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Daily Dirt 09/24/2022 12:38:31

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July 26
Atomic Speedway,
Alma, OH
Sanction: American Motor Racing Association (Vallery Chevrolet Atomic Blast) - $5,000
Information provided by: Scott Wolfe (last updated July 27, 8:34 pm)
R.J. Conley collects $5,000 in Atomic Blast
Vallery Chevrolet Atomic Blast
  1. R.J. Conley
  2. Steve Casebolt
  3. Brandon Kinzer
  4. Dustin Linville
  5. Jeremy Berwanger
  6. Duane Chamberlain
  7. Billy Gullion
  8. J.T. Conley
  9. Chris Stotts
  10. Greggie Oliver
  11. Kevin Wagner
  12. John Whitney
  13. Chad Smith
  14. Jamie Adams
  15. Mick Sansom
  16. Rod Evans
  17. Mike Wilson
  18. Jason Montgomery
presented by
Tyler Carr
Winner R.J. Conley climbs from his Rocket Chassis.
What won the race: R.J. Conley of Wheelersburg, Ohio, overtook Brandon Kinzer just past the halfway mark of the 40-lap feature and earned $5,000 in the inaugural Vallery Chevrolet Atomic Blast.
On the move: J.T. Conley of Wheelersburg, came from 16th to eighth for DirtonDirt.com hard charger honors.
Winner's sponsors: Conley's Draime-powered Rocket is sponsored by Conley Trucking, Conley River Terminal, Dave Poske's Performance Parts and Shane Custom Decals.
Points chase: The track's AMRA-sanctioned weekly Late Model division is led by Kevin Wagner (541) followed by Billy Gullion (498) and Oliver (481).
Car count: 19
Fast qualifier: Jason Montgomery
Time: 13.911 seconds
Polesitter: Brandon Kinzer
Dash winner: Brandon Kinzer
Heat race winners: Chris Stotts, R.J. Conley
Editor's note: Results and race details are unofficial.
By Scott Wolfe
DirtonDirt.com correspondent

ALMA, Ohio (July 27) — R.J. Conley of Wheelersburg, Ohio, ran down early race leader Brandon Kinzer at Atomic Speedway on Saturday and rode the high side to a $5,000 victory in the inaugural Valley Chevrolet Atomic Blast.

"Wow! I don't know if anyone was running the same line as me, but I thought I was in trouble through (turns) three and four for 39 laps,” said the 50-year-old Conley, whose only other 2014 victory came at Atomic on April 12. "I wondered where some of those guys were (behind me). I was too tired to get my foot off the gas, so I just held it down."

“This Rocket Chassis was really working for us. At the end I saw the checkered and looked at the gauges and it was 280 degrees, but Draime builds a great engine. It's been that hot before and it got the job done tonight.”

Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind., finished second with Kinzer third at the 3/8-mile oval. Dustin Linville of Bryantsville, Ky., and division rookie Jeremy Berwanger of Murray City, Ohio, rounded out the top five.

Drama started to unfold early when fast qualifier Jason Montgomery experienced possible engine problems and elected to start on the tail. That bumped R.J. Conley up to sixth from an originally scheduled eighth starting spot and got him headed in the right direction.

Kinzer took the lead at the outset over his fellow front-row starter, Casebolt, while an early caution appeared when Duane Chamberlain of Richmond, Ind., popped a tire off the rim. He ducked to the infield for another tire in what turned out to be the only caution of the 40-lapper.

Kinzer kept control early while Conley made a fifth-to-second move on the sixth lap to succeed Casebolt in the runner-up spot. Conley turned up the heat on Kinzer, twice diving low before the halfway point. Conley then moved to the high groove, ram-rodding through turn three with sparks flying off the wall to blast by Kinzer exiting turn four on lap 22.

Kinzer tried to fight back, but Conley turned on the afterburners and pulled away while Casebolt took the second spot from Kinzer on lap 32.

Notes: Recovering from his early flat tire, Duane Chamberlain went from eighth to sixth over the final two laps. …. Greggie Oliver, a $5,000 winner at Atomic three weeks earlier, started 17th and finished 10th. … Brandon Kinzer won $500 for winning the Tim Hattle Trucking Dash. … Jason Montgomery later discovered a dropped valve in his engine that knocked him from contention. … Rain hit around the Chillicothe area, but the track was spared. … Mark Frazier scratched from the feature. ... The weekend was originally scheduled for two National Dirt Racing League events, but the national tour folded mid-season. ... Atomic hosted its third $5,000-to-win Super Late Model event in July.

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