Watt se­cures STSS South ti­tle

Boy­er­town’s Watt se­cures STSS South ti­tle; Godown, Howard lead win­ners at Mid- At­lantic Cham­pi­onships

The Hamburg Area Item - - Front Page - By Brett Deyo

GE­ORGE­TOWN, DEL. » Two full days of rac­ing brought more than 200 com­peti­tors to Ge­orge­town Speed­way for Mid- At­lantic Cham­pi­onship Week­end on Fri­day and Satur­day.

Ryan Godown ( Bob Hil­bert Sports­wear Short Track Su­per Se­ries Fu­eled By VP Mod­i­fied), Ricky El­liott ( Su­per Late Model) and Duane Howard ( Smal­lBlock Mod­i­fied) head­lined the win­ners dur­ing the sea­son fi­nale event at the Sus­sex County fa­cil­ity.

Ryan Watt, mean­while, se­cured the STSS Ve­locita South Re­gion cham­pi­onship for the se­cond time in his ca­reer. The Boy­er­town na­tive will re­ceive $ 10,000 for the crown.

A to­tal of 219 unique en­tries were filed by com­peti­tors over the two- day event.

Rin­goes, N. J.’ s Godown dom­i­nated the eighth and fi­nal STSS South Re­gion event of the sea­son in the Steve Searock- backed No. 26. The ‘ Rin­goes Rocket’ earned $ 6,000 for his ef­forts: $ 5,000 from the posted purse and $ 1,000 from Ch­e­sa­peake Paving and Holly Hill Farms as the Mod­i­fied driver with the best com­bined fin­ish from Fri­day and Satur­day.

“I don’t get to run this car very of­ten with my other com­mit­ments, but I love it,” Godown said. “I brought the big- block down but this car felt so good I de­cided to run it both days.”

Godown started se­cond in the 26car field and over­came an early bat­tle with Danny John­son to take over a lead he wouldn’t re­lin­quish in a rough- and­tum­ble 40- lap main. John­son and Godown traded the lead be­fore Godown

es­tab­lished him­self as the leader fol­low­ing a se­ries of restarts on lap five.

As Godown led, all eyes were on Watt and his quest for the se­ries cham­pi­onship.

Watt spent much of the race bat­tling with Danny John­son for se­cond spot. Watt se­cured the run­nerup po­si­tion and chased Godown to the fin­ish.

Watt’s ef­fort se­cured the STSS crown for his Ron Roberts- owned team.

“I could hear on the ra­dio how many cars were left on the lead lap and I knew we were in good shape,” of­fered Watt, who needed to fin­ish 12th or bet­ter to clinch the crown.

“This is a great se­ries. To win the cham­pi­onship two out of three years with this com­pe­ti­tion is awe­some.”

Jamie Mills of Mil­ford, Del., ad­vanced late in the race to fin­ish third, fol­lowed by Duane Howard of Oley, Pa., up from fourth in Norm Hansell’s No. 357, and An­thony Per­rego of Mont­gomery, N. Y., aboard the Su­pe­rior Re­mod­el­ing No. 44.

In a down- to- the- wire bat­tle, Ricky El­liott of Seaford, Del., took home a $ 5,000 top prize in the 40lap Su­per Late Model event Satur­day. El­liott with­stood a late charge from Austin Hub­bard as the pair bat­tled through slower traf­fic.

El­liott used the out­side lane on an early restart to sweep past Mark Pet­tyjohn. For much of the race it ap­peared El­liott would cruise to vic­tory un­chal­lenged.

That changed dra­mat­i­cally in the fi­nal 10 laps.

First, Kyle Hardy closed to El­liott’s bumper. Then, Hub­bard – who had pit­ted for a tire change and re­bounded from a spin – burst into se­cond. With three laps re­main­ing Hub­bard drove to El­liott’s in­side in turn three. He pulled even with El­liott but was un­able to com­plete the pass.

Hub­bard chased El­liott to the line.

In Vic­tory Lane, El­liott said he had re­con­sid­ered his pre­vi­ously an­nounced plans of re­tire­ment and will be back be­hind the wheel of a Su­per Late Model in 2018.

Hub­bard set­tled for se­cond, fol­lowed by Vir­ginia in­vader Hardy, Jamie Lathroum and early leader Pet­tyjohn.

Mike Whar­ton earned a $ 1,000 pay­day in the RUSH Crate Late Model event. The 20- lap event. Austin Hub­bard and Mark Pet­tyjohn had swapped the lead un­til tan­gling in turn two late in the race. Whar­ton slipped by and took the check­ered, sur­viv­ing a pair of late restarts. Billy Thomp­son, Sparky White, Charles Shawver and Kelly Putz com­pleted the front five.

Great Bar­ring­ton, Mass., driver Kyle Smith made the long tow to Delaware worth­while with a win in the 20lap de­but of the Mid- At­lantic Sprint Se­ries at Ge­orge­town. Austin Bishop, Ed­die Wag­ner, Tim Tan­ner and Scott Frack trailed.

Joseph Tracy dom­i­nated the 12- lap Lit­tle Lin­coln event over Landy Adams, who started last.

Jerry Hill went from third- to- first in the 12- lap Delaware Su­per Truck main when the lead­ers tan­gled ex­it­ing turn four on the fi­nal lap.

Jerry Barker emerged from a com­pet­i­tive 12- lap Del­marva Charger event to pick up the win.

Duane Howard head­lined Fri­day night’s event with a dra­matic win in the 30- lap Small- Block Mod­i­fied cham­pi­onship. Howard, of Oley, Pa., gar­nered the $ 3,000 pay­day for Norm Hansell’s No. 357 team, de­feat­ing First State driver Jamie Mills.

Howard started se­cond and took the top spot at the out­set. Mills, how­ever, uti- lized the out­side lane on a restart to put his Blue Hen Rac­ing No. 30 into the top spot.

Dur­ing a long stretch of green- flag rac­ing dur­ing the event’s mid- por­tions, Howard ran down and passed Mills, com­plet­ing a three­wide sweep­ing move into turn three on the 23rd lap.

Mills and an emerg­ing Ryan Godown chased Howard to the line with Godown ul­ti­mately muscling by for se­cond. Mills, Mike Gu­lar and Ryan Watt com­pleted the front five.

Jordn Jus­tice worked by David Jenk­ins at the half­way mark and drove on to vic­tory in the 20- lap L& J Sheet Me­tal Crate 602 Sports­man event, worth $ 1,000. The win was Jus­tice’s se­cond of the sea­son at Ge­orge­town. Stephen Ke­mery, Matt Stan­gle, David Jenk­ins and Tom Moore Jr. trailed.

Landy Adams earned an emo­tional 12- lap South­ern Delaware Vin­tage Stock Car win driv­ing for Mark Wil­liams, who is side­lined due to health is­sues.

David Smith com­pleted a last- lap pass of Robert Smith to win the 12- lap Delaware Su­per Truck event, while Joe Wa­ters drove his Ford- pow­ered car past Scott Cal­houn on the fi­nal cir­cuit to top the Del­marva Charger 12- lap main.

RICK KEP­NER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Boy­er­town’s Ryan Watt, joined in vic­tory lane by wife Lori and son Lo­gan, was crowned STSS South Re­gion cham­pion on Oct. 28at Ge­orge­town Speed­way in Ge­orge­town, Del.

RICH KEP­NER - FOR DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Austin Hub­bard ( 11) and David Pet­tyjohn ( 8) trade paint dur­ing the Late Model fea­ture at Ge­orge­town, Del., on Oct. 28.

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