Jewell snags $3,000 victory at Richmond
RICHMOND, Ky. (May 26) — Former track champion Mike Jewell of Scottsburg, Ind., held off Victor Lee of Danville, Ky., on Saturday at Richmond Raceway for a $3,000 in the unsanctioned Rain Dodger 40.
Jewell, whose last victory at Richmond came last September, won in front of a packed grandstand in the second of three central Kentucky events linked by a bonus. | Slideshow
Lee, the winner Friday at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, saw his hopes for the $600 weekend bonus sweep slip away with his runner-up finish. The weekend concludes Sunday at Lake Cumberland Speedway in Burnside, Ky.
Behind Jewell and Lee was Todd Coffman of Junction City while Jason Barrett of Waco, Ky., and Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh, Ind., rounded out the top five.
The most serious race stoppage came for Aaron Hatton’s frontstretch flip. He wasn’t hurt but the car suffered considerable damage.
Notes: Jewell’s Cornett-powered MasterSbilt is sponsored by Southern Indiana Rock Drilling, MPC, Morgan Foods, Jewell TV, Scott County Tire and Shelton Angus Farms. ... Mark Barber of North Vernon, Ind., was the hard charger for his 19th-to-10th charge. ... The track’s Late Model division is sponsored by Coyote 100.7 FM. ... Other feature event winners: Delane Browning of East Bernstadt, Ky., in modifieds, John Cole of Berea, Ky., in sportsman, Glen Hounshell Sr. of Berea in road hogs and Brian Thornsburg of Carlisle, Ky., in four-cylinders. ... Drivers failing to make the Late Model feature: Skylar Marlar, Clarence Belcher, Joe King, Joe Notchie, Randy Ridner, Chris Ruble, Richard Musick, Donnie Everman and Scotty Earl. ... The next Super Late Model special at Richmond comes up June 23 for a $1,500-to-win Butterball tuneup. The $7,500-to-win Butterball Wooldridge Memorial is set for July 13-14.
Rain Dodger 40: (1) Mike Jewell, (2) Victor Lee, (3) Todd Coffman, (4) Jason Barrett, (5) Chad Stapleton, (6) Aaron Ridley, (7) Dennis Roberson, (8) Jeremy Hines, (9) Duane Chamberlain, (10) Mark Barber, (11) Raymond Nichols, (12) Doug Smith, (13) Michael Chilton, (14) Buzz Williams, (15) Joey Daniel, (16) Tommy Carlton, (17) Anthony Reams, (18) Jim Beeman, (19) Aaron Hatton, (20) Tyler Allen. Fast qualifier (among 29 cars): Jewell, 15.585 seconds. Heat race winners: Jewell, Coffman, Hatton. Consolation winner: Barber.