MEDARYVILLE | Nick Allen pretty much won everything in sight at Shadyhill Speedway on Saturday night except track championship honors.
Allen, the 30-year-old racer from Wheatfield, won his heat race, the $1,000-to-win, winner-take-all, Race of Champions and, finally, the night’s 20-lap feature race for DIRTcar United Midwestern Promoters (UMP) Modified Stock Cars.
His victory was not enough, though, as Tom Bell, also from Wheatfield, grabbed overall track championship honors in the Modified ranks by a reported three points.
Allen, a six-time track champion at Shadyhill, looked strong all evening long as he dominated all the races he competed in, including the 20-lap main event. A total of five yellow flag caution periods slowed the 20 lapper with Allen taking the lead from Bell on lap five as the pair crossed the start-finish line.
At the checkered flag, it was Allen over Bell, who had a five-point lead going into the night’s action. It was Allen’s eighth feature win of the season at Shadyhill and his 19th overall in DIRTcar UMP competition.
Earlier in the night, Allen came from his fifth starting spot in a seven-car field to win the Race of Champions, which included Modified division feature winners during the season at the quarter-mile dirt track.
“The track seemed to be holding moisture pretty well tonight,” Allen said after his 20-lap win. (The track) was pretty racy. The top and bottom (grooves) were both fast. Once I got the lead, I wasn’t sure what the fast lane was. I stuck to the bottom and hoped it worked.”
The 45-year-old Bell, who was a picture of consistency all year long with only one feature win, was happy and a little emotional about his track championship.
“I gotta let it soak in a little bit,” he said. “It means the world. My crew and my dad have been with me for 14 years doing this. We have missed a couple (of championships in the past) by a point or two. If (Allen) won, the worst I could do was finish third. My crew, family and friends came together and here we are.”
David Hurst of Chalmers was a double feature winner as he captured feature races in the UMP Stock Cars and Pure Streets divisions. He won the 20-lap UMP Stock Cars feature over Roger Duszynski for his fourth division victory.
Jerrad Krick of Earl Park was the track’s UMP Stock Cars champion. Posting his seventh division win of the campaign, Hurst won the 15-lap Pure Streets main event ahead of Cam Bales with Hurst being crowed the division’s 2013 champion.
Tim Sullivan of Knox raced to this sixth feature win of the season in I-Mods action, taking the checkered flag over Brad DeYoung of DeMotte, who claimed the class’ track championship honors.
The most dominant driver at the speedway all season long, 17-year-old Joey Iliff of Rensselaer, posted his 10th feature win of the season, easily winning the Teen 4s division title in his four-cylinder Nissan.