By Jamie Hughes
Photos by Chris Sammons
Perry County Ky’s Larry Jarrel picked up the biggest 4cy. win of the season, as he won the 1st Annual DI Henson Classic as C and C Tire sponsored the big $600-to-win race. Jarrel had a top-5 qualifying effort in the Quantum Healthcare Time trials before going on to win the first of three East Ky Gravel 4-cylinder heat race wins. After an exciting three wide start, Jarrel charged to front where he would hold of challenges from three different challengers including #b7 Billy Baker and the #95 car of Brandon Keen. Baker would run as close as inches from te winner’s back bumper but when the Wright’s Recyling checkered flag fell it would be Larry Jarrel winning the big race and Brandon Keen and Bill Baker finishing second and third. After the race Jarrel would be claimed by Keen in the winner’s cirle and chose to sell the winning car taking the claim money, the trophy and the winner’s purse. #32 Shawn Stamper and 93 Seth McCall would finish fourth and fifth.
A week after the reigning champion Tim Mason scored the biggest win of the season in the bombers, it would be another one of the younger drivers recording his first Bomber win of the season as Cody Fields drove his #77 machine to the Pro-1 Gittering Victory lane. #8 Eddie Griffith, the current Four Star Catering points leader, finished second. #3 Marcus Griffith finished third. #23 Danny Fields and 818 Taron Griffith both had great finishes as they finished fourth and fifth. “This one has been a while coming, but I sure happy to get it and thankful to my sponsors and family for all their help,” said Fields in the winner’s circle.
In the Sport Mod, Oscar McCowan fans would go from cheering and celebrating to wondering why Lady Luck would be so cruel. McCowan dominated the race and appeared to be set to win the Shelby’s of Vicco Sport Mods feature before looping his car around in turn four giving way to second place Damen Runyon who recorded his first win of the season. #03 Tony Sizemore had a big points night as he finished second and Knott County’s 19 Darren Slone finished third. 18 Ryan Ramey and 26 Jared Robinson had good finishes as they placed in the top-5 in the 11 car feature.
Not even Lady Luck could stop Oscar McCowan in the Limited Lates. The driver known as the O-show drove the #11 Late Model to the winner’s circle and in the winner’s circle said he may have bit off more than he coud chew, “we’d told the guys we’d drive their sport Mod for them tonight and feel like we had it and the Late Model heading in the right direction. But it was probably a little too much for our team to expect to do,’ said McCowan in the post race interview. McCowan held off a hard charging North Carolinian Clint Hodges who made his first appearance at MMP and finished second. #77 Jackie Fields and 28 Cory Brock finished third and fourth in the Cooley Medical Late Model race, as 44 Ryan Shepherd and 15 Cody Bentley followed them.
Hi Hat Ky’s Brandon Hutchison may have all but secured the track Championship in the Four Square Produce Modifieds as he took the checkered flag once again. “We have really worked hard and found the right package in this Stealth chassis,” said the winner. Hindman Ky’s Dustin Mosley set fast time and was leading the racing early before flipping his #22 machine in the middle of turns 3 and 4. Mosley and his car would be ok, but did not get the finish to show how well he ran Friday night. A Pair of Perry County Ky drivers would finish second and third as #101 Hunter Feltner and #12 Jamie Maggard ran a good race. #24 Trae Soper, #23 Larry Banks, and 11 Vinson Grigsby would finish in front of Mosley who had his night shorten with the mechanical woes.
The Pro Late Model winner may have been a first time winner this season, but is certainly no stranger to the winner’s circle at Mountain Motor as the Joe’s Chicken winner was known other than the Chicken Hawk, Steven Breeding. Breeding debut his new 604 Late Model at his hometown track and captured the win in front of his hometown crowd in Isom, Ky last week. Pro lates Feature saw Breeding beat out the riegning track champion Raymond Nichols in his #10 machine. Perry County Ky’s 17 Steve Stollins held off the points leadere #28 Cory Brock and 11 Oscar Mccown who finished fourth and fifith as #77 Jackie Fields followed them.
This Friday night, the 604 crates will headline the show as they will be running for $1500-to-win in a 35 lap shoot-out! With only a little better than 2 months left in the track championship and several classes continuing to see new winners fans are sure to be in for a treat this weekend. Be sure to tune in this Thursday night at 930pm on Facebook Live to Hometown Sports Corner with Jamie Hughes for updated points and to hear more about the upcoming weekend’s events.