May 19th 2017
The cars and stars of Delaware Speedway’s Case N’ Drum Oil Late Models, Demar Aggregates Trucks, and TransAxle V8 Stocks took to the half-mile on Friday night for group qualifying and double feature races. After the regular points season officially kicked off just a week prior for the Demar Aggregates Truck drivers, the other two divisions on hand had yet to race a points paying event, and were eager to take the track. After group qualifying set the fields for the evening, the racing began and drivers worked hard to create early season success.
The first bit of business on the evening was group qualifying, which would set the starting lineups for the night’s double features. First to the track were the TransAxle V8 Stocks, a division with no current track record.
Drivers were set free on the Speedway for a quick 3 minute session as they worked hard to try and become the first ever track series record holder. Barry Watson would win the fight, laying down a 21.649 second lap and claiming the top position. Second in the rotation was the Dear Aggregates Truck Series, also running a 3 minute group session. Rick Verberne’s #88 would set quick time with a 21.521 over Tom Zagorodny. Last up were the Case N’ Drum Oil Late Models, again, with a 3 minute qualifying period. Quick time was set by Lloyd Rawlings who laid down a 19.797. Second qualifier in the Late Models was Branden Verhoeven, third was Brady Smith.
The first feature race of the evening was a 25-lap race for the TransAxle V8 Stocks, which saw Cody Payne start on pole after the dice roll and lead the field to the green flag. The first caution would come out for a spin at lap 17 with Barry Watson leading the field, tightening up the pack and making for a great dash to the checkers. Watson would lead the remaining laps to win the first feature of the night with Jeremy Taggart taking second and Kyle Mezenberg taking third.
The Demar Aggregates Truck Series ran their first 25-lap feature race after the conclusion of the V8 Stocks with Rob Windis on the pole. There was a brief caution on lap 8 for the spin of truck #47 driven by Nathan Hawkins. Followed by fantastic wheel to wheel action as the #29 of Windis lead from wire to wire with Zagorodny and Verberne battling closely behind the entire race, Verberne couldn’t hold the outside and was overtaken for third by the #55 Mickey Brydges after an incredible three wide battle in turn 4.
After a few weeks off, the Case N’ Drum Oil Late Models were eager to get rolling with their first of two feature races. Branden Verhoeven started on pole for the opening race with Lloyd Rawlings on the outside of the front row. Verhoeven was the class of the field, leading every lap to win the caution free, first Late Model feature of the night. Second was Brady Smith with Scott O’Connor coming in third.
After the first round of feature races a brief intermission split the evening up, and also allowed race teams an opportunity to make repairs and adjustments as needed. The TransAxle V8 Stocks returned to the track once again for their second and final 25-lap feature race. This time it would be Shawn Fucile leading the field to the green flag, after an inversion, setting the stage for an exciting event.
Caution on the first lap out of turn two as Mezenberg lost control and spun creating a complete restart situation. Some great racing after the early caution and a close race to the finish as Barry Watson was again strong and lead Nathan Taback who took second at the line.
The Demar Aggregates Truck Series took to the half-mile for their second feature race, their fourth in two weeks after racing back-to-back weeks. The 25-lap race got started with Tyler Fortey on the inside and Nathan Hawkins on the outside of the front row. Unfortunately #47 spun in turn two causing a complete restart, another wreck when the green dropped… this time in turn one with a two truck spin.
Once the race finally got going Rick Verberne quickly jumped to the lead and drove away from everyone, leading the field to the checkers by almost a full straightaway length over second place Tom Zagorodny and third place finisher Mickey Brydges, who battled each other had, but clean.
The final race of the night saw the Case N’ Drum Oil Late Models battle it out for 25-laps of hard racing. After the inversion, #15 Mike Hryniuk and #75 Wayne Pilkey began the race on the front row. After some tight racing Scott O’Conner and Wayne Pilkey moved well out front until a brief yellow for a two car spin near the back of the pack. On the restart O’Connor jumped back out to a big lead and had the checkers in sight until a turn one spin with just half a lap to go brought out the final caution. Brady Smith in the #39 jumped in front and led the final lap to take his first ever feature win with a very disappointed O’Connor second and Pilkey taking third spot in a very exciting event.
The next event at Delaware Speedway is Friday, May 26th when the Ground Masters Super Stocks, TransAxle V8 Stocks, and Fire & Iron Custom Metalwork Bone Stocks take to the Speedway for another round of weekly racing. Also on the card for the evening is the first King of the Hill Spectators Race of the year, which allows fans to bring their vehicles on the track for a small donation and race in 1 on 1 drag races in an elimination bracket. Advance tickets for the event are available on www.DelawareSpeedway.com, the event gets started at 7:30pm.