GEORGETOWN, DE – With Late Models taking center stage Thursday at Georgetown Speedway, Ross Robinson (Super Late Model) and Kyle Hardy (Pace Performance RUSH Late Model Series) shared the spotlight.
Robinson, a Georgetown native, picked up an emotional victory in the Stockley Materials-presented Mark ‘Coot’ Williams Memorial for the Super Late Models, leading all 26 laps in memory of the popular Delmarva competitor who passed away in Oct. 2018.
Robinson earned $3,026 from the purse, $676 in lap money from Atlantic Prime Mortgage and $150 as the Collins Landscaping Halfway Leader.
Hardy, meanwhile, was the best of a 48-car RUSH Late Model field, topping the Battle of the Bay 30-lap main for a $3,000 payday after a back-and-forth tussle mid-race with Max Blair.
Robinson started the 26-lap Super Late Model main from the outside pole. He completed a cross-over pass of Max Blair in the first turn and took a lead he would never relinquish.
Hardy arrived in second position and saw his opportunity to challenge for victory on a lap-19, double-file restart.
Robinson, however, fired off the outside lane and paced the remaining seven circuits to collect the $3,852 top prize.
“’Coot’ was family,” Robinson told announcer Jeff Ahlum during the post-race interview. “I really wanted to win this one for him. It’s nice to win right here at home.”
Robinson credited his early season traveling, including a month in Florida during Speedweeks, for his success.
“I have to thank everyone who allows me to do this,” Robinson said. “They stayed behind me and didn’t let me get down on the bad nights. When you are in a position like I was in Florida with the best drivers in the country, it’s ‘sink or swim’ and you have to make it happen.”
Virginian Hardy settled for a second-place effort. Blair, who lost ground early after slipping wide in turn three, placed third, ahead of Jason Covert of York Haven, Pa., and Logan Zarin of Moon Township, Pa. The $250 Adkins Law Firm Hard Charger Award was claimed by Zarin.
$50 Adkins Law Firm heat winners were Blair and Hardy.
Max Blair received $100 from Adkins Law Firm as the fast timer with a lap of 17.571 seconds.
After his runner-up finish in the Super Late Model event, Linden, Va.’s Hardy did one better in the RUSH Late Model 30-lap nightcap. Hardy’s triumph did not come without a challenge.
Hardy led the event from the outset, but a hard-charging Max Blair emerged as a victory contender around the race’s mid-point. As Hardy’s pace slowed in lapped traffic, Blair pounced, sweeping to the lead on lap 19.
Moments after taking the top spot, the right-front corner of the nose piece on Blair’s No. 111 dug into the track and bent downward. Blair’s pace slowed and Hardy regained command on the 20th tour of the half-mile track.
Hardy powered away from the ailing Blair but had to survive one final scare when a caution set up a double-file restart on lap 29.
Hardy held on to win over Titusville, Pa.’ s Blair, who nursed his No. 111 home second. Kyle Lukon of Burgettstown, Pa., emerged in third after a final-lap scramble entering turn three. Donald Lingo Jr. of Millsboro, Del., and defending track champion Trevor Collins of Seaford, Del.
Heat winners for the 48 RUSH Late Models were Robinson, Blair, Hardy, John Waters, Lingo and Devin Brannon. The B-Mains were taken by Darrell Bossard, Derek Magee and Brandon Sturgis.
John Waters won the 6-lap DASH and the 8-lap Non-Qualifiers’ event to conclude the evening went to Cody Dawson.
Jamie Eicholz won a down-to-the-wire 12-lap Southern Delaware Vintage Modified main event and received a $120 cash bonus courtesy of Key Advisors Group. Kerry King, Harold Sylvester, C.J. Schirmer and John Burton trailed.
Robert Blann blasted through traffic to annex the 12-lap Southern Delaware Vintage Sportsman main. Blann received $120 extra from Residential Mortgage Service. Terry Chaney, L.J. Walbert, Dave Schamp and Glen Lyons finished second through fifth, respectively.
Shane Clogg won a $500 cash prize in the 12-lap Delaware Super Truck headliner thanks to Benson Concrete. Nate Benson, Ryan Efford, Dick Beauchamp and Danny Cropper trailed.
Joe Waters dominated the Delmarva Charger 12-lap event and received $500 thanks to Benson Concrete. Kevin Taylor, Ashley Merritt, Chris Carroll and Jay Lowman filled out the front five.
LATE MODEL LINES: The Thursday program attracted 104 race cars to the Sussex County facility including the 48-car RUSH Late Model field from six different states despite the Canadian border remaining closed….
The event drew a solid crowd to the Georgetown stands despite morning rain and a cool, blustery race night. The event was also broadcast live nationally by FloRacing….
Mark Williams Jr. worked tirelessly to raise additional cash for the event in memory of his father and ended up with $2,700 spread over the Super Late Models, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Delaware Super Trucks and Delmarva Chargers. Williams addressed the crowd prior to the National Anthem….
The next event at Georgetown Speedway is scheduled for Friday, May 14 featuring $10 grandstand admission for ‘Fan Appreciation Night’ with Chesapeake Paving Modifieds, First State Chevrolet RUSH Late Models, Southern Delaware Vintage Stock Cars, Little Lincolns, Delaware Super Trucks and Delmarva Chargers on the card.
Georgetown Speedway, originally constructed by Melvin L. Joseph in 1949, is located at the intersection of Route 113 and Speedway Road in Georgetown, Del., just miles from the Delaware beaches and less than a 40-minute drive from Ocean City, Md.
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MARK WILLIAMS MEMORIAL – BATTLE OF THE BAY RESULTS SUMMARY – GEORGETOWN SPEEDWAY APRIL 15, 2021
Mark Williams Memorial Super Late Model Feature Finish (26 laps): ROSS ROBINSON, Kyle Hardy, Max Blair, Jason Covert, Logan Zarin, Amanda Robinson, David Dill, Rob Schirmer, Donald Lingo Jr., Danny Snyder, David Smith.
Atlantic Prime Mortgage Lap Money ($676 total): Ross Robinson ($676)
Ad-Art Sign Company Awards ($125 each): Kyle Hardy (second) & Amanda Robinson (sixth)
Adkins Law Firm Fast Time Award ($100): Max Blair (17.571 seconds)
Adkins Law Firm Heat Winners ($50 each): Max Blair & Kyle Hardy
Adkins Law Firm Hard Charger Award ($250): Logan Zarin(10th to fifth)
Collins Landscaping Halfway Leader Award ($150): Ross Robinson
L&L Geothermal Hard Luck Award ($150): Amanda Robinson
Pella Windows & Doors of Lewes Pole Position ($100): Max Blair
Pace Performance RUSH Late Model Series Battle of the Bay Feature Finish (30 laps): KYLE HARDY, Max Blair, Kyle Lukon, Donald Lingo Jr., Trevor Collins, Logan Roberson, Austin Hubbard, Levi Crowl, Matt Glanden, Walker Arthur, Joe Martin, Derek Magee, Devin Brannon, Amanda Robinson, Nick Davis, Michael Duritsky, Jr., Joe Warren, Darrell Bossard, Brandon Sturgis, Jeremy Wonderling, Logan Zarin, Ben Scott, Ross Robinson, Cory Sines, John Waters.
Pace Performance RUSH Late Model Series Battle of the Bay Non-Qualifiers’ Race Feature Finish (8 laps): CODY DAWSON, Chuck Bowie, Robert Smith, Timmy Booth.
Did Not Qualify/Start: Cody Dawson, Chuck Bowie, Robert Smith, Timmy Booth, Jason Genco, Bud Watson, David Smith, Ed Pope, Jerry Barker, Al Shawver Jr., Jeremy Pilkerton, Joe Pete, J.J. Mazur, Andy Michael, Kyle Murray, Ryan Frazee, Geoff Carey, Sparky White, Dana Walker, Matt Hill, Josh Ferry, Billy Henry, David Dill Jr.
RUSH Late Model Dash (6 laps): JOHN WATERS, Donald Lingo Jr., Kyle Hardy, Ross Robinson, Max Blair, Devin Brannon.
Southern Delaware Vintage Modified Feature Finish (12 laps): JAMIE EICHHOLZ, Kerry King, Harold Sylvester, C.J. Schirmer, John Burton, Dave Parsons, Roscoe Clough, Thomas Hughes, Robert Paczkowski, Brayden Ritter, Josh Smith, D.J. Cameron.
Key Advisors Group Winner’s Bonus ($120): Jamie Eichholz
Liz Kapp of Long & Foster Bonuses ($26 each): Kerry King (second) & Dave Parsons (sixth)
Southern Delaware Vintage Sportsman Feature Finish (12 laps): ROBERT BLANN, Terry Chaney, L.J. Walbert, Dave Schamp, Glen Lyons, Chris Killen, David Tucker II, Todd Miller, Maddy Jefferson, Pete Morris.
Residential Mortgage Services Winner’s Bonus ($120): Robert Blann
Justice Sealcoating & Excavating Bonuses ($26 each): Terry Chaney (second) & Chris Killen (sixth)
Delaware Super Truck Feature Finish (12 laps): SHANE CLOGG, Nate Benson, Ryan Efford, Dick Beauchamp, Danny Cropper, Michelle Jackson, Zack Phillips, Scott Trice, Thomas Jackson, Brian Jones, Mark Townsend, Mattie Long.
Benson Concrete Winner’s Bonus ($300): Shane Clogg
Delmarva Charger Feature Finish (12 laps): JOE WATERS, Kevin Taylor, Ashley Merritt, Chris Carroll, Jay Lowman, John Chandler, Jonathan Pitcher, Wyatt Cummings, Sean Martinez, Randy Merritt, Tyler Hottle.
Benson Concrete Winner’s Bonus ($300): Joe Waters