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Brown Tops WOW Season Ender At Lebanon Midway
By Chad Buford
LEBANON, MO (Sept 21) - Making his first O’Reilly Auto Parts Winged Outlaw Warriors start in nearly five months, Toby Brown made the most of it, as he made a late pass of Kyle Bellm to take an entertaining victory at Midway Speedway on Friday night.
Bellm jumped out to an immediate lead followed by Curtis Boyer and Brad Graham. Brown was flying around the high side to move from seventh to fourth on the opening lap. The action would come to a halt with one lap complete as Terry Hinck spun in turn one leaving Jonathan Cornell with nowhere to go. Cornell would suffer front end damage and would not restart with Hinck being relegated to the tail.
On the restart, Bellm would again jump out to a sizeable lead with Boyer in tow. The action behind the lead duo was hot and heavy as Rusty Potter and Randy Martin battled intensely for the sixth spot. The pair would run wheel to wheel for the next couple of laps.
With three laps in the books, the action would again be stopped as Terry Gray made contact with Brad Graham as the pair exited turn two with Gray suffering a flat right rear tire in the process. Gray would go to the work area and restart at the tail with new tread.
Bellm would again get a good start and was followed by Boyer, Graham, Brown, Potter, and Martin. With five laps in the books, WOW regular Tyler Blank would see his night end as he made contact with the backstretch wall and then rolled to a stop in turn four.
Bellm again led on the restart as the action picked up behind him for the runner-up spot.
Laps seven and eight would see Boyer and Brown run side by side with Boyer edging Brown at the flagstand for the position. Then, Brown would take the spot from Boyer a lap later as he got a good run using the high side.
With ten laps in the books, point leader Martin, who was running in the top five at the time, would loop his car in between turns three and four. Martin would be able to restart.
Bellm again led on the restart as he ran a great race around the bottom of the raceway.
For the next five laps, it was Bellm and Brown with the action happening behind the lead pair. A driver suddenly on the move was Josh Fisher, who had started fifteenth. Fisher was flying around the high side and made his way behind Brown.
With sixteen laps in the books, it was Bellm, Brown, Fisher, Boyer, Potter, and Eric Todd, who had moved up from his fourteenth starting spot.
Bellm would see his comfortable advantage come to an end as the yellow was displayed for Terry Gray, who had executed a 360 inside of turn two. With the yellow out, Gray would be sent to the pits for his second yellow of the night after he had worked his way back to the top ten.
Bellm would again take the lead on the restart as Brown started to pressure him up high.
A lap later, the pair would run side by side with Bellm leading at the flagstand. Fisher also kept the lead pair in sight looking for a place to make a move.
As the lead pair hit the flagstand on lap nineteen, Brown’s pressure finally took its toll as the Carthage, MO pilot took the lead down the frontstretch. Bellm did not give up on the last lap as he drove very hard into turn four to try and get the lead back. As he did, he slid up high allowing Fisher to make a move down low to slide into second. For Brown, it was his second career WOW victory in the Terry Brown/ABF Soda Blasting J&J. Fisher would have another strong run to finish second in the Rusty Fisher/Ozark Barge and Dock Service Maxim. Bellm ran a career best third in his father’s J&J. Potter would run fourth in his Roy Cary Livestock and Machinery Maxim. Todd, who earlier in the night won the 305 feature in his own car, would round out the top five in his Steve Lawrence Maxim. Boyer would hold onto sixth at the finish with Lanny Carpenter running a strong race to move up to seventh. 305 points leader J.P. Compton would finish eighth followed by Dustin Barks and Graham.
With his thirteenth place finish, Martin would earn his third straight WOW championship. Finishing second in the points was Fisher, who will also earn the WOW Rookie of the Year award and who should receive very serious consideration for national Rookie of the Year attention.
The WOW Awards Banquet will be held on Saturday November 10th at the Isle of Capri Casino in Boonville.
In Support Action Dwight Neihoff brought the field down to take the green in the SuperStock feature.Neihoff opened up a big lead with Ben Newell and JC Newell battling for 2nd place as pole setter Travis Hill fell to 4th.With Neihoff setting a fast pace,Ben Newell started closing in on lap 8 and the battle was on with Newell trying several times to grab the lead,but young gun Neihoff held off the charges.On lap 13,Newell was able to get his nose to the inside of Neihoff coming out of turn 2 and grabbed the lead.Taking the white flag Neihoff pulled to the rear quarterpanel of the leader Newell as the duo touched with Newell holding on to record the win followed by Neihoff,JC Newell,Travis Hill and Clinton Betts completing the top 5.
The LegendCars are gearing up for the National Event next weekend at Midway as 18 strong took the green flag with Rob Watson jumping to the opening lead with Dave Comer following closely as 3 wide racing was behind the leaders.On lap 5,Dave Comer moved around Watson to grab the top spot as Tyler Scott was moving through the field along with 16th starting Park Jones.With Comer in control,Tony Hatfield started his move forward as Justin Comer was battling hard.With 5 laps to go a pack of 4 broke away with Dave Comer holding off repeated challanges from Hatfield while Scott and Justin Comer swapping spots.Hatfield made some tight moves for the lead,but Comer was able to hold-off the challanges to grab his 2nd win of the season in winning the regional qualifier with Hatfield,Tyler Scott,Justin Comer and Park Jones completing the top 5.
In 305 Sprint Action,2006 Midway Champion Clint Todd driving brother Eric Todd's car checked out early in leading all 20 laps as 2007 Champion JP Compton made some wide sweeping moves on the highside to grab 2nd followed by Joe Todd,Dustin Arnall and Scott Wedelstadt.
The Bomber feature had Reggie Jackson grabbing the early lead with Sundance Keepper following closely.The battle up front stayed that close with a tight battle for 3rd with Brandon Waters,Cody Harmon and point champion Mike Piercy swapping spots with Jack Hamer.Coming for the checkered flag,Sundance Keepper made a low groove pass out of turn 4 and grabbed the feature win with Jackson,Waters,Harmon and Piercy completing the top 5.
Up next at Midway will be the LegendCar Nations with over 50 entries expected as Friday Night will feature Bombers and B-Mods while Saturday's events with find FactoryStocks and B-Mods racing as 3 different Legend Classes will compete.
1st Heat-8 laps
1. 72 Curtis Boyer-New Haven, MO(4) 2. 5MA Mallory Armfield-St. Joseph, MO(2) 3. 61A Toby Brown-Carthage, MO(3) 4. 9M Dale McCarty-Eldorado Springs, MO(1) 5. 24L Lanny Carpenter-Clarksburg, MO(7) 6. 19S Steven Cross-Fair Play, MO(6) 7. 95 Mike Larson-Eldon, MO(5)
Recap-After the original start was called back for an overly eager Brown, McCarty would lead. Boyer would get by Armfield for second on lap two using the high line. He would then make a lap four pass of McCarty for the lead and go on to an easy win followed by Armfield, who was able to get by McCarty on lap five. Brown would make a last lap pass of McCarty for third as the pair came to the checkered flag.
2nd Heat-8 laps
1. 04 Brad Graham-Strafford, MO(1) 2. 21H Terry Hinck-Boonville, MO(4) 3. 28 Jonathan Cornell-Sedalia, MO(6) 4. 3P Rusty Potter-Boonville, MO(2) 5. 29 Eric Todd-Falcon, MO(7) 6. 93 Steve Mahannah-Walnut Grove, MO(5) 7. 75 Tyler Blank-California, MO(3)
Recap-Graham would jump into the lead and go on to an easy win as he drove a flawless race around the bottom. Hinck would battle early with Cornell and then Potter later to take second. Cornell would also get by Potter late for third.
3rd Heat-8 laps
1. 14K Kyle Bellm-Nixa, MO(1) 2. 10 Terry Gray-Bartlett, TN(5) 3. 14 Randy Martin-California, MO(6) 4. 22x Dustin Barks-Farmington, MO(4) 5. 86x Josh Fisher-Smithton, MO(2) 6. 29W J P Compton-Crane, MO(3)
Recap-Bellm jumped into the lead and would win easily. Behind him, Gray and Martin were putting up a great battle trying to move to the front. Both would get by Barks on lap seven and Gray would barely hold off Martin for second at the finish.
A Feature-20 laps
1. 61A Toby Brown-Carthage, MO(7) 2. 86x Josh Fisher-Smithton, MO(15) 3. 14K Kyle Bellm-Nixa, MO(1) 4. 3P Rusty Potter-Boonville, MO(11) 5. 29 Eric Todd-Falcon, MO(14) 6. 72 Curtis Boyer-New Haven, MO(3) 7. 24L Lanny Carpenter-Clarksburg, MO(13) 8. 29W J P Compton-Crane, MO(18) 9. 22x Dustin Barks-Farmington, MO(12) 10. 04 Brad Graham-Strafford, MO(4) 11. 21H Terry Hinck-Boonville, MO(5) 12. 19S Steven Cross-Fair Play, MO(16) 13. 14 Randy Martin-California, MO(9) 14. 9M Dale McCarty-Eldorado Springs, MO(10) 15. 93 Steve Mahannah-Walnut Grove, MO(17) 16. 95 Mike Larson-Eldon, MO(19) 17. 10 Terry Gray-Bartlett, TN(6)-DNF 18. 5MA Mallory Armfield-St. Joseph, MO(2)-DNF 19. 75 Tyler Blank-California, MO(19)-DNF 20. 28 Jonathan Cornell-Sedalia, MO(8)
A Ft-1)Ben Newell-Stoutland 2)Dwight Neihoff-Lockwood 3)JC Newell-Camdenton 4)Travis Hill-Lebanon 5)Clinton Betts-Stoutland 6)Mark Davis-Grovesprings 7)Bradley McDowell-Eldon 8)Rick Hill-Lebanon 9)Bill Scharr-St Roberts 10)Tim Ballinger-Halfway 11)Bennie Joiner-Lebanon
1st Ht-1)Davis 2)B.Newell 3)JC Newell 4)T.Hill 5)Joiner 6)Scharr
2nd Ht-1)McDowell 2)Betts 3)Neihoff 4)Ballinger 5)R.Hill
A Ft-1)Clint Todd-Lynchburg 2)JP Compton-Crane 3)Joe Todd-Falcon 4)Dustin Arnall-Hartville 5)Scott Wedelstadt-Lebanon 6)Jeremy Hazel-Lynchburg 7)Rusty Quick-Lebanon 8)Keith Breedlove-Lynchburg 9)Mike Williams-Lynchburg 10)Jay Reynolds-Springfield
1st Ht-1)J.Todd 2)Wedelstadt 3)C.Todd 4)Hazel 5)Breedlove
2nd Ht-1)Compton 2)Quick 3)Arnall 4)Williams 5)Reynolds
A Ft-1)Dave Comer-Joplin 2)Tony Hatfield-Joplin 3)Tyler Scott-Joplin 4)Justin Comer-Joplin 5)Park Jones-Joplin 6)Rob Watson-Clever 7)Paul Horton-Joplin 8)Kaleb Copher-Joplin 9)Ron Hoffman-Joplin 10)Gary Hockman-Rolla 11)Larry Friddle-Greenville,S.C.12)Gary Davenport-Marshfield 13)Mike Muller-Green Bay,Wisconsin 14)Tony Jensen-Joplin 15)Doug Stroud-Troy 16)Tyler Horton-Joplin 17)Larry Betts-Washburn 18)Ryan Crabtree-Republic
1st Ht-1)Watson 2)Hoffman 3)J.Comer 4)Jensen 5)Scott 6)Muller 7)Davenport 8)Betts 9)Jones
2nd Ht-1)D.Comer 2)Hatfield 3)Hockman 4)P.Horton 5)Friddle 6)Copher 7)Stroud 8)T.Horton 9)Crabtree
A Ft-1)Sundance Keepper-Springfield 2)Reggie Jackson-Lebanon 3)Brandon Waters-Lynchburg 4)Cody Harmon-Lebanon 5)Mike Piercy-Lebanon 6)Jack Hamer-Ava 7)Steve Shaw-Rogersville 8)Jake Wackerman-Camdenton 9)Bobby Mooney Sr-Camdenton 10)Adam Lowrance-Lebanon 11)Keith Cheever-Lebanon 12)Wayne Coffman-Lebanon 13)Andrew Cheever-Lebanon DNS-Kevin Forshey-Dixon
1st Ht-1)Jackson 2)Waters 3)Shaw 4)Hamer 5)Lowrance 6)Harmon 7)A.Cheever
2nd Ht-1)Piercy 2)Keepper 3)K.Cheever 4)Coffman 5)Wakerman 6)Mooney Sr 7)Forshey