Wilson & Gilpin Victorious At Annual Bob Reynolds Memorial – July 3, 2014

Wilson & Gilpin Victorious At Annual Bob Reynolds Memorial
July 3, 2014

Independence day calls for celebration honoring our great country and those who risk their lives to keep us free.  Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio had a different celebration Thursday evening as long time racing enthusiast Bob Reynolds was honored for all of his contributions to the sport of auto racing.  Members of his family, including his three daughters, were on hand in front of a full house of race fans eager to see one of the biggest sprint and Modified shows in the midwest.  Competitors from all over the country, including some from overseas, came together for one of the best payouts in the area and their chance to place their name on the win list of the famed event.  The Bob Reynolds Memorial event started just three years ago paying $6000 in the 360 sprints.  The purse has increased every year since the races’ birth with this year being no exception.

Exactly 40 cars signed in to compete in the NRA Sprint Invader event paying $7500 to the winning driver.  With so many cars in attendance, both veteran and rookie drivers knew making it into the A-main would be no easy task.  Greg Wilson stated “When you see this good of field, you begin to get nervous,” when asked about the competition level.  Young driver Brandon Wimmer agreed with Wilson and knew his night was going to be tough from the get go when he drew a high pill number at registration.  Four heat races of ten cars started the racing program for the 360 sprint cars.  Christopher Bell in his Ray Marshall ride took the checkered flag of heat number one bringing the crowd to their feet.  Sheldon Haudenschild, Brandon Wimmer, and the Ryan Ruhl would all transfer directly out of the heat to the A-main.  Heat race number two saw a complete domination by Bryan Sebbetto as he took his 97 car to the checkered flag.  Jared Horstman, Derek Hager, and Gary Taylor would also transfer to the 40 lap main.  Heat three saw the W20 of Greg Wilson starting deep in the field with his bad pill draw at registration.  He would make his way through the field and post a fourth place finish and a trip to the A-main.  Dustin Stroup picked up the win with Jamie Veal and JR Stewart also transferring.  The fourth and final heat was stacked with seasoned drivers who knew how to wheel around the 1/3rd mile.  Randy Hannagan took a controlling lead and picked up a one way ticket to the A-main.  Kyle Sauder, Dustin Daggett, and ‘Mad Max’ Stambaugh followed behind to the lineup sheet.  The two dashes followed a brief intermission where fans in the stands came down on the front stretch to pull starting spots for the drivers.  Haudenschild came out lucky claiming a front row starting spot in the dash, a dash win, and a pole starting spot for the $7500 to win feature.  Hannagan had similar luck pulling the ace to start on the pole of the dash but an outside rwo two starting spot for the feature.  The first B-main saw the 13G of James McFadden showing how much he wanted to be in the A-main as he moved eleven spots to advance along with the 6 of Nate Dussel after Hud Horton began to fade late in the race.  A lengthy B-main number two saw Devin Dobie moving sixth to second to make it into the main event with Butch Schroeder picking up the B-main title and an opportunity to advance.

The field was set for the 3rd Annual Bob Reynolds Memorial.  Cars began to push onto the racing surface as fans made their predictions in the stands.  The 33H of Sheldon Haudenschild and the 1ST of Gary Taylor paraded the field in the four wide salute and to the opening green flag.  Haudenschild jumped out to the early lead into turn two with Taylor closely behind.  Unknown to Taylor, Randy Hannagan had an idea to make a run for second.  Hannagan put the slidejob on Taylor into turn three and got it to stick allowing him to jump into second with two laps in the books.  Hannagan would have no time to plan a move for the lead when the caution flag flew for the 2M of Dustin Daggett as he came to a stop at the exit of turn two.  Daggett had dropped off the pace coming out of turn four and requested to head to the hot pit.  Crew members converged around the car as the clock began to run.  With one of the three laps expiring, Daggett’s crew determined the car was unrepairable and pushed it to the trailer.  Haudenschild led the field to the restart with Hannagan right on his tail.  Greg Wilson decided to throw his hat in the action creating a three way battle for the top spot.  Haudenschild had his hands full with the battle and the upcoming lap traffic seconds ahead of him.  Hannagan put a slider on Haudenschild.  Wilson threw a slider of his own in sending the group threewide off of the fourth corner.  If fans thought that was ‘threading the needle’, what Wilson did next shocked them all.  A three way battle for the top spot went four wide as the group passed lap traffic on the bottom of the track down the backstretch.  Wilson’s bold move paid off moving him up to second at the halfway point.  It only took four laps for Wilson to get what he wanted all race, the lead.  Wilson crossed the line and was scored the leader with just 15 laps left in the contest.  Wilson took off in such a hurry, he had built up a two second lead with thirteen laps remaining.  A slider off of turn two would move the 9JR of Derek Hager, who started on the outside of row three, up to second with five laps to go.  Wilson would hold on for the final laps and take the checkered flag and the $7500 payday.  Derek Hager finished second with Sheldon Haudenschild finishing in a solid third place.  The W20 was speechless in Best Performance Motorsports Victory Lane shocked at how his far from perfect night led to a victory.  He thanked the fans for coming out and honored Bob Reynolds for everything he did for the sport.  James McFadden, who advanced eleven spots in the second B-main, picked up the hard charger award.

The UMP Modifeds were second on the program with 43 cars signing in to take on the 1/3rd mile.  Waynesfield locals were ready to tangle with the big boys and show them the fastest way around ‘The Field’.  Heat race number one showed dominator Matt Westfall coming away with the victory.  Brandon Green, Tim Cornett, and Randy Lines would also transfer to the 30 lap feature.  Westfall’s teammate, Jeff Babcock, would score a victory in heat race number two with Josh Scott, Jeff Koz, and Ryan Sutter all advancing.  Heat race number three saw a plethora of veteran drivers including back-to-back UMP national champion Devin Gilpin.  Gilpin would advance in the final transfer spot along with Brian Ruhlman, Justin Coulter, and Jerry Bowersock, who picked up the win.  The final heat saw weekly driver Matt Twining starting on the pole and advancing to the A-main.  Casey Luedeke would claim the victory, Weasel Phlipot finishing in second, and third to the 36 of Brandon Vaughan.  The two B-mains would be quite the spectacle with drivers giving it their all.  Waynesfield’s own Scott Gerdeman picking up the win of B-main number one and Nathon Loney getting around Todd Sherman late in the race to finish second and advance to the A-main.  The intensity of the second B-main was evident in the opening laps as Tony Anderson reeled in the top spot.  He would go on to win the B-main.  Bill Keeler would pull off a last lap pass to finish second and a spot in the A-main lineup.  Keeler started on the inside of row seven.  Justin Coulter and Jeff Babcock picked up the dash victories.

With Coulter and Babcock starting side-by-side in row one, it was time for the four wide salute and the green flag.  Coulter outran Babcock into turn two and held the top spot for the opening lap.  On lap two, Babcock powered around the 555 claiming the top spot.  Scott Gerdeman ran into some bad luck when his K9 car spun around on the backstretch in the middle of a battle kicking up a cloud of dust.  Babcock lead the field to the restart with a gaggle of competitors starting to slice it up behind him.  Devin Gilpin was one of these competitors as he slid his way into the third spot with seven laps in the books.  The focus began to shift to a three battle for the eighth, ninth, and tenth spots.  Jeff Koz in the 23J, 22T of Tony Anderson, and the 11JS of Josh Scott put quite a show on as they tried to settle spots in the middle of the field.  The battle continued for several laps until a quick and sudden move to second took precedence.  Gilpin made such a smooth slider off of turn four, no one saw him until the move was made.  WIth just over 15 laps remaining, Babcock was well out in front of the field.  Gilpin managed to tick a few tenths of a second off Babcock’s lead as laps began to tick down.  Gilpin got a major boost when Babcock began to get caught up with lap traffic.  Babcock’s three second lead dropped to a half a second at the five to go signal.  Babcock went from fighting for the lead to trying to gain it back as Gilpin showed what a true UMP Modified national champion is capable of.  With four to go, Gilpin was scored in the top spot.  Gilpin would hold on and pick up the win.  Jeff Babcock would pick up a second place finish with Brian Ruhlman finishing in third.  Gilpin scored his twentieth win on the season and better his current third place standing in the national points.  Gilpin commented on his misfortunes by drawing the highest number pill at registration and starting dead last in the dash.  Family members of Bob Reynolds presented Gilpin with a $3000 check for his victory.  Tony Anderson scored a sixth place finish picking up the hard charger award.

Waynesfield Raceway Park will sit silent on the 4th of July but come back alive on July 5th with a 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.  It will also be cardboard car contest night for the kids.  All kids are encouraged to bring their best rendition of a car made from cardboard to be judged.  Prizes will be awarded to the best created car.  Gates open at 5PM with racing getting underway at 7PM.  Adult general admission is just $12, kids 11-15 are $6, and everyone under the age of 10 is FREE.  All the deatils are avaiable online at www.waynesfieldracewaypark.net, on Facebook, and on Twitter by following @OfficialWRP.

As always Saturday’s event is a Contingency Connection event.  The Contingency Connection offers nearly $2000 in awards each week from NATIONAL manufacturers. Contingency awards are in addition to cash purse payouts.   See track/series officials for more details.



NRA (40 Cars)
[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 –  (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 33B-Christopher Bell[4]
2. 33H-Sheldon Haudenschild[8]
3. 24-Brandon Wimmer[10]
4. 16-Ryan Ruhl[5]
5. 31-Andy Teunessen[1]
6. 12H-Tim Hunter[6]
7. 35-Ron Blair[9]
8. 22R-Kevin Roberts[7]
9. 4-Eric Smith[3]
10. 11R-Chase Ridenhour[2]

Heat 2 –  (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 97-Bryn Sebbetto[1]
2. 17-Jared Horstman[4]
3. 9JR-Derek Hager[9]
4. 1ST-Gary Taylor[6]
5. 38-Dennis Wagner[5]
6. 49T-Gregg Dallman[8]
7. 12-Nick Roberts[3]
8. 11-Tim Allison[10]
9. 7K-Kyle Pitts[2]
10. 9P-Parker Price Miller[7]

Heat 3 –  (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 10X-Dustin Stroup[1]
2. 35AU-Jamie Veal[4]
3. 6S-JR Stewart[3]
4. W20-Greg Willson[9]
5. 6-Nate Dussel[7]
6. 28H-Hud Horton[5]
7. 23M-Jack Miller[6]
8. 19-Jimmy Snead[10]
9. 87-Paul Dues[2]
10. 3G-James McFadden[8]

Heat 4 –  (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 22H-Randy Hannagan[1]
2. 83-Kyle Sauder[4]
3. 2M-Dustin Daggett[3]
4. 6M-Max Stambaugh[2]
5. B20-Butch Schroeder[9]
6. 49-Shawn Dancer[7]
7. 23-Devon Dobie[8]
8. 8J-Jess Stiger[5]
9. 27-Brad Lamberson[10]
10. 11N-Ed Neumeister[6]

Dash1 – Inside Row –  (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature
1. 33H-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]
2. W20-Greg Willson[2]
3. 24-Brandon Wimmer[4]
4. 35AU-Jamie Veal[6]
5. 6S-JR Stewart[7]
6. 33B-Christopher Bell[3]
7. 10X-Dustin Stroup[8]
8. 16-Ryan Ruhl[5]

Dash2 – Outside Row –  (6 Laps – Top – finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 1ST-Gary Taylor[2]
2. 22H-Randy Hannagan[1]
3. 9JR-Derek Hager[6]
4. 6M-Max Stambaugh[3]
5. 97-Bryn Sebbetto[4]
6. 83-Kyle Sauder[5]
7. 2M-Dustin Daggett[7]
8. 17-Jared Horstman[8]

B-Main #1 –  (12 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 3G-James McFadden[12]
2. 6-Nate Dussel[2]
3. 28H-Hud Horton[4]
4. 35-Ron Blair[5]
5. 12H-Tim Hunter[3]
6. 22R-Kevin Roberts[7]
7. 31-Andy Teunessen[1]
8. 11R-Chase Ridenhour[11]
9. 19-Jimmy Snead[8]
10. 23M-Jack Miller[6]
11. 4-Eric Smith[9]
12. 87-Paul Dues[10]

B-Main #2 –  (12 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. B20-Butch Schroeder[2]
2. 23-Devon Dobie[6]
3. 38-Dennis Wagner[1]
4. 49T-Gregg Dallman[3]
5. 11N-Ed Neumeister[12]
6. 8J-Jess Stiger[8]
7. 49-Shawn Dancer[4]
8. 11-Tim Allison[7]
9. 9P-Parker Price Miller[11]
10. 12-Nick Roberts[5]
11. 27-Brad Lamberson[10]
12. 7K-Kyle Pitts[9]

A-Main –  (40 Laps)
1. W20-Greg Willson[3]
2. 9JR-Derek Hager[6]
3. 33H-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]
4. 35AU-Jamie Veal[7]
5. 22H-Randy Hannagan[4]
6. 24-Brandon Wimmer[5]
7. 1ST-Gary Taylor[2]
8. 33B-Christopher Bell[11]
9. 3G-James McFadden[17]
10. 6M-Max Stambaugh[8]
11. 97-Bryn Sebbetto[10]
12. 83-Kyle Sauder[12]
13. 6S-JR Stewart[9]
14. 6-Nate Dussel[19]
15. 17-Jared Horstman[16]
16. 23-Devon Dobie[18]
17. 16-Ryan Ruhl[15]
18. 10X-Dustin Stroup[13]
19. 28H-Hud Horton[20]
20. 2M-Dustin Daggett[14]
Hard Charger: 3G-James McFadden[+8]

UMP Modifieds (43 Cars)

[#]-Starting Position

Heat 1 –  (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 54-Matt Westfall[1]
2. 51-Brandon Green[4]
3. 35-Tim Cornett[3]
4. 18L-Randy Lines[7]
5. 4-Jason Kinney[5]
6. K9-Scott Gerdeman[2]
7. 20M-Josh Morton[9]
8. 112-Chris Ullery[10]
9. O1-Patrick Lyon[8]
10. 2B-Darryl Banks[11]
11. 18N-Derrick Noffsinger[6]

Heat 2 –  (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 7B-Jeff Babcock[1]
2. 11JS-Josh Scott[4]
3. 23J-Jeff Koz[6]
4. 18S-Ryan Sutter[7]
5. ZERO-Brent Hole[3]
6. 55JS-Jim Szekacs[2]
7. 55S-Zach Schroeder[11]
8. 40-Terry Hull[9]
9. 00K-Kyle Peterson[8]
10. 55DS-Denny Szekacs[10]
11. 20K-Bill Keeler[5]

Heat 3 –  (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 5X-Jerry Bowersock[4]
2. 555-Justin Coulter[2]
3. 49-Brian Ruhlman[6]
4. 1G-Devin Gilpin[11]
5. 10B-Scott Bowersock[3]
6. 65-Todd Sherman[9]
7. 17E-Lance Elson[5]
8. 10L-Nathon Loney[8]
9. O1S-Manuel Johnson[10]
10. 23W-Frank Watkins[1]
11. 4J-David Treon[7]

Heat 4 –  (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. L5-Casey Luedeke[3]
2. 52-Weasel Phlipot[2]
3. 36-Brandon Vaughan[5]
4. M1G-Matt Twining[1]
5. 22T-Tony Anderson[8]
6. 93-Josh Greber[10]
7. 24-Terry Grilliot[9]
8. 10H-Brad Hess[6]
9. 79-Shane Unger[7]
10. 17X-Richard Michael Jr[4]

Dash 1 – Inside Row –  (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature
1. 555-Justin Coulter[1]
2. 49-Brian Ruhlman[4]
3. 1G-Devin Gilpin[8]
4. 54-Matt Westfall[7]
5. 35-Tim Cornett[5]
6. 5X-Jerry Bowersock[6]
7. 18L-Randy Lines[2]
8. 51-Brandon Green[3]

Dash 2 – Ouside Row –  (6 Laps – Top – finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 7B-Jeff Babcock[3]
2. 18S-Ryan Sutter[4]
3. L5-Casey Luedeke[2]
4. 23J-Jeff Koz[6]
5. M1G-Matt Twining[5]
6. 11JS-Josh Scott[7]
7. 52-Weasel Phlipot[8]
8. 36-Brandon Vaughan[1]

B-Main #1 –  (12 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. K9-Scott Gerdeman[3]
2. 10L-Nathon Loney[8]
3. 65-Todd Sherman[4]
4. 2B-Darryl Banks[11]
5. 20M-Josh Morton[5]
6. 112-Chris Ullery[7]
7. 18N-Derrick Noffsinger[13]
8. O1-Patrick Lyon[9]
9. 4-Jason Kinney[1]
10. O1S-Manuel Johnson[10]
11. 17E-Lance Elson[6]
12. 10B-Scott Bowersock[2]

B-Main #2 –  (12 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature)
1. 22T-Tony Anderson[2]
2. 20K-Bill Keeler[13]
3. 55JS-Jim Szekacs[3]
4. 93-Josh Greber[4]
5. ZERO-Brent Hole[1]
6. 10H-Brad Hess[8]
7. 00K-Kyle Peterson[9]
8. 79-Shane Unger[10]
9. 55S-Zach Schroeder[5]
10. 24-Terry Grilliot[6]
11. 55DS-Denny Szekacs[11]

A-Main –  (30 Laps)
1. 1G-Devin Gilpin[5]
2. 7B-Jeff Babcock[2]
3. 49-Brian Ruhlman[3]
4. 54-Matt Westfall[7]
5. 555-Justin Coulter[1]
6. 22T-Tony Anderson[18]
7. 18S-Ryan Sutter[4]
8. L5-Casey Luedeke[6]
9. 11JS-Josh Scott[12]
10. 23J-Jeff Koz[8]
11. 35-Tim Cornett[9]
12. M1G-Matt Twining[10]
13. 20K-Bill Keeler[20]
14. 18L-Randy Lines[13]
15. 65-Todd Sherman[19]
16. 10L-Nathon Loney[17]
17. 52-Weasel Phlipot[14]
18. K9-Scott Gerdeman[15]
19. 5X-Jerry Bowersock[11]
20. 36-Brandon Vaughan[16]
Hard Charger: 22T-Tony Anderson[+12]

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

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