Kyle Dixon Memorial features a night of firsts at DIS

DELMAR, DE – Saturday night’s “Kyle Dixon Memorial” was a night of “firsts” in all divisions.

All seven feature events were won by first time winners this season and three of the features were first career wins for drivers Kenneth Peek, Jason Musser and Billy Cropper.

The 25-lap NAPA Big Block Modified feature was the thriller of the night.

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Race driver Jordan Watson of Milford, shown here at a Camp Barnes Benefit Race event with one of his young fans, notched his first Big Block victory last Saturday night at Delaware International Speedway.

Michael White started on the pole after turning in a dominating performance earlier in winning his heat with H.J. Bunting – strong in winning his heat and still looking for his first win of the season – started inside row two in the Delaware Start.

White led the field into the first turn with Brad Trice tucking into second. Bunting challenged in third while Bobby Watkins ran solidly in fourth after getting by Jordan Watson on the start.

The first of only two yellows would fly for debris on lap nine. Trice made a bid for the lead on the restart but Bunting took over the second spot. The top five remained unchanged until lap 14.

Watson was the first in the group to test the high side of the speedway and to everyone’s amazement the Will Brown owned mount hooked up and began to move toward the front. With 10 to go Watson had gotten by Watkins and one lap later dropped Trice to fourth.

With seven to go, Watson pulled out all the stops shooting by on the outside of Bunting and doing likewise to the leader White on the same lap to lead lap 19.

The race wasn’t over as cars battling for position further back in the pack ended with Kyle Fuller getting turned around to bring out the yellow followed by Robert Dutton and Trent Willey parked against the back straight wall during the yellow.

Watson had  no problem pulling away on the green and drove to his first win of the season.

“I got tired of riding and had to give the fans some kind of a show,” said Watson. “The last couple of weeks I haven’t made too many friends and I have to apologize for some of the things that have happened.”

White turned in a personal best holding off Bunting for second with Watkins third.

Rookie Kellie Lewis started on the pole in the 20-lap S.R. Pete & Sons Super Late Model feature but it was defending point champion Andrew Mullins leading lap one. Nick Davis was running strong and followed into the second spot with Herb Tunis holding down third.

Ricky Elliott wasted no time moving from his seventh starting spot into the fourth position while Donald Lingo, Jr. challenged in fifth. The order remained unchanged through halfway.

With eight to go, Elliott got out of the groove and slipped off the top of turn four. He was able to continue and the race stayed green but Lingo, Jr. took advantage of the slip to take fourth.

Mullins was able to open a comfortable lead as the race went flag to flag without a caution. For Mullins, it was his first win of the season. Davis ended a good run in second with Tunis also turning in a solid performance to finish in third. Fourth went to Lingo, Jr. and Elliott rounded out the top five.

Heats were won by Mullins and Davis.

The AC Delco PSC Modifieds went 20 laps with the winner getting a guaranteed starting spot in the Fall Championship. Kenneth Peek started on the pole and drive the race of his career. The race got off to a scary start as Brandon Watkins got turned into the front straight wall bringing out the yellow. Watkins was okay but done for the night.

Peek took control from his pole starting position with Carson Wright running in second. Joe Tracy moved up to second from ninth in just four laps but a lap four restart would shuffle him back to fifth and Scott Hitchens moved into the runner-up spot.

While Peek remained flawless, Tracy got back by Westley Smith for third with Dwayne Crockett following into fourth. The final yellow was out when Brian Nailor got turned with just two laps to go. Peek made no mistakes as he drove to his first career win with Hitchens second and Tracy third. Fourth went to Crockett and Westley Smith rounded out the top five.  Heats were won by Peek and Jordn Justice.

In the 15-lap Crate Model feature Billy Thompson set the pace at the start with Mike Wilson running in second. Tyler Reed was on the move from sixth, dropping Steven Baker to fourth on lap three. By lap six Reed was up to second and at the halfway sign the top five were Thompson, Reed, Wilson, Baker and Sparky White.

Reed made a smooth pass down the back straight to take the lead on the next circuit. The race went caution free and Reed drove to his first win of the season. Reed gave his crew a lot of credit for preparing the car because he had been ill all day and could not have gotten it ready for Saturday night.

Thompson finished a personal best in second with Wilson third. Fourth went to Baker and White rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Thompson and Charles Shawver.

In the first of two Mod Lite features Tim White blasted from fifth to the lead on lap one. Jason Musser followed from sixth into second and Jake Nelson held third. Aaron VanVorst and Nick Sapp put on a good battle throughout the non-stop feature for fourth.

White was able to open a five-car length lead over Musser and drove to his first win of the year. Musser turned in his best first up to that point in second with Sapp charging hard in the closing laps to finish in third. VanVorst turned in a good run to finish in the fourth spot and Jake Nelson rounded out the top five.

Heats were won by White and Musser.

In the 15-lap Mod Lite makeup feature Jason Musser charged from his third starting spot into the lead on lap one. Tim White was on the move and took second from Ryan Dryden on the second circuit. By halfway the top five were Musser, White, Dryden, Nick Sapp and Alan Passwater.

Although yellows kept the field tightly bunched throughout the final six laps, the order remained unchanged.

For Musser, it was his first career win since starting in the division six seasons ago. With some of the top racers in points on the road chasing national points, Musser catapulted into the point lead with his first and second place finishes. White’s second place in the second feature moved him from fourth to second in the standings. Dryden and his team deserved a lot of credit for his third place finish after he rolled the car three times in the heat but made repairs to make the final feature.

The Super Trucks were on hand Saturday night. Matt Long led the first two laps before Billy Cropper moved on top. Joe Pete shot from 10th to second behind Cropper. Long battled his way back into second with four to go but Cropper worked traffic to perfection to record his first win at the speedway. Long ended a good run in second with Shane Clogg coming from eighth to finish in third. Fourth went to Joe Pete and Stanley Pete, Jr. rounded out the top five.


NAPA Big Block Modified Finish; 1. Jordan Watson; 2. Michael White; 3. H.J. Bunting; 4. Bobby Watkins; 5. Brad Trice; 6. Scott VanGorder; 7. Shawn Ward; 8. Dana Walker; 9. Bryan Breasure; 10. Robert Dutton; 11. Kyle Fuller; 12. Trent Willey.

S.R. Pete & Sons Late Models: 1. Andrew Mullins; 2. Nick Davis; 3. Herb Tunis; 4. Donald Lingo, Jr.; 5. Ricky Elliott; 6. Dylan Evans; 7. Kellie Lewis; 8. Bob Geiger.

AC Delco PSC Modified Finish: 1. Kenneth Peek; 2. Scott Hitchens; 3. Joseph Tracy; 4. Dwayne Crockett; 5. Westley Smith; 6. Brandon Gallo; 7. Jordn Justice; 8. Kevin Sockriter; 9. Matt Smith; 10. Ryan Tarr; 11. Devin Dodson; 12. Danny Smack; 13. Brian Nailor; 14. Nick Alberti; 15. Brian Hitz; 16. Carson Wright; 17. Garrie Bostwick; 18. Brandon Watkins.

Crate Model Finish; 1. Tyler Reed; 2. Billy Thompson; 3. Mike Wilson; 4. Steven Baker; 5. Sparky White; 6. Derek Magee; 7. Robbie Walls, Jr.; 8. Zac Weller; 9. Matt Hill; 10. T.J. Williams; 11. Charles Shawver; 12. Alessa Young; 13. Richard Harden; 14. Jason Rush.

Mod Lite Finish: 1. Tim White; 2. Jason Musser; 3. Nick Sapp; 4. Aaron VanVorst; 5. Jake Nelson; 6. Kirk Miles, Sr.; 7. James Wood; 8. Curt Miles, Jr.; 9. Alan Passwaters; 10. Harry Mears, 11. Brian Short. DNS: Ryan Dryden.

Mod Lite Makeup Finish: 1. Jason Musser; 2. Tim White; 3. Ryan Dryden; 4. Niick Sapp; 5. Alan Passwaters; 6. James Wood; 7. Harry Mears; 8. Jake Nelson; 9. Aaron VanVorst; 10. Kirk Miles, Sr.; 11. Brian Short; 12. Curt Miles, Jr.; DNS: Nick Nash; Jimmy Wills; James Hill; Mike Stratton.

Super Truck Finish: 1. Billy Cropper; 2. Matt Long; 3. Shane Clogg; 4. Joe Pete; 5. Stanley Pete, Jr.; 6. Bobby Reed; 7. Robert Paczkowski; 8. Brian Meisenholder; 9. Tim Quay; 10. Robert Smith; 11. David Smith; 12. Mike Hovatter; 13. Cory Sapp; 14. Kara Klink; 15. Thomas Jackson; 16. Orville Wells.

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