Westfall Scores First Career BOSS win at WRP
Despite overcast skies and rain all around, the Buckeye Machine BOSS sprints forged ahead with the cooperation of Waynesfield Raceway Park and completed a show the fans will not soon forget. An astounding field of 53 traditional sprint cars signed in for the 4th annual "**** Spencer Memorial" and the fans who braved the weather were treated to 6 heat races, 3 last chance races and a great 30 lap main event.
In customary BOSS action, Pleasant Hill, Ohio driver Matt Westfall had to earn his victory. Driving the Best Performance Motorsports #54 out of St. Mary's Ohio, Westfall had to charge from an 8th starting position in the heat to finish 2nd in order to make the BOSS redraw. A "7" draw would then force Westfall to go on the high side to put on yet another passing clinic en route to scoring the popular win at the track many have referred to as "Westfall" Raceway Park.
The 30 lap Spencer Memorial was paced to the starters green flag by front row starters Kyle Simon and Tom Rhodes. It was Rhodes jumping out to the quick early lead and setting the pace for the first 4 circuits with Joss Moffatt and Joe Liguori battling for second. Moffatt reeled in Rhodes and took command on lap 5, but the car on the move was Todd Keen in the #18 who had charged from 10th to 3rd by lap #6.
The race's first of 4 caution flags would fly on lap 11 when Thomas Meseraull rolled to a stop in the Stensland #41 with mechanical issues. On the restart, the running order was Moffatt, Keen, Liguori, Kyle Simon and Westfall. Back under green, Moffatt continued to show the way as Westfall continued to roll the high side right into the runner-up spot working lap #15. A lap later the second caution flew for a tangle involving Beau Stewart and Landon Simon.
The ensuing restart, Westfall was able to wrestle the lead from Moffatt. A lead he would never relinquish despite two more caution flags. A lap 17 caution would take Todd Keen from the event after a spectacular run up to the lead battle. The final caution came on lap 28 when Jamie Fredrickson stopped at the top of turn 1.
Westfall pulled away to a convincing win followed by Kyle Simon, Joss Moffatt, Joe Liguori, and Kody Swanson. Rounding out the top 10 were Dustin Smith, Dustin Ingle, Tyler Hewitt, Cody Gardner, and Michael Fischesser.
Preliminary heats were won by Moffatt, Liguori, Meseraull, Smith, Ingle, Rhodes. Three last chance events were taken by Cody Gardner, Conner Donelson, and Stratton Briggs.
In other news, the Buckeye Machine BOSS series is proud to welcome aboard new heat race sponsor Fast Signs of Dayton, Ohio who will now be sponsoring a heat race for the balance of the season! BOSS would also like to thank Burdette Builders of Sunman, Indiana, Lias Tire/American Racer of Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kistler Engines of Fremont, Ohio, and S & H Nerfs of Piqua, Ohio all for sponsoring a heat race last night to provide extra money to the drivers in six exciting heat races.
Bonus award sponsors also are a huge contributor to the series including The Bridge Restaurant of Sidney, Ohio, Hochstetler Truck and Auto Repair of Ashland, Ohio, Lynn Cook of Dayton, Ohio, Hoosier Tire Midwest and Lias Tire American Racer. The free drink cooler of Gatorade and bottled water is supplied courtesy of the Blue Room Restaurant of Kirby, Ohio. Also a special thanks goes out to Indy Race Parts for being the official parts supplier of the series!
The next BOSS event is this Saturday, July 26th as the series returns home to Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio. The series is already deep into scheduling for 2015 and teams are encouraged to get ready for an exciting new season in '15!