Conley heads victorious quartet on ‘The Hill'

Conley heads victorious quartet on ‘The Hill'
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Corey Staley, top, and Travis Hutten battle for a spot near the front of the pack during the Hilltop Speedway mini stocks race on June 19. The duo finished second and third, respectively.

                        

One could not have asked for a better night on The Hill as 70 cars entered the pits, ready to put on a show for the fans at Hilltop Speedway on Friday, June 19.

Setting fast time among a field of 15 Holmes Tire Late Models was Cody Scott with a time of 15.298, who also would claim heat race one. Corey Conley would pick up the win in heat two. With Scott and Conley bringing the field to the start of their 25-lap feature, Conley would take the lead going down the backstretch with one lap in.

Eight laps down, caution would come out, setting up a single-file restart. With the green out, Conley would again take the top spot with Scott looking in. The next 17 laps went green flag with Scott challenging Conley every corner through lap traffic. However, Scott was unable to surpass as “The Flying Ace” would sit in victory lane once more, followed by Scott, George Lee, DJ Cline and Rick Mardis.

A field of 11 would make up the street stock division with heat race wins going to Brandon Morrow and Mark Baier. After a top-three redraw, the field was set, and Kevin Potts would bring the field to the green. Potts got to the lead, but an early caution one lap down would single the field up to the restart.

Potts would again take the top spot as Morrow would work his way from his fifth-place starting position around Tyler Nicely for second. Six laps to go, caution would fly, bunching the field up once again. Back under green, Morrow would challenge Potts for the lead. However, Potts was able to fend off his competitors to pick up the feature win. Second went to Morrow, third Tyler Nicely, fourth Trae Schonauer and fifth Mark Baier.

The Short Track Safety Team mini stocks had a field of 16 with Jason St. John and Travis Hutten each picking up a heat race win, followed by a top-three redraw for the feature lineup. A pair of St. Johns would sit on the front row with Colton setting the pace to the green. Outside pole sitter, Jason St. John would take the early lead as troubles for Colton would bring out the caution.

Double file back to the restart, Cory Staley would take the lead as Hutten, St. John and Doug Hensel battled it out for top four, looking for the win. With the three-way battle for the lead, Staley would maintain position as Hensel would claim second from Hutten. Hensel, all over the bumper of Staley, would drive it into three and four to claim the win coming to the checker. Finishing second was Staley, third Hutten, fourth St. John and fifth Ed Geary.

The Snyder Hot Shot Truck and Trailer modlites had a field of 28. Heat race wins went to Joe Burkhead, Jimmy Smith and Tracy Fritter. The last chance race went to Blake Morris. With the drop of the green, Burkhead would take the lead as Fritter and Smith looked in. A couple early cautions would bunch the field back up single file.

Back under green, Burkhead would again take the top spot as Smith would work the high side and Fritter the low line, both looking to claim the spot. However, Joe Burkhead was able to fend off both strong competitors to pick up the first win of the season. Rounding out the top five was Tracy Fritter, Jimmy Smith, Darrick Hubbard, Jr. and Braxton Wilson.


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