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Redemption, Rivalry and race recap for Kennedale Speedway Park 8/15/20

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If you were not at Kennedale Speedway Park last Saturday, then you missed one heck of a show! A rivalry was ignited in the Factory stock division. A racer out for redemption and something to prove, showed up and proved that it’s the drive, not the car that makes the racer. The racing action is heating up every week as the season goes on, and it looks as if there is no intent on slowing down!

First up we had our Factory Stock division and the most entertaining race of the evening. This race had everything that you could ask for in a race, it had the hard wheel to wheel racing, the big wreck, and the drama. After an unfortunate disqualification last weekend, Trey Smitherman had redemption on his mind this weekend. Starting 15th, Smitherman was involved in a lap 1 wreck which sent him all the way to the back and re-starting 25th. Smitherman would race hard and dodging a few wrecks along the way and finish a solid second place behind Jordan Hefler who picked up a back to back win. About midway through the race, a big pile up on the front stretch would collect 10 cars in it, thus cutting their evening short. Up front there was a race for lead going on between Ryan Powers and Tommy Williams as Williams would be leading and Powers battling for the lead. A racing incident between Williams and Powers that happened a few weeks ago seemed to still be on the mind of the racers as will battling for the lead Powers and Williams would get tangled up coming out of turn two, sending Williams spinning and Powers pulling into the infield. The two drivers would both exit their cars in the infield and exchange words with each other, and I don’t think it was talking about what they were going to do for Sunday Funday. Jeff Hauser was in position again to make a run at the lead but something broke with the final few laps winding down and would result in a DNF. Chance Morris would bring home third place, followed by Jake Upchurch making his Factory Stock debut bringing home fourth place. Kelsie Neubauer would wind up rounding out your top 5 in Factory Stocks.

Factory Stock:

  1. Jordan Hefler – 2J
  2. Trey Smitherman – 96
  3. Chance Morris – 6
  4. Jake Upchurch – 54M
  5. Kelsie Neubauer – 13k

The Winged Modifieds would make there return to KSP and bringing all of the exciting racing action with them. Kody Keimig would be your feature for the night and also making it two in a row as he had also won Friday night at Boyd Raceway. Jimmy McCommas did not make it easy for Keimig as they had a great battle all the way to the checkered flag. Bill Bachmayer and Dale Wester would swap positions between third and fourth almost every lap but Bachmayer would take the third spot away from Wester with two laps left leaving Wester to settle for a fourth place finish. Tommy Hall would round out your top 5.

Winged Modifieds:

  1. Kody Keimig – 27
  2. Jimmy McCommas – 21m
  3. Billy Bachmayer – 38
  4. Dale Wester – 12
  5. Tommy Hall – UFO

Jake Upchurch was in top notch form all night long in his IMCA Southern Sport Modified, as he would make it a clean sweep for the night winning his heat race and the feature in dominating fashion. Houston Texas racer Billy Gould who makes the trip up from Houston to race at KSP every weekend would bring home a hard fought second place finish. Your current track points leader for the Sport Mod division, Gary Fox would bring home a third place finish on the night. Sean Hill and Jerrett Bransom would have a great battle for the fourth place spot all night, but Hill would prevail and take the fourth spot away from Bransom, leaving Bransom to settle for fifth place.

IMCA Southern Sport Modified:

  1. Jake Upchurch – 24
  2. Billy Gould Jr. – 60
  3. Gary Fox – 12
  4. Sean Hill – TRC
  5. Jerrett Bransom – 28

It seems that every time Glen Hibbard is bested, he comes back out the following week faster and more determined than before to get back to victory lane. After having to settle for a third place finish last weekend, Hibbard would drive to a dominant victory again. Your feature winner from last weekend Jeff Emerson would bring home a second place finish after a late caution gave him the opportunity to get around Jon White who was challenging Hibbard for the race lead a few times. White would end up finishing third place. Mark Adams and Ryan Slott would both put on a great show while battling it out for position. Adams would finish fourth place and Slott would have to settle for fifth.

IMCA Modified:

  1. Glen Hibbard – 127
  2. Jeff Emerson – 35
  3. Jon White – 8j
  4. Mark Adams – 82
  5. Ryan Slott – 49R

The IMCA Sport Compact division was not short on racing action as the top 5 were all door to door in almost every lap they turned. Jack Bransom would wind up with the win after the winner Steven Bevils would find some bad luck in the tech area and be disqualified. Keagan Harrelson made the trip from Abilene to come race and would wind up getting a second place finish. Bondy Cannon would have another strong run on the night and finish third place. Mackenzie Miles would bring home fourth place and Brandon McFall would bring home fifth place and round out the top five.

IMCA Sport Compact:

  1. Jack Bransom – 29
  2. Keagan Harrelson – 51
  3. Bondy Cannon – 33B
  4. Mackenzie Miles – 99D
  5. Brandon McFall – 11B

Rounding out the racing action would be the IMCA Stock Car division. Williams would find his way into victory lane, no not Shelby Williams, but his dad Gary Williams would put on a clinic on how to wheel a race car. Williams won his heat race and feature giving him the clean sweep on the night. Blake Clark would bring home a second place finish after getting around a tough Lewis Blackwood running the high side of the track. Blackwood would hold off Power and Bransom to finish third. Powers would have to settle for fourth place, leaving Bransom to settle for fifth.

IMCA Stock Car:

  1. Gary Williams – 69
  2. Blake Clark – 88
  3. Lewis Blackwood – 65
  4. Ryan Powers – P74
  5. Jerrett Bransom – 28

Coming up this weekend at Kennedale Speedway Park, the ASCS Elite Non-Wing Sprint Car Series will be making its one and only appearance of the year. If you have been on the fence about coming out to the race track, then make this weekend the one where you come out as you don’t want to miss excitement of the Non-Wing Sprint cars, along with the rest of the racing action put on by the other racing divisions.  Will the Powers vs Williams Rivalry continue? Will Bevils return this weekend for his redemption? Only way to find out is if you show up to the races!

Pit Gates open at 5:00 pm

Grandstands open at 6:00 pm

Hot Laps at 7:30 pm

Racing Action begins at 8:00 pm

General Admission – $16

Ages 6-11 – $5

Ages 5 and under – Free with an adult general admission

Seniors and Military – $10 Pit Passes – $35

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