"Hollidge Flawless in First-Career World Of Outlaw Series Win Saturday at Winchester"
"Hauls $10,000 Back to Maryland after Near Perfect Performance"
By Doug Watson
Winchester, VA- Mechanicsville Md.'s Dale Hollidge etched his name into the World of Outlaw's Late Model series winner's list with his first-career "A-Main" victory in last Saturday nights 50-lap Raye Vest Memorial at Winchester speedway. The win for Hollidge, worth a hefty $10,000, was not only the 24-year old driver's first-career WoO victory, but his first Winchester feature win as well.
Hollidge and former Winchester track champion DJ Myers shared the front row for the initial green flag of the event with Myers gaining the race lead as the field roared off turn-two. As Myers lead, Hollidge settled into second, with Jeremy Miller following closely in third. Myers appeared to be the car to beat as he got away from Hollidge and Miller as he lead effortlessly well past the half-way point of the event. After swapping the lead with Myers from lap 30 to 33, Hollidge then came to life as he found the bottom of the speedway to his liking as he slid past Myers off turn-two to become the new leader on lap-39. From that point on, it would be a race for second, as Hollidge would go on to lead the final 11-circuits of the feature that went non-stop from green to checker in just under 15 minutes. "I never thought when we pulled in here tonight that we would have the kind of night that we did." Hollidge explained after his break-through win. "DJ (Myers) is good, and really good here at Winchester, and I knew as long as I didn't burn the tires off this thing we'd have a shot at him later in the race and I could see him getting loose there towards the end and we were able to make the pass." Hollidge's win came in just his fourth-career WoO start. "This is the first Outlaw race we've qualified for." Hollidge stated. "To come in here tonight and beat these guys is amazing because we're a small budget team, but we've been pretty good here lately, so to get a win against the Outlaw's is pretty special. This was truly a team effort." Jeremy Miller finished in second after gaining the spot on the final lap, with Myers settling for third. Kenny Pettyjohn would take fourth with current WoO point leader Josh Richards finishing fifth after starting eleventh. Hollidge set fast time in time trials over the 45-cars entered with a one-lap time of 14.942. Heats went to Hollidge, Pettyjohn, Miller and Dan Stone with Chub Frank and David Williams splitting twin B-Mains.
Terry Staton became the 8th-different winner of the season with his win in the 15-lap Pure Stock feature. Point leader David Kaiser lead the first 4-laps before Staton got by, for good, the following lap. Staton would then have to fend off a furious late race surge from eventual runner-up Buddy Wilson over the final 5-laps to score the win. Kevin Koontz was solid in third, Mike Corbin came from 12th to finish fourth with Craig Parrill rounding out the top-five. Heats went to Parrill and Corbin.
Current 4-Cylinder point leader Ed Gageby drove to his 4th win of the season in the divisions 15-lap main. Gageby would lead 14 of the 15 lap distance to take the win over a hard-charging Vance Williams. Justin Hottle was third, Jeff Koller fourth with Roger Whitlock rounding out the top-five. Williams was the heat winner.
Defending track champion Kevin Oates drove to his 3rd win of the season in the nightcap 15-lap U-Car feature. Oates, who lined-up 2nd for the start, got the lead on the 1st-lap and would drive off to a convincing win. Jason Wilkins finished in second, Mark Pollard was third, Jacob Lewis fourth with Kevin Pollard completing the top-five. Heats went to Oates and Mark Pollard.
Late Model feature finish
1. Dale Hollidge 2. Jeremy Miller 3. DJ Myers 4. Kenny Pettyjohn 5. Josh Richards 6. Dan Stone 7. Shane Clanton 8. Steve Shaver 9. Tyler Hershey 10. Mark Pettyjohn 11. Rick Eckert 12. Gregg Satterlee 13. Tim McCreadie 14. Jamie Lathroum 15. Darrell Lanigan 16. CS Fitzgerald 17. Keith Jackson 18. Chub Frank 19. David Williams 20. Jason Miller 21. Eric Wells 22. Brad Ritter 23. Stevie Long 24. Tim Fuller 25. Jason Covert 26. Jonathon Davenport DNQ- Bub McCool, Tyler Castle, Tanner Kerr, Kyle Hardy, Morgan Bagley, Gary Stuhler, David Watts, Brian Tavenner, Travis Roach, Tommy Armel, Joe Leavell, JT Spence, Trever Feathers, Kenny Moreland, Brad Omps, Ronnie DeHaven Jr., Clint Smith, Billy Decker, Rusty Sites
Pure Stock feature finish
1. Terry Staton 2. Buddy Wilson 3. Kevin Koontz 4. Mike Corbin 5. Craig Parrill 6. Josh Wilkins 7. Greg Breeden 8. Reese Alley 9. Will Quinlan 10. David Kaiser 11. Brian Wallace 12. Keith Koontz 13. Jeff Budwash 14. Mike Franklin 15. Tony Catlett 16. Troy Kassiris
Four-Cylinder feature finish
1. Ed Gageby 2. Vance Williams 3. Justin Hottle 4. Jeff Koller 5. Roger Whitlock 6. Ethan Ours 7. Jesse Boyce 8. Darren Pingley
U-Car feature finish
1. Kevin Oates 2. Jason Wilkins 3. Mark Pollard 4. Jacob Lewis 5. Kevin Pollard 6. Steve Katz 7. Jeff Wilkins 8. Justin Katz 9. Brenda Alexander 10. Gene Wilson 11. Michael Pfaff 12. Michael Webb 13. Steve Fadeley 14. Randy Wilkins 15. Joe Yablonski 16. Larry Lamb 17. Tom Paddock