ACTION-PACKED: More than 160 cars compete in Brownstown Speedway’s fair races

For The Tribune

The 2018 edition of the Jackson County Fair closed out on Saturday night, as Brownstown Speedway hosted the annual fair races on the quarter-mile dirt track.

With Thursday night’s rained-out program added to Saturday’s slate, there were six classes of race cars, as a season-high 164 cars took part in the race program before a packed grandstand of spectators.

Defending track champion Devin Gilpin of Columbus fought off a race-long battle with Kentucky’s David Webb to score the $2,500 win in the sixth annual Paul Crockett Memorial Race for super late models.

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Gilpin, who drives for his grandfather, Don Fleetwood of Brownstown, led every lap, but Webb provided constant pressure throughout the race.

It was Gilpin’s fourth super late model win of the season at Brownstown.

Zak Blackwood of Columbus finished in third with Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh and Jared Bailey of Bedford completing the top five.

The rest of the top 10 finishers were Alan Magner of North Vernon, Adam Bowman of Seymour, Brad Barrow of Bloomington, Shelby Miles of Bloomington and Steven Godsey of Bedford.

In preliminary action, Gilpin, Magner and Webb won the super late model heat races.

In the Indiana Late Model Series event, Marty O’Neal of Spencer went to victory lane again, as the four-time champion of the series led all the way for the victory.

Steve Peeden of Paragon finished in second with Tyler Cain of Seymour, Justin Shaw of Greenwood and Chad Combs of Bloomington rounding out the top five drivers.

Completing the top 10 finishers were Skyller Lewis of Brownstown, Brandon Reed of Edinburgh, Mark Barber of North Vernon, Keegan Cox of Franklin and Jim Couch of Hamilton, Ohio.

In preliminary results, O’Neal, Peeden and Combs won the heat races, and Matt Patus of Memphis won the B-Main.

Mike Fields, a native of Jackson County who now resides in Scottsburg, survived a duel with Brownstown’s Jason Hehman to take the super stock main event. Fields and Hehman virtually ran side by side for the first 13 laps of the race until Hehman got bottled up behind a lapped car, causing him to lose the lead to Fields.

Fields then pulled away in the final laps to take his fifth win at the track this season.

Hehman was second with Colton Sullivan of Columbus, Aubrey Eagan of Bedford and Tucker Chastain of Bedford completing the top five.

The remainder of the top 10 finishers were J.T. Huffman of Salem, Tim Eddelman of Taylorsville, Matt Terry of Seymour, Jeff Wilson of Butlerville and Jack Frye of Bloomington.

The super stock heat races went to Hehman, Fields and Sullivan. Josh Divine of Loogootee won the B- Main.

Tyler Nicely of Owensboro, Kentucky, returned to Brownstown Speedway and ran away with the modified feature race.

Nicely started on the pole and led every lap. Gilpin, who won the super late model, finished in second. Matt Boknecht of Seymour charged through the field to place third, and Jeremy Hines of Seymour and Ryan Thomas of Brownstown trailed the top three across the finish line.

The rest of the top drivers were Jeremy Owens of North Vernon, Mark Bechelli of Seymour, Austin Burton of Edinburgh, Jared Bailey of Bedford and Jeff Stith of Louisville, Kentucky.

The modified heats were taken by Nicely, Thomas and Gilpin. Tim Prince of Heltonville grabbed the B-Main.

Crothersville’s Rick Gumm completely dominated the pure stock feature, as he won his second straight feature event at the track.

Derek Clegg of Nabb finished a distant second to Gumm with Troy Clark of North Vernon, Mickey Hines of Scipio and Jeremy Huebner of Loogootee finishing out the top five.

Rounding out the top 10 were Dusten Carr of Underwood, Josh Hayes of Seymour, Keaton Streeval of Edinburgh, Zachary Stalker of Heltonville and Dalton Fleenor of Salem.

The pure stock prelim heats were captured by Hines, Huebner, Clegg and Gumm. Fleenor won the B- Main.

Donnie Modesty of Seymour, the defending track champion in the hornet division, picked up the win in the feature event over Gregg O’Neill II of Mooresville, Bill Grant of Clarksville, John Mayer Jr. of Edinburgh and Trent Adams of Elizabethtown.

The rest of the top 10 competitors were Andrew Roark of Deputy, Tony Napier II of North Vernon, Bobby Gedling of Clarksville, Hunter Perry of Columbus and Andy Anderson of North Vernon.

Hornet heat races were taken by Perry, Josh Hallett of Brownstown and O’Neill. Brandon Crockett of Brownstown took the B-Main.

Racing will continue this Saturday in Brownstown with the Hall of Fame Classic for super late models, paying $10,000 to win. Also on the program will be modifieds, super stocks and pure stocks.

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