Ogle notches first career win at Brownstown

Jeremy Ogle of Columbus celebrates his first career win on June 15 at Brownstown Speedway in winning the hornet division feature race.

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It was the Crossroads Truck Equipment Pure Stocks special event June 15 at Brownstown Speedway with the running of the Don Russ Memorial. The Pure Stocks battled for a $1,000-to-win top prize, along with several bonus dollars.

A.J. Wilson jumped to the early lead in the Crossroads Truck Equipment Pure Stock feature. On the restart after a Lap 8 caution, Brent McMillan of North Vernon took over the lead and stayed there to pick up the win. This is McMillan’s third win of the year. Following McMillan at the finish were Josh Turner, Tommy Fleenor, A.J. Wilson and J.T. Huffman. However, following post-race tech, Fleenor and Huffman were found illegal. The final top five for the Don Russ Memorial were Brent McMillan, Josh Turner, A.J. Wilson, Daniel Hupp and Preston Carr. Completing the top 10 were Eli McRoberts, Joe McLaughlin, Josh Hayes, Vern Albertson and Davey Waggoner.

Tyler Cain led the early laps of the P3 Graphix Indiana Late Model Series Pro Late Model feature. Cain retired from the event on Lap 5, and Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh took over the lead and went on for his second win of the year. Derek Groomer, Rohn Moon, Robert Rainey and Alan Magner trailed Stapleton at the checkered flag.

Tucker Chastain, then Greg Amick and finally Zach Sasser all led during the Pewter Hall Super Stock feature. Zach Sasser of Bedford led the last half of the race and went on to be only the second repeat winner of 2024 in Pewter Hall Super Stocks. Matt Boknecht, charging from the last starting spot of the race, took second, followed by Isaiah Sasser, Tucker Chastain and Greg Amick.

Matt Cranmer worked his way to the lead on Lap 8 from his sixth starting spot in Crown Vic feature action and picked up his second straight win in Crown Vics. Cranmer now has three wins for the year. Eric Lewis, Todd Cain, Matt Weston and Ryan Woods rounded out the top five.

The Hornet division saw Jeremy Ogle of Columbus become a first time ever Brownstown feature winner. Ogle had to battle Michael Brewer and Gabe Gross for the win in one of the best feature races of the evening. Brewer and Gross finished second and third, followed by Shannon Walp and Cordell Moore.

Pure Stock Feature Results: Brent McMillan, Josh Turner, A.J. Wilson, Daniel Hupp, Preston Carr, Eli McRoberts, Joe McLaughlin, Josh Hayes, Vern Albertson, Davey Waggoner, Donnie Wilson, Bobby Woods, Mickey Hines, Phillip Boudreaux, Keaton Streeval, A.J. Warren, Ronnie Pardue, Hunter Perry-DNS, Tommy Fleenor-DQ, J.T. Huffman-DQ.

Crate Late Model Feature Results: Chad Stapleton, Derek Groomer, Rohn Moon, Robert Rainey, Alan Magner, Jug Wethington, Brent Lee, Rick Gumm, Zack Burton, Patrick Shumaker, Conner Mertens, Keegan Cox, Brian Wilhite, Blake Robertson, Zachary Stalker, Dalton Fleenor, Marty O’Neal, Elliott Despain, Zac Gibbs. Tyler Cain.

Super Stock Feature Results: Zach Sasser, Matt Boknecht, Isaiah Sasser, Tucker Chastain, Greg Amick, Blake Hull, Ralph Groomer, Broc Burton, Danny Hupp, Jt Huffman, Jenna Boknecht, Dustin Petro, Austin Perry, Tanner Chastain, Sam Lee, Troy Clark, Webb Lee, Colton Sullivan, Hayden Groomer, Branden Carr-DNS, Jim Ruddick-DNS.

Crown Vic Feature Results: Matt Cranmer, Eric Lewis, Todd Cain, Matt Weston, Ryan Woods, Paul Ortman, Ryan McCracken, Dustin Cross, Zachary Hall, Brandon Lange, Shilow Hurt, Ray Weston, Geremy Hays, Josh Hayes, Wayne Shoff, Josh Woods, Nathan Lewis, Matthew Clouse, Greg Lynn, Chad Reed, Jesse Stewart Jr-DNS, Gary Amos-DNS.

Hornet Feature Results: Jeremy Ogle, Michael Brewer, Gabe Gross, Shannon Walp, Cordell Moore, Marshall Claycamp, Tony Napier Jr., Brandon Crockett, Shawn Moore, Jeremy Shemwell, Preston Righthouse, Davey Waggoner, Nathan Jones, Korey Estes, Dustin Russ, Curtis Roccia, Skylar Ashley, Scott Smith, Brian Pollitt, Preston Evans.

Groomer takes Paragon late model special

Derek Groomer of Bloomington won the Dave Peeden Memorial for crate late models on June 14 at Paragon Speedway. Tyler Cain was second, followed by Tyler Neal, Steve Peeden and Raymond Humphrey. Braydon Watson of Bedford won the modified feature over Derek Groomer, James Walters, Chase Holland and Tyler Loughmiller. Lee Hobbs of Mitchell won the super stock feature over Cale Kern, Justin Massie, Ralph Groomer and Zach Sasser.

Prather takes Paragon sprint feature

Andrew Prather of Martinsville won the sprint car feature on June 15 at Paragon. Jackosn Slone was second, followed by Braxton Cummings, Brayden Clark and Jake Scott. Chris Hillman Jr. won the hornet division feature over Ty Bland, Conner Garrison, Alex Wilson and Jeremy Wilson. Sheldon Oberle won the bomber feature over Austin Leitzman, Jacob Trader, Jason Trimmer II and Jake Byers.

Former Brownstown racers pass away

Darren Davis, the 1994 street stock track champion at Brownstown Speedway, passed away on April 25. He was 61 years old. Davis, a Jackson County native, won nine feature races in the street stock and bomber division during his racing career at Brownstown.

Jeff Hehman of Brownstown passed away on June 15. He was 68 years old. Hehman, along with his brother Roger, and Jeff’s son Jason all competed at Brownstown for several years. Jeff’s only career win at Brownstown was in 1994 in the street stock division. Jason was the 2018 Brownstown super stock track champion.

This week in racing history

From 70 years ago in 1954 at Columbus Speedway, Gene Minor won the feature event.

From 60 years ago this weekend in 1964 at Brownstown, Sherman McElfresh won the figure-8 feature over Gene Sutton, Galen Fox, and Chuck Terry,

Also in 1964 at Bloomington, Dick Gaines won the super modified feature over Bob Kinser, Wayne Wolfe, Orville Yeadon, and Don Fisher.

From 50 years ago in 1974 at Twin Cities, Johnny Robbins won the feature race over Tommy Day, Dee Kramer, Mike Stewart and Charlie Hobbs.

In 1974, Russ Petro outran his brother Gene to win the late model feature at the 25th Street Fairgrounds Raceway. John Brown was third, and Don Hobbs finished fourth.

Also in 1974 at Bloomington, Bob Kinser won the sprint car feature over Butch Wilkerson, Bobby Black, Tony Solomito and Johnny Krebbs. Kenny Simpson won the late model feature over Ernie Barrow, John Davis, Bob Ham and Lester Bailey.

From 50 years ago this weekend at Haubstadt, Bubby Jones won the sprint car feature over Larry Goad and Jim Hirsch. Tom Helfrich won the late model feature over Jim Scales and Don Turpen.

From 40 years ago in 1984 at Brownstown, there were two late model features held. Kenny Simpson won the first feature over Russ Petro, Steve Barnett, Ray Godsey and Paul Shafer. Dusty Chapman took the second feature over Shafer, Simpson, Godsey and Gerald Dixon. Bill Norton won the modified street stock feature over Mike Bechelli, Rodney Bayes, Darrell Basham and Terry Franklin.

From 1984 at I-65 Speedway in Scottsburg, Kenny Simpson won the late model feature over Carl Collins, Don Hobbs, Dick Phillips and Jim Curry. Terry Eaglin took the modified street stock feature over Earl Plessinger, Mike Bechelli, Bill Norton and John Mull.

Also in 1984 at Twin Cities, Merrill Downey won the modified street stock feature over Oscar Gray, Don Barnett, Chuck Gilpin and Willie Sallee.

From 40 years ago this weekend, the Columbus Kart Club winners were Dave Keith, Chris Simpson, Barrett Brummett, Ken Syseter, Steve Stuckwisch and Gary Cunningham

From 1984 at Lawrenceburg, Danny Milburn won the sprint car feature over Greg Staab, Marvin Deputy, D.W. Miller and Mike Bowling. Matt Gilardi won the late model feature over Gary Herbert, Danny Eichler, Ross Smith and Ed Hounshell. Jeff Caudell won the street stock feature over Sam Johnson, Willie Klepper, Dale Matheny and Jim Zoller.

From 30 years ago in 1994 at Brownstown, Davey Johnson won the Hoosier Dirt Classic for late models over Billy Moyer, Bob Pierce, John Gill and Donnie Moran. Darren Davis won the street stock feature over Earl Plessinger, Scott Patman, Adam Sasser and Steven Godsey. Scott Smith won the modified feature over Ray Godsey, John Davis, Brad Barrow and Tony Godsey. Murl Robinson won the bomber feature over Brian Slinkard, Bobby Johnson, Adam Sasser and Larry Pratt.

Also in 1994 at Bloomington, Russ Gamester won the USAC Midget feature over Tony Stewart, Kenny Irwin Jr., Andy Michner and Mike Bliss. Pete Abel won the winged sprint car feature over Joe Miler, Randy Kinser, Brad Devereaux and Bob Kinser. Scott Patman won the street stock feature over Darin George, Denny Campbell, Cale Kern and Ron Sipes.

From 20 years ago in 2004 at Brownstown, Mark Barber won the Lee Fleetwood Memorial for late models over Dan Sturgeon, Steve Barnett, Josh Williams and Jesse Lay. Mike Fields won the super stock feature over Tim Clark, Gary Green, Jay Deckard and Jeff Walters. Paul Owens won the bomber feature over Matt Cummings, Steven Godsey, Bub Walters and Ray Godsey Jr.

Upcoming local racing schedule

Today: Brownstown Speedway – 41st Annual Hoosier Dirt Classic – World of Outlaws Late Models plus super stocks and pure stocks. For more information, visit brownstownspeedway.com

Today: Paragon Speedway – Johnson Memorial – sprints, super stocks, bombers and hornets. For more information, visit paragonspeedway.com

Today: Lawrenceburg Speedway – sprints, modifieds, pure stocks and hornets. For more information, visit lawrenceburgspeedway.com

Friday: Circle City Raceway- Indianapolis – sprints, 305 winged sprints, IMCA RaceSaver sprints, modifieds, crown vics and micros. For more information, visit circlecityraceway.com

James Essex writes a motorsports notebook for The Republic. Send comments to [email protected]