Three new winners crowned at WPMS
With a beautiful evening for racing, a good track and an impressive field April 25, the Best Western Grand Villa annual event produced three new winners for the season out of the five weekly classes at West Plains Motor Speedway.
Shawn Walsh of Ash Flat made a return appearance on the IMCA Modified Victory Lane, but a hard-charging Scott Crigler of Alton gave him a real run for the money.
A lap-one fracas between turn three and four gathered up some of the top points cars, including Brandon Ball and Jason Brigman, both of West Plains, and sidelined some for the rest of the feature.
Finishing in the Modified top ten were: Rustin Miller of Houston, Carl Murphy of Caulfield, Joey Smith of Pomona, Bobby Skinner of Moody, Tony Carnal of Cabool, Austin Smith and Fred Scarbrough, both of Mammoth Spring and Ray Flippin of Flippin.
Remainder of the Modified field included Danny Peterson of West Plains, Daryl Hay of Doniphan, Denny Tryon of West Plains, Kanyan Methvin of Yellville, Chris Skinner of Moody, Brian Judd of West Plains, Monty Ragsdale of Mammoth Spring, Jerry Croney and Denny Dennison, both of West Plains, Chris Junkersfeld of Pocahontas, Brandon Ball, Jason Brigman and Matt Barry, all of West Plains, Lonnie Judd of Caulfield and Lonnie Evans of Houston.
The Super Stock feature winner, making his first win of the season, was Jeff North of Rogersville.
He was followed by Bobby Bryant and Kevin Collins, both of West Plains, Carmon Vincent of Moody, Stan Ellison and Dexter Frost, both of West Plains, Dee Kelly and Herman Kelly, both of Birch Tree, Bill Dixon of Thayer, Darren Fox of Mountain Grove and Dave Wallace of Theodosia.
John Stiner of West Plains proudly took his first Hobby Stock feature win of the season.
Hard charging Kevin Collins and Chris Piper, both of West Plains, came in second and third, and were followed closely by Dexter Frost and Brock Frost, both of Birch Tree, Mike Elliott of Ellsinore, Chuck Russell and Larry Duke, both of West Plains, Brian Ratliff of Hardy, Brent Wood of Sturkie, Scott Todd of Hardy, and Billy Collins and Kyle Duke, both of West Plains.
Making a return to Victory Lane with a Cruiser feature win was Clifford Collins II of West Plains. Coming in second was Tyler Newcom of Hardy, followed by Bill Harden, Rhonda Gunter, Benny Grogan, Corey Lambert and Doug Lambert, all of West Plains, Chris Eash of Highland, Clifford Collins, Mark Doiron and John Zuchowski, all of West Plains.
The Youth Hobby feature not only saw a first-time winner, but more cautions than they've had all season total. Lane Elliott of Ellsinore made his first feature win in his first trip to West Plains Motor Speedway this season.
Taking second was A.J. Smith of Mammoth Spring, followed by Skyler Cochran and Dakota Frost, both of West Plains, Savannah Sutton of Ash Flat and Jared Duke of West Plains.
Next weekend will be the annual Barlow Expedited Serivce race night bringing back the Fastrak Late Models, along with the IMCA Modified, Super Stock, Hobby Stock, Cruiser and Youth classes.
Gates will open at 5 p.m., hotlaps at 6:30 p.m., with racing at 7 p.m. Adult admission is only $10, senior citizens $8, kids 7-11 $3 and those 6-and-under are free.
Pit passes will be $20.