By Michael Despain – Junction City, KY (November 5, 2016)- Ponderosa Speedway would conclude its twinbill weekend of racing action on Saturday evening with 135 total race cars and conclude the 2016 race season with the 26th Annual Fall Classic presented by Caton Industrial Painting sanctioned by the Southern Nationals Bonus Series and Eric Wells of Hazard, KY would pick up his second career win in the event and garner the $10,000 payday. Other feature winners included in Victor Lee of Danville, KY in Modifieds, Zack Dohm of Cross Lanes, WV in Pro Late Models, James Crowe of West Liberty, KY in American Dirt Allstars KDRA Super Stock 2nd Annual Bobby Carrier, Sr. Memorial, John Mayer, Jr. of Edinburgh, IN in Stock Four Cylinders, and Dylan Rutherford of Corbin, KY in Mini-Cup/Cyclones.
Eric Wells would take the lead at the start of the 50 lap, $10,000 to win Southern Nationals Bonus Series sanctioned 26th Annual Fall Classic presented by Caton Industrial Painting, with Dave Hess, Jr. and Jason Welshan giving chase. Welshan would go second on lap 6 and give chase to Wells, who began working slower traffic on lap 9. Wells would weave his way in and out of heavy traffic and maintain a comfortable margin and would get clear race track when the caution waved on lap 19 for a slowed Justin Rattliff in turn two. Back underway, Wells would again set a torrid pace out front, while Welshan would now get pressure from Kent Robinson and Steve Francis for the second position. While Wells again pulled away from the field, Robinson and Francis would duel for third until the caution waved again on lap 31 when Chris Ferguson’s mount would slow on the backchute. This restart would see Robinson motor around Welshan for the runner-up position and close slightly on Wells for the lead, but Wells would turn the wick up on his machine when he started working slower traffic on lap 41. Wells would begin to drive off from Robinson until one final caution waved on lap 46 for a stopped Jason Jamison in turn two. The final restart would see Wells again shoot away from the competition and see the checkered flag first in the David Wells owned Wells Motorsports/Convenient Lube/Penske Shocks sponsored #18 Longhorn Chassis powered by a Cornett Race Engine. Robinson and Welshan would settle for the remaining podium finishing positions, while Donald McIntosh and Steve Francis completed the top five. The remainder of the top ten would be led by 18th starting Ray Cook, followed by Jackie Boggs, Chris Carpenter, Billy Moyer, Jr., and Tim Dohm. Wells would also be top qualifier among 37 entries at 13.346 seconds and win his heat, while Welshan, Hess, Jr., and Boggs were also heat race winners. Michael Chilton and Cook were B-Main winners, while provisional starting positions went to Doug Smith (series), Billy Ogle, Jr. (series), and Rattliff (track).
Victor Lee would make it a weekend sweep as he would lead all 25 laps in scoring his second Modified feature victory of the weekend behind the wheel of the Kerry Trowbridge owned Tri County Auto and Oil/Automotive Specialists/Dexter’s Gun and Ammo/Brunner and Son Lawn Maintenance sponsored #16 MBR Race Car with a Pro Power Race Engine. Shon Flanary would finish second, while Blake Brown would hold off the challenges of Ken Schrader for third, with Jimmy Lennox, Jr. completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten feature finishers were Paul Niznik, Jamie Mosley, Jeff Hamby, Troy Clark, and Keith Smith. Lee would also be top qualifier among 30 entries at 15.084 seconds and win a heat, while Trent Young and Dustin Linville were also heat winners. Billy Vaughn would capture the B-Main.
Zack Dohm would absolutely dominate the field in the Pro Late Model 25 lap feature contest to score his second win of the weekend in the A-1 Auto Group/Dohm’s Cycles/Axis Custom Decals sponsored #A-1 Swartz Race Car. Victor Lee would drive to a runner-up finish, with Philip Thompson capturing third position. The remainder of the top five would be Grant Garrison and Remington Gill. The second five finishers at the finish were Todd Coffman, Josh Fields, Shelby Miles, Chris Barton, and Ross White. Twenty-seven entries would see Dohm as top qualifier at 13.751 seconds and score a heat win, with Thompson and Lee scoring heat wins as well. Dylan Norman would win the B-Main.
The American Dirt Allstars KDRA Super Stock would see Eddie Stewart lead the opening eight circuits of the 2nd Annual Bobby Carrier, Sr. before he would suffered a right flat rear tire and would turn the lead over to James Crowe. Crowe would survive a rash of caution flag to score the $1,200 victory in the contest in his Tim Short Chrysler/C&C Tire and Repair sponsored #360c Adams Chassis machine. Jeremie Bretz would finish a close second, while Faron Robinson, Glen Hounshell, Jr., and Edwin Bentley finished third through fifth position. Completing the top ten were Stewart, Jeremy Creech, Johnny King, Robby Perkins, and Dylan Stevens. Eddie Stewart was top qualifier among 19 entries at 15.812 seconds and win a heat, with Bretz bagging the other heat win.
The Stock Four Cylinder feature contest would see John Mayer, Jr. take the lead on lap 3 would never be seriously challenged for the remainder of the event in the Drainmasters/Supreme Customs/Core Concept sponsored #10B entry. Greg Hensley would wage battle for second for most of the contest, with Hensley claiming the second position, while Shane Irvin would settle for third. Steve Sallee and Keith Anderson completed the top five finishers, while Ashley Logan, Jeremy Cantrell, Andrew Parson, Wayne Helton, and Dawn Quiggins. Nineteen entries would see Dylan Stevens and Mayer, Jr. heat event winners.
Dylan Rutherford would win the Mini-Cup/Cyclone over Blake Brown and Craig Robertson in the seat of the Deborah Rutherford owned Dependable Auto Sales sponsored #14 MMI Race Car.
SUMMARY-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-November 5, 2016
Southern Nationals Bonus Series Super Late Models (37 entries) Top Qualifier- Eric Wells 13.346
1st Heat (top 4 transfer)- Eric Wells, Kent Robinson, Jason Jameson, Chris Carpenter, Michael Chilton, Billy Ogle, Jr., Dustin Linville, Tommy Bailey, Steve Smith, Jeff Rawlings
2nd Heat (top 4 transfer)- Jason Welshan, Donald McIntosh, Billy Moyer, Jr., Chad Stapleton, Ryan King, Brandon Kinzer, Brent Larson, Brian Smith, Scott Crigler
3rd Heat (top 4 transfer)- Dave Hess, Jr., Corey Conley, Steve Francis, Tyler Carpenter, Jeremy Berwagner, Levi Ashby, Justin Rattliff, Connor Meade, Steve Stollings
4th Heat (top 4 transfer)- Jackie Boggs, Chris Ferguson, Tim Dohm, James Rice, Ray Cook, Rusty Schlenk, Doug Smith, Steve Elliott, Keith Smith
B-Main #1 (top 2 transfer)- Michael Chilton, Ryan King, Dustin Linville, Brandon Kinzer, Brent Larson, Billy Ogle, Jr., Steve Smith, Tommy Bailey, Scott Crigler, Brian Smith, Jeff Rawlings
B-Main #2 (top 2 transfer)- Ray Cook, Jeremy Berwanger, Levi Ashby, Justin Rattliff, Rusty Schlenk, Connor Meade, Steve Stollings, Doug Smith, Keith Smith
Provisionals- Doug Smith (series), Billy Ogle, Jr. (series), Justin Rattliff (track)
26th Annual Fall Classic presented by Caton Industrial Painting– Eric Wells, Kent Robinson, Jason Welshan, Donald McIntosh, Steve Francis, Ray Cook, Jackie Boggs, Chris Carpenter, Billy Moyer, Jr., Tim Dohm, Chad Stapleton, Corey Conley, Dave Hess, Jr., Michael Chilton, Tyler Carpenter, James Rice, Billy Ogle, Jr., Jeremy Berwanger, Ryan King, Doug Smith, Jason Jameson, Chris Ferguson, Justin Rattliff
Modifieds (30 entries)
Top Qualifier- Victor Lee 15.084
1st Heat (top 5 transfer)- Victor Lee, Ken Schrader, Blake Brown, David Webb, Keith Smith, Billy Vaughn, Kelly Riggs, Chris Kirk, Henry Lawson (DNS- John Jackson) 2nd Heat- Trent Young, Shon Flanary, Paul Niznik, Jimmy Lennox, Jr., Cody Smith, Dave Mitchell, Kevin Hart, Troy Clark, Matt Tiller, Cecil West 3rd Heat (top 5 transfer)- Dustin Linville, Jeff Hamby, Jamie Mosley, Tim Patrick, Jeff Watson, Mike Pratt, Shawn Hibbard, P.J. Simpson, Peyton Harlow, Ervin Vance B-Main (top 5 transfer)- Billy Vaughn, Dave Mitchell, Mike Pratt, Kelly Riggs, Troy Clark, John Jackson, Ervin Vance, Cecil West, Kevin Hall, Shawn Hibbard
Feature- Victor Lee, Shon Flanary, Blake Brown, Ken Schrader, Jimmy Lennox, Jr., Paul Niznik, Jamie Mosley, Jeff Hamby, Troy Clark, Keith Smith, Kelly Riggs, Mike Pratt, David Webb, Cody Smith, Dave Mitchell, Trent Young, Billy Vaughn, Dustin Linville, Tim Patrick, Jeff Watson
Pro Late Models (27 entries)
Top Qualifier- Zack Dohm 13.751
1st Heat (top 5 transfer)- Zack Dohm, Ross White, Josh Fields, Jeff Watson, Shelby Miles, Jeremy Strunk, D.J. Shannon, Clayton Turner, Austin Taylor 2nd Heat (top 5 transfer)- Philip Thompson, Grant Garrison, Todd Coffman, Zach Shannon, Jake Herny, Dylan Norman, Brandon Williams, Derek Bottoms, Timmy Taylor 3rd Heat (top 5 transfer)- Victor Lee, Remington Gill, Chris Barton, Connor Meade, Dion Benningfield, Cody Smith, Tom Collini, Michael Daugherty, Jerry Gibson B-Main (top 5 transer)- Dylan Norman, Tom Collini, D.J. Shannon, Derek Bottoms, Michael Daugherty, Timmy Taylor (provisional), Clayton Turner, Brandon Williams, Austin Taylor
Feature- Zack Dohm, Victor Lee, Philip Thompson, Grant Garrison, Remington Gill, Todd Coffman, Josh Fields, Sheby Miles, Chris Barton, Ross White, Connor Meade, Jeff Watson, Jake Henry, Dion Benningfield, Dylan Norman, D.J. Shannon, Timmy Taylor, Derek Bottoms, Michael Daugherty, Tom Collini, Zack Shannon
American Dirt Allstars KDRA Super Stocks (19 entries) Top Qualifier- Eddie Stewart 15.812 1st Heat- Eddie Stewart, Troy Clark, Glen Hounshell, Jr., Dylan Stevens, Thomas Preston, Buzz Williams, Edwin Bentley, Robert Stanton, Billy Hagan, Faron Robinson 2nd Heat- Jeremie Bretz, James Crowe, Robby Perkins, Allen Hackworth, Jr., Jeremy Creech, Johnny King, Jeremy Howard, Sara Patrick 2nd Annual Bobby Carrier, Sr. Memorial- James Crowe, Jeremie Bretz, Faron Robinson, Glen Hounshell, Jr., Edwin Bentley, Eddie Stewart, Jeremy Creech, Johnny King, Robby Perkins, Dylan Stevens, Troy Clark, Robert Stanton, Buzz Williams, Billy Hagan, Allen Hackworth, Jr., Jeff Lucas (DNS- Travis Preston, Jeremy Howard, Sarah Patrick)
Stock Four Cylinders (19 entries)
1st Heat- Dylan Stevens, Greg Hensley, Shane Irvin, Keith Anderson, Logan Munday, Wayne Helton, Keith Gipson, Bobby Williams, Tyler Hayes, Clint Cox 2nd Heat- John Mayer, Jr., Andrew Parson, Mike Todd, Steve Sallee, Jeremy Cantrell, Ashley Logan, Dawn Quiggins, Chris Noe (DNS- Jeff Hutchinson)
Feature- John Mayer, Jr., Greg Hensley, Shane Irvin, Steve Sallee, Keith Anderson, Ashley Logan, Jeremy Cantrell, Andrew Parson, Wayne Helton, Dawn Quiggins, Mike Todd, Logan Munday, Dylan Stevens, Keith Gipson, Chris Noe (DNS- Bobby Williams, Tyler Hayes, Jeff Hutchinson, Clint Cox)
Mini-Cup/Cyclones (3 entries)
Feature- Dylan Rutherford, Blake Brown, Craig Robertson