The grandstands were packed full of fans and friends alike for an exciting night of racing and the largest fireworks show around Saturday, June 29 at Wythe Raceway. The first class to take on the fast half mile was Ucar. At the wave of the checkered flag, James Graybeal was announced the winner followed by Britt Johnson, Kalya Surber, Bommer Wilson and Richard Shupe for the top five.
From the start of the race the men of Pro Mini made the high banks even wider, taking every turn three wide. A late race caution on lap 14 let Shane King pull to the lead. In order of finishing was King, Shawn King, Tanner Cook, Kevin Atwell and Chuck Kinzer.
Six cars started the Kcar feature, but the show was all about Braxton Surber, a veteran to the class from Sugar Grove. Surber led every circuit of the caution free ten-lap feature to bring home another win on his season second went to Rusty Tate followed by Samantha Atwell and Derek Hash.
Jason Powers and J.R. Davis made up the front row for the Wythe Eye Modifieds and kept the pace for the first nine laps of the twenty five lap feature. The first two cautions of the race came from Daniel Tate and Dustin Dowell, collecting one another on the backstretch with only two laps in the books, and Richard Shupe and Cody Umberger spinning in turn four on lap eight.
Davis’s night went downhill on the restart, having mechanical issues before pulling out of line from the field. He was able to save his car from the wall but was hit by Shaun Robinson of West Jefferson, which caused a chain reaction and was hit again by Will Ferguson. Ferguson was the only one able to continue after the carnage. With Davis out, Morgan Widener moved up beside Powers, by lap 11 Widener had taken over first. Matthew Yates finished second, Powers come home in third followed by Shupe and Cole Hedrick to round out the top five.
After a pause in the racing action for fireworks, the track came back to a roar for the fan favorite class, R&C Super Street. The event started with Dale Hancock and David Peeples on the front row after the invert. Jerry Dillow took the lead to keep on the restart after a yellow. Michael Deskins was all over the bumper of Keith Griffitts, who was behind Hancock pushing for the red flash of Dillow. The yellow lights flashed for the second time for spins in turn four from Randy Taylor and Kevin Cox, both able to continue. The field became a single file line for the next eight laps until the next radioed caution. Once the green dropped for the last time, Hancock didn’t take the start successfully leaving the inside line to fall back. In the end, no one was able to make a move on powerhouse Dillow, and for the first time this season he took home the check along with the trophy. Behind Dillow was Deskins, Hancock, Bentley and Griffitts for the top five.