The crowds are picking up at Motor Mile Speedway. Small track racing faces so many challenges it is hard to focus on generating interest with all the variables to consider. However, the Pulaski County Play Outside 250 on June 19th gave it a good push for family friendly fan attendance. Kids were in for free and the large play area is a great incentive for families at the track. The open “Pit Party” had all cars and drivers on the front stretch with fans on track to meet and greet. Several kids were also named to be honorary pit crew members for the evening events.
Seven races with five classes offered plenty of lap by lap racing with some good wheel battles on the track. The Advance Auto Parts Late Model races had good challenges from Ryan Wilson in the #2 with Kres Vandyke in the #15 in the first and Jacob Heafner in the #95 in the second. Ryan held for the second spot in both events. Kyle Dudley in the #4 grabbed the third slot in race 1 and Vandyke hit the third slot in race 2.
The Limited Sportsman presented the largest group on the track and had some restart drama in the closing laps. A tight restart put the #99 of Dale Cline in the rear of the #17 with Tray Fitzgerald. The loose #17 was pushed out of line as the #99 hit on the start. As the field came back around under caution, the #17 had driven back down the front stretch and made an attempt of running at the #99. Fitzgerald was not in the second race. Damage or penalty…? We don’t know… But it was an interesting encounter to watch. Kyle Barnes (#00) swept both LS events with Cory Dunn and Scott Lancaster finish 2nd and 3rd in race 1. Chase Ratliff and Cory Dunn finished in 2nd and 3rd for the second race.
The Mod-4 put out a good field for racing but it was Doodle Lang who dominated with a front row start in the #22. The race for second was on between Scott Foley (#97), Dennis Holdren (#2) and Kevin Canter (#3). They finished in that order but the challenge was there for most of the race.
Ray Sowers (#71) and Wayne Corprew (#21) started up front but it was Hank Turman in the #0 that gained an advantage later in the race to grab the win from a second row start in the Super Street race. Sowers and Corprew finished 2nd and 3rd.
The UCar was dominated by Peyton Howell in the #11. He has been the one to chase in UCar at Motor Mile with 4 wins. Cary Thomason (#8) and Jamie Lafon (#93) came across 2nd and 3rd.
Next up at Motor Mile is a big weekend of big fun with Monster Trucks putting out big action. Tickets are on sale now and this should be a big crowd show!
Full Gallery from the Pulaski County Play Outside 250 below!