"Hardy Banks $5000 in Season Ending Winchester 200"
"Franklin Scores Career-First in RUSH Crates"
By Doug Watson
Winchester, VA- Kyle Hardy drove to the biggest win of his career in last Sunday nights 53rd running of the Winchester 200. Delayed one day by rain, Hardy steered his MasterSbilt no.99, to his second Winchester feature win of the season as the event concluded the 2016 season at the popular Virginia oval.
Winchester track champion Dale Hollidge and Kyle Hardy earned front row starting spots for the start of the 50-lap main with Hardy assuming control as the field drove into turn one. As Hardy lead, Trever Feathers tucked into second and took up the chase. Hardy continued to pace the field as Gregg Satterlee would then overhaul Feathers on lap-21 for the runner up position and went after Hardy. The duo would then wage hand to hand combat over the remaining 28 circuits as Satterlee worked high and low, but could not unseat Hardy from the lead at the conclusion of the caution free event. "I drove this car as hard as I could." A jubilant Hardy stated post race. "I knew Gregg was there and I was going to do whatever I had to do to keep him behind me." Mid way through the race Hardy had to adjust his driving style as Satterlee applied relentless pressure until the checkered flag dropped. "I had to slow myself down because I was starting to over drive the car." Hardy stated. "Gregg and I bumped a few times there at the end, but I knew he'd race me clean and I'm pretty sure we put on a good race for all the fans that came out tonight." Dale Hollidge hung tough for second, Jason Covert came home fourth with 12th starting Mark Pettyjohn rounding out the top-five. Taking heat race over the 29-car field were Hardy, Satterlee, Feathers and Hollidge with Jeremy Miller taking the consolation.
Mike Franklin saved his best for last as he drove to his first-career Winchester Crate Late Model feature win in the divisions 20-lap main. Outside front row starter Kyle Lear jumped into the race lead as the field zipped under the green flag. Lear would hold the top spot for the first seven laps until Mike Franklin blew in and snared the lead. From that point on it would be a race for second as Franklin had the dominant car and would take the win by a wide margin over runner up Kris Eaton. "Barry Wright builds a heck of a race car." Franklin stated in victory lane. "We made some changes to the car the past few weeks and this was the best it's been all season here tonight." Levi Crowl posted a career best finish in third with Kyle Lear and Billy Beachler completing the top-five. Heats for the 26 cars entered went to Ben Bowie, Lear and Franklin.
In support class action Dylan Rutherford drove to his second win in a row in the 15-lap Enduro Stock feature. Michael Warrenfeltz, Jim DeArmitt, Paul Jones and Bobby Miexsall trailed at the finish. Jason Wilkins capped off his championship season with his 7th win of the season in the nightcap 15-lap U-Car main. Jacob Lewis, Jeff Wilkins, Josh Wilkins and Kevin Oates followed Wilkins across the stripe.
Late Model feature finish
1. Kyle Hardy 2. Gregg Satterlee 3. Dale Hollidge 4. Jason covert 5. Mark Pettyjohn 6. Trever Feathers 7. Justin Williams 8. Jason Miller 9. Kenny Moreland 10. Scott Palmer 11. Brad Omps 12. Jonathan DeHaven 13. Ross Robinson 14. Brian Tavenner 15. Jeremy Miller 16. Mike Lupfer 17. Greg Roberson 18. Stevie Long 19. Chad Hollenbeck 20. Tyler Emory 21. Jeremy Coffey 22. Kyle Lear 23. Tommy Armel 24. DJ Troutman DNQ- Buddy Wilson, Cody Gray, Glenn Elliott, Mike Steck, Walter Crouch
Crate Late Model feature finish
1. Mike Franklin 2. Kris Eaton 3. Levi Crowl 4. Kyle Lear 5. Billy Beachler 6.Steve Lowery 7. Jamie Sutphin 8. Tyler Bare 9. Matt Tarbox 10. Devin Brannon 11. Logan Roberson 12. Scott Sweeney 13. Joey McClung 14. Chuck Bowie 15. Josh Williams 16. Brent Bordeaux 17. Richard Hawkins 18. John Sellner 19. Ben Bowie 20. Wes Branner 21. Allen Brannon 22. Matt Hill 23. Dakota Riggleman 24. Austin Stover 25. Bud Durboraw 26. Ralph Morgan Jr.
Enduro Stock feature finish
1. Dylan Rutherford 2. Michael Warrenfeltz 3. Jim DeArmitt 4. Paul Jones 5. Bobby Miexsall 6. Jonny Oliver 7. Allen Jones 8. Greg Mattingly 9. Daniel Bowden 10. Ricky Feltner 11. James Gray
U-Car feature finish
1. Jason Wilkins 2. Jacob Lewis 3. Jeff Wilkins 4. Josh Wilkins 5. Kevin Oates 6. Randy Wilkins 7. Robert Wilson 8. TJ Collins 9. Austin Nichols 10. Ricky Pier 11. Chuckie Johnson 12. Brent Howell 13. Justin Bowley