Big Steve Wright



Greggie Oliver and Taylor Courtney pick-up feature wins at the Atomic Speedway on 10-12-13

   It felt good to be back at the Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe(Alma), Ohio. The track formerly known as the K-C Raceway hasn't seen a racecar since 2011 until late this season when former Jackson County Speedway promoter Brad McCown decided to purchase and open the Speedway and go back to its original name Atomic. Brad has done a lot for our sport in the Southern Ohio area and will do good things with the race track. He said in the driver's meeting that he plans on a full schedule next season. The remainder of this season they have two more races scheduled after the DTWC this weekend. The next race on October 26th will be $2,000 to win in both late model's and the 410 sprints and $1,200 to win for modifieds along with the street stock class. Their last race of the season on November 2nd will be the Dan Reno Memorial paying $2,222 for modifieds along with the Topless 40 for late model's paying $2,000 to win with Street Stocks and Sport Mod's running along with them.
  Hauler's just kept pouring into the pit area as I made my rounds. They had an advertised start time of 5:00 but with the hauler's that kept showing up they ended up not getting started till their usual start time of 6:00. Once it was time for hot laps there was 28 sprints, 33 late models and around 40 modifieds, but for qualifying there ended up being 2 late models show up after hot laps which made the final count of 28 OVSCA sprints, 35 late models, and 40 modifieds to do battle for the top prize.
  In preliminary action, the OVSCA took to the track first. It was Caleb Griffith setting fast time, and he also won his heat race. Other heat race winners were Danny Smith, Jack Sodeman Jr, and Tyler Courtney. The B-main was won by Greg Mitchell. So that set the field for a 30 lap shootout in the OVSCA finale. Bringing the field to the green was Griffith and Smith. Griffith jumped to an early lead but fell out a lap later when his car's wing came loose and he had to pull off the track ending his night. After that caution it took a couple attempts to get the race passed the lap 2 mark as Brandy Bower who was running in the fifth position slid too high in turn 3 and hit the tire's at the end of the wall throwing her car in the air, coming back down on its side it rolled on over. Under the red flag it took about twenty minutes to get Brandy out of her car but she walked to the ambulance under her own power. Once they got the field back under green it was still Courtney out front but they only got to lap 5 when Keith Baxter's car went over the hill in turn 3 and also flipped bringing out the red flag once again. Under the red flag once again Danny Smith pulled into the hot pit to change a flat tire putting him to the tail of the field. As the green flag flew once again and they got the early race cautions out of the way it was Courtney, who was making only his second start in a winged sprint in his first year in a sprint who came back to Ohio with Danny Smith. Courtney was driving a Danny Smith team car usually drove but Super Dave Smith. While Courtney had his DSR car out front Danny was coming through the field from the tail. Courtney held a healthy lead through the remainder of the race as the cars of Ryan Myers, Jack Sodeman Jr, Josh Davis, Broughton and Smith was putting on a show behind him. After getting the two to go flags Smith made a bonsai move to work his way onto 3rd and on the last lap got around Myers to make it a 1-2 finish for the Danny Smith Racing Team. Danny pulled up behind Courtney in victory lane. When he got up to the announcer he said "I knew we was going to win this race one way or another."
  In late model preliminary action it was Mark Frazier setting fast time. In heat race action it was Paul Davis, Kenneth Howell, KC Burdette and Ryan Markham taking the wins and in B-main action it was Jeremy Canada and Matt Robinette taking the wins.
  So that set up a 25 lap dash for the cash, bringing the field around for the green flag was teammates Paul Davis and Kenneth Howell. At the drop of the green it was veteran Paul Davis getting the jump into the lead followed by Howell, KC Burdette and Ryan Markham. Davis held onto the lead while a fast moving Greggie Oliver was getting his car hooked up and made a move on the high side passing 3 cars in one turn getting into the 4th position. Then a couple laps later got around 3rd place runner Ryan Markham and started to reel in the leaders. As the flagman raised the crossed flags in the air to signal halfway Oliver was on the rear bumper of Howell and began putting pressure on him. A late caution flew for a spinning Markham. On the restart Oliver didn't waste anytime as he dove under Howell for 2nd and pulled up beside Davis for the lead before they got back to the flagman but didn't make the pass until going down the backstretch. Oliver was on a rail after that and sped off to take the victory while Davis held back a charging Howell, Gullion and Burdette. Crossing the line after Oliver was Davis, Howell, Billy Gullion, Burdette, Jason Flory, Mark Frazier, Jimmy Cobb, Mike Wilson and Chris Garnes rounded out the top ten. Greggie Oliver has been out most of the season with engine woes so he really needed this win.
OVSCA Finale finish: Courtney, Smith, Ryan Myers, Jack Sodeman, Josh Davis, Ryan Broughton, Andre Layfield, Kory Crabtree, Greg Mitchell, Mark Imler, Bryce Dickson, Jesse McCreary, Dave Dickson, Aaron Higgins, Blake Reeser, Keith Baxter, Brandy Bower, Caleb Griffith, Adam Strauser, Sam Ashworth
Late Model feature finish: Oliver, Davis Howell, Gullion, Burdette, Flory, Frazier, Cobb, Wilson, Garnes















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