Miller Scores Thirteenth Hangover Race Win; Cantley Gets First Feature Win; Lille Wins First Hangover
Sandusky Speedway rang in the New Year with the tradition-entrenched Hangover Race and saw an even mix of the old and new reign victorious in one of the warmest Hangover Races in recent memory. Ron Miller won the Champagne Stock feature for his thirteenth win, drawing ever closer to race namesake "Wild" Bill Hart's all-time mark of seventeen race wins. Doug Cantley scored his first ever feature win in the #07 Dock Motorsports/Construction Equipment #07 Moonshine Stock while Kelly Lille scored her first feature win in the MAR Technologies/Auto Trail LLC./Direct Detail #39 Whiskey Stock.
The Moonshine Stock class of Street Stock and Mini-Truck type cars was up first with Derek Halka and Doug Cantley leading the field to the green flag. Cory McCaughey would take the second position on the start and take the lead on lap five. However, fate would not have McCaughey collect another Hangover victory as a leaking oil pan would force a caution and force McCaughey off the track on lap seven. Also under the caution, Dave Gumby was forced pitside to stop a water leak. Gumby would return to the track with Cantley leading Jason Purtee, Halka and Gumby.
Gumby would take the lead on the restart and lead until the water leak reappeared on lap fourteen, forcing a caution and ending Gumby's night. Cantley would inherit the lead and would hold off Purtee until the white flag lap in turn three when Purtee would get to the back bumper of Cantley and spin him out. Purtee was charged for the caution and Cantley would go on to win over Purtee, Halka, Gumby, and McCaughey. Andy Earnhart did not start the feature event.
The Whiskey Stock FWD class was up next with Tim Westerfield and Zeth Sabo starting on the front row of the sixteen car field. Westerfield would spin on the start in turn one, forcing a complete restart. Colton St. John would spin in turn four on lap two. The race would restart with Westerfield leading Jerry Adkins, Jeff Foks, Tom O'Leary IV, and Terry Eaton. Kelly Lille would take the field in turn three on lap four from the thirteenth starting position with Eaton in tow for the runner-up position. Lille would go on to win over Eaton, Bill Ramey, Herman Dagne, Westerfield, Clayton Oliver, Adkins, Sam Bigham, Doug Hensel, O'Leary IV, Josh Peebles, Foks, Alex Young, Zeth Sabo, and Colton St. John. Brogan Rehklau did not start.
Mark Kachenmeister and Jim Sivil started on the front row of the Champagne Stock open class feature. Kachenmeister went to the lead immediately with Ron Miller spinning out on lap three trying to pass teammate JR Gooden. Miller would go to the lead on lap four and pull away by a half a lap, winning over Kachenmeister, Doug Cantley, Derek Halka, Jim Sivil, JR Gooden, and Cory McCaughey. Andy Earnhart did not start.
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-Official Speedway Press Release by Media Director, Jarrett Emmerich