"Spence Continues Late Season Heroics With Saturday Winchester Score"
"Bonebrake Doubles in Limited Late Models"
By Doug Watson
Winchester, VA- Defending track champion JT Spence took top honors in last Saturday nights 35-lap Late Model feature at Winchester speedway. The win for Spence, worth $3000, was his second win in a row and sixth of the season at Winchester ans it came steering his familiar Greg Gunter owned Rocket no.91.
The re-draw placed Jason Covert and JT Spence on the front row for the start of the event with Covert gaining the race lead as the field raced hard off turn two. As Covert paced the field Spence tucked into second and went after Covert. Spence then found the bottom of the speedway to his liking as he pulled a slider on Covert as the duo raced into turn one on the 13th lap with Spence becoming the new leader on the 14th circuit. Spence and Covert would then put on quite a crowd pleasing duel as the swapped sheet metal over the remaining laps with Spence squeaking out the win by a car length as they crossed under the checkered flag. "This win go's to Jim Stevens of Penske shocks." Spence stated in his post race interview. "I think this is the first time all season he's been here when we've won and his shock package has turned our program around." The lap-13 slide job on Covert was risky at the time, but would pay dividends later in the event. "Jason left us a hole there going into one, and I drover her in there pretty hard." Said Spence. "We hit as we came off turn two but I kept it matted and we were lucky enough to get the lead and hold him off for the win." Dale Hollidge settled for third with Jason Miller and Mark Pettyjohn rounding out the top-five. Heats for the 19 cars entered went to Spence and CS Fitzgerald.
Third generation racer Wesley Bonebrake scored his second win of the season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model headliner. Bonebrake started on the pole and would lead all 20-laps to post the win aboard his family owned Rocket no.37. "It's always nice to win here." Bonebrake stated. "Whether it's a Late Model, Crate or one of these 358 cars, starting spot means so much and we drew a good number tonight and it's pretty nice to get a win for all the family and sponsors that support us." Brian Wright, Transton Stoner, Bruce Kane and Jonathan DeHaven trailed Bonebrake at the finish. Heats for the 16 entries went to Bonebrake and Jeff Koller.
In support class action Mike Franklin continued his domination of the Pure Stock ranks as he collected his 16th win of the season in the divisions 15-lap contest, Ed Gageby took his 2nd win of the season in the 15-lap Four-Cylinder main and after a slew of DQ's Kevin Oates was awarded the win in the 15-lap U-Car feature.
Late Model feature finish
1.JT Spence 2.Jason Covert 3. Dale Hollidge 4.Jason MIller 5. MarkPettyjohn 6. Kyle Hardy 7.Ross Robinson 8.Allan Brannon 9. Kenny Moreland 10.Mike Steck 11. Steven Axtell Jr. 12. CS Fitzgerald 13. Les Hare 14.Tommy Armel
15.Walter Crouch 16.Jacob Burdette 17.Tom Decker III 18. Tom Decker Jr. 19. Greg Elrod
Limited Late Model feature finish
1.Wesley Bonebrake 2. Brian Wright 3. Transton Stoner 4.Bruce Kane 5. Jonathan DeHaven 6.Kris Eaton 7.Dave Friedrich 8.Scott Sweeney 9. Ernie Shirley 10. Jeff Koller 11. Dallas Richards 12.Kevin Deremer 13.Buddy Wilson 14.Tom Chaffins 15. Jimmy Richards 16. James Lichliter
Pure Stock feature finish
1.Mike Franklin 2.Tony Catlett 3. Chris Sumption 4.Jeremy Tinsman 5.Sam Crouch 6.Jerry Jenkins Jr. 7. Chuck Bowie 8. Jeff Budwash 9. Mike Raleigh
Four-Cylinder feature finish
1. Ed Gageby 2. Allan Whitt Jr. 3.Randy Linaburg 4.Justin Hottle 5.Michael Pfaff 6.Austin Stover 7. Rich Newcomer 8.Jesse Boyce 9.Allen Vaughan 10. Roger Whitlock 11. Ethan Ours 12.Tommy Whitt 13. Billy Sonner 14. Mike Kershner
U-Car feature finish
1. Kevin Oates 2. Greg Carrico 3.Terry Leach 4. Larry Lamb 5. Travis Clark 6.Charlie Good 7. Theo Funk 8. Randy Wilkins 9.TJ Collins 10. Mark Pollard 11.Hunter Bowles 12.Gene Wilson 13. Jeff Wilkins (DQ) 14.Jason Wilkins (DQ) 15. Alan Dice (DQ)