Columbus, OH — In his 44th career start, which is tops all-time in career starts in the JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour , Joshua Nelms would visit victory lane for the first time in his career. The victory came in the Memorial 100 Presented by JEGS.com at Columbus Motor Speedway. The Lockport, Illinois veteran took full advantage of Brandon Oakley’s misfortune late in the thrilling event. Oakley had batled his way to the front completing two three wide passes early on and leading most of the event. his undoing was a deflating tire with 11 laps to go as the 39-year-old Nelms cruised past. From there, he staved off a final challenge by Kyle Purvis who outran Mike Stacy, Randy Chupp and Quinnton Bear.
Donnie Hill captured his first feature win of the 2015 season in Saturday’s Memorial Day Classic at Columbus Motor Speedway. The six time track champion outran a 20-car NASCAR Whelen All American Series field of late models in route to the victory holding off a determined Cody Robinson and Kyle Purvis in the late going to score the victory.
Josh Cahill and Daryl McKay brought the field to the green flag with the former controlling the 50-lap event from the outset. Rookie candidate Robinson and Hill gave chase through lap-5 when the youngster swept past to secure the top spot. He was looking for a second consecutive win at Ohio’s preeminent late model facility. Hill, however, had other plans. He started fourth and was up to second as lap-8 went up on the NASCAR scoreboard. Continuing in the outside lane of the third-mile paved oval and taking full advantage of the recently paved high line, Hill disposed of Robinson to secure the point 12-laps in. He pulled away leaving Robinson and Cahill in his wake as Kyle Purvis began to turn some heads. Purvis, driving a new Steve Scott owned mount had started ninth and bypassed good friend Chad Pendleton to claim third position at the races midpoint. Next up was Robinson and Purvis disposed of him with twelve laps remaining. He set sail for the race leader and pulled to the outside of Hill’s Architect Glass racer with two to go. That was Robinson’s cue and he squeezed inside to reclaim the runner-up spot at the checkered behind Hill. Purvis was third at the stripe ahead of Pendleton and fast qualifier Kyle Jones.
One of the more dominant performances of the night came in Columbus modified competition where Shane Shirk came from eighth spot to claim victory. The Springfield Ohio driver chased down race long leader Buddy Townsend with 12 laps remaining in a caution free 40-lap lap affair. Townsend held on for second at the stripe ahead of Kyle Purvis, Shawn Gray and Ethan Mullet.
Phil Gussler Jr allocated his first sport stock feature victory of the season besting current point leader and fast qualifier George Lindsay at the checkered flag. Ralph Vinson came from way back to finish third in the 30-lap contest while Steve Karnes and Bruce Holmes rounded out the top five.
Dennis Stansbury was a first time winner in crazy compact competition besting Ryan Tamburro, Michael Robison, Danielle Brown and Ryan Smith in that division’s 25-lapper.
-Columbus Motor Speedway Press Release. Photo credit: John Rees