JOHNNY “LOCAMOTIVE” COLLINS STRIKES AGAIN AT VOLUSIA
By Shelley Doyle
Fans crowded into Volusia Speedway Park in anticipation of a night full of action pack racing. They were not denied as the Late Models, Mini Stock, Sportsmen, Street Stock, Modified and 4 cylinders took to the field. It was a $3000 to win for the Daytona Dodge Chrysler Late Models.
The Mini Stock field had an additional $100 added to the 2 & 4 place winner from Florida Dirt Racing/Florida Dirt Bowl.
Johnny "Locomotive" Collins took the Daytona Dodge Chrysler Late Model feature along with the $3000 purse. It was a high speed line dance as the field of 26 late models took the green flag. Brandon Cameron jumped to the lead but the next lap the lead was surrender to Darrell Padgett.
The field battled 4 & 5 wide for positions, Collins, Jason Davis, Tyler Ivey were on the move to the front as they hooked up to the bumper of Padgett. Ivey powered past Padgett for the lead, while Cameron was trying to battle off the hard charging advances of Collins for the 2nd position.
Jeff Henry, Padgett, Bo Allen fought 3 wide for position. Ivey and Collins battled side by side with Ivey using the low groove, while Collins preferred the high groove. It was side by side across the finish line for several laps until Collins battled petal to the metal, using the high groove to move past Ivey for the lead on lap 25.
Collins moved in and out of lap cars as he maintained his lead until the checkered flag was thrown. Top Ten: Johnny Collins, Tyler Ivey, Darrell Padgett, Brandon Cameron, Jeff Henry, Matt Hartley, Adam Bedenbaugh, Joe Kump, Kyle Vansickle, Bo Allen
Jason Davis won the Budweiser Modified feature. Charlie MacNichol took the early lead with Jamie Carter, Davis, Jimmy Carter, Paul Shead, Ronald Soltis and the field riding his bumper.
Jamie Carter powered past MacNichol for the lead on lap 5 holding on until he spun on lap 15. Davis took over the lead as Carter went to the back of the field. Upon the restart Jamie Carter put the hammer down, passing cars on the high and low grooves in his quest to get to the front again. Davis held onto the win while Carter had worked his way up to 4th in 5 laps. Top Ten: Jason Davis, Charlie MacNichol, Matt Permann, Jamie Carter, Ronald Soltis, Jimmy Carter, Jim Passino, Greg Vandergriff, Dale Murray, Rick Scott
Robert Hicks took the Street Stock feature as the rain started to come down. Hicks broke out to an early lead with David Miller Jr, Grady Christian, Mike Tovet, Danny Miller along with the field of 22 hot on his heels. David Miller Jr moved past Hicks for the lead but could only maintain it for a few laps, as Hicks was on a mission for the win.
Hick’s regained the lead on lap 7, holding off the hard charging attempts of Miller, Alan Peacock, Tovet, Phillip Brown for the lead. Two laps to go the rain pours down as Hicks held a several car lead over the field, the green/caution came out for the win.
Top Ten: Robert Hicks, David Miller Jr., Mike Tovet, Alan Peacock, Phillip Brown, Steve Oldaker, Danny Miller Jr, Sammy Dale, Rick Friend, Ron Koch
Corey “Holleywood” Holley won another Taylor Racing Products Sportsmen feature. Pat Vareika jumped to lead as Garret Stewart, Holley, Ronnie Ponce and the field hooked to his fender.
It was a 3 wide battle between Vareika, Stewart, and Holley for several laps as no one was willing to give an inch for the top spot.
Holley powered past as the three who had tussled for positions. Holley maintained the lead until the checkered was thrown.
Top Ten: Corey Holley, Pat Vareika, Ronnie Ponce, Garret Stewart, Steve Shead, Bobby Richardson, Tim Miller, Shaun Daugharty, Matt Johnson, Glenn Henry
Dan Kerr takes another RBC Bank Mini Stock feature. Kerr moved side by side with Richard Wells for the lead on lap 2.
Nick Kerr pulled up on the two front runners as the field fought 3 wide for positions. Dan Kerr held the hammer down until the checkered was thrown.
Top Ten: Dan Kerr, Richard Wells, Nick Kerr, Tommy Saunders, Rodney Wright, Mark Paterniti, Sean Babcock, Marsha Hendrick, Sebastian Peterson, Bobby Cable.
Scott Mooers win another Aerotec Aluminum 4 cylinder feature. Tim Shull jumped to an early lead ad the field pulled up on his bumper. It was 3 & 4 wide, jockeying for positions as the field caught up to the leader. Mooers gained the lead when Shull had flat tire and was forced to pit for several laps. Ashley Espy ran on Mooers bumper but could not make the pass for the win, giving Mooers another win. Top Ten: Scott Mooers, Ashley Espy, Mike Corcoran, Casey Feaster, Daniel Laird, Stephen Katz, Steve Cox, Tim Shull, John Blood, Ray Hunter