Westfall Leads Atomic Race Winners
CHILLICOTHE, Ohio – Matt Westfall led the list of winners on Saturday night at Atomic Speedway by topping the modified feature.
When the green flag waved for the start of the feature Shawn Holiday kept the pressure on Westfall and Todd Robinson was also in the early mix at the front of the field. An early caution caused Rich Michael to re-start at the tail of the field, which set the stage for a clinic in how to pass a race car as not only Michael but young gun Travis Dickson both charged from the back through the field to get top five finishes.
At the finish it was Westfall, Holiday, Michael, Joe Meadows and Dickson rounding out the top five.
Chris Garnes became not only the first repeat winner of the season in the late-model division, but did it by going back-to-back. However, it did not come easy as Freddie Carpenter and Tim Dohm both kept the pressure on Garnes and each took numerous shots at the leader. While this was going on Wayne Chinn was on a kamikaze run toward the front until mechanical woes ended his night early.
Andy Bond, who had started back in the 17th position, was Mr. Smooth saturday as his smooth moves helped him come home in fifth position behind Garnes, Tim and Zach Dohm and Chad Smith.
Third generation racer A.J. Cannon, who was in a race car for only the seventh time in the Street Stock division, won his heat race and then pulled off the sweep as he started up front in the feature and held off the steady charges of Tommy Mossbarger and the late charging Bryson Patton, who rounded out the top three.
The SportMod feature turned into survival of the fittest and it seemed that no part of the field was a safe place to be as the longer the event went the more cars dropped out. An early red flag caused by Steve Cruse ending his night upside down, followed by Joel Richendollar coming to rest on top of Cruse’s racer. In the end it was Chris Shelton, Harley Martin, Rick Neace and Mark Noel as the top four.