Moler Raceway Park Gears up for 2013 Season
Moler Raceway Park, Williamsburg, OH is considered the Midwests's Fastest 1/4 mile dirt oval with Racing Every Friday Night March through October and Saturday before Thanksgiving in November, with some Saturday special shows. Regular classes consist of Late Models, Modifieds, Crazy Compacts (Hornets) and Chevettes.
Also 1/5th mile go kart track re-opening in 2013 for Sunday afternoons, see website for details: molerracewaypark.com
Doorbuster 2013 a Rousing Success at Moler Raceway Park!!
4-5-13 - Williamsburg, OH - The DRC.net Defrost 40 at Moler Raceway Park turned out to be one of the most exciting features for late models that the ¼ mile speedway has ever seen. Bringing the field to the green flag was heat race winners John Whitney and Barry Doss with Whitney taking the early lead in his Stephan’s Heating and Cooling, Amaze-A-Stitch Embroidery sponsored machine. The battle behind him was exciting as Doss and Duane Chamberlain battled tightly for the first 14 laps before Chamberlain would make contact and lose 4 spots. The guy on the move was defending UMP National Modified Champion (but only his 3rd night in LM) Devin Gilpin who started in 8th position. Whitney had things in control until lap 23 when he bobbled slightly off of turn 2 and Doss was able to drive under him and take the lead with Gilpin also able to slide by on the next lap. On lap 30 Gilpin looked under Doss but got sideways and lost ground to the leader. At that time both Gilpin and Whitney went to the high side of racetrack and a furious 3-way battle ensued. With 6 laps remaining Gilpin was able to pass Doss for the lead but the two remained side-by-side for the next 3 laps as Whitney was looking for either driver to slip. With 3 laps to go Whitney inched ahead of Doss for second and actually looked outside of Gilpin with 1 to go but to no avail as the Columbus, Indiana driver was able to win his first ever Late Model feature event driving the JP Motorsports, Morgan Auto, Pickers Paradise, Blondies Pizzareia, Landrum Springs sponsored machine. Whitney would come home second with Doss, Ethan Burgess, and Jeff Arnold rounding out the top five spots.
In the UMP Modified division the question was whether or not Devin Gilpin could pull off the double and win both LM and Mod feature on the night. After winning heat race #1 from fourth starting spot he started on the pole of the 20 lap feature event in his A-1 Pallet, Dasco Race Supply, Mike Shell Race Engines, Impressive Racecars sponsored machine. At the drop of the green Dave McWilliams would challenge in his Reaper Race Car sponsored by Slicker Graphics but would be no match on this night as the youngster from Indiana would take home the checkers in both divisions on this night. McWilliams would maintain second spot throughout the event while Todd Robinson, Jeremie Bretz, and Ryan Morton would finish in the top five spots.
In the Chevette Division it was looking like a replay of so many nights from 2012 with defending track champion Rusty Yarger out front from the beginning of the night but with 2 laps to go 13 yr old Boog Verdon would manage to get to the high side of Yarger and inch ahead and claim his first ever feature event in his Miller Heating and Cooling, Gingerbread House, Embroidery by Valerie sponsored machine. Despite initial excitement the soft spoken youngster was speechless in victory lane and very thankful to Yarger for all the assistance in teaching him to become a better racer. Yarger would come home second with Josh Francis, Mike Clark, and Kyle Tarvin rounding out the top five spots.
In the final race of the night it was TheDRC Crazy Compact division and it was the two heat race winners Michael Gemmer and Willie Butler starting up front and setting the stage for the 15 lap race. Despite missing a shift on the start and allowing Justin Dalton to get past and challenge Gemmer for the top spot it was Butler who would pass Gemmer and take the lead on lap five. Gemmer would not let him get away and it was a two-car battle for top spot up front but a great race behind them. In the end it was “King” Willie Butler taking the win over Gemmer with Tim Schumacher, Jesse Mick, and Richard Dalton rounding out the top five spots.
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