Last Saturday night at Wythe Raceway, there was a show the fans had all been waiting for, the R&C Super Street $500 to win showdown.
As always, the veteran drivers of the Super Street Division never fail to put on an amazing show. The front pack consisting of five cars moved away from the rest of the field in a hurry. Dale Hancock, Atkins, Mike Keith, Rural Retreat, Keith Griffitts, Sugar Grove, Michael Deskins, Tazewell, And Jerry Dillow, Bluefield, West Virginia, traded positions, paint and dings for the first 15 laps of the feature.
On Lap 16 Hancock had an issue and brought his car in the pits. Four laps later Deskins also had an issue that ended his night. On the final lap Dillow and Griffitts got together going into turn one, both got squirrely, both saved it to finish -- Griffitts second Dillow third.
No surprise Mike Keith led every lap of the 25-lap feature to bring home is first win of the season. Terry Sharp, Woodlawn, and Rick Utsman of Tennessee also had a great night finishing fourth and fifth.
That’s My Dress KCAR ran a caution free race, but don’t let that fool you, it was full excitement. Jacob Harmon from Abingdon led the first two laps until Marion’s Tanner Tate took the lead on the back stretch. Donnie Jones moved through the field fast and battled Harmon for the second position and achieved that on lap five.
On lap 7 Harmon took his spot back as Tate pulls away from the rest of the field. Tate took home, yet another win followed by Harmon, Jones and Braxton Surber from Sugar Grove the top four.
A rough start for the Wythe Eye Modifieds taking three tries and two accidents to finally have a good start. Tam Topham, Wytheville, and Morgan Widener, Marion, had a side by side race for the first five laps until Topham was able to pull away from Widener.
Turning the rest of the line up into a single file race for the rest of the field. On lap 14 Topham had an issue and stopped in turn three to bring out a caution and to finish his night. Morgan Widener took home another trophy to add to his collection. J.R Davis, Rural Retreat, who was involved in an earlier accident, came across the line behind Widener. Coming in third was Justin Blevins, being caught up on the first start wreck he came from the back to bring home an impressive finish. Jason Powers, also from Marion, was not far behind Blevins for fourth.
From the drop of the green flag in the FASTRACK Late Models, Brent Hilton, a young superstar from Rural Retreat, held the lead. Hilton has shown his power more than one race this season and is on a straight path for a championship. A mostly single file race for the Late Models was also a straight shoot race with no cautions. Terry Cregger from Crockett came home in second followed by Kenny Peeples, a Rural Retreat driver. Randy Kinder, who calls Radford home, took a fourth place finish up the road. A newcomer to the Wythe Raceway family, Hunter Stinnett, all the way from Gaffney, South Carolina, finished in the fifth position.
There was a new face in victory lane in the Pro Mini. Shane King led all 15 laps of the feature even putting a couple of car lengths between him and the rest of the field. Behind King was a heated battle. Travis Harden, Marion, Eddy Bentley, Marion, Chuck Kinzer, Woodlawn, Kevin Atwell, Rural Retreat, and Tanner Cook, Max Meadows, all beat and banged, all holding the second-place position at one time during the race. The final finishing order was Harden, Bentley, Atwell, and Kinzer for the top five.
The NRV Furniture UCAR class is a never questioned “was it a good race?” for these drivers always put on a good show. Travis Quesenberry, Atkins, Daniel Wright, Wytheville, James Graybeal, Rural Retreat, Britt Johnson, Chilhowie, Brian Tate, Wytheville, and Ethan Atwell, Wytheville, all beat and banged their way around the half mile clay oval.
Quesenberry, the leader on lap, had mechanical issues and brought out the first caution of the night and taking him out of the race. Graybeal took the leading position and ultimately won the 15-lap feature. Second went to Johnson followed by Tate, Wright, and Atwell for the top five.
Wythe Raceway also held a special ceremony for Stevie Young. Everyone is family at the track and they truly mean it. Stevie will be greatly missed. His track packer was carried via a rollback for his final laps around the high banked ½ mile oval and took the checkered flag for his very emotional last ride.