The racing season came to an exciting end this past weekend at Penton Raceway. The track held their finale for the 2013 season with a special Saturday night of racing. Championships were won as all four divisions were in action. The night featured both first-time winners and first-time champions in a fitting end to the season.
For the first time in his young racing career, Taylor Mitcham has a championship. His fourth place finish on Saturday secured the Penton Late Model title in a close race with Chase Edge. Mitcham finished nine points ahead of Edge with a total of 144 through seven races. Cord Dodgen finished in third in the points chase with a total of 85.
In the actual Late Model season finale, Rodgerick Dykes picked up the win, besting Edge. Dana Eiland drove his ride home in the third spot.
The Limited Sportsman series race featured the biggest field of the night, but the series champion didn’t participate. It wasn’t necessary though as Kelly Leonard had already amassed a big lead to earn the points title. Leonard finished with 160 points, 33 ahead of second place Daren Grant. Leonard dominated the season winning three of the seven races. David Martin finished the season in third place with 121 points.
In the Sportsman race on Saturday, John Capps picked up his first win of the year at the track. Capps bested Pat Wall and Grant, who finished second and third, respectively.
Cale Sessions was fourth, followed by Keith Ussery, Nick Marscolf, Marc Gooden and Jeff Landrum in eighth. Don Whitehead was ninth and Martin was tenth.
It was a special night in the Bandit division as N.B. Freeman made his first trip to victory lane after many races around the 3/8-mile dirt oval.
Finishing behind Freeman was Carley Arnett, who was comforted by the fact that the finish earned the Bandit championship. Arnett jumped Casey Watts in the final race to earn the title by 14 points. Watts finished with 157 points and Trent Dodgen was third with 125 points.
Finally, in the Hobby division Jake Traylor got the best of Kevin Page on the track Saturday, but Page came out on top for the season. Page finished with a total of 183 points while Traylor had 149. The win was the second of the season for Traylor as well. Dylan Holmes was the third place finisher in the points race with 96 total.
In the race, Page finished runner up to Traylor while Shane Stodghill rounded out the top-three. Holmes finished in fourth place.
With the season coming to a close, Penton Raceway’s staff extended their thanks to all the drivers, crews and fans that came out to the track and supported Penton over this past season. They said it had been a great year and they look forward to getting back to the fast-paced dirt action in the spring.