Big Steve Wright




After 2 weeks of rainouts Mother Nature finally gave us a break and let us get a race in, and it was a really good race too. It was the "Southern 50" $6,000 to win unsanctioned event at The Southern Ohio Speedway in Wheelersburg, Oh. 30 super late models filled the pit area on a beautiful sunny day with temps in the 80's, it made for a nice, fast race track. 

  In qualifying Grayson Kentucky's Jackie Boggs set fast time with a lap of 16.250 and Josh McGuire was 2nd fastest with a time of 16.288. After qualifying they redrew for their starting positions with Jackie Boggs pulling out the #3 for the invert. So the fastest 3 qualifiers would start third in their heat race.

  In heat race action the top 6 finishers move on to the 50 lap feature event with the remainder of the cars to go to the B-main. Heat # 1 rolls off onto the track with Paul Davis and Jared Hawkins on the front row with Jackie Boggs, Kenneth Howell, Devin Moran, Tim Christian, Daniels, and Joe Ramey. At the drop of the green flag Jared Hawkins jumped out to an early lead with Paul Davis and Jackie Boggs in tow. On lap 3 Boggs pulls up and goes around Davis and then the next lap Boggs came to a rest at the top of turn 4 with a blown engine. A couple other cautions for spins and one for a guy climbing the wall slowed the heat race but at the checkers it was Jared Hawkins coming across the line in first followed by Moran, Davis, Daniels, Ramey and Christian, who all move on to the main event.

  In the second heat it was Nick Bocook and Tim Dohm bringing the field to the green flag, following them was Josh McGuire, Billy Gullion, Jamie Adams, Edwards, Eric Turner, Bud Frasier and Ronnie Whitt. At the drop of the green flag the field was immediately slowed by a caution for a slowed Billy Gullion. On lap 8 Josh McGuire made a move to get around Bocook and as soon as he got around the caution came out and McGuire never did get another shot as Tim Dohm crossed the finish line ahead of Bocook, McGuire, Adams, Frasier and Turner who all transferred to the big dance.

  The third and final heat race lined up with father and son on the front row with 71 year old Delmas Conley on the pole and his son Rod along side, starting behind them was Mark Frasier, Kevin Wagner, Jacob Curnutte, Jason Perry and Jeremy Akers. This heat went without a caution as Rod Conley beat his dad Delmas with Frasier, Wagner, Curnutte and Perry rounding out the transfer spots.

  Two more drivers to come out of the B-main will decide the starting field for the Southern 50, and it was Kenneth Howell who jumped out to an early lead and put over a half a track between him and second place finisher Jeremy Akers when coming across the line to decide those last two spots.

  Finally it was time for the 50 lap $6,000 to win Southern 50. The lineup looked like this: Jared Hawkins, Tim Dohm, Rod Conley, Devin Moran, Nick Bocook, Delmas Conley, Paul Davis, Josh McGuire, Mark Frasier, Daniels, Jamie Adams, Kevin Wagner, Joe Ramey, Bud Frasier, Jacob Curnutte, Jason Perry, Eric Turner, Jeremy Akers, Kenneth Howell and Eric Christian. At the drop of the green flag Tim Dohm jumped out to an early lead with Hawkins in tow. Then on lap 8 Hawkins made a move and got around Dohm and never looked back as he lead the remainder of the race. Hawkins was perfect in traffic, making the high side his way around the speedway. He was making some crazy moves to get thru traffic. A caution filled event slowed the race on many occasions, with Rod Conley finally getting around Dohm, he started to put some pressure on Hawkins before a late race caution slowed the race and on the restart Conley started trying to move up the track as his rear wheel and tire came flying off, somehow everybody missed him. That caution put Dohm back up into second and moved Moran to third and 8th starting McGuire to forth. McGuire start putting some pressure on Moran on the high side, pulling beside Moran on numerous occasions and finally getting around Moran, McGuire had his sights set on second place runner Tim Dohm. McGuire would work on getting around Dohm for many laps and finally taking over the spot with around 5 laps to go. The race stayed green as McGuire began to run Hawkins down but the laps ran out as Jared Hawkins came home with the win. Rounding out the top 5 was McGuire, Dohm, Moran and Delmas Conley.     













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