Berry, Wineland, Benson, Cornell taste victory at Double-X Speedway
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
It was another night of 'Sunday Night Thunder' at the Double-X Speedway, California, June 1, with feature events in the Street Stock division, Hobby Stocks, 600cc Micro Sprints, and the 360 Winged Sprints.
The evening started off with the Street Stock class main event, where despite pole-sitter John Clancy Jr's early lead, Dale Berry, Tuscumbia, ultimately prevailed as the victor.
Clancy Jr., California, took the top spot at the drop of the green flag and ran the low line masterfully while there was plenty of action behind him with Berry and Tipton's Harlan Dowell, along with the rest of the field, racing bumper to bumper and door to door.
A lap 10 caution saw Dowell and California's Chris Dunham move past Berry into the second and third spots, but that was short-lived as Dunham faded to sixth on lap 12. A caution on lap 13 bunched the field behind Clancy for a green, white checkered finish. Coming out of turn two on the last lap, Berry made a bid on the high side and out ran Clancy down the back straight away, and through turn three and four to claim victory at the checkered flag.
Following Berry and Clancy to the finish were Dowell in third place, Dunham in fourth, and Russellville's Cole Hanson fifth. Heat race victories were won by Clancy and Berry.
In the Hobby Stock division, Gage Wineland, Syracuse, won the main event after taking the lead from Tipton's Eddie Lavery III on lap three. Lavery went on to finish in second place, followed by Sedalia's Will Register in third. Kevin Prall, Sedalia, climbed from the #12 spot to finish fourth, and Windsor's Chuck Coffey placed fifth. Heat races were claimed by Lavery and Sedalia's Mike Schrader.
The 600cc Micro Sprints were also on the card for Sunday night action at the Speedway, where initially, Jefferson City shoe Kyle Schlotz looked to have the race in the bag, however, Sweet Springs driver Quinton Benson had plans of his own. After starting fourth, Benson ran in the top four during the first half of the event, then a yellow on lap 9 allowed him to move into second behind Shlotz on the restart, and the pair were dead even at the white flag. Benson proved to be the stronger of the two and claimed the win, with Schlotz finishing a close second. Jefferson City's Ryan Marsch claimed third place, followed by Dwayne Benson, Sweet Springs, in fourth, and Columbia's Scott Hathman fifth. The lone qualifying heat race was won by Schlotz.
The Winged Sprints wrapped up the racing action for the night, where after Edgerton's Mitchell Moore led the first 16 laps, Sedalia's Jonathan Cornell took over the lead on lap 17, and held on to the finish. California's Randy Martin advanced from 10th to claim second place, with Moore finishing third. Lone Jack's Cody Baker finished fourth, and Nixa's Kyle Bellm, who recovered from a yellow flag event, claimed fifth place. Heat races were won by Moore, Sedalia's TJ Muths, and Baker.
The Double-X Speedway's 25th season will continue Sunday, June 8. Gates will open at 5 p.m., with hot laps to begin at 7 p.m. Racing will get underway at 7:30 p.m.
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