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PENA, PENDLETON, HUMPHREY AND COLLINS CLAIM COLUMBUS WINS

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PENA, PENDLETON, HUMPHREY AND COLLINS CLAIM COLUMBUS WINS



PENA, PENDLETON, HUMPHREY AND COLLINS CLAIM COLUMBUS WINS

 

 Saturday, July 19, 2014

 

Chad Pendleton annexed his fourth NASCAR Whelen All American Series late model feature victory Saturday night at Columbus Motor Speedway. The second generation driver piloted the Shamrock Towing entry to the win after recording the evenings fast or find time and starting fourth in the event. 'I have to thank all these guys behind me but especially Connie and Gary Busch for giving me this opportunity,' said and estatic Pendleton and victory Lane. 'Without them none of this would be possible.'

 

Donnie Hill and George Linsay brought the field to the green flag and following a couple of aborted starts it was Hill from his outside front row starting position who snatched the lead. Pendleton, from his fourth starting birth, was around Lindsay on the outside quickly before setting out after leader, Hill. Lindsay was left to defend his position from Kyle Purvis in in the 35-lap affair. In a race that ran without further caution through its conclusion Hill appeared to have well in hand but Pendleton had other plans. Closing right up on the rear bumper of Hill's machine the fleet duo went at it with abandon. Meantime, Purvis was looking high and low to find a way around third-place Lindsay. With 10-laps to go Pendleton changed the complexion of the event dramatically when he slipped underneath Hill as they raced through turn four. Bill, forced into the outside lane challenged for one circuit before dropping in behind the eventual winner. Refusing to throw in the towell he was slinging his Architect Glass Toyota Camry around third mile oval but could not muster the speed to catch Pendleton. Flashing across the start finish line with Hill in hot pursuit, Pendleton claimed the victory by a couple of car links. Hill was followed in order by Lindsay, Purvis and Matthew Parsons.

 

Terry Humphrey continued his winning ways in the Columbus modified division streaking to his fifth feature when of the season in dominating fashion. Lining up seventh on the initial start, Humphrey and Shawn Gray were both on the move early. Scott Jones was showing the way followed by Ethan Mullet and Donald Parsons as Humphrey went to the top shelf and got busy from the get-go. As lap-4 went up on the NASCAR scoreboard, he swept past Parsons and Mollet and set out after Jones while Gray went to work trying to follow in his tire tracks. Humphrey next powered around the outside of Jones and dialed up his own ZIP Code pulling away at will. Gray was methodical, eventually disposing of Jones with eight laps remaining in the 30 lap contest. With Humphrey enjoying a straightaway at that point, Gray was helpless to make a dent in the advantage. At the stripe it was Humphrey claiming top spot ahead of Gray, Jones, Parsons and Sean MacNealy.

 

Cecil Collins swept around early leader Richard Lucas three laps into the crazy, feature event and held off a bevy of challengers to claim his second feature win of the season. The only real threat looked to be fast qualifier Jim McElfresh who had charged from tale to third spot only to be slowed when he was stuck in a three wide situation by an aggressive Lonnie Brown pass. At the checkered it was Collins across the start finish line first ahead of Danielle Brown, Michael Robison, Lonnie Brown and Charlie Hoepker. McElfresh recovered to a seventh place result and continues to lead the points standings over Jeremy Meminger who dropped out early with a flat tire.

 

Sergio Pena found his way back to Victory Lane in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.

 

The 21-year-old from Winchester, Va., held off a strong field following a late caution at Columbus Motor Speedway to win the JEGS 150 presented by Germain Toyota.

 

It is the third win of the season for Rev Racing and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program. It is also the third win in four years for Rev Racing at Columbus, following wins by Darrell Wallace Jr. (2011) and Daniel Suarez (2013).

 

It is Pena's fourth career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win and first since 2011, when he won three times.

Pena took the lead from Cameron Hayley on Lap 120 and then held off Hayley's challenges over the closing laps. A caution with 10 to go gave Hayley one more shot, but Pena was able to power his way to the victory.

Hayley settled for second, followed by championship points leader Ben Rhodes. Jesse Little and Pena's Rev Racing teammate Ryan Gifford were fourth and fifth, respectively.

 

Ross Chastain was sixth and rookies Nick Drake and Kaz Grala were seventh and eighth, and Brennan Newberry was ninth. Scott Heckert, who won the 21 Means 21 Pole Award earlier in the day, finished 10th.

Rhodes continues to lead the championship points standings by 62 over Hayley. Gaulding is third, another 12 points back, and is followed by Little and Brandon Jones.

 

The JEGS 150 presented by Germain Toyota will air on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 27 at 10 a.m.

 

RACE RESULTS

Late Model

Fast Time: Chad Pendleton

Feature: 1) Chad Pendleton 2) Donnie Hill 3) George Lindsay 4) Kyle Purvis 5) Matt Parsons 6) Landon Sciacca 7) Bill Browning 8) Bill Cantley 9) Burgess White 10) Terry Scherz 11) Erika Newcome 12) Jim Hursey 13) Jerry Williams Jr 14) Ross Wells Jr 15) Josh Cahill

Columbus Modifieds

Fast Time: Shawn Gray

Feature: 1) Terry Humphrey 2) Shawn Gray 3) Scott Jones 4) Donald Parsons 5) Sean MacNealy 6) Kevin Doran 7) Brian Whetnall 8) Greg Blackburn 9) Ethan Mullet 10) Andy Shutts 11) Jeff Watkins 12) Josh Kempf 13) Eddie Vallette 14) Gary Zink (DNS)

Crazy Compact

Fast Time: Jimmy McElfresh

Feature: 1) Cecil Collins 2) Danielle Brown 3) Michael Robison 4) Lonnie Brown 5) Charlie Hoepker 6) Cory Kyer 7) Jimmy McElfresh 8) Devin Stansbury 9) Ryan Smith 10) Richard Lucas 11) Shawn Vansickle 12) Eric Forbes 13) Christian Bullock 14) Les Stephenson 15) Jeremy Menninger 16) Dan Kalminer 17) Gwen Walsh

NASCAR K & N Pro Series East

Fast Time: Scott Heckert

Feature: 1) Sergio Pena 2) Cameron Hayley 3) Ben Rhodes 4) Jesse Little 5) Ryan Gifford 6) Ross Chastain 7) Nick Drake 8) Kaz Grala 9) Brenna Newberry 10) Scott Heckert 11) Ronnie Bassett Jr 12) Kenzie Ruston 13) Jay Beasley 14) Brandon Jones 15) Gary Gaulding 16) Mason Massey 17) Brad Means 18) Austin Hill 19) Brandon Oakley 20) Chuck Buchanan 21) Brodie Kostecki 22) Mackena Bell 23) J. J. Haley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Nuckles

Columbus Motor Speedway

1841 Williams Road

Columbus, OH  43207

 

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