GEORGETOWN, Del. – During an action packed, star-studded six feature match card, Northeast invaders were able to steal the show and flex their muscle on Monday night at Georgetown Speedway.
And no, that was not a typo.
Dirt track racing on a Monday night in Delaware.
On a night designed to make-up the recent motorsports rain outs in the mid-Atlantic region, which included last weekend’s weather marred Tri-State Challenge (a three-race series hosted at Georgetown Speedway, Potomac Speedway and Winchester Speedway), Georgetown opened their gates to not just a stout field, but also a huge attendance turnout.
23 big-block/small-block Modifieds, 24 Super Late Models, 23 RUSH Crate Late Models, 16 Crate 602 Sportsman Modifieds, 17 Delaware Super Trucks, and 11 Delmarva Chargers put together both an impressive lineup and a set of action-packed performances for the dedicated fans in attendance.
Longtime Super DIRTcar Series veteran and Rochester, N.Y. native Danny Johnson utilized a heat race win and the pole position to rocket into the winners circle at Georgetown. ‘The Doctor’ captured the checkered flag in the 25-lap big-block/small-block Modified feature after making the long haul south.
Johnson, 57, triumphed after leading wire-to-wire, holding back challenges from Delaware hotshoe Jordan Watson in the opening stages and veteran Ryan Godown in the final laps.
“It is a long trip down here for me,” a smiling Johnson said. “We debated on coming down here, and now I’m glad we did. It was sure worth the while as now we get to take some pictures in the winners circle. Our car worked really well. Starting up front helped me a ton.”
After a dismal showing in the Short Track Super Series Velocita South Region event at Georgetown in March, Godown, piloting his familiar white and blue No. 747 Modified, finished a close runner-up to Johnson.
Northeast veterans Duane Howard, Craig Von Dohren, and David Van Horn Jr. completed the top five, followed by Howard O’Neal, Dillon Steuer, Jamie Mills, Carson Wright, and Richie Pratt Jr.
Delaware standouts Watson and H.J. Bunting were both forced to finishes in the pit area, preventing them from defending their home court.
Watson experienced a mechanical failure with 12 laps remaining, relegating him to a 19th place result. Bunting, on the other hand, pulled off the track with 13 laps remaining and was scored 20th at the conclusion.
In the Super Late Model division, veteran Chad Hollenbeck dominated the field, avoiding challenges from local favorite Ross Robinson and Austin Hubbard throughout the 20-lap feature.
Hollenbeck, who has competed in various Super Late Model events across the United States, started the event from the pole and wasted no time marching to the triumph; also clinching a starting position in the August 17th World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series event at Georgetown as a result.
Oh, by the way, Monday was his debut at the half-mile dirt track.
“I’ve always heard a lot of good things about this track,” Hollenbeck said. “I’ve always wanted to come here. I never anticipated coming here and doing this well. I’m just thrilled.”
“[Georgetown] puts on a heck of a show. The fan base here is just unbelievable.”
Robinson hustled to a second place finish, with Hubbard, Amanda Whaley and Donald Lingo Jr. completing the top five.
In the other four divisions on the night, Chip Disharoon rallied to a win in the RUSH Crate Late Model Series and hotshoe Scott Hitchens earned his second straight Crate 602 Sportsman victory at Georgetown (he won the season opening event in March).
David Smith, after an intense battle with his brother in the closing laps, earned the checkers in the Delaware Super Trucks and Tanner Marvel dominated en route to a win in the Delmarva Chargers.
Georgetown Speedway will return to action on Friday, June 2 with the annual Deron Rust Memorial Race, a Short Track Super Series Velocita South Region-sanctioned event.
About Georgetown Speedway
Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.
A website is live for the speedway at www.thegeorgetownspeedway.com. Like Georgetown Speedway on Facebook, follow @thegtownspdwy on Twitter, e-mail [email protected] or contact Brett Deyo at 845.728.2781 during business hours for more information.
A race day information line has also been established: 302.563.GTWN (4896).