Jared Hawkins (left) is joined in Victory Lane by brother Jacob after the pair
finished one-two in the UFO Race Championship opener at Tyler County Speedway Saturday. (Todd
UFO Race Championship:
Hawkins Betters Brother in "Topless 51" Opener at Tyler Co.
MIDDLEBOURNE, W.V. - April 9. Opening night at Tyler County Speedway saw the UFo series land for the 17th annual
"Topless 51" for Late Models, and Jared Hawkins landed in Victory Lane with a $5,000 check after starting 13th and
beating brother Jacob Hawkins to the finish line.
Tim Dohm jumped to the front on the start, followed by Andy Bond, Harold Redman, Jr., Zack Dohm and Jared Miley
in the top five. As the first yellow came out on lap four as Matt Lux looped his mount, though, the double
file restart saw Redman up to second, followed by Jared Hawkins (from 13th), Paul Wilmoth Jr., and Zach
Dohm in the top five.
Robbie Scott races outside of #1 Steve Wilmoth before advancing to third in the Tyler
County event. (Todd Battin)
After another caution for a Clate Copeman spin, the race stayed green until lap 12 when Mike Benedum came around
in turn four. Dohm, Redman, and Hawkins retained the top three, but Paul Wilmoth and Steve Wilmoth had moved
to fourth and fifth.
On lap 24, Hawkins got by Redman for second and began to apply pressure to Dohm. On lap 26 the front two were
door to door, but the yellow again was unfurled on lap 27 when Lux slowed in turn four, and yet again on lap 32 as
Miley slowed on the front chute.
Coming back from a lap 12 spin, 21st starting Mike Benedum rolls under Andy Bond, who
raced as high as second before falling out of contention. (Todd Battin)
Hawkins was turning up the heat as he pulled even with Dohm on lap 40. After another caution on lap 42, Dohm
fended off Hawkins lap after lap until lap 48, when exiting turn two, Dohm slowed, letting Hawkins shoot by.
Hawkins now was the new leader ahead of Wilmoth, Robbie Scott, Jacob Hawkins (from 17th) and Mike Benedum (from
Jacob Hawkins then motored his way to his brothers tail as the final yellow came out on lap 49. The two Fairmont
drivers started the three lap dash side by side, but elder Hawkins was able to held off younger brother for the
win. Scott crossed the line in third, Wilmoth was fourth, and Benedum was fifth.
Jared Hawkins leads #H1 Jared Miley
early on before taking on leader Tim Dohm in the UFO Race Championship opener at Tyler County Speedway Saturday.
Hawkins went on to win the event ahead of brother Jacob. (Todd
UFO Race Championship - Tyler Co. Speedway
1) Jared Hawkins, 2) Jacob Hawkins, 3) Robbie Scott, 4) Paul Wilmoth,
Jr., 5) Mike Benedum, 6) Harold Redman, Jr., 7) Steve Wilmoth, 8) Butch McGill, 9) Doug Eck, 10) Keith
Barbara, 11) Bob Gordon, 12) Devin Frese, 13) Clate Copeman, 14) Zach Dohm, 15) Tim Dohm, 16) Andy
Bond, 17) Jared Miley, 18) Matt Lux, 19) Chris Meadows, 20) Danny Mitchell, 21) Freddie Carpenter, 22)
Heats winners: Paul Wilmoth, Jr., Tim Dohm, McGill, Miley, Bond; Consolation
Race winners: Friese, Jacob Hawkins.
Todd Battin photo