Local auto racing: Hubbard wins 2nd round of Battle of Bay series

DELMAR — Bridgeville’s Austin Hubbard took advantage of the home-track advantage in the second round of the Battle of the Bay series at Delaware International Speedway on Thursday.

Hubbard started on the pole and quickly pulled away from Ricky Elliott in second. He was then able to pull away from the field in the second half of the race, which was run caution-free.

At the checkered flag, Hubbard took the $3,000 victory with Nick Davis outdueling Dale Hollidge for second. Davis set a track record in qualifying, turning the half mile in a time of 17.579 seconds at a speed of 102.395 miles per hour.

It was a rough start in the RUSH Crate Late Model feature as the yellow flag flew three consecutive times before the first lap was in the books for a tangle involving at least nine cars.

When the first lap did get in it was Chip Disharoon setting the pace from the pole with Allen Brannon chasing in second.

The caution was out again on lap two. On the restart, Matt Hill, who started fourth, took the point from Disharoon and began to pull away from the field.

When the yellow flag flew with five laps remaining, Hill’s left front tire began to go flat. On the restart, Hill slipped high and Disharoon made a bid for the lead.

There was contact, with Disharoon spinning and collected two other cars. Under the yellow Hill headed to the pits with the flat tire and Matt Glanden became the new leader with just two laps to go.

Glandon held off the hard-charging Joe Warren, who came from the rear with a great drive. The $1,000 victory was Glanden’s second win of the season and the biggest of his racing career.

The 12-lap Super Truck feature turned out to be a battle between the Smith brothers, David and Robert. By the time the first lap was completed, it was David Smith on top with Robert challenging from second.

Scott Calhoun took the lead from Robert “Pacman” Paczkowski on the second lap and never looked back to win the 12-lap Delmarva Charger feature.

Truitt takes Top ET

After two days of torrential rain, U.S. 13 Dragway decided to try racing on Sunday afternoon.

It turned out to be a beautiful day with low humidity and mild temperatures.

The Top ET and Mod ET classes competed at the eighth-mile. Taking wins were Phillip Truitt of Salisbury, Md. in Top ET and Brian Reibert, Jr. of Snow Hill, Md. in Mod ET.

Defending Pro Bike champion, Harvey Powell of Felton rode to the quarter-mile win in Pro Bike. Other winners included: James Turner of Vienna, Md. in Street; Denny Johnson of Laurel in Hot Rod; Cole Foskey of Rhodesdale, Md. in Jr. Dragster 1 and Caitlyn Hooper of Hurlock, Md. in Jr. Dragster 2.

It was Cash Days for the “List.” In the final, it was Steve Drummond of Laurel scoring the $2000 win over Lewis Jones.

Truitt in his ‘80 Malibu faced veteran Sterling Clough in his dragster in the Top ET final. Clough had a -.070 red light foul and Truitt scored the $1,500 win with a 6.700/96.06 on a 6.65 dial.

Reibert, Jr. in his ‘86 Chevy S-10 squared off against John Parks in his ‘67 Camaro in the Mod ET final. Parks was a tick too quick and broke out with a 6.893/97.56 on a 6.90 dial. Reibert got the victory running and $700 a 6.618/102.23 on a 6.60 dial.

Powell, on his Suzuki, rode up against Chris Lynch of Ocean View on a Hayabusa in the Pro Bike final. Powell rode to the win and $225 with a 9.011/133.09 on an 8.96 dial. Lynch had a 10.175/130.07 on a 10.09 dial.

Racing returns on Friday night, August 4, with gates opening at 3:30 p.m., time runs at 4:30 p.m. and eliminations at approximately 8 p.m.

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