Fan Appreciation Night At The Hill

By Jessica Mardis


It was Fan Apprieciation night Saturday at Hilltop Speedway and what a better way to thank these individuals who come out an support their local dirt track each and every week than with a night of non-stop racing action including the $500 to win Rigz Towing modlite special.


Starting off the night’s events were the First Choice Stump Grinding and Trees mini wedges with nine youngsters in both divisions. Heat race winner among the junior division was Conner Hess while Logan Duncan picked up the win for the senior division. The green was out for the junior division as it was pole sitter, Conner Hess, who would take an early lead with Caden Wiley looking in. Troubles for Hess, with one to go would bring out the caution and force him to restart tail.


A restart with one to go, Hess would make an effort to the front, however was unable to surpass as it was Caden Wiley who would go on to pick up the win followed by Hess, Brice Hague and Darryn Markey. The senior division had a five car field, with Logan Duncan taking the top spot early followed by Caden Alexander. Challenging, Alexander would do everything he could to get around Duncan. However, after winning the heat race and leading every lap of the feature, it was Logan Duncan who would pick up the win followed by Caden Alexander, Evan Large, Reece Bollinger and Karyssa Beagle.


The Rigz Towing modlites had a field of sixteen for their $500 to win special with Tracy Fritter and Mark Marcucci each picking up a heat race win. Setting them on the front row of their feature. Bringing the field to the start of their 12-lap $500 to win feature event, it was pole sitter, Tracy Fritter, who would take the early lead as Marcucci and Joey Burkhead battled it out for second. Six laps in the books, Fritter was all alone out front as Marcucci opened his lead up over Burkhead by lap eight.


Meanwhile, working his way around Barry Jacobs to take fifth was Clint Snyder who would look to make his way to the front. However, caution would come out, forcing a single file restart. Back under green, Fritter would again take to the front of the field as Tanner McLoughlin would bobble leaving the door opening for Snyder. Fortunately, for McLoughlin, caution would come out before a lap would be completed providing him with his fourth place restart position. Once again under green, Fritter would maintain his position as McLoughlin got the run and around Burkhead for third, looking in on the bumper of Marcucci for second. Contact between the two as McLoughlin looked for a way to the front.


Nevertheless, with the checkered out, it was Tracy Fritter, with a commanding performance, picking up the Rigz Towing $500 to win special. Finishing second was Mark Marcucci, third was Tanner McLoughlin, fourth was Joey Burkhead and rounding out the top five was Barry Jacobs.


The Holmes Tire late model division had a field of nineteen with Vic Hottinger setting fast time at a 14.253. Heat race winners were Cody Endlich and Larry Holbrook with “The General” George Lee winning the dash and pole position.


With the field set, the green was out for their 25-lap feature event. Jumping out front early was Shane McLoughlin with George Lee and Corey Conley side by side, not far behind. With four laps in, caution would come out, setting the field up for single file restart. Back under green, McLoughlin would again retain the top spot as Conley looked to the inside of Lee. Eight laps down, the top three would begin to pull away from the field as they worked their way through lap traffic.


Troubles for Lee, as he would make contact with a lap car in turns one and two, although both were able to maintain position and stay under green flag racing. Unfortunately, Lee would again have trouble in one and two, slowing off turn two just as a caution would come out allowing him to maintain position. Single file to the green, McLoughlin again fended off competitors to claim the top spot as Conley worked around Lee to take second. Moreover, Dave Hornikel would also challenge Lee as he took to the low line and would claim the third position off of two. Once again under yellow, Conley would look to use the restart to his advantage.


However, green flag racing, McLoughlin would retain the lead as fast qualifier, Vic Hottinger, would look to the inside of Lee to take fourth going down the back stretch. As the leaders made their way back up to lap traffic, Conley would make a charge off of four to the checkered but was unable to surpass as it was Shane McLoughlin picking up his first feature win of the season. Rounding out the top five was Corey Conley, Dave Hornikel, Vic Hottinger and George Lee.


Danville’s own, Nathon Loney would set fast time among a field of seventeen in The Hangout in Danville modified division with a time of 16.026. A single heat race win went to “The Toboso Bullet” Jimmy Smith while “The Logger” Kevin Morehouse picked up the dash win.


Bringing the field to the green, Morehouse would take a slight lead. However, as the field went down the backstretch a four way battle ensued between front runners, Morehouse, DJ Cline, Scott Peltz and Nathon Loney.  Unfortunately, caution would come out with a mere one lap in, forcing a single file restart with Morehouse setting the pace back to the green. With racing back underway, Morehouse would again take the top spot, this time with Cline challenging. Contact between Peltz and Loney as the two battled it out for third with Peltz getting the advantage. Moreover, troubles for Loney in turn one and two would cause him to fall back to eighth.


On lap six, caution would once again come out, providing Cline another opportunity to get the run on current leader, Morehouse. Back under green, Cline would continue to challenge Morehouse. Nevertheless, “The Logger” would begin working his way through lap traffic, using them to his advantage to pull away from his challengers and claim his fifth feature win. Second went to DJ Cline followed by Scott Peltz, Robin Duston and George Lee.


Eleven trucks made up the field in the Bugs-R-Gone truck division with “The Dominator” Braxton Wilson and Donnie Danley each picking up a heat race win. With the field set, the green was out and it was Wilson who would jump to an early lead with Danley a close second. Meanwhile, “Wild Hare” Travis Hare would make his way to battle the outside of Rolly Heyder for third.


However, troubles for Hare would cost him position as Travis Winterringer would take fourth with three laps down. Heyder, looking to take second from Danley, would be unsuccessful as Winterringer would put the pressure on him for third. Neverthless, Wilson using lap traffic, would put distance between himself and the rest of the field going on to pick up the feature win. Finishing second was Donnie Danley, third Rolly Heyder, fourth Travis Winterringer and fifth Travis Hare.


Next out, were the Short Track Fire and Rescue mini stocks with a field of twelve. Heat race winners were John Ohse and Edwin Geary, placing them on the front row of the night’s feature. With the green out, the battle would ensue for the top spots. Geary would take the early lead as Ohse and Billy Parsons would go side by side for second, with Ohse getting the edge out. Looking to the inside of front runner, Geary, Ohse would challenge for the top spot with six laps in the books.


However, he would be unable to do so as Parsons would make his way back under Ohse to claim second off of turn four with eight laps down. All over the bumper of Geary, Parsons would look for his way to the front. Taking the inside line, Parsons would run side by side with Geary down the front stretch taking the lead with one lap to go. Fending off Geary to go on and pick up the win was Billy Parsons followed by Geary, John Ohse, Nova Martin and Corey Mills.


The Holmes Pest Control street stocks rounded out the night with a field of eight with Kyle Moore picking up the single heat race win. Rounding four to the green, Moore would take the top spot, as the battle ensued between John Wilson and Kevin Potts for third. Working under Kevin for third, Wilson would set his sights on David Potts in his effort to get to the front. Contact between the two would not hinder Wilson, as he took to the low side taking second from Potts. Nevertheless, fending off all competitors and able to pick up yet another feature win on the season was Kyle Moore followed by John Wilson, David Potts, Kevin Potts and Trae Schonauer.


Hilltop Speedway


July 8, 2017


First Choice Stump Grinding and Trees Mini Wedges

Jr. Division

Heat 1-  C. Hess, D. Markey, C. Wiley, B. Hague

Feature- Caden Wiley, Conner Hess, Brice Hague, Darryn Markey

Sr. Division

Heat 1- L. Duncan, K. Beagle, C. Alexander, E. Large, R. Bollinger

Feature- Logan Duncan, Caden Alexander, Evan Large, Reece Bollinger, Karyssa Beagle


Holmes Tire Late Models

Fast Qualifier–  Vic Hottinger 14.253

Heat 1–  C. Endlich, TJ Watson, N. Loney, J. Morey, N. Cox, S. Smith DNS-M. Basich

Heat 2–  L. Holbrook, R. Conley, A. Phillis, C. Hague, D. Giauque, M. Swansiger

Dash- G. Lee, S. McLoughlin, C. Conley, D. Hornikel, V. Hottinger, B. Mickley

Feature–  Shane McLoughlin, Corey Conley, Dave Hornikel, Vic Hottinger, George Lee, Brad Mickley, Rick Conley, Nathon Loney, TJ Watson, Aaron Phillis, Dave Giauque, Jimmy Morey, Larry Holbrook, Cameron Hague, Scott Smith, Cody Endlich DNS- Nick Cox, Mike Swansiger, Mike Basich


The Hang Out Modifieds

Fast Qualifier-  Nathon Loney 16.026

Heat 1–  J. Smith, D. Benjamin, R. Duston, J. Wardell, D. Davis, P. Caplinder, J. Gabrielson, B. Crose, V. Eaches, T. Jacobs, C. Fritz

Dash– K. Morehouse, DJ Cline, N. Loney, S. Peltz, G. Lee DNS-B. Takach

Feature–  Kevin Morehouse, DJ Cline, Scott Peltz, Robin Duston, George Lee, Denny Benjamin, Jesse Wardell, Derek Davis, Nathon Loney, Brad Crose, Casey Fritz, Tyler Jacobs, Joe Gabrielson, Pete Caplinder DNS-Bruce Takach, Jimmy Smith, Virgil Eaches


Holmes Pest Control Street Stocks

Heat 1–  K. Moore, D. Potts, K. Potts, J. Wilson, D. Townsend, M. Rose, T. Schonauer DNS-J. St. John

Feature–  Kyle Moore, John Wilson, David Potts, Kevin Potts, Trae Schonauer, Jason St. John, Don Townsend


Rigz Towing Modlites

Heat 1–  T. Fritter, B. Jacobs, T. McLoughlin, C. Snyder, L. Lease, T. Stillion, T. Johnson, E. Myers, E. Mudrick

Heat 2- M. Marcucci, J. Burkhead, T. Maharg, J. Large, A. Heskett, C. Stillion, B. Springer

Feature–  Tracy Fritter, Mark Marcucci, Tanner McLoughlin, Joe Burkhead, Barry Jacobs, Clint Snyder, Andrew Heskett, Levi Lease, John Large, Tim Stillion, Tim Maharg, Tommy Johnson, Emmett Myers, Bobby Springer, Ed Mudrick, Cody Stillion


Bugs R Gone Trucks

Heat 1- B. Wilson, R. Heyder, T. Hare, T. Winterringer, N. Large, B. Heyder

Heat 2- D. Danley, Z. Stafford, D. Powell, C. Asbury, C. Radcliff

Feature-  Braxton Wilson, Donnie Danley, Rolly Heyder, Travis Winterringer, Travis Hare, Zoe Stafford, Blake Heyder, Dwayne Powell, Chris Asbury, Nick Large DNS-Cody Radcliff


Mini Stocks

Heat 1–  J. Ohse, N. Martin, C. Mills, G. Rooker, J. Williamson, J. Mercer

Heat 2–  E. Geary, B. Parsons, C. St. John, B. Tomblin, N. Rhoads, M. Worthy

Feature–  Billy Parsons, Edwin Geary, John Ohse, Nova Martin, Corey Mills, Brian Tomblin, Greg Rooker, Mike Worthy, Jeremy Williamson, Nathan Rhoads, Jarret Mercer, Colton St. John