Bowers Earns First Victory In Final Race Of 2012
Bowers Earns First Victory In Final Race of 2012
October 1, 2012
By: Larry Lowrey
Topeka, KS – It was a special Sunday night of racing at BriggsAuto.Com
Speedway. The night was full of exciting racing and it was also a chance
to honor the 2012 track champions one final time as the 2012 season came
to a close.
A total of 95 cars checked in to race on Sunday night. When it was all
said and done, one driver, Steven Bowers Jr., finally felt like a 900 lb.
gorilla was lifted from his back.
In the Washburn Tech Modified division heading into Sunday night’s race
there had been a total of 11 different drivers that had made it to victory
lane. Of those 11 drivers, Bowers was not one of the 11. It was a
beginning to bother the driver from Topeka. Over the past few years he had
won races and championships at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. It was an oddity
to not see Bowers in victory lane in 2012.
Jake Richards jumped out to the early lead in the main event. Richards was
looking for his 2nd win on the night, earlier he had won the B Mod Feature
and now he was trying to become the first racer to win two features in the
same night. It would be a tough task.
As the race wore on Richards began to feel the pressure from Bowers and
Tyler Schmidt, the winner from Saturday night.
It wouldn’t take long as both drivers went around Richards. Bowers took
the lead on the outside and Schmidt followed right behind him.
Bowers was a man possessed on Sunday night and he would not be denied the
race win. He gave his fans a wild burn out at the end of the night and
celebrated with a passion as he won his 1st feature of 2012!
Schmidt would finish in the runner-up spot, 3rd would go to Jake Richards,
Kyle Covert had his best finish of the season in 4th and Grant Junghans
would round out the top 5.
The Casey’s General Store Pure Stock feature kicked off the main event
racing for the night.
Donnie Dever raced his way to the early lead. The driver from Baldwin was
looking to become the 6th different winner in the division.
Tyler Garst, on the other hand, was working his way through the field as
he started in the 5th row. Garst would find his way to the front rather
quickly. In just a few laps he found himself battling Byron Glotzbach for
the 2nd spot on the speedway.
Devers continued to hold the lead. The final laps were coming up and now
four cars had made there play for the top spot. Devers, Garst, Glotzbach
and the winner from the previous night, Jesse Shotts, were all ready to
battle to the finish.
As the leaders came to the white flag it was Devers with a slim lead over
Garst. The two would race side by side as they headed into the final turn.
Garst, just like he has done many times in 2012, made his move at the
final moment. Coming out of turn 4 he grabbed the lead on the high side
and drove to his 4th win of the season. It was the only lap Garst would
lead on the night and it was the most important lap.
Devers finished in 2nd, Shotts would come in 3rd, 4th went to Glotzbach
and rounding out the top 5 was Scott Garst.
During the last month Jake Richards has figured out his White Line CDL
Training B Mod. He took over driving duties for his father a couple of
months ago. For whatever reason it may be it took him just a little time
to figure it out. Since he figured out just how to manipulate his new
ride, Richards has become a bear!
Friday night he grabbed his first win at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway and he
was looking to do it again Sunday night. His odds were good as would start
the feature in the 2nd row.
The early surprise of the night was Randal Schiffelbein Jr. Schiffelbein,
the 2012 Pure Stock Track Champion, had debuted his new b mod a few weeks
back and here was on the final night leading the feature. He would hold on
to the lead until the first yellow of the night. On the restart Richards
took control of the feature event for the 2nd straight night.
It wasn’t a cake walk for Richards as Ethan Isaacs, the 2012 Track
Champion, would push him all the way to the checkered flag. Unfortunately
for Isaacs, he couldn’t mount the attack that would put him in front of
Richards. For the 2nd straight night Richards would end his night in
Isaacs finished in the runner-up spot, Dustin Thulin finished in the 3rd
position, RJ Edwards had his best finish of the season in 4th and Lucas
Isaacs rounded out the top 5.
Fans were primed and ready to watch the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory
Stock Feature event. Saturday night’s race packed so much excitement that
the fans new that Sunday should be just as good.
Travis Tenpenny won the action packed feature on Saturday night. It was
just his 2nd race of the year at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway and Sunday night
he was looking to take home the win again. Somebody should have told Zach
Henery has won the most features of any driver, in any division over the
past 2 seasons. Sunday night he showed the fans just why he owns that
stat, he’s a great racer.
Henery got the jump on the field as the green flag waved to start the
feature. He knew that there were some good cars behind him and he needed
to get out of the gate quickly. He would feel the pressure several times
for Tenpenny and Terry Schmidt, the 2012 Track Champion, but it would not
In the late portion of the feature the 3 racers would go 3 wide at one
point. Being the final night of the season drivers had nothing to lose by
letting it all hang out. One driver was quoted as saying it’s either
“Checkers or Wreckers” tonight. Nobody would need a wrecker in the final
laps, but there was a wild incident with a lapped car getting in the way
of the leaders on the last lap.
As they sprinted to the checkered flag it was Henery taking the win. It
was his 6th win of the 2012 season and it was his 22nd win in just two
Schmidt finished in the 2nd position, Tenpenny would hold on for 3rd, 4th
went to Clint Hedge and finishing 5th was Marvin Griffith Jr.
BriggsAuto.Com Speedway capped the night off by honoring their champion
drivers in all their divisions at the end of the night. Darron Fuqua,
Washburn Tech Modified Champion, Terry Schmidt, Super 8 at Forbes Landing
Factory Stock Champion, Ethan Isaacs, White Line CDL Training B Mod
Champion and Randal Schiffelbein Jr., Casey’s General Store Pure Stock
Champion, were ushered around the speedway in the back of a pickup truck
as they waved a checkered flag to the fans that stayed for the duration.
The double header was a great ending to an awesome year at BriggsAuto.Com
BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Feature Results
1. Steven Bowers Jr. 77
2. Tyler Schmidt 66T
3. Jake Richards 5J
4. Kyle Covert 7d7
5. Grant Junghans 2x
6. Robert Shepard 51
7. Tom Grist 05
8. Josh Everhart 21J
9. Ryan Phillips 69
10. Trevor Hunt 99H
11. Mike Eisenhut 2
12. Dalton Kirk 30
13. Lucas Conely 17
14. Aaron Marrant 34A
15. Cody Agler 77A
16. Jimmy Hernandez 11H
17. Cliff Shepard 52
18. Darron Fuqua 87
19. Kerry Davis 68
20. Luke Driskell 39
21. Dustin Johnson 18J
22. Josh Henery 97J
23. Kevin Hoeme 44
24. Austin Siebert 16
Factory Stock Feature
1. Zach Henery 97z
2. Terry Schmidt b#1
3. Travis Tenpenny 128
4. Clint Hedge 05
5. Marvin Griffith Jr. 75M
6. Eric Weyer c15
7. Greg Deters 29
8. Steve Herrick 5k
9. Tyson Young 24
10. Ronnie Moore 5h
11. Frank Jaynes 07
12. John Boyce 57
13. Ken Garcia 2
14. Steve Oliver 11
15. James King 60
16. Jeremy Bennett 33x
17. Bob Troutwine 1n1
18. Abdul Chatoo 111
B Mod Feature
1. Jake Richards 4D
2. Ethan Isaacs 66
3. Dustin Thulin 45
4. RJ Edwards 14E
5. Lucas Isaacs 6
6. Bryan Hey 11c
7. Gary Holthaus 50
8. Tracy Schaefer x1
9. Mike Eisenhut 2
10. Seth Schroer 15
11. Jack Frost 21
12. Devin Stock 9s
13. Jeff Davis 4j
14. John Grist 58
15. Rich Boyden 4U
16. Ricky Tanner 54
17. Randal Schiffelbein Jr. 11jr
18. Chase Austin 111x
19. David Samuels 19
20. Heath Murry 7m
21. Chad Wunder 15
22. Curtis Dreasher C4 DNS
23. Rick Dreasher 09x DNS
24. Gus Harrison 28H DNS
Pure Stock Feature
1. Tyler Garst 53t
2. Donnie Devers 81
3. Jesse Shotts 97
4. Byron Glotzbach 59
5. Scott Garst 153
6. AJ Christian 355
7. Terry Henkensiefken 4jenna
8. David McDonald 19
9. Randy Kohn 17
10. Darren Davenport 85
11. Scott Garcia 90
12. Lafe Garst 40G
13. Steve Stewart 5
14. Ron Kohn 07
15. Dylan McDonald 18
16. Colton Miller 74c
17. Jim Christian 391
18. Alan Mattox 83
19. Steve Ray 8R
20. Dennis Millard 01 DNS