Local auto racing: Mills wins Big Block Modified in ‘family feud’ race at Delmar

DELMAR — The NAPA Big Block Modified turned into a “family feud” on Saturday night at Delaware International Speedway.

JoJo Watson and his uncle, Jamie Mills, put on a great lead battle in the race.

It became a father-son battle on lap four when Bobby Watkins got around Daniel Johnson, Jr. and went to work on catching his son, Brandon, last year’s Rookie of the Year in the division.

While that was happening, Watson and Mills were threading their way through the top ten and up into third and fourth.

On lap 12, Watson and Mill got together in the second turn. Watson did a 360-degree spin but kept moving as did Mills.

Mills got by Watson on the restart and moved in to challenge Bobby Watkins. The pair made contact with Watkins getting around, bringing out the yellow.

On the restart, Watson got by Mills and took the lead from Brandon Watkins. With four laps left to go, Mills turned up the wick and moved on top to stay.

Mills took the win with Watson second.

In the S.R. Pete & Sons Super Late Models, leader Nick Davis narrowly escaped disaster on lap five when he made contact with a slower car and then had another spin directly in front of him.

With clean air in front of him Davis again was able to speed away from the field on the restart, eventually taking the checkered flag.

The AC Delco PSC 602 Sportsman division competed in a 20-lap Fall Championship qualifier.

After starting 10th, Scott Hitchens was up to third just prior to halfway. Later on, Hitchens flat-footed it into turn three on the outside to take the lead with five to go before holding in for the victory.

Derek Magee took full advantage of his pole starting spot in the 15-lap RUSH Crate Late Model feature. He survived two mid-race cautions and made no mistakes as he held on for his first win of the season.

In the 15-lap Mod Lite feature, James Hill came from the rear of the field to take second before making a pass at the halfway sign and driving to his second straight win.

In the Vintage Stock Car feature, Mark Williams edged out front by lap eight to take the win.

A great three-car battle developed from the drop of the green in the 12-lap Little Lincoln/Street Stock feature. Kirk Lawson led until lap five when he got trapped behind a slower car.

Landy Adams shot into the lead and held off Lawson and Mel Joseph, Jr. the rest of the distance for the win.

Garnett, Farmer post wins: What was scheduled to be a big two-day Memorial Day weekend event got cut short last weekend at U.S. 13 Dragway.

Saturday night, the track was able to work around the weather to get in the 3rd Annual Hot Rod Reunion. On Sunday, only time runs were completed before the rain washed out day two.

Taking wins on Saturday night were Glenn Reese of New Castle in his ’64 Chevy II while Ben Garnett of Smyrna made it two in a row in his sharp-looking ’71 Ford Maverick and James Farmer of Milford rode his Hayabusa to the win in Pro Bike.

Garnett was back in the Mod ET final facing Cody Mariner in his ’78 Malibu. Mariner left early and fouled and Garnett took the eighth-mile win with a 5.750/119.36 on a 5.74 dial.

The special Nostalgia final was won by Ronald Nichols of East New Market, Md. Craig Palmer of Perkasie, Pa., drove his ’‘63 Plymouth to the 422 All-stars final and veteran Funny Car driver, Bruce Larson and Bobby Toth split the vintage Funny Car runs.

Other winners on the day included: Ryan Lecates of Salisbury, Md. in his ’88 Chevy S-10; William Wilkerson of Laurel in his ’84 Dodge; Chase Huber of Queen Anne, Md. in Jr. Dragster 1 and Brett Holston of Felton in Jr. Dragster 2.

RESULTS

NAPA Big Block Modified: 1. Jamie Mills; 2. JoJo Watson; 3. Scott VanGorder; 4. H.J. Bunting; 5. Brandon Watkins; 6. Robert Dutton; 7. Michael White; 8. Matt Hawkins; 9. Howard O’Neal; 10. Dale Hawkins; 11. Kenneth Peek; 12. Carson Wright; 13. Daniel Johnson, Jr.; 14. T.J. Williams; 15. Westley Smith; 16. Jordan Watson; 17. Jeff Brown; 18. Bobby Watkins; 19. Kevin Sockriter; 20. Kyle Fuller.

S.R. Pete & Sons Super Late Model: 1. Nick Davis; 2. Mark Pettyjohn; 3. Ross Robinson; 4. Herb Tunis; 5. Donald Lingo, Jr.; 6. Kerry King; 7. Dylan Evans; 8. Amanda Whaley; 9. Andrew Mullins; 10. Rob Schirmer; 11. Kevin Scott, Jr.; 12. Jason Dean; 13. Bob Geiger; 14. Reese Masiello; 15. Kellie Lewis; 16. Geoff Carey; 17. Max Robichaud.

AC Delco PSC 602 Sportsman: 1. Scott Hitchens; 2. Jason Rush; 3. Matt Smith; 4. Jordn Justice; 5. Joe Tracy; 6. Danny Smack; 7. Ryan Riddle; 8. Trey Hicks; 9. Brandon Dennis; 10. Adam White; 11. Nick Alberti; 12. Robert Riley III; 13. Jeff Marker; 14. David Jenkins; 15. Dwayne Crockett.

RUSH Crate Late Model: 1. Derek Magee; 2. Brandon Sturgis; 3. Joe Warren; 4. Matt Gladen; 5. Sparky White; 6. Matt Hill; 7. Mike Wharton; 8. Chip Disharoon; 9. Wes Clifton; 10. Tyler Reed; 11. Mike Wilson; 12. Paul McGinley; 13. Travis Justice; 14. Trevor Collins; 15. Robert Paczkowski; 16. Richard Harden; 17. Scott Tessman; 18. Charles Shawver; 19. Kevin White.

Mod Lite: 1. James Hill; 2. Ray Gulliver; 3. Tim White; 4. Nick Nash; 5. Jake Nelson; 6. Curt Miles, Jr.; 7. Aaron VanVorst; 8. James Wood; 9. Brian Gladden; 10. Harry Mears; 11. Kirk Miles, Sr.; 12. Jason Musser.

Vintage: 1. Mark Williams; 2. Ron Myer; 3. C.J. Schirmer; 4. Oscar Fields; 5. Josh Smith (1st Sportsman); 6. Todd Miller; 7. Kelly Putz; 8. Kerry King; 9. Don Davidson; 10. Chris Loveland; 11. David Tucker; 12. Dwayne Heck; 13. Todd Lapp; 14. Dave Schamp; 15. John Burton; 16. Freddy Brightbill.

Little Lincoln/Street: 1. Landy Adams; 2. Kirk Lawson; 3. Mel Joseph, Jr.; 4. T.J. Henry (1st Street Stock); 5. Joe Tracy; 6. Matt White; 7. Bunky White; 8. Jordan Herbert; 9. Wesley Smack; 10. Dave White; 11. 69 SS; 12. 22. SS: 13. Shawn Smith.

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