DERRICK BROWN STARS IN COVERT MEMORIAL AT THUNDER HILL
By Troy Harrison
After checking with Thunder Hill Speedway management, we can confirm that there is no truth to the rumor that Derrick Brown has asked them to designate every week of the Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill as a“Special.” Brown would have good reason to do so, however; after picking up the winner’s share of the purse in the Don Garst Memorial earlier this season, the Holton hotshoe again visited the Pit Stop Liquor Victory Lane in the Oren Covert Memorial held this past Saturday night in the BSB Manufacturing IMCA Modified Division. Also winning features were KyleVanover (Heinen Repair IMCA Stock Cars), Dusty Leonard (Kansas National Guard IMCA Northern Sport Mods), and Dominic Thyfault (BuyRaceParts.com IMCA Hobby Stocks).
Derrick Brown has had plenty of speed in hand this year, but has battled reliability issues. He was able to pick up his first Thunder Hill win earlier this year at the Garst Memorial, and repeated his success at the Covert Memorial Saturday night. Starting from the pole, Brown simply pulled away from the pack, moving out to an advantage of as much as a straightaway on the rest of the field. Behind him, a good battle was waged for spots 2-4, with Richard Spriggs holding second for much of the race before he was passed by first Kenny Cross and then P.J. Conger. At the finish, it was Brown taking the Advance Auto Parts/Milestone Marketing/Matt Buzzard toolbox trophy, with Cross second, Conger third, Spriggs fourth, and Kurt Johnston fighting his way forward from18th starting spot to fifth.
The New Winner’s Bonus was at $200 for the Heinen Repair Service IMCA Stock Car division, but Kyle Vanover made sure it went uncollected. Vanover was simply too strong for the rest of the field this week, although Jim Powell Jr. and Jeff Joldersma gave it a great effort. Joldersma got by Powell for second late in the race, and Powell held on for third. Greg Deters took fourth, and Bob Arnold was fifth.
Dusty Leonard scored a convincing win in the Kansas National Guard IMCA Northern SportMod feature, but the story behind him was the Schwope father-and-son act. Eddie Jr. has been quick in the last few weeks, but Eddie III has struggled to find the form that made him a top contender in this division in 2010 and 2011. On Saturday night, it came off right for bothSchwopes; Schwope III started fourth and advanced one spot to finish third, while Eddie Jr. started 12th and passed his way forward to finish second, one spot ahead of his son. Schwope Jr. was catching Leonard at the end, but simply ran out of laps. Kyle Olberding was fourth, and Tony Maley was fifth.
Dominic Thyfault has finished in the bridesmaid’s spot so many times this year that Pam Conkwright felt compelled to give him a “good luck hug” before the start of the BuyRaceParts.com IMCA Hobby Stock feature. Whether it was the hug or adjustments to Thyfault’s machine, he was finally able to defeat Jacob Crowell in a tough fight for the feature win. Coming third with a strong run was Brock Alverson, while Mallory Walters finished fourth and Levi Austin rounded out the top five.
The Xtreme Motor Sports Clash on the Hill continues Saturday Night, July 28th, with the Xtreme Motor Sports Night at the Races. The Damon family will be adding $100 mystery money to each class. Koozies and flags will be given to spectators at the front gate, while supplies last. Gates open at 5:00 PM, driver’s meeting at 6:30, hotlaps and races to follow. Adult General Admission is $10.00, kids 12 and under are free. Coolers are allowed (Canned beer only – no glass bottles) for a $10 charge. Pit passes are $25.00.
Thunder Hill Speedway is located at 11995 NW 142nd Road (2 miles West of US-75 on NW 142nd Road), in Mayetta, KS. For more information, please visit www.racethunderhillspeedway.com.