Local auto racing: Howard wins Full Throttle series round 5 at Del. Speedway

DELMAR — Dwayne Howard of Oley, Pa. made the long tow south to Delaware International Speedway Friday night.

He was looking for redemption in round five of the Full Throttle series. Howard led round four before being knocked out of the race when he scraped the wall.

Redemption was to be had as Howard worked lapped traffic to perfection and held off Ryan Watt to become the fifth different winner in as many races in the series.

After starting fifth, Howard grabbed the lead by lap six. But his almost two-second advantage was erased on lap 13 by a caution.

On the restart Watt was able to match speed with Howard as the lead duo began to pull away for the field.

Watt, at times, was able to close to Howard’s back bumper but the high groove had gotten choppy and Watt had to hope for a bobble from the leader. That mistake never came as Howard drove to the 40-lap, $4,000 win.

“The track was really bitey,” said Howard. “It’s tough for us to come down here but we have been running good in the series when we come down here. We had a good race car tonight and I knew it was going to be very hard for anyone to go around me with the track kind of chopped up at the top.”

In the AC Delco 602 Sportsman feature, the first caution was out just three laps into the race. Dwayne Crockett, who was running in third, hit a perfect restart on the outside to take the lead going into the first turn.

Crockett was able to open up a 1.12-second lead to become the first repeat Sportsman winner in the series.

In the Delmarva Charger feature, leader Scott Calhoun gave up a comfortable lead when the yellow flew with three to go. But Calhoun was perfect on the restart and drove to the win.

After a caution with three laps left in the Little Lincoln Vintage/Street Stock 12-lap feature, Joe Tracy made his move and took the lead. He drove to his second-straight checkered.

Jerry Hill led the first four laps of the 12-lap Super Truck feature before regaining the lead just past halfway. He made no mistakes to the checkered.

Garnett takes Mod ET: Jerry Ketterman gave the Mod ET division its turn to time and run their own Bad 8 on Sunday at U.S. 13 Dragway.

Coming out on top was Mod ET champion, Ben Garnett of Smyrna, driving his beautiful ‘71 Ford Maverick.

All qualifying and eliminations in Top ET and Mod ET was in the eighth-mile.

Garnett faced John Binkle of Willowstreet, Pa. in his dragster in the Mod ET Bad 8 final. Garnett had a .016 reaction light to Binkle’s .050 and drove to the win. Garnett ran a 5.846/112.59 on a 5.82 dial. Binkle had a 5.564/122.83 on a 5.54.

Former champion Frank Lecates of Salisbury, Md. took top honor in Top ET while Chad Thurman of Seaford drove to the win in the regular Mod ET eliminations.

Other winners included Marquise Blake of Frankford in Pro Bike; Byrone Lake of Frankford in Street; Urias Shockley of Dover in Hot Rod; Danielle Donze of Felton in Jr. Dragster 1 and Morgan Larkin of Salisbury in Jr. Dragster 2.

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