"Hollidge Scores Winchester First in Flag to Flag Effort"
"Justin Weaver Fast in Limited Late Model Debut"
By Doug Watson
Winchester, VA- Defending track champion Dale Hollidge drove to his first win of the season in last Saturday nights 30-lap Late Model headliner at Winchester Speedway. The win for Hollidge, aboard his Gunter's Honey Rocket XR-1 no.0, was his 12th win for car owner Greg Gunter and earned him a $2000 pay day.
The redraw placed Amanda Whaley and Dale Hollidge on the front row for the initial start of the event. Hollidge out dragged Whaley into the first turn to become the race leader and would eventually lead all 30-circuits to post the win in a race that only saw one yellow flag period. "The guy's gave me a great race car here tonight and it's nice to get a win early in the season for them." Hollidge stated in victory lane. "We weren't any good in time trials, so we made a few adjustments on this before the feature car and it responded pretty good." Hollidge was quick to praise those who aided in his winning drive. "Greg gives us what we need to run up front." Said Hollidge. "If it weren't for him and everyone who puts time in with this deal, we wouldn't be standing here right now." Jonathan DeHaven took the runner up spot with Jason Miller, Andy Anderson and Amanda Whaley rounding out the top-five. Heats went to Whaley and Ross Robinson. Opening night winner Ross Robinson suffered mechanical woes with his Capital Race Cars no.7R prior to the feature and did not start the event.
The Limited Late Models made their season debut and Justin Weaver drove his Rocket XR-1 no.2J to a convincing win in the divisions 20-lap main. Weaver earned the pole and made the most of his good fortune as he would lead every lap over eventual second place finisher James Lichliter. "This car was so good tonight, it made me look good as a driver." Weaver stated post race. "We had a great track to race on here tonight and I want to thank all the fans that came out and supported us, it sure is cold." Jonathan DeHaven recovered from an early race spin to take third with defending track champion Wesley Bonebrake and Bruce Kane completing the top-five. Heats went to Bonebrake and Lichliter.
In support class action Jeremy Tinsman scored his first win of the season in the 15-lap Pure Stock feature, Randy Linaburg took the win in the 15-lap Four Cylinder main in the divisions first appearance of the season with former track champion Jeff Wilkins scoring his first of 2017 in the nightcap 15-lap U-Car contest.
Late Model feature finish
1. Dale Hollidge 2. Jonathan DeHaven 3. Jason Miller 4. Andy Anderson 5. Amanda Whaley 6. Tommy Armel 7. Walter Crouch 8. Mike Steck 9. Cody Gray 10. Steven Axtell Jr. 11. Brad Omps 12. Ross Robinson (DNS) 13. Trever Feathers (DNS)
Limited Late Model feature finish
1. Justin Weaver 2. James Lichliter 3. Jonathan DeHaven 4. Wesley Bonebrake 5. Bruce Kane 6. Kris Holliday 7. Justin Fulton 8. John Moser 9. Buddy Wilson 10. Kyle Moser 11. Jeff Koller 12. Justin Dillman 13. Mark Bailey 14. Jake Moser 15. Dallas Richards (DNS) 16. Austin Stover (DNS)
Pure Stock feature finish
1. Jeremy Tinsman 2. Sam Crouch 3. Chris Sumption 4. Rob Nichols 5. Tony Catlett 6. Ed Pope Jr. 7. Mike Raleigh 8. Greg Breeden
Four Cylinder feature finish
1. Randy Linaburg 2. Tommy Whitt 3. Jacob Whitt 4. Matt Wisecarver 5. Allen Whitt Jr. 6. Matt Sowers 7. William Riley 8. Willie Dodson
U-Car feature finish
1. Jeff Wilkins 2. Jason Wilkins 3. Chuckie Johnson 4. Randy Wilkins 5. Jacob Lewis 6. Rick Bowman 7. Chad Brill 8. Larry Lamb 9. TJ Collins 10. Branson Woodward 11. Rick Culton 12. Kevin Woodward 13. Gene Wilson 14. Mike Griffith 15. Terry Kave 16. Justin Bowley 17. Austin Nichols 18. Allen Griffith 19. Terry Hefflin