By Jordan Kuehne
LOVES PARK, Ill. (Wednesday, June 30th, 2010) – Lloyd Hawkins wanted a win and he finally got it, taking the checkers Wednesday night at the Rockford Speedway claiming the victory in the 25-lap Mtn Dew RoadRunners Super Summer Series main event. Hawkins went wire-to-wire for the trophy, fending off a late race challenge from veteran Howie Ware to emerge victorious. Mark Hayes broke the streak, finally stopping Dwight Dunlap’s reign atop the Allison Legacy cars with a hard-earned win while Scott Dixon took home the victory in the Crap Scrappers Hornets. Dennis Smith Jr, Brandon Heisler, Tracy Wallin, and Paul Fusco all collected feature victories as well.
The showcase of Wild Wednesday got off to a quick start as Lloyd Hawkins jumped out to the front of the pack and led the field in the beginning stages of the 25-lap feature. Hawkins faced an early test from veteran frontrunner Howie Ware, who looked to the inside on numerous occasions over the first ten laps eyeing the lead.
The front of the field eventually sorted itself out into a six car train, racing bumper-to-bumper for 15 laps before Ware ratcheted up the pressure again with five laps remaining. Mike ‘Big Kid’ Swanson got loose in third, allowing Johnny Robinson to slip by Gene Marocco on the inside and steal fourth. Up front, the action heated up as Hawkins got loose and Ware tried to take advantage with two circuits to go, diving to the inside and looking for some space to work with.
Ware couldn’t make the move stick as Hawkins held on and took the checkers at the stripe, collecting his first feature win of 2010. Ware settled for second as Swanson held off a hard-charging Robinson for third. Marocco rounded out the top five in fifth.
Mark Hayes led the field to green in 12-lap Allison Legacy feature event. Defending champion and points leader Dwight ‘Double D’ Dunlap started third and raced there for ten laps before trying to make his streak survive.
Hayes had his own plans, as the fast qualifier paced Kyle Voss over the last two laps, slamming the door exiting turn four on the final lap and collecting his first win of the season, shattering Dunlap’s domination.
Dunlap settled for a disappointing third while Brian
Heaberlin rounded out the field in fourth.
Tim Dix paced the field in the early stages of the 15-lap headliner for the Crap Scrappers Hornets. Scott Dixon wasn’t far behind, climbing into second on the first lap and setting up #71 as he eyed the lower line and the lead. Dixon made the move with five laps in the books, passing the leader on the bottom to take away the top spot.
Dixon soon felt the heat from Bryan Ellis up front. Ellis made a last ditch effort with two laps to go, throwing his machine into the bottom of turn four, but he couldn’t make it stick as Scott Dixon held on for his first feature win of the season.
Lloyd Hawkins led the eight car field to green in the National Figure 8 League headliner. Dennis Smith Jr. plied his way into first, passing Hawkins in turn three and snatching away the top spot with eight laps left.
Hawkins fended off figure eight veteran Tom Schneider’s early effort for second as the race reached the halfway mark. As Smith Jr. built a margin out front, Schneider continued to look for a way past Hawkins. With the white flag waving, Schneider finally made his move past Hawkins for second, nudging the veteran aside and taking home the bridesmaid’s position.
Dennis Smith Jr. enjoyed the action in his rearview mirror as he cruised to the win out front, his first of the season.
The INEX Legends headliner got off to a quick start up front as Brandon Heisler made the pass for the lead with three laps in the books, working by Josh James on the inside and snatching the top spot.
Heisler had no trouble from that point on, dominating the event and leading the final 12 laps and hitting his marks to collect the feature win two weeks after being denied victory by a mere nose to Josh Kreyer.
Tim Narr completed the field in third.
Paul Fusco jumped out front in the early stages of the 12-lap INEX Bandoleros main event. The action up front heated up two laps in when Fusco and Morgan Melichar got together on the backstretch, sending them both into the wall and bringing out the caution.
After visiting the pits for a brief round of repairs, Fusco returned to the race in the back of the pack. The young driver wasted no time, charging to the front and the win after breaking his way past the leader, Tristan Batson, who came home second. Fusco collected his first feature win of 2010 on the second Wild Wednesday of the season, taking home the hardware.
Melichar managed third while Deanna Chandler rounded out the field in fourth.
The Winged Women on Wheels headliner got off to a fast start as Olivia Chance grabbed the early lead in the 12-lap race. Points leader Tracy Wallin followed her path, chasing after the leader and looking for her second win in as many races this season.
Wallin blew past Chance when the leader suffered mechanical gremlins, never looking back as she rolled to the win. Laura Siarkiawicz exited the race early after her race was shut down by mechanical failures,
Racing returns to the high banks of the Rockford Speedway with a double dose of holiday action as Cost Cutters presents back-to-back evenings of fun as fireworks on the track are followed up by 10,000 watt fireworks extravaganzas after the final checkered flag waves. Saturday night’s Instant Jungle Independence Eve Party gets underway at 5pm with the green flag waving at 7:07pm on a full slate of racing action highlighted by the Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Models ‘Star Spangled 76’. The Bargain Hunter Sportsman, Crap Scrappers Hornets, and Illini Midgets are also in action plus the Flagpole Race.
Sunday’s racing action features the 25th anniversary of Gilley’s Heating & Cooling Fourth of July special. The Bargain Hunter Sportsman will pull double duty on the weekend, highlighting an exciting lineup that includes the Budweiser American Short Trackers, Mtn Dew RoadRunners and the ‘Midnight Ride of Paul Revere’, a 20-lap feature in total darkness! Spectacular Drags and the Flagpole Race round out an exciting holiday evening before the 10,000 watt fireworks extravaganza leaves the crowd in awe. Gates open at 5pm with the green flag waving at 7:07pm.
For more information on the Rockford Speedway, including the remaining schedule for 2010, visit the track’s website at www.rockfordspeedway.com or call the Speedway Box Office at (815)633-1500.
**RESULTS TO FOLLOW SHORTLY**
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