On what turned out to be a perfect night for racing, Penton Raceway held their second race of the season, which proved to be a great night on the dirt track.
Crowds packed the grandstands and solid fields in each division gave them their money’s worth. Five different divisions raced on Friday, including a special rookie Late Model class.
The big winner of the evening was LaFayette’s own Chase Edge, who took the checkered flag for the first time this season. Edge, the 2010 NeSmith Chevrolet Old Man’s Garage Weekly Racing Series East Region Champion, toppled another accomplished driver, Dana Eiland, to earn the victory.
Marvin Cook drove his No. 40 to a third place, followed by Cord Dodgen in fourth and Taylor Mitcham in fifth.
In the rookie Late Model class, Jay Elliott outran Keith Hudson to get the win. Junior McGuire was third, followed by Brenda Murray.
The biggest field of the night came in the Hobby division, where 10 drivers battled for the top spot. In the end, veteren Richie Stephens ended up in victory lane. Kevin Page and Ben Steele placed second and third, respectively. Elfrom Holbrook drove home fourth and Chris Steele was fifth, followed by Chad Foster, Charlie Garrett, Shane Scott, Tony Tucker and David Lowery.
Big fields also highlighted the Bandit and Sportsman races. Young Kayde Koffman earned the win in the Bandit race, outlasting runner-up Patrick Taylor. Casey Watts was third, followed by Jody Buckner, Carley Arnett, Greg Hicks, Jonathan Morris and Trent Dodgen.
Ricky Morris edged out Kelly Leonard for the win in the Limited Sportsman division race. Sam Moore drove his No. 1 ride to a third place. Chris Arnett was fourth, ahead of Calvin Pike, Hunter Worley and David Martin.
The track will shake things up a little bit this week, as they move the racing action to Saturday night, May 18. East Alabama Motor Speedway is not racing this week and Penton will host the only racing in the area. The Late Model race this week is a $600-to-win event. The entry fee is $25 and the purse could increase if more competitors enter.
Racing action will begin at the same time as usual, with gates and pits opening at 5 pm CST and racing beginning at 8.