Miller, Westfall, Helterbran, Sawmiller, Iiams All Visit Victory Lane – May 31, 2014

Miller, Westfall, Helterbran, Sawmiller, Iiams All Visit Victory Lane
May 31, 2014

Beautiful weather accompanied great racing Saturday night at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio.  With many area tracks and traveling series silent, car counts were on the high end raising the competition level in all classes.  Many new drivers signed into the pit area to rumble with the Waynesfield locals for their shot at visiting Best Performance Motorsports Victory Lane.  On the grandstand side, fans became part of the action with a new idea using social media.  During the course of the night, fans were encouraged to share their thoughts and predictions on the racing on the track by tweeting into the Waynesfield Twitter page.  Many fans also submitted pictures of themselves at the track giving the social media world a view from their seat.  All of the tweets submitted were tabulated and relayed to fans over the PA system.  The drivers themselves took to social media as well to give an inside look at what was happening in the pits.  Once cars hit the racing surface, the action was exciting from the drop of the green flag.

The Buckeye Machine Non Wing Sprints hit the track first.  With over 28 cars signing in to compete, several drivers had to make their way into the show through the B-main.  The 71 of Stratton Briggs and the 7R of Nick Daugherty went wheel to wheel the duration of the B-main looking for the fourth spot.  Slidejob after slidejob was unsuccessful until late in the race when Daugherty was able to finally get around Briggs.  Mike Galajda picked up the win of the B-main with Briggs picking up the final transfer spot.

After a brief intermission, the A-main began to push off for 25 circuits of racing.  The 2M of Logan Hupp, who looked strong during hot laps, and the 14 of Cooper Clouse led the field to the green flag.  It was a great start for the 82 of Mike Miller who moved his way up to the leaders from his outside third row starting spot early in the race.  With Clouse falling back just a bit, Mike Miller found the perfect opportunity to challenge for the top spot.  Miller pushed the car hard into turn 4 and road the cushion trying to put the slider on Hupp.  Lap after lap, Miller slid on the outside with Hupp trying to hold on to the lead.  The run for the lead was cut short when the yellow flag flew on lap 8 for the 63 of Huston Hewitt.  On the restart Miller was ready to resume the battle for the lead.  Hupp and Miller went side-by-side off of turn four.  Miller was closing in each and every time by the stripe.  Transponder data shows he was just four-tenths of a second behind and then two-tenths of second behind the following lap.  Finally on lap 14 Miller took over the top spot moving Hupp back to second.  The battle was not over for Hupp as the top five competitors decided to take it four wide out of turn two at one point.  Hupp came out on the losing end of that battle shuffling back to fifth.  Mike Miller in the 82 came home with the victory.  The 9N of Luke Hall worked through the field to pick up the second place finish and the 23S of Kyle Simon coming home in third.  The 71 of Stratton Briggs picked up the hard charger award advancing seven spots.

In Indian Lake Outfitters Compact action, the 95 of David Yoder and the 27X of Robbie Tuttle brought the field to the green flag for their 15 lap A-main.  David Yoder jumped out to the early lead with Tuttle and Harvey Yoder battling for the second spot.  That battle lasted briefly until the 82 of Harvey Yoder spun around in turn two bringing out the caution.  The trouble for Harvey Yoder was not over yet as he spun again on the restart and was sent pitside for violating the two caution rule.  On the lap six restart, David Yoder led the field to the green.  The 518 of Jordan Iiams, who started on the inside of row three, began to make a run for the lead.  Iiams and Yoder went side-by-side for the top spot until the yellow flag waved again for the 85G of Nick Glasgow.  The yellow flag spree continued with the 30 of Keith Staley connecting with the outside wall by the exit of pit row and then again coming to the flagstand.  The car stalled on the outside of the track but managed to pull away with a flat right front tire.  That would turnout to be the final caution allowing the battle for the lead to take the spotlight.  The restart was a good one for Iiams as he put extreme pressure on David Yoder.  Yoder tried to cover every lane of the track to hold off the 518.  Iiams found a lane that worked and was able to get around Yoder for the top spot.  With Iiams beginning to pull away, the 71 of Kolton Waughtel saw an opportunity to make a run on Yoder for second.  New competitor Jeremy Niswonger decided to throw his hat in the ring making it a three way battle for second.  Jordan Iiams crossed the line picking up the feature win.  David Yoder in the 95 picked up the runner-up spot with Jeremy Niswonger in the 92 finishing third.  The 66Z of Matt McKinnon picked up the hard charger award advancing 10 spots to finish fifth.

In the Post Agri Service UMP Modified A-main, Bowersock squared, Jerry and Scott, led the field to the green flag.  Trouble on the start brought the field to crawl when the 79 of Shane Unger, 89 of Bobby Rose, and the 44 of Zach Schroeder got together at the flagstand coming to the green flag.  A complete restart with both Bowersock’s leading the field to the green.  Jerry Bowersock jumped out to the early lead with Scott trailing him in second.  Bill Keeler had his hands full with Matt Westfall as he began to charge through the field.  Getting around Keeler, Westfall set his sights for the Bowersock duo.  The caution returned to the speedway when the 21T of Tom Treon and the 10H of Brad Hess got together collecting several other competitors blocking the track in turn four.  Cars were stopped in front of the billboards exiting turn two while safety officials assessed the damaged cars in turn four.  The 10H of Brad Hess sustained heavy damage and was escorted off the track by two tow trucks because of a locked up rear end.  During the cleanup, fans tweeted in warnings to Scott and Jerry Bowersock that Westfall was coming quickly.   After the track was cleared, racing resumed with Bowersock one and two and Westfall looking in from the third spot.  Green flag racing lasted for a brief moment in time when debris on the back stretch brought out the caution.  On the restart, the L5 of Casey Luedeke and the 55S of Jim Szekacs got together in turn two.  Luedeke reported to the hot pit and used two of his allotted three laps to make repairs.  Westfall was ready to make his move when the green flag waved.  Working any lane that would stick, Westfall found his way around both Bowersock’s for the top spot.  Westfall clocked his fastest lap in the A-main when he made his move for the lead.  The 00K of Kyle Peterson brought out the yellow on the final lap of the race when he spun off of turn two.  With a one lap shootout to the finish, Bowersock’s had nothing for Westfall giving him the win.  Jerry Bowersock finished in second and Scott Bowersock was scored in third when they came across the line side-by-side.  The M1G of Matt Twining picked up the hard charger award after he went upside down making contact with the turn three fence in heat race action.  He advanced eight sports to finish fourteenth.

The Block Insurance Tough Trucks took the track next for their 15 lap feature.  Mike Sawmiller in the 1S and Bill Keeler in the 20K led the field to the green flag.  The Hicks duo, who started in the second row, wasted no time beginning to work their way towards the front of the field.  The run would be cut short with a lap 5 caution for the 710 of Ben Werling and the 3M of Curtis Rayle.  The 12 of Austin Geckle experienced a spin on the restart sending him around and facing the opposite direction on the racetrack.  Once the green flag returned, Chris Hicks began to make a run on Bill Keeler in the runner up spot.  Keller, Hicks squared, and Sawmiller took on a four way battle for the lead.  Chris Hicks was able to get around Keeler for second moving Keeler back to battle with Mike Hicks for third.  It was a tough break for the 20K of Bill Keeler when he spun off of turn two battling with Hicks and bringing out the caution.  With Keeler restarting at the rear of the field, the Hicks boys had a chance to challenge Sawmiller for the lead.  The restart for Sawmiller was a good one leaving Hicks’ to battle amongst themselves.  Trading lanes, paint, and slidejobs, Chris and Mike went back and forth trying to settle for second.  With two laps remaining the 316 of Ben Hower spun around setting the field up for a green-white-checker finish.  Mike Sawmiller started on the pole and picked up the A-main victory.  Mike Hicks was scored in second and Chris Hicks in third as they came across the line side-by-side.  Shane Jacobs in the 0J picked up the Foz Speed Partz hard charger award advancing seven spots.

The evening came to an end with the Performance Powder Coating AMSA Mini Sprints and their 20 lap feature event.  The 00 of Michael Helterbran and the 8JR of JR Wood were antsy to start as they brought the field to the green flag.  It was a good start for the front row but an even better one for Henning and Winks in row two.  Henning did not even have a chance to get up to full speed when his starting partner lost control and spun around in turn two.  The restart with one lap in the books showed Helterbran antsy again.  Henning took advantage of this hesitation to jump to the outside lane and work his way around JR Wood in the second spot.  Henning turned the jets on closing in on the 00 of Michael Helterbran.  By lap three, Helterbran was no match for Henning as he took the top spot and began to pull away from the field.  The front of the field was not the place to be as the 11 of Corey Bedwell spun around in turn two collecting Henning.  With Henning restarting at the rear of the field Helterbran regained the lead and led the field to the green flag.  On the restart the IVO of Andrew Heitkamp lost it in turn two bringing the field back for another restart.  When the dust finally settled, Michael Helterbran rolled his 00 into Best Performance Motorsports Victory Lane.  Gary Campbell in the 14 finished in second and the 28J of Chris Bounds finished in third.  Brad Racer in the 22B finished fourth receiving the hard charger award for advancing eight spots.

Racing returns to Waynesfield Raceway Park next Saturday night, June 7 with another full program of racing including the Buckeye Machine Non Wing Sprints, Post Agri Service UMP Modifieds, Performance Powder Coating AMSA Mini Sprints, Block Insurance Agency Tuff Trucks and the Indian Lake Outfitter Compacts.  Adult general admissions is just $12, Kids 11-15 are $6 with 10 & under FREE.  Pit side gates open at 4PM and grandstand gates open at 5PM.  Warm Ups are scheduled for 6PM with the first green flag flying at 7PM.  Get all the latest information online at, on Facebook, or by following @OfficialWRP on Twitter.

With Waynesfield Raceway Park being a proud Contingency Connection track this season, nearly $100,000 in contingency awards are up for grabs.  Contingency Connection sponsors offer product certificate coupons all season long; good towards your next purchase.  Contingency awards are in addition to cash purse payouts and make a big difference when racing bills come due!  Waynefield officials say more certificates for drivers and fans will be up for grabs in the coming week.  Stay tuned for details on how you could get your hands on one of these money saving certificates.



Buckeye Machine Non Wing Sprints (28 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 9N-Luke Hall[3]
2. 2B-Mike Dunlap[1]
3. 14-Cooper Clouse[4]
4. 15W-Brandon Whitted[8]
5. 2K-Kevin Klatte[2]
6. 71-Stratton Briggs[6]
7. 24P-Tyler Hewitt[10]
8. 7R-Nick Daugherty[7]
9. 24L-Lee Underwood[9]
10. 14D-Daryl Daurghtery[5]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 32M-Derek Hastings[1]
2. 21-Travis Hery[3]
3. 2M-Logan Hupp[8]
4. 7-Tim Calicoat[2]
5. 63D-Jim Dues[4]
6. 2G-Mike Galajda[5]
7. 22JR-Thomas McCance[7]
8. 19-Jimmy Snead[9]
9. 53-Steve Little[6]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 82-Mike Miller[6]
2. 23S-Kyle Simon[3]
3. 14C-Andy Conley[2]
4. 2-Dustin Ingle[4]
5. 63-Huston Hewitt[9]
6. 5W-Jeff Williams[5]
7. 15-Brandon Ferguson[8]
8. 5-Mark Silva[1]
9. 17-Kevin Myers[7]

B-Main – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 2G-Mike Galajda[2]
2. 24P-Tyler Hewitt[4]
3. 15-Brandon Ferguson[6]
4. 7R-Nick Daugherty[7]
5. 71-Stratton Briggs[1]
6. 19-Jimmy Snead[8]
7. 5W-Jeff Williams[3]
8. 14D-Daryl Daurghtery[13]
9. 22JR-Thomas McCance[5]
10. 5-Mark Silva[9]
11. 17-Kevin Myers[12]
12. 53-Steve Little[11]
13. 24L-Lee Underwood[10]

A-Main –  (25 Laps)
1. 82-Mike Miller[6]
2. 9N-Luke Hall[8]
3. 23S-Kyle Simon[3]
4. 2B-Mike Dunlap[5]
5. 2M-Logan Hupp[1]
6. 14-Cooper Clouse[2]
7. 15W-Brandon Whitted[10]
8. 14C-Andy Conley[9]
9. 21-Travis Hery[4]
10. 32M-Derek Hastings[7]
11. 2-Dustin Ingle[12]
12. 63D-Jim Dues[14]
13. 71-Stratton Briggs[20]
14. 2K-Kevin Klatte[13]
15. 15-Brandon Ferguson[18]
16. 7R-Nick Daugherty[19]
17. 2G-Mike Galajda[16]
18. 24P-Tyler Hewitt[17]
19. 7-Tim Calicoat[11]
20. 63-Huston Hewitt[15]
Hard Charger: 71-Stratton Briggs[+7]

Post AgriService UMP Modifieds (23 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 12 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 54-Matt Westfall[5]
2. 34X-Jerry Bowersock[7]
3. 52-Weasel Phlipot[3]
4. 36-Brandon Vaughan[2]
5. 00K-Kyle Peterson[1]
6. 24-Terry Grilliot[4]
7. 79-Shane Unger[8]
8. M1G-Matt Twining[6]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 12 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 20K-Bill Keeler[1]
2. 55S-Jim Szekacs[2]
3. 4J-David Treon[3]
4. 35-Tim Cornett[4]
5. 89-Bobby Rose[6]
6. 58P-Jim Post[7]
7. 10H-Brad Hess[5]
8. 51-Cody Timmerman[8]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 12 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 10-Scott Bowersock[2]
2. L5-Casey Luedeke[1]
3. 44-Zach Schroeder[7]
4. K9-Scott Gerdeman[4]
5. 112-Chris Ullery[3]
6. 21T-Tom Treon[5]
7. 2B-Darryl Banks[6]

A-Main –  (20 Laps)
1. 54-Matt Westfall[4]
2. 34X-Jerry Bowersock[1]
3. 10-Scott Bowersock[2]
4. 36-Brandon Vaughan[10]
5. 20K-Bill Keeler[3]
6. 52-Weasel Phlipot[7]
7. K9-Scott Gerdeman[12]
8. 4J-David Treon[8]
9. 35-Tim Cornett[11]
10. 58P-Jim Post[17]
11. L5-Casey Luedeke[6]
12. 24-Terry Grilliot[16]
13. 55S-Jim Szekacs[5]
14. M1G-Matt Twining[22]
15. 00K-Kyle Peterson[13]
16. 79-Shane Unger[19]
17. 112-Chris Ullery[15]
18. 51-Cody Timmerman[23]
19. 2B-Darryl Banks[21]
20. 44-Zach Schroeder[9]
21. 89-Bobby Rose[14]
22. 10H-Brad Hess[20]
23. 21T-Tom Treon[18]
Hard Charger: M1G-Matt Twining[+8]

Performance Powder Coating AMSA Mini Sprints (22 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 12 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 55-Rob Winks[2]
2. 0-Michael Helterbran[5]
3. 28J-Chris Bounds[7]
4. 11-Corey Bedwell[1]
5. 39-Cole Roberson[4]
6. E99-Gage Etgen[6]
7. IV0-Andrew Heitkamp[8]
8. 96-Riley VanHise[3]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 12 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 28H-Rod Henning[5]
2. 14-Gary Campbell[2]
3. 4-Tyler Street[7]
4. 22-Gunnar Lucius[6]
5. 17-Darin Collin[4]
6. 3D-Cody Downard[3]
7. 1-Skyler Caster[1]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 12 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 8JR-JR Wood[1]
2. 66-Chase Dunham[6]
3. 81H-Anthony Haas[2]
4. 22B-Brad Racer[4]
5. 328-Becca Stiefel[3]
6. 26-Michael Prine[7]
7. 50-Craig Stower[5]

A-Main –  (20 Laps)
1. 0-Michael Helterbran[1]
2. 14-Gary Campbell[5]
3. 28J-Chris Bounds[7]
4. 22B-Brad Racer[12]
5. 22-Gunnar Lucius[11]
6. 28H-Rod Henning[3]
7. 81H-Anthony Haas[9]
8. 4-Tyler Street[8]
9. 55-Rob Winks[4]
10. 8JR-JR Wood[2]
11. 11-Corey Bedwell[10]
12. 328-Becca Stiefel[15]
13. 50-Craig Stower[21]
14. 1-Skyler Caster[20]
15. 39-Cole Roberson[13]
16. 26-Michael Prine[18]
17. IV0-Andrew Heitkamp[19]
18. 66-Chase Dunham[6]
19. 17-Darin Collin[14]
20. E99-Gage Etgen[16]
21. 3D-Cody Downard[17]
22. 96-Riley VanHise[22]
Hard Charger: 22B-Brad Racer[+8]

Block Insurance Tough Trucks (18 Trucks)
[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 11 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 33-Mike Hicks[2]
2. 20K-Bill Keeler[7]
3. 37-Roy Miller[3]
4. 1J-J.J Butler[6]
5. 12-Autin Geckle[5]
6. 70-Terry Klopfenstein[8]
7. C01-Kenny Osborne[1]
8. 82-Kevin Knittle[9]
9. 87-Chris Anderson[4]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 11 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 71-Chris Hicks[2]
2. 1S-Mike Sawmiller[4]
3. 1W-Gabe Twining[7]
4. 60-Jerry Sawmiller[3]
5. 3M-Curtis Rayle[9]
6. 710-Ben Werling[1]
7. 316-Ben Hower[8]
8. 28-Larry Fox[5]
9. 0J-Shane Jacobs[6]

A-Main –  (15 Laps)
1. 1S-Mike Sawmiller[1]
2. 33-Mike Hicks[4]
3. 71-Chris Hicks[3]
4. 37-Roy Miller[5]
5. 60-Jerry Sawmiller[8]
6. 70-Terry Klopfenstein[11]
7. C01-Kenny Osborne[13]
8. 3M-Curtis Rayle[10]
9. 710-Ben Werling[12]
10. 316-Ben Hower[14]
11. 0J-Shane Jacobs[18]
12. 28-Larry Fox[16]
13. 20K-Bill Keeler[2]
14. 1J-J.J Butler[7]
15. 12-Autin Geckle[9]
16. 87-Chris Anderson[17]
17. 82-Kevin Knittle[15]
18. 1W-Gabe Twining[6]
Hard Charger: 0J-Shane Jacobs[+7]

Indian Lake Outfitters Compacts (15 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 10 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 92-Jeremy Niswonger[4]
2. 27X-Robbie Tuttle[2]
3. 518-Jordan Iiams[8]
4. 27-Cody Sanders[5]
5. 16-Jason Long[3]
6. 85G-Nick Glasgow[1]
7. 2-Austin Eaton[7]
8. 66Z-Matt McKinnon[6]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 10 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 82-Harvey Yoder[7]
2. 95-David Yoder[5]
3. 30-Keith Staley[2]
4. 34-James sorrel[3]
5. 71-Kolton Waughtel[6]
6. 1H-Jeff Zwiebel[4]
7. 74-Lucas Fuller[1]

A-Main –  (15 Laps)
1. 518-Jordan Iiams[5]
2. 95-David Yoder[1]
3. 92-Jeremy Niswonger[4]
4. 71-Kolton Waughtel[10]
5. 66Z-Matt McKinnon[15]
6. 27X-Robbie Tuttle[2]
7. 1H-Jeff Zwiebel[12]
8. 30-Keith Staley[6]
9. 85G-Nick Glasgow[11]
10. 82-Harvey Yoder[3]
11. 16-Jason Long[9]
12. 27-Cody Sanders[7]
13. 34-James sorrel[8]
14. 2-Austin Eaton[13]
15. 74-Lucas Fuller[14]
Hard Charger: 66Z-Matt McKinnon[+10]

©2014 – Results Provided by: Computer Man Inc. Fremont, OH

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