Roundup: Camp Barnes Benefit thrills speedway crowd

A strong turnout of 118 racers and a great crowd were on hand to watch invaders take home the lion’s share of the healthy purse at the 44th annual Camp Barnes Benefit Wednesday night at Delaware International Speedway.

In the 30-lap Modified feature, Bridgeport regular and former track champion, Jordan Watson, started on the pole with last year’s winner and former track champ, Matt Jester starting in second.

From the drop of the green, Watson went to the top groove and set the pace. After the race’s three cautions, Watson was still out front, driving to the $3,000 win.

A strong contingent of Super Late Models was on hand. Dale Hollidge of Mechanicsville, Md. making his first appearance at the track, was the quickest right from hot laps and jumped out to the lead in the 25-lap main.

Hollidge’s first victory at the track was worth $3,000. The win made Hollidge 2-for-2 in Delaware this sea-son after he won the big late model event at the Georgetown Speedway earlier in the year.

Hollidge assured the fans that he would be back for the Fulton 50 for the World of Outlaw Late Models on Aug. 11.

“I saw that the modified guys were faster on the top,” said Hollidge. “I went up top at the start but could see (Donald) Lingo coming on the bottom so I moved down.”

From halfway on it was all green in the AC Delco 602 Sportman. Tim Trimble opened a comfortable lead and remained smooth and flawless, taking his first career Camp Barnes win.

Three-time Crate Model champion, Matt Hill was back and in top form on Wednesday night, winning his heat and starting on the pole in the 15-lap main.

Robbie Walls, Jr. pulled to the back bumper of Hill with two to go but could not mount a challenge as Hill went on to the win.

In the 15-lap Mod Lite feature it looked as if James Hill’s winning streak was in jeopardy. But, after a caution on lap 11, Hill shot to the outside and made the winning pass for his sixth straight win of the season.

In the 10-lap Little Lincoln Vintage feature, Mel Joseph, Jr. held off Landy Adams in the second half of the race to add to his Camp Barnes’ win total.

Jerry Barker started fifth but took the lead from Bud Sipple on lap three of the Delmarva Chargers’ race. He drove to his second win of the season and his first Camp Barnes victory in the caution-free 10-lap event.

A strong 21 truck field of Super Trucks were on hand. A hard crash in turn four on the first lap left the trucks of Matt Long and Bobby Reed heavily damaged but there were no injuries.

Billy Cropper lost the lead once but regained in for good midway through the race.

High school track & field

Middletown’s Lampkin honored: Middletown High’s Daija Lampkin has been named the Gatorade Delaware Girls’ Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

The 5-foot-2 junior won three individual championships at the Division I state meet this spring. The William A. Thomson Award winner as the state’s most valuable track athlete as named by the New Castle County Coaches Cross Country and Track Association, Lampkin swept the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.94 seconds, the 200-meter dash in 24.38 and the 400-meter dash in 55.45.

Lampkin also anchored the winning 800-meter relay squad that broke the tape in 1:41.75. Her 200-meter dash clocking of 23.80 seconds at the New Castle County Track & Field Championships set a state record.

Lampkin has maintained a 4.15 weighted GPA in the classroom. A member of the National Honor Society and a sports medicine assistant to the school’s athletic trainer, she has also volunteered locally on be-half of her church and at a food bank.

“I have watched Daija Lampkin win 100-, 200- and 400-meter races by incredible margins all season,” said Mike Mooney, head coach at Newark High. “I will say that she seemed happiest when anchoring a relay and celebrating with her teammates. We all know what a lift it can give to a team to have a competitor like Daija on your side. She elevated her teammates and the sport in Delaware.”

Local running

‘Dorm to Gourm’ being held today: The fourth annual CrossFit Dover, Dorm to Gourm 5K Run/Walk & 1.5 Fitness Challenge event will be held today at 6 p.m., starting and ending at CrossFit Dover (155 Commerce Way, Suite L, Dover).

The event benefits Project Dorm to Gourm, which teaches Dover Air Force Base airmen how to cook healthy, budget-conscious meals.

Race day registration will open at 5 p.m. Contact  for more information.

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