Mayetta, KS. (07/26/2014) – Thunder Hill Speedway was home to the 13th Annual Oren Covert Memorial Race on Saturday night. The fans were treated to some of the best racing action in the area. Even with scorching temperatures around the 100 degree mark, Thunder Hill Speedway staff had the surface in remarkable shape.
The Bad Boyz Bail Bonds IMCA Hobby Stock class has proved to be exciting week in and week out. Three wide racing started the excitement throughout the field, as Patrick Thyfault used his second row inside starting spot to move out to the lead. Tyler Hinrichs and Travis Burger set out to take the lead from Thyfault early in the race, but several cautions with the Delaware file restarts continued to bunch the field. Brian Stich had made his way to the front, and Thyfault and Stich would run several laps side by side. Heavy contact with Thyfault at the exit of turn four would bring out the black flag for the Stich machine. Thyfault’s car would have to retire to the pits as racing resumed. Tyler Hinrichs assumed command and takes the first checkered flag of the evening in the feature events. Tyler Garst, Mallory Stiffler, Kelly Pihl and Jaylen Wettengel finished out the top five.
The Belleville Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMods provided some heart stopping action. On the first lap, Jacob Crowell got caught up in an incident and rolled several times down the backstretch. The race went red as emergency crews tended to the incident and the track was cleared. As the race resumed, three and four wide racing would again be normal throughout the field in this class. Former track champion Eddie Schwope Jr., no stranger to the Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane, relentlessly raced his way to the front. At the end of this race Eddie Schwope Jr. gets the win followed by Bryan Rigsby, Jeremy Pittsenbarger, Troy Baumgartner and Aaron Hilderman.
Rookie Brandon Conkwright would lead the opening laps of the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Cars. Conkwright, who won a heat race earlier in the season, has proved to be a contender in this highly competitive class. Side by side racing every week leaves you to wonder who will be next to stand in the Pit Pass Liquor Victory Lane. Saturday night it would be Marvin Griffith Jr.’s night, as he takes the lead from Conkwright. Griffith extended his lead throughout the race, and never looked back. At the drop of the checkered flag, grinning from ear to ear would be Marvin Griffith Jr. with the win. Matt Haid, Brandon Conkwright, Jim Powell Jr. and Brian LaBonte would make up the top five.
The BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modifieds would be the final race of the evening. Up for grabs is the trophy toolbox donated by Advance Auto Parts and the Covert family. From the drop of the green flag Randy Wilson raced his way into the lead. Danny Holt, who started deep in the field, methodically worked his way through the pack to find himself in the lead. When the checkered flag falls for the last race of the Oren Covert Memorial, it is Danny Holt claiming the coveted trophy toolbox. Clay Hale once again runs a strong second with Brandon Blochlinger, Cory Lagroon and Randy Wilson finishing the top five.
Thunder Hill Speedway’s Clash on the Hill resumes next Saturday night, Aug 2nd for the Heinen Repair Service Night at the Races. Gates open at 5 p.m. Drivers meeting at 6:30 p.m., with hot laps to follow. Bring a friend! For more information visit www.racethunderhillspeedway.com or find us on Facebook and click like.