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Herrick Rebounds to Take Factory Stock Win at HPT

Herrick Rebounds to Take Factory Stock Win at HPT 

August 19, 2012 

By: Larry Lowrey

Topeka, KS – Fans enjoyed another great evening at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway 
at Heartland Park Topeka. A total of 95 cars checked in to battle it out 
for the 17th race of the season. The weather was wonderful and the racing 
was just as exciting as it has been all season long. 

Steve Herrick has participated in a wild experience over the last month. 

Herrick has had a tough time this season. You wouldn’t think that by 
seeing that he had 1 victory coming into Saturday night’s races and he was 
also sitting 3rd in the points. Four weeks ago he would get a fine and 
suspension by track officials at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. He quietly did 
his time and came back one week ago. It seems the time off might have 
helped this driver. Herrick notched his 2nd win of the season last night 
in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock divsion. 

It wouldn’t be an easy win for Herrick. He had to wrestle the lead away 
from Matt Field on a restart. Several yellow flags hampered the flow of 
this main event. A couple of more yellows would come out during the 
feature while Herrick was in the lead. It would not matter to Herrick. 
Herrick put his foot down and drove away from the competition on both 
restarts. He would roll easily into victory lane. 

In victory lane Herrick thanked his sponsors and fans for hanging with him 
over the season as he received a thunderous applause from the crowd. 

Zach Henery made the big move of the night going from 9th to 2nd, 3rd went 
to Eric Weyer, 4th was the points leader in the division, Terry Schmidt 
and rounding out the top 5 would be Matt Field. 

In the Washburn Tech Modified division Kerry Davis scored his 3rd victory 
of the season. 

Starting on the pole position Davis made it look easy in the A Main as he 
wired the field from flag to flag. 

The feature got off to a rough start as several yellows flew inside the 
first 5 laps of the race. Once the race got going the drivers put on 
another great show for the fans. 

Davis started out with a 2nd place finish in the 3rd heat race of the 
night, but with a lucky child in the stands pulling out the number 4 ball 
from the bucket Davis would start on the pole position with the first four 
rows being inverted for the feature. 

At the start of the race Davis showed that he had the car to beat as he 
took to the early lead and extended his lead lap after lap. 

Justin Johnson would give Davis a challenge on a restart, but it wouldn’t 
last as Johnson would lose a piece of skirting off his car and would have 
to go to the rear of the field. Another late race yellow presented another 
battle as Jake Richards decided to make a move with only 5 laps remaining. 
As Richards and Davis came out of turn 4 with 3 to go, Richards would pull 
alongside the leader. The fans rose to their feet in anticipation of a 
tight finish. 

The tight finish would not happen as Richards would slip in the 1st turn 
on the white flag lap. It gave Davis the chance to sprint away from 
Richards and notch win #3 on the season. 

Richards held on for 2nd, Steven Bowers Jr. kept his streak of top 5s 
going with a 3rd place finish, Papa Smurf, Jay Bailey, went from 18th to 
4th in the main and newcomer, Tad Davis rounded out the top 5. 

Mike Higley might have 5 wins to his credit in the White Line CDL Training 
B Mod division, but the Isaac brothers, Ethan and Lucas, have 5 wins 
combined and they are currently 1 and 2 in the point standings. Ethan, the 
points leader, drove to his 2nd win of the season on Saturday night and 
padded his position at the top of the standings. 

It was just a few weeks ago when Brian Murphy and Ethan Isaacs put on an 
exhibition of excellence in the feature. Fans were wondering if it was 
going to happen again as the two were paired up on the front row of the 
main event. The front two would go side by side for a few laps, until 
Isaacs drove to the top spot and would not look back on the way to winning 
feature #2. 

In just his 1st full season of competition at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway 
Ethan is enjoying a solid run. A run that could land him the 2012 track 
championship, if things continue on this current path. If it wasn’t for a 
slow start to 2012, fans could have been witnessing a sibling battle for 
the points championship, but Lucas said that it took him a little to get 
things sorted out before running strong in the 2nd half of the season. 

The feature event almost went without incident. A yellow flag just before 
the halfway point put an end to the notion of the perfect feature. 

Murphy, who has rebounded lately, drove to the runner-up spot, 3rd went to 
Higley, 4th was Terry Bivins and Bryan Rigsby finished in the 5 spot of 
the main event. 

It was the same story from a week ago in the Casey’s General Store Pure 
Stock main event. 

Randal Schiffelbein Jr. starts in or around the 3rd row, drives to the 
front and takes the lead and speeds off to win #9. It didn’t happen that 
easily. 

It was Darren Davenport, winner of 2 features in 2012, getting out to the 
early lead. Davenport sped out to the lead and clicked off some smooth 
laps that kept him at the front of the field. 

Jesse Shotts and Schiffelbein continued to wage their personal war against 
one another behind Davenport. The two drivers would close in on the 
leader, but would swap some paint as they looked to one up the other. As 
the laps clicked off Davenport maintained the lead and Shotts and 
Schiffelbein maintained their battle. 

After a couple of restarts, Schiffelbein would make his move on the leader 
Davenport. The two would go side by side around the speedway with Shotts 
also sneaking in there making it 3 wide for the top 3 spots. Davenport 
would get the best of this short challenge as he would retake the lead. 

During a late race restart, the battle of the two winning-est drivers in 
the division continued, this time as Shotts & Schiffelbein would make 
contact and Shotts would get the short end of the stick as he had to be 
towed from the racing surface. This allowed Schiffelbein to focus on 
Davenport. 

When the race went green again, the two front runners went side by side 
once again. This time it would be a reversal of fortune as Schiffelbein 
would take the lead from Davenport and drive off to win #9 on the season. 

Davenport finished in 2nd, 3rd went to AJ Christian, Tyler Hinrichs raced 
his way to a 4th place finish and rookie, Byron Glotzbach, celebrated 
another top5 finish in 5th. 

The drivers of the Super Saturday Showdown Series get a break next week as 
the ‘Thunder in The Heartland’ NHRA Div 5 Drag Race takes over at 
Heartland Park Topeka. The next scheduled race at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway 
will be on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. 

Pure Stock – Feature 
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown 
6 1 11JR Randal Schiffelbein Jr Tecumseh, KS 
1 2 85 Darren Davenport Tecumseh, KS 
2 3 355 AJ Christian Topeka, KS 
3 4 25 Tyler Hinrichs Americus, KS 
9 5 59 Byron Glotzbach Topeka, KS 
12 6 40G Lafe Garst Topeka, KS 
16 7 53T Tyler Garst Topeka, KS 
5 8 19 David McDonald Topeka, KS 
18 9 8JR David McLaughlin Jr Topeka, KS 
17 10 4J Terry Henkensiefken Topeka, KS 
13 11 47 Weston Barton Carbondale, KS 
4 12 97 Jesse Shotts Topeka, KS 
7 13 17 Randy Kohn Topeka, KS 
8 14 18 Dylan McDonald Topeka, KS 
19 15 74C Colton Miller Topeka, KS 
11 16 66 David Ginter Topeka, KS 
14 17 391 Jim Christian Topeka, KS 
10 18 83 Alan Mattox Tecumseh, KS 
15 19 5X Barry Richardson Topeka, KS 

Modified – Feature 
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown 
1 1 68 Kerry Davis Parkville, MO 
6 2 5J Jake Richards Edwardville, KS 
5 3 77 Steven Bowers Jr Topeka, KS 
18 4 04 Jay Bailey Lyndon, KS 
7 5 75 Tad Davis Mt. Hope, KS 
10 6 69 Ryan Phillips Osage City, KS 
8 7 30 Dalton Kirk Edgerton, KS 
4 8 97J Josh Henery Overbrook, KS 
14 9 87 Darron Fuqua Topeka, KS 
16 10 2X Grant Junghans Manhattan, KS 
23 11 77A Cody Agler Emporia, KS 
12 12 1 Lyle Shepard Manhattan, KS 
13 13 32 Todd Wichman St Marys, KS 
11 14 44 Jared Rogers Berryton , KS 
24 15 96 Danny Barker Kansas City, KS 
17 16 52 Clifford Shepard Ogden, KS 
20 17 3 Lewis Jackson Wellsville, KS 
9 18 7J Justin Johnson Gardner, KS 
19 19 66T Tyler Schmidt Easton, KS 
2 20 21J Josh Everhart Burlingame, KS 
21 21 14B Darren Bennett Tonganoxie, KS 
22 22 22 Bill Robison Topeka, KS 
3 23 51 Robert Shepard Odgen, KS 
15 24 11H Jim Hernandez Jr Topeka, KS DNS 

Factory Stock – Feature 
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown 
3 1 5K Steve Herrick Topeka, KS 
9 2 97Z Zachary Henery Topeka, KS 
1 3 15 Eric Weyer Centralia, KS 
5 4 B1 Terry Schmidt Nortonville, KS 
2 5 68 Matt Field Topeka, KS 
8 6 07 Frank Jaynes Bulingame, KS 
12 7 12S Dustin Sievers McFarland, KS 
4 8 28 Leif Weyer Centralia, KS 
16 9 60K James King Americus, KS 
10 10 11 Steve Oliver Topeka, KS 
13 11 60 Ron Ohrenbers Lawson, MO 
14 12 5H Ronnie Moore Overbrook, KS 
18 13 333 Alfred Benson Jr Topeka, KS 
17 14 111 Abdul Chatoo Eudora, KS 
19 15 2 Ken Garcia Kansas City , KS 
11 16 24 Tyson Young Americus, KS 
7 17 7 Carl Boyette Ozawkie, KS 
15 18 92 Ken Fleury Jr Manhatan, KS DQ 
6 19 1N1 Bob Troutwine Topeka, KS DNS 

B-Mod – Feature 
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown 
2 1 66 Ethan Isaacs Bonner Springs, KS 
1 2 1M Brian Murphy Topeka, KS 
6 3 11 Mike Higley Tecumseh, KS 
4 4 53 Terry Bivins Lebo, KS 
5 5 12 Bryan Rigsby Topeka, KS 
10 6 22G Steve Goodman Meriden, KS 
8 7 17 Jeremy Chambers Parsons, KS 
12 8 72 David Samuels Tecumseh, KS 
9 9 00 Marty Grist Topeka, KS 
17 10 16 Bobby Penney Excelsior Springs, MO 
20 11 14T Anthony Tanner Topeka, KS 
3 12 21F Jack Frost Topeka, KS 
14 13 45 Dustin Thulin Topeka, KS 
7 14 11C Bryan Hey Wellsville, KS 
15 15 7M Heath Murry Tonganoxie, KS 
21 16 6 Lucas Isaacs Bonner Springs, KS 
18 17 C4 Curtis Dreasher Hoyt, KS 
11 18 X1 Tracy Schaefer Topeka, KS 
16 19 33J Jason Billups Holt, MO 
23 20 1* Derek Huffman Topeka, KS 
24 21 9S Devin Stock Topeka, KS 
22 22 09X Rick Dreasher Hoyt, KS 
19 23 68R Donny Guilbault Topeka, KS 
13 24 4D Jake Richards Edwardville, KS