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Herrick Rebounds To Take Factory Stock Win At HPT

After a tough 4 weeks, Steve Herrick, storms back into victory lane for the 2nd time this season. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

Topeka, KS – Fans enjoyed another great evening at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway at Heartland Park Topeka. A total of 95 cars checked in to battle it out for the 17th race of the season. The weather was wonderful and the racing was just as exciting as it has been all season long.

Steve Herrick has participated in a wild experience over the last month.

Herrick has had a tough time this season. You wouldn’t think that by seeing that he had 1 victory coming into Saturday night’s races and he was also sitting 3rd in the points. Four weeks ago he would get a fine and suspension by track officials at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway. He quietly did his time and came back one week ago. It seems the time off might have helped this driver. Herrick notched his 2nd win of the season last night in the Super 8 at Forbes Landing Factory Stock divsion.

It wouldn’t be an easy win for Herrick. He had to wrestle the lead away from Matt Field on a restart. Several yellow flags hampered the flow of this main event. A couple of more yellows would come out during the feature while Herrick was in the lead. It would not matter to Herrick. Herrick put his foot down and drove away from the competition on both restarts. He would roll easily into victory lane.

In victory lane Herrick thanked his sponsors and fans for hanging with him over the season as he received a thunderous applause from the crowd.

Zach Henery made the big move of the night going from 9th to 2nd, 3rd went to Eric Weyer, 4th was the points leader in the division, Terry Schmidt and rounding out the top 5 would be Matt Field.

It was win #3 for the #68 of Kerry Davis. Reed Bros. Racing Photos

In the Washburn Tech Modified division Kerry Davis scored his 3rd victory of the season.

Starting on the pole position Davis made it look easy in the A Main as he wired the field from flag to flag.

The feature got off to a rough start as several yellows flew inside the first 5 laps of the race. Once the race got going the drivers put on another great show for the fans.

Davis started out with a 2nd place finish in the 3rd heat race of the night, but with a lucky child in the stands pulling out the number 4 ball from the bucket Davis would start on the pole position with the first four rows being inverted for the feature.

At the start of the race Davis showed that he had the car to beat as he took to the early lead and extended his lead lap after lap.

Justin Johnson would give Davis a challenge on a restart, but it wouldn’t last as Johnson would lose a piece of skirting off his car and would have to go to the rear of the field. Another late race yellow presented another battle as Jake Richards decided to make a move with only 5 laps remaining. As Richards and Davis came out of turn 4 with 3 to go, Richards would pull alongside the leader. The fans rose to their feet in anticipation of a tight finish.

The tight finish would not happen as Richards would slip in the 1st turn on the white flag lap. It gave Davis the chance to sprint away from Richards and notch win #3 on the season.

Richards held on for 2nd, Steven Bowers Jr. kept his streak of top 5s going with a 3rd place finish, Papa Smurf, Jay Bailey, went from 18th to 4th in the main and newcomer, Tad Davis rounded out the top 5.

Points leader, Ethan Isaacs, drove to another win and padded his lead. Reed Bros. Racing Photos.

Mike Higley might have 5 wins to his credit in the White Line CDL Training B Mod division, but the Isaac brothers, Ethan and Lucas, have 5 wins combined and they are currently 1 and 2 in the point standings. Ethan, the points leader, drove to his 2nd win of the season on Saturday night and padded his position at the top of the standings.

It was just a few weeks ago when Brian Murphy and Ethan Isaacs put on an exhibition of excellence in the feature. Fans were wondering if it was going to happen again as the two were paired up on the front row of the main event. The front two would go side by side for a few laps, until Isaacs drove to the top spot and would not look back on the way to winning feature #2.

In just his 1st full season of competition at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway Ethan is enjoying a solid run. A run that could land him the 2012 track championship, if things continue on this current path. If it wasn’t for a slow start to 2012, fans could have been witnessing a sibling battle for the points championship, but Lucas said that it took him a little to get things sorted out before running strong in the 2nd half of the season.

The feature event almost went without incident. A yellow flag just before the halfway point put an end to the notion of the perfect feature.

Murphy, who has rebounded lately, drove to the runner-up spot, 3rd went to Higley, 4th was Terry Bivins and Bryan Rigsby finished in the 5 spot of the main event.

Randal Schiffelbein Jr. works his way past Darren Davenport for the Pure Stock feature win. Reed Bros. Racing Photos.

It was the same story from a week ago in the Casey’s General Store Pure Stock main event.

Randal Schiffelbein Jr. starts in or around the 3rd row, drives to the front and takes the lead and speeds off to win #9. It didn’t happen that easily.

It was Darren Davenport, winner of 2 features in 2012, getting out to the early lead. Davenport sped out to the lead and clicked off some smooth laps that kept him at the front of the field.

Jesse Shotts and Schiffelbein continued to wage their personal war against one another behind Davenport. The two drivers would close in on the leader, but would swap some paint as they looked to one up the other. As the laps clicked off Davenport maintained the lead and Shotts and Schiffelbein maintained their battle.

After a couple of restarts, Schiffelbein would make his move on the leader Davenport. The two would go side by side around the speedway with Shotts also sneaking in there making it 3 wide for the top 3 spots. Davenport would get the best of this short challenge as he would retake the lead.

During a late race restart, the battle of the two winning-est drivers in the division continued, this time as Shotts & Schiffelbein would make contact and Shotts would get the short end of the stick as he had to be towed from the racing surface. This allowed Schiffelbein to focus on Davenport.

When the race went green again, the two front runners went side by side once again. This time it would be a reversal of fortune as Schiffelbein would take the lead from Davenport and drive off to win #9 on the season.

Davenport finished in 2nd, 3rd went to AJ Christian, Tyler Hinrichs raced his way to a 4th place finish and rookie, Byron Glotzbach, celebrated another top5 finish in 5th.

The drivers of the Super Saturday Showdown Series get a break next week as the ‘Thunder in The Heartland’ NHRA Div 5 Drag Race takes over at Heartland Park Topeka. The next scheduled race at BriggsAuto.Com Speedway will be on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012.

Pure Stock – Feature
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown
6 1 11JR Randal Schiffelbein Jr Tecumseh, KS
1 2 85 Darren Davenport Tecumseh, KS
2 3 355 AJ Christian Topeka, KS
3 4 25 Tyler Hinrichs Americus, KS
9 5 59 Byron Glotzbach Topeka, KS
12 6 40G Lafe Garst Topeka, KS
16 7 53T Tyler Garst Topeka, KS
5 8 19 David McDonald Topeka, KS
18 9 8JR David McLaughlin Jr Topeka, KS
17 10 4J Terry Henkensiefken Topeka, KS
13 11 47 Weston Barton Carbondale, KS
4 12 97 Jesse Shotts Topeka, KS
7 13 17 Randy Kohn Topeka, KS
8 14 18 Dylan McDonald Topeka, KS
19 15 74C Colton Miller Topeka, KS
11 16 66 David Ginter Topeka, KS
14 17 391 Jim Christian Topeka, KS
10 18 83 Alan Mattox Tecumseh, KS
15 19 5X Barry Richardson Topeka, KS

Modified – Feature
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown
1 1 68 Kerry Davis Parkville, MO
6 2 5J Jake Richards Edwardville, KS
5 3 77 Steven Bowers Jr Topeka, KS
18 4 04 Jay Bailey Lyndon, KS
7 5 75 Tad Davis Mt. Hope, KS
10 6 69 Ryan Phillips Osage City, KS
8 7 30 Dalton Kirk Edgerton, KS
4 8 97J Josh Henery Overbrook, KS
14 9 87 Darron Fuqua Topeka, KS
16 10 2X Grant Junghans Manhattan, KS
23 11 77A Cody Agler Emporia, KS
12 12 1 Lyle Shepard Manhattan, KS
13 13 32 Todd Wichman St Marys, KS
11 14 44 Jared Rogers Berryton , KS
24 15 96 Danny Barker Kansas City, KS
17 16 52 Clifford Shepard Ogden, KS
20 17 3 Lewis Jackson Wellsville, KS
9 18 7J Justin Johnson Gardner, KS
19 19 66T Tyler Schmidt Easton, KS
2 20 21J Josh Everhart Burlingame, KS
21 21 14B Darren Bennett Tonganoxie, KS
22 22 22 Bill Robison Topeka, KS
3 23 51 Robert Shepard Odgen, KS
15 24 11H Jim Hernandez Jr Topeka, KS DNS

Factory Stock – Feature
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown
3 1 5K Steve Herrick Topeka, KS
9 2 97Z Zachary Henery Topeka, KS
1 3 15 Eric Weyer Centralia, KS
5 4 B1 Terry Schmidt Nortonville, KS
2 5 68 Matt Field Topeka, KS
8 6 07 Frank Jaynes Bulingame, KS
12 7 12S Dustin Sievers McFarland, KS
4 8 28 Leif Weyer Centralia, KS
16 9 60K James King Americus, KS
10 10 11 Steve Oliver Topeka, KS
13 11 60 Ron Ohrenbers Lawson, MO
14 12 5H Ronnie Moore Overbrook, KS
18 13 333 Alfred Benson Jr Topeka, KS
17 14 111 Abdul Chatoo Eudora, KS
19 15 2 Ken Garcia Kansas City , KS
11 16 24 Tyson Young Americus, KS
7 17 7 Carl Boyette Ozawkie, KS
15 18 92 Ken Fleury Jr Manhatan, KS DQ
6 19 1N1 Bob Troutwine Topeka, KS DNS

B-Mod – Feature
Start Finish Car No Driver Hometown
2 1 66 Ethan Isaacs Bonner Springs, KS
1 2 1M Brian Murphy Topeka, KS
6 3 11 Mike Higley Tecumseh, KS
4 4 53 Terry Bivins Lebo, KS
5 5 12 Bryan Rigsby Topeka, KS
10 6 22G Steve Goodman Meriden, KS
8 7 17 Jeremy Chambers Parsons, KS
12 8 72 David Samuels Tecumseh, KS
9 9 00 Marty Grist Topeka, KS
17 10 16 Bobby Penney Excelsior Springs, MO
20 11 14T Anthony Tanner Topeka, KS
3 12 21F Jack Frost Topeka, KS
14 13 45 Dustin Thulin Topeka, KS
7 14 11C Bryan Hey Wellsville, KS
15 15 7M Heath Murry Tonganoxie, KS
21 16 6 Lucas Isaacs Bonner Springs, KS
18 17 C4 Curtis Dreasher Hoyt, KS
11 18 X1 Tracy Schaefer Topeka, KS
16 19 33J Jason Billups Holt, MO
23 20 1* Derek Huffman Topeka, KS
24 21 9S Devin Stock Topeka, KS
22 22 09X Rick Dreasher Hoyt, KS
19 23 68R Donny Guilbault Topeka, KS
13 24 4D Jake Richards Edwardville, KS

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