Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

June 13, 2013

Weir takes Gas City checkers, Spencer points lead

Dollansky begins to heat up after leaving Kokomo Speedway.

Brett Bowman
racing columnist

---- — Marion’s Scotty Weir, the defending sprint car champion at the Kokomo Speedway, got past Gary Taylor to pick up the feature win Friday night at the Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Taylor shot to the early lead before Weir piloted his Keen Racing/Spirit Medical Transport No. 18 by on the high side on the sixth lap enroute to leading the rest of the way.

Taylor continued to impress in the Hery Racing/Claxton Engines No. 40, finishing second while Chad Boespflug was third after winning two weeks ago at the track.

Former track champion Brett Burdette and Kyle Cummins were fourth and fifth, respectively.Kokomo’s Josh Spencer and Logan Jarrett were deadlocked in the points battle heading into the night, however Spencer, behind the wheel of his Half Moon Restaurant and Brewery/Colescott’s Mobil One No. 66J, took over the points lead for the series by virtue of finishing ninth, one spot ahead of Jarrett’s J&J Trucking No. 29J.

Two other Kokomo drivers made the feature as Jamie Frederickson scored 16th and Conner Donelson 17th.

Josh Owens, fresh from his win two days earlier at Kokomo, made it two wins in three nights in the Thunder Car feature, topping D.J. Holt.

Ervin Turner was third and Chris Hunter fourth. Kaleb Nutter rounded out the top five.Randy Lines, a former Kokomo Street Stock champion, picked up the Modified feature win in impressive fashion over runner-up Jake Ruefer and third-place Derek Losh.

Bill Lewis clawed from the back of the pack to finish fourth and Ryan Cripe was fifth.

Miami County Speedway

Krissy Durr picked up her second straight feature win in the Restrictor Class to highlight Saturday’s racing action at the Miami County Speedway.

Piloting her No. 47, Durr scored the win over second-place Dalton Walker and third-place Jadon Rogers in the Restrictor division.

Kayeleb Bolton was fourth and Jarrett Jameson fifth. Deaven Bolton was seventh.For Kokomo’s Mark Monroe, it had to be a bittersweet night as he was shut out of Victory Lane, but finished second in both the Non-Wing Class and the Wing Class.

In the Non-Wing feature Monroe trailed Jordan Lambert to the checkered flag with Braiden Black earning third. Sam Kimmel was fourth and Ben Taylor fifth.

Bradley Jameson was sixth, Jeffrey Bullick 13th and Arica Fleenor 15th among Kokomo drivers.

It was Blane Culp finishing first ahead of Monroe in the Wing Division feature. Kolt Kinsler was third followed in the top-five by Sam Kimmel and Ethan Foster. Shelby Larson was eighth aboard her White’s Meat Market No. 74.

Colin Grissom captured the Junior Division A-main over Connor Lane and Noah Brooks. Hannah Rogers took fourth and Ally Toney fifth.

Veteran Ryan Leek earned the win in the Senior Division main event.Ross Stoppel and Ron Durr were second and third with Rob Parrish and Brian Myers rounding out the top five.

The track will sit idle this weekend and return to action June 22. The annual Night at the Fair event will take place on June 25.

Dollansky gets hot

Following what he considered a sub-par performance at the Kokomo Speedway last Wednesday, Elk Grove (Minn.) sprint car driver Craig Dollansky caught fire as the STP World of Outlaws concluded their tour through the Midwest.

Just two days after leaving Kokomo, the series visited the 34 Raceway in Burlington (Iowa) and Dollansky simply dominated, picking up his heat race win, then the Dash to determine the top 10 slots in the feature event.

In the feature, he led from green to checkered to post the win over second-place Paul McMahan and third-place Joey Saldana. Donny Schatz was fourth and Tim Kaeding, the winner at Kokomo, fifth.

The following night the series ventured to Kansas City to the Lakeside Speedway and Dollansky was still flexing his muscle, winning the 30-lap A-main. Earlier in the night he picked up a win in his heat and finished fifth in the Dash.

Jason Sides, who won the Dash, was second and Sammy Swindell third. Points leader Daryn Pittman took fourth and Cody Darrah fifth.

Sunday’s event at the I-80 Speedway for the series was washed out due to heavy rains in the area.

Short wins at BloomingtonIn the first race at the Bloomington Speedway since sprint car driver Josh Burton lost his life two weeks ago, Bedford’s Brady Short scored the win in an emotionally-charged night that paid tribute to Burton and his family and friends.Jon Stanbrough, Jeff Bland, Jr., Jon Sciscoe and Jordan Kinser rounded out the top five.