Sunday night saw the third annual Dylan Bias Memorial Race come to the Double-X Speedway. The annual event highlights the Super Stock division with added purse money and special races.
In heat one of the evening, Warrensburg drivers Marc Carter and John Brooks paced the field to the green flag. After three laps side by side, Brooks took the advantage over Carter with Derek Henson moving up to challenge the leader as the white flag waved. Side by side, they raced the last lap with Henson squeezing out the victory over Brooks.
Carter was third, Steve Beach finished in fourth place, Dale Berry finished in fifth, and Zack Smith finished in sixth place. Heat race two saw Cole Henson earn the win in a comfortable fashion over the field with Mark Davis second, John Clancy in third, Ted Welschmeyer in fourth, Joe Miller in fifth, and Cody Frazon finished in sixth place. Heat race saw Toby Ott take the early lead with Tyler Blank in second. Clayton Campbell took only a second lap to move in to the number two spot with Zach Zeugin following in third. At the checkered flag, it was Ott picking up the win with Campbell in second, Zeugin in third, Tyler Blank in fourth, Evan Hays in fifth and Brandon Hays in sixth place.
The Hobby Stocks took to the track for two heat races with Isaiah Penton picking up the victory. Dakota Girard placed second, Matt Smith was in third, John Canada finished in fourth, Chris Kammerich was in fifth, and Josh Clark was in sixth place. Heat two saw Chuck Coffey claiming the victory with Kyle Smith in second, Jeremiah Wallingford in third, Mike Schrader in fourth and Karen Johnson in fifth place.
In heat one of the 360 Winged Sprint Cars, Kyle Bellm won over Riley Kreisel. Taylor Walton finished in third place, Ayrton Gennetten finished in fourth, Monty Ferreria was in fifth place, Broc Elliott finished in sixth place, and Lanny Carpenter finished in seventh place. Heat race two had a rough start with three consecutive cautions. On the restart, Tyler Blank took the lead into turn one with Tyler Utz and Randy Martin giving chase. Blank would continue to lead after a lap two restart, until a lap five yellow. The dash to the checkered saw Blank picking up the win over Utz, Martin was third, Timmy Smith was fourth, and Mackenzie Borchers finished in fifth.
The Super Stock class ran a special Dash for Cash, and it was Derek Henson standing tall in victory lane with the winner’s spoils including $300 and a 70 quart cooler from Clennin Farm Supply of California.
The feature events rolled off with the Super Stocks leading off with a 25-lap main event first on tap. The Henson brothers, Derek and Cole, led the field to the green flag to begin the event. Derek Henson would use the low groove to take the lead which never grew over four car lengths for the duration of the event. Toby Ott and Marc Carter ran second and third right on the bumper for the majority of the event. Some close racing between Derek Henson and Ott led to Ott coming to a stop on the top of turn four on lap 22.
On the restart, Derek Henson was still at the point with Carter and Cole Henson lining up behind him. With three laps remaining, Derek Henson held a slim advantage over the field and claimed the victory. Carter finished in second, Cole Henson was third, Zach Zeugin was fourth, and Joe Miller finished fifth after starting in 13th place. Clayton Campbell finished in sixth place, Ted Welschmeyer was in seventh, John Clancy was in eighth place, Steve Beach was ninth, and Brandon Hays finished in 10th place.
The Hobby Stock division rolled out next on the feature slate with Chuck Coffey and Kyle Smith running one-two early and just past the halfway point Dakota Girard joined the fray. Smith and Girard would challenge the leader on the white flag lap but Coffey was not to be denied. Smith would win the duel for second with Girard finishing in third. Isaiah Penton finished in fourth, and John Canada was fifth. Josh Clark claimed sixth on his first night at Double-X, Chris Kammerich was seventh, Matt Clark was eighth and Jeremiah Wallingford finished in ninth place.
The finale of the evening was the 360 Winged Sprint Car feature event. Central Missouri Racing supporter Tony Stuart Racing added some excitement to the event. If Tyler Blank won his fifth straight, he would receive an extra $100, however, if another driver won they would receive $200 extra. The racing surface for the feature proved to be a technical one providing challenges to the drivers.
Kyle Bellm took the lead from his pole position starting spot and ran near perfect laps to secure the victory. Fellow front row starter Tyler Blank held down second place from the green until lap 23 when he would stop at the top of turn four with a flat right rear tire. Bellm was able to maintain the advantage for the final three laps to claim his first victory of the season at Double-X. Tyler Utz finished in second, Taylor Walton was third, Ayrton Gennetten finished in fourth place, and Randy Martin finished in fifth place. Completing the top 10 were Riley Kreisel in sixth, Lanny Carpenter in seventh, Monty Ferreria in eighth, Timmy Smith in ninth and Mackenzie Borchers in 10th place.
Next weekend will have the POWRi WAR non-wing sprint cars making their second appearance of the season. On June 23, it will be Legends and Old Timers night at the speedway.