Double X-Speedway Kicks off 2017 Racing Season
By Dean Reichel
The opening night of the 2017 racing season at Double-X Speedway is officially in the books. The feature event in the Winged Sprint car division kept fans of two drivers on the edge of their seats. Evan Martin of Lohman and Sedalia’s Jonathan Cornell started side by side on the front row, Martin won the race into turn 1 and spent the next 24 and 3/4 laps holding off strong challenges from Cornell. With martin locked on to the cushion, Cornell would follow until he had the opportunity to move to the bottom to mount a pass only to find traction lacking on the low groove. Martin would prevail through three caution flags and restarts to pick up the victory. Cornell would settle for second. Corey Nelson ran a solid third, traveling Zach Daum would finish fourth with local shoe Tyler Blank in fifth and another traveling racer Jamie Ball crossing the stripe sixth. Brian Beebe and Bailey Elliott rounded out the field. Martin and Cornell claimed the heat race wins. Taylor Walton was also in attendance but suffered mechanical problems in his heat race.
In a dominating performance, Tom Curran of KC, MO picked up the 600cc Micro Sprint feature win. Early leader Brian Wood was able to pick up the second spot, Nick Rasa was third, Kaitlyn Boland crossed the stripe fourth and Garrett Williamson competed the top five. Braydon Cromwell was sixth, Kyle Schlotz seventh, Marty Ballenger finished eighth, John Bernhardt ninth and Rudy Reyes was 10th. Philip Dietz completed the field. Wood and Curran took the heat race victories.
Chuck Coffey picked up the feature and heat race victories in the hobby stock division. Mike Schrader tried every trick in the book to get by the leader but had to settle for the runner up position. Jeremiah Wallingford finished third, Drew Tilly was fourth and Chris Brockert was fifth.
In the street stock division the victor was Harlan Dowell picked up the victory over Clayton Campbell, heat race winner Dalton Imhoff, Brandon Hays and Dennis Scheperle.
Racing continues next Sunday night, gates open at 5 racing starts at 7:30
CONGRATULATIONS TO TONIGHT’S WINNERS!!!