WATERMELON CAPITAL SPEEDWAY 229-271-9301
For our 8th race of the 2014 season we had 11 cars sign in ready to race. Unfortunately Jordan McCallum had his car break in practice preventing him from being able to start the race.
Qualifying put #2 Luke Christian on the pole with a lap of 16.53 seconds for his first pole of the year. Second fastest was Stuart Dutton with a time of 16.60 seconds. Third fastest was Chris Dilbeck with an identical time of 16.60 seconds. Dutton had the fastest second lap by .03 seconds, so the tie breaker went to him. Fourth fastest went to the steadily improving Chris Tullis with a 16.93 seconds. Rounding out the top 5 came Steve Barker with a 17.13 seconds.
The race started with the #2 of Christian jumping out to a car length advantage over #32 Dutton.
A spin by the #16 of David Hodges and #49 of Alex Leverette on lap 6 brought out the caution for the first time. Leverette was charged with the caution and sent to the rear.
On the restart Dutton and Christian raced door to door down the front then Dutton moved to the bottom under Christian down the back straight. Dutton was able to clear Christian and moved out to the lead coming off turn 4.
The #92 of Blake Gaither and the #24 of Chris Tullis were having a great battle for the fourth position after the restart. Finally, on lap 14 the two got together in turn 1 and both spun. Gaither went off the back into the grass in turn 2 but Tullis ended up stopped and blocking the track in turn two. The #49 of Alex Leverette who had been sent to the rear after the first caution and #28 of Mike Silvey were racing door to door when they came around turn 1 to find Tullis blocking the track. Leverette and Silvey spun and slammed into tullis. This severely damaged all three cars. This ended the night for Tullis and Silvey, but Leverette was able to continue. The 92 of Gaither was charged with the caution and sent to the rear for the restart.
Lap 15 running order was #32, #2, #9, #64 #16.
The #16 of David Hodges, running 5th at the time, slowed and pulled into the pits on lap #20.
On lap 21 the #92 of Gaither got by the #64 car of Barker for 5th place.
The race ended with Dutton taking his fourth win of the season. This win also helped him stretch his point lead to 7 points over Chris Dilbeck with only one race remaining.
Luke Christian had his highest finish of his Outlaw career with a second place.
Chris Dilbeck finished a disappointing third as he was hoping to close the point gap between himself and Dutton coming up to the last race.
Blake Gaither was able to pull out a fourth place finish after being sent to the rear earlier in the race. This helped take the sting out of the 8th place finish in the last race.
Fifth tonight was Steve Barker for his fifth top 5 for the year.
Our next race will be the final points race of the 2014 season. This race is scheduled for October 25th and will be a double points event. The Championship is still pretty much a toss up as anything can happen in auto racing. 7 points separate 1st and 2nd and 2 points separate 4th and 5th and 2 points separate 5th and 6th. We are expecting a large car count for the last race, so this points championship is going to get very interesting.
RACE # 6
We had a group of 9 cars show up to participate in our 6th race of the 2014 season at Watermelon Capital Speedway. One new driver, David Hodges came to race with us. David is not new to the Outlaw Class, as he is a previous 2 time Champion in this class.
We had a first time pole winner as Luke Christian set fast time in his #2 racer with a time of 16.71 sec. Second fast was Stuart Dutton with a 16.78 and third was Chris Dilbeck with a 16.81 second lap.
The race started with Christian and Dutton racing side by side for the lead and Dilbeck hot on their heels. A caution flag flew on lap two when #5 Sam Short and #64 Steve Barker got together racing for the fourth position.
On the restart Dutton held the lead. #2 Christian had made a trip to the pits for some repairs after slipping off the track on the backstretch. This put #64 Barker restarting beside Dutton.
The #9 of Dilbeck who had started making his move toward the front suddenly began falling back and was eventually passed by all the cars on the track. Later, during a caution, it was found that he had a right rear tire going down. He was able to change the tire but had gone down a lap at this point. Dilbeck could work his way back through the field but was never able to regain the lead lap.
On lap 29 #18 Stewart Smith nosed hard into the turn one inside wall ending his night.
The #32 of Dutton continued to lead and take his second win of the 2014 season. #2 Luke Christian came back through the field to finish second for his best finish of the season. #92 Blake Gaither ran a great race and finished 3rd for his best finish of the year. #64 Steve Barker ran a very strong race, holding second most of the night until a brush with the wall coming off turn 4 caused his car to develop a push. He was still happy with a fourth place finish. 5th went to #24 Christopher Tullis, who also ran a great race.
The big story of the race was the championship points shake up. This race was a double points event and as a result there were some big moves in the points positions. Stuart Dutton, as a result of his win and Chris Dilbecks' 8th place finish, moved into first place in the points race. Dilbeck dropped to second 6 points back. The last three races should be some great racing as these two guys go after the Championship.
There are only 7 points between 3rd and 4th with Chris Tullis leading Stewart Smith for that position.
Our next race is September 6th. It should be a great one as usual. Come on down and invite your friends to come watch some great racing.
RACE # 5
JULY 26th 2014
we had a 13 car field gather to race in our fifth race of the 2014 season. These drivers come from as far North as Pendergrass, Georgia, to as far South as Tallahassee, Florida. Some tow for over 200 miles and spend over four hours traveling one way. We greatly appreciate these drivers efforts and the expense they have to go through to come run with us. We just want to let everyone know what these guys do to support Watermelon Capital Speedway, so be sure and thank them if you get a chance.
Making their first starts of the 2014 season were Jordan McCallum and Sam Short. Welcome back guys, we hope to see you again soon.
Qualifying on the pole was Chris Dilbeck with a blistering 16.43 seconds, followed by Luke Christian, who continues to rapidly improve, with a 16.72 seconds. Third fastest was the #02 of Steve Renner who clocked in at 16.85. Fourth was Kyle McCallum with a time of 16.90 sec. followed by Stuart Dutton in the #32 with a lap of 17 seconds flat.
#9 Dilbeck led each lap with out much pressure from the field but behind him there were great battles going on. Some super driving performances were on display with drivers going off track and still maintaining control and not wrecking themselves or anyone else. Bringing home super finishes were Stuart Dutton, who qualified 5th and survived a spin and still managed a second place finish. The #2 of Luke Christian also took a detour of the track, severely damaging the nose of his racer, and still came back through the field for a third place finish. Chris Tullis in the #24 had a very strong run coming from 9th to finish fourth. Steve Barker, started 8th, but hung on and battled and worked his way forward to bring home a fifth place finish.
Other good performances didn't finish as well. David Murphy in the #35 had worked his way to 3rd until the last lap. That's when he took a detour off the back straight and ended the race near the creek off turn three, ruining a great race for him.
Alex Leverette in the #49 had a disappointing night when he spun on lap 2 after hitting oil on the track. When trying to get restarted his clutch failed and he became the first car out of the race.
Our next race will be August 23rd. If you like what these guys do and have fun at the track, please tell your friends and invite them to come watch. We have plenty of seats for them.
RACE # 4
JUNE 28th 2014
The fourth race of the 2014 season brought our largest car count this year with 14 cars joining us for the 40 lap race.
We had one new driver #51 Jay Dunham from the Augusta, Ga. area, come and make his first start with the series. Also making their first starts for the 2014 season were #35 David Murphy, #28 Mike Silvey and #2 Kyle McCallum. We welcome Jay to the OLM Series and welcome David, Mike and Kyle back.
Qualifying with a 16.60 sec. lap put #9 Chris Dilbeck on the pole. Second fastest was newcomer #51 Jay Dunham with a 16.66 sec. lap. Third quick was #32 Stuart Dutton with a lap of 16.82 seconds. Fourth was young Luke Christian in his #2 racer with a 16.91. Rounding out the top 5 came the #02 of Steve Renner with a lap of 16.94 seconds.
Sixth thru 14th starting positions were; 6th #98 Chris Tullis, 7th #35 David Murphy, 8th #64 Steve Barker,9th #18 Stewart Smith, 10th #2 Kyle McCallum, 11th #49 Alex Leverette, 12th #35 Cody Hale, 13th #28 Mike Silvey, and 14th starting position was #92 Blake Gaither.
The race started with #9 Dilbeck edging out #51 Dunham for the lead by turn 2. Dunham was right on his bumper when the first caution flag flew on lap two when #28 Silvey and #98 Tullis got together and spun. Both were able to continue undamaged.
The restart saw Dilbeck retain the lead over Dunham until lap 4 where Dunham relinquished the second spot to #32 Stuart Dutton.
The Lap 5 top 5 were #9 Dilbeck, #32 Dutton, #51 Dunham, & #35 Murphy. Lap 5 also brought out the yellow for a spin by Kyle McCallum.
The top 5 remained consistant but from 6th on back a lot of battles were going on for positions.
Lap 12 mark saw the fifth position change with #35 Murphy falling prey to the #2 of Luke Christian and #98 of Chris Tullis.
Another yellow flew on lap 9 for a spin by #18 Stewart Smith.
By lap 20 it was still #9 Dilbeck, #32 Dutton, #51 Dunham, #2 Christian, #98 Tullis, #02 Renner, #35 Murphy and #64 Barker.
Lap 24 saw another yellow when #49 Leverette took a trip off the track in turn #2.
The lap 25 restart lineup had the #9 Dilbeck, #32 Dutton, #51 Dunham, #02 Renner, #2 Christian, #98 Tullis, #35 Murpy, #2 McCallum, #64 Barker #18 Smith, #35 Hale, #92 Gaither, #28 Silvey, and #49 Leverette.
On lap 26 the #2 of McCallum spun off the back stretch bringing out the caution again. This spin caused McCallum to be the first car out of the race due to possibly a flat tire.
On the restart Dilbeck and Dutton maintained first and second but #35 Murphy slid into 3rd bringing the #2 of Christian with him past the #51 of Dunham with #02 Renner falling back to 6th. On this restart #64 barker was forced 3 wide and up off the track on the back stretch. This caused him to have to pit losing a couple of laps.
By lap 30 the #2 of Christian had gotten by #35 Murphy for third place, then on lap 34 #02 renner got by Murphy moving the #35 back to fifth place.
The race went caution free the rest of the way and the rundown when the checkers waved saw Dilbeck win his second race of the season. Second was #32 Dutton, third #2 of Luke Christian for his best finish of the season. Fourth was the #02 of Steve Renner with #35 David Murphy finishing 5th. Sixth, with a very good run was newcomer #51 Jay Dunham. Seventh in the #98, owned by Russell Fleeman, came Chris Tullis. Eighth finisher, with a good recovery from an earlier spin, was #18 of Stewart Smith. Ninth who also had an earlier spin, was #49 Alex Leverette, Tenth came #35 Cody Hale, eleventh #92 Blake Gaither, twelveth #28 Mike Silvey, thirteenth was #54 Steve Barker and fourteenth was #2 Kyle McCallum.
Our compliments to the drivers for a super job. The racing was fast and very competitive through out the race and the field with a lot of tight racing and passing and great saves. This was a fun race to watch.
The next race is July 26th.
We have several pending sponsorships and hope to be making some announcements concerning these sponsorships very soon. If anyone would like to help sponsor our races please let us know. Sponsorships are very reasonable and your company can benefit greatly in return for the sponsorship.
RACE # 3
JUNE 7TH, 2014
The June 7th race was (I know I say this every race) a very exciting race with guys racing for the lead and almost every position through the entire race. This had to be the best race of the season, (so far). 9 cars came to race and they sure put on a good one.
Qualifying ; Alex Coffee #7 set fast time with a lap of 16.47 seconds. Second fastest was new Outlaw racer, 15 year old, Luke Christian in the #2. Luke turned in a 16.73 second lap. Third was claimed by veteran #32 Stuart Dutton with a 16.74 second lap. Fourth went to last months winner #9 Chris Dilbeck at 16.75 seconds. filling out the top five was Steve Renner in his #02 Ford racer at 16.80 seconds. Sixth, #18 Stewart Smith at 17.25. Seventh, Christopher Tullis with a 17.55. Eighth, #49 Alex Leverette with a 17.70 and ninth, also in his first Outlaw start was Brian Cromer in his gold #12 with a 17.89 second lap.
I would like to thank Hayley Ford Drewery for recording a lap by lap record of this race. That makes writing this recap much easier and more accurate than my memory ever could.
The race began with #2 Luke Christian dropping to the back of the field from his front row qualifying spot due to this being his first race in a full body car. Luke comes from the world of open wheel race cars and didn't have a lot of seat time in this type car.
This put #7 Alex Coffee on the pole with #9 Chris Dilbeck on his outside.
With a great start Dilbeck was able to take the lead coming off turn 2 with #32 Stuart Dutton and Coffee battling for second. Behind them #02 Steve Renner settled in to fourth and #24 Chris Tullis and #18 Stewart Smith raced for the fifth spot.
By lap 9 Dutton in the #32 had gotten by #7 Coffee for 2nd, and the #24 of Tullis and the #2 of Christian had gotten by the #18 of Smith for 5th and 6th. #49 of Alex Leverette and #12 of Brian Cromer were having a great back and fourth battle for 8th.
Lap 10 saw #2 Christian pass #24 Tullis for 5th.
The first caution came out on lap 12 for #24 Tullis running off the back stretch out in the field near turn three. He was able to continue with minor damage but had to go to the back.
The restart had #9 Dilbeck on the inside and the #32 of Dutton on the front row outside.
Dilbeck held the point on the restart with Dutton right on his bumper. Also on this restart the #2 of Luke Christian was able to take fourth from #02 of Renner.
The second caution flew on lap 14 due to #49 Leverette and #12 Cromer getting together in turn #1 and both cutting down front tires. Cromer spun and Leverette went off the track in turn #2. Leverette came into the pits where his crew was able to change the flat right front quickly and he was able to continue but Cromer was not able to continue and became our first car out of the race.
On the restart #9 of Dilbeck was able to hold the lead and #02 of Renner got back by the #2 of Christian.
By lap 18 #32 of Dutton is now all over the #9 of Dilbeck for the lead but can't quite make the pass. The #24 of Tullis and the #18 of Smith have had a great race this whole time and continue to swap back and forth for 6th position.
Finally on lap 21 Dutton is able to get inside Dilbeck and they race side by side for several laps with Dutton eventally taking the lead on lap #25.
Dutton continued from there to stretch his lead to 8 or 10 car lengths over Dilbeck with #7 Alex Coffee several car lengths behind Dilbeck.
The #02 of Renner and the #2 of Christian continued to race closely for fourth and #24 Tullis and # 18 of Smith continued having a great battle swapping 6th place between themselves.
The 40 laps ended with #32 Stuart Dutton becoming our Third winner of the 2014 season. Second went to #9 of Chris Dilbeck, and third to #7 Alex Coffee. Fourth went to #02 Steve Renner and fifth went to #2 Luke Christian. Sixth went to #18 Stewart Smith after battling all night long with seventh place #24 Chris Tullis. Eighth went to #49 Alex Leverette and ninth went to #12 Brian Cromer.
Thank you to all the fans and racers that support us now and have supported us in the past.
Please check in regularly for some important announcements coming real soon.
The 2014 racing season began April 26th after a one week rain delay, as the race was originally scheduled for April 19th.
The one week delay hurt our car count due to driver work schedules. Many of our competitors work weekends and have to schedule their off days ahead of time. Many who had last Saturday the 19th off could not reschedule the 26th off. Also the competitors that come race with us from Gresham Motorsports Park could not come due to them having a race this coming week. It would have been very difficult for them to change their car set-ups from the WCS to GMP set-ups in one week.
However, we did have 9 race cars show up to compete, and they did not disappoint.
Qualifying ended with Alex Coffey and Chris Dilbeck having identical times of 16.62 seconds. The tie breaker goes to the driver with the fastest second lap which had Coffey at 16.83 and Dilbeck at 16.85 seconds, (That is about as even as you can get).
Third went to Steve Renner in his Ford with a 16.69. Fourth fastest was Stuart Dutton in his new race car with a 16.81 second lap. Fifth fastest was Stewart Smith with two identical laps of 17.25 seconds.
The race began with Coffey edging Dilbeck on the start and the two raced side by side and nose to tail for several laps. The caution came out for a spin by Alex Leverette, who had slid up off the back stretch before spinning.(This was Leverettes first race with the OLM class)
The restart saw Coffey again getting the advantage and Dilbeck falling back in his tracks behind him. Despite an occasional peek underneath, Coffey held on and eventually pulled out to almost a full straight away lead.
Stuart Dutton moved up to challenge Dilbeck for second and this impressive contest continued for the rest of the race with Dilbeck hanging on to second at the end.
Stewart Smith and Steve Barker had a great race for fourth for most of the race with Barker finally stretching it out to secure fourth by race end.
Blake Gaither in only his second start was able to secure fifth place followed by Stewart Smith in 6th, Alex Leverette in 7th, Steve Renner, who had car problems, finished 8th and Monroe Tullis, also making his first start finished 9th.
The next OLM race is scheduled for May 17th. We expect a much better car count as the problems mentioned in the prior paragraphs hopefully will not repeat.
October 26th, 2013
For our 9th and final race of the 2013 season we had 18 outlaw racers come join us.
It was a cool night in Cordele and those motors were making lots of horsepower which produced some very fast qualifying times.
Fast time was a tie between Chris Dilbeck and first time Outlaw racer Alex Coffee with a blazing 16.53 seconds each. Coffee was awarded the pole by virtue of the times of their second lap which were 16.59 for Coffee and 16.68 sec. for Dilbeck.
Third fastest was Warren Mobley with a 16.56 sec. lap, and fourth fastest was Russell Fleeman with 16.63 seconds. Fifth fastest was WCS points leader Billy Chancy with a 16.67.
This was also Fleemans first ever start with the Outlaws in Cordele. Fleeman was undefeated in Outlaw action at Gresham Motorsports Park during the 2013 season.
As mentioned, it was a cool night in Crisp county, and the tires were cold with not a lot of grip until they could get some heat in them. As a result, during the parade lap as the cars were cleaning their tires and trying to heat them up, Alex Coffee lost control of his car and impacted the back stretch wall. This ended the former Legends racers night before he could ever take the green.
This moved Dilbeck to the pole and Mobley to the outside front row with Fleeman right behind Dilbeck on the start.
At the wave of the green it was Dilbeck edging by Mobley coming off turn two With Fleeman moving under Mobley. They ran side by side until the caution came out.
The restart had Dilbeck on pole and Fleeman on the outside. This restart was repeated many times during the course of the race and resulted in some extremely exciting racing every time. There was some great racing throughout the field that kept the fans cheering.
Dilbeck managed to hold the lead on each restart despite the great challenges put up by Fleeman. This was truly some great driving by both drivers.
Dilbeck crossed the finish line first for his fifth straight win of the season to claim the bounty put up by Borum Service Center of Unadilla, Ga. Second was Fleeman close on his bumper then Steve Renner taking third after challenging for the lead at several different times during the course of the race. Fourth was David Murphy moving up from his 7th starting position.
During the course of the race Stuart Dutton, who had started dead last as a result of arriving at the track too late for qualifying, was picking off positions and moving forward. Stuart moved all the way to 5th place by the end of the race, and by doing so won the Hard Charger award presented by Luke Yoder Construction Company.
Sixth went to Billy Chancy. As a result Billy won the 2013 WCS Outlaw Championship tonight. This is Billy's second straight Outlaw Championship. Billy did a great job this season and we congratulate him on his tremendous effort.
First time WCS Outlaw racers for this race included, as mentioned, Coffee and Fleeman, plus Frank Roberts, Greg Youngblood, and Blake Gaither. We welcome these guys to the WCS Outlaw Series.
18 cars represented our largest car count yet in the three year lifespan of the WCS Outlaw Series. We expect this trend to only continue to go up as more and more racers take notice of the great racing taking place in this series. We are very excited about the future of Watermelon Capital Speedway and see great things ahead. Keep checking in for some exciting announcements in the near future.
We would like to take this opportunity to than our Tech Men, Mike Almond and Mark Mapp. Mike and Mark have done an EXCELLENT job in enforcing our rules and ensuring everyone has an equal chance to do well when they race in our Series.
We would also like to thank Marvin and Bret Ragan for allowing us to race on their great track. It is truly a superb facility for racing. We also wish Marvin better days ahead with his health. Thanks for putting up with us.
Also, thanks to all the racers that came and raced with us this year. We hope you enjoyed the competition and will come back next year. Our RACERS are the best anywhere
We thank all the drivers that come and race with us. This is a great group of drivers and crews and everyone has that "lets have some FUN" attitude. That makes our job much more enjoyable and much easier. There is no better group of guys anywhere than this group of drivers.
The track has asked that Racecievers be used in all future races at the track. This request was made in their effort to speed the show along and not keep the fans in the stands so late. It is also a safety issue that was highlighted last year by a track worker being hit at a track in Florida due to a driver not knowing there was a caution.
Racecievers will be available at the next race for purchase or rental. Cost for purchase will be $100 or rental for $10.
ALL DRIVERS MUST PAY $20 ENTRY FEE AND DRAW FOR QUALIFYING POSITION PRIOR TO QUALIFYING.
THE SPEEDWAY WILL AWARD POINTS TO THE DRIVERS IN THE OUTLAW DIVISION FOR EACH RACE THIS YEAR AND WILL AGAIN CROWN A CHAMPION AND SECOND AND THIRD PLACE FINISHERS FOR THE 2013 SEASON.
DRIVER POINTS AS OF 10/6/13
1. BILLY CHANCY 188
2. CHRIS DILBECK 163
3. WARREN MOBLEY 159
4. STEVE BARKER 155
5. STUART DUTTON 153
6. STEVE RENNER 135
7. STEWART SMITH 120
8. DAVID MURPHY 104
9. JOE WILDER 69
10. SAMMY SHORT 65
11. JORDAN McCALLUM 61
12. MATTHEW WRAGG 60
13. MARK BICKERS 58
14. KYLE McCALLUM 50
15. BRIAN HARDMAN 42
16. MIKE SILVEY 32
17. DAVID HODGES 18
18. SCOOTER SMITH 17
19. ROBBY TEMPLE 16
20. JIM CHANCY 14
21. LANE WATSON 12
22. DONNIE HUDDLESTON 10