First Posted: 6/16/2009
RURAL RETREAT, Va. Action continued at Wythe Raceway Saturday with the running of the Car Care Center of Atkins 200.
In preliminary action, the Late Model of Brian Wilson hit the wall hard coming out of turn four. Wilson would be okay, but his car was done for the evening.
Later in the evening, the Four Cylinder Pro Mini Class took to the track for its feature event. JR Davis, Crockett and Jason Powers began on the front row and set the early pace. Powers jumped to the early lead with Davis behind in second. Racing action was furious, with as many as nine cars battling for the win. Three-time winner Austin Cox, two-time winner Jerry Dillow and Gator Cornett each pressured Powers before Cox was able to get the lead and go on to win his fourth feature of the year ahead of Davis, Cornett, Dillow, and Tim Taylor. The last lap was not without excitement, as the car of Shawn King got turned coming out of turn four.
In the next event, Keith Griffitts used the front role starting position to take early command of the race. Points-leader Chad Hale had difficulty in hot laps, as something broke on his car and retired him for the evening. In an act of sportsmanship, Duke Bare, driver of the B4 car, gave up his ride to Hale so that he could maintain his points fight. Hale, driving the B4 for the first time, pressured Griffitts but could not get around him. Meanwhile, Keith, who started in the sixth position, moved steadily through the field and passed Hale for second place. A couple laps later, the cars of Hale and Keith got together with the result being a spin by Keith, relegating him to the rear of the field. That allowed Hale to continue his attack on Griffitts, who held on for the win.
Next up was the Open Wheel Modifieds. Outside pole-sitter Will Ferguson took the lead going into turn one. Taylor Hayes pressured for the lead early, along with the cars of Roby Orr and Lance Reynolds. Three-time defending track champion Ron Lawson showed his strength, as he moved into second before taking control of the race with a power move. Ferguson held onto second ahead of Reynolds, Michael Davis, Atkins and last weeks winner, Troy Loomis.
The Berglund Performance Parts Late Models were next on the track. Kenny Peeples Jr., having won the last two consecutive races, was the favorite. Peeples quickly showed that he was the man to beat, as he pulled away from the field. Points-leader Matt Parks followed in second and the cars of David Watts, Randy Kinder, Tam Topham and Chad Hale battled for the top five positions. These results are unofficial pending inspection of the engines of the cars of Peeples and Parks. Official results will be posted at www.WytheRaceway.com as soon as they become available.
The hard-charging UCAR class was up next. Jon Keyes took command of the race from his second-row starting position and appeared to be on his way to his first win of the season, but two-time and defending-race winner Jessy Parks had other ideas. Parks was able to get by Keyes in the last corner of the last lap and beat Keyes to the line by a matter of inches. Third place went to Morgan Widener with fourth going to Jay Cox and fifth going to Pie Short.
The final event of the night had young Anissa Widener claim her second consecutive victory in the UCAR2 class.
Racing action will resume next Saturday with all classes in competition.