"Hollidge Repeats at Winchester With Saturday Three-State Flyers Victory"
"Nichols Scores Career-First in Rush Crate Late Models"
By Doug Watson
Winchester, VA- In the midst of a career season, Mechanicsville Md.'s Dale Hollidge, drove to his second feature win of the season in last Saturday nights 35-lap "Three-State Flyers" event at Winchester speedway. Hollidge's third-career speedway win and fourth overall in 2014 was worth $3500 and also made him the first driver to repeat in the Late Models at the track this season.
JT Spence and Hollidge brought the field down to the initial green flag of the event with Hollidge blasting into the race lead as the mob raced off turn-two. Hollidge would go on to lead all 35-circuits in quite dominating fashion, as he rode a straight-away lead during most of the event. As Hollidge lead, fourth-starting Jason Covert tried valiantly to track-down Hollidge but would have to settle for runner-up money. "I knew I had to beat JT (Spence) into the first-turn if we had a shot to win." Hollidge stated during his post-race interview. "This car was just about perfect from the middle up to the top and as a driver, you can't ask for more than that." Hollidge reflected on his stellar season to date that's netted him four early-season victories. "We've really stepped-up our program this year." Said Hollidge. "Joey Pingleton, my Mom and Dad and all the people who help with this deal work their guts out and the results are starting to show." JT Spence would take third, Tommy Armel was fourth with Kenny Pettyjohn rounding out the top-five. Heats went to Covert and Armel.
Rob Nichols became the third different winner with his first-career win in the 20-lap RUSH Crate Late Model feature. Nichols, who started second, blasted into the race lead on the first circuit and would lead the distance over eventual runner-up John Imler. "We were no good in the heat and changed a bunch of stuff for the feature." Nichols quipped. "Starting spot means a lot down here but this car was so good tonight and to get a win in this class, as tough as it is, feels pretty good." Ninth-starting Transton Stoner was third, Scott Sweeney took fourth with tenth-starting Sonny Hatzell completing the top-five. Heats went to Tyler Bare and Scott Sweeney.
Current points leader Mike Franklin drove to his third win of the season in the 15-lap Pure Stock feature. Franklin, who started eleventh, wrestled the top-spot from race-long leader Keith Koontz on lap-twelve and would go on to post the win. Koontz held tough for second, Craig Parrill was third, Josh Wilkins was fourth with Mike Bennett filling the front-five.
Dustin Proctor became a two-time winner with his win in the 15-lap Enduro Stock main. Proctor actually took the checkered flag in second, as apparent winner Dylan Rutherford, lost the win at the tech-line. "Krazy" Kenny Thomas was second, defending class champion Mark Vegh was third, Danny Holmes took fourth with James Gray rounding-out the top-five. The event was marred with a double-flip as the cars of Brian Wallace and Ray Priest got together early in the feature with both cars sustaining heavy damage, but luckily both drivers walked away unhurt.
Justin Hottle scored his second win of 2014 in the 15-lap Four-Cylinder feature. Hottle and Richard Gwizdale battled for much of the event before the two made contact that saw Gwizdale spin from the lead. Hottle would then go on to lead the remainder of the event to score his second-career class win over runner-up Lester Riley. Allen Whitt Jr. was third, defending champion Ed Gageby took fourth with Roger Whitlock completing the top-five.
In the nightcap 20-lap All American Outlaw feature it was former Potomac (MD) Street Stock champion Kurt Zimmerman taking his first-career win with the class. Zimmerman, who started second, jumped into the race lead on lap-one and would decimate the field as he took the win by a wide margin over runner-up Jim Minter. Al Daniels was third, Paul Todd took fourth with Scott Jorda rounding out the top-five.
Late Model feature finish
1. Dale Hollidge 2. Jason Covert 3. JT Spence 4. Tommy Armel 5. Kenny Pettyjohn 6. Ross Robinson 7. Tony Crim 8. Tanner Kerr 9. Brad Ritter 10. Amanda Whaley 11. Steve Gibney 12. Jimmy Richards 13. Bubby Tharp Jr. 14. Brad Omps (DNS)
RUSH Crate Late Model feature finish
1. Rob Nichols 2. John Imler 3. Transton Stoner 4. Scott Sweeney 5. Sonny Hatzell 6. Timmy Booth 7. Kevin Palmer 8. Jennea Piper 9. Scott Merryman 10. Ben Bowie 11. Darren Henderson 12. Tyler Bare 13. Craig Guido 14. Reese Masiello 15. Travis Carroll 16. Austin Stover 17. Ralph Morgan Jr.
Pure Stock feature finish
1. Mike Franklin 2. Keith Koontz 3. Crag Parrill 4. Josh Wilkins 5. Mike Bennett 6. Terry Staton 7. Donnie Kenney 8. Jerry Jenkins Jr. 9. Sean Dawson 10. Kyle Nelson 11. Brian Luttrell 12. Larry Smith Jr.
Enduro Stock feature finish
1. Dustin Proctor 2. "Krazy" Kenny Thomas 3. Mark Vegh 4. Danny Holmes 5. James Gray 6. Paul Jones 7. Larry Lamb 8.Gary Moreland Jr. 9. Ray Priest 10. Brian Wallace 11. Rodney Miner 12. Dylan Rutherford (DQ)
Four-Cylinder feature finish
1. Justin Hottle 2. Lester Riley 3. Allen Whitt Jr. 4. Ed Gageby 5. Roger Whitlock 6. Melvin Ours 7. Richard Gwizdale 8. William Riley 9. Billy Sonner 10. Cody Kershner
All American Outlaw feature finish
1. Kurt Zimmerman 2. Jim Minter 3. Al Daniels 4. Paul Todd 5. Scott Jorda 6. Randy Doty 7. Bryan Green 8. Dylan Keim 9. Jim Chenowith 10. Carnie Fryfogle 11. Justin Cullum 12. Steve Jorda 13. Justin Mathis 14. David Egge 15. Tony Jorda