Dirt track produces unexpected results

DeVilbiss edges Spangler, Howard

When it comes to dirt track stock car racing, very little is predictable. With unpredictability comes excitement however, as evidenced by last weekend’s races at Fairgrounds Speedway, Aug. 8-9.

While many drivers put together impressive performances over the weekend, none were quite as fine as driver Zane DeVilbiss, who finished just ahead of Aaron Spangler and Wyatt Howard in the Modified main event on Aug. 8.

Nearly as impressive was Randy Eitel, who, holding off several challenges from a talented field, finished just ahead of Brian Carey and Jordan Eddleman in the Sportmod A-Main on Aug. 8.

Leading the way in the Stock Car main event on Aug. 8 was Steffan Carey, while RaNai Toler took top honors in the Sport Compact main event on Aug. 8.

The most surprising results of the evening came in the Hobby Stock main event where Paul Dorsett finished first, Shelly Griffin finished second and Brooklynne Kibel finished third.

The main event’s results sharply contrasted results in the heat races, which featured Freddie Brooks and Rob Petrose bumping in an exciting battle for top honors.

“We rubbed paint,” said Petros after the race. That’s racing. (Brooks) is the guy to beat.”

“Side by side racing is what it’s all about,” added Brooks.

After correcting a timing problem in the pits prior to the main event, Petros, and his brother Dominic, who worked on the car, believed they had a good chance to win.

After several exciting laps, Petros, along with Brooks ended up near the back of the pack. Both drivers admitted however, that such unpredictability is part of the excitement of dirt track racing.

Brooks, Petros and other racers will next race at Fairgrounds Speedway, Sept. 12-13. Races generally begin at dusk. Concessions are available at the track and the cost of general admission is $10.