Dubil Scores Davenport Glory
DAVENPORT, Iowa — Friday the 13th was a busy night of racing at the Davenport Speedway sponsored by J.C. Dubil. The highlight of the evening was the Street Stock 50, which paid $2,000 to win.
A strong field of street Stocks were on hand for the main event and they did not disappoint the crowd. When the checkered flag fell, there was a familiar face in victory lane, Jeremy Marquette of Davenport.
Marquette showed why he is the current point leader and defending track champion at the Davenport Speedway. Marquette started on the outside pole and immediately jumped out to the early race lead. Jeremy would hold the top spot through the first seven laps.
Emily Gade worked her way through the top five, taking the lead on lap eight. Marquette returned the favor on lap twenty, as the leaders got mired in lapped traffic. Marquette began to stretch out the lead as the race went caution-free through the thirty-five laps. Jeremy would lead the remaining laps and take the biggest payday of his racing career.
Three cautions over the final 15 laps, spelled trouble for Gade. She lost spots on the first two restarts, before bringing out the third yellow for a spin in turn one. She would finish sixth, the last car on the lead lap.
The final laps saw a frantic battle for second between RJ Gonzales, Tim Current and Scott Griffin. Griffin would take the spot, with Current third, and Gonzales fourth. Jed Holland carried a broken left front to a fifth place finish.
Marquette, Gonzales, and Dwaine Hasson won heat races with Current and Jerry Pratt winning the semi-features.
There was a regular racing program for the other three weekly classes and two make-up features that were rained out on June 29th.
First up was the 4-Stock Make-up Feature. Aaron Hitt finally broke through for his first feature win of the season. Brandon Dahl led the race until a pair of cautions on lap eight gave Hitt the opportunity he needed for the lead. Dahl would hold on for second, with Jake Ellithorpe third. Zach Dahl finished fourth and Gage Neal completed the top five.
In the EMS IMCA Modifed Make-up feature, Kevin Blum looked to have the car to be for nearly all of the twenty laps, nearly. Blum took the lead from the pole and used the high side to lead the first thirteen laps. Thad Wilson used the bottom and led lap fourteen. Blum came back to lead laps fifteen through nineteen, but on the final corner his car lost power and Wilson collected his first win at Davenport this year.
Doug Crampton came from deep in the field to take second. Mitch Morris, John Ahlers, and Dean McGee rounded out the top five.
Stephan Kammerer picked up his first Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model feature win of the season.
Kammerer took the lead from Andy Nezworski on lap four of the 25-lap feature and used the high side to lead the rest of the way to the checkers. Matt Ryan survived a series of lat race cautions to finish second. Ray Guss Jr., took third, with Marty Diercks fourth, and Joe Ross fifth.
Thad Wilson stayed perfect on the night, as he won his heat race and dominated in Friday’s IMCA Modified main. After a couple of first lap cautions, Wilson zipped out to the lead with Bob Dominacki in tow. The pair would run even for three laps, before Wilson and the bottom groove would prevail. Kelly Meyer would also use the bottom to work his way into second. Dominacki held on for third, with Doug Crampton and Mitch Morris fourth and fifth respectively. Wilson’s daily double made him the first modified repeat winner at Davenport in 2012.
The final race of the evening was this week’s Roto-Rooter 4-Stock feature. Jake Morris led lap one, with the race being red –flagged on lap two, as Robert Hines rolled his ride. He exited the car without serious injury.
After the restart, Morris was sandwiched between Jake Ellithorpe and Ricky Kay as they both went for the lead.
Ellithorpe led lap three with Kay taking over on lap four. Once in the lead, Kay drove away for his first win at Davenport this season. Ellithorpe finished second and was followed by Zach Dahl, Morris, and Gene Potter.