Saturday, July 25, 2020

Bright Starts Weekend Strong with Highbanks Hustle Prelim Victory

Photo Credits: 357 Studios

Marion, IL. (7/24/20) The 2020 Engler Machine and Tool Highbanks Hustle weekend finally kicked off at Southern Illinois Raceway with 118 cars signed into the pit area. Passing points were awarded in 12 Heat Races, which lined up six A-Main Qualifers. The finishing order of the qualifiers lined up the 30-lap A-Main. Bixby, Oklahoma's Scott Sawyer and Collegeville, PA native Alex Bright were awarded the front-row starting spots for the A-Main by virtue of winning Qualifiers One and Two respectively. Sawyer got the early advantage on the initial start, leading the first lap around the 1/8 Mile high-banked dirt oval. Bright quickly got by Sawyer on lap two to take over the race lead. Sawyer made a crucial error on lap seven, spinning while in the 2nd position. He went to the rear of the field, taking him out of contention for the rest of the race. After the restart, Bright built up a big advantage over Carber, Nathan Benson, Cody Christensen, Harley Hollan, and Frank Flud. Flud had worked his way into the Top 6 early on after starting 11th. At the halfway point of Lap 15, Christensen make hard contact with the guard rail on the front straightaway and went flipping down the main straightaway towards turn one. Christensen was tended to by the safety crew and was uninjured. As the second half of the race began, Bright began the process of fending off pressure from 2nd-place running Carber while Benson, Hollan, and Flud were all sitting comfortable in lock-in positions. After a late-race caution for a stopped Chase Cabre, the best battle of the night began to develop for the 6th and final transfer position into Saturday's A-Main. Dylan Kadous had the position while Joe B Miller was all over Kadous's #21L during the final green flag run. In the closing stages, the #20 of Alex Bright was able to hold off Brian Carber's #41, leading 29 out of the 30 circuits to secure the $1,000 to Win Bailey Chassis Preliminary Feature. The battle between Kadous and Miller came down to the final straightaway, as Dylan Kadous stayed loyal to the bottom groove and was able to hold off top-running Miller for the 6th and final transfer spot. By finishing Top 6, Bright, Carber, Benson, Hollan, Flud, and Kadous have all secured their positions starting in the front three rows of Saturday's $12,000 to win A-Main. For Joe B Miller and all other cars that did not run in the Top 6, they will aim to make up positions 7-24 in Saturday's Feature. To do so, they must go through another complete racing program all over again on Saturday Night.

The Finale of the 8th Annual Engler Machine and Tool Highbanks Hustle will take place Saturday, July 25th at Southern Illinois Raceway in Marion, IL. Saturday's program will feature Heat Races, Qualifiers, one LCQ, a Big Wheel Dash, an A-Main Dash, and the 40-lap $12,000 to win Highbanks Hustle A-Main. For those unable to attend, it will be broadcasted live on 

Times for Saturday are as follows:
1PM: Parking
3PM: Pit Pass Sign In Begins/Pill Draw Opens
5PM: Pill Draw Closes
5:30PM: Driver's Meeting
6PM: Hot Laps
7PM: Racing Begins

Complete Results for Friday Night's Bailey Chassis Preliminary Night can be found below.

Heat Race Results Results

Heat 1 (Results):1-Benson.N 2-Purdue.A 3-Naida.D 4-Flud.F 5-Bright.B 6-Timms.R 7-Goodwin.C 8-Palmisano.J 9-Morton.M 10-Snellgrove.T

Heat 2 (Results): 1-Null.L 2-Shorthose.R 3-Gatewood.A 4-Quick.A 5-Leek.P 6-Englehart.C 7-Warner.L 8-Booten.C 9-Wirth.J 10-Bryson.K

Heat 3 (Results): 1-Disinger.R 2-Marcham.T 3-Harris.E 4-Mahoney.B 5-Sawyer.D 6-McFarland.B 7-Eigenrauch.J 8-DeVault.T 9-Erickson.J 10-Hulsey.G

Heat 4 (Results): 1-Sawyer.S 2-Porter.C 3-Key.K 4-Doney.X 5-Christensen.C 6-Bauldwin.M 7-Wolf.C 8-Dowdy.D 9-Mehler.K 10-Hagopian.J

Heat 5 (Results): 1-Bright.A 2-Hertter.G 3-Carley.L 4-Carber.B 5-Rust.T 6-Despain.C 7-Sampson.B 8-Wells.J 9-Harbert.R 10-Kirkman.T

Heat 6 (Results): 1-Littleton.T 2-Hollan.H 3-Pearson.L 4-Clifton.T 5-Mehler.T 6-Galusha.F 7-Avedisian.J 8-Lamb.B 9-Jost.D 10-Barth.A

Heat 7 (Results): 1-Townsend.C 2-Camp.J 3-Ronk.C 4-Wirth.B 5-Renfro.B 6-Jones.Q 7-Marcham.J 8-Daum.Z 9-Hawkins.A 10-Andrews.C

Heat 8 (Results): 1-Cabre.C 2-Winter.C 3-Wright.E 4-Rennison.T 5-Siegel.W 6-Bullock.M 7-Burlison.N 8-Roark.B 9-Schaeffer.A 10-Montel.J

Heat 9 (Results): 1-Peters.A 2-Williams.B 3-Day.C 4-Robbins.S 5-Criswell.R 6-Carr.M 7-Young.D 8-Radney.J 9-Key.N 10-Wiedeman.B

Heat 10 (Results): 1-Robb.T 2-Bishop.J 3-Tinsley.C 4-Miller.J 5-Robbins.T 6-Stephans.K 7-Galusha.J 8-Milan.S 9-Kaiser.S 10-Feger.D

Heat 11 (Results): 1-Kadous.D 2-Boschele.G 3-Bellew.N 4-Taylor.Z 5-Kirkman.K 6-Conde.S 7-Touchette.K 8-Robb.G 9-Bishop.A

Heat 12 (Results): 1-Cobin.C 2-Schmidt.A 3-Brummitt.M 4-Robinson.D 5-Souder.D 6-Roberts.C 7-Kinsley.W 8-Miles.C 9-Saldana.R (DQ)

Qualifier Results

Qualifier 1 (Results): 1-Sawyer.S 2-Kadous.D 3-Marcham.T 4-Wolf.C 5-Rust.T 6-Marcham.J 7-Peters.A 8-Gatewood.A 9-goodwin.c 10-Wirth.B 11-Purdue.A 12-Daum.Z 13-Porter.C 14-Bellew.N 15-Roark.B 16-Harbert.R 17-Camp.J 18-Day.C 19-Andrews.C 20-Wirth.J

Qualifier 2 (Results): 1-Bright.A 2-Townsend.C 3-Bishop.J 4-Bullock.M 5-Roberts.C 6-Renfro.B 7-Mahoney.B 8-Robb.G 9-Bryson.K 10-Palmisano.J 11-Burlison.N 12-Tinsley.C 13-Mehler.K 14-Young.D 15-Erickson.J 16-Key.K 17-Feger.D 18-Shorthose.R 19-Harris.E 20-Brummitt.M

Qualifier 3 (Results): 1-Carber.B 2-Ronk.C 3-Robb.T 4-Pearson.L 5-Winter.C 6-Carley.L 7-Carr.M 8-Souder.D 9-Avedisian.J 10-Schmidt.A 11-Quick.A 12-Siegel.W 13-Englehart.C 14-Snellgrove.T 15-Hawkins.A 16-DeVault.T 17-Wells.J 18-Hagopian.J 19-Touchette.K 20-Schaeffer.A

Qualifier 4 (Results): 1-Benson.N 2-Disinger.R 3-Rennison.T 4-Bright.B 5-Taylor.Z 6-Cobin.C 7-Jost.D 8-Jones.Q 9-Barth.A 10-Robbins.T 11-Bauldwin.M 12-Kinsley.W 13-Morton.M 14-Williams.B 15-Sawyer.D 16-Doney.X 17-Wiedeman.B 18-Key.N 19-Eigenrauch.J 20-McFarland.B

Qualifier 5 (Results): 1-Hollan.H 2-Flud.F 3-Galusha.F 4-Hertter.G 5-Galusha.J 6-Criswell.R 7-Robbins.S 8-Null.L 9-Naida.D 10-Milan.S 11-Mehler.T 12-Leek.P 13-Saldana.R 14-Dowdy.D 15-Warner.L 16-Kaiser.S 17-Lamb.B 18-Hulsey.G 19-Timms.R

Qualifier 6 (Results): 1-Christensen.C 2-Miller.J 3-Cabre.C 4-Boschele.G 5-Littleton.T 6-Kirkman.K 7-Stephans.K 8-Sampson.B 9-Conde.S 10-Bishop.A 11-Radney.J 12-Clifton.T 13-Wright.E 14-Miles.C 15-Booten.C 16-Robinson.D 17-Kirkman.T 18-Montel.J 19-Despain.C

A-Main Results

A Feature 1 (Results): 1-Bright.A 2-Carber.B 3-Benson.N 4-Hollan.H 5-Flud.F 6-Kadous.D 7-Miller.J 8-Disinger.R 9-Robb.T 10-Bishop.J 11-Pearson.L 12-Sawyer.S 13-Boschele.G 14-Bullock.M 15-Townsend.C 16-Bright.B 17-Galusha.F 18-Cabre.C 19-Ronk.C 20-Marcham.T 21-Christensen.C 22-Rennison.T 23-Wolf.C 24-Hertter.G

A-Main Lap Leaders: Sawyer.S-1, Bright.A-2-30