Monday, September 2, 2019
By Tyler Altmeyer & Mike Swanger
Nearly sweeping the entire evening program, Republic Ohio’s Cap Henry left Wayne County Speedway on Monday evening $5,000 richer, finally etching his name in sprint car racing history as an Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 main event winner. The driver of the Lane Racing/Beer Barrel Bourbon #4 accomplished his feat in exciting fashion, utilizing his pole position to lead all 30, non stop circuits around Wayne County Speedway, all while holding off defending All Star Circuit of Champions title holder, Aaron Reutzel. Impressive enough, Henry’s campaign at the front of the field was engulfed in slower traffic for much of the 30 lap distance. On top of that, the former All Star Circuit of Champions Rookie of the Year was forced to manhandle an ultra fast, but tricky and choppy surface, nearly costing Henry his victory when steering issues became a factor in the final corner. In fact, Henry’s margin of victory was a mere 0.024 seconds. Buddy Kofoid chased Reutzel and Henry to the checkers, followed by Cory Eliason and WCS Track Champion, Dean Jacobs.
“Man, this is awesome,” Cap Henry said in victory lane, who not only won the Rick Susong Memorial event, but he also earned the fastest time during qualifying time trials (14.742 seconds), as well as victory during his respective dash. “I can’t thank the guys from Lane Racing enough. They work extremely hard and actually had to rebuild this car two weeks in a row after i crashed it. They are great to work for, a great team.”
Starting from the pole position, Henry set the pace early, instantly jumping out to a commanding lead over Aaron Reutzel, Greg Wilson and Buddy Kofoid. Lapped traffic entered the picture early with Henry reaching the back of the field with only six laps knocked off the scoreboard. Solidly in second at the time, Henry’s momentum downshift in traffic allowed Reutzel to close the gap, actually making a bid for the top spot on lap nine. The slider through turns one and two failed allowing Henry to escape into the distance. By lap 15, Reutzel was pressuring Henry for the lead yet again, utilizing periods of even heavier traffic to chase down the former All Star full timer. Despite running up on the leader, Henry seemed to find another gear, once again separating himself from the Clute, Texas native in traffic. Ten laps later, Reutzel was all over Henry one more time, this time battling nearly nose to tail as the pair diced through slower cars. In the meantime, it was apparent that the rut that had formed between turns three and four was giving Henry trouble. Lap after lap, Henry would hit the rut and find himself nearly losing his balance. Although Henry was able to power his way out of the near mess, the final lap nearly proved otherwise. As Henry drove into turn three for the final time, the rut at the bottom of the speedway struck again sending the familiar #4 up the track. Henry’s mishap was an opportunity for Reutzel, ultimately opening the bottom groove. In a desperate attempt to maintain the lead, Henry rocketed back down the track and drag raced Reutzel to the finish, actually making contact just before the flagstand. Suffice it to say, Henry came out victorious, finally kicking the All Star monkey off his back.
With heavy rains knocking out the Sunday portion of the two day show, the McKenzie Concrete Super Stock and the JOYRIDE Transport Mini Stocks were added into Monday’s show along with the scheduled Modifieds. In the Super Stock main, Brandon Craver would set the early pace from the outside front row as Bob Daugherty would run right in his tire tracks and then take the lead away from Craver on lap 5 and hold it for another lap as Craver would power past to reclaim the lead from Daugherty. Right behind the two front runners was Wooster’s Don Rutt, who had started on the pole. Craver would start to pull away as Rutt now challenged Daugherty for second. As the field took the five to go signal, mechanical issues would force Craver into the infield as Daugherty and Rutt, the two heat winners, now dueled for the top spot. With three circuits to go, Rutt and his D.L Rutt Builders #910 pulled away from Daugherty to claim his 1st ever feature win. Daugherty held off a fast closing Jordan James for second with Seth Dickerson and Don Baney rounding out the top five.
The Modifieds pulled into ‘Orrville’s Historic Oval’ for the third time this season and going back to the four races they raced in 2018, there has not been a repeat winner and Albion Pa’s Dennis Lunger Jr. would keep that streak alive. Caution flags in the opening seven laps would keep the field bunched together as Lunger and Kyle Moore, who was the winner a week ago, go back and forth in the early stages of the race for the lead. On the restart of lap 7, the races last caution, Moore would bounce off the turn two guardrail that would allow Lunger Jr. and Nathon Loney to get by with Loney making a couple of charges on Lunger Jr. for the lead but could never get by. Lunger Jr. and his Schwartz Construction, English Tire and State Farm Insurance #71 would start to pull away just past the halfway mark. Moore had gathered himself back together and regained second place on lap 15 and would close the gap on the leader but never could catch Lunger Jr. for the win. Scott Peltz would get by Loney on the last lap to claim third as Jason Brennan did the same thing to All Star driver Tim Shaffer for fifth. Lunger Jr. and Loney posted the heat wins.
Colton St. John and Doug Hensel would respectively lead the opening two laps of the JOYRIDE Transport Mini Stock feature but after that it was all Wyatt Zimmerman leading the pack. Midway in the feature, both Doug and Brad Hensel pestered Zimmerman for the lead but Doug Hensel’s car developed issues and drifted backwards as Jordan James moved into second on lap 8 as Colton St. John moved back into third. Zimmerman would keep James and bay in the closing laps as the Orrville driver and his Jerry’s Cafe, Thirsty Cowboy and NewFast Motorsports #14z would secure his second win in a row and third this season at WCS. St. John would finish third as Brent Boreman passed Kenny Long with two laps to go for fourth. Boreman and Zimmerman topped the heat races.
Once again, all drivers were competing and racing for the Contingency Connection ‘Racer’s Reward’s’ program for the night and yearly prizes.
The next action at Wayne County Speedway will be for the 7th annual Ohio Dirt Blow Out on Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st. The Saturday part of the ODB will have the Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association Sprints, the Malcuit Tavern Super Late Models, the McKenzie Concrete Super Stocks, the JOYRIDE Transport Mini Stocks and the Modifieds. Watch for more information about the Ohio Dirt Blowout in the very near future at www,waynecountyspeedway.com and at facebook.com/waynecountyspeedway
WAYNE COUNTY SPEEDWAY RESULTS
Monday, September 2, 2019
ALL STAR CIRCUIT OF CHAMPIONS
Heat 1 Chad Kemenah, Greg Wilson, Trevor Baker, Max Stambaugh, Gerard McIntyre, George Hobaugh, Henry Malcuit, William Aumend, Brent Matus
Heat 2 Buddy Kofoid, Cory Eliason, Paul McMahan, Tim Shaffer, Danny Mumaw, Cole Duncan, RJ Jacobs, Jordan Harble, Dylan Kingan
Heat 3 Dean Jacobs, Lee Jacobs, Cap Henry, Aaron Reutzel, Jac Haudenschild, Carson Short, Trey Jacobs, Ricky Peterson, Mitch Harble
Heat 4 Justin Peck, Dale Blaney, Andrew Palker, Jordan Ryan, Dan Kuriger, Brandon Matus, Brock Zearfoss, Skylar Gee, Brandon Spithaler
Dash 1 Cap Henry, Buddy Kofoid, Cory Eliason, Chad Kemenah, Dean Jacobs
Dash 2 Greg Wilson, Aaron Reutzel, Justin Peck, Dale Blaney, Lee Jacobs
B Main Brock Zearfoss, Brandon Spithaler, Cole Duncan, Carson Short, Brandon Matus, Ricky Peterson, Skylar Gee, George Hobaugh, Mitch Harble, Jordan Harble, RJ Jacobs, Henry Malcuit, William Aumend, Dylan Kingan, Trey Jacobs
RICK SUSONG MEMORIAL FEATURE Cap Henry, Aaron Reutzel, Buddy Kofoid, Cory Eliason, Dean Jacobs, Justin Peck, Greg Wilson, Dale Blaney, Brock Zearfoss, Paul McMahan, Chad Kemenah, Tim Shaffer, Jac Haudenschild, Jordan Ryan, Max Stambaugh, Gerard McIntyre, Brandon Spithaler, Carson Short, Cole Duncan, Trevor Baker, Danny Mumaw, Skylar Gee, Lee Jacobs, Dan Kuriger, Andrew Palker
MCKENZIE CONCRETE SUPER STOCKS
Heat 1 Don Rutt, Don Baney, Seth Dickerson, Brandon Craver, Jordan James, Curt Zimmerman, Brandon Dormaier
Heat 2 Bob Daugherty, Chase Alexander, Justin Lorentz, Nick Humphrey, Tont Prestier, Virgil Master
Feature Don Rutt, Bob Daugherty, Jordan James, Seth Dickerson, Don Baney, Nick Humphrey, Justin Lorentz, Curt Zimmerman, Virgil Masters, Brandon Dormaier, Chase Alexander, Brandon Craver, Tony Prestier
Heat 1 Dennis Lunger Jr., Randy Bauknecht, Denny Benjamin, Ronnie Schmitt, Dustin Boley, Robbie Ledger, Colton Shaw, Cody Basinger, Jason Brennan
Heat 2 Nathon Loney, Scott Peltz, Kyle Moore, Tim Shaffer, Bruce Miller, Rocky Kugel, Mark Gardiner, Charlie Duncan, Rory Reed
Feature Dennis Lunger Jr., Kyle Moore, Scott Peltz, Nathon Loney, Jason Brennan, Tim Shaffer, Bruce Miller, Denny Benjamin, Mark Gardiner, Charlie Duncan, Randy Bauknecht, Cody Basinger, Colton Shaw, Ronnie Schmitt, Rocky Kugel, Robbie Ledger, Dustin Boley, Rory Reed
JOYRIDE TRANSPORT MINI STOCKS
Heat 1 Brent Boreman, Brad Hensel, Wayne Newbury, Doug Hensel, Kenny Long, Ryan Carder, David Collins, Shawn Graser, Dale Beckett, Wes Staley dns
Heat 2 Wyatt Zimmerman, Jordan James, Colton St. John, Cody Rush, Tyler Wiles, Mark Sibila, JR Graser, Travis Hutton, Chaz Dawson, Coree Boyd
Feature Wyatt Zimmerman, Jordan James, Colton St. John, Brent Boreman, Kenny Long, Cody Rush, Brad Hensel, Tyler Wiles, Ryan Carder, Coree Boyd, Wayne Newbury, Travis Hutton, Mark Sibila, David Collins, Chaz Dawson, Doug Hensel, Dale Beckett dns, Wes Staley dns, Shawn Graser dns, JR Graser dns