The 4th annual Butch Shay Memorial for the Ultimate Battle of the Bluegrass Super Late Model Series was on Saturday, July 7th. Richmond Raceway located southeast of Lexington in Richmond, KY served as hosts of the UBOB cars and stars for the second all-time appearance in series history. The night before, the Prelude to the Butch Shay Memorial was rained out, so everyone was on an even playing field leading into the $5,000 to win showdown. When all was said and done, Jared Hawkins emerged victorious after race-long leader, Tommy Bailey jumped the cushion, breaking a tie rod and taking down the turn four guardrail, handing the lead to Hawkins who made no mistake in holding off Eric Wells for the win.
“I’d rather be lucky than good,” Smiled the 31-year-old driver from Fairmont, WV after climbing from his #11 Tim Logan Racing / Rocket XR1 Chassis / Clements Racing Engines machine to a rousing ovation from the packed grandstands. “We were in such a battle there with Eric (Wells) for second for what seemed like the whole race, I didn’t think we had anything for Tommy (Bailey). Then when he (Bailey) had his deal there, I still wasn’t quite sure if we’d be able to hold Eric (Wells) off. But we did it. Thanks to Tim, Cameron, Lee, Rick, Rondall and all the guys who work hard week in and week out.” He added.
Hawkins and Bailey led the field to the green flag for the 50-lap / $5,000 to win main event of the weekend. Bailey would utilize the outside lane to take the lead from Hawkins who then had to deal with Wells, the 2013 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series rookie of the year, who started behind him in third. Despite six cautions before the halfway point, Bailey was up to the task on each Delaware Double-File Restart and would pull away from the Hawkins/Wells battle after each and every restart.
There were two more restarts once halfway was reached and each time, Bailey would inch away from Hawkins and Wells who never left each other’s side. With three laps to go and heading into turns three and four, Bailey, who had been working the high line for most of the race, jumped the cushion, breaking a tie rod and crashed hard into the turn four guardrail, climbing it and tearing it off its posts. After a 20-minute delay to repair the guardrail. The final restart would see Hawkins get away from Wells from the drop of the last green flag and go on to score his first career Ultimate Battle of the Bluegrass Super Late Model Series Feature win.
Wells settled for second over 2017 Butch Shay Memorial winner, Jason Jameson, who started ninth. V.P. Racing Fuels Fast Qualifier, Duane Chamberlain grabbed fourth ahead of defending track champion, Derek Fisher who completed the top five. Daniel Dial scored a sixth-place finish while five-time track champion, Jason Barrett was seventh after starting 16th. Austin Burns was eighth after starting deep in the field in 22nd while 16-year-old Dalton Brown was ninth from 18th and Tim Turgate rounded out the top 10. Earlier in the afternoon, Chamberlain out-qualified the 25-car field to win the V.P. Racing Fuels Fast Qualifier award with a 14.682 while Hawkins, Bailey and Wells won the Qualifier Heat Races.
The 4th annual Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week is next for the Ultimate Battle of the Bluegrass Super Late Model Series as they join their counterparts within the Ultimate Mid-Ohio Valley Super Late Model Series for two weeks of exciting racing action. It all starts on Wednesday, July 25th with the series’ first ever appearance at Jackson County Speedway in Jackson, OH. Then on Thursday, July 26th a short 40-minute trip west is next as the home of the #BuckeyeLMDirtWeek Atomic Speedway in Waverly, OH hosts the series for the fifth all-time event there, the most of any track in series history.
On Friday, July 27th, the series travels even further west by 80 minutes to Moler Raceway Park in Williamsburg, OH for the second ever race there before ending the first week on Saturday, July 28th with a 200-mile trip northeast to NAPA Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, OH and the third ever race there at the northern most track on the schedule.
The second week begins on Thursday, August 2nd with the track set to host “to be announced” very soon. Then on Friday, August 3rd, it’s onto Brushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, OH for the next to last race and third ever event for the series there. On Saturday, August 4th, it’s a short 45 minutes trip southeast for the Series Finale, paying $5,000 to Win at Portsmouth Raceway Park in Portsmouth, OH in the series first ever race at the southern Ohio facility.
For more information about the 4th annual Buckeye Dirt Late Model Week, go to the series website located at: www.buckeyedirtweeks.com as well as on all social media networks, including Facebook at “Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week” and on Twitter, via: www.twitter.com/MOVSupers using the hashtag: #BuckeyeLMDirtWeek
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Check out the official website for the Ultimate Mid-Ohio Valley Super Late Model Series at: www.ultimatesupers.com/MOVHome and continue to follow our social media networks on Facebook at “Ultimate Mid-Ohio Valley Super Late Model Series” and on Twitter at: @MOVSupers
The ULTIMATE Battle of the Bluegrass Super Late Model Series would like to recognize their series partners for the 2018 season which include: American Racer, Hoosier Race Tires, VP Race Fuels, Arizona Sport Shirts, DirtonDirt.com, RockAuto.com, Simpson, and Thomas Clarke Performance Web Design.
The ULTIMATE Mid-Ohio Valley Super Late Model Series would like to recognize their marketing partners for the 2018 season which include: American Racer Tires, Hoosier Race Tires, VP Race Fuels, Dave Poske’s Performance Parts, Radical Racegear, MarTel Sign Company, Simpson, Thomas Clarke Performance, Kryptonite Racecars and Swift Springs.
4th annual Butch Shay Memorial – Saturday, July 7th, 2018
Ultimate Battle of the Bluegrass Super Late Model Series – 25 Cars
4th annual Butch Shay Memorial Feature (50 Laps): 1. (1) 11h Jared Hawkins, 2. (3) 18 Eric Wells, 3. (9) 12 Jason Jameson, 4. (4) 20 Duane Chamberlain, 5. (5) 38 Derek Fisher, 6. (10) 11 Daniel Dial, 7. (16) b5 Jason Barrett, 8. (22) 22 Austin Burns, 9. (18) 23b Dalton Brown, 10. (11) 18 Tim Turgate, 11. (13) 75e Elliott Despain, 12. (19) 15r C.J. Ruble, 13. (21) 11m Charles McDonald, 14. (2) 11b Tommy Bailey, 15. (14) oh1o John Whitney, 16. (15) 14a Dustin Golden, 17. (12) 88 Skylar Marlar, 18. (23) 11n Joey Notchie, 19. (8) 32 Chad Stapleton, 20. (20) 1 Daniel Shelton, 21. (17) 102 Jonathan Couch, 22. (6) 35 Todd Coffman, 23. (25) 24 Jared Bailey, 24. (7) 97 Michael Chilton, 25. (24) 33t Wesley Brummett
Heat 1-Group A (10 Laps): 1. (2) 11h Jared Hawkins, 2. (1) 20 Duane Chamberlain, 3. (3) 97 Michael Chilton, 4. (6) 11 Daniel Dial, 5. (7) 75e Elliott Despain, 6. (5) b5 Jason Barrett, 7. (8) 15r C.J. Ruble, 8. (9) 22 Austin Burns, 9. (4) 24 Jared Bailey
Heat 2-Group B (10 Laps): 1. (2) 11b Tommy Bailey, 2. (1) 38 Derek Fisher, 3. (3) 32 Chad Stapleton, 4. (5) 18 Tim Tungate, 5. (4) oh1o John Whitney, 6. (6) 102 Jonathan Couch, 7. (7) 1 Daniel Shelton, 8. (8) 11n Joey Notchie
Heat 3-Group C (10 Laps): 1. (2) 18 Eric Wells, 2. (1) 35 Todd Coffman, 3. (4) 12 Jason Jameson, 4. (3) 88 Skylar Marlar, 5. (6) 14a Dustin Golden, 6. (7) 23b Dalton Brown, 7. (8) 11m Charles McDonald, 8. (5) 33 Wesley Brummett
Qualifying: 1. 20 Duane Chamberlain 14.682, 2. 38 Derek Fisher, 3. 38 Todd Coffman, 4. 11h Jared Hawkins, 5. 11b Tommy Bailey, 6. 18 Eric Wells, 7. 97 Michael Chilton, 8. 32 Chad Stapleton, 9. 88 Skylar Marlar, 10. 24 Jared Bailey, 11. oh1o John Whitney, 12. 12 Jason Jameson, 13. B5 Jason Barrett, 14. 18 Tim Tungate, 15. 33 Wesley Brummett, 16. 11 Daniel Dial, 17. 102 Jonathan Couch, 18. 14a Dustin Golden, 19. 75e Elliott Despain, 20. 1 Daniel Shelton, 21. 23b Dalton Brown, 22. 15r C.J. Ruble, 23. 11n Joey Notchie, 24. 11m Charles McDonald, 25. 22 Austin Burns