MIDDLEBOURNE, WEST VIRGINIA (July 17, 2021)– The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Northern Series would make its first ever visit to Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV on Saturday evening for the track’s 33rd Annual Earl Hill Memorial and Jacob Hawkins of Fairmont, WV would lead all 40 laps on his way to a dominating win and captured the $5,080 payday.
The victory by the 31-year-old Hawkins would be his first career Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series and come in the seat of a Rocket XR1 Chassis powered by an Andy Durham Race Engine and receives sponsorship from Johnson Motorsports, J&J Farms, Middletown Homes, MegaCorp Logistics, Melvin’s Transmissions, Hawkins Towing, Cash Cabins LLC, Tom’s Tire and Wheel, Bobby Lake Motorsports, and Mark Richards Racing.
Jacob Hawkins would take the lead at the drop of the green flag on the 33rd Annual Earl Hill Memorial feature event, followed by Ryan Montgomery, Colton Burdette, Todd Brennan, and Tyler Stutler. The front five would remain the same, with Hawkins opening up his lead quickly and would start lapping slower traffic on lap five. The first caution would wave on lap six when Josh Tonkin slowed in turn two. The next attempted restart would also see the see the yellow flag displayed again when a seven-car melee on the frontchute that would involve Clint Keenan, Anthony Kinkade, Dustin Nobbe, Tyler Riggs, Derek Doll, Corey Delancey, and A.J. Byrd, with Kinkade, Nobbe, and Doll done for the night. The next restart would also come back when Byrd would slow in turn four with right-front suspension damage. The next restart would stay green, with Hawkins still out front, trailed by Montgomery, Burdette, and Brennan, while Travis Brown would go to fifth. Burdette would slip high in turn one on lap eight, allowing Brennan, Brown, and fourteenth-place starter Tyler Carpenter to slip past. The final caution of the race would take place on lap twelve when Brandon Francis and Tyler Riggs would tangle on the frontchute. While under the caution, Riggs would make contact with Francis and both cars would start and Francis would get out of his car, with both drivers being disqualified for disobeying series rules. The final restart of the race would see Hawkins maintain the lead over Montgomery, Brennan, Brown, and Carpenter. Hawkins and Montgomery would distance themselves from the field, with Hawkins starting to work slower traffic on lap twenty-one. By lap twenty-seven, Hawkins would have lapped traffic between himself and Montgomery, while Montgomery would have almost a half-track lead over third-place Brennan. Meanwhile, tenth-place starter Shawn Jett would march his way through the field, making his way into the top five on lap twenty-nine and would take fourth from Brown on lap thirty-one. Hawkins would continue lapping slower traffic and would work up to the sixth-place car of Tyler Carpenter prior to the checkered flag falling, with Hawkins taking the victory, with Montgomery finishing second. Jett would see his charge end up with a third-place effort as he would get by Brennan on the final, with Brown completing the top five. The remainder of the top ten finishers would be Carpenter, Tyler Stutler, Clint Keenan, Shane Hitt, and Duane Chamberlain.
The next events for the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Northern Series will be at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, KY on Friday July 23 for the Johnny Mulligan Classic and Muskingum County Speedway on Saturday July 24 for the Jim Dunn Memorial. Both events will pay $10,000 to win.
For more information about the Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series, please contact Chris Tilley at (828) 361-5981 or visit the tour’s webpage at www.IMDIRT.net or visit the tour page Iron-Man Racing Series on Facebook and Iron-Man Series (@CTPROMOTE) on Twitter.
The Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Series would like to thank the following sponsors and marketing partners for their support of the 2021 racing season: Valvoline, Zerex by Valvoline, Brucebilt Performance, Hoosier Racing Tire, E-Z-GO, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, DirtonDirt.com, FloRacing, XS Power Batteries, Vic Hill Racing Engines, Earnhardt Technologies Group, Swafford Signs, MSR Mafia, Envy Suspension, Knowles Race Parts and Bodies, Cruise with the Champions, KND Safety, Impact RaceGear, Race Clean, and Denby’s J&J Construction.
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Official Summary of Results
Feature Results for Valvoline Iron-Man Late Model Northern Series 33rd Annual Earl Hill Memorial at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, WV on Saturday July 17, 2021
1. Jacob Hawkins-Fairmont, West Va.
2. Ryan Montgomery-Fairmont, West Va.
3. Shawn Jett-Pennsboro, West Va.
4. Todd Brennan-Zanesville, Ohio
5. Travis Brown-Jacksonburg, West Va.
6. Tyler Carpenter-Parkersburg, West Va.
7. Tyler Stutler-Lost Creek, West Va.
8. Clint Keenan-Pataskala, West Va.
9. Shane Hitt-Buchanan, West Va.
10. Duane Chamberlain-Richmond, Ind.
11. Corey Delancey-Parkersburg, West Va.
12. Tristan Chamberlain-Richmond, Ind.
13. Colton Burdette-Parkersburg, West Va.
14. Dustin Nobbe-Batesville, Ind.
15. Derek Doll-Greenwood, West Va.
16. Steve Weigle-Middlebourne, West Va.
17. A.J. Byrd-Saint Albans, West Va.
18. Anthony Kinkade-Zanesville, Ohio
19. Josh Tonkin-Parkersburg, West Va.
20. Ted Nobbe-Batesville, Ind.
DQ. Brandon Francis-Parkersburg, West Va.
DQ. Tyler Riggs-New Matta Moras, Ohio
Time of Race: 33 minutes, 39 seconds
Margin of Victory: 3.089 seconds
Yellow Flags: Four (lap 6, 6 restart, 6 restart, 12)
Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Jacob Hawkins 1-40
E-Z-GO Time Trials Top Qualifier: Jacob Hawkins (Group B) 12.380 seconds
Provisional Starters: Ted Nobbe
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat One Finish (8 laps/top 4 transfer): Ryan Montgomery, Tyler Stutler, Duane Chamberlain, Brandon Francis, Tristan Chamberlain, Corey Delancey, Ted Nobbe
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Two Finish (8 laps/top 4 transfer): Travis Brown, Shane Hitt, Clint Keenan, A.J. Byrd, Anthony Kinkade, Brian Baumberger
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Three Finish (8 laps/top 4 transfer): Jacob Hawkins, Todd Brennan, Shawn Jett, Tyler Carpenter, Josh Tonkin, Dustin Smith
Sunoco Race Fuels Heat Four Finish (8 laps/top 4 transfer): Colton Burdette, Dustin Nobbe, Tyler Riggs, Steve Weigle, James Swenski (Derek Doll, Dustin Sprouse)
Impact RaceGear B-Main One Finish (10 laps/top 5 transfer): Tristan Chamberlain, Anthony Kinkade, Derek Doll, Corey Delancey, Josh Tonkin, Dustin Smith, Ted Nobbe, James Swenski, Brian Baumberger (DNS-Dustin Sprouse)