New kid on the block: Ward wins wild NAPA Big Block main

DELMAR, DE – Saturday night’s St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Benefit sponsored by K&B Auto produced some new winners and one first-time winner.

Shawn Ward survived a wild NAPA Big Block Modified 25-lap main to collect his first win of the season and become the third winner in three weeks in the division.

The Big Block feature got off to a wild start when the front markers got together in the second turn. When the pileup ended top runners H.J. Bunting, Beau Wilkins and last week’s feature winner, Brad Trice went to the pits never to return.

Making repairs and getting back out on the speedway were Scott VanGorder, Michael White and Trent Willey.

Ward got by Dale Hawkins coming off fourth turn to take the lead on lap one. Jordan Watson was headed to the front, getting by both Bobby Watkins and Hawkins to second by lap three. Three laps later, Watson moved on top.

By halfway the top five were Watson, Ward, Watkins, Matt Hawkins and VanGorder. Watson built a 3.5-second advantage but the car lost power at the start/finish line with eight to go. Watson coasted to a stop in the second turn to bring out the final yellow.

Ward was back on top with Watkins running a strong second. Ward made no mistakes as he powered to his first win of the season.

“We didn’t get the car done until seven o’clock,” said Ward. “My guys have been putting it together and taking it apart since Thursday night.”

Watkins turned in his best run of the year in second with Matt Hawkins third. Fourth went to VanGorder and White rounded out the top five. Heats were won by Watson and Watkins.

RESULTS

NAPA Big Block Modified Finish: 1. Shawn Ward; 2. Bobby Watkins; 3. Matt Hawkins; 4. Scott VanGorder; 5. Michael White; 6. Dale Hawkins; 7. Trent Willey; 8. Jordan Watson; 9. Dana Walker; 10. HJ Bunting; 11. Beau Wilkins; 12. Brad Trice.

Gallo takes Modified checkers

A tangle in the first turn forced a restart at the beginning of the 15-lap AC Delco PSC Modified feature. The second try was the charm with pole sitter, Brandon Gallo jumping out to the early lead. Rookie Devin Dodson settled into second with Brandon Watkins running in third.

The race stayed green until cautions on laps nine and ten would put the pack on Gallo’s bumper. Gallo was picture perfect for the final five laps to record his first career win in the division.

“Last year was a learning experience and I guess it paid off,” said Gallo.

Watkins finished a solid second. Rookie Devin Dodson continued to impress finished third with Joe Tracy fourth and Jordn Justice taking fifth on the final lap. Heats were won by Tracy and Watkins.

Mod Lite Feature

Kirk Miles, Sr. led the first four laps of the 15-lap Mod Lite feature before Tim White moved on top. Miles spun while battling with Jason Musser for second to bring out the first yellow on lap six. Jimmy Wills started in 13th but was up to second by lap seven. Following White and Wills in the top five at halfway were Musser, James Hill and Nick Nash.

Two cautions in the final five laps set up a green-white-checkered finish. Hill got by Wills and Musser then took the lead coming to the white flag. He would then drive to his third win of the season and remain perfect on the year. White would hold off Musser for second with Wills settling for fourth and Aaron VanVorst posting his best finish of the season in fifth. Heats were won by Nash and Musser.

Vintage Stock

Dwayne Heck led wire to wire to win the 12-lap Vintage Stock Car feature. C.J. Schirmer chased him the entire distance while Scott Calhoun and Freddy Brightbill swapped third. Brightbill would end up with the spot with Calhoun fourth and first sportsman, Snookie Vent, Jr. finishing in fifth.

RESULTS

Mod Lite Finish: 1. James Hill; 2. Tim White; 3. Jason Musser; 4. Jimmy Wills; 5. Aaron VanVorst; 6. Jake Nelson; 7. Ryan Dryden; 8. Curt Miles Jr; 9. Kirk Miles Sr; 10. Nick Nash; 11. Harry Mears; 12. James Wood; 13. Alan Passwaters.

AC Delco PSC Modified Finish: 1. Brandon Gallo; 2. Brandon Watkins; 3. Devin Dodson; 4. Joseph Tracy; 5. Jordn Justice; 6. Scott Hitchens; 7. Kenneth Peek; 8. Dwayne Crockett; 9. Kevin Sockriter; 10. Brad Roberts; 11. Danny Smack; 12. Carson Wright; 13. Brandon Blades; 14. Matt Smith; 15. Brian Hitz; 16. Brian Nailor; 17. Adam  Weberl 18. Wesley Smithl 19. Ryan Tarr; 20. Garrie Bostwick; 21. Nick Alberti; 22. Robert Riley III; DNS: Dylan Betts.

Vintage Finish: 1. Dwayne Heck; 2. C.J. Schirmer; 3. Freddy Brightbill; 4. Scott Calhoun; 5. Snookie Vent, Jr.; 6. John Burton; 7. David Parsons; 8. Vic Thomas; 9. Todd Miller; 10. Don Davidson; 11. Chris Loveland; 12. Josh Smith; 13. Mark Williams; 14. Rick Loveland; 15. Dave Schamp.

Lingo Jr. scores first win of season

The S.R. Pete & Son Super Late Models provided plenty of action Saturday night in their 20-lap feature. A tangle on the first lap sent Herb Tunis, Nick Davis, Dylan Evans and Ricky Elliott to the rear of the field. Brandon Dennis jumped out to the early lead with Staci Warrington chasing in second and Donald Lingo, Jr. running in third.

Lingo got by Warrington for second on lap five. Dennis slipped high on the next lap and Lingo shot by for the lead. The yellow as out on lap 11 when Kellie Lewis was being overtaken on the back straight by a three car battle for third. Andrew Mullins made contact with Lewis who bounced off the back wall to bring out the yellow while Mullins headed to the pits with damage.

Herb Tunis was up to third behind Lingo and Dennis as Elliott, who had come from the rear of the field, began to challenge in fourth. Elliott would get by both Tunis and Dennis but the caution would be out before the lap was complete forcing him to restart back in fourth.

The field took the white flag but Davis and Joe Warren tangled in the first turn setting up a one lap dash for the win. Lingo remained perfect as he drove to the checkered for his first win of the season.

“These wins come harder and harder the older I get,” said Lingo.

Brandon posted his best finish in second with Tunis holding off Elliott to finish in third. Evans recovered from the first lap tangle to round out the top five. Heats were won by Lingo and Davis.

Crate Models

The Crate Models went 20-lap on Saturday night with the winner getting a guaranteed starting spot in the Fall Championship. First year racer, Charles Shawver led the first circuit before Mike Wilson moved on top Cautions in the first half of the race would keep the field tightly bunched. Sparky White climbed to second but Matt Hill was flying in the high groove and dropped White to third on lap five.

Two laps later, Hill was on top with Wilson and White fighting for second. The pair made contact coming down the front straight sending Wilson hard into the wall and bringing out the final yellow on lap seven. With the remainder of the race caution free, Hill was able to pull away to a 3.5 second advantage and pick up his second checkered of the season. White finished in the second spot with last week’s winner, Jamie Eichholz third. Fourth went to Steven Baker and Tyler Reed rounded out the top five. Heats were won by White and Hill.

RESULTS

S.R. Pete & Son Super Late Model Finish: 1. Donald Lingo Jr; 2. Brandon Dennis; 3. Herb Tunis; 4. Ricky Elliott; 5. Dylan Evans; 6. Kerry King Sr; 7. Nick Davis; 8. Kerry King Jr; 9. Joe Warren; 10. Andrew Mullins; 11. Kellie Lewis; 12 Staci Warrington; 13. Bob Geiger; DNS: Rob Schirmer.

Crate Model Finish: 1. Matt Hill; 2. Sparky White; 3. Jamie Eicholz; 4. Steven Baker; 5. Tyler  Reed; 6. Derek Magee; 7. T. J.  Williams; 8. Charles Shawver; 9. Alessa Young; 10. Mike Wilson; 11. Jason Rush; 12. Billy Thompson; DNS: Zac Weller.

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