Monday, November 20, 2017

Hitman Reclaims Kings Throne at HPT, Schmidt, Higley& Shotts Continue Winning Ways

Lyle Shepard leads Darron Fuqua & Tim Karrick on the final lap. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Topeka, KS – When Heartland Park Topeka opened the dirt track back up in 2006, Lyle Shepard proclaimed himself the “King of Heartland Park’s Dirt Track.” In 2006 Shepard had one of his better seasons at HPT. In the last few years, Shepard had not raced full time and the King had lost his throne. This year since coming back to BriggsAuto.Com Speedway, Shepard has been one tough competitor. Saturday night he let the subjects know that the “King” had finally returned to his throne as he drove to the Modified feature win.

The Washburn Tech Modified feature win wasn’t an easy one for Shepard.

The first yellow came out in just the nick of time for Shepard. He lead from the drop of the green flag, but as the race wore on he got into lapped traffic. The lapped cars started to slow Shepard down. Tim Karrick, Darron Fuqua and Grant Junghans were making up ground on him, as he tried to navigate the the lapped cars.

Fuqua had started to make a run. He slipped by Karrick to take away 2nd and set his sights on Shepard. While Shepard was struggling with lapped traffic Fuqua was cutting the lead down quickly. As he came off of turn 2, Fuqua got a run on Shepard that would give him the lead, but before they could complete the that lap Josh Everhart would have a problem and brought a yellow. The yellow would return Shepard to the front of the field and Fuqua back to 2nd.

On the first restart Shepard went up high to block Fuqua’s run at the drop of the green. In doing so it opened the door for Karrick to creep back into the picture. Karrick, Fuqua & Shepard were in a full on battle now. The running order would stay the same as before, Shepard, Fuqua and Karrick. Then another yellow came out on the speedway. This time it would be single file restart and it was to be a green, white checkered finish.

The restart saw Shepard jump back into the top spot. Fuqua and Karrick would battle each other and Shepard would go on to win the A Main.

Fuqua finished 2nd and maintained the points lead, 3rd went to Karrick, Grant Junghans held on to 4th and Cody Agler finished in the 5th spot.

Terry Schmidt continued his domination of the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock division winning his 6th feature in 9 races.

Schmidt started on the pole and his only problem of the night was getting warned for starting too soon on the opening lap of the feature event. After the warning Schmidt settled down and drove another perfect race.

At the end of the night in victory lane, Schmidt would dedicate the win to young Jordan Troy, a 2 year old needing heart surgery, and he also donated a portion of his winnings to Troy’s medical expenses. A solid gesture from a man, who also has children of his own, to step up and offer some help.

Zach Henery started 7th in the A main event. He took his time getting around a few cars, but at one moment things just seemed to click for Henery and he took off like a rocket. He worked his way around the 4th and 5th place cars. Then while in 4th decided to split the 2nd and 3rd place cars, going 3 wide coming out of turn number 2. Solidly in 2nd, Henery would take off some of Schmidt’s lead, but without a yellow time would run out on Henery. He still ended the night with a promising runner-up finish.

Frank Jaynes had a strong run finishing in the 3rd spot, Steve Herrick finished in 4th and rounding out the top 5 was Carl Boyette.

For the 2nd time this season, Mike Higley won his 2nd consecutive White Line CDL Training B Mod feature event. To start the beginning of the season he won the first two weeks of racing at HPT, now he pulls the trick off again during the 8th and 9th weeks of the season.

Higley has got a great feel for his Razor Chassis at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. His B Mod goes where he wants it to on the race track and he rarely fights the car. Tonight he started in the 2nd row and didn’t take him long to find the front of the field. At the front of the field he would battle young Lucas Isaacs for the top spot. Higley would get around Isaacs for the top spot, but the young driver would make a run back at Higley after a restart.

Higley would answer the challenge from Isaacs and then ran to win #4 on the season. A year ago Higley notched 7 wins at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway and with more than 1/2 the season still left he could be making a run at an even higher total this season.

Isaacs wasn’t able to get by Higley, but he gained the respect of his fellow racers. Hanging on to the runner-up finish was a feat in it’s own right. Terry Bivins, Dave Samuels and Brian Murphy were all working on Isaacs for a large majority of the race.

Bivins would finish in the 3rd spot, 4th went to Samuels and driving from 13th to 5th in the main event was Brian Murphy.

Keeping pace with Higley’s win total was Jesse Shotts in the Casey’s General Store division. Shotts wound up winning his 4th feature of the season on Saturday night.

Winning a 4th feature in the Pure Stock divisions, means that your engine gets a closer inspection from the officials at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. When it was all said and done Shotts was A-OK and he was officially awarded the win.

At the beginning of the feature Shotts battled Lafe Garst for Pure Stock supremacy. He would get the better of Garst and expand his lead as the laps clicked off.

The points leader, Randal Schiffelbein Jr., was the only other competitor to put forth a challenge to Shotts. There just wasn’t enough time for him to get the job completed. Schiffelbein cut into his lead, but couldn’t get enough momentum up to get passed the winner of the last two features, consecutively.

Finishing 2nd, Schiffelbein maintained his points lead in the class, Lafe Garst had his best finish of the season in 3rd, 4th was Darren Davenport and rounding out the top 5, again, was Byron Glotzbach.

The Super Saturday Showdown Series continues next Saturday night at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. For more information visit their website at www.hpt.com.

Pure Stock – Feature
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown
3 1 97 Jesse Shotts Topeka, KS
4 2 11JR Randal Schiffelbein Jr Tecumseh, KS
1 3 40G Lafe Garst Topeka, KS
2 4 85 Darren Davenport Tecumseh, KS
7 5 59 Byron Glotzbach Topeka, KS
6 6 18 Dylan McDonald Topeka, KS
11 7 53T Tyler Garst Topeka, KS
12 8 0 Jimmy Millard Topeka, KS
5 9 5 Steve Stewart Osage City, KS
13 10 0X Derek Huffman Topeka, KS
8 11 92X Terry BELLESING Topeka, KS
9 12 90 Scott Garcia Topeka, KS
10 13 17 Randy Kohn Topeka, KS
16 14 8JR David McLaughlin Jr Topeka, KS
17 15 4J Terry Henkensiefken Topeka, KS
15 16 83 Alan Mattox Tecumseh, KS
18 17 391 Jim Christian Topeka, KS
14 18 355 AJ Christian Topeka, KS
19 19 2 Donnie Devers Baldwin, KS DNS

B-Mod – Feature
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown
3 1 11 Mike Higley Tecumseh, KS
1 2 6 Lucas Isaacs Bonner Springs, KS
4 3 53 Terry Bivins Lebo, KS
2 4 72 David Samuels Tecumseh, KS
13 5 1M Brian Murphy Topeka, KS
7 6 66 Ethan Isaacs Bonner Springs, KS
5 7 45 Dustin Thulin Topeka, KS
21 8 2 Mike Eisenhut Topeka, KS
9 9 7M Heath Murry Tonganoxie, KS
10 10 14E RJ Edwards Meriden, KS
15 11 2B Brandon Jones Emporia, KS
12 12 1* Derek Huffman Topeka, KS
16 13 X1 Tracy Schaefer Topeka, KS
20 14 33J Jason Billups Holt, MO
23 15 68R Donny Guilbault Topeka, KS
18 16 27 Jeff Davis Topeka, KS
17 17 55A John Davis Vassar, KS
14 18 38 Tim Thompson Topeka , KS
8 19 9S Devin Stock Topeka, KS
6 20 15W Chad Wounder Topeka, KS
11 21 77 Dylan Whitehead Topeka, KS
22 22 9T Cody Thornton Tonganoxie, KS
19 23 23B Bryce Roberts Spring Hill, KS DNS
24 24 54 Ricky Tanner Topeka, KS DNS

Factory Stock – Feature
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 1 B1 Terry Schmidt Nortonville, KS
7 2 97Z Zachary Henery Topeka, KS
2 3 07 Frank Jaynes Bulingame, KS
4 4 5K Steve Herrick Topeka, KS
8 5 7 Carl Boyette Ozawkie, KS
5 6 22 Matt Haid Meriden, KS
3 7 28 Leif Weyer Centralia, KS
6 8 60K James King Americus, KS
9 9 15 Eric Weyer Centralia, KS
14 10 1N1 Bob Troutwine Topeka, KS
12 11 12S Dustin Sievers McFarland, KS
15 12 17 Tim Lange Meriden, KS
17 13 16 Criag Springer Lawrence, KS
10 14 1N Sam Nutt Carbondale, KS
16 15 27K Scott Kurtenbach Herington, KS
11 16 34 Mike Taylor Topeka, KS
19 17 2 Ken Garcia Kansas City , KS
13 18 333 Alfred Benson Jr Topeka, KS DNS
18 19 111A Steve Austin Eudora, KS DNS

Modified – Feature
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown
2 1 1 Lyle Shepard Manhattan, KS
5 2 87 Darron Fuqua Topeka, KS
3 3 1K Tim Karrick Basehor, KS
1 4 2X Grant Junghans Manhattan, KS
6 5 77A Cody Agler Emporia, KS
4 6 44 Jared Rogers Berryton , KS
10 7 77 Steven Bowers Jr Topeka, KS
7 8 97J Josh Henery Overbrook, KS
18 9 7J Justin Johnson Gardner, KS
12 10 69 Ryan Phillips Osage City, KS
9 11 5KM Mike Higley Tecumseh, KS
8 12 04 Jay Bailey Lyndon, KS
11 13 05 Tom Grist Topeka, KS
19 14 30 Dalton Kirk Edgerton, KS
22 15 51 Robert Shepard Odgen, KS
17 16 22 Bill Robison Topeka, KS
20 17 32 Todd Wichman St Marys, KS
14 18 B Allan Broers Edgerton, KS
21 19 47 Jerry Covert Topeka, KS
24 20 57 Anthony Tanner Topeka, KS
15 21 66T Tyler Schmidt Easton, KS
13 22 21J Josh Everhart Burlingame, KS
16 23 68 Kerry Davis Parkville, MO
23 24 39 Luke Driskell Stillwell , KS DNS

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