Moughan and Hall double the fun on ‘Night of the Twins’Danville’s Ron Kibbe picks up first four cylinder win at 34 Raceway win on Saturday
WEST BURLINGTON — At 34 Raceway’s “Night of the Twins” for the Brockway Mechanical and Roofing Sprint Invaders, Joey Moughan and Russ Hall were the show, each getting a win in their 360 sprints.
Also getting wins were Chris Simpson of Oxford (late models), Shon Sanders of East Moline, Ill. (mod lites) and Ron Kibble of Danville (four cylinders).
After winning his heat and the Dash, Moughan, of Springfield, Ill., drew a two to start outside row one of the first feature. The only caution in the 20-lap race flew on lap five, for a slowing Matt Krieger. Moughan stormed away on the restart, ahead of Miranda Arnold, Dustin Selvage, Russ Hall and Paul Nienhiser.
While Nienhiser, who won the season opener at 34 Raceway, climbed to third by lap 13, Hall was close behind him and took the spot on lap 16. He would grab second from Arnold two laps later, but Moughan had a straightaway lead, and captured his second Sprint Invaders win at the 3/8-mile oval and fourth overall with the series. Hall was second ahead of Arnold, Nienhiser and Josh Schneiderman.
“Clean air and a good draw really helped us tonight,” said Moughan in victory lane. “We didn’t know if we’d even come today, so this is neat.”
There were 18 drivers that finished the first feature on the lead lap, putting Moughan and Hall in row nine on the inversion for the second main event. Ryan Jamison started outside row one and took the advantage early over pole-sitter Mike Houseman Jr. and Jimmy Davies.
Just past the halfway mark, the only caution of the event came for Krieger’s flat left rear tire. Jamison led Davies, Justin Newberry, Jarrod Schneiderman and Houseman back to green. Hall had made his way to seventh, and on the restart passed four cars on the high side. The start was called back, however, when Arnold slowed with a flat tire.
The high line remained open for Hall on the second try as well, and within three laps, he had Jamison in his sights, passing him for the point to complete lap fourteen.
Jamison retired soon thereafter, while Hall cruised to his first career win in exciting fashion at 34 Raceway. It was his third career series’ win and unofficially put him 100 points ahead of second place Selvage heading into the season finale. Davies held onto second, ahead of Jarrod Schneiderman, Newberry and Selvage.
“The caution definitely helped,” said Hall. “We had the first restart, and we went to the top and went by three or four of them. I thought for sure a couple guys would jump to the top on the second restart, but they didn’t. That was the key to our victory, running the top and them running the bottom.
The Brockway Mechanical and Roofing Sprint Invaders conclude their 2013 campaign in their season championship at the 34 Raceway on Saturday night, Sept. 21.
In other racing action on the night, Kibble picked up his first win at 34 Raceway, passing Rachael Reger of Burlington on the last lap to take the checkered flag. Wayne Noble followed to finish second with Reger, Kimberly Abbot and Austen Becerra rounding out the top five in the 19-car field.
An unusually small field of mod lites took to the track, with Shon Sanders picking up his second feature win at 34 Raceway this season. Sanders took the lead at the drop of the green and went on to win the 12-lap feature.
Simpson passed Mark Burgtorf on lap 17 of the 20-lap UMP late model feature and pulled away to get his first 34 Raceway win this year.
Burgtorf had developed a sizeable lead but Simpson would close in on the leader and on lap seventeen went to the inside of Burgtorf to take the lead.
Coming up this Saturday, Aug. 24, will be Fan Appreciation Night and Season Championships for all classes at 34 Raceway.
Kids 10 and under are admitted free, and 4-Hers in their green 4-H shirts will be admitted free on I-Wireless, Denny Woodworth Attorney At Law and JL Scrap Metals Night.