Dusti Gets Win #1
Just one year out of high-school, Dusti Carlisle made July 12th a night to remember as she captured her first career feature victory taking her number 23 Stalker Chevrolet B-mod to Adams County Speedway’s Miller Lite Victory Lane. Starting outside on the front row the Creston youngster lead from start to finish in a feature that was uninterrupted by the caution flag.
After starting the season with seven uninterrupted weeks of racing, the last five weeks have seen Mother Nature presenting more than her share of adversity to the southwest Iowa racing community. While heavy showers hovered just south of the speedway the racing action was held on a soft infield and track that turned rough as the night went on.
Chat Mobility hobby stocks
Defending Chat Mobility hobby stock champion Jeremy Purdy got his first win of the season just one week ago, but he wasted no time at all in picking up win number two. Starting ninth in the field of sixteen Purdy saw the field regrouped and restarted three times in the first five laps as cautions fell. But the last ten laps went caution free as Kurt Hansen challenged Purdy for the lead but ended up settling for second. Behind him was Clarinda’s Andy Davison and another Clarinda driver, Jeremy Auten, who wheeled Jeremy Ribbey’s borrowed 12G car from fourteenth to a very respectable top five finish. Finishing fifth was David Weeda from Mt. Ayr.
Purdy’s win, combined with a dismal thirteenth place finish by Luke Ramsey allowed him to stretch the class point lead he just obtained last week to 35 points. Davison is 42 points behind the leader and Hansen sits 48 points back in fourth.
Stalker Chevrolet b-mods
In the Stalker Chevrolet b-mods Creston’s Dusti Carlisle took home her first career feature trophy as she led from start to finish in the fifteen lap feature. The Carlisle family from Creston typically brings three race cars to the track each week, with Dusti in a b-mod, little brother Dillon in a hobby stock and father Dave in a late model. Dusti was two for two on the evening as she also won her heat race.
Stanton’s Bryce Allen finished second, less than a half a second behind Carlisle at the checkers, with Blain Petersen third, Jerod Weston fourth, and Josh Sink in fifth. Class point leader, Jon Plowman of Woodbine, finished sixth, just his second finish outside the top five this season.
Northland Oil pro-stocks
Greg Miller’s quest to make this year his ninth ACS track championship in the Northland Oil pro-stocks got another boost this week as he captured win number three along with the $512 winner’s purse in the Mike Garner Memorial race. Miller had his work cut out for him as he started eighth in the field of thirteen and had to pass Brad Derry, Joe Zadina, and Craig Garner to get to the front. Tony Hardisty, starting shotgun on the field was also in the hunt as the pro-stocks once again put on one of the best side-by-side racing exhibitions of the evening.
At the checkers it was Miller, Derry, Mercer, Hardisty, and Craig Garner. Miller’s win extended his point lead to 25 points ahead of Derry, while Hardisty and Zadina are both within striking distance.
Poet Biorefining modifieds
Only two Poet Biorefining modified drivers have kept Jesse Dennis out of victory lane this year, Ryan Peckham (twice) and Ryan Schaffer (once), and both were on hand this week to challenge the track point leader. But both of them finished outside the top ten as Dennis collected trophy number eight holding off Jeff James and Brian Foote at the checkers. John Davis and Keven Parman rounded out the top five.
Blain Petersen looked to be the man in charge at the midpoint of the race but his shot at a victory came to a sudden stop when mechanical problems sent him into the front stretch wall on lap number ten. Great driving by the rest of the field averted a pileup that could have damage a lot of equipment as they avoided Petersen’s car.
Coors Light late models
While it only took about twenty-two seconds to get the first one of twenty-five laps completed in the Coors Light late model feature, getting the second lap completed without a caution was a different matter. First it was Jason O’Brien and Justin Cooper leaving the south end of the front stretch and bringing out the yellow flag. On the restart it was Paul Glendenning’s number 33 stopped on the track as his night ended early. After four attempts at a clean restart the field finally completed more laps, until lap number eight when rain drops started to pelt the facility.
Luckily the shower was short lived and racing resumed. All the while it was Jason O’Brien working his way from the back and doing battle with Chris Spieker and John Hampel – Spieker involved in a rabid points battle with O’Brien and Hampel hungry for win number two this year.
After one last green/white/checker restart it was O’Brien getting win number three on the season, followed by Hampel, Spieker, Fast Freddie Miller, and Sterling Perkins.
O’Brien’s win rocked him back into the point lead, just five points ahead of Spieker.
July 19 Midsummer break
There won’t be any racing action at ACS on July 19th as the track takes a midsummer break to allow local race fans to attend the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, Nebraska, or one of the many county fairs going on in Southwest Iowa. Racing will resume on July 26th with Petersen Tire night and a full schedule of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing action.
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