Harpole and Higgins domination ends at Aztec Speedway
By Lynn Hensley
Two drivers were trying for three in a row at Aztec this weekend and both of them came up a little short. In the IMCA stock cars, Rex Higgins was out to take his 3rd win this year but one of our “young guns” had a different game plan. Fifteen year old Jeramey Bradley, in his first full season in a stock car, took his #25 to the front midway through the 25 lap feature. His dad, Larry Bradley, raced with him for a few laps but went to the back after a crash. Rex Higgins came up and looked as though he would pass the #25 and take the win. Not to be, as Jeramey Bradley drove like the old pro that was trying to pass him. This was Jeramey’s night as he took the checkers while holding off a hard charging Steffan Carey on the final lap. A great first stock car win of many to come in this young man’s career. Steffan Carey did take 2nd in front of Danny Stevenson. Fourth was Higgins and fifth went to Kenny Hendershot. The rest of the 17 car field was Lee Moss, Shane Devilbiss, Richard Trujillo, Larry Bradley, Luke Rowe, Traci Jennings, Jay Kibel, Race Fisher, Michael Farley, Darin James, David Phillips, Frankie Hendershot, and Jim Fisher.
In the IMCA modified feature, JJ Harpole was also going for three in a row but found himself chasing Eddie Farley and Mark Rodgers. Farley lead the first 15 laps but lost his driveshaft thus turning the lead over to Mark Rodgers. Another young man taking his first modified win at Aztec Speedway in a modified. JJ Harpole did move up for the 2nd spot followed by Regan Tafoya in 3rd and Michael Higgins 4th. Fifth went to Danny Bradford. These last four swapped positions a few times during the closing laps. Seventeen cars also started this feature with the rest of the field finishing in this order: Allen Bradley, Charlie Felker, Jason Keeler, Kevin Faddis, Zach Hamilton, Julian Garcia,Jr., Julian Garcia,Sr., Wayne Soares, David Davis, Andy Goodenough, Bob Harter, and Eddie Farley.
In the IMCA sport modified 25 lap feature…about 50 laps were logged. But only 12 under green. Twenty three cars took the green in this one but could only manage a couple of laps at a time until a caution would fly. At the end of 10 green flag laps, management decided to go green, white, checkers. It took two trys to accomplish that. Randy Eitel moved up from the 4th row to take the win with Brandon Tenski coming from the 7th row for 2nd. In 3rd was Brian Carey with 4th going to Ryan Henley, and fifth was Dakota Kibel. The rest of the field finished in this order: Joey Klemish, David Lewis, Jordan Eddleman, Danny Graham, Travis Southerlen, Kristi Cochran, Clint Dressler, Juanita Faddis, Charle Yates, Bill Dowdy, Billy Currier, Jeff Jennings, Dakota McAdam, Julie Boettler, Randy Henley, R.L. Henley, Roger Cordary. JC Yates was DQd for rough driving. Hard luck award goes to R.L. Henley and Randy Henley, both taken out in a crash early in the race. Good run for David Lewis as he lead several laps.
In the hobby feature, another one of our young drivers took the win. Darrell Cordary chased Amador Milliano for a few laps before making a nice pass in turn one to take the lead and eventually the win. Milliano was 2nd with Michael Soukup 3rd. Fourth went to Paul Dorsett followed by Dennis Spencer. Spencer had been placed to the back early in the race for causing a spin. Soukup moved here from Florida and had to adjust his car for dirt. It seems he got the hang of it by running 3rd. The rest of the running order was: Jim Griffin, and Martin White. Five others dropped out due to mechanical problems. Two of them were leading at the time, Tommy Valdez and Clint Proffit.
In the Mini stock feature, only four cars were entered. Breezy Hopper took the win over Willie Millard, Nicole Champlin and Vance Millard.
Next week will be the fifth annual Ryan Bard Memorial. The two night show will race on Saturday and Sunday at 7pm. The Southern Sport Modifieds will be the featured event in honor of the memory of the 2007 sport modified champion, Ryan Bard.