By Cheryl Licklider Staff Writer
First-half champion Johnnie "The Rocket'' Rauschenberg continued his reign over mini stocks as he put his Dunsworth Machine-powered Mustang in the winner's circle for the ninth time this season in racing action at Enid Motor Speedway Saturday night.
Rauschenberg exploded off the pole like a rocket and setup over a straight-away advantage in a single lap. The hard-charging Rauschenberg hooked up his Ford in a fast groove, and despite a lap eight caution, maintained control of the track.
A red flag waved in lap 10 when the car piloted by Todd Shepard rolled violently in turn four. Rauschenberg sped away when the race went green and took a commanding lead to the line.
Brad Costello marched through the field to post second, trailed by Jason Legleiter, Shawn Walton and Shawn Ramsey.
Darren Hacker found the fast way around the track as he drove his Hot Shots Power Washing/Auto Medic/Vista Services-sponsored modified to his third Car-Mart sponsored main event win of the year.
Undaunted by a lap four caution, Hacker sped away from the competitive field with Troy Gemmill in hot pursuit. The pair put nearly a half a lap on the rest of the pack as they battled around the high- banked track.
In spite of another yellow flag in lap nine, the dueling duo sped away and the heated skirmish continued. Hacker held off Gemmill to take the win.
Gemmill settled for second ,trailed by Calvin Bradford, Travis Johnson and Jon Herring.
First-half champion Bill Beebe showed his winning style as he piloted his BB Machine and Supply-sponsored street stock to his first "A" feature win of the year.
"My car ran great tonight,'' said Beebe. "We've been trying a lot of new things and tonight we got it hooked up."'
Beebe burst off the outside pole and quickly took command of the quick-paced race. A yellow came out before the first lap was complete for debris on the track.
Kenny Morris led the restart, but another caution flag flew. The third time was a charm for Beebe as he broke away from the field and established over a 19-car length lead in just two laps.
Beebe pulled away from the aggressive field and appeared invincible. A lap seven yellow flag put A.J. Brochu and Morris on Beebe's bumper. It was a drag race between Morris and Beebe when another caution waved.
Beebe made a clean break from the field when the race went green. Despite another yellow flag in lap 15, Beebe took a strong lead to the finish.
Brochu raced to second with Morris, Link Shelton and Nate Moore trailing at the line.
Steve Unruh dominated the entire Car-Mart sponsored-factory stock main posting his first win of the season, aboard his Comet Go Cart/Morley and Associates/Bookout Wrecker-sponsored car.
"We changed to Hoosiers tonight and I didn't know what to expect,'' said Unruh." Jerry Derr and Tom Smith tightened up the car after the heat race and it worked perfect in the feature."'
Unruh raced off the pole and showed the way in the caution-riddled race. A red flag came out in lap two when Luke Short crashed head on into the pit row wall.
Unruh resumed the point on the restart and, in spite of four yellow flags, was never seriously challenged on his route to victory lane.
Aaron Morris made a late charge on the white flag lap, but settled for second followed by John Hoeltzel, Tim Gardner and Ronnie Ramer.
Jason Gerhard conquered the field in pure stock as he made his way to the winner's circle for the third time this season.
Gerhard burned rubber off the pole and swiftly took control of the 12-lap race. Shawn Stewart edged perilously close to Gerhard as they skillfully navigated through lapped traffic.
Gerhard pulled away as the laps wound down and made his way to the checkered flag with over a straight away lead.
Todd Wyckoff, Dustin McNamara, Kyle Wolfe and Evan Conkling rounded out the top five.
Heat winners in modified were Gemmill and Hacker. Beebe, Brochu and Morris posted the heat wins in street stock.
Factory stock heat wins went to Mark Smith, Unruh and L.K. Sisney.
Rauschenberg and Kevin Legleiter won their heats in mini stock. Gerhard, Stewart and Wyckoff took the honors in pure stock.
The second mini stock heat was red flagged when Joe Piper rolled hard coming out of turn four in lap three.
Enid Motor Speedway's next card of racing will be at 7 p.m. Saturday.
By Cheryl Licklider Staff Writer
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