Submitted by Dean Reichel
Sunday Night Thunder rolled again at Double X Speedway in California this past Sunday, both in the sky and on the track. A brief late afternoon thunderstorm brought just a touch of rain but the racing prevailed and the latest edition of racing rolled onto the track with anticipation in the air.
The winged sprint cars put on a race to remember with several top drivers visiting to challenge the Sunday night regulars. In the feature event Kyle “The Kid” Bellm put on an impressive show in the feature event. Piloting the Jerry and Jeff Smith 86, Bellm used his front row starting position to his advantage, running the cushion for the entire 25 laps to claim the victory.
The race was not without challenges as Jason Johnson hounded Bellm for the entire race, closing to the rear of the Smith machine but was unable to mount a pass. Johnson was piloting the Jack Hockett Racing 77 on Sunday night. With Bellm and Johnson claiming the first two positions Tyler Blank finished a well-deserved third in his #75 sprinter.
Blank overcame a flat left front tire on a lap 10 caution, which his crew changed, allowing Blank to rejoin the chase at the rear of the field. Using high and low lines Blank joined the top three at lap 20 but was unable to mount a challenge for the lead duo.
Cody Baker ran a steady fourth and Josh Fisher completed the top five. Bryan Grimes finished sixth, Tyler Elliott was seventh, Taylor Walton was eighth, Lanny Carpenter ninth and AJ Wirts completed the top ten, Kelly Newcomb and pole sitter TJ Muths, the victim of an encounter with the turn three wall completed the field. Evan Martin was unable to start the main event. Winged sprint heat races were won by Muths and Bellm.
The Hobby Stock division had a good field of cars again this week and Gage Wineland found himself in victory lane once again. Wineland paced the field in his #12 machine as the race went green to checker. Chasing Wineland the entire way was former track champion Will Register.
Despite challenging Wineland repeatedly, Register was not able to make the pass and claimed the second position. Chuck Coffey finished third, AJ Wirts was fourth and Rudy Wirts rounded out the top five. Completing the finishing order were Kevin Prall in sixth, Jeremiah Wallingford in seventh, eighth went to Larry Dickson, with Laura Atkinson and Mike Schrader rounding out the top ten. Heat races were claimed by Wineland and Coffey.
Derek Henson continued his winning ways, claiming victory #4 this season holding off the veteran Dale Berry to take the checkered flag. Curt Turpin claimed third, Andrew Roark was fourth and James Keeran made his first visit to the track coming home in the fifth position.
John Clancy, Jr., Troy Turley and Jay Lyle completed the finishing order of starters in the feature event. Heat race winners were Henson and Berry.
Finishing the card for Sunday night were the 600cc Micro Sprints. Corey Nelson and Cole Campbell led the field to the green flag with Campbell gaining the advantage and not looking back. Dean Hathman came across the finish line in second, Kyle Schlotz was third, Scott Hathman finished fourth, and Corey Nelson was fifth with Tom Sydnon and Mitch Workmann completing the finishing order. The lone heat race in the division was claimed by Nelson.
Next Sunday night the ULMA Late Model visits Double-X along with the Winged Sprint Cars, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks.
Gates open at 5 p.m. Hot Laps at 7 p.m. racing at 7:30. Be sure to keep up with the latest news by liking Double-X on Facebook or visit www.xxpseedway.com. We look forward to seeing our racers and fans each and every Sunday night for the family atmosphere at Double-X.
Double X Speedway Results—June 23, 2013
Winged Sprint Cars—
Feature Event-1.86- Kyle Bellm, Nixa; 2. 77- Jason Johnson, Rocky Mount; 3. 75- Tyler Blank, California; 4. 38-Cody Baker, Lone Jack; 5. 86X- Josh Fisher, Smothton; 6. 6- Bryan Grimes, Slater; 7. 49-Tyler Elliott, California; 8. 93-Taylor Walton, Warrensburg; 9. 48-Lanny Carpenter, Clarksburg ; 10. XX- AJ Wirts, California ; 11. 7K-Kelly Newcomb, Tipton ; 12. 65-TJ Muths, Sedalia ; 13 4- Evan Martin, California DNS.
Heat #1-1.Muths; 2. Carpenter; 3. Baker; 4. Walton; 5. Elliott; 6. Martin-DNF; 7. Wirts-DNS
Heat #2-1.Bellm; 2. Johnson; 3. Blank; 4. Fisher; 5. Grimes; 6. Newcomb DNF
Feature Event-1.27D-Derek Henson, Russellville; 2. 05-Dale Berry, Tuscumbia; 3.15-Curt Turpin, Jefferson City; 4. 17-Andrew Roark, Henley; 5. 52J-James Keeran, California; 6. 8-John Clancy Jr., California; 7. 2X- TroyTurley, Knob Noster; 8. 66-Jay Lyle, Warrensburg; 9. 7-Keeth Strange,Eldon DNS; 8. H2-Jerry Unger, Jefferson City
Heat #1-1.Henson; 2. Clancy,Jr.; 3. Turley; 4. Strange; 5. Roark
Heat #2-1.Berry; 2. Turpin; 3. Lyle; 4. Unger; 5. Keeran
Hobby Stocks-1.12-Gage Wineland, Syracuse; 2. 77-Will Register, Sedalia; 3. 171-Chuck Coffey, Windsor; 4. XX-AJ Wirts, California; 5. 2X-Rudy Wirts, California; 6. 14-Kevin Prall, Sedalia; 7. 84- Jeremiah Wallingford, Jamestown; 8. 34-Larry Dickson, Bunceton; 9. 4A-Laura Atkinson, Eldon; 10. 1B-Mike Schrader, Sedalia.
Heat #1-1.Wineland; 2. Register; 3. A. Wirts; 4. Prall; 5. R. Wirts
Heat #2-1.Coffey; 2. Dickson; 3. Wallingford; 4. Atkinson; 5. Schrader
600cc Micro Sprints-
Feature Event-1.22C-Cole Campbell, Mexico; 2. 56H-Dean Hathman, Columbia; 3. 749-Kyle Schlotz, Jefferson City; 4. 56-Scott Hathman, Columbia; 5. 34-Corey Nelson, Eugene; 6. 72-Tom Sydno, Holt Summit; 7. 22A-Mitch Workmann, Belle
Heat Race-1.Nelson; 2. Campbell; 3. S. Hathman; 4. D. Hathman; 5. Schlotz; 6. Sydnon; 7. Workmann.
Photo by Double-X Speedway track photographer Carol Wirts.