Local roundup: Von Dohren wins Dirt Track Championship Small Block feature

By virtue of the redraw, Craig Von Dohren started from the pole position and held off many challenges from Ryan Watt and lapped traffic to capture the Delaware State Dirt Track Championship Small Block feature event on Saturday at Delaware International Speedway.

Van Dohren pocketed more than $5,000 with the gambler’s fee and lap money.

“We had a good car tonight,” he said. “The track was a little different then how we are used to, so we threw some things at it.”
With 10 laps remaining the top two contenders were challenged with dense lapped traffic. Von Dohren and Watt swapped the most strategic lane each lap to try to negotiate the cars, with little success.

Finally, Von Dohren cleared the lapped car and put one more obstacle between him and Watt.

A restart after a caution on Lap 47 was no contest for Von Dohren, as he collected the checkered flag.

“I did not know how far out we were when we hit lapped traffic,” said Von Dohren. “They are racing for position too, so it was tough.”

“We could stick with him, but we could not pass him,” said Watt. “At the end I tried the outside, then he moved up. I wish there was a little more track in turns three and four.”

Kirk Lawson drag-raced Joe Tracy for nearly half of the 12 laps before capturing the Little Lincoln feature event. Lawson, who predictably races the top of the racing surface, dove to the bottom of turns three and four to defend the win over Tracy.

Jerry Barker had to fight off the hard challenges of Joey Waters to capture the Delmarva Chargers feature event. The two rubbed fenders, slide-jobbed, and drag-raced for the entire 12-lap event.

“We are all friends, but that was maybe too hard of racing for my liking,” said Barker. “We will talk it over in the pits and move on.”

David Smith and Jerry Hill fought for the top position for the duration of the Delaware Super Trucks feature event, with Smith taking the checkered after Hill did not meet weight requirements in post-race inspection.

Watson wins title

Jordan Watson took the lead from H.J. Bunting on lap 31 of the 50-lap Delaware State Dirt Track Championship and drove away to collect a nearly $7,500 payday.

The victory in the event was Watson’s second of his career and topped off his championship season at Delaware International.

With less than 10 laps remaining, pole-sitter Adam White and second-place runner Joe Toth made contact in turns one and two, while competing for the lead in the 25-lap Crate Modified feature event.

Both were able to keep their cars rolling, with Toth taking over the top position. A green, white, checker restart regrouped the field, but was no competition for 17-year-old Toth, as he collected the victory.

James Hill continued his dominating season, collecting another victory and the championship in the Modified Lite division.

Lingo earns victory

Donald Lingo, Jr. continued his strong season, redrawing the pole position and leading wire-to-wire to win the 50-lap Delaware State Dirt Track Championship Super Late Model feature event.

With five laps remaining, Austin Hubbard, Mark Pettyjohn, and Ross Robinson single-filed and began tracking down Lingo in a hurry.
Hubbard reached the bumper of Lingo, but was not able to complete the pass, with Lingo capturing the win.

Matt Hill and Ross Robinson put on an epic battle for the Late Model 25-lap feature event.

With less than five laps remaining, the leaders hit heavy lapped traffic. On lap 22, Robinson tangled with a lapped car and ended his hopes of victory as Hill took the victory.

Robinson won an emotional race in the vintage division, as he has been racing for Mark “Coot” Williams, in his honor this season.

College field hockey

Delaware 4, William & Mary 2: For the eighth straight season, the Blue Hens have earned a spot in the CAA Tournament as No. 18 Delaware topped William & Mary on Sunday.

The Tribe (8-6, 4-1 CAA) took the early lead, but UD (10-6, 4-0 CAA) rattled off three straight goals before halftime arrived for a 3-1 advantage. Freshman Tessa Verweijen posted the final goal of the day in the 57th minute as the Hens finished with their fifth straight win of the year.

The Hens have won 22 straight CAA regular-season and tournament contests.

College golf

UD women second: The Delaware women’s golf team closed out its fall season this weekend by finishing in second place at the Blue Hen Invitational at Rehoboth Country Club.

Delaware tied for the lowest team round of the day with a 310 on Sunday, finishing with a three-round total of 893. Seton Hall, which also fired a 310 during its final round, captured the 13-team title with an 890 score.

Blue Hen junior Ariane Klotz tied for the lowest individual round of the day by carding a twoover par 73 during a very windy day on the par 71, 5,932-yard course. Klotz tied for fifth place among the individuals by finishing with a 10 over par 78-72-73-223.

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