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Daily Dirt 02/08/2023 11:34:54

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July 23
Wayne County Speedway,
Orrville, OH
Sanction: Renegades of Dirt Late Model Tour (Hans and Don Gross Memorial) - $3,000
Information provided by: Track and series reports (last updated July 24, 2:57 pm)
Drown earns $3,000 with Gross Memorial victory
Hans and Don Gross Memorial
  1. Doug Drown
  2. J.R. Gentry
  3. Todd Brennan
  4. Mike Bores
  5. Brett Bee
  6. Wes Morrison
  7. Jason Skelly
  8. Ryan Markham
  9. Cody Scott
  10. Caiden Black
  11. Mitch Caskey
  12. Jeff Warnick
  13. Dave Hornikel
  14. Breyton Santee
  15. Ryan Abel
  16. Larry Bellman
  17. Doug Baird
  18. Kevin Santee
presented by
Al Hutchison Jr.
Doug Drown celebrates his victory at Wayne County Speedway.
What won the race: Polesitter Doug Drown of Wooster, Ohio, took the lead on lap 18 and paced the final eight circuits at Wayne County Speedway on Saturday, winning the eighth annual Hans and Don Gross Memorial, collecting $3,000. The victory is the first of Drown's career with the Renegades of Dirt Late Model Tour.
Quotable: “It’s been more than a year since we’ve won, which has been a long time for us,” Drown said. “But we have kept digging, and now we are just figuring out how to win again. We’ve been out and about doing other things and haven’t raced much.”
Key notes: After leading the first 17 laps from the outside front-row, J.R. Gentry of Wooster, Ohio, settled for the runner-up position, 1.282 seconds behind Drown. ... Inheriting third place on the lap-26 restart, Todd Brennan of Zanesville, Ohio, completed the podium. ... Wayne County division points leader Ryan Markham of Ashland, Ohio, was running as high as second place on lap 21 before retiring on lap 25 as smoke spewed from his car; he finished eighth. ... Caiden Black of New Concord, Ohio, was running as high as fourth on lap 22 before also retiring on lap 25, finishing 10th. ... Saturday's feature was slowed by three cautions and lasted 19 minutes, with six competitors completing 30 laps.
On the move: Wes Morrison of Lexington, Ohio, started 12th and finished sixth.
Winner's sponsors: Drown’s Black Diamond Chassis is powered by a Malcuit Race Engine and carries sponsorship from Ely Road Reel Co., ABR Farms, 89 Homes and Building Improvements, Accu-Force Shock Service, Wooster Glass and DG Racewear.
Points chase: Before Wayne County: 1. J.R. Gentry (84); 2. Justin Williams (60); T3. Logan Roberson (55); T3. Nick Allen (55); T5. Tyler Erb (51) T5. Rich Dawson (51).
Current weather: Clear, 77°F
Car count: 18
Fast qualifier: Doug Drown
Time: 16.930 seconds
Polesitter: Doug Drown
Dash winner: Doug Drown
Heat race winners: Larry Bellman, Mike Bores
Next series race: August 6, Selinsgrove Speedway (Selinsgrove, PA) $4,000
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Drown, Gentry
Row 2: Black, Brennan
Row 3: Markham, Scott
Row 4: Bellman, Bores
Row 5: Hornikel, Bee
Row 6: Caskey, Morrison
Row 7: Warnick, Skelly
Row 8: Abel, Baird
Row 9: B. Santee, K. Santee

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