Westerfeld wins Sprint Car Thriller!
Shawn Westerfeld started on the pole and led from the drop of the green flag. He appeared to have everything in control… With about 10 laps to go, second place running Josh Hodges caught Westerfeld, passed him and began to pull away. It seemed like Westerfeld’s chance at a victory was slipping away. As the laps wound down, the new leader, Hodges came up on some slower cars and had some trouble putting them a lap down. This allowed Westerfeld to catch back up and what would set up one of the most exciting finishes in Lawrenceburg Speedway history. As the white flag flew, Westerfeld dove to the inside of Hodges and took the lead down the backstretch. As they entered turn 3, Westerfeld got into a slower car on the high side which allowed Hodges to pass him for the lead coming to the checkered flag. Luckily for Westerfeld, he had one more shot and he was able to pull a crossover move on Hodges and get back to the inside and beat him back to the line for the victory. It was a thrilling race and even Westerfeld himself admitted a lot of luck played into him putting his car in Budweiser Winner’s Circle. It was Westerfeld’s first victory of the season and 7th of his career. Josh Hodges finished second followed by Jordan Kinser, Dickie Gaines, and Justin Owen. Drew Abel was awarded the hard charger award finishing 8th after starting 17th. Heat race winners were Nick Bilbee, Westerfeld, and Hodges. JJ Hughes won the B Main. Westerfeld currently leads the Kelsey Chevrolet Sprint Car points by 100 over Jordan Kinser and 185 over JJ Hughes. The Kelsey Chevrolet Sprint Cars do not return to the track until July 22nd.
Koz wins in Prep Race for Merrill Downey!
Lima, Ohio’s Jeff Koz decided to race At Lawrenceburg to see if his team could get the car setup to come back for the July 1st Merrill Downey Memorial, which is one of the highest paying Modified races in the Midwest. Keith Smith would start from the pole and lead the first several laps. Koz, was able to get around Smith for the lead and that would set up a heated battle between Smith and Budweiser Modified point leader, Kyle Herbert. Herbert, and Smith made contact causing Smith to spin out and putting Herbert to the tail for rough driving. Smith would not continue presumably due to disappointment as it didn’t appear his car suffered any damage. Once the race restarted, Koz was never challenged again an went one to pick up his first career win at Lawrenceburg. The rest of the top 5 was Kyle Schnornick, David Spille, Scotty Kincaid, and Ryan Bross. Heat race winners were Koz ande Herbert. The Budweiser UMP Modifieds return to the Burg on Saturday July 1st for the 6th running of The Merrill Downey Memorial which will pay $4,444.44 to win.
Cordell Moore Wins Second Hornet Feature!
Cordell Moore passed pole sitter Katie Smith and went on to win his second career Besslers U Pull N Save Hornet Feature. Smith was able to hold off Moore for the first several laps but Moore was able to get around her and take the lead. Moore had a scare about half way through when another car put some fluid down on the track. Moore drove through it and got his car sideways and almost spun. Luckily, he was able to maintain control and hold on the lead and hold on to the win. Smith would finish second ahead of Bradley Eberhart, Destin Grout and Gage Clark. Heat race winners were Smith, Clark, and Moore. Michael Friemuth won the B Main. Cordell Moore takes over the point lead over Gage Clark and Adam Love. The Hornets return to the track on Saturday July 15th for The Night of Destruction.
Chris Combs holds on in Wild Pure Stock Feature!
Chris Combs started on the pole and led the whole way but it wasn’t an easy win. He fought off challenges all 15 laps, first from long time veteran Danny Eichler who eventually crashed out after contact with Combs. Then Jonathan Grace would challenge until he would crash out ending his chances. The left one challenger and that was Chris’s son, Christopher. Christopher wanted this win bad. He raced his dad hard but clean and the two touched a few times before Chris (Sr.) was able to beat his son back to the checkered flag. It was a good Father’s Day present for Chris, and a good night for the Combs family with the 1-2 finish. Chris Combs is the Impact Sports Pure Stock point leader over the defending champ Don Grace and Jon Grace. The Purestocks will be back in action on Saturday July 22nd.