Keith Hiller and Glenn Heath (58) during Saturday's Street Stock feature.
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Hiller and Heath do battle once again
Zimmerman wins another in winged sprints
Put Keith Hiller and Glenn Heath together and what do you get? A great, clean race that will leave race fans on the edge of their seats. The duo has produced several good races this season at Butler Speedway, and Saturday was another example. Hiller came away with his fourth feature victory of the season, more than any driver in the speedway's four classes this season. Other feature wins went to Doug Zimmmerman (winged sprints), Jake Rendel (sportsman), and John Swift (UMP modifieds).
Hiller and Heath started in the front row for the street stock feature, assuring the speedway's fans that a great race was in the making. Sure enough, from the very outset the two began a tremendous battle that wouldn't end until the checkered flag was waved. Hiller led the way, while Heath searched for a way around, at times pulling right alongside. On several restarts Heath attempted to drive under Hiller, and looked like he just might make the pass work, only to see Hiller once again nose back ahead.
The race also had two drivers making their way through the pack, adding to the excitement. Todd Thoms, making his first 2010 appearance, started deep in the pack and was making his way to the front. His charge came to an end when he was forced to pit. Chris Garrett started eighth and also charged to the front, and at the end of the feature it became a three-way battle for the lead. The final showdown came late, with a green-white-checker. Hiller was able to keep Heath and Garrett at bay and made another trip to Butler's victory lane. Heath was second and Garrett third. Walter Otis, in his first full season behind the wheel, also had a strong performance, spending the entire race in the top 5 and finishing fourth.
The rest of the top 10 were Shawn McFeters, Terry Milliman, Joe Elliott, Brandon Hyliard, Sheryll Dishaw, and John Ruby. Heat races in the street stocks went to Hiller, Otis, Thoms, and David Collins, Jr. 'B' Main victories went to Brad Crose and Brandon Hyliard.
A week earlier, Brian Przepiora drove to his first career modified win. This week it was John Swift's turn, as he took his initial win in the modifieds. Much like the street stocks, the modified race had a good battle up front. Swift started on the pole with former sprint car champion Corey Bevard alongside. Swift jumped ahead at the green flag, with Bevard on his tail. On the fifth circuit Bevard ducked under in turn two for the lead, only to see Swift drive back around on the outside four laps later and back into the lead. The battle between the drivers up front came to an end of lap 14 when Bevard dropped out of the race and headed for the pit area.
Swift would take the win over Ryan Cripe, Steve Shellenberger, Josh Lolmaugh, and defending champ Tommy Beezley. Sixth through 10th were Mike Tarlton, Dave Sibberson, Jeff Sayles, John Heacock, and Greg Socha. Modified heat races were won by Cripe, Sayles, and Josh Lolmaugh. The 'B' Main went to Jake Rendel.
In the winged sprints, Shelby Bilton and Mark Aldrich started up front. Aldrich led in the early going, while nine-time track champion Ken Mackey came from the fourth row to move into second by the fifth lap. On a lap 8 restart Mackey moved into challenge Aldrich and the duo battled side-by-side. Mackey went ahead, only to see Aldrich regain the point, and then Mackey once again pulled ahead. Meanwhile, Doug Zimmerman was on a mission to make his way to the front. He caught Mackey and zoomed around the outside in typical Zimmerman style and drove to another Butler checker. Mackey was second, with Aldrich third, Bilton fourth, and Gerry Hart fifth. The rest of the top 10 were Greg Wheeler, Chris Jones, Ken Quimby, Mike Baker, and Chad Hart. Heat race winners were Aldrich and Mackey.
Not to be outdone, the sportsman division also had a great clean battle up front between Jake Rendel, Tim Wilber, and Logan Beckwith. Rendel started outside the front row, while Beckwith came from the third row and Wilber from the fourth row. Rendel would lead every lap of the race, but had Wilber glued to his rear bumper most of the way. Beckwith spent much of the race right in the mix. At the checker it was Rendel, Wilber, Beckwith, Marty French, and Wes Bates. Completing the top 10 were Steve Langdon, Dwayne Feltner, Rick Swartout, Ryan Crandell, and Dick Foreman. Sportsman heat races were won by Beckwith and Dwayne Feltner.
The ASCS Sprints on Dirt will make their second appearance of the 2010 season on August 14. Also on the program will be the sportsman and street stock divisions.
Keith Hiller & family in victory lane following Saturday's Street Stock feature.
Winged Sprint winner Doug Zimmerman.
John Swift & family pose following Swift's first career modified feature win.
Sportsman winner Jake Rendel.