“Spence Scores Winchester Fifth in Mike Clore Memorial”
“Ritter Takes New Ride to LLM Glory”
By Doug Watson
Winchester, VA- Continuing his torrid mid-season tear, Winchester Va.’s JT Spence rolled to his fifth Late Model feature win of the season in last Friday nights 35-lap Mike Clore Memorial at Winchester speedway. The win for Spence, worth $2500, was his sixth overall win of the season as he’s also won the most recent Late Model event at Hagerstown speedway last Saturday night. Spence and David Williams shared the front row for the start of the event, with Spence blasting into the race lead as the field raced into turn one. Williams ran second to Spence for the first 13-laps before mechanical woes sidelined his effort. Two-time Winchester winner Rick Eckert then took up the chase and hounded Spence for the next 22-circuits, but Spence was up to the challenge and would take the checkered flag by three car-lengths over Eckert. “It’s an honor to win this race.” Spence stated in Winchester’s victory lane. “You couldn’t meet a nicer guy than Mike Clore and we as drivers all now the chance’s we take driving these things and I’m glad to win this for his family.” Spence’s night started out well by setting a new track record in time trials as he became the first Winchester Speedway driver to enter the 13-second bracket with a one-lap time of 13.973. “It’s pretty cool being the track record holder here at Winchester.” Spence said. “David (Williams) and Jamie (Lathroum) were pretty close to that number also, so you could see how fast this place was tonight. Hat’s off to Mr. Gunter for the great job they do on the racetrack.” Jason Covert came home third, 15th-starting Gary Stuhler was fourth with Trever Feathers, who rebounded from an early race flat tire, rounded out the top-five. Heats for the 22 cars entered went to Spence, Williams and Lathroum.
Defending track champion Brad Ritter wheeled his new ride, the Paddock Racing no.44P, to his second win of the season in the 20-lap Limited Late Model feature. Ritter started on the pole and would lead every lap, but it was by no means an easy victory. As Ritter lead, Travis Stickley, Robbie Emory, Kris Holliday and Paul Cursey all swapped spots inside the top-five while chasing Ritter with Emory securing the spot on lap-20. Holliday would hold tough for third, Stickley was fourth with Cursey rounding out the top-five. Heats for the 29 cars on hand went to Mitch Miller, Ritter and Stickley with Kris Eaton winning the consolation.
2012 division champion Mike Franklin became the sixth-different winner of the season with his win in the 15-lap Pure Stock main. Franklin, who started second, took the lead on lap-one and ran off and hid as he would lead all 15-circuits to post a convincing win. Point-leader David Kaiser would take second, Buddy Wilson was third, Brian Luttrell fourth with Keith Koontz completing the top-five. Heats went to Koontz and Franklin.
Tommy Whitt was victorious for the second time this season in the 15-lap Four-Cylinder feature. The defending track champion took the top-spot from Justin Hottle on lap-4 and then held off the charges of point leader Ed Gageby to score the win. Allen Whitt Jr. was third, Hottle held on for fourth with Lester Riley rounding out the top-five. Hottle was the heat winner.
Two time U-Car track champion Kevin Oates scored his second win of the season in the divisions 15-lap feature. Oates took the lead from Alan Dice on lap-6 and would lead the distance to score the win. Mark Pollard was second, Jason Wilkins was third, Steve Fadeley fourth with Michael Webb completing the top-five. Heats went to Gene Wilson and Tom Paddock.
Late Model feature finish
1. JT Spence 2. Rick Eckert 3. Jason Covert 4. Gary Stuhler 5. Trever Feathers 6. Jamie Lathroum 7. Brian Tavenner 8. Tommy Armel 9. Kyle Hardy 10. Jason Miller 11. Dominic DeFino 12. David Williams 13. Keith Jackson 14. Tony Crim 15. Jonathon DeHaven 16. Jim Bernheisel 17. Ross Robinson 18. Justin Kann 19. Kenny Moreland 20. Tanner Kerr 21. CS Fitzgerald 22. Brad Omps
Limited late Model feature finish
1. Brad Ritter 2. Robbie Emory 3. Kris Holliday 4. Travis Stickley 5. Paul Cursey 6. Scott Palmer 7. Bruce Kane 8. James Lichliter 9. Mitch Miller 10. Mike Bennett 11. Will Rowe 12. Walter Crouch 13. Keith Walls 14. Kris Eaton 15. James Myers 16. Tommy Hoy 17. Kevin Deremer 18. Jonathon DeHaven 19. Wesley Bonebrake 20. Richard Hawkins 21. Rodney Walls 22. Justin Weaver 23. Justin Fulton 24. Bubby Tharp Jr. DNQ- Travis Carroll, Jacob Burdette, James Carte, Wayne Walls Jr., Michael Walls
Pure Stock feature finish
1. Mike Franklin 2. David Kaiser 3. Buddy Wilson 4. Brian Luttrell 5. Keith Koontz 6. Mike Corbin 7. Craig Parrill 8. Terry Staton 9. Jeff Budwash 10. Ricky Edmonds 11. Lane Hessong 12. Kevin Koontz 13. Josh Wilkins 14. Mike Grady Jr. 15. Reese Alley 16. Michael Carter
Four-Cylinder feature finish
1. Tommy Whitt 2. Ed Gageby 3. Allen Whitt Jr. 4. Justin Hottle 5. Lester Riley 6. Jeff Koller 7. Daren Pingley 8. Jesse Boyce 9. Ethan Ours 10. William Riley 11. Roger Whitlock 12. Austin Stover (DQ)
U-Car feature finish
1. Kevin Oates 2. Mark Pollard 3. Jason Wilkins 4. Steve Fadeley 5. Michael Webb 6. Jacob Lewis 7. Jeff Wilkins 8. Rachel Hicks 9. Michael Pfaff 10. Bobby Perry 11. Steve Katz 12. Gene Wilson 13. Randy Wilkins 14. Brian Lederhouse 15. Brenda Alexander 16. Larry Lamb 17. Austin Nichols 18. Alan Dice 19. Justin Katz 20. Allen Jones 21. Tom Paddock 22. Carl Dunn