CORNING – Eighty-five cars hit the dirt at the Adams County Speedway Saturday night for Stalker Chevrolet Night with the Stalker Chevrolet B-Modified King of the Hill. The B-Modifieds also crowned their Keystone Light “Smoothest Driver,” the finalists were Jerod Weston, Shawn Kralik and Josh Cooper. The fans selected Weston as the smoothest driver in his division.
Feature action got started on Saturday night with the Northland Oil Stock Cars. An accident on the first lap of the race collected championship contenders Buck Schafroth and Tony Hardisty. The accident put both drivers behind the 8-ball during the feature.
Fellow championship contender Joe Zadina wasted no time jumping out front. Zadina had to hold off a fierce charge from Kevin Sharp, but managed to pull away in the latter stages of the race to capture his second win of the season and regain the points lead in a class that promises to have its title go right down to the wire. Sharp came home in second. Adam Hensel scored a career-best third-place finish followed by Buck Schafroth in fourth with Tony Hardisty rounding out the top five.
Stalker Chevrolet B-Mods
Jerod Weston was crowned “Smoothest Driver” of the Stalker Chevrolet B-Modified class prior to the feature. He was just that on Saturday night, as the Red Oak native dominated the second half of the race to capture his fourth points win of the season.
Youngsters Daniel Baudler and Nick Gross battled for the lead in the early stages of the race. Baudler led the race until Weston assumed the lead with eight laps to go. It was smooth sailing for the points leader after that as he never looked back on his way to capturing the win. Last week’s feature winner Kyle Tanner finished in second, Shawn Kralik finished third, followed by Josh Cooper in fourth and Josh Sink in fifth.
Tri-State Ford Compacts
It’s been a breakout year for Dustin Thompson in the Tri-State Ford Compacts this year. The Villisca native came into Saturday night with three feature victories under his belt and a 28-point lead over second-place Evan Hrabik. Thompson added to his win count and extended his points lead on Saturday night.
Thompson was aggressive early on, making early-race contact with Dean Richards while battling for the lead. Track officials deemed the move by Thompson to be a tad aggressive and docked him three spots sending him back to fourth place. Thompson didn’t budge however, quickly charging back up front, eventually regaining the lead from Dean Richards to take the win. Last week’s winner Bobby Key came home in second, Richards finished third. Nick Stover finished fourth in his first ever appearance at ACS and Curtis Miller rounded out the top five.
Chat Mobility Hobby Stocks
Bedford native Luke Ramsey came into Saturday night with five consecutive points wins in the Chat Mobility Hobby Stocks. That streak came to an end Saturday night at the hands of Ankeny’s Jamie Songer.
Songer started in the sixth position but quickly jumped out to the race lead while Ramsey worked his way through traffic. Late-race cautions certainly made it interesting as Ramsey and Tom Myers gave Songer everything they had on two green-white-checkered restarts, but it wasn’t enough as Songer picked up his first career win at ACS and his first win in the state of Iowa in 2017. Ramsey finished second, followed by Tom Myers in third. Chris Bates finished fourth and Tim McCollum rounded out the top five.
Poet Bio-Refining Modifieds
Poet Bio-Refining Modifieds points leader Jeff James started the season off strong, picking up two wins early in the year. Things hadn’t been so easy for the Stanton native as of lately, but he got it figured out Saturday to pick up the win in an 18-car modified class. Jacob Hobscheidt led the first half of the race and appeared as if he might be able to capture his first win in a modified at ACS, but James managed to take the lead at around the halfway point and set his car on cruise as he strolled for his third win of the 2017 season while also extending his points lead. Jesse Sobbing rallied from his 11th starting position to finish second, Jon Plowman finished third, followed by John Davis in fourth and Justin Zeitner in fifth.
King of the Hill
Action concluded Saturday Night with the Stalker Chevrolet B-Modified King of the Hill. In the first round, Jerod Weston defeated Bryce Allen, Josh Cooper defeated David Schwartz, Josh Sink defeated Troy Fudge and Shawn Kralik defeated Kyle Tanner. In the second round, Jerod Weston defeated Josh Cooper and Josh Sink defeated Shawn Kralik to set up a King of the Hill final between two Red Oak natives and good friends. Sink took advantage of a Weston bobble and cruised to royalty as he was crowned King of the Stalker Chevrolet B-Modified division.
Saturday at the Adams County Speedway marks Northland Oil night. The B-Mods will take the night off, while the O’Reilly Auto Parts Late Models will return to ACS. Their championship battle is heating up, so it promises to be an exciting feature event. The Northland Oil Stock Cars will also run their King of the Hill.