Hilltop Racing

Heyder claims Bugs-R-Gone $500 to win at Hilltop

A beautiful night for racing on The Hill took place Saturday, June 16 as all seven divisions were in action including the Bugs-R-Gone trucks with a $500 to win special.

Beginning the night’s events were the mini wedges. In the junior division, Roscoe Griner would pick up the feature win after working his way back through the field due to an early caution that sent him to the tail. Rounding out the field was Casey Stillion, Davin Hewitt, Natalie Lint and Timmy Glassburn. In the senior division, Evan Large would drive his way to another feature win after leading every lap, followed by Caden Alexander, Miccah Griner and Jake Simon.

Ready to do battle for their 12-lap, $500 to win feature, it was Blake Heyder and Chris Hicks sitting front row after each of their heat wins. Taking the early lead was Blake as Rolly Heyder and Hicks battled it out for second. Three laps in, Rolly Heyder would ultimately claim second. With a Heyder battle for the lead, Rolly Heyder would use lap traffic to his advantage to surpass Blake with eight laps in. Not backing down, Blake would charge back under his dad off turn two to reclaim the lead. Unfortunately troubles for Blake off turn four would end his night early and bring out the caution. Back under green, Rolly Heyder would again claim the top spot, going on to pick up yet another win on the season. Finishing second was Chris Hicks, third Jerry Gardner, fourth Zoe Stafford and fifth Dwayne Powell.

Setting fast time among the Holmes Tire late models was JR Gentry at 14.355. A single heat race win went to Mitch Caskey with the dash going to Shane McLoughlin.

Bringing the field to the green, McLoughlin would take the early lead over the field as JR Gentry worked his way up to second from his sixth-place starting position, eleven laps in. As Gentry set his sights on McLoughlin, Dave Hornikel would battle back on the bottom to pressure Gentry for second with 14 laps down. Lap for lap the top three would battle with McLoughlin edging out over Gentry and Hornikel. With three to go, Hornikel would use the low line to work around Gentry, claiming second. Taking the white flag, Hornikel would slide McLoughlin to take the lead off of two. However, it was short lived as Shane McLoughlin would battle back off of turn four to take the lead and pick up the win. Second went to Hornikel, followed by JR Gentry, Thomas Baker and Cody Endlich.

The modified division featured “The Toboso Bullet” Jimmy Smith setting fast time at 15.911. Heat race winners were “Rockin” Robin Duston and “The General” George Lee while the dash win went to “The Outlaw” Jesse Wisecarver.

Setting the pace to the green was Wisecarver and “The Hitman” Jess Hartman front row. With the drop of the green, Hartman would jump out front. However, Wisecarver was undeterred and would challenge Hartman lap for lap. Meanwhile, making his presence known, up to third was DJ Cline. Caution with seven laps down would set up a single-file restart that would result in Hartman reclaiming the lead as Wisecarver and Cline went door to door for second. On lap 16, Cline would pass Wisecarver, claiming second off of turn four and then setting his sights on Hartman. As the front of the field worked their way through lap traffic, Cline would use the lap cars to his advantage to take the lead off of turn two with 23 laps in the books. Nevertheless, still working his way through the field, Wisecarver would use a bobble by Harman and lap cars to ultimately surpass both him and Cline coming off of turn four to the checkered, picking up yet another win. Rounding out the top five was DJ Cline, Jess Hartman, Casey Fritz and George Lee.

It was a Potts front row for the feature after David and Kevin Potts finished first and second in the lone heat race win in the Holmes Pest Control street stocks. As the green dropped for their 15-lap feature, it was David Potts claiming the top spot. Once out front, that is where he would remain, leading every lap to the checker, picking up the win. Second went to Kevin Potts, third Bob Daugherty, fourth Trae Schonauer and fifth Bob Chilcote.

With one of the largest car counts this season, the Rigz Towing modlites had three heats with wins going to Brandon Shaw, Clint Snyder and Barry Jacobs. With the field set, the green was out, and Jacobs would make a charge off two to claim the lead with one lap in the books. Three laps down, Jacobs still out front, troubles for second place runner Brandon Shaw would bring out the caution and force him to the tail on the restart. Back under green, Jacobs would again claim the top spot, and that is where he would remain, picking up his first feature win at The Hill. Finishing second was Clint Snyder, followed by Jimmy Smith, Chris Robinson and Tanner McLoughlin.

The Short Track Fire and Rescue mini stocks had a full field of cars with heat race wins going to Jeff Tatro, Darrin Thornsley and Ed Geary. After the redraw for position, Nathan Rhoads and Tim Workman would bring the field to the start of their 12-lap feature event. Jumping out front early, Workman would take the lead, followed by Wes Staley. As the battle heated up, caution would come out, forcing a restart. Once again under green, Workman would edge out Staley and Jeff Tatro to regain the lead. A three-wide battle for the lead, Workman would continue to fend off his competitors to go on and pick up his first feature win. Rounding out the top five was Wes Staley, Jeff Tatro, Ed Geary and Cory Staley.

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