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Rain can’t stop races at 201

SITKA — For the third week in a row, rain was all over the area but somehow couldn’t find the race track at 201 Speedway Saturday night.

With nearly every track from Ohio to Prestonsburg deciding to cancel, 201 again hosted one of the largest car counts in every division, including over 28 late models arriving to challenge the red clay oval of 201. After a brief shower delayed the action for only an hour or so, fans began filing into the track by the carloads.

Fast qualifier Glen Patton brought a field of 15 cars to the line for the super bomber feature, with Olive Hill’s Eric Stegall winning the race in his Hick’s Auto-sponsored #24. Chasing Stegall to the checkers was the #33 of Corey McKenzie, Brian Sammon’s #B5, Beadie Blackburn’s #74, the #15 of Brian Pennington and the #00 of Mike Osborne.

Saturday night saw the largest number of late models on the red clay of 201 as 28 drivers from as far away as West Virginia and Ohio made a visit to the track. Jackie Boggs of Grayson took the race in his Miller Brother’s Coal and “McDonald’s of Flemingsburg, Maysville, and Georgetown, Ohio-sponsored #4B. Points leader David Powers of Salyersville finished a strong second ahead of Allen’s Chuckie May, who fought back from a third-lap spin to finish ahead of Willard’s Terry Hicks, Mike Osborne and the #47 of Chris Combs, who finished sixth in a limited late model.

Prestonsburg’s Clint Shutts won the open wheel modified feature in his Chapman Printing- and Ratliff Body Shop-sponsored 2001 Lightning chassis powered by an L & T motor. The #55 of Williamson’s Darren Muncy was second ahead of Jason Ball, who managed to limp his wounded machine across the line third ahead of the #28 of Walt Mayabb and Kevin Mayabb.

Auxier’s Scott Lemaster collected his fourth bomber feature win in the Greg Gibson Motorsports-powered 1978 Nova sponsored by Parkway Chevron Video Plus and Tom’s Pizza of West Liberty. John Fairchild raced to a solid runner-up finish ahead of Salyersville’s Steve Howard, Wes Blair, and Lucasville, Ohio’s George Meade. Lemaster also collected a track mat courtesy of Howard’s performance of Salyersville for the feature win.

Rick Baler and Ryan Risner battled from the drop of the green flag in Saturday night’s road hog feature until Risner took the lead on the final lap and held on for his third win of the season in his Red Fusion-sponsored #R7. Baker was second ahead of George Meade’s #8 and the #B4U of Wes Bailey of West Liberty.

Jason Hall turned back all challengers in the four-cylinder feature to take the win in his Hoffsess Trucking-sponsored #911, finishing ahead of Marty Hall, Jacob Ross, the #99 of James Mosley and Inez’ s Mark Jude.


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