Kellen Chadwick wins the Jerry Hetrick Memorial ‘A’ Modified Race
By Don Martin II Photography by Paul Gould
Kellen Chadwick won the 20 lap All Star Series A Modified Main Event Saturday night at Antioch Speedway. This was the Third Annual Jerry Hetrick Memorial race, and Chadwick had his hands full holding off Bobby Hogge IV. Despite dry, slick racing conditions, the drivers only had an early yellow flag and a late yellow flag in this race.
Nick DeCarlo led the first five laps with Chadwick giving him plenty of pressure. The lead two cars completed the sixth lap in a dead heat with Chadwick moving around on the outside in Turn 2 of the seventh lap to take the lead. Hogge quickly moved into second, and by lap 10 the battle was on between the two front-runners. They hit heavy traffic on lap 14, but Chadwick made some good moves to keep Hogge behind him. There was a final yellow flag on lap 18, but Chadwick maintained his lead on the restart and held off Hogge for the well-earned victory. DeCarlo finished third, followed by Paul Guglielmoni and Bobby Motts Jr.
Tommy Fraser won the 20 lap B Modified Main Event. Fraser is the current point leader, and this was his fourth win of the season. The race was restarted and Todd Gomez was penalized for a jump-start infraction, putting Fraser on the pole. Fraser jumped into the lead immediately ahead of Mark Garner. Kenny Schrader took the second position from Garner on a lap four restart, and only one other yellow flag slowed the pace. Fraser drove a flawless race and scored the victory ahead of Shrader, Garner, Kevin Brown and Brent Curran.
Josh Leach won the 20 lap Hobby Stock Main Event. This was the second win of the season for Leach. Leach led the first three laps before being passed by Trevor Clymens on the inside in Turn 4. Leach was giving Clymens some serious pressure as he looked to the outside. It was an inside pass in Turn 2 of the 14th lap that gained Leach the lead from Clymens. A lap later, point leader Chris Sorensen moved into second. However, Leach ran a good race over the remaining five laps to score a well-earned victory ahead of Sorensen. Clymens settled for third, followed by Breanna Troen and Jacob Mallet Jr.
Richard Papenhausen won the 20 lap DIRTcar Late Model Main Event. This was the fourth win of the season for the current point leader. Papenhausen lined up ninth in a field that included Bobby Hogge IV. Unfortunately for Hogge, his race ended on the eighth lap. Papenhausen quickly worked his way to the front of the pack, where he battled Paul Guglielmoni and Mike Hynes. Papenhausen would take the lead and go on to another impressive victory. Guglielmoni was a strong second, followed by Hynes, Rob Norris and final lead lap finisher Kimo Oreta.
Bob Newberry won the 20 lap Wingless Spec Sprint Main Event. The reigning division champion was making his first start of the season. Before a lap could be completed, the race was red-flagged for Jeff Scotto’s flip in Turn 3. Newberry started in the second row and wasted little time moving past Roy Fisher and into the lead. Newberry set a good pace and won ahead of a season-best second for Dustin Maibes. Fisher settled for third ahead of point leader Shannon Newton and Keith Calvino.