By Mike Swanger
For the first time, the Zimmer's Service Center United Late Model Series (ULMS) pulled into Wayne County Speedway and when the racing was finished it was all Max Blair's night. The Centerville Pa. driver started the evening off by just missing the track record held by Chris Madden of 16.580 seconds set back on May 27, 2017. Blair stopped the clock with a time of 16.598 seconds in the Integra Shocks qualifying. Driving the Murphy's Logging, Viper Risk Management Group and Privity's Auto Wrecking #111, Blair would win his heat, be the best in the Scramble to start on the pole of the 30 lap feature. At the drop of the green flag, Mitch Caskey would follow Blair closely for the opening five circuits, but the WCS points leader tried to get by Blair coming out of turn four on lap five and would spin bringing out the caution. Jared Miley, the other heat winner, would take over second with Doug Drown in third and those two would go back and forth for second until lap 14 when Drown belted the guardrail in turn one and that would end his night. This would move Chub Frank into third with Corey Conley and Ryan Missler battling him for third. Miley was trying every part of the 3/8 mile oval to overtake Blair but never could during the middle part of the feature, A lap 22 caution for a slowed Jerry Aber would bunch the field back together and when the green flew again, Blair was able to pull away from Miley as Missler worked on Frank for third until Conley edged past Missler with five to go. Caskey had worked his way back and caught Missler with three to go for fifth. As the checkered flag waved, Blair was followed by Miley, and Frank making it an all Pennsylvania podium, Conley was fourth followed by Caskey.
Mansfield's Kyle Moore would take the lead from Jimmy Smith on lap three of the CORBON Ammunition Modified feature and the Slicker Graphics, Kepling Flooring and Moore Brothers Racing #1* would go the rest of the way for his third straight win. Doug Drown took second from Smith on lap five and would keep the pressure on Moore for the top spot but late in the race, Drown's machine became hampered with handling problems and Moore pulled away to win by four and a half seconds as D J Cline caught Drown in turn four on the final lap for second. Tyler Frankenberry and Scott Peltz filled out the top five. Heat winners were Frankenberry and Smith.
For the second week in a row, the McKenzie Concrete Super Stocks had a hard time getting the opening laps in due to cautions as Jimmy Humphrey would be the leader and as the race got to green for a distance, Strasburg's Paul Holmes would take the lead from Humphrey on lap four with Tyler Wiles slipping past Humphrey on the next circuit and Brandon Morrow taking third on the next lap. With five laps to go, Don Rutt and Humphrey made contact with Humphrey spinning and Justin Lorentz making hard contact with the #60 and ending their race. On the restart, Tyler Wiles car did not get up to speed and he would coast back to the pits as Holmes and his Bullitt Manufacturing and NewFast Motorsports #70 pulled away for the win as Morrow held off Kyle Moore for second. Don Rutt finished fourth with David Uhler collecting his second straight fifth place finish. Holmes and Morrow posted the heat wins.
Ryan Carder of Wooster would start on the outside front row of the JOYRIDE Transport Mini Stock feature and grab the lead at the drop of the green flag and spent the first seven laps fending off Doug Hensel. At that time, Jordan James would overtake Hensel and hound Carder the rest of the way as James, going after his 4th straight win, would try every which way to get by Carder, With the checkered flag waving, Carder and his Close Trucking #3c beat James by a half a car length for his first win ever. Johnny Bruce would finish fourth behind Hensel as Kyle Petit rounded out the top five, James and Mitch Reichard scored the heat wins.
The Mod Lites made their 2021 season debut at 'Orrville's Historic Oval' and they got off to a rough start as pole sitter Logan Lewis would spin in turn one and collect Joe Burkhead and Jerry Adkins as all three were finished for the night. This would put Zanesville's Blake Morris into the pole position on the restart and he would take the Morris Trucking, Print with Attitude and Tye Twarog #1 to the Summit Racing victory circle after leading all the way. It was a three way dog fight for second as the Hubbard's, Carson and Darrick, dueled for second with Chris Robinson in the mix and finishing in that order as Morris pulled away for the win. Dustin Kolanski finished fifth. Heat winners were Morris and Robinson.
Picking up the Rich's Tire and Service Hard Charger awards were Corey Conley, Jason King, Kyle Moore, Jordan James and Darrick Hubbard Jr.
Next Saturday night at WCS it will be a Doubleheader of Sprint car Action as the Pine Tree Towin & Recovery Sprints will return and the NRA 360 Sprints will invade as part of a three race week end for them as the will be at Lima on Friday before coming to WCS on Saturday as both will be $2,500 to win features. The NRA will wrap up at Waynseville on Sunday for a $12,000 to win finale. Gates will open at Wayne County Speedway at 3 pm and racing at 7 pm.
WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Saturday, May 22, 2021
ULMS LATE MODELS
Fast Qualifier Max Blair 16.597 seconds
Heat 1 Max Blair, Doug Drown, J R Gentry, Chub Frank, Ryan Scott, Deshaun Gingerich, Corey Conley, Dustin Smith dns
Heat 2 Jared Miley, Mitch Caskey, Ryan Missler, Ryan Markham, Tyler Carpenter, Jerry Aber, David Airgood, Larry Bellman
Feature Max Blair, Jared Miley, Chub Frank, Corey Conley, Mitch Caskey, Ryan Missler, Ryan Scott, Ryan Markham, Larry Bellman, David Airgood, Jerry Aber, J R Gentry, Deshaun Gingerich, Doug Drown, Tyler Carpenter, Dustin Smith dns
CORBON Ammunition Modifieds
Heat 1 Jimmy Smith, Kyle Moore, Doug Drown, Scott Peltz, Leighton Wetzel, Chad Coleman, Ron Miller, Robbie Ledger dns
Heat 2 Tyler Frankenberry, D J Cline, Alan Atkinson, Mark Gardiner, Mitchell Lam, Mark Smith, Jason King, Colton Shaw
Feature Kyle Moore, D J Cline, Doug Drown, Tyler Frankenberry, Scott Peltz, Jason King, Mitchell Lam, Chad Coleman, Jimmy Smith, Mark Gardiner,, Colton Shaw, Leighton Wetzel, Alan Atkinson, Mark Smith, Ron Miller, Robbie Ledger dns
McKenzie Concrete Super Stocks
Heat 1 Paul Holmes, Don Baney, David Uhler, Justin Lorentz, Paul McVicker, Kevin Ake, Don Rutt, William Sidel, Took Wiles, Kyle Moore
Heat 2 Brandon Morrow, Tyler Wiles, Luke Sprouse, Jimmy Humphrey, Gary McGregor, Curt Zimmerman, Brandon Craver, Chase Alexander dns, Austin Bright dns
Feature Paul Holmes, Brandon Morrow, Kyle Moore, Don Rutt, David Uhler, Brandon Craver, Gary McGregor, Curt Zimmerman, Kevin Ake, Tyler Wiles, Jimmy Humphrey, Justi Lorentz, Paul McVicker, Luke Sprouse, Chase Alexander, Don Baney, William Sidel, Took Wiles dns, Austin Bright dns
JOYRIDE Transport Mini Stocks
Heat 1 Jordan James, Ryan Carder, Doug Hensel, David Keagy, Stephen Crowe, David Coffin, Clayton Evans, Tucker Lam, Darrell Taylor, J R Graser
Heat 2 Mitch Reichard, Kyle Petit, Dustin Bedlion, Eugene Arkenburgh, Johnny Bruce, Matt Short, Valek Menough, Travis Hutton, Justin Napier, Jolene Voshel dns
Feature Ryan Carder, Jordan James, Doug Hensel, Johnny Bruce, Kyle Petit, David Coffin, David Keagy, Stephen Crowe, Mitch Reichard, Dustin Bedlion, Eugene Arkenburgh, Matt Short, Darrell Taylor, Valek Menough, Clayton Evans, Tucker Lam, Jolene Voshel, Travis Hutton dns, Justin Napier dns, J R Graser dns
Heat 1 Blake Morris, Logan Lewis, Justin Pierce, Carson Hubbard, Jerry Adkins, Brandon Daugherty, Jason Duncil
Heat 2 Chris Robinson, Darrick Hubbard Jr., Joe Burkhead, Dustin Kolanski, Cameron Duncil, Joe McFee, Ken Brooks
Feature Blake Morris, Carson Hubbard, Darrick Hubbard Jr., Chris Robinson, Dustin Kolanski, Cameron Duncil, Joe McFee, Jason Duncil, Ken Brooks, Justin Pierce, Brandon Daugherty, Joe Burkhead, Jerry Adkins, Logan Lewis