From bike races to the Modifieds of Mayhem, fans were treated to edge of the seat racing this Saturday night. The event featured the return of the Modfieds of Mayhem tour, 3 stock car divisions and 3 age groups of kids bike races.

Budweiser qualifying was the first event on the track as Modified Minis rolled out for 1 lap on the clock. #71 3 time track hampion Joel collier took his McKinney Tax service Ford Mustang around the ½ mile track in 23.200 capturing the “Budweiser Fast Time “ pole award. Collier missed the last event at Montgomery Motor Speedway with motor failure and looked strong with the new power plant. Nick Doehring #11 was second at 23.618 and Rusty Alverson qualified 3rd at 24.205

Street Stocks timed next with Joe Bethea Jr. #33 coming off 2 feature wins last race and capturing the pole with a time of 22.928. Chance Atkins #17 was second fastest with a time of 23.026 and Dwayne Wesenberg was clocked at 23.055

Interstate Batteries Late Model Sportsman rolled out next and Joe Hudson #3 blistered a lap of 21.212 followed by #21 Jason Furrow at 21.528 and Justin Caton #7 at 21.636

The Modifieds of Mayhem were next as 15 cars lined up for their chance at the “Budweiser Fast Time” Pole Award. Donnie Hamrac #8 was the second car out and looked to be the time to beat as he broke the 20 second barrier with a time of 19.737. That time held till the #07 of Ryan Paul ran a 19.660. Ryan time stood tall until the #145 of Billy Melvin from Trussville Alabama clicked of a pole winning time of 19.430.

Top 8:
#145 Billy Melvin 19.430
#131 Jeff Letson 19.618
#07 Ryan Paul 19.660
#8 Donnie Hamrac 19.737
#71 Johnny Brazier 19.846
#5 Donald Crocker 19.948
#66 Ryan Redmon 19.983
#74 Troy Grey 20.041

During opening ceremonies the top 8 drivers would redraw for their starting position. The new line up after the reraw:
#74 Troy Grey
#145 Billy Melvin
#8 Donnie Hamrac
#07 Ryan Paul
#131 Jeff Letson
#71 Johnny Brazier
#66 Ryan Redmon
#5 Donald Crocker

First Feature was modified Minis as #33 Joe Wingard from Morrow, Georgia led the field to green. #71 Joel Collier wasted no time taking control of the race and shot to the lead on lap 1. The #11 car of Nick Doehring looked smooth after his long layoff due to a crash on the opening night of the 2015 season. Lap 7 was not lucky for the #11 car as fluid covered his windshield and he had to retire his ride for the night. The caution was displayed for the safety crew to check the track and under caution a dispute erupted between the #71 of Collier and the #7 of Rusty alverson. Contact between the 2 cars led to front end damage to the 3 time Champions car and the #71 had to be towed to the pits. The race resumed with the #21 Commander Board signs sponsored Toyota Corolla of Steve Looney taking the lead. #7 Rusty Alverson stayed right in his tracks and tried to challenge him for the point position. In the end it was the 2010 Mini mod Champion Steve Looney taking the checkered flag for his first win of 2015.

Steve Looney #21
Rusty Alverson #7
Joe Wingard #33
Joel Collier #71
Nick Doehring #11

The Kids Bike races were next as a large field took to the track. The field was broken up into 3 age groups, 3-5, 6-9 and 9 and over. Trophies were handed out to the top 5 in each age group. A special thanks goes out to Darren Voulware from Bell Rd Cycle and his help in preparing the participants bikes for the races. Bell rd. Cycles can be reached at 334-676-1480

Street Stocks has been one of the most exciting and competitive divisions at Montgomery Motor Speedway for the past couple of years and Saturday night was no exception. Due to the dice roll inversion the #38 of Brian “Bubba” Hutchinson and #6 Charles Davis started on the front row. The action started early as the 2014 Champion Dwayne Wesenberg moved to the 2nd position as Charles Davis #6 took the lead. Lap 7 saw the leaders go 3 wide on the back stretch and contact between the #33 of Joe Bethea Jr. and #31 of Wesenberg sent the Stockyard grill sponsored Chevy Monte Carlo of Wesenberg spinning into the inside retaining wall. On the restart the #33 of Bethea Jr. and the #17 of Chance Atkins moved to the front. The action stayed intense as #24 David Wood challenged #6 of Charles Davis for the 3rd position. Once Wood cleared the #6 of Davis the show became the battle for 4th between the #6 of Charles Davis and the #31 of Wesenberg. The 2 drivers put on a racing clinic as they battled side by side for multiple laps. In the end Bethea #33 was able to hold off Atkins #17 for his 3rd win in a row.
Carroll Auto and Tire has signed on as a sponsor in the street stock division. They will award 1 Hoosier 890 tire to the 3rd place finisher every race. Thank you Carroll Auto and Tire in Prattville.

Street Stocks
Joe Bethea Jr. #33
Chance Atkins #17
David Wood #24
Charles Davis #6
Dwayne Wesenberg #31
Brian Hutchinson #38
Josh Wilson #12

The Modifieds of Mayhem cars were next to hit the track and the fans were on the edge of their seats after witnessing the last race on May 9th when Jeff Lertson #131 and Ryan Paul battled for the win and a tight field of cars really put on a show for the fans. This race brought more of the same as the fast cars worked their way to the front of the pack. Billy Melvin #145 in his Associated Cooling and Heating sponsored machine took off like a rocket and set the pace for the high horse powered open wheeled modified division. The race ran green as these talented drivers jockeyed for position until lap 17 when the #74 spun in turn 4 bringing out the first caution. The restart was not to the liking of flagman John Midkiff and the leaders were given one more try. Last race winner #131 Jeff letson had taken over the 2nd position and was putting pressure on Melvin when the yellow flew again for a spin by the #71 Brazier. The crew checked the bright orange machine and sent Brazier back into competition only to have hime spin again with a tire that was losing air pressure. Lap #22 saw the red flag being displayed as hard contact in turn 3 involving a slew of cars sent 2 to the pits with heavy damage. The #131p of Parker Pugh sustained the most damage as the front of his car made hard contact with the outside retaining wall and the #33 of Jason Mormon from Seabrook, Texas was not able to continue. Lap 25 officials started watching the #07 of Ryan Paul as sparks were coming from under his ride lap 34 the field was slowed so officials could check the car and racing quickly continued. Lap #47 saw the caution fly again as the #5 of Donald Crocker slowed due to a parts failure and the field was set for a 3 lap shootout. #145 Melvin showed his dominance of the event as he crossed the finish line with #131 Letson in second and #8 Hamrac 3rd. Johnny Brazier #71 made a strong comeback to finish 4th and #07 of Ryan Paul Finished 5th.

Billy Melvin #145
Jeff Letson #131
Donnie Hamrac #8
Johnny Brazier #71
Ryan Paul #07
Troy Grey #74
Ryan Redmon #66
Ty Roberts #50
Rocky Rogers #41
Butch Wade #02
Donald Crocker #5
Jason Mormon #33
Parker Pugh #131p
Adam Crawford #64
Jason Bates #22 DNS

Interstate Batteries Late Model Sportsman class always puts on a good show for the fans and the participants field some of the nicest looking racecars at the track. The feature started with the #59 AIR sponsored ride of Shelby Reuse and #91 Larry Speakman on the front row. 2014 Champion Justin Caton did not take long to power his way to the front in the #7 car bringing Brad Edwards #18 along with him. Caton’s Monte Carlo was on rails as he paced the field and #18 Edwards and #3 of Joe Hudson battled for 2nd position. Lap 7 saw Budweiser fast time award winner Hudson make the move around Edwards and set his sights on #7 Caton. After a good qualifying effort the #21 of Jason Furrow just couldn’t get his ride to handle in the cooler evening event. Brad Edwards Looked like he would secure a second place finish but slowed due to an ignition problem On this evening no one had anything for Caton even with a late race caution he was able to bring the victory home.

Justin Caton #7
Joe Hudson #3
Jason Furrow #21
Larry Speakman #91
Shelby Reuse #59
Brad Edwards #18

Montgomery Motor Speedway will be back in action as the Southern Super Series rolls into MMS for the “Rumble by the River 100” June 20th.

Fans will also see Interstate Batteries Late Model Sportsman, Street Stocks and Modified Minis.

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Melvin Tops Modifieds of Mayhem Field at Montgomery