LOCAL AUTO RACING: Dover’s Russell edges Gordy in Top ET victory

DELMAR — It has been a great year for veteran racers at U.S. 13 Dragway and on Friday night the streak continued.

Vernon Russell of Dover defeated second-generation driver Vic Gordy to win in Top ET.

The final in Top ET was a good one between Russell and Vic Gordy. Gordy left first but the pair had almost identical reaction times.

The win came on the top end with Russell edging by at the line with a 9.017/146.22 on an 8.99 dial-in. Gordy was only .015 seconds off running a 9.297/142.22 on a 9.26 dial.

Daryl Beauchamp of Princess Anne, Md., took the win in Mod ET and Harvey Powell of Felton extended his lead in the Pro Bike standings with another win.

Other winners on the night included: Kody Mariner of Salisbury, Md. in Street; Ed Tull of Willards, Md. in Hot Rod; Keith Riddle of Millsboro in Jr. Dragster 1 and Dacia Powell of Mardela Springs, Md. in Jr. Dragster 2.

Powell continued to be on top of his game as he defeated Drew Birch in the Pro Bike final. Birch had a -.002 red light and Powell was on his dial for the win running an 8.996/143.22 on an 8.99 dial.

Camp Barnes moved to Wed.

Due to the threat of bad weather tonight, the 44th annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race has been postponed to Wednesday.

All other times and events will remain the same. Gates open at 4 p.m. and with racing action beginning at 7 p.m. at Delaware International Speedway.

This year’s event will feature drivers from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Delaware competing for prize money of over $35,000.

Big Block Modifieds, Super Late Models, AC Delco PSC Modifieds, Crate Late Model, Modified Lites, Little Lincoln and Delmarva Chargers and Trucks will compete in over 100 laps of feature racing in their respective classes.

This year will be a 30-lap feature with Big Block and Small Block Modifieds racing for $3,000 to the first-place finisher. The top five small block finishers will receive an additional bonus.

Several activities and displays will be on hand including the Delaware State Police Aviation unit, K9 demonstration, Smart 911, and a silent auction to win a surf fishing rod and Yeti Cooler.

In addition, local band Front Page News will be playing live from 5-7 and The Metal Shop of Delmar will be putting on a monster truck show at intermission.

Tickets to the event are available at the speedway’s ticket booth the night of the event. Spectator’s tickets are $20 and pit tickets are $30. Children under 10 accompanied by parent or guardian are admitted free to spectator seating.

Bunting wins in Big Block

A good field of cars and two first-time winners provided fans with a preview of Wednesday night’s 44th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit at Delaware International Speedway Saturday.

Veteran H.J. Bunting made a late-race pass of rookie Brandon Watkins to win his second Big Block Modified feature of the year.

With six laps to go, Bunting closed in on Watkins. With four to go, he went to the outside and edged by Watkins for the lead and the victory.

Dylan Evan seized the opportunity of starting on the pole in the 20-lap Late Model feature. At the drop of the green, he shot away from the field.

The 19-year-old Evans controlled a mid-race restart that wiped out his three-second lead before cruising to his first win in the division.

“I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” said the 2015 division rookie of the year.

It took four attempts to get the first lap of the 15-lap AC Delco 602 Sportsman feature in the books. Dwayne Crockett quickly moved from fourth into second and took the lead on lap five before eventually picking up hiss first win of the season.

In the 15-lap Crate Model feature, Steven Baker took the top spot. The race’s only caution came with just one lap left but Baker made no mistakes as he drove to his first win in the division.

In the 15-lap Mod Lite feature, James Hill came flying through the field from eighth to move on top by lap three. Once out front, Hill drove away from the field to earn his fifth consecutive win of the season.

In the 12-lap Delmarva Charger feature, Brett Sellers regained the lead with three to go but once again Bud Sipple was able to mount a charge and go back out front. Sipple held on to take the win with Sellers holding off a last-lap bid by Tanner Marvel to finish in second.

RESULTS

Big Block Modified: 1. H.J. Bunting; 2. Brandon Watkins; 3. Drew Simmons; 4. Matt Hawkins; 5. Dave Dissinger; 6. Robert Dutton; 7. Scott VanGorder; 8. Clay Tatman; 9. Kyle Fuller; 10. Dale Hawkins; 11. Don Hallowell; 12. Dana Walker; 13. Richie Pratt, Jr.; 14. Howard O’Neal; 15. Michael White; 16. Dana Walker.

Late Model: 1. Dylan Evans; 2. Joe Warren; 3. Amanda Whaley; 4. Mark Pettyjohn; 5. Donald Lingo, Jr.; 6. Nick Davis; 7. Andrew Mullins; 8. Kellie Lewis; 9. Herb Tunis; 10. Michael Wilkins; 11. Rob Schirmer; 12. Ricky Elliott; 13. Kerry King.

602 Sportsmen: 1. Dwayne Crockett; 2. Devin Dodson; 3. Adam White; 4. Jordn Justice; 5. Kevin Sockriter; 6. Danny Smack; 7. Trevor Collins; 8. Ryan Mortimer; 9. Ryan Riddle; 10. Matt Smith; 11. Jason Rush; 12. Garrie Bostwick; 13. David Jenkins; 14. Nick Alberti; 15. Freddy Massey; 16. Robert Riley, III; 17. Brian Hitz.

Crate Model: 1. Steven Baker; 2. Charles Shawver; 3. Tyler Reed; 4. Zac Weller; 5. Robbie Walls, Jr.; 6. Mike Wilson; 7. Derek Magee; 8. Wes Clifton; 9. Mike Wharton; 10. Sparky White; 11. Kevin White; DNS: Matt Hill.

Mod Lite: 1. James Hill; 2. Ryan Dryden; 3. Tim White; 4. James Wood; 5. Jake Nelson; 6. Aaron VanVorst; 7. Steve White; 8. Brandon Dennis; 9. Curt Miles, Jr.; 10. Ty Short; 11. Harry Mears; 12. Alan Passwaters; DNS: Kirk Miles; Brian Short; Brock Williams.

Delmarva Charger: 1. Bud Sipple; 2. Brett Sellers; 3. Tanner Marvel; 4. Jerry Barker; 5. Ashley Merritt; 6. Jay Sipple; 7. Tippy Martinez; 8. Derek Swafford; 9. Randy Merritt; 10. Charles Hudson; 11. Brian Peelman; 12. Kyle Tubbs; 13. Geoff Carey; 14. Scott Calhoun.

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