Big-time racing action returns to Hilltop Speedway

Big-time racing action returns to Hilltop Speedway

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After a couple weeks off, racing action was back at Hilltop Speedway on Friday, July 15.

With a stout field of Holmes Tire late models, “Fast” Freddie Carpenter would set the quick time with a 14.943. Heat race winners were Corey Conley and Justin Chance, with Nathon Loney picking up the dash.

With the field set, the green was out for their 25-lap feature. Outside pole sitter Caiden Black would jump out to the early lead as Carpenter battled Loney for second. Following a caution on lap seven, the field bunched back up to the green. Black would again secure the top spot as Carpenter drove his way to second. Following a restart after lap 12, Black would continue to defend his position at the front of the field. Working up to lap traffic, Carpenter, Conley and Markham battled for position.

Unfortunately, following contact, Carpenter would spin into the infield with one lap to go. Remaining under green, Black would reign out front, leading every lap to pick up his first super late model feature win. Finishing second was Conley, third Markham, fourth Drake Troutman and fifth Cody Scott.

“Rockin’” Robin Duston would sweep the night in the Evan’s Elite Paving modifieds after setting fast time at 16.661, picking up the dash win and parking it in victory lane for his first feature win at The Hill this season.

After setting pole, the green dropped, and Duston would defend his position against DJ Cline. Pressuring lap after lap, Cline would work the bumper of Duston, ultimately setting up a side-by-side battle off turn four to the checkered with Duston able to maintain his top spot. Third went to Mark Baier, followed by Brett Mellor and Mike Mudd. Heat race winners were Casey Butler and Mudd.

No stranger to victory, Kyle Moore would pick up the lone heat race in the Direct Hydraulic Hose street stock division, placing him on the pole for the night’s feature. Following the drop of the green, Moore would take a familiar position at the front of the field, where he would go on to park it in victory lane once again. Brad Hensel would finish second, followed by Tyler Nicely, Trae Schonauer and Tyler Wiles.

A familiar face in victory lane in the Snyder Hot Shot Truck and Trailer Repair modlite feature, Jimmy Smith would pick up a heat race win and place him on the pole of the feature.

After a caution-filled feature, Smith would maintain the top spot, adding to his feature wins for the season. Rounding out the top five was Braxton Wilson, Emmett Myers, Clint Snyder and Teddy Williams. Braxton Wilson and Logan Lewis would each pick up a heat race win on the night.

Following the redraw, Billy Parsons and Travis Gamble would set the pace to the green in the night’s CPR mini stock feature. Taking the early lead was Parsons as Doug Hensel began to work his way through the field up to second to pressure for the lead.

Lap after lap Hensel would work the bumper of Parsons. With the white flag in the air, Hensel would make his move, driving hard into turn one and two, side by side with Parsons down the backstretch. Entering the last corner, a drag race to the checkered, Hensel would edge out Parsons by a nose to pick up the win. Corey Cecil would finish third, Zack Hershey fourth and Justin Cranmore fifth after starting tail. Heat race winners were Parsons and Hershey.