Hilltop Points Season Ends

As the 2016 points season comes to an end at Hilltop Speedway, there were 100 drivers entered in the pits to make one final attempt at the championship.


Eleven JPR Auto and Tire mini wedges were signed in and ready to compete in the last regular season race of the year. Setting the pace for the night’s feature in the junior class was heat race winner Rilee Hutchinson. With the green out it was Hutchinson to the front. Splitting wedges on the front stretch to take second was Brooklyn Wilson. Nevertheless, able to fend off the challenges by Wilson going on to pick up his first feature win was “The Dirt Devil” Rilee Hutchinson. Third went to Colten Roeder, fourth to Conner Hess and fifth to Timmy Glassburn. With her second place finish, picking up the Jr. wedge championship was Brooklyn Wilson.


The senior class featured two heat races with wins going to Reece Bollinger and Brayden Renfrew, setting them on the front row for the night. Jumping out to the front was Bollinger as battle for positions ensued behind him. Working the inside was Zoe Stafford and Karyssa Beagle to take second and third. However, troubles for Beagle forcing her to restart tail. Back under green, Bollinger would again take the top spot with Stafford second. Making her way back up through the field to reclaim fourth was Beagle. Yet, after leading every lap, going on to pick up the win and the 2016 Sr. points championship was Reece “The Beast” Bollinger followed by Zoe Stafford, Logan Duncan, Karyssa Beagle and Donnie Danley.


The Holmes Tire late model division had a field of twenty with “The Flying Ace” Corey Conley setting fast time with a 14.591. Heat race winners were Tye Myers and Rick Mardis with Vic Hottinger picking up the dash.


With the green out for their 25-lap feature, pole sitter Hottinger would go side by side with “Dangerous” Dave Hornikel down the front stretch into turn one, with the drive off of two Hornikel would claim the lead. A close third, Corey Conley, would look to secure second from Hottinger and would ultimately do so coming off turn four. Meanwhile, the battle for third would ensue between Hottinger, Shane McLoughlin and Kyle Moore with McLoughlin taking third after a caution bunched the field back up for the restart. Back under way, a battle for the lead between front runner, Hornikel, and Conley. Hornikel running the high side as Conley worked the bottom.


The two would go side by side working through lap traffic. Conley with a slide job would take the lead off of turn two. However, Hornikel would cross back under Conley to regain the lead coming off of four. With Hornikel back out front, it was McLoughlin using lap traffic to his advantage to reel in Conley and secure the pass off of two to take second. McLoughlin now looking in at Hornikel would attempt to take the lead, although unable to do so. Able to fend off competitors and pick up the win was “Dangerous” Dave Hornikel followed by McLoughlin, Corey Conley, Kyle Moore and Vic Hottinger. Clinching the 2016 points championship was Vic Hottinger.


Setting fast time among thirteen John’s Custom Embroidery & Screen Printing modifieds was DJ Cline with a 15.496.  A single heat race win went to David Hittle with Larry Moran winning the dash, placing him on the pole for the night’s feature.


With Moran setting the pace to the green, outside pole sitter, Tom Hagberg would jump out to an early lead. However, it was short lived as DJ Cline would challenge Hagberg. Lap for lap, the two battled with Cline edging out and taking the lead on lap four. With Cline out front, a heated battle between Hagberg and “The Stalker” Jon Sluka ensued for second. However, caution would come out as there was contact between Hagberg and Sluka, forcing Sluka to restart tail. Back under green, with two laps to go, it again was DJ Cline to the front and now third place Jimmy Smith looking in at Hagberg. Just as Smith would claim second, caution would fly once more do to debris.


Lined back up for a green, white, checker finish, Cline would once again take the lead and that is where he would remain picking up the night’s win. Rounding out the top five was Tom Hagberg, Jimmy Smith, Larry Moran and Denny Benjamin. With a two point lead, after his seventh place finish, it was “Rockin” Robin Duston picking up the 2016 points championship.


Seventeen entries would make up the Rigz Towing modlite division where Aaron Meister and Brian Stuhldreher each picked up heat race wins. With the field set, the green was out and Meister would take the top spot while Tracy Fritter would make his way to second. Fritter, all over the bumper of Meister, looking to add to his wins for the seasons, would ultimately take the lead on lap eight as the two began working through lap traffic. With two to go caution would fly, bunching the field up once more for restart.


Back under green, contact going into turn one would bring out the red as Joey Anderson would roll. Given the red flag situation, the race was checkered and it was Tracy Fritter picking up the win followed by Aaron Meister, Brian Stuhldreher, Clint Snyder and Jason Darocha. With his fourth place finish, Clint Snyder is the 2016 season champion for the modlite division.


The Holmes Pest Control street stocks had a 14-car field with Mike Lonas setting fast time with a 16.581. The only heat race was won by Trae Schonauer as Bob Daugherty picked up the dash.


After a short rain delay and Daugherty opting not to run the feature, it was John Wilson setting the pace to the green coming off of four. Out to an early lead was Wilson with Mike Lonas on his bumper looking in. Lap for lap, Lonas would look for a way around Wilson. As the two begin to work through lap traffic, Lonas would gain on Wilson. However, trouble for Lonas as he makes contact with the wall in turns one and two. Nevertheless, after leading green to checker it was John Wilson going on and pick up the win. Wilson was followed by Mike Lonas, David Potts, Kevin Potts and Bob Chilcote.


The Short Track Fire and Rescue mini stocks had a field of seventeen with Nathan Rhodes and Derek Davis each picking up a heat race win. With Rhodes on point the green was out for their 12-lap feature event. Taking the top spot was Derek Davis with Colton St. John not far behind. Side by side, Davis and St. John, would make contact bringing out the caution and forcing Davis to restart tail.


Back under green, it was St. John to the lead as Matt Miller, up to second from fifth, would look to take the top spot. However, he was unable to capitalize as it was Colton St. John going on to add another win onto his season and ultimately claiming the 2016 points season championship. Finishing second was Miller followed by Edwin Geary, Jerry Adkins and John Ohse.


Rounding out the night were the Bugs-R-Gone trucks with a field of eight. Heat race winner was Travis Winterringer placing him on the pole for their feature event. As the green came out, it was Winterringer to the front with Travis Hare a close second. Meanwhile, working his way up to the bumper of Hare from his fifth place starting position was “The Dominator” Braxton Wilson. As Wilson went to work on Hare, the two would go side by side for laps on the bumper of Winterringer.


With a drive off of four, Wilson would claim second and go to work on the bumper of Winterrringer. Attempting to fend off the challenges, Winterringer would ultimately fall back to second as it was Braxton Wilson going on to pick up another win on the season. Finishing third was Travis Hare, fourth Chris Asbury and fifth Dwayne Powell. Claiming the 2016 championship was John Large.


Hilltop Speedway


August 20, 2016


JPR Auto & Tire Mini Wedges


Jr. Class


Heat 1- R. Hutchinson, C. Hess, C. Roeder, B. Wilson, T. Glassburn

Feature- Rilee Hutchinson, Brooklyn Wilson, Colten Roeder, Conner Hess, Timmy Glassburn

Sr. Class

Heat 1- R. Bollinger, D. Danley, Z. Stafford, K. Beagle

Heat 2- B. Renfrew, J. Wright, L. Duncan, E. Large

Feature- Reece Bollinger, Zoe Stafford, Logan Duncan, Karyssa Beagle, Donnie Danley, Brayden Renfrew, Jason Wright, Evan Large


Holmes Tire Late Models


Fast Qualifier–  Corey Conley 14.951

Heat 1-  T. Myers, S. Campbell, T. Baker, S. Sabo, C. Hague, B. Daugherty, B. Giauque

Heat 2- R. Mardis, W. Maffet, TJ Watson, C. Endlich, S. Smith, D. Giauque, N. Cox

Dash–  V. Hottinger, D. Hornikel, C. Conley, K. Moore, A. Baker, S. McLoughlin

Feature–  Dave Hornikel, Shane McLoughlin, Corey Conley, Kyle Moore, Vic Hottinger, Allen Baker, Ty Myers, Rick Mardis, Shane Campbell, Wayne Maffet, TJ Watson, Cody Endlich, Steve Sabo, Dave Giauque, Scott Smith, Boz Daugherty, Brian Giauque, Nic Cox, Cameron Hague


John’s Custom Embroidery & Screen Printing Modifieds


Fast Qualifier-  DJ Cline 15.496

Heat 1–  D. Hittle, D. Benjamin, B. Miller, K. Moore, E. Singhaus, H. Eppley, R. Duston

Dash–  L. Moran, T. Hagberg, DJ Cline, J. Sluka, J. Smith, B. Takach

Feature–  DJ Cline, Tom Hagberg, Jimmy Smith, Larry Moran, Denny Benjamin, David Hittle, Robin Duston, Jon Sluka, Kyle Moore, Eric Singhaus, Hilton Eppley, Bruce Miller


Holmes Pest Control Street Stocks


Fast Qualifier-  Mke Lonas 16.581

Heat 1–  T. Schonauer, B. Chilcote, J. Preston, B. Simpson, J. St. John DNS-R.Grogg, T. Wilson, C. Hinds

Dash– B. Daugherty, M. McElravy, J. Wilson, D. Potts, M. Lonas, K. Potts

Feature–  John Wilson, Mike Lonas, David Potts, Kevin Potts, Bob Chilcote, Mike McElravy, Trae Schonauer, Jon Preston, Jason St. John, Bob Daugherty, Brian Simpson DNS-Richard Grogg, Tony Wilson, Chuck Hinds


Rigz Towing Modlites


Heat 1–  A. Meister, T. McLoughlin, J. Darocha, C. Snyder, J. Anderson, K. Tish, R. Leslie, J. Large

Heat 2–  B. Stuhldreher, T. Fritter, R. Reed, D. Innes, J. Burkhead, J. Hart, T. Maharg, L. Lease

Feature–  Tracy Fritter, Aaron Meister, Brian Stuhldreher, Clint Snyder, Jason Darocha, Rory Reed, Joey Anderson, Joe Burkhead, David Innes, Ray Leslie, DJ Cline, Jeff Hart, John Large, Tanner McLoughlin, Levi Lease, Keith Tish, Tim Maharg


Short Track Fire & Rescue Mini Stocks


Heat 1– N. Rhodes, N. Martin, M. Miller, M. Beckert, J. Tatro, T. Mullinnex, M. Kullman, S. Rowe

Heat 2–  D. Davis, C. St. John, E. Geary, J. Ohse, J. Adkins, T. Workman, K. St. John, M. Stewart, D. Bateson

Feature–  Colton St. John, Matt Miller, Edwin Geary, Jerry Adkins, John Ohse, Tony Mullinnex, Nova Martin, Derek Davis, Tim Workman, Nathan Rhodes, Kendra St. John, Jeff Tatro, Michael Stewart, Dale Bateson, Mike Kullman, Sindey Rowe, Mike Beckert


Bugs R Gone Trucks


Heat 1-  T. Winterringer, T. Hare, C. Asbury, CJ Muth, B. Wilson, M. Radcliff, D. Powell, N. Large

Feature–  Braxton Wilson, Travis Winterringer, Travis Hare, Chris Asbury, Dwayne Powell, CJ Muth, Mason Radcliff, Nick Large