Dirt Slinging Excitement in the August Air
By Anthony Ainslie
Driver Appreciation Night at Junction Motor Speedway provided multiple breath-holding moments.
The first race day at the Junction in the month of August showcased JMS’s finest and some of the best racing of the 2014 racing season.
The race of the night went to the NASCAR b-mods. Seventeen cars took center stage for 18 action-packed laps. Dusty Blake was out in front early as Tyler Mark was charging through the pack until he got involved with a lapped car taking him out of contention for the win.
In the closing laps, Justin Bell took the race lead from Blake and held off a hard-charging Steve Swarthout to take home his third win of the 2014 season.
The NASCAR modifieds also had an exciting main event. In the early stages of the race, Scott Smith was out in front. As the race went on, Andy Wilkinson, Jacob Anson, and Tyler Iverson joined Smith up front, and the four drivers went side-by-side two rows deep multiple times. The fans were on their feet lap after lap rooting on the four drivers at the front of the pack.
With less than five laps to go, Iverson took the race lead from Smith and never looked back. Andy Wilkinson gave Iverson a challenge, but the defending track champion held off everyone to get back into victory lane.
Cory Dumpert got feature win number nine at the Junction after leading 21 of the 25 laps in the NASCAR late model feature. J.J. Rodeman was out in front early, but Dumpert came up through the field, took the lead while going three wide with Rodeman and Les Siebert.
Alex Humphrey took second place after the dust settled, and Siebert took home third.
Kyle Hein swept the hobby stock features on Saturday. Also, during both races, Dillon Thompson was nipping at Hein’s heels. With two second place finishes, Thompson still maintains a healthy points lead over second place Katie Renschler.
NASCAR four-cylinder point leader Tyler Barribo swept the double features on Saturday night. The big move of Barribo’s night came at the start of the second feature. Barribo started dead last, and by the time the first lap was completed, the 14JR was out in front and not looking back.
Defending Track Champion Steve Moock didn’t finish off the night he wanted to. After taking second in the first race, Moock pulled out of the second race early. Moock was second in the points going into Saturday.