The 2022 Jackson County Grand Champion 4-H Fair concluded on July 30 with the Ninth Annual Paul Crockett Memorial race with 150 race cars filling the pit area. The running of the 25-lap race for the Slicker Graphics Super Late Models would find a familiar face in Victory Lane. Devin Gilpin of Columbus picked up his second Paul Crockett Memoria victory and his third Brownstown win of the year.
Gilpin parked his ride in Victory Lane ahead of Greg Johnson, Tyler Cain, Joe Godsey and Skyller Lewis. Rounding out the top 10 were Chad Stapleton, Tristan Chamberlain, Tyler Collins, Steve Peeden and Jared Bailey. With the win, Gilpin moved into ninth place on the all-time wins list at Brownstown, surpassing Don Hobbs.
Jordan Wever of Bloomington made it a clean sweep in U.S. Air Force Modifieds. Wever got the Grand Champion Fair race victory after earlier in the evening winning the makeup feature event. Wever’ second win of the night and fourth of the year was ahead of Jacoby Hines, Will Krup, Ben Harmon and Brayden Watson.
Matt Boknecht of Seymour was the second double feature winner of the night by winning the Pewter Hall Super Stock Grand Champion Fair race. Boknecht also won the makeup feature event earlier in the evening. Boknecht led Greg Amick, Austin Perry, J.T. Huffman and Zach Sasser at the checkers.
In All in 1 Pools Pure Stocks, Dusten Carr of Underwood recorded his third win of the year in winning the Grand Champion Fair race. Josh Turner, Josh Hayes, Bobby Woods and Derek Powell followed Carr at the finish.
Make it win No. 8 for Michael Brewer of North Vernon in the Cain’s Tree Service Hornet feature action. Brewer’s Grand Champion Fair race win was ahead of Zach Johnson, Kaleb Caudill, Josh Hallett,and Davey Waggoner.
Paul Crockett Memorial Feature Results: Devin Gilpin, Greg Johnson, Tyler Cain, Joe Godsey, Skyller Lewis, Chad Stapleton, Tristan Chamberlain, Tyler Collins, Steve Peeden, Jared Bailey, Dustin Linville, Marty O’Neal, Matt Bex, Zack Burton, Justin Bowling, Zak Blackwood, Alan Magner, Britan Godsey, Tory Collins, Steve Godsey.
Modified Feature Results: Jordan Wever, Jacoby Hines, Will Krup, Ben Harmon, Brayden Watson, Billy Green, Nathan Vawter, Brent Lee, Blaze Melton, Zachary Stalker, Ben Burton, Nathan Voorhies, Jarod Deckard, Karlie Holt, Jerry Bland Jr., Dustin Herron, Bryson Clark, John Clippinger, Jay Humphrey Jr., Jarod Fleetwood.
Super Stock Feature Results: Matt Boknecht, Greg Amick, Austin Perry, J.T. Huffman, Zach Sasser, Tucker Chastain, Craig Markel, Roger Reichenbacker, Troy Knorr, Webb Lee, Dalton Fleenor, Colton Sullivan, Cale Kern, Jack Roberts, Trey Chastain, Glynn Neal, Isaiah Sasser, Brent McMillan, Steve Hollars, Blake Hull.
Pure Stock Feature Results: Dusten Carr, Josh Turner, Josh Hayes, Bobby Woods, Derek Powell, Robert White, Buddy Stearns, Preston Carr, Daniel Hupp, Conner Mertens, Josh Johnson, Donnie Wilson, D.J. Dunn, Eric Lewis, Paul Ortman, Jerry Adams, Eric Lynn, Alvi Applegate, Mickey Hines, Keaton Streeval.
Hornet Feature Results: Michael Brewer, Zach Johnson, Kaleb Caudill, Josh Hallett, Davey Waggoner, Curtis Roccia, Shannon Walp, Jamie Ogle, Landon Hayes, Scott Smith, Jeremy Shemwell, Brian Pollitt, Matt Miller, Don Boling Jr., Jacob Owens, Keaton Durbin, Kenneth Eaton, Brandon Crockett, Tyler Blythe, Brian Mitchell.
Don Gardner Memorial Feature Results (July 28 make-up): Tyler Neal, Tyler Cain, Tyler Collins, Britan Godsey, Marty O’Neal, Chad Stapleton, Alan Magner, Zack Burton, Tory Collins, Jug Wethington, Zak Blackwood, Justin Bowling, Caleb Schryer, Zac Gibbs, Patrick Shumaker, Michael Wesselman, Dusty Chapman, Davey Waggoner, Jesse Tunny, Dakota Kibel, Brett Wagner, Bob Poole, Brad Erwin.
Modified Feature Results (July 28 makeup): Jordan Wever, Will Krup, Brayden Watson, Jacoby Hines, Nathan Vawter, Ben Harmon, Billy Green, Jerry Bland Jr., Brent Lee, Jarod Deckard, Zachary Stalker, Ben Burton, Dustin Herron, David Winters Jr., Nathan Voorhies, Ryan Tincher, Troy Davis, Jay Humphrey Jr., Bob Sterrett, Bryson Clark, Derek Groomer-DNS, Tim Prince-DQ.
Super Stock Feature Results (July 28 makeup): Matt Boknecht, Zach Sasser, Greg Amick, Austin Perry, Blake Hull, Tucker Chastain, Troy Knorr, J.T. Huffman, Tanner Chastain, Webb Lee, Glynn Neal, Craig Markel, Dalton Fleenor, Isaiah Sasser, Danny Hupp, Jack Roberts, Carlee Kern, Bryson Clark, Travis Hamilton, Terrance Johnson, Sam Lee, Branden Carr-DNS, Jeff Allen-DNS.
Hornet Feature Results (July 28 makeup): Jacob Owens, Michael Brewer, Davey Waggoner, Kaleb Caudill, Skylar Ashley, Zach Johnson, Josh Hallett, Scott Smith, Keaton Durbin, Jeremy Shemwell, Landon Hayes, Brian Pollitt, Kenneth Eaton, Levi Hayes, Don Boling Jr., Matt Miller, Jamie Ogle, Korey Estes, Kameron Arthur, Dylan Wheeler-DNS, Tony Arthur Jr.-DNS, Curtis Roccia-DNS.
Tonight, Brownstown is scheduled to host the Hall of Fame Classic for super late models. Also competing will be modifieds, super stocks and crown vics. For more information, visit brownstownspeedway.com.
Ballou wins ISW finale; Grant takes title
Robert Ballou and Justin Grant spent the majority of last week’s 35th annual USAC NOS Energy Drink Indiana Sprint Week finale at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt dueling for a feature victory. In many cases, one driver prevails, while the other walks away with empty-handed disappointment that is absent the fanfare and glory.
However, in this particular instance, both exited the stage at the conclusion of the night sharing the limelight of a performance well worth the accolades.
Rocklin, California’s Ballou fended off the competition to become the sixth different feature winner of Indiana Sprint Week during its six-event run.
After 13 years of trying, Ione, California’s Grant was rewarded as the Indiana Sprint Week champion for the first time in his career, rounding out his efforts with six consecutive top-five results in the series and capping the week with a third at Tri-State.
Ballou led all 30 laps from start to finish after beginning his race from the outside of the front row, then kept Grant at bay for the first 20 laps before successfully withstanding the pressure applied to him from six-time Tri-State USAC National Sprint Car victor Kyle Cummins.
For Ballou, the Indiana Sprint Week triumph was his first since taking the finale at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville five years earlier in 2017. It was also a homecoming of sorts for Ballou who, in 2014, won his initial ISW feature in which he utilized his own No. 12.
Florence set for biggie next week
Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky, will host the 40th Annual Sunoco North-South 100 Presented by Lucas Oil with three nights of racing next week.
On Thursday and Friday, there will be two $5,000-to-win late model features each night, plus modifieds will also be both nights. On Aug. 13, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will see heat races, B-mains, a non-qualifiers race and the 100-lap main event, paying a record $75,000 to win. Each night, the entire show will be streamed live starting with hot laps on FloRacing, and the features will be simulcast on the MAVTV Motorsports Network (channel 214 on DirecTV) at 10 p.m. each night.
For ticket and event information, please visit florencespeedway.com.
This week in racing history
From 60 years ago in 1962, the Columbus Go-Kart Club winners were Mike Green, Gerald Reeves, Ron Hoover and Mike Devening.
From 50 years ago in 1972 at Brownstown, Ira Bastin won the late model feature over Kenny Simpson.
Also from 50 years ago at Twin Cities, Leo Boner won the feature race over Bill Cummings, Mike Stewart, Dee Kramer and Richard Cook.
From 1972, the Columbus Kart Club winners were Bob Runner, Teresa James, Butch Jerrill, Eddie Phillips, Dennis O’Neal and Frank Hoban.
From 40 years ago in 1982 at Brownstown, Ray Godsey won the late model feature over Robert Earl, Jim Curry, Kenny Simpson and Charlie Reed. Troy Burton won the street stock feature over Danny Blackwell, Mark Elzey, Earl Plessinger and Dave Barnett.
Also from 40 years ago at Haubstadt, Steve Kinser won the sprint car feature over Tom Goad, Chuck Gurney and Gary White. Tom Helfrich won the late model feature over Billy Moyer, Robert Baker and John Gill.
From 1982 at Paragon, Kelly Kinser won the sprint car feature over Randy Kinser, Bob Kinser, Rickey Hood and Van Gurley. Ernie Barrow won the stock car feature over Gary Barrow, Dale Dubois, Dennis Purtlebaugh and Terry Buster.
From 30 years ago in 1992 at Haubstadt, Kevin Briscoe won the sprint car feature over Larry Bland and Gary Hayhurst Jr. In the late model division Jimmy Burwell won the late model feature over Kevin Claycomb and Paul Shafer.
Also from 1992 at Paragon, Larry Bland won the Mike Johnson Memorial for sprint cars over Bob Kinser, Jack Hewitt, Gary Trammell and Jeff Pritchard. Steve Blair won the thunder car feature over David Koontz, Stan Brown, Danny Carmichael and Doug Hall.
James Essex writes a motorsports notebook for The Republic. Send comments to [email protected]