latemodelamerica.com - Sept. 3 - Tyler County Speedway WoO
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Qualifying Feature t Tyler County

Five-wide and room to spare as drivers fan out during the second of two "Black Diamond 125" qualifying features at Tyler County Speedway. Jared Hawkins takes the extreme high side of #71 Ron Davies, #20 Jacob Hawkins, #75 Steve Weigle, and #12 Devin Friese. (Tommy Michaels)

World of Outlaws: Home State Hero Hawkins Takes the Green in "Black Diamond 125"

Kevin Kovac

MIDDLEBOURNE, WV – Sept. 3. Jared Hawkins lived a fairy tale on Saturday night.

Racing in front of his home-state fans on a track he knows well, the rising young star from Fairmont, W.Va., rolled to the biggest win of his career in the 45-lap 'Sweet Sixteen' finale of the second annual Black Diamond 125 at Tyler County Speedway.

Jared Hawkins after a big win at Tyler County Speedway. (Gary Shrey)
Hawkins, 25, earned a huge $20,000 paycheck for his victory in the unique World of Outlaws Late Model Series event, which pitted the top-eight finishers from a pair of 40-lap qualifying features held earlier in the night. He placed third in the second preliminary (from the 12th starting spot) and then dominated the evening's headliner after passing Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., for the lead on lap four.

The triumph capped a spectacular weekend at the quarter-mile oval for Hawkins, who also scored an $8,000 triumph in Friday's 51-lap UFO Series 'West Virginia State Championship' event. That stood as the richest win of his seven-year dirt Late Model career – for exactly 24 hours.

"This is unreal," said Hawkins, who became the 43rd driver to win a WoO LMS A-Main since 2004. "I'm waiting to wake up from this. I've dreamed about (winning a major race) my whole life, and to win here in my home state at my favorite track with all these guys here – the 20-grand's nice, but beating these guys feels so damn good."

Jared Hawkins and Chub Frank at Tyler County Speedway

Jared Hawkins passes #1 Chub Frank on his way to the biggest win of his career in the "Black Diamond 125" final. (Tommy Michaels)

After WoO LMS Rookie of the Year leader Pat Doar of New Richmond, Wis., and veteran Steve Shaver of Vienna, W.Va., bagged $10,000 victories in the qualifying features, Hawkins seized the 'Sweet Sixteen' spotlight. He quickly hustled his Bobby Lake Motorsports Rocket forward from the fourth starting position and was never seriously challenged en route to the checkered flag.

Hawkins did have to deal with a single caution flag – on lap 26 when Davey Johnson of Imperial, Pa., slowed in turn four – but he scarcely missed a beat following the restart. He spent the remainder of the distance maintaining an edge of about one second over Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., who grabbed second from Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tenn., on lap 28.

Mike Marlar, Davey Johnson, and Pat Doar

With just four laps to go in the first qualifying feature for the "Black Diamond 125", the lead was a dead heat between #1 Davey Johnson, #5 Mike Marlar, and eventual winner Pat Doar, who claimed the $10,000 win. (Gary Shrey)

"I was just trying to protect," Hawkins said of his steady run to the finish. "I figured at any minute somebody was gonna be rolling by me, so I just tried to run a smooth line. I got a little excited when I saw the two-to-go (signal) and almost threw (the race) away, but I was able to hold on."

 

 

Hawkins was greeted in Victory Lane by his overjoyed car owner Bobby Lake, who in 11 years in the dirt Late Model business had never won a race paying more than $5,000 to win. The West Virginian praised his hired gun.

"I think I got me a gem here," Lake said of Hawkins, who is in his seventh year behind the wheel of a dirt Late Model, but first driving for Lake. "He's doing a heck of a job."

Stone, 34, settled for a $6,000 second-place finish in his family-owned car – four years and one day since his memorable upset WoO LMS victory at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pa. He thought he might have had a shot to battle Hawkins if not for the race's lone caution flag.

Jared Hawkins at Tyler County Speedway Black Diamond 125

With a unique format and dispursement of $40,000 in winner's pay, West Virginia's own Jared Hawkins took home the biggest paycheck of the weekend in the "Black Diamond 125" final at Tyler County Speedway. (Gary Shrey)

 

"I think we had a different tire than just about everybody out there and that caution killed us," said Stone, who started fifth. "Man, that thing was locked to the racetrack before that caution. It was effortless to drive.

"But I'll tell you what – this is great for these guys," he continued, gesturing toward the celebrating Hawkins and Lake team. "Hometown guys winning – it couldn't happen to nicer people."

Marlar finished third driving a new Rocket car owned by Norman Bryson. Two-time defending WoO LMS champion Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., came from 12th to place fourth – and visited his good buddy Hawkins in Victory Lane to offer his congratulations – and Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., completed the top five after starting 15th in the 16-car field.

Donnie Moran, John Garvin, and Butch McGill

 

Donnie Moran, #1 Butch McGill, and #4 John Garvin take it four-wide during a heat race at Tyler County. (Tommy Michaels)

Finishing in positions 6-10 was Tim Senic of Elkins, W.Va.; Doar, who started third, but wasn't a factor; Chris Meadows of Crab Orchard, W.Va.; Butch McGill of West Union, W.Va., and Shaver, who pitted on lap 26.

Shaver was flawless in the second qualifying feature, leading the event from wire-to-wire in the K&L Rumley Rocket car. He survived four caution flags and turned back a late-race bid from Richards to secure the five-figure payday.

Richards, who started sixth, reached second with a lap-22 pass of Stone but couldn't find a way by Shaver. He crossed the finish line 0.201 of a second behind Shaver.

Pat Doar at Tyler County Speedway

Pat Doar after his $10,000 win in the first of two qualifying features for the "Black Diamond 125" at Tyler County Speedway. The Wisconsin driver beat Mike Marlar and Davey Johnson in a nail-biter. (Gary Shrey)

Hawkins placed third, fading slightly during the second half after appearing primed to glide straight to the front when he needed just 10 laps to move from 12th to fourth. McCreadie was fourth after starting 11th and Stone slipped to fifth at the checkered flag.

The 46-year-old Doar, meanwhile, was the lone driver from outside West Virginia's borders to crack the winner's circle during the Black Diamond 125. He pulled off the most dramatic win of the night, outdueling Davey Johnson and Marlar in a tense three-car shootout that had the big crowd howling.

Doar raced off the pole position to lead laps 1-23 before being overtaken by Johnson. The first-year WoO LMS traveler refused to give in, however, and found new life after a lap-30 caution flag, using the high side of the Bullring to regain command on lap 34.

Moments later Marlar, who started fifth but had fallen to seventh when the caution flag flew on lap 30, found a fast way around the outside of the track. He caught Doar and Johnson on lap 36 and for the next three circuits the trio ran three-wide at times for the lead.

Tim Fuller - Kyle Thomas at Tyler County Speedway

Tim Fuller and #57 Kyle Thomas battle for the last two transfer spots in their B-Main at Tyler County. (Tommy Michaels

The battle was stalled on the final lap when a caution flag was needed for a multi-car tangle in turn three – an incident that occurred directly in front of the on-rushing leaders. Doar had to spin to avoid the crashed machines, but his Mars car sustained only slight rear bodywork damage and he was permitted to restart at the front of the pack because the yellow lights were already on when he slid into the accident scene.

Doar took advantage of the second chance, firing off on the restart to defeat Johnson by 0.145 of a second. Marlar finished a close third, followed by McGill and Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky.

"We've been running all over the country this summer and we've run pretty ugly some nights," said Doar. "Tonight it just went good. I like it here at Tyler County. It's a pretty big moment for me."

With 87 cars signed in for the action, Marlar was quickest in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials with a lap of 13.306 seconds. It was his second WoO LMS fast-time honor of 2011 and the third of his career.

Steve Shaver at Tyler County Speedway

Steve Shaver after his unchallenged win in the second qualifying feature for the "Black Diamond 125 "Sweet Sixteen" final. (Gary Shrey)

The results of time trials were used to split the field for the two qualifying-feature programs – odd-numbered qualifiers to the first program, even-numbered timers to the second set of preliminaries.

Heat winners for the first qualifying program were Marlar, Tim Dohm of Cross Lanes, W.Va., Doar and Shane Clanton of Fayetteville, Ga. The B-Mains were captured by Clint Smith of Senoia, Ga., and Cody Parker of Zanesville, Ohio.

Heats for the even-numbered time-trialers were claimed by Jacob Hawkins of Fairmont, W.Va., Stone, Richards and Chris Meadows of Crab Orchard, W.Va. The B-Mains were won by Corey Conley of Wellsburg, W.Va., and Chris Carpenter of Parkersburg, W.Va.

Results of WoO Late Model Series 'Black Diamond 125 Sweet Sixteen Finale' at Tyler County Speedway – 45 laps (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (4) Jared Hawkins/45 $20,000
2. (5) Dan Stone/45 $6,000
3. (6) Mike Marlar/45 $4,000
4. (12) Josh Richards/45 $3,000
5. (15) Tim McCreadie/45 $2,000
6. (13) Tim Senic/45 $1,800
7. (3) Pat Doar/45 $1,500
8. (7) Chris Meadows/45 $1,400
9. (11) Butch McGill/45 $1,300
10. (10) Steve Shaver/45 $1,200
11. (16) Shane Clanton/44 $1,150
12. (1) Zack Dohm/36 $1,100
13. (2) Chub Frank/32 $1,075
14. (14) Davey Johnson/25 $1,050
15. (8) Darrell Lanigan/24 $1,025
16. (9) Tim Fuller/19 $1,000

Time of Race: 12 Mins., 40.060 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.816 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 1 (Lap 26)
Lap Leaders: Frank (1-3); Hawkins (4-45)

Results of WoO Late Model Series Black Diamond 125 Qualifying Feature No. 1 (odd-numbered time-trialers) – 40 laps/Top 8 Transfer to 'Sweet Sixteen Finale' (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (1) Pat Doar/40 $10,500
2. (5) Mike Marlar/40 $3,000
3. (2) Davey Johnson/40 $2,000
4. (9) Butch McGill/40 $1,200
5. (3) Darrell Lanigan/40 $1,600
6. (7) Shane Clanton/40 $1,300
7. (10) Tim Senic/40 $700
8. (16) Chub Frank/40 $1,100
9. (4) Rick Williams/40 $1,000
10. (17) Clint Smith/40 $1,500
11. (11) Keith Barbara/40 $1,000
12. (22) Freddie Carpenter/40 $1,000
13. (14) Jonathan Davenport/40 $1,000
14. (12) Mike Benedum/40 $1,000
15. (18) Cody Parker/40 $1,000
16. (13) Donnie Moran/40 $1,000
17. (15) Gregg Satterlee/40 $1,000
18. (21) John Lobb/39 $1,000
19. (23) John Garvin/39 $1,000
20. (8) Tim Dohm/38 $1,000
21. (6) Paul Wilmoth Jr./38 $1,000
22. (19) Austin Hubbard/38 $1,500
23. (20) Dwight Henry/34 $1,000
24. (24) Wayne Maffett Jr./28 $1,000

* Earnings include Winners Circle program

Time of Race: 17 Mins., 40.405 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.145 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 2 (Laps 30, 39)
Lap Leaders: Doar (1-23); Johnson (24-33); Doar (34-40)
Provisional Starters: Garvin (WoO); Maffett (track)

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer to Qualifying Feature No. 1): Marlar, Williams, McGill, Donnie Moran, Hubbard, Garvin, Devin Moran, Delano, S. Merkel, Armstrong, T. Carpenter

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer to Qualifying Feature No. 1): T. Dohm, Johnson, Senic, Davenport, Smith, Hitt, Lobb, Prosser, Brown, Coffman, Thomas

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer to Qualifying Feature No. 1): Doar, Lanigan, Barbara, Satterlee, Bradsher, S. Wilmoth, Henry, Rogers, Tish, Baumberger, Klepinger

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer to Qualifying Feature No. 1): Clanton, P. Wilmoth, Benedum, Frank, Parker, F. Carpenter, Corbett, R. Conley, Southern, Lily (DNS) Miley

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer to Qualifying Feature No. 1): Smith, Hubbard, Lobb, Devin Moran, Garvin, Hitt, Brown, Delano, S. Merkel, T. Carpenter, Armstrong, Prosser, Coffman, Thomas

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer to Qualifying Feature No. 1): Parker, Henry, F. Carpenter, Corbett, R. Conley, Southern, Tish, Lily, Klepinger, Rogers, S. Wilmoth, Baumgardner (DNS) Bradsher, Miley

Results of WoO Late Model Series Black Diamond 125 Qualifying Feature No. 2 (even-number time-trialers) – 40 laps/Top 8 Transfer to 'Sweet Sixteen Finale' (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (2) Steve Shaver/40 $10,000
2. (6) Josh Richards/40 $3,600
3. (12) Jared Hawkins/40 $2,000
4. (11) Tim McCreadie/40 $1,800
5. (3) Dan Stone/40 $1,000
6. (4) Chris Meadows/40 $800
7. (19) Tim Fuller/40 $1,200
8. (1) Zack Dohm/40 $600
9. (8) Rick Eckert/40 $1,500
10. (9) Devin Friese/40 $1,000
11. (18) Chris Carpenter/40 $1,000
12. (17) Corey Conley/40 $1,000
13. (7) Jacob Hawkins/40 $1,000
14. (16) Jason Covert/40 $1,000
15. (23) Vic Coffey/40 $1,500
16. (10) Steve Weigle/40 $1,000
17. (14) Dusty Hamrick/40 $1,000
18. (13) Harold Redman Jr./39 $1,000
19. (21) Kyle Thomas/23 $1,000
20. (5) Ron Davies/4 $1,500
21. (20) Sonny Conley/4 $1,000
22. (15) Jamie Lathroum/4 $1,000
23. (22) Mark Banal/3 $1,000
24. (24) Steve Wilmoth/3 $1,000

* Earnings include Winners Circle program

Time of Race: 17 Mins., 08.648 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 0.201 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 4 (Laps 0, 4, 4, 29)
Lap Leaders: Shaver (1-40)
Provisional Starters: Coffey (WoO); S. Wilmoth (track)

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer to Qualifying Feature No. 2): Jacob Hawkins, Davies, Friese, Redman, Coffey, Brunty, Fuller, Frazier, Cline, Powers, Ferguson

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer to Qualifying Feature No. 2): Stone, Eckert, Weigle, Hamrick, C. Conley, Thomas, K. Merkel, Beck, Sampson, D. Conley, Bostic

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer to Qualifying Feature No. 2): Richards, Shaver, McCreadie, Lathroum, Watts, Mitchell, Maffett, Jeff, Dobnak, Watson, Maloney

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer to Qualifying Feature No. 2): Meadows, Z. Dohm, Jared Hawkins, Covert, C. Carpenter, Banal, S. Conley, Dodd, Wilbin, Clevenger

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer to Qualifying Feature No. 2): C. Conley, Fuller, Thomas, Cline, Brunty, K. Merkel, Beck, Powers, Frazier, Sampson, Ferguson, D. Conley (DQ) Coffey (DNS) Bostic

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer to Qualifying Feature No. 2): C. Carpenter, S. Conley, Banal, Jett, Watts, Wilbin, Watson, Maffett, Dobnak, Mitchell, Maloney, Clevenger (DNS) Dodd

 

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