Over 60 cars at opening night at Fayette County Speedway

By Kristopher Blankenship

Opening night at Fayette County Speedway went off without a hitch last Friday night, as the UMP modifieds, B-Mods, street stocks and hornets all hit the track.

The track was smooth and fast all night, and fans were treated to great racing in all classes, which featured 65 cars. A mix of old cars, new cars, new drivers and drivers changing classes should make for an exciting season in the points standings.

In the UMP modified class, Brian Bielong and Robbie Eilers put on a show, with both drivers winning his heat race.

Eilers came out on top in the dash, but in the feature, it was Bielong's high-flying driving style that proved untouchable to give him the first checkered flag of the year.

Notables: Craig Kern, third, and Michael Meyer, fifth.

The B-Mod class was much anticipated and did not let down. Twenty cars showed up, and racing was fast and tight all night.

Mark Anderson, Ryan Eilers, Billy Knebel Jr. all took heat wins, then Anderson walked away from them in the dash, winning without a challenge.

Eilers challenged Anderson in the feature. Early on, Anderson stayed smooth on the bottom groove, and pulled out to the lead until Eilers’ tires heated up, allowing him to come roaring back on top and make the pass.

Anderson was not finished, however, as the top groove began to go away. He stayed smooth and patient on bottom and made his way back to the front to take the first B-Mod flag of the season.

Behind them, new cars and new drivers became acquainted with each other, with some finding it more challenging than others. The race had several caution flags, and hard racing all throughout the field.

Notables: Joe Younker, second in his heat; Chris Bolyard, third in the feature; and Jarred Morrison, fifth in the feature.

In the street stock class, it was all Tony Walker, driving to heat and feature wins.

Jacob Tompkins didn’t let Walker easily drive to the checkers, as both drivers hugged the bottom fighting for all the bite they could get out of the race track.

Walker took the win, with Tompkins looking at his left rear.

Notables: Mike Conlee, third in a new car, and Bob Goldman, who made the feature start despite nearly flipping in his heat race.

Jeremy Reed earned the top finish in the UMP hornet class, with David Bolyard starting eighth but charging through the field and challenging Reed for the lead.

Eldon Hemkin finished third after a little extracurricular activity resulted in disqualification of two  drivers for rough driving.

There were 19 drivers in the class.

High school cars got the track last, with five kids competing.

Dawson Barker continued his dominance, with challenger Jaekob Durbin following in second and Jason Struble finishing third.

The next race is on Friday at 7 p.m., with the Kids Club Easter egg hunt during intermission.

Friday, April 11

UMP MODIFIED
HEAT 1
1.            70           BRIAN BIELONG
2.            25C         CRAIG KERN
3.            128         ZACH SCHANTZ
4.            55V        BRADLEY VENHAUS
HEAT 2
1.            3E           ROBBIE EILERS
2.            41M       BRENT MULLINS
3.            89           NORM WOOD
4.            2M         MICHAEL MEYER
DASH
1.            3E           ROBBIE EILERS
2.            70           BRIAN BIELONG
3.            41M       BRENT MULLINS
4.            25C         CRAIG KERN
FEATURE
1.            70           BRIAN BIELONG
2.            3E           ROBBIE EILERS
3.            25C         CRAIG KERN
4.            128         ZACH SCHANTZ
5.            2M         MICHAEL MEYER
6.            63           BRET EILERMAN
7.            41M       BRENT MULLINS
8.            55V        BRADLEY VENHAUS
9.            27           LENNY GARSON
DNS      89           NORM WOOD
DNS       N59        CHAD EVANS
SPORTMOD
HEAT 1
1.            31           MARK ANDERSON
2.            88           ROB LEE
3.            7M         CALEB MILLER
4.            41           CJ SPRINGER
HEAT 2
1.            3              RYAN EILERS
2.            101         JEFF BUSS
3.            88           CHRIS BOLYARD
4.            5              JARED MORRISON
HEAT 3
1.            75           BILLY KNEBEL JR
2.            Y35         JOE YOUNKER
3.            B51         KYLE BLAIR
4.            89           TROY PORTER
DASH
1.            31           MARK ANDERSON
2.            3              RYAN EILERS
3.            101         JEFF BUSS
4.            75           BILLY KNEBEL JR
FEATURE
1.            31           MARK ANDERSON
2.            3              RYAN EILERS
3.            88           CHRIS BOLYARD
4.            75           BILLY KNEBEL JR
5.            101         JEFF BUSS
6.            5              JARED MORRISON
7.            7M         CALEB MILLER
8.            27           KEITH HARRE
9.            B51         KYLE BLAIR
10.          4D           DOUG TYE
11.          22M       MATT MEYER
12.          66           TONY STINDE
13.          89           TROY PORTER
14.          16E         TODD EYMAN
15.          41           CJ SPRINGER
16.          88           ROB LEE
17.          98B         DAVID BARKER
18.          28           JUSTIN DURBIN
19.          Y35         JOE YOUNKER
DNS       54           SHAUN HORSTMANN
UMP HORNET
HEAT 1
1.            62X         JAY GORDON
2.            79           RUSTY SNIDER
3.            44B         BRANDON BUATTE
4.            24           JUSTIN CLARK
HEAT 2
1.            33           JEREMY REED
2.            WHO 2  ELDON HEMKEN
3.            2J            JOSH CALLAHAN
4.            47           DAVID BOLYARD
FEATURE
1.            33           JEREMY REED
2.            47           DAVID BOLYARD
3.            WHO2   ELDON HEMKEN
4.            24           JUSTIN CLARK
5.            79           RUSTY SNIDER
6.            10           CHRIS WRIGHT
7.            41           MICHAEL BOLYARD
8.            85           DAVID WRIGHT
9.            96           DEREK PETERS
10.          73           DALE MAY
11.          7S           KATE SMITH
12.          00           JIM COLE
13.          78           JERROD LONG
14.          6              TROY STEIN
15.          9              JAMES TRIVETT
16.          44B         BRANDON BUATTE
DQ          2J            JOSH CALLAHAN
DQ          62X         JAY GORDON
DNS       35           LYNN LASH
PURESTOCK
HEAT 1
1.            80           TONY WALKER
2.            32T         JACOB TOMPKINS
3.            7C           MIKE CONLEE
4.            3B           KRIS BLANKENSHIP
FEATURE
1.            80           TONY WALKER
2.            32T         JACOB TOMPKINS
3.            7C           MIKE CONLEE
4.            14           MIKE EVERETT
5.            194         BUBBA FELTNER
6.            30           BOB GOLDMAN
7.            3B           KRIS BLANKENSHIP
8.            16J          JOSH STRUBLE
9.            95           DAVID SIMS
DNS       4H           JD HOPWOOD
HIGH SCHOOL HORNETS
HEAT 1
1.            41           JAEKOB DURBIN
2.            99B         DAWSON BARKER
3.            16J          JASON STRUBLE
4.            14           BRANDON RIEGEL
FEATURE
1.            99B         DAWSON BARKER
2.            41           JAEKOB DURBIN
3.            16J          JASON STRUBLE
4.            73           LANE DURBIN
5.            14           BRANDON RIEGEL

Points through April 11
UMP MODIFIED
Pos.     Car No.     Driver                  Points
1     70     BRIAN BIELONG     79
2     3E     ROBBIE EILERS         74
3     25C     CRAIG KERN         68
4     128     ZACH SCHANTZ     62
5     2M     MICHAEL MEYER     56
6     41M     BRENT MULLINS     51
7     63     BRET EILERMAN     50
8     55V     BRADLEY VENHAUS     47
9     27     LENNY GARSON     44
10     89     NORM WOOD         12
11     N59     CHAD EVANS         10
UMP SPORTMOD
Pos.     Car No.     Driver                   Points
1.     31     MARK ANDERSON     79
2.     3     RYAN EILERS         74
3.     88     CHRIS BOLYARD     67
4.     75     BILLY KNEBEL JR     64
5.     101     JEFF BUSS         58
6.     5     JARED MORRISON     51
7.     7M     CALEB MILLER         50
T-8.     27     KEITH HARRE         46
T-8.     B51     KYLE BLAIR         46
10.     4D     DOUG TYE         42
11.     22M     MATT MEYER         40
T-12.     66     TONY STINDE         39
T-12.     89     TROY PORTER         39
14.     88     ROB LEE         38
T-15.     16E     TODD EYMAN         37
T-15.     41     CJ SPRINGER         37
17.     Y35     JOE YOUNKER         35
18.     98B     DAVID BARKER     34
19.     28     JUSTIN DURBIN     33
20.     54     SHAUN HORSTMANN     10
UMP HORNETS
Pos.     Car No.     Driver                   Points
1.     33     JEREMY REED         79
2.     47     DAVID BOLYARD     71
3.     WHO2     ELDON HEMKEN     68
4.     24     JUSTIN CLARK         61
5.     79     RUSTY SNIDER         58
6.     10     CHRIS WRIGHT     50
7.     41     MICHAEL BOLYARD     48
8.     85     DAVID WRIGHT     46
9.     96     DEREK PETERS         44
10.     73     DALE MAY         42
11.     7S     KATE SMITH         40
12.     0     JIM COLE         39
13.     78     JERROD LONG         38
T-14.     6     TROY STEIN         37
T-14.     44B     BRANDON BUATTE     37
16.     9     JAMES TRIVETT     36
17.     63X     JAY GORDON         14
18.     2J     JOSH CALLAHAN     12
19.     35     LYNN LASH         10
UMP PURE STOCK
Pos.     Car No.     Driver                   Points
1.     80     TONY WALKER         79
2.     32T     JACOB TOMPKINS     73
3.     7C     MIKE CONLEE         67
4.     14     MIKE EVERETT         60
5.     194     BUBBA FELTNER     55
6.     30     BOB GOLDMAN     50
7.     3B     KRIS BLANKENSHIP     49
8.     16J     JOSH STRUBLE         46
9.     95     DAVID SIMS         44
10.     4H     JD HOPWOOD         10
HIGH SCHOOL HORNETS
Pos.     Car No.     Driver                   Points
1.     99B     DAWSON BARKER     78
2.     41     JAEKOB DURBIN     74
3.     16J     JASON STRUBLE     67
4.     73     LANE DURBIN         60
5.     14     BRANDON RIEGEL     56

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