Wilson Scorches Williams Grove Field
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – There was no stopping Ryan Wilson in his mission to win the Friday night Williams Grove Speedway 358 Sprint Car feature.
The young driver from Maytown stormed through the field to win the 20-lap Tool Shed of America 358 Sprint Car feature.
Rich Eichelberger sprinted into the lead at the start of the 358 Sprint Car main. While Scott Fisher and T.J. Stutts fought for second position, eighth place starter Ryan Wilson moved into fourth. At the end of the fourth lap, the Cody Keller car slammed into the first turn fencing. The car bounced off the fence and flipped. Although the crash badly bent his car, Keller walked back to the pits.
On the restart, Ryan Wilson used the high line to blaze into the lead. He opened an eight-car length advantage over T.J. Stutts. With five laps remaining, Wilson’s car lost grip allowing Stutts to close within two lengths. Third place driver Pat Cannon joined the fight for the lead. The lead trio was within a few lengths of each other.
The caution flag came out on the final lap. After the restart, Wilson led the way. He won by three lengths over Stutts, Cannon, Eric Tomasek, and Mark Smith.
The 358 Late Models were competing in the Superior Homes – Palmer Automotive Topless 30. Each team removed the roof from their car. J.T. Spence, from Winchester, Virginia, started on the outside of the front row. Spence gained the lead on the opening lap. Randy Stoudt, Grant Adams, Bobby Beard, and Mike Goodwin trailed the leader. Spence quickly gained a 15-length lead over Stoudt.
On the tenth lap the Spence No. 1x drifted wide in turns three and four. Randy Stoudt pulled even heading into the first turn. Stoudt slid up the track in front of Spence to gain the lead. Stoudt led Spence, Grant Adams, Bobby Beard, Tyler Armstrong, and Gene Knaub. Armstrong and Knaub swapped the fifth position numerous times.
The handling was going away on the leader’s car. Spence made several challenges for the lead. Leader Randy Stoudt moved to the bottom lane. Using the outside groove, Spence pulled even with four laps remaining. On lap 28 Spence used the high side of turn two to regain the lead. On the final lap, Stoudt pulled even in the final turns. The lead duo raced to the finish line. J.T. Spence won his first Williams Grove Speedway feature by one length over Stoudt. Bobby Beard was third with Grant Adams in fourth and Gene Knaub finished in fifth.
Impressive rookie driver Kenny Edkins jumped into the lead at the start of the 20-lap Blazer’s Body Shop Super Sportsman feature. Edkins, in just his fifth Super Sportsman race, set a blistering pace over Cody Fairchok, Steve Fannasy and Doug Dodson. Russ Mitten, the eighth-place starter, was fifth by lap four. Mitten passed Dodson for fourth. Fairchok, Fannasy, and Mitten had an intense battle for second.
The only caution of the race came at the midway point. With the race back under green Mitten charged into second place. With five laps remaining, Mitten used the low side of turn three to pass Edkins.
Once in front Mitten left the field behind. The driver from Newville easily won his fourth feature of the year. Edkins completed his race with a second place finish. Steve Fannasy was third with Paul Miller in fourth and Doug Dodson was fifth.