Passes Lift 3 of 4 Feature Winners; Newman
Takes Crate Special!
26, 2014) On a night when late-lap passes were
all the rage, Ashley Newman got the biggest reward when
he overtook Troy English on the third turn of the final
lap and won the $4,000 first-place prize in the 35-lap Pro
(Crate) Late Model main event. Randy Sellars overtook Tim
Brown on the next-to-last lap to win the Late Model feature,
and Matt Cooper banged his way past Josh Tomlin on the white-flag
lap and won the Modified main. In Stock Car, Chase Estes
led from start to finish.
English, who was fast
qualifier and won the first heat, led from the pole and
built as much as a full straightaway lead over Newman and
Tait Davenport, who spent most of the race in a furious
battle for second. But the race took a toll on English’s
right rear tire. |
Mevert Claims $4,000 Modified Money at KLMS!
19, 2014) For the third time in three appearances
at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, Matt Mevert dominated the
Modified feature Saturday night to claim big prize money.
The Steeleville, Ill., driver
outran Nick Hoffman and added to the victories he scored
on June 14 and June 28 in races that paid $3,000 to win.
Saturday night’s win paid $4,000.
Other winners on the
program included Tim Brown, who won for the second week
in a row in Late Model; Jeff Walston in Pro (Crate) Late
Model; and Mike Hodges in Stock Car.
Mevert started on the
outside on the second of the second row and moved to the
front when Bryce Jewell, who started in front of Mevert
on the outside of the front row, spun between Turns 1-2,
triggering a chain-reaction crash that brought out an immediate
yellow flag. When the race resumed, Mevert moved ahead and
although Hoffman nipped at his heels, he was never seriously
challenged. Mevert won by 0.281 seconds, with third-place
Tyler Nicely more than 4 seconds behind. Everett Bradham
and Matt Cooper rounded out the top five. Forty-one
cars were on hand for the race, with 30 cars taking the
green flag for the 35-lap feature. |
Late Models Face Pay Cut for Short Fields...
13, 2014) The top-tier
Late Model division will race for a reduced payoff if there
are fewer than 12 cars on hand, management of Kentucky Lake
Motor Speedway announced Sunday. The new policy is effective
with the next race, on Saturday, July 19. The
regular prize money structure pays $1,000 to the winner.
If there are not at least a dozen cars, that will drop to
the same purse as the Modified division, which pays $700
to the winner.
economics,” track co-owner Ronnie Jones said. “We
can’t pay a bigger purse to a series that does not
support our program as well as other series. Until they
pick back up, we’ll cut it to the Modified-level purse.”
The field of potential
entrants is slender for the most expensive of the cars that
compete at KLMS, and many of those drivers travel to distant
tracks to chase big prize money for special events rather
than competing at their home track on a regular basis.Seven
times in 12 races, there have been nine or fewer Late Models
on hand at the 3/8-mile dirt oval. In the past five races,
the county has shrunk to seven cars twice and six cars twice,
with 17 cars on hand for a special race paying $3,000 to
win and a minimum of $200 for every car that started the
There were 27 Late Models
on hand for the $10,000-to-win Bluegrass Nationals feature
on April 26. But for the regular show, single digits have
been the norm. On three occasions, one or more Pro (Crate)
Late Model drivers competed in both their own series and
the Late Model division. KLMS has since prohibited drivers
from racing the same car in more than one division.
The Modified division
has been the most consistent draw, with an average of 20.3
cars per race, compared to 8.25 for the Late Models. The
Crates have averaged 17.5 and the Stock Car division has
averaged 14.9. The field for Saturday night’s race
program had six Late Models, but only five started the feature
after one car broke in practice.
Wallace 10 Pounds Light; Crate Payoff Goes to Davenport!
12, 2014) Dirt
late model veteran Wendell Wallace of Batesville, Arkansas,
dominated the Pro (Crate) Late Model 35-lap special Saturday
night at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, but his car weighed
10 pounds light in the post-race trip to the scales. That
made local driver Tait Davenport the winner of the $4,000
first-place payoff. It was his fourth victory of the season
Davenport, of Benton,
Kentucky, worked his way up from fifth starting spot in
the 30-car field and took second from Brent Lewis on the
final lap. He trailed Wallace by about a half-lap, 7.686
seconds, when the checkered flag waved. But he was a half-second
in front of Lewis, and that was the margin that counted.
Jeff Walston was third, Troy English fourth and Tyler Allen
rounded out the top five.
Moyer, Jr. Goes 3-for-3 in KLMS Special Events!
5, 2014) Billy Moyer Jr.,
a decisive winner in two previous appearances in special
events at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway this year, led all
the way and won Saturday night’s 35-lap Late Model
feature and the $3,000 first-place prize money that went
with it. Moyer won by more than four seconds over
Terry English, a two-time winner at KLMS this season. In
the Pro (Crate) Late Model 20-lap main event, Jeff Glisson
scored a similarly dominant win, but in Modified and Stock
Car, Bart Richardson and Mike Hodges had to fight for their
Moyer, of Batesville,
Arkansas, jumped ahead at the drop of the green flag. Kevin
Cole squeezed inside outside-front-row starter Tanner English,
and their side-by-side duel cost both them as Terry English,
Tanner English’s father, got past both them and set
out in pursuit of Moyer. Terry English, a veteran hometown
driver from Benton, Kentucky, whittled Moyer’s lead
from nearly three seconds down to just over two seconds
at the midway point, and when Moyer encountered lapped traffic
at lap 20, English narrowed the gap to 0.665 seconds. But
that was as close as he got, and Moyer pulled away to win
by more than four seconds. Terry English was second, and
Cole got past Tanner English on the 10th lap and held onto
third place to the finish. Jarryd Holshouser rounded out
the top five. |
Repeats, Lewis Wins in $3K Specials at KLMS!
28, 2014) Illinois
drivers claimed a pair of $3,000-to-win features while
a hometown standout won his fifth victory of the season
Saturday night at at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. Matt
Mevert of Steeleville, Illinois, repeated his victory
in a June 14 Modified race and Brent Lewis of Harrisburg,
Illinois, kept Tait Davenport from winning another $3,000
prize in Pro (Crate) Late Model action in a pair of 35-lap
In the 20-lap Late Model
main, Tanner English of Benton, Kentucky, prevailed after
a furious three-way fight for the lead on the first lap, took
command from Randy Sellars on the second circuit and led the
rest of the way. Mike Hodges won the Stock Car main event.
Jr. Gets 2nd Victory at KLMS for $3,000!!!
21, 2014) Billy
Moyer Jr. took the lead on the 13th lap and led the rest of
the way to win Saturday night’s 35-lap Late Model feature
at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. It was the second
win of the year at the 3/8-mile dirt oval and paid Moyer, of
Batesville, Arkansas, $3,000. The second-generation star won
$10,000 by taking the April 26 Bluegrass Nationals feature at
KLMS. In the other special on the night’s program, J.R.
Baize took the $1,500 prize in the 25-lap feature for UMP Stock
Moyer worked his way up from sixth starting
spot in the 17-car Late Model field and was riding second by
the 12th lap, when leader Dane Dacus slammed into the Turn 1
wall, bringing out the yellow flag. Rodney Melvin, who had been
chasing Dacus until Moyer passed him, also dropped out during
the caution-flag delay. On the restart Moyer pulled away from
Tanner English and Terry English and won by a little more than
five seconds over the Benton, Kentucky, son-and-father tandem.
Randy Sellars, winner of the previous week’s feature,
was fourth and Justin Asplin rounded out the top five. Dacus
and Melvin ended up 14th and 15th.
& Davenport Win $3,000 Specials at KLMS!!!
14, 2014) Matt
Mevert and Tait Davenport were the winners of Saturday night’s
twin 35-lap features paying $3,000 first-place prize money at
Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. Mevert,
of Steeleville, Illinois, led all the way to claim the UMP Modified
feature, while Davenport, of Benton, Kentucky, had to fight
side-by-side with Todd Coffman before taking the lead on the
11th lap and going on to claim the Pro (Crate) Late Model victory.
In other feature events on the program,
Randy Sellars won the 25-lap Late Model main and Mike Lentz
won for the second time this year in Stock Car. |
and Young Become 4-Time KLMS Winners!
(May 31, 2014)
Tanner English emerged from a furious
three-car scramble at the start and led all the way to win his
fourth Late Model feature of the year and second in a row Saturday
night at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. English
rode the high side in Turn 1 at the start and nosed ahead of
pole starter Jason McBride as the two cars hit the backstretch.
English led again off Turn 4 and never gave it up. The third
car in the fight was English’s father, Terry, who started
third and ran in that spot until the only caution flag of the
20-lap race, on the sixth lap. Starting on the inside of McBride
on the restart, Terry English was able to take second from McBride.
Jarryd Holshouser and Chris Shelton were fourth and fifth.
In other races on the program, Trent
Young also became a four-time winner, taking the 15-lap Modified
feature, while Jeff Glisson won for the first time in Pro (Crate)
Late Model and Mike Hodges got his first Stock Car victory.
Michael Watson won again in Mini Stock in the second race of
the year for the four-cylinder cars. Young, who won the first
three races of the year in the open-wheel class, took the lead
at the outset and never gave it up. Dustin Rollins was second,
followed by Steve Ladd, Todd Riley and David Esch.
Glisson pulled away for the Crate victory
over Troy English, Creedence Mott, Kevin Poole and Jeff Patterson.
Hodges got the Stock Car victory ahead of a dogfight for second
between Rex Rutter and Kassidi Gibbs, with Rutter getting the
edge for the runner-up spot. Mike Lentz and Brent Burnett were
fourth and fifth. Watson, who survived
an early tangle to win last week’s debut race on the 2/10-mile
infield oval, led all the way for his second victory, with Donnie
Whited second and Eli English third.
Tanner English Gets Win No. 3;
Walston Extends Streak!
24, 2014) Tanner English
and Jeff Walston added to their victory totals on the young
season, two other drivers got personal first victories and Michael
Watson won the debut race for four-cylinder Mini Stocks Saturday
night at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. English led from start
to finish to win the 20-lap Late Model feature over Dewayne
Kiefer. English’s father, Terry English, was third. It
was the third win in five races for English. In Pro (Crate)
Late Model action, Walston got his fourth win of the year on
the 3/8-mile dirt oval, outdistancing Jeff Glisson and Troy
First-time winners included J.R. Mason
in Modified and Dale Nelson in Stock Car. Mason took the lead
from Steve Ladd on the ninth lap and went on to win over Ladd
and Jeff Elliott. Nelson got past pole starter Kassidi Gibbs
on the first lap from the outside front-row starting spot and
led the rest of the way. Gibbs was second and Mike Lentz third.
In the first races of the evening, the
Mini Stocks raced on a new 2/10-mile oval in the infield of
the KLMS track. Watson inherited the pole starting spot in the
12-lap feature after a three-car tangle on the first start attempt
and led all the way. Kyle Clark was second and Gayle Edwards
Matt Cooper Claims Big Modified
Payoff at KLMS!
17, 2014) Matt Cooper
charged from his outside front-row starting spot and led all
the way in the 20-lap UMP Modified feature Saturday night at
Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. He won $1,500, more than twice
the usual $700 payoff for the open-wheel main event. He also
snapped a three-race win streak by Trent Young, who started
on the pole and finished second. Young had won features on May
12, 19 and 26, but skipped the fourth event of the season May
10 at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.
In other races on the program, Terry
English won his second Late Model feature of the year at KLMS,
Tait Davenport won the Pro (Crate) Late Model event and Mike
Lentz won the Stock Car feature.
In the Modified main, Cooper and Timmy
Hall, who started third behind Young, drew alongside the pole
starter at the outset and raced into the top two spots coming
off Turn 2. Cooper gradually drew away, maintaining a lead of
about two seconds to the finish despite encountering lapped
traffic in the final five laps. Bryce Jewell was third, Todd
Miller fourth and Paul Miles fifth. Hill was sidelined in a
lap 5 tangle with Bryan Barber, and ended up 18th in the 21-car
In the Late Model main, English got around
pole starter Jason McBride on the second lap and pulled away
to the win at his home track. Kevin Cole was third, followed
by Jarryd Holshouser and Charles LaPlant.
Davenport also led from start to finish
and snapped a three-race winning streak by Jeff Walston, who
finished second. Jeff Glisson was third, followed by Troy English
and Credence Mott.
Lentz took the lead on the next-to-last
lap in a three-way fight with Ryan Humphrey and Robert Phillips,
who finished second and third. Phillips led from the pole until
lap 11, when Humphrey nosed ahead. The three drivers continued
to duel before Lentz pulled away on lap 14. Mike Watson and
Michael Hendrickson rounded out the top five.
2nd Win for Tanner English; Walston
Strings Third Crate Win in a Row!
10, 2014) Tanner English
and Kevin Cole waged a furious side-by-side battle for nine
laps before Cole’s car faded and English went on to victory
in the UMP Late Model feature Saturday night at Kentucky Lake
Motor Speedway. It was the second win of the season at his hometown
track for English, of Benton, Ky. Charles LaPlant of East Prairie,
Mo., was second, Randy Sellars of Mayfield, Ky., third and Terry
English of Benton, Ky., fourth. Only the top four cars were
running at the finish, out of a slender starting field of six.
Cole, of Benton, Ill., was fifth.
In the Modified feature, Rod Reed of
Mayfield, Ky., survived a race-long battle for the lead and
a crossover attempt by Steve Ladd that carried Ladd halfway
past the leader at the finish line. Dustin Isom of Hopkinsville,
Ky., was third. Trent Young of Hopkinsville, who had won all
three previous Modified features since the track re-opened on
April 12, did not compete.
In the Pro (Crate) Late Model main, Jeff
Walston who his third race in a row. Walston finished in front
of Jeff Glisson. The two Paducah, Ky., drivers finished 1-2
in the Aug. 26 Bluegrass Nationals feature. J.R. Baize of Central
City, Ky., made his first appearance at KLMS and won the Stock
Car main event over Robert Phillips of Clarksville, Tenn. Mike
Lentz of Herrin, Ill., was third.
Billy Moyer, Jr. Claims $10,000
Bluegrass Nationals Victory!
26, 2014) Billy Moyer Jr. led from flag to flag
to win the 40-lap UMP Late Model feature of the Bluegrass Nationals
Saturday night at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. Moyer won $10,000
for the triumph. He finished ahead of Kent Robinson, Randy Korte,
Michael Kloos and Tanner English. (Heath
Trent Young continued his perfect streak
at the newly reopened KLMS, winning the 25-lap Modified feature
and $5,000 prize money. Young took the lead with three laps
to go and finished in front of Kyle Strickler, Chad Kinder,
Levi Kessinger and Tyler Nicely.
Jeff Walston passed Jeff Glisson with
four laps to go and held on to win the 15-lap Pro (Crate) Late
Model main event. Glisson was second, followed by Steve Lance
Jr., Tait Davenport and Kolby Vandenbergh. Walston won $3,000
for his victory. Michael Worley won the 20-lap UMP Stock Car
feature, claiming the $2,500 first-place prize money. Mike Lentz
was second and Tony Cruse third. |
Second Program in the Books;
Terry English Wins LM Money!
19, 2014) Terry English and son Tanner English reversed
their 1-2 finish of a week ago at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway,
with the father winning the Late Model feature and the son taking
second place Saturday night. In Modifieds, Trent Young won his
second straight feature at the newly reopened 3/8-mile dirt
oval. Jeff Walston won the Pro (Crate) Late Model main event,
and David Cline survived a frantic green-white-checkered finish
to win the Stock Car feature as KLMS presented its second race
program of the 2014 season.
English, the veteran and former UMP national
champion from Benton, Ky., jumped from his outside front-row
starting position and led all the way to take the victory. His
son overtook Dillan White for second place on lap 15 of the
20-lap race. Jason McBride of Carbondale, Ill., was third, followed
by Tim Brown of Benton, Ky., and Chris Shelton of Paducah. White
and Terry English were heat race winners.
KLMS Back in Action; Tanner English
Wins LM Feature!
12, 2014) Hometown favorite Tanner English won the
UMP Late Model feature race Saturday night as Kentucky Lake
Motor Speedway reopened after three years of inactivity. English,
of nearby Benton, Ky., led all the way in the 20-lap main event.
His father, 2000 UMP national champion Terry English, made a
last-lap pass of Clayton Miller to take second place. Terry
English was the track’s first Late Model champion in 1998.
Another local driver from the racing
family from Marshall County, Troy English of Calvert City, won
the Pro (Crate) Late Model feature, with Tait Davenport of Benton,
Ky., second and Jeff Walston of Paducah, Ky., third. Trent Young
of Hopkinsville, Ky., won the Modified feature. He finished
ahead of Clayton Miller, of Elkton, Ky., who did double-duty
in the Late Model and open-wheel classes. Michael Turner was
Tony Cruse of Paducah, Ky., captured
the Stock Car feature ahead of Michael Hendrickson and Kassidi
Gibbs. The 3/8-mile dirt oval reopened under new ownership with
a field of 64 cars in four divisions. A sizable crowd was on
hand to watch the event. |
Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway
Secures UMP Sanction
18, 2014) Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway
is set to join the United Midwest Promoters (UMP) as a sanctioned
track. General manager Tommy House announced Monday evening
that negotiations had been finalized with UMP. The agreement
links the speedway with Concord, N.C.-based DIRTcar Racing.
Drivers competing at the track will earn
points for track and national UMP points and will be eligible
for season championship prize money. KLMS will also be eligible
for special events sanctioned by UMP.
Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway
Names Announcer & Starter
(February 13, 2014) Kentucky
Lake Motor Speedway has named Billy Egeler as track announcer
and John Westerfield as starter. Both are from Owensboro, Ky.
Egeler, 40, has worked as an announcer in various motor sports
events at tracks such as Kentucky Motor Speedway in Owensboro,
Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Soggy Bottom Raceway (now
Cedar Ridge Speedway) in Morgantown, Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt,
Ind., and Paducah International Raceway. For the past nine years,
he has worked as host of an auto racing radio program, Radio
Goes Racing, on WKTG-FM in Madisonville. He has also promoted
racing events and previously worked as a volunteer crew member
for local racers.
Westerfield, 28, is following in the
footsteps of his father, Les Westerfield, a 27-year veteran
official with NASCAR who is presently race director of the K&N
Pro East Series and also works with NASCAR’s Research
and Development department.
He began work as a flagman in 2005 at Windy Hollow Speedway
in Owensboro and has served in that job the past three years
at Western Kentucky Speedway in Nebo in northern Hopkins County.