“Spence First to Repeat at Winchester With Saturday Late Model Score”
“DeHaven Dominates Limited Late Model Main”
By Doug Watson
Winchester, VA- Winchester Va.’s JT Spence was victorious in last Saturday nights 30-lap Late Model feature at Winchester speedway. The win for Spence, worth $2000, was his second feature triumph of the season and made him the first repeat winner in the six-week old season.
Keith Jackson and Gary Stuhler were the front-row starters as the field took the initial green flag of the event. Jackson, looking to break his recent string of bad luck, jumped into the early race lead with third-starting JT Spence in tow. Jackson appeared as though he would score his first feature win of the season as he lead through the half-way point of the event. However, Spence had other idea’s. Using an inside pass off turn-2, Spence out-dragged Jackson down the backstretch to become the new race leader as the pack came down to complete the 18th-lap. Jackson stayed as close as he could to Spence, but Spence drove a masterful race and would take the checkered flag by 6-car lengths over eventual runner-up Jackson. “I was glad to get one here tonight for Mr. Gunter tonight.” Spence stated during his post-race interview. “We gave one up last night at Potomac, and to come down here tonight and win, is pretty cool.” Spence was quick to praise the efforts of Keith Jackson, who lead the race’s first 17-laps. “That was a good race.” Spence stated. “I know Keith is hungry for a win but he gave me just enough room to get by there coming off turn-2 and as good as this car was tonight, that was the break we needed to get the win.” Stuhler rode steady for third, Roy Deese Jr. was fourth with Kenny Moreland rounding out the top-five. Heats for the 19-cars on hand went to Stuhler and Jackson.
Jonathon DeHaven also became a repeat feature winner with his second victory of the season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model headliner. Walter Crouch lead the first 3-laps of the event before DeHaven, utilizing the high-side of the speedway, shot into the race lead on lap-4. As DeHaven lead, 20th-starting Paul Cursey was on the move. Cursey made his way to the runner-up slot on lap-17, but was unable to catch DeHaven as the remainder of the event went caution-free. Travis Stickley was third, Scott Palmer fourth with 12th-starting Brad Ritter completing the top-five. Heats for the 21 cars entered went to Crouch and Stickley.
Mike Corbin captured his second win of the season in the 15-lap Pure Stock feature. Corbin, who started second, would go on to lead all 15-laps in an event that only featured two yellow flags. David Kaiser came from 12th to finish in second, Craig Parrill was third, Terry Staton took fourth with Mike Franklin filling the front-five. Heats for the 19 cars went Franklin and Corbin.
Scott McCartney also became a two-time Winchester winner with his win in the 15-lap Four-Cylinder main. McCartney took the lead on lap-2, and would lead to the checker, however he would have to survive a furious last-lap rush from Ed Gageby to preserve the win. Tommy Whitt was third, Justin Hottle fourth with Allen Whitt Jr. rounding out the top-five. Gageby was the heat winner.
Mark Pollard scored his third-feature win of the season in the 15-lap U-Car main. Pollard took the lead from Larry Lamb on lap-3 and would engage in a crowd-pleasing duel with his Son, Kevin Pollard, that would last until the conclusion of the event. Jason Wilkins came home third, Steve Katz was fourth with Brenda Alexander rounding out the top-five. Heats for the 26-car field went to Katz, Wilkins and Kevin Pollard.
Late Model feature finish
1. JT Spence 2. Keith Jackson 3. Gary Stuhler 4. Roy Deese Jr. 5. Kenny Moreland 6. Kyle Hardy 7. Jason Miller 8. Trever Feathers 9. Greg Elrod 10. Brad Omps 11. Tommy Armel 12. Tony Crim 13. Glen Elliott 14. Brian Tavenner 15. Rusty Sites 16. Stevie Long 17. Chaz Walls 18. Marvin Winters 19. Denny Bonebrake (DNS)
Limited late Model feature finish
1. Jonathon DeHaven 2. Paul Cursey 3. Travis Stickley 4. Scott Palmer 5. Brad Ritter 6. Rodney Walls 7. Kris Holliday 8. Walter Crouch 9. James Lichliter 10. Keith Walls 11. Robbie Emory 12. Mike Bennett 13. Jacob Burdette 14. Mitch Miller 15. Michael Alderman 16. Jimmy Richards 17. James Carte 18. Bubby Tharp Jr. 19. Tommy Hoy 20. Don Woodruff 21. Kevin Deremer (DNS)
Pure Stock feature finish
1. Mike Corbin 2. David Kaiser 3. Craig Parrill 4. Terry Staton 5. Mike Franklin 6. Brian Luttrell 7. Eddie McClellan 8. Mike Grady Jr. 9. Buddy Wilson 10. Tim Drawbaugh 11. Keith Koontz 12. Dickie Tharp 13. Kevin Koontz 14. Josh Wilkins 15. Bill Pifer 16. Donnie Kenney 17. Stuart Wells 18. Reese Alley (DNS) 19. Michael Carter (DNS)
Four-Cylinder feature finish
1. Scott McCartney 2. Ed Gageby 3. Tommy Whitt 4. Justin Hottle 5. Allen Whitt Jr. 6. Austin Stover 7. Shane Koller 8. Darren Pingley 9. Roger Whitlock (DNS)
U-Car feature finish
1. Mark Pollard 2. Kevin Pollard 3. Jason Wilkins 4. Steve Katz 5. Brenda Alexander 6. Larry Lamb 7. Kevin Oates 8. Michael Webb 9. Jeff Wilkins 10. Robert Perry 11. Steve Fadeley 12. Allen Jones 13. Randy Wilkins 14. Theo Funk 15. Jacob Lewis 16. Samantha Thompson 17. David Funk Jr. 18. Brian Lederhouse 19. Terry Leach 20. Dwayne Pierson 21. Richard Locke 22. Michael Pfaff 23. Allen Grimmet 24. Austin Nichols (DNS) 25. Justin Katz (DNS) 26. Joe Yablonski (DNS)