Easter Weekend Provides Fireworks At HPT.Com Speedway!
Larry Lowrey Jr.
April 23, 2011
Topeka, KS -Easter Weekend at HPT.Com Speedway felt a little more like the Fourth of July on Saturday night. Fans might have been looking for eggs, but what they got seemed like a basket full of fireworks.
Dave Samuels has won a track championship at HPT.Com Speedway and he has picked off 2 feature wins in 2011. In a feature that was packed full of excitement, it was Samuels that walked away with feature win number 3 out of 4 in 2011.
Samuels started 11th in the evenings feature event. He would have to bust his way through some impressive talent to get to the front. In 15 laps it could have seemed impossible, not to Samuels.
Getting the jump on the field at the start of the main event was Jim Powell Jr. Powell took to the lead and looked to be extending it throughout the night. Powell warded off the early challenges in the night, but there was one challenge that was still coming on strong.
As the laps wound down in the main event, Samuels had finally moved into the 2nd position and set his sites on the leader, Powell. As the white flag was waved by HPT Flag man, Bob Bardsley, Samuels knew that he had one chance remaining. The two went down the back stretch heading for turn number three.
When Samuels got to turn 3, he was on the back bumper of Powell. Powell pushed up off the bottom of the race track. As Powell went up the track Samuels swooped in on the bottom of the track. The two would exit turn number 4 making contact and then having to dodge a lapped as they went by the flag stand. Samuels had inched out Powell by 12 inches at the line. An exciting end to a great feature event.
Steve Herrick finished in the 3rd position, it was another strong night for Gerald Wahwahsuck as he finished in the top 5 yet again and rounding out the top 5 was Zachary Henrey.
If late race heroics weren't your cup of tea, than tonight might have not been your favorite night of the 2011 season. The B Mod feature packed in a lot of excitement too.
Last season Dustin Thulin was a multiple feature winner at HPT.Com Speedway. This season he has a new car and has been working the kinks out of it. After Saturday night, it's save to say that 99 percent of the kinks should be gone after an impressive win.
It would take the B Mods a little while to get going, but once again when they got going they put on a show.
Thulin took to the point from the outset of the race. He won his heat race and started on the pole of the feature event. He would use all the energy he could muster behind the wheel of his new TRE by Bone Chassis.
The winner from opening night, Dalton Kirk, made it back to race again at HPT. He would find himself in a familiar position. Kirk was looking to take over the lead while sitting in the 2nd position.
Even though he is a young driver, Kirk showed a lot of maturity on the track. Close and clean racing is what he is about. Kirk and Thulin went toe-to-toe in the late goings of the race, but each driver gave the other the respect that drivers should show each other on the track. On the last few laps Kirk made runs at Thulin but could not get the job done as Thulin would win his 1st feature of 2011.
Curtis Dreasher ran up front all night long and finished in the 3rd position, Mike Higley turned a lot of heads after starting 22nd and finishing 4th in the feature and Mike Eisenhut kept his string of good features together finishing in the 5th position.
If someone was looking for pure jubilation they might have found it in the pit area with Randy Kohn. Kohn picked up his 1st career win on Saturday night.
The excitement was nothing short of spectacular. Kohn got out of his car and celebrated the win with the fans in the crowd. It was a win that has been a long time coming. The feature race was a nerve racking win for the first time winner, Kohn.
During the feature event Kohn had put together a very comfortable sized lead on the rest of the competition. Kohn looked to be walking to his 1st win. That was until a couple of late cautions reset the stage.
AJ Christian had been up front most of the night too. Could he jump passed Kohn on one of the final restarts? The question begged to be asked and Kohn had the answer.
Kohn would hold off AJ Christian to the flag. It was both an exciting and emotional win for Kohn as he was interviewed on the front straightaway. In just his 2nd full season of racing he located victory lane.
AJ Christian has been close in 2011, just not close enough to pull down a win. Saturday night was the same old routine again, finish in the top 5. Christian did just that picking up the 2nd place finish. Daniel Canady, Jimmy Millard and Sandy Okruhlik rounded out the top 5.
Modifieds were the last class to take to the track for their feature event on Saturday. Cody Agler rolled to his 1st win of the 2011 season.
Agler, the youngster from Emporia, is coming off his 3rd full season of racing. Last year in his sophomore season he picked up multiple wins at HPT.Com Speedway. It took him 4 races to get his 1st win of 2011, but don't expect it to be his last.
The green flag dropped on the A Main, it was Agler who got the drop and took off with the lead.
Last week it was Agler trying to run down Darron Fuqua and this week the rest of the Modified competitors were looking to run Agler down.
They didn't get the job done. Agler kept his poise and composure and drove on to an easy victory.
Steven Bowers Jr. started in the 22nd spot on the starting grid. Earlier in the night he was having some issues, but it appears that his crew is top notch. They got Bowers fixed and out on the race track. Just past the halfway point, Bowers began to catch fire.
Working the line that nobody wanted to run. It was about as high as you could get on the track without knocking the wall down. Bowers, in the end, would roll past 20 cars on his way to finishing 2nd in the A main.
Third place went to a hard charging Shad Badder, 4th was Justin Folk and the 5th position went to Allen Henrey.
Next week the BriggsAuto.Com Super Saturday Showdown returns to HPT.Com Speedway. Gates will open up at 5:30, hot laps are scheduled for 6:15 and the races go green at 7:00 p.m.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults, children are $5, seniors are $8 and for military personnel with their i.d.'s will get in for FREE!
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B Modified B Main #1
Brandon Jones DNS
Brent Fielder DNS
Tim Thompson DNS
B Mod B Main #2
Gus Harrison DNS
Jeremy Lile DNS
B Mod A Feature
Factory Stock A Feature
Jim Powell Jr.
Frank Jaynes DNS
Dominic Thyfault DNS
Henry Mabe DNS
Modified B Feature
Steven Bowers Jr.
Nic Bidinger DNS
Buddy Thompson DNS
Mod A Feature
Steven Bowers Jr.
Jake Richards DNS
Justin Johnson DQ
Pure Stock A Feature
Steve Stewart DNF
Darren Davenport DNS
Dave McLaughlin DNF
Tanner Allensworth DNF