"Hollidge Keeps Winchester Streak Intact With Saturday Late Model Victory"
"DeHaven 2 for 3 In Limited Late Models"
By Doug Watson
Winchester, VA- Mechanicsville Md.'s Dale Hollidge drove a flawless race to claim his first feature win of the season in last Saturday nights 35-lap Late Model main at Winchester Speedway. Hollidge's win, worth $3000, came in round two of the MD/VA chase for the championship and also made him the fourth different winner of the four-week old Winchester season.
Hollidge and Jason Covert made up the front row for the start of the event with Hollidge assuming control as the field raced into turn-three. Hollidge, steering his Rocket no.0, would eventually goon to lead all 35-circuits but it was no easy trip to victory lane. Jason Covert would stay with Hollidge the entire distance, pulling along side more than once, but was unable to make the pass and would settle for runner-up money. "The start was key here tonight." Hollidge stated after scoring his 6th career Winchester feature win. "Starting on the inside here is pretty tough but we were able to get in front of Jason (Covert) down the backstretch." Said Hollidge. "The groove was right in the middle here tonight and I knew if I could get to the front quick, we'd have a good shot to win." Hollidge was quick to recognize those who aided in his winning drive. "This is a brand new car." Hollidge stated. "We wrecked last years car down at Charlotte and the whole team has worked hard getting this car together and I really have to thank my mom and dad, they're the reason we're here." Kenny Moreland was third, Dan Stone took fourth with JT Spence rounding out the top-five. Heats for the 16-car field went to Spence and Moreland.
Jonathon DeHaven drove to his second win in a row in the 20-lap Limited Late Model headliner. Jimmy Richards jumped into the early race lead and appeared to have the car to beat as he lead for the first nine-laps with DeHaven in tow. DeHaven would then drive by Richards on the 10th-lap and lead the remaining laps to post the win. "That's the best I've ever seen Jimmy (Richards) run." Said DeHaven. "I thought he had us covered tonight, but we were able to get by and get the win." Bruce Kane, in his first start of the season took second, with Kevin Deremer, Mitch Miller and Dallas Richards completing the top-five.
Defending track champion Mike Franklin drove to his fourth-straight win in the 20-lap Pure Stock main. Joey Carter lead the first four-circuits before Franklin arrived and took the top-spot on lap-five. Franklin would then have to hold off a pesky Sam Crouch for the remainder of the event to secure the win. Jeremy Tinsman, Joey Carter and Chris Sumption would fill the top-five.
Justin Hottle became the first repeat winner of 2015 with his second 15-lap Four-Cylinder victory. Hottle, who lined-up second for the start, took the lead on lap-one and held off former class champion Tommy Whitt to score the win. Ethan Ours, Randy Linaburg and Austin Stover trailed at the finish.
Late Model feature finish
1. Dale Hollidge 2.Jason Covert 3. Kenny Moreland 4. Dan Stone 5. JT Spence 6. Ross Robinson 7. Wesley Bonebrake 8. Walter Crouch 9. Chris Fletcher 10.Tyler Castle 11. Tyler Horst 12. Tom Decker III 13. Mike Steck 14.Tom Decker Jr. 15. Jacob Burdette 16. Scott Merryman
Limited Late Model feature finish
1. Jonathon DeHaven 2. Bruce Kane 3. Kevin Deremer 4. Mitch Miller 5. Dallas Richards 6. Jimmy Richards 7. Zach Vance 8. Tom Chaffins 9. Jeff Koller
Pure Stock feature finish
1. Mike Franklin 2. Sam Crouch 3. Jeremy Tinsman 4. Joey Carter 5. Chris Sumption 6. Josh Williams 7. Rick Stouffer 8. Donald Steele 9. Stan Budwash 10. Jerry Jenkins Jr. 11. Tony Catlett
Four-Cylinder feature finish
1. Justin Hottle 2. Tommy Whitt 3. Ethan Ours 4. Randy Linaburg 5. Austin Stover 6. Ed Gageby 7. Allen Whitt Jr. 8. Roger Whitlock 9. Jesse Boyce 10. Allen Vaughan 11. Rich Newcomer