubeck
13. #10x Harli Rush
14. #27 Jacob Ice
15. #22 Gage Stalder
16. #8M Mackenzie Perine
17. #44 Cameron Baker

 

About the Tyler County Speedway: Located in the scenic WV hills, the Tyler County Speedway is located just 4 miles south of Middlebourne, on State Route 18 at the Fairgrounds approximately an hour from Wheeling, Clarksburg & Parkersburg. Tyler County Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the raciest tracks in the nation and has been dubbed the ‘Bullring’ with three and four wide racing action being the norm not the exception.

Tyler County Speedway annually hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Ohio Valley region! National and regional touring series such as the World of Outlaw Late Model Series, NDRL King of Dirt, Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour, FASTRAK Racing Series and much more appear frequently. In addition to the incredible Special Event lineup, the Tyler County Speedway Weekly Racing Series consists of the Super Late Models, FASTRAK Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds, Hotmods, ModLites, FWD 4 Cylinders and MWRA Mini Wedges on Saturday Nights April thru September. For additional information regarding the 40th Anniversary Season at the Tyler County Speedway follow us online at www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com, phone the track office at 304-771-6874 or 304-771-5661 or on raceday at 304-758-2660.


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Tyler County Speedway Test n’ Tune Pushed Back; Season Opener on Schedule

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Tyler County Speedway Test n’ Tune Pushed Back; Season Opener on Schedule

 

Stock Car Show at Speedway Diner Set for Saturday, April 5th from 10am-2pm

 

With mother-nature throwing the first caution flag of the 2014 season, the Hometown Racing Association continues to prep for the highly anticipated 40th Anniversary campaign.  With cool, winter like temps and a rainy weekend forecast the scheduled Test n’ Tune scheduled for Saturday, March 29th has been pushed back to Wednesday Night, April 2nd from 6pm-10pm.  General admission is FREE while pit admission is priced at $15.  A rare mid-week Wednesday night open practice will give eager racers a tune-up before kicking off the 2014 season in earnest on Saturday, Night April 5th. 

 

The Chase to the Championship will see the area’s finest racers converge on the Middlebourne, WV oval with Championship dreams and the season’s first checkered flag in sight.  Year after year, the talented Tyler County track regulars, some of the toughest in the nation battle weekly at the regions most competitive speedway for a chance to be heralded as a Tyler County Speedway track champion. Looking to defend 2013 titles include cagey veteran Butch McGill, FASTRAK Northeast Champion Kyle Thomas, Mike “Bird” Wilson in the popular Modified division, Ohio’s Josh Baldwin and EDGE Hotmod Champion Chad Smith and the “Little Iceman” Jacob Ice. 

 

With typical early season cool temps still lingering a fan friendly gesture of starting an hour earlier to get fans back home at a reasonable time is being implemented by track management. Gates will open at 3, with hotlaps and qualifying starting at 6 and racing getting underway at 7.  General admission is priced at just $10, children 10 and under free while entry into the pits is $30. 

 

Also don’t forget to stop in at Debbie’s Speedway Diner on Saturday, April 5th from 10am-2pm for a stock car show.  Located just outside of Middlebourne, WV on Rt. 18 Debbie’s Speedway Diner features a quaint dining experience at a family affordable price.  For more information regarding the Speedway Diner contact them at 304-758-0980.  Be sure to stop in on your way to the ‘Bullring’ and get your first look at the 2014 rides before they get em’ dirty! 

 

About the Tyler County Speedway: Located in the scenic WV hills, the Tyler County Speedway is located just 4 miles south of Middlebourne, on State Route 18 at the Fairgrounds approximately an hour from Wheeling, Clarksburg & Parkersburg. Tyler County Speedway is considered by fans, drivers and industry insiders to be one of the raciest tracks in the nation and has been dubbed the ‘Bullring’ with three and four wide racing action being the norm not the exception.

 

Tyler County Speedway annually hosts some of the largest and most popular events in the Ohio Valley region! National and regional touring series such as the World of Outlaw Late Model Series, NDRL King of Dirt, Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour, FASTRAK Racing Series and much more appear frequently. In addition to the incredible Special Event lineup, the Tyler County Speedway Weekly Racing Series consists of the Super Late Models, FASTRAK Late Models, Open Wheel Modifieds, Hotmods, ModLites, FWD 4 Cylinders and MWRA Mini Wedges on Saturday Nights April thru September. For additional information regarding the 40th Anniversary Season at the Tyler County Speedway follow us online at www.tylercountyspeedwayonline.com, phone the track office at 304-771-6874 or 304-771-5661 or on raceday at 304-758-2660.


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Tyler County Speedway Releases 2014 40th Anniversary Schedule

 

3rd Annual Renegades of Dirt “Let It Ride 55″ & World of Outlaw “Jackpot 100″, 26th Annual NDRL “Earl Hill Memorial” & 20th Annual “Topless 50″ Highlight Highly Anticipated 40th Season!

 

(Middlebourne, WV) The Hometown Racing Association is excited to release the 2014 Tyler County Speedway racing schedule featuring a season long celebration as the ‘bullring’ will parlay 40 years of the regions best side by side action into an action packed schedule of fast family fun. Four decades of motorsports excellence will culminate into a very special season at the Middlebourne, West Virginia ¼ mile speedway that will pay homage to it’s past while continuing to lead into the future. From it’s storied history from the likes of Legends such as Earl Hill, Rodney Combs, Mike Balzano, Frank Wilson, Pat Herrick, Butch McGill to seeing todays rising stars like FASTRAK NE Champion Kyle Thomas, EDGE Hotmod Champ Chad Smith, young Modified ace Travis Dickson to second and third generation racers like Brandon Fluharty, Daniel Hill, Derek Doll, Danny Thomas among others that continue to re-write the history books at the Tyler County Speedway.

 

Eager racers will get their first laps on the historic speedway surface as the Annual Test N’ Tune will welcome back all on Saturday, March 29th with an evening open practice from 5-9pm. With the 2014 campaign officially taking Flagman Todd Gorrell’s green flag on Saturday Night, April 5th for the 40th Anniversary Season Opener.

 

A plethora of star studded special events will hit the highbanks from the 20th edition of the Topless 50 on Saturday, May 3rd to the huge Memorial Weekend running of the 3rd Annual $20,000 to win Jackpot 100 & Let it Ride 55 and hosting the national stars of the World of Outlaw Late Model Series and the East Coast premier Modified Series the Renegades of Dirt. Spend your Memorial weekend at the Tyler County Speedway for a three day speed buffet featuring all the three wide action needed to satisfy any race fans appetite. See WV’s own Josh Richards, Darrell Lanigan, Rick Eckert, Tim McCreadie, Shane Clanton among others take on the ‘Bullrings’ best!

 

Also a can’t miss event being marked on a lot of 2014 calendars will see America’s newest Dirt Late Model Touring Series, the NDRL hit the Middlebourne speedplant for the richest Earl Hill Memorial in history. The stars of the NDRL Kings of Dirt Racing League will square off on Saturday Night, July 26th for a whopping $10,000 to win in the 26th edition of the famed Memorial race named in honor of the late great Earl Hill.

 

The ‘Bullring’ is privileged to play host to the premier crate late model division in America as the FASTRAK Late Models will call Tyler home on a weekly basis. With the best of the best setting their sites on the $10,000 to win FASTRAK Northeast Regional RaceOff event as the speedway caps the season in grand fashion September 18-20.

 

The Tyler County Speedway is proud to be the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tours hometrack and will feature the best open wheel racers in the country on four occasions with the first being the Monster Modified Weekend Twin $1200′s on Saturday Night, April 26th. The second stop being the massive $5,555 to win “Let it Ride 55” as part of the “Jackpot 100” weekend May 23-25 that will see the mod stars compete in four features over the Memorial Weekend spectacular. Stop #3 for the Renegades will be the 10th running of the “Dickson Classic” and we will finish up the 2014 campaign at Tyler with the September 19th WV/OH DirtWarz Mountaineer Topless 30. See the like of Rick Aukland, Jesse Wisecarver, Travis Dickson, Jess Hartman, Kyle Strickler, Rich Michael Jr., Mark Dickson, Tanner Wilson, Nathon Loney, Scott & Amanda Stiffler, Kevin Miller among others compete all season long at the Tyler County Speedway.

 

Past speedway mainstay’s are also included in the jam packed 14′ slate including the 13th Annual Eaton/Childers ‘King of the Ring’ Twin 25′s for Super Late Models on Saturday Night, June 21st featuring a huge Fireworks Extravaganza as we are proud to be a part of Tyler Countys Bicentennial Celebration. The traditional Bud Weigle Memorial on Sunday Night, August 3rd will once again kick off the 52nd Annual Tyler County Fair. While the 4th Annual Pat Herrick Memorial for Modlites on April 12th, the return of the STARS Modlites will visit for three days over the Memorial weekend with the “Mountain State ModLite Triple Crown” featuring three $500 to win main events. The 8th Annual Tammy Clegg Hotmod Special will take the green on Saturday Night, May 10th. Also for the Hotmod racers the first ever ‘Workin’ Man World Championship’ will see the economy class square off in their richest event to date during the September 19th and 20th FASTRAK weekend paying $2,000 to the winner.

 

Several unique ‘Bullring’ experiences await fans and racers alike such as Mystery Money Night on Saturday, April 19th that will see the division with the most participants competing for the nightly Super Late Model purse of $1,000 to win/ $200 to start. Will it be the Hotmods, Modlites, or FWD 4 Cylinders packing the pits or the FASTRAK Late Models or Modifieds stealing the extra loot?

 

The return of the ever popular Retro Race Night on Saturday, April 12th in which we bring back the glory days with helmet dashes, checkered flag laps, heat race pay, nostalgic “crack the whip” race and much more. The ‘Bullring’ will also feature two nights of “King of the Kounty” action on Saturday Nights May 10th and June 14th that will test the speedways best in a one on one bracket styles showdown for “King of the Kounty” supremacy.

 

Lots of “Fan Friendly” events will await the regions best fans this summer such as “Pack the Track” Night on June 7th, just pick up a FREE ticket from your favorite driver and enjoy a night at the ‘Bullring’ 100% FREE! Another wallet busting savings will occur on Saturday Night July 12th as the Hometown Racing Association presents $5 Dollar Night, just bring 5 armbands from a previous night and receive rollback $5 admission. A Turn Back the Clock Night on June 14th, Former Driver Appreciation Night & Racers Reunion on June 28th, and Salute to the Troops will highlight Saturday, July 5th as our season long stretch your dollar promotions continue. Plus don’t miss the return of the behemoth Monster Trucks as Tyler County Speedway will welcome the Monster Truck Summer Nationals to the track on Friday Night July 4th as we celebrate our independence with some cool car crushing action!

 

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Drivers to be Honored at Annual Awards Banquet

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A celebration of the 2013 racing season at the Tyler County Speedway and the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour will be held Saturday night January 18th at the Mollohan Center in New Martinsville, WV.  The 2013 awards banquet will recognize and celebrate the achievements of the drivers and race teams that competed during this past race season.  Drivers, fans, sponsors and staff are invited to join us in honoring the accomplishments of some of the regions finest racers.   

Divisions being showcased with awards include the J&R Excavating Super Late Models, Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Models, Two Brothers Motorsports Modifieds, EDGE Hotmods, Chris Metz State Farm Insurance Modlites and Wells Inn Mini Wedges.  Also receiving much deserved hardware will include the Top Twelve drivers of the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour along with the Top 10 in the EDGE Hotmod division.

Tickets are just $25 with doors opening for social hour at 5, followed by dinner at 6, awards presentations beginning promptly at 7 with dancing and DJ Entertainment to follow.  Tickets can be ordered by sending check or money order to the Speedway Office at PO Box 475, Middlebourne, WV 26149 or stop by Outlaw Graphics in Middlebourne or call 304-758-4411 or 304-771-6874.  Only a limited number of tickets are available so be sure to get yours today!

Grabbing an unprecedented 9th Super Late Model track championship at the Tyler County Speedway Butch McGill of West Union, WV would garner the spoils in a hard earned season edging fellow competitor Steve Weigle by a scant point.

J&R Excavating Super Late Models presented by Midcap Land & Timber  1. #1MC Butch McGill 183  2. #75 Steve Weigle 182  3. #1×1 Sonny Conley 179  4. #87 Derek Doll 175  5. #25 Mike Benedum 167  6. #B1 Paul Wilmoth Jr. 147  7. #14 Corey Conley 136  8. #3 Scott Irvin 118  9. #54 Billy Brown 97  10. #X Dusty Hamrick 93

It was a ‘cinderella’ season for Kyle Thomas as he would claim the Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Model division title in stellar fashion as the Pennsboro, WV ace dominated the division.  Not only did Thomas grab the track championship but was also declared the 2013 FASTRAK Weekly National Champion and by doing so also would claim the $5,000 top prize.

Peoples Bank FASTRAK Late Models  1. #32 Kyle Thomas 219  2. #7JR Danny Thomas 175  3. #11 Mike Griffin 168  4. #13 Brandon McGrady 157  5. #32B Brian Baumberger 146  6. #K2 Kris Southern 128  6. #77 Joel Prosser 128  8. #88 Chad Green 115  9. #12R Tracy Sampson 106  10. #6 Joe Bowie 93

A familiar face will grace the winners podium in the Two Brothers Motorsports Modified Division as multi time track champion Bird Wilson of Sistersville, WV aboard the familiar unsponsored blue #20 will hoist another Season Championship to his crowded mantle.

Two Brothers Motorsports EDGE Modifieds  1. #20 Mike Wilson 170  2. #4DJ DJ Cline 135  3. #43 Gerald Deitch 116  4. #16 Travis Dickson 106  5. #0 Mark Dickson 102  6. #71c Chris Basich 98  7. #13 Jesse Wisecarver 89  8. #16H Justin Hart 83  9. #4M Kevin Miller 73  10. #18 Cody Henthorn 72

Picking up his first track championship in the EDGE Hotmod division was Sardis, Ohio’s Chad Smith aboard the black 10s machine.

EDGE Hotmods  1. #10s Chad Smith 219  2. #14 Mike Conkle 204  3. #18 Travis Thomas 194  4. #X85 Lou Ennis 190  5. #7 Kenny Isner 182 6. #40 Codi Eaton 175  7. #30 Brad Dickson 174  8. #72 Levi Flesher 136 9. #151 Stevi Magyar 128  10. #CJ3 CJ Dotson 119

Josh Baldwin piloting the lightning fast 34 machine of Beallsville, Ohio would also pick up his first track championship in the Chris Metz State Farm Insurance Modlite division.

Chris Metz State Farm Insurance Modlites  1. #34N Josh Baldwin 218  2. #862 Mitch Ward 193  3. #25 Brandon Fluharty 169  4. #17 Ryan Saffell 167  5. #3 Troy Collins 158  6. #28 Tom Keplinger 147  7. #22 Matt Ward 138  8. #18 Ryan Baker 132  9. #99 Jeff Fornash 117  10. #99E Daniel Eddy 114

It was the ‘Little Ice Man’ Jacob Ice picking up the Wells Inn Mini Wedge track championship as the young speedster was on a mission in 2013 racking up multiple wins in the highly competitive youth league of auto racing.

The annual Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sports Shirts banquet will be held in conjunction with the Tyler County Speedway again in 2014 where the top modified pilots of the ‘Easts Elite Modified Tour’ will be honored.  The collective group of racers will be presented their hard earned hardware as well as any year end point funds and winnings.

Rick Aukland will be honored for his efforts amongst the best of the best in 2013. The veteran of the sport has earned the bulk of his hardware in the late model ranks which includes some of dirt biggest wins, toughest championships, and with over 600 career feature wins holds a place in the Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame. However, the Zanesville, OH native has found a new home in the open wheel modified ranks and now sits atop as the champion of one of the most prestigious tours in the entire country. Joining Bobby Kitchen as a past champion, Aukland will now have his own black and white artifact in the Renegade of Dirt record books. The pilot of a Jerry Snyder family owned #2A Lightning Chassis sponsored by Sweeney Services, the ‘Badlands Bandit’, Aukland racked up over $22,000 in winnings in just nine touring events in 2013 including $5,000 dollars for winning the tours second year championship. The champion also holds the most wins in Renegade of Dirt tour history with seven, four of which attained during his 2013 championship campaign.

The entire list of Renegade of Dirt racers faced a multitude of challenges throughout the course of the season fending off some of the highest quality modified racers in the country at each touring event. It is with tremendous appreciation that tour officials honor the Renegades of Dirt drivers this year for their achievements on and off the track. The drivers were always going above and beyond to be positive ambassadors for the tour and proved without a doubt why the Renegades of Dirt are known to be the best of the best. The top twelve listed in order include; Jesse Wisecarver, Travis Dickson, Jess Hartman, Kyle Strickler, Rich Michael Jr., Mark Dickson, Tanner Wilson, Nathon Loney, Scott Stiffler, Kevin Miller, Amanda Stiffler.

In addition, the 2013 participants of the EDGE Hotmods will also be honored on the evenings for their accomplishments. The 2013 season proved to be one of the most competitive yet for the young and growing division that saw Chad Smith best the talented class of grassroots racers. Smith a relative new comer to the division took to the dirt like a seasoned vet easily Smith navigated the dirt ovals of Legendary Hilltop Speedway and Tyler County Speedway en route to his first and a very convincing championship title. The Sardis, OH operations tech at Williams Services operated his family owned #10s ’2Brothers Motorsports Hotmod’ sponsored by Blakes Auto Glass, Quinets Court Restaurant, AAA Homes, and Litman Excavating to twenty two EDGE Hotmod wins in 2013.  Perhaps even more impressive during his dominant sophomore season was his thirty two top threes in his total thirty six races competed in during 2013, a feat that could be boasted as a record for quite some time. The rest of the EDGE Hotmod top ten will also be honored for their accomplishments on the season from second to tenth respectively; Mike Conkle, Kenny Isner, Lou Ennis, Brad Dickson, Travis Thomas, Mike Lauer, Josh Sigler, Levi Flesher, and Bill Sigmon. Some big plans are in the works for the 2014 EDGE Hotmod division and should be announced in the coming weeks.

The Hometown Racing Association would like to thank all of the competing race teams, sponsors, track staff, family and friends and most importantly our valued race fans for making the 2013 race season a success!  We look forward to another terrific race season in 2014 as we celebrate the ‘bullrings’ 40th season!

 

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