On Track With The Journal-News:Wood Nails It At Beacon Dragway


Corey Wood scored a big win and a $1,200 prize in the Super Pro class at Beacon Dragway in Paducah, KY, on Saturday, July 11. Wood was near perfect on the tree, posting a .0003 reaction time at the start. He would run a 6.0128 on a 6.01 dial-in as he edged out runner-up Jared Fulcher, who broke out by less than a hundredth of a second.

Phil and Dustin Bryant also raced at Beacon, with Dustin making it to the third round before a foul ended his night. The week before, the Bryants were at the World Footbrake Championships in Bristol, TN, where Dustin made it to the quarterfinals in the gamblers race on July 2. That event drew more than 550 entries for it’s Saturday event.

Saathoff Solid At Plymouth, Macomb

On July 3-4, Hillsboro’s Chase Saathoff was at Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, IN for the Steve Nace Racing Promotions Amateur Nationals. In Friday’s short track portion of the event, the young racer placed second in the Open Amateur division and sixth in the Super Singles.

On Saturday, the half-mile track was on tap, with Saathoff taking third in the Open Amateur and seventh in the Super Singles.

The young racer was in Macomb on July 11 for the Lamoine Ramblers’ Benny Parker Memorial Race. Saathoff would race in four divisions, finishing no worse than fourth and winning the 450cc Amateur class. He would also place second in Open Amateur and in Pro/Amateur Exhibition, while taking fourth in the event’s Dash for Cash.

Komor Third At Coles

It was a good night for Rich Komor at Coles County Dragway as the Litchfield racer posted a top three finish in the super pro class. Komor made it all the way to the semifinals before losing to eventual champ, Keli Dhom. Jesse Garcia would take second in the event, which happened on July 11.

Modifieds Run At Macon, Brownstown

Hillsboro racers Kevin Rench and Brady Lynch were in Macon on the Fourth of July for the Macon Speedway Firecracker 40s. 

Rench would post a top ten finish on Saturday, taking seventh overall in the pro-mod class after placing third in his heat race. Lynch would race in the pro late model division and took 11th in the A Feature, following a seventh place finish in his heat race. 

Former NASCAR racer Kenny Wallace took the top spot in the modified division, while Bryan Leach of Harvel ran in the modifieds as well, placing eighth in the B Feature and sixth in his qualifying heat, which included Wallce. Anton Loskot of Nokomis would race in the street stock class, taking fourth in his heat race and 15th in the feature.

Lynch, Rench and Leach would race in Macon the following Saturday, July 11, but wet weather kept some of the races from finishing. Lynch ran fifth in his heat race in the Pro Late Model division before Mother Nature turned the track into a lake, while Rench was sixth in his heat race in the B Modifieds. Leach was sixth in qualifying, eighth in his heat race and ninth overall in the UMP Modified feature race.

While the races at Macon were being rained out, the action at Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown continued. The Lynch Motorsports team brought two cars to the races, but both were collected in wrecks during the feature. Nathan Lynch, who ran third in his heat race, was running fifth when bad luck struck, relegating him to 12th in the feature, while Evan Lynch, who ran fourth in his heat race, was seventh when a crash occurred that took him back to ninth.

The Lynchs will be in Macon on Saturday, July 18, with Nathan Lynch also running on Friday, July 17, in the event sponsored by McKay NAPA Auto Parts at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City.

Hemken Nearly Doubles Up At Brownstown

Sorento’s Eldon Hemken put all four cylinders of the WHO2 car to work the past two weeks with races at Tri-City. 

On Friday, July 3, as he raced at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City. Hemken would finish fifth in the race, picking up 50 more points in the UMP Sport Compact point standings. Hemken would also race on the Fourth of July at Peoria Speedway, placing sixth in his heat race, but was unable to start the feature. 

On July 10, Hemken raced at Lincoln Speedway, bringing home a fifth place finish from up north. Racing in the hornets division, the Sorento racer was second in the second heat before scoring another top five.

On July 11, Fayette County Speedway in Brownstown hosted a double feature for their five classes, including the hornets.  Hemken made the most of his opportunities, finishing second in the first feature, after starting eighth, and winning the second feature after starting sixth.

Not including the races from July 10-11, Hemken is currently in the top three in the UMP Sport Compact series standings.


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