Dustin Neat Da’ Man in 17th Annual Pete Abell Memorial at Ponderosa Speedway
Junction City, KY-June 23, 2012- Ponderosa Speedway would present Saturday night racing action and it would be the 17th Annual Pete Abell Memorial event for Good Neighbor Pharmacy Late Models and Dustin Neat of Dunnville, KY would become the 13th different winner of the event and claim the $2,000 payday. Other feature event winners included Tommy Bailey of Corbin, KY in Clayton Homes Modifieds, Bartley Grant of Berea, KY in Ken Towery’s Auto and Tire Care Sportsman, and Adam Gregory of Gray, KY in Bob Allen Motor Mall Front Wheel Drives.
Dustin Neat and Todd Coffman would bring the 20 car starting field to the green flag in the 17th Annual Pete Abell Memorial for Good Neighbor Pharmacy Late Models, with Neat immediately going to the race lead, while Coffman and Michael Chilton would follow. Fifth starting Brad Neat would make his way to third by lap 6 and he and Chilton would settle into a nice battle for second before Brad Neat would take the runner-up slot on lap 10. Brad Neat would then begin to close in on older brother Dustin Neat as the pair worked slower traffic until the caution flew on lap 20 for Jason Hinkle who contacted the outside retaining wall in turn three. Once action resumed, the Neat brothers would continue to hold first and second, while Dustin Linville would make his way to third. Chilton, Coffman, and Justin Rattliff would then begin a three-way battle for fourth that at times would be three-wide. The action would be slowed one final time on lap 31 when third place running Linville and the lapped car of Adam Bowman would tangle on the backchute. The final restart would see Brad Neat challenge Dustin Neat one final time, but would not be able to get the job done and Dustin Neat would see the checkered flag first aboard his Red Buck Cigars/Neat’s Service Center/Keltner Contracting/ Southern Rayz Tanning/D&R Livestock/Barnett Construction sponsored #25 Longhorn Chassis, Vic Hill Race Engines powered mount. Brad Neat would take second, Justin Rattliff would rally to finish third. Coffman and Chilton completed the top five. The remainder of the top ten would be David Webb, Victor Lee, Dusty Maybrier, Johnny Wheeler, and Larry Greer. Twenty entries would see Linville be top qualifier at 14.208 seconds, while Country 100.9 MIKE FM heat race wins went to Dustin Neat, Coffman, and Chilton.
The 20 lap Clayton Homes Modified main event would be plagued by four caution flags, but when all was said and done, Tommy Bailey turned in a repeat performance of the previous evening and scored his second straight feature event victory behind the wheel of the Matthew and Kenneth Jordan owned Jordan Motorsports/Mac-Trac Transportation/Micro Armor Lubricants/Wayne Bowen Racing Supply/ Lakeside Towing/Skillsaw Designs/Diamond Auto Collision sponsored #17J Lightning Chassis powered by a Niebel Race Engine. Michael England would take runner-up honors for the second straight night, while Elliott Despain, Ricky Arms, and Jeff Rawlings completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten would be Don Adams, Kevin Nesselhauf, Brent Denny, Jeff Stith, and Berneil Mills. Eighteen entries saw England be top qualifier at 15.446 seconds, with Smith Automotive Machine Shop heat victories falling to England, Bailey, and Despain.
The 15 lap Ken Towery’s Auto and Tire Care Sportsman main event would see Derek Bottoms and Bartley Grant duel for the race lead early, with Grant taking command for good after a restart on lap 6 and drive away to his second consecutive win in the division in the seat of Tori Grant owned Cookie Monster Power Plants/Double J Cylinder Heads/Smokehouse Grill/Climax Horse Farm/B-Cool Window Tinting/The Muffler Shop/Browning Trucking/Wilburn Custom Guitars/Copper Creek Welding sponsored #1 unit. Bottoms would claim second, with Avral Thompson, Donnie Sullivan, and Johnny King completing the top five. Seven entries would see Bottoms be the top qualifier 16.845 seconds and Bottoms would also win the heat.
The 10 lap Bob Allen Motor Mall Front Wheel Drive main event would see Charles Burton lead the opening three circuits of the race before surrendering the lead to Adam Gregory, who would hold on and score the win in his first ever visit to Ponderosa Speedway in his Friends of Coal/Stowers CAT Machinery sponsored #22. Burton would finish second, while Rusty Light, Scott Tomlinson, and Brandon Holt would round out the top five. Seven entries would see Gregory also score the heat race win.
SUMMARY-Ponderosa Speedway-Junction City, KY-June 23, 2012
Good Neighbor Pharmacy Late Models (20 entries)
Top Qualifier- Dustin Linville 14.208
Country 100.9 MIKE FM 1st Heat- Dustin Neat, Dustin Linville, Justin Rattliff, Dusty Maybrier
Country 100.9 MIKE FM 2nd Heat- Todd Coffman, Brad Neat, David Webb, Johnny Wheeler
Country 100.9 MIKE FM 3rd Heat- Michael Chilton, Victor Lee, Tommy Bailey, Larry Greer
17th Annual Pete Abell Memorial- Dustin Neat, Brad Neat, Justin Rattliff, Todd Coffman, Michael Chilton, David Webb, Victor Lee, Dusty Maybrier, Johnny Wheeler, Larry Greer, Clarence Belcher, Tommy Carlton, Dustin Linville, Adam Bowman, Joey Daniel, Wesley Brummett, Jason Hinkle, Tommy Bailey, Michael Coontz, Brandon Hardgrove
Clayton Homes Modifieds (18 entries)
Top Qualifier- Michael England 15.446
Smith Automotive Machine Shop 1st Heat- Michael England, Don Adams, Jeff Rawlings, Trever Thompson
Smith Automotive Machine Shop 2nd Heat- Tommy Bailey, Ricky Arms, Brent Denny, Shane McKenney
Smith Automotive Machine Shop 3rd Heat- Elliott Despain, Kevin Nesselhauf, Berneil Mills, Dion Benningfield
Feature- Tommy Bailey, Michael England, Elliott Despain, Ricky Arms, Jeff Rawlings, Don Adams, Kevin Nesselhauf, Brent Denny, Jeff Stith, Berneil Mills, Tim Patrick, John Smith, Matthew Colston, Trever Thompson, Shane McKenney, Dion Benningfield, Nick Tharp (DNS- Brian Foster)
Ken Towery’s Auto and Tire Care Sportsman (7 entries)
Top Qualifier- Derek Bottoms 16.845
Central Painting Heat- Derek Bottoms, Bartley Grant, Donnie Sullivan, Avral Thompson
Feature- Bartley Grant, Derek Bottoms, Avral Thompson, Donnie Sullivan, Johnny King, James Burton (DNS- Roy Bryan)
Bob Allen Motor Mall Front Wheel Drives (7 entries)
Airport Road Salvage Yard Heat- Adam Gregory, Charles Burton, Scott Tomlinson, Stephen Cain
Feature- Adam Gregory, Charles Burton, Rusty Light, Scott Tomlinson, Brandon Holt, Stephen Cain (DNS-Johnnie Adams)