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MILLERSBURG -- A beautiful, June evening last Saturday at Hilltop Speedway had all seven regular race divisions in action.
The First Choice Stump Grinding and Tree mini wedges featured six in the junior division and five in the senior division, each featuring driver's making their first appearance at Hilltop Speedway. In the junior division picking up the lone heat race win was Conner Hess with Karyssa Beagle claiming the win in the senior division. Hess took the early lead in the junior feature, and held off Jacob Wright to pick up the win.
With the green out in the senior division, polesitter Beagle grabbed the top spot. Second went to Reece Bollinger.
Setting fast time in the Holmes Tire late models, among 20 competitors, was Shane McLoughlin with a time of 15.700, with Rick Mardis picking up the dash win, setting him on the pole for the night's 25-lap feature event.
Bringing the field to the green, it was Mardis getting the run over "The Flying Ace" Corey Conley to take the lead on lap one. A battle ensued for third between Michael Davis and "The General" George Lee with Davis taking the spot. After a pair of cautions, Mardis maintained his lead, but after making contact with the wall in two, he left the door open for Michael Davis. Just as Davis was overtaking second, the yellow would come out for yet another restart. With the green out, Mardis would again get the run and claim the lead as Vic Hottinger would make his way around both Craig Wolford and Lee to claim fourth, when yet another caution would force the field up single file. Mardis had another solid start to go back into first, and although Hottinger would challenge him, Mardis went on to claim his first feature win in the late model division, followed by Hottinger, Davis, Conley and Jeremy Misel.
The Hangout in Danville modifieds were next out and had a field of eighteen with DJ Cline setting fast time with a 16.617. "The Toboso Bullet" Jimmy Smith and Denny Benjamin each picked up a heat race win with "The Logger" Kevin Morehouse picking up the dash and the feature win over Bruce Takach.
Next to roll onto the track were the Rigz Towing modlites with a field of eight. Picking up the single heat race win was Joey Anderson, who took the lead in the feature from his spot on the pole. However, pulling double duty in the R88, it was Morehouse in second, and he bolted into the lead after two laps, then went on to his second feature win of the night.
The Holmes Pest Control street stocks also featured a field of eight with last week's feature winner, Dave Potts, picking up the single heat race win. With the field set for their 15-lap feature event, it was Potts who would jump out fron, but Kyle Moore would take the lead and pick up another win at Hilltop this season. Second went to Potts followed by Kevin Potts, Bob Chilcote and Dustin Daugherty.
Up next were the Short Track Fire and Rescue mini stocks, also sponsored by Mid-Ohio Steel Works for the month of June, with a field of 13. Heat race winners were John Ohse and Colton St. John setting the front row of their feature event. As the green dropped, it was Ohse jumping to the front, and that's where he stayed en route to his first feature win. St. John was second, followed by Matt Miller, Jerry Adkins and Tim Workman.
The final division to see action for the night were the Bugs R Gone trucks with a field of nine. A single heat race win went to "The Dominator" Braxton Wilson placing him on the pole of the feature. As Wilson brought the field to the green, he and Rolly Heyder would battle it out for the lead. As Heyder pulled away, the real battle was for second between Wilson and Travis Winterringer. Heyder went on to add another win to his ledger, with Winterringer claiming second. Wilson was third, fourth was Donnie Danley and fifth was Dwayne Powell.