Orrville, Ohio
Saturday, April 23, 2016
By Mike Swanger

The 2016 season long points races got underway Saturday night at NAPA Wayne County Speedway on VP Racing Fuel night. Two time defending track champion of the Fisher Performance Sprints, Brad Haudenschild of Millersburg would start on the outside front row with Jordan Ryan on the pole and those two would go side by side for the opening lap and after a lap one caution for Troy Kingan and Jason Dolick as those two touched coming out of turn four and into the frontstretch wall. Both had flat tires but would return to the race. On the restart, Ryan made a couple of attempts on the low side of turn two to take the lead but Haudenschild used the extreme highside of the track to start to pull away as Danny Mumaw began to close in on Ryan for second. A caution on lap 13 for a spun Mitch Harble bunched the field back together and the return of the green would see Mumaw powering past Ryan for second as the yellow would fly one lap later for Scott Riley spin. Haudenschild and his Kempthorn Auto Mall, Fire & Ice Pub and All Things Retro ‪#‎38k‬ opened up a six car length lead as Mumaw would close in on the last two laps and when the checkered flag flew, was right on the rear of Haudenschild’s sprinter. Ryan would hold off a challenge from Chris Myers for third as Harble recovered from his spin to take fifth. Myers and Mumaw claimed the heat wins
In his 52nd year of racing, Blaine Aber started the Harriger Towing Super Late Model feature on the pole and set the pace for the first two laps before Brad Malcuit would take over the top spot as lap four would see Ashland’s Ryan Markham take over second from Aber. On the restart following a caution for Justin Collett, Mike Bores and Matt Irey worked their way into third and fourth to join Malcuit and Markham for the lead. Markham would secure the lead from Malcuit on lap ten and then start to expand his lead aboard the H&T Demolition, Harriger Towing and Innovative Graphics ‪#‎5m‬. At the halfway mark, Irey would slip past Bores for third and two circuits later captured second from Malcuit and tried to chase down Markham but could not make a serious run to catch the 5 time NAPA WCS champion. Malcuit held on to third in front of Bores as Larry Bellman finished fifth. Markham, who is in his 25th year of racing and Bores topped the heats. Defending track champ Doug Drown blew an engine while leading the 1st heat and did not start the feature.
Streetsboro’s Tyler Thompson made it hard on himself when he spun while leading on the opening lap of the Action Auto Body Super Stock main and went to the tail but was helped with six other cautions in the first 8 laps of the feature. Third starting Gary Hensel Jr, would be the leader for the opening 8 laps but on the restart on lap eight, Brandon Gardner would power past Hensel Jr. in turn two to take control of the race but as he went down the frontstretch on lap 13, Gardner’s power plant went up in smoke, ending his chances at a win. On the final restart, Hensel Jr. had reinherited the lead with Thompson and his Action Auto Body, Nella Enterprises and Ofex of Ohio, ‪#‎T2‬ in second . As they took the white flag, they made contact and Hensel Jr wiggled as Thompson as against the guardrail but slipped past for the win with Hensel Jr in second followed by Tyler Nicely, Cliff Staley and Todd Sherwin. Eric Eicholtz won the 1st heat but was dq’ed for being to light at the scales as Nicely was awarded the win with Thompson the other heat winner.
Alan Dellinger and heat winner and defending Kar Connection Rush Late Model champ, Charlie Duncan would start on the front row and Duncan set the pace for the opening five laps when he suffered a flat tire. When the green flag reappeared, Lexington’s Justin Chance picked off Dellinger, Jamie Wrightsman and Ryan Markham on the ensuing lap and then lead the rest of the way for the win aboard the State Farm Insurance, Innovative Graphics and Accu Force Shocks #01. It would be a battle for top five finishes following Chance as Dellinger would drop out with a flat tire as first time visitor Will Thomas took second away from Markham with four laps to go only to have Markham reclaimed with two to go and finish second with Thomas in third. Duncan recovered for fourth with Wrightsman in fifth.
The WQKT Mini Stocks would start their season out with the 1st of five ‘Summer Series’ races with Directional Hydraulics sponsoring the $300 to win feature. Millersburg’s Dale Beckett and his Kaufman Country Market and M & S Concrete #4 started on the pole and would lead the caution free 15 laps to pocket the win. It did not come easy for Beckett as Casey Butler hounded him all race long but could never get past the winner. Zach Chaffin ran a strong third with moving up from his 8th starting position to take fourth as Moose Workman filled out the top five. Brad Hensel, Wes Staley, Doug Hensel and Butler won the heat races as Dustin Bedlion paced the last chance race.
Scott Delaney went flag to flag to win the Flat Track Cart feature with Chuck Conway, Eric Eicholtz, Mike Winters and Coty Conway following. Delaney and Chuck Conway won the heats.
Next Saturday night, April 30th, will see another regular night of racing with all six divisions in action with the Kar Connection Rush Late Models starting their ‘Summer Series’ with $800 to win feature.
Check out the website at www.waynecountyspeedway.com for more information about the speedway.

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Heat 1 Chris Myers, Nick Patterson, Andre Layfield, Scott Riley, Andy Fike, Mitch Harble
Heat 2 Danny Mumaw, Jordan Ryan, Brad Haudenschild, Troy Kingan, Jamie Myers, Jason Dolick
Feature Brad Haudenschild, Danny Mumaw, Jordan Ryan, Chris Myers, Mitch Harble, Andre Layfield, Jamie Myers, Nick Patterson, Jason Dolick, Troy Kingan, Andy Fike, Scott Riley

Heat 1 Ryan Markham, Blaine Aber, Ken Hahn, Cody Scott, Drew Smith, Doug Drown, Rick Bond
Heat 2 Mike Bores, Brad Malcuit, Larry Bellman, Matt Irey, Jerry Aber, Randy Davis, Justin Collett
Feature Ryan Markham, Matt Irey, Brad Malcuit, Mike Bores, Larry Bellman, Cody Scott, Rick Bond, Ken Hahn, Jerry Aber, Drew Smith, Randy Davis, Blaine Aber, Justin Collett, Doug Drown dns

Heat 1 Tyler Nicely, Cliff Staley, Paul Kern, Brandon Gardner, Eric Eicholtz dq’ed, Todd Sherwin dns
Heat 2 Tyler Thompson, Gary Hensel Jr., Chris Albright, Jordan James, Tod Beviloqua, Ryan Leathers
Feature Tyler Thompson, Gary Hensel Jr., Tyler Nicely, Cliff Staley, Todd Sherwin, Paul Kern, Jordan James, Tod Beviloqua, Ryan Leathers, Brandon Gardner, Chris Albright, Eric Eicholtz dns

Heat 1 Charlie Duncan, Jamie Wrightsman, Ryan Markham, Alan Dellinger, Justin Chance, Will Thomas, Josh Stoica, Jim Nicely, Hiram Bachman, Chase Alexander
Feature Justin Chance, Ryan Markham, Will Thomas, Charlie Duncan, Jamie Wrightsman, Jim Nicely, Chase Alexander, Hiram Bachman, Josh Stoica, Alan Dellinger

Heat 1 Brad Hensel, Zach Chaffin, Cory Staley, Brian Tomblin, Dustin Bedlion, Fred Snyder, Richard Retton
Heat 2 Wes Staley, Dale Beckett, Jerry Adkins, Chris Priebe, Jeff Barker, Jim Burns, Mitch Reichard
Heat 3 Doug Hensel, Moose Workman, Stephen Crowe, Jeff Edwards, Dakota Wells, Briana Hensel, Jess Hensel
Heat 4 Casey Butler, Rick Bays, Braden Wert, Mike Maylor, David Keagy, Jordan James
B Main Dustin Bedlion, Jeff Barker, Dakota Wells, Mitch Reichard, Briana Hensel, Jim Burns, Jess Hensel, Richard Retton, Fred Snyder, Jordan James dns, David Keagy dns
Feature Dale Beckett, Casey Butler, Zach Chaffin, Doug Hensel, Moose Workman, Wes Staley, Brad Hensel, Stephen Crowe, Jerry Adkins, Dakota Wells, Mitch Reichard, Dustin Bedlion, Brian Tomblin, Chris Priebe, Cory Staley, Jeff Edwards, Jeff Barker, Rick Bays, Braden Wert dns, Mike Maylor dns
Heat 1 Scott Delaney, Dylan Widdowson, Austin Johnson, Coty Conway, Jamie Johnson, Mike Winters, Jack Lamborn
Heat 2 Chuck Conway, Eric Eicholtz, Darrell Conkle, Brandon Gardner, Alec Ousley, Ron Jeffers, Ethan Rutherford, Zach Myers
Feature Scott Delaney, Chuck Conway, Eric Eicholtz, Mike Winters, Coty Conway, Ron Jeffers, Brandon Gardner, Darrell Conkle, Jack Lamborn, Austin Johnson, Jamie Johnson, Ethan Rutherford, Zach Myers, Alec Ousley