CORNING — Saturday night at the Adams County Speedway saw 10 total features hit the track in front of a packed grandstands thanks to “Salute to Farming Night” presented by Enogen.
Saturday night’s show also featured the 2019 debut of CHI-Health E-Powered Series. The future racers of ACS went wheel-to-whell on the front stretch during intermission.
The first set of features were makeups, originally slated to run last week. 95 total cars were in attendance for Saturday night’s double feature show.
Action began on Saturday night in the Chat Mobility Hobby Stocks. The first feature was a caution filled race that saw Glenwood native Brent Lowe go for a wild ride, rolling his car multiple times in turn three. Lowe walked away from his car unscathed. While that was happening three-time defending champion Luke Ramsey quickly worked his way to the front and eventually took the race lead. Ramsey then pulled away from the field to capture his second win of the season. Chris Bates finished in the runner-up position, David Weeda finished third, Tom Myers fourth and Jerid Lund fifth.
In the second Hobby Stock feature, Myers wasted little time jumping to the front. Myers was then forced to hold off hard charges from Ramsey and Pat Shifflett. A restart in the waning laps gave Ramsey and Shifflett another opportunity, but neither driver could get to Myers, allowing the Glenwood native to capture his second victory in as many weeks. Ramsey, Shifflett, Lund and Todd Bass completed the top five.
Bryce Allen proved that his first career victory in the O’Reilly Auto Parts B-Modifieds was no fluke by picking up his second career victory. Allen started fourth but quickly assumed the race lead. Allen then had to hold off hard charges from competitors and friends Josh Sink and Jerod Weston. A restart with less than five laps to go gave Sink and Weston another shot but Allen calmly hit his marks to pick up his first win of the season and second of his career. Sink held off Weston for second, Shawn Kralik settled for fourth and Jeremy Purdy finished fifth.
In the second B-Mod feature, it appeared as if Corning’s Tyler Fudge was going to capture his first career win. Fudge battled fiercely with Weston and Kralik, but continued to hit his marks. However, the three drivers made contact on the front-stretch in the closing laps. Fudge and Kralik got the worst of the accident while Weston was able to continue and assumed the lead. Weston had to hold off a hard charge from Sink, but was able to pick up his third win of 2019 in just five starts. Sink was second, Allen third, Kyle Tanner fourth and Mike Leal fifth.
Villisca native Tyler Hoover pulled the sweep in the Brandon Towing & Recovery Compacts Saturday night, but it wasn’t easy. In the first feature Hoover was forced to pluck the win away from his cousin Zander Steiner, but he did so to pick up his third win of the season. Bryan Vannausdle, Andrew Akers, John Berg and Bobby Key rounded out the top five in the first feature.
Hoover quickly marched to the lead in the second feature following a first-lap accident that collected Steiner, Bruce Cross and Dustin Grout among others. Hoover then sailed to victory clinching his fourth win of the season by nearly a straight-away. Colton Garside took home second, Key was third, Akers fourth and Ryan Brown fifth.
Admission might have been free on Saturday night, but that did not stop the Northland Oil Stock Cars from putting on a priceless show in their first feature. Steve Churchill led the early phase of the race but he was soon overpowered by Buck Schafroth and Luke Ramsey. Ramsey and Schafroth battled ferociously for the lead with Schafroth coming up short on multiple tries. A bobble by Schafroth in turn one of the final lap appeared to be the dagger, but Schafroth regained his composure and edged Ramsey at the line in what had to be one of the closest finishes in ACS history. Brad Derry, Todd Vaneaton and Tony Hardisty rounded out the top five.
Jason Rold quickly jumped to the front of the second feature and began to put some distance on the field, however Schafroth and Vaneaton then began to reel Rold in. Their efforts were aided by a caution that put the duo on Rold’s rear bumper with a handful of laps remaining, but Rold hit his marks on the restart and picked up his first win of 2019. Schafroth finished second, Vaneaton third, Jonathan Kinser fourth and Hardisty fifth.
Last week the Poet Bio-Refining Modifieds put on a show for the ages. That was hard to top, but they certainly tried on Saturday night. Justin Zeitner and Jesse Dennis quickly rallied from their respective sixth and eighth place starting positions. Zeitner took the lead and appeared to be on his third win of the season, but Dennis smoothly and calmly reeled Zeitner in and eventually passed him to take the win. Nick Roberts finished third, Randy Foote fourth and Brad Bergren fifth.
Josh Most started on the front row of the second feature and cruised to victory in a race that consisted of zero cautions. Josh Cooper posted a season best runner-up finish, Zeitner was third, Dennis fourth and Jerod Weston fifth.
Action will resume at ACS next Saturday with more weekly series action. The annual kids bicycle races will also make their 2019 appearance during intermission. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps will begin at 6:30 p.m. and racing will start at 7 p.m.