Night four of Buckeye Dirt Weeks featured a late-race showdown between a local shoe and one of the region’s biggest stars at Wayne County Speedway. Nearby Wooster, OH’s Doug Drown led wire-to-wire in the thirty lap Ultimate Mid OHIO Valley/Heart of America Super Late Model Series feature, but held off a last-corner charge from Friday night’s Hilltop Speedway winner Tyler Carpenter as the two made contact and Carpenter hit the wall as they crossed under the checkered flag.
It appeared to be a runaway for Drown as he went unchallenged for most of the event. He admitted he was not expecting Carpenter to make a late-race charge and be on his rear bumper on the final lap, but was glad to get his first-career ULTIMATE win at his home track.
“I wasn’t actually expecting him to be there,” Drown told Speed51.com. “I saw him on the restarts and that was the only time I saw him, then on the last lap I thought I heard a motor but I wasn’t sure if it was a lapped car, and he got a heck of a run on us. I feel bad that we got together, but obviously it was a great race for the fans and we brought home the win. It’s great to get one here at home with the stellar group we had, very thankful that car was right on again. It was a great track as well.”
West Virginia’s Tyler Carpenter had to charge from the fourth row for the second straight night. He worked his way into second by the halfway point and hung around with Drown before putting on his late race charge. He stated he did what he had to do to try to pick up the win, but came up just short in the end.
“It came down to the wire and Drown is good here, he’s bad to the bone,” Carpenter said. “I was just thankful to charge to the front and hold my own and get it right down to the wire. It basically ended up in a crash but when a guy like Doug Drown is leading, he isn’t going to give it to you, so you’ve got to pull some hail mary and I did. It got down to the wire and we got nose-to-nose and I got against the wall. It was just one of those deals, I’m still thankful for second place and a hell of a run to Doug Drown here and I’m ready for the next race.”
The race also served as the finale of the Attica-Wayne County Late Model challenge, where Drown was crowned the champion of the mini-series when he took the green flag for the main event. He also picked up the win in the Super Stock feature after starting shotgun and making the pass for the lead on the last lap. Overall, it was a night he won’t soon forget.
“When you go to achieve those things and you do achieve them, it’s pretty rewarding,” he said. “It was one of our small goals this year was that challenge and both championships. I’m racing the Street Stock as well and we’re trying to get that championship as well.”
Dave Hess Jr finished third, while J.R. Gentry and Alex Ferree rounded out the top five.
The Buckeye Dirt Weeks conclude next weekend when they go to Bushcreek Motorsports Complex in Peebles, OH Friday night, followed by the finale at West Virginia’s Princeton Speedway on Saturday night.
ULTIMATE MoV/HoA Wayne County Speedway Results:
- Doug Drown
- Tyler Carpenter
- Dave Hess Jr
- R. Gentry
- Alex Ferree
- Ryan Montgomery
- Mitch Caskey
- Ryan Markham
- Rod Conley
- Mike Pegher Jr
- Dave Hornikel
- Larry Bellman
- Jerry Aber
- Craig Hartong
- Cory Conley
- Brad Malcuit
- Jeff Warnick
- Nick Cox
- Jason Henderson
- Tom Denzinger
- Thomas Baker
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51.com