Our throwback today goes to Memorial Day weekend 2009 as Jack Dover stole the show to take a huge win. CJ Johnson took home the URSS 305 portion of the show as well. I remember this weekend very well as my father, my wife, and I started out that weekend at Caney Valley Speedway in Southeastern Kansas for one of our Late Model series events, then went to Jetmore the next day, and then to 81 Speedway the next night, all traveling in a single cab pickup! Pretty sure Jenni was burnt out on that weekend and Sprint Cars by the time it was all said and done but it was memorable nonetheless!
What surprised me the most was that I have not one but two drivers who have since left us in this album. In fact the first photo I took happened to be Jesse Hockett, with appearances by Donnie Ray Crawford as well. There are some great shots of both from this event! I couldn’t remember if I had even seen Donnie Ray race before, guess I had!
Below are recaps from ASCS and URSS on their portions of the show…
Nineteen-year-old Jack Dover of Springfield, NE, captured the biggest victory of his young career with a $10,000 Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters score in Sunday’s Steve King Memorial presented by Coors Light at the Jetmore Motorplex.
Dover took the lead away from Wayne Johnson on the 17th round and then held off a late bid from Gary Wright in the 35-lapper to secure his second career ASCS National win aboard the Eckley-powered 3D Auto Transport/Home Pride Co. No. 53 Eagle, all in front of the VERSUS Network cameras.
“The competition here is unreal, this is the biggest win I’ve had by far,” Dover commented from victory lane. “With everything that Lucas Oil and K&N Filters are doing with this series, it’s the best thing going.”
Dover locked himself into Sunday night’s main event via a late move around Gary Wright for the fourth and final transfer position in Saturday night’s preliminary feature event. And, when it all boiled down to the critical final circuits on Sunday night, it was once again Dover denying Wright. Only this time, it was for the $10,000 winner’s share.
Starting from the third position, Dover chased pole starter Wayne Johnson in the early rounds. But when Johnson struggled with the turn two cushion on consecutive laps near the midway point, Dover took quick advantage by racing into the lead on the 17th round.
Dover checked out in the ensuing rounds, leaving Johnson to battle with the likes of Shane Stewart, Travis Rilat and Gary Wright. By the time the race’s first caution flew with 29 laps in the books for Brian Brown’s stalled mount off the backstretch, Dover’s straightaway advantage was erased and it was Wright who had battled from the fifth position on the 23rd lap into the runner-up slot by the 25th lap.
Dover had the luxury of a pair of lapped cars between himself and Wright on the lap 30 restart. That luxury was gone when the caution flew again for a stalled Tim Crawley with just three laps remaining.
With the four-time ASCS National champion on his tailtank, Dover admitted that, “I was nervous, I just kept telling myself ‘Stay calm, stay calm’.”
Wright wasted no time, challenging for the lead as soon as action resumed. But, with Wright working the low side and Dover up top, the red lights flickered on when Zach Chappell missed the turn three cushion and tumbled down the embankment. Chappell, who held down third for the initial eleven laps before slipping back, walked away uninjured.
Under the ensuing open red flag, Dover and crew made the right calls. “I told them to put a couple of rounds in it and they told me where to run.”
It worked, as Dover dashed away from Wright and company over the final three-lap charge to the stripe to secure the win. Wright settled for runner-up honors in Scott Brown’s ASI-powered Lubbock Wrecker Service No. 9x Maxim, with Rilat taking the show position in the Shark-powered F&J Construction No. 29 Triple-X.
Mired in ninth as late as the 23rd lap, defending Lucas Oil ASCS National champion Jason Johnson made a late charge to claim fourth in Lanny Row’s Wesmar-powered The Shop Motorsports No. 41 Eagle.
After cracking the Lucas Oil ASCS feature lineup for the first time in four 2009 tries, Jesse Hockett earned Hard Charger honors by racing from 22nd to round out the top five aboard the RMS-powered VKCC Motorsports/Tom Buch No. 13 JEI.
Wayne Johnson slipped to sixth at the stripe in Donnie Cooper’s No. 01 entry, with Shane Stewart clinging to a two-point lead over Wright in the $60,000 championship points chase by crossing the line in seventh.
Utilizing a promoter’s option to start the main event, Tony Bruce, Jr., blasted from 25th to eighth, picking up some extra cash but no extra points.
Danny Wood raced from 18th to ninth, while Brady Bacon gained a handful of positions to finish as the final car on the lead lap in tenth.
Wayne Johnson, Paul McMahan, Jason Johnson, Gary Taylor and Brian Brown topped Sunday night’s heat race action, with W. Johnson and Seth Bergman joining in on the redraw as the night’s top passing points earners. Saturday’s top four finishers left the front row open for Johnson and Bergman.
Nick Smith won the first 15-lap “B” Main, with Danny Wood topping the second “B” Main.
Kenneth Walker got upside down in turn two on the 11th lap of the first “B”, collecting Darren Long and Eric Baldaccini. On the restart, Matt Covington went for a wild ride in turn two after contact while battling for the third and final transfer position. There were no injuries, with Walker and Baldaccini both using provisionals for the main event.
Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters
Jetmore Motorplex – Jetmore, KS
Steve King Memorial Results:
Locked in From Saturday’s Preliminary Feature:
29-Travis Rilat, 57-Shane Stewart, e85-Zach Chappell, 53-Jack Dover.
Heat Races (Top 12 in Passing Points to “A” Main; Balance to 2 “B” Mains):
Heat One (8 Laps): 1. 01-Wayne Johnson, 2. 19-Joe McCarthy, 3. 12-Trey Robb, 4. 97h-Brian Herbert, 5. 97-Aaron Berryhill, 6. 87-Brian McClelland, 7. 13k-Kathryne Minter, 8. 72x-Steven Richardson. DNS: 11-Chad Corken.
Heat Two (8 Laps): 1. 3d-Paul McMahan, 2. 10a-Ricky Logan, 3. 15s-Nick Smith, 4. 94-Danny Wood, 5. 13-Jesse Hockett, 6. 0T-Jake Martens, 7. 0c-Derek Drown, 8. 85-Jerry Bell, 9. 4J-Lee Grosz.
Heat Three (8 Laps): 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 2. 9x-Gary Wright, 3. 45x-C.J. Johnson, 4. 2-Kenneth Walker, 5. 51-Mike Peters, 6. 51x-Dave Hall, 7. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 8. 04-Brad Graham, 9. 27-Patrick Bourke.
Heat Four (8 Laps): 1. 91-Gary Taylor, 2. 99-Brady Bacon, 3. 1x-Garry Lee Maier, 4. 72-Sherman Davis, 5. 03-Joe Wood, Jr., 6. 81-Jon Freeman, 7. 1-Sean McClelland, 8. 33-Kris Miller, 9. 46-Dusty Murray.
Heat Five (8 Laps): 1. 21-Brian Brown, 2. 88-Tim Crawley, 3. 23-Seth Bergman, 4. 55-Donnie Ray Crawford, 5. 81au-Gavin Punch, 6. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 7. 7-Darren Long, 8. 95-Matt Covington.
“B” Mains (Top 3 From Each Advance to “A” Main):
First “B” Feature (15 Laps): 1. 15s-Nick Smith, 2. 51-Mike Peters, 3. 19-Joe McCarthy, 4. 0c-Derek Drown, 5. 7-Darren Long, 6. 4J-Lee Grosz, 7. 04-Brad Graham, 8. 27-Patrick Bourke, 9. 95-Matt Covington, 10. 2-Kenneth Walker, 11. 81-Jon Freeman, 12. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 13. 0T-Jake Martens, 14. 51x-Dave Hall, 15. 72-Sherman Davis, 16. 45x-C.J. Johnson.
Second “B” Feature (15 Laps): 1. 94-Danny Wood, 2. 1x-Garry Lee Maier, 3. 13-Jesse Hockett, 4. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 5. 97-Aaron Berryhill, 6. 1-Sean McClelland, 7. 81au-Gavin Punch, 8. 55-Donnie Ray Crawford, 9. 11-Chad Corken, 10. 87-Brian McClelland, 11. 13k-Kathryne Minter, 12. 72x-Steven Richardson, 13. 33-Kris Miller, 14. 46-Dusty Murray, 15. 03-Joe Wood, Jr. DNS: 85-Jerry Bell.
Steve King Memorial “A” Main Event:
“A” Feature (35 Laps): 1. 53-Jack Dover, 2. 9x-Gary Wright, 3. 29-Travis Rilat, 4. 41-Jason Johnson, 5. 13-Jesse Hockett, 6. 01-Wayne Johnson, 7. 57-Shane Stewart, 8. 18-Tony Bruce, Jr., 9. 94-Danny Wood, 10. 99-Brady Bacon, 11. 15s-Nick Smith, 12. 91-Gary Taylor, 13. 23-Seth Bergman, 14. 88-Tim Crawley, 15. 21-Brian Brown, 16. 2-Kenneth Walker, 17. 3d-Paul McMahan, 18. e85-Zach Chappell, 19. 10a-Ricky Logan, 20. 4-Eric Baldaccini, 21. 97h-Brian Herbert, 22. 19-Joe McCarthy, 23. 1x-Garry Lee Maier, 24. 51-Mike Peters, 25. 12-Trey Robb.
Lap Leaders: Wayne Johnson 1-16, Jack Dover 17-35.
Note: Eric Baldaccini and Kenneth Walker utilized provisionals based on 2008 owner’s points to start the “A” Main. Tony Bruce, Jr., utilized a promoter’s provisional.
Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Car Dirt Series presented by K&N Filters Points (Top 20): 1. Shane Stewart 578, 2. Gary Wright 576, 3. Jason Johnson 574, 4. Danny Wood 520, 5. Travis Rilat 509, 6. Nick Smith 508, 7. Paul McMahan 506, 8. Jack Dover 501, 9. Zach Chappell 469, 10. Tim Crawley 453, 11. Tony Bruce, Jr. 447, 12. Eric Baldaccini 430, 13. Sean McClelland 427, 14. Joe Wood, Jr. 422, 15. Trey Robb 407, 16. Brady Bacon 398, 17. Brian Brown 370, 18. Kenneth Walker 368, 19. Jesse Hockett 365, 20. Matt Covington 357.
by Lonnie Wheatley
The United Rebel Sprint Series continued its Memorial Weekend with night number two at the Steve King Memorial at the Jetmore Motorplex. The packed grandstands witnessed one of the best races in URSS history as the Rebels ran two and three wide at the high-banks, at one point positions one through six were within mere feet of each other as they battled for the lead. When it was all said and done, it was Quinter Kansas’s C. J. Johnson swept the weekends races at the Motorplex, but getting the win wasn’t easy.
Sublette Kansas’s Lance Davis led the field to the green flag and jumped out into the early lead, as the field made its way through turns one and two. Jetmore Kansas’s Ray Seemann took over the lead going into turn three on lap two, with Taylor Milton, Davis, Tanner Mullens, Barry Crane and Darren Bowman battling for positions fourth through sixth. Lap four saw the battle for the fifth position heat up as C J Johnson made his way to challenge Bowman for he spot. Up front Seemann was being pressured by Fargo Oklahoma’s Taylor Milton for the top spot as Milton continued to pressure the leader looking for the opening to make the pass.
After a quick caution Seemann continued to hold the lead as behind him a battle royal was shaping up as Brian Herbert and Jason Martin had made their way to the front. Herbert took the runner-up spot from Milton as Johnson and Patrick Bourke made their way to Davis’s back bumper and the pair quickly made their way past Davis to take over the position. Up front Herbert used the low line to press Seemann for the top spot and on lap thirteen he made the pass. Seemann used the cushion to take the spot back one lap later as Milton joined the fray for the runner up spot battling Herbert. Back in the pack, CJ Johnson, Tanner Mullens and Jason Martin all had worked their way through traffic to battle for the fourth through sixth positions.
Soon it was Milton, Herbert, Johnson, Mullens and Martin all fighting for position racing two and three wide as they diced their way through lapped traffic. Johnson made his move and split Milton and Herbert going into turn three to take over the runner-up position and set his sights on Seemann. Johnson dove to the bottom and used the low line to take the lead from the rim riding Seemann. Jason Martin had worked his way o the fifth spot as the laps started winding down. Soon it was Seemann, Milton, Herbert, Martin and Bowman all battling for position at times running mere inches from each other as they sliced and diced their way around the 3/8’s mile oval.
With two to go the best battle on the tracks was for positions two through six, with Seemann and Martin locked in a fierce battle for the runner up spot followed closely by Herbert, Mullens and Milton hot on their heels fighting for position as well. As the white flag fell the battle for second through sixth place was intense as all five cars were in a pack jockeying for position. Going down the backstretch Martin and Seemann dueled their way into the final corner side by side with Seemann, Milton and Herbert in their tire tracks. When the checkers flew it was Johnson picking up the win with Martin, Seemann, Mullens, and Milton rounding out the top five. However Mullens failed to make the minimum weight at the scales and was disqualified.
The Keizer Aluminum Wheels “Hard Charger Award” went to C J Johnson came from his ninth starting spot to grab the victory.
A-Main: 1- CJ Johnson (45X), 2-Jason Martin (36), 3-Ray Seemann (72), 4-Taylor Milton (91X), 5- Brian Herbert (97), 6- Richie Dewell (112), 7-Patrck Bourke (27), 8-Darren Bowman (9B), 9-Barry Crane (30C), 10-Lance Davis (9D), 11-Don Steiben (6), 12-Cody Caldwell (77), 13-Van Kuhn (K3), 14-Kirby Hagans (4), 15-Keefe Hemel (11), 16-Justin Chaffin (69), 17-Jerry Caldwell (80), Tanner Mullens DQ light at the scales
Heat #1: CJ Johnson, 2-Barry Crane, 3-Don Steiben, 4-Richie Dewell, 5-Tanner Mullens, 6-Jerry Caldwell
Heat #2: Taylor Milton, 2-Ray Seemann, 3-Jason Martin, 4-Brian Herbert, 5-Kirby Hagan, 6-Justin Chaffin
Heat #3:Lance Davis, 2-Keefe Hemel, 3-Darren Bowman, 4-Pat Bourke, 5-Cody Caldwell, 6-Van Kuhn