Dohm battles Keith Barbara (outside) before nailing the 51-lap "King of the Bullring" main event at
Tyler County Speedway. (Todd
Zack Dohm at Tyler County
Speedway. (Todd Battin)
UFO: Zack Dohm is King of
the Bullring at Tyler County
MIDDLEBOURNE, W.V. - June 4. All Hail the King, Zack Dohm from Cross Lanes, W.V., winner of the UFo Race
Championship sanctioned “King of the Bullring” event at the Tyler County on Saturday night. Dohm battled
side-by-side with Keith Barbara for the lead for a full 18 straight laps before finally nosing ahead to
take the lead with one lap to go in the Area-51 lap feature.
Dohm, as his first words after the race were “I’m out of breath,” earned every penny of the $4,000 first place
prize money in the event sponsored by Dodd’s Sporting Goods.
First heat winner Robbie Scott drew for the top 12 starting positions, giving Barbara the pole. The second spot
fell all the way to the last driver to get his spot, which Mike Benedum gladly accepted.
Paul Wilmoth, Jr. and #17 Keith Barbara raced hard for the lead at Tyler County, but
neither could keep Zack Dohm from making his way past. Barbara and Wilmoth finished second and third,
respectively.. (Todd Battin)
With storms quickly approaching the area, the feature event hit the track at 9:33 PM. Barbara took the lead at
the start, as third starting Dohm moved past Benedum to second. The early battle was for second as Benedum regained
the spot on lap two, with Dohm taking it back on lap four, right before the first caution of the event waved
for Harold Redman, Jr. Barbara chose the inside lane for the double file restart, leading as one more lap was
completed before another yellow, this time for Tim Dohm running in the fifth spot.
When racing resumed, Barbara chose the inside and regained the lead over Dohm, Corey Conley, Paul Wilmoth, Jr.,
and Jacob Hawkins. The running order stayed the same through a lap 12 caution period for Tracie Sampson.
Hawkins, Wilmoth, and Robbie Scott picked up the chase, as the battle was on for second. Hawkins passed Dohm
for second on lap 22, before the next caution on lap 23 for current UFo point leader Jared Hawkins, who
Jacob Hawkins and #14 Corey Conley were both frontrunners at one point. Hawkins
reached as high as second in the running order before contact with Paul Wilmoth resulted in a spin. Conley held
third ealy on, but faded out of contention. (Todd Battin)
advanced from 18th into the top ten before running into problems on lap 23.
Barbara again regained control when racing resumed, again from the inside line before he moved back to the
outside line of the speedway. Jacob Hawkins held second on lap 24, but Dohm took it back on lap 25. Wilmoth joined
the battle for second, but he and Hawkins made contact crossing the line on lap 25. The resulting contact knocked
Hawkins from the race, as he stopped on the apron of turn two for the next caution period with 26 laps complete.
With lightning filling the night sky, the race had reached its halfway point to make it official if the approaching
weather were to interfere.
Back to green, Barbara and Wilmoth were side-by-side on the backstretch with Barbara again able to restart on
the inside and move back to the outside lane to keep his lead. Wilmoth was right there in second with Dohm, 16th
starting Butch McGill, and Tim Dohm filling the top five as he was back from the tail. On lap 29, the final yellow
flag of the event waved for a spin by Quinton Wyandt, who had made the main event in the lone 525 crate engine
The drivers could obviously tell by the approaching lightning that there was not much time left in the race, and
the final 22 laps of the race showed it. When the green flag waved, Barbara again controlled the restart as they
went four wide for the lead in turns one and two. Barbara nosed ahead down the backstretch with Zack Dohm settling
into second over Wilmoth, Tim Dohm, and McGill. Zack Dohm moved in to challenge Barbara for the lead, getting a
nose inside of him on lap 32. Lap after lap, Barbara held the high lane with Dohm to his inside.
The side-by-side battle caught Rick Conley to put him a lap down on lap 47. Conley was running Barbara’s
outside lane, but when they got to him both drivers swept inside of Conley to remain door-to-door in a breathtaking
move. They were again even for the lead at the two lap to go mark, but this time Dohm got a good run off of
turn two and nosed ahead far enough to clear Barbara and become the new race leader.
At the checkered flag, it was Dohm getting the win by a car length over Barbara. Sixth starting Paul Wilmoth,
Jr. finished third. Back from the tail of the field, Tim Dohm earned fourth and had to be proud of his son’s
winning effort. Robbie Scott was fifth, with Jared Miley in sixth. With his seventh place finish, Devin Friese took
over the lead in the UFo Race Championship point standings.
Rain started to fall during the victory lane interview, and though the next race was brought out, those cars
were sent back to the pits. A few minutes later, the approaching severe storm hit with a massive downpour.
June 4 - Tyler Co. Speedway
1) Zack Dohm, 2) Keith Barbara, 3)
Paul Wilmoth, Jr., 4) Tim Dohm, 5) Robbie Scott, 6) Jared Miley, 7) Devin Friese, 8) Steve Weigle, 9)
Quintin Wyandt, 10) Rick Conley, 11) Butch McGill, 12) Corey Conley, 13) Steve Wilmoth, 14) Mike
Benedum, 15) Jacob Hawkins, 16) Alex Ferree, 17) Jared Hawkins, 18) Chad McClellan, 19) Tyler
Carpenter, 20) Tracie Sampson, 21) Kyle Bates, 22) Harold Redman, Jr.
Heat winners (36
3ntries): Scott, Zach Dohm, Tim Dohm, Redman; B-Main winners: Wilmoth, Jared Hawkins
Todd Battin photo