MAYETTA, KS – It was youth over experience Monday night at Thunder Hill
17-year-old Cody Geldart led all the way for his first career All Star win.
Aboard the Geldart Transportation, Oshweken Speedway, Kear’s Speed Shop
Hampshire powered Maxim, the
Californian Jonathan Allard for the triumph.
“This was awesome, I love this track…the track is awesome… I love the
banking… the car was fast all night,” an excited Geldart recited in victory
lane. “I knew that we lost some water but the engine temperature didn’t
change so I kept going. I wasn’t going to stop for anything,” he concluded.
He became the 17th feature winner of the year out of 24 All Star events.
For the start of the main it was All Star Rookie-of-the-Year points
leader Geldart on the pole with Greg Wilson alongside with Jeremy Campbell
and Allard in row two. Chad Kemenah and Randy Hannagan comprised row three
and once the green flew, Hannagan and Kemenah tangled in turn one and
flipped with Brock Mayes ending up on his side in the melee. Kemenah was
eliminated from the event by the accident. Mayes was able to return for the
original restart and Hannagan returned to the track following another yellow
before a lap was in the books. The next attempt for a start saw Mayes
hitting the turn three fence for another caution. Once the event finally
started, Geldart jumped into
the immediate lead, followed by
Racing No. 22 and Allard in the Williams No. 0. Geldart was just getting
into lapped traffic on lap six when another red flew for the No. 20 of Ron
Leifholz who hit the turn four fence. Leifholz was taken to a local hospital
with back pains.
For the restart it was Geldart leading Wilson, Allard, Campbell, Dale
Blaney, Danny Smith and Paul May. Geldart ran the top groove of the 3/8 mile
high banked oval and pulled away again on the restart as Allard and Campbell
battled for third behind
running around the top
groove with a straightaway lead on
moved into the top ten after restarting last.
Lap 18 saw Hannagan get by Bob Bennett for seventh as the pack up front
maintained their positions. With eight laps to go, all that changed as
Allard snuck by
up facing the wrong way with front end damage. The rest of the field avoided
his machine, but he was done for the evening.
While the race was being restarted, Geldart’s machine was noted to be
losing water on the front stretch. Although it was in the back of the
leader’s mind, he kept racing. With six laps to go, action heated up with
Smith moving to fourth passing Blaney and a circuit later May also got by
Blaney for fifth and the amazing Hannagan got by for sixth. The final
caution flew on lap 28 for Blaney’s flat right rear tire, which put him out
of a top five finish. This set up a green, white, checkered sequence for the
finish and Geldart won easily. He ran the top groove the entire time,
dropping low down only to get by lapped cars. Allard rode home second,
his best finish of the year.
Blaney’s finish and the DNF of series’ points leader Chad Kemenah enabled
Blaney to pull within 61 points of the lead in the battle for the $50,000
All Star points championship.
The Crown Battery heat fell to Sam Hafertepe, Jr., the B&B Products heat
went to Brock Mayes and the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Mike
Leifholz. Hannagan was the Huggins Cams Fast Time qualifier with a new track
record of 12.340 seconds and captured the Haulmark Dash
Huggins Cams Time Trials: 1. Randy Hannagan,
12.34 (NTR); 2.
Kemenah, 12.41; 3. Jonathan Allard, 12.50; 4. Jeremy Campbell, 12.50; 5.
Greg Wilson, 12.53; 6. Cody Geldart, 12.53; 7. Danny Smith, 12.59; 8. Brock
Mayes, 12.63; 9. Jim Cameron, 12.71; 10. Dale Blaney, 12.75; 11. Paul May,
Bennett, 13.03; 15. Mike Leifholz, 13.18; 16. Ron Leifholz, 13.32; 17. Chris
Morgan, 13.72; 18. Tim Newman, 14.37; 19. Kelly Kneisler, 14.53.
B&B Products Heat (8 laps): 1-Brock
Mayes 2-Chad Kemenah 3-Greg
4-Bob Bennett 5-Paul May 6-Chris Morgan
Engler Machine & Tool Heat (8 laps): 1-Mike Leifholz 2-Cody Geldart 3-Jim
Cameron 4-Chad Meinholdt 5-Jonathan Allard 6-Tim Newman
Haulmark Dash (4 laps): 1. Hannagan 2.
Smith 6. Geldart.
5-Paul May 6-Randy Hannagan 7-Dale Blaney 8-Bob Bennett 9-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
10-Tim Newman 11-Jim Cameron
Morgan 15-Mike Leifholz 16-Ron Leifholz 17-Chad Kemenah 18-Brock Mayes
Lap Leaders: Cody Geldart 1-30