Penton Raceway opened the 2014 season on Saturday night, as nearly 30 drivers were on hand for an exciting night of high-speed racing on the 3/8-mile dirt oval.
All four divisions were in action on Saturday, with the Crate Late Model and Limited Sportsman classes featuring the biggest fields.
Rodgerick Dykes got the season off to a strong start as he drove his No. 5 racecar to victory lane in the Late Model feature event. Dykes bested Penton’s own Chase Edge to earn the checkered flag. Behind Edge, Thomas Lewis rounded out the top-three.
Chad Marchman drove to a fourth place finish followed by Brand Lewis in fifth. Dana Eiland was sixth, Dalton Cook was seventh and defending Penton Late Model points champion Taylor Mitcham came home eighth.
In the Hobby division, Herbie Donath won the feature event. He beat out Dillion Holmes, who finished second, and third place driver David Dark. Travis Allen finished fourth, Chris Arnett was fifth and Keith Ussery was sixth.
The Bandit feature winner on Saturday was Grady Holmes in his No. 75 racer. N.B. Freeman finished second behind Holmes and Jamie Land was third. Casey Watts drove to a fourth place finish.
The first feature race of the evening was in the Limited Sportsman division and the first checked flag of the year went to Trevor McMullan. He beat out Marc Gooden and Sam Moore, who finished second and third, respectively.
Darren Grantt drove to a fourth place finish followed by David Martin in fifth. Keith Hudson finished sixth, Rickey Morris was seventh and Allen McConnell was eighth.
The next scheduled race at Penton is Saturday, April 19. All four divisions will be in action on that night; gates will open at 5 pm CST and racing begins at 8 pm.