By ALISON WATSON
DELMAR, DE – Joseph Watson took the early lead on lap four to cruise to his third win of the season in the Hurlock Auto and Speed Big Block Modifieds.
“I knew I needed to get out front first. Last week I took too much time getting through traffic,” said Watson in post-race interview.
Watson took the lead from Kevin Sockriter and developed a half straightaway lead by lap seven, with HJ Bunting, Sockriter, and Jordan Watson following in suit.
A halfway caution for a slowing Scott VanGorder regrouped the field. Jordan Watson and Matt Hawkins battled for the next 12 laps door-to-door for the top three position, as Joseph Watson and Bunting kept a comfortable pace out front.
Interestingly, Jordan Watson was combating a racecar with two flat front tires throughout the duration of the event.
Joseph Watson would go unchallenged over Bunting, Jordan Watson, Kyle Fuller, and Matt Hawkins to capture his third win of the season.
Greg Humlhanz continued his winning ways, taking the checkered flag for the sixth time this season. The lead position deemed to be unlucky, as Nick Alberti and Trent VanVorst both spun when in the number one spot. Humlhanz would jump out to a nearly straightway lead over Danny Smack, Sean Metz, Adam White, and Jason Rush.
James Hill continued his complete domination in the 20-lap Modified Lite Dirt Track Championship qualifier, taking the lead on lap one and stretching to a commanding lead.
Hurlock Auto and Speed Big Block Modified Feature Finish: JOSEPH WATSON, HJ Bunting, Jordan Watson, Kyle Fuller, Matt Hawkins, Brad Trice, Kevin Sockriter, Dale Hawkins, Robert Dutton, Howard O’Neal, Jordn Justice, Jeremy Harrington, Brandon Watkins, Scott VanGorder, Carson Wright, Mike White, DNS: TJ Williams
AC Delco Crate Modified Feature Finish: GREG HUMLHANZ, Danny Smack, Sean Metz, Adam White, Jason Rush, Ryan Riddle, Trent VanVorst, David Jenkins, Tommy Wilkins, Jeff Marker, Nick Alberti, Robert Riley III, Rodney Cordrey, Gary Langenstein, DNS: John Stevenson
Modified Lite Feature Finish: JAMES HILL, Aaron VanVorst, Tim White, Jerry Barker, Calvin Musser, Wesley Smack, Brandon Dennis, Curt Miles, Sr., Jason Musser, Jake Nelson
LINGO TAMES THE “WILD CHILD” FOR SECOND SUPER LATE MODEL WIN AT DELAWARE
DELMAR, DE- Donald Lingo, Jr. overcame the recent successes of Amanda Whaley to capture his second victory of the season in thrilling fashion.
“I am so glad to get back here twice in one season,” said an excited Lingo in victory lane.
From the drop of the green Kerry King took control of the lead with Amanda Whaley quickly jumping to the second position. By lap five, there were two-car battles throughout the field between Whaley and Ross Robinson, Nick Davis and Lingo, and Ricky Elliott and Mark Pettyjohn.
All eyes were on the dueling couple of Whaley and Robinson as the two swapped the second position, lap after lap, switching lanes between the top, middle and bottom of the fast racing surface.
By halfway, King led Whaley, Robinson, a hard-charging Lingo, and Davis. A single-file restart would allow Whaley to get under King for the lead, with a subsequent caution reverting to the previous lap, granting King the lead.
On the next restart, Whaley would successfully pass King, with Lingo and Robinson in hot pursuit.
With two laps remaining, Lingo made his grand entrance, diving to the bottom of Whaley in turns one and two and drag racing down the back stretch. The two would battle door to door with Lingo edging out Whaley at the flag stand, putting a halt to Whaley’s hot, two-week winning streak throughout the northeast.
Ricky Elliott would make a late race charge to third, followed by Robinson and Pettyjohn.
Billy Thompson would capture his first victory of the season in the RUSH Late Model make-up feature event, overtaking Trevor Collins in the early laps to take the checkered in the family-owned Klink No. 49.
Matt Hill dominated the second RUSH Late Model feature event, taking the lead on lap three and running off with a margin of victory of nearly nine seconds over Derek Magee, Billy Thompson, Dana Walker, and Sparky White.
Kirk Lawson, Joe Tracey, and Bunky White went three-wide for the lead on lap three of the Little Lincoln feature, with Lawson ultimately taking the top position, winning by a half straightway over Matt White, Jordan Herbert, Bunky White, and Sean Smith.
S.R. Pete & Son Super Late Model Feature Finish: DONALD LINGO, JR., Amanda Whaley, Ricky Elliott, Ross Robinson, Mark Pettyjohn, Dylan Evans, Herb Tunis, Kerry King, Nick Davis, Rob Schirmer, Matt Murphy, Geoff Carey, Bob Geiger, Kellie Lewis, David Dill, Brad Rigdon
RUSH Late Model Feature Finish (Make-up): Billy Thompson, Brandon Sturgis, Matt Hill, Chace Biron, Trevor Collins, Joe Pete, Sparky White, Joe Warren, Derek Magee, DNS: Jimmy Jesmer Jr., Zac Weller, Matt Glanden, Cody Dawson, Justin Jesmer, Brian Coe Jr.
RUSH Late Model Feature Finish: MATT HILL, Derek Magee, Billy Thompson, Dana Walker, Sparky White, Brandon Sturgis, Joe Pete, Wes Clifton, Trevor Collins, Kevin Scott Jr., Chace Biron, Charles Shawver, Carl Vaughn, Joe Warren, Daniel Hudson
Little Lincoln Feature Finish: KIRK LAWSON, Matt White, Jordan Herbert, Bunky White, Sean Smith, Ryan Walsen, Bryan Piercy, Wayne Seaton, Joe Tracey, DNS: Landy Adams