After nearly a month away from the track, Penton Raceway once again opened their gates for another Friday night of high-speed excitement on the 3/8-mile clay oval with racing in four divisions. Strong fields made for an entertaining night of racing, and there were a number of familiar faces in victory lane.
Penton’s last races came back in early July, when the track hosted the NeSmith Dirt Late Model Series Salute To America Nationals events, which featured dozens of drivers from across the southeast. There weren’t as many cars on the track on Friday, but the intensity was still there. And four drivers made repeat trips to victory lane on Friday.
In the Late Model main event, Chad Wallace continues his red-hot streak at the track. He beat out two of the top Penton racers to earn his third win of the season at the track. Multi-race winner Chase Edge drove his No. 18 car home second while Dana Eiland finished in the third spot.
Local racer Cord Dodgen was fourth and N. B. Freeman was fifth. Tim Peters, Taylor Mitchum and Joseph Darda rounded out the field.
David Dark picked up his second win of the year at Penton in the Hobby class on Friday. Dark beat out the No. 16 of Austin Horton to get the win. David Martin was third, followed by Tony Hill, Tanner Smith and Jake Traylor.
In the Sportsman division, Dusty Jones made his second trip to Penton’s victory lane though it was his first time there in a Sportsman racecar. Jones won a Hobby race earlier this year, but showed his versatility on Friday night, outrunning Jeff Garner to get the win.
The area’s hottest driver continues to be Casey Watts, who continued his domination with yet another big win in the Bandit division. It was the fifth win of the season for Watts as his No. 4 vehicle was once again a bullet on track. Luke Tidwell finished in the runner-up spot, while Woody Woods was third and Patrick Taylor was fourth.
Penton is scheduled to host races for the rest of the month, starting next Friday, August 10 with another full night of racing action in all four divisions.
Track officials have also announced a special promotion on Friday, whereby the winner of the class with the most entries will receive an additional $200 and a lucky fan will receive $50.