Thunder Valley ran a rare Friday night program an Jason Covert made a rare visit to the track. The result was a big win for Covert as he dominated the annual Willy Will Memorial event held to honor the track builder and owner. It was Covert’s third career tack win but the first since 2005. In other action, Greg Cornell rallied late to snag another Semi Lat win, Bill Replogle held off Mike Duck in Pure Stock action and Dan Jackson was the 4 Cylinder winner.
Jason Covert converted a late heat race pass into a draw for the pole in the Late Model event. At the drop of the green he got the jump on the field and was never challenged during the 30 laps. He opened up huge leads after each of the race’s five caution periods and had almost a half lap lead when the last caution flew on the last lap. That yellow, thrown for DJ Myers drifting to a halt on the frontstretch, gave Doug Glessner and the field one last shot at Covert but he was not to be denied.
At the finish line it was Covert by several lengths over Glessner and Chuck Clise. It was a near sweep for Covert of the Padula holiday week events as he had finished a close second Wednesday at Bedford. DJ Troutman, Justin Kann, Greg Fetters, Mike Altobelli, Shawn Claar Mike Steck and Doug Burkholder completed the top ten. Clise and Kann won the heats.
Vigi Zuccolotto led the opening Semi Late lap but Jamie Kohan got by on lap two. He led and looked like he was set to snag the win. But Greg Cornell, Jim Sayler and George Becket eventually closed in. Kohan held off the herd until Cornell slipped by on lap 17. From that point on Cornell ran to the win, ahead of Kohan , Sayler and Beckett. After an early race spin out, Tom Warren rallied to take fifth.
Brian Shaw was the early Pure Stock leader but Mike Duck and Bill Replogle roared into the picture. The three ran in a pack for a few laps before Replogle got by the other two and took the lead on lap 7. Duck got by Shaw on lap 8 and was all over Replogle for the duration but could not get by. A last lap move fell short and Replogle ran off to his fourth WW Will Memorial win. Duck and Shaw trailed closely, followed by Justin Milburn and Jarrod Brown. Brown and Shaw won the heats.
Dan Jackson was the early 4 Cylinder leader but found Dave Lambert closing fast. After laps of harassment, Lambert slid into the lead on lap13, but Jackson rallied to retake it a lap later. Lambert retired with a flat tire on the next lap allowing Jackson to run to the finish. Dustin Drake, Jeremy Miller, Nick Zborovancik and Keith Deeter completed the top five. Jackson and Steve Frederick won the heats.
LATE MODEL WW WILL MEMORIAL 30 LAPS 1 Jason Covert, 2 Doug Glessner, 3 Chuck Clise, 4 DJ Troutman, 5 Justin Kann, 6 Greg Fetters, 7 Mike Altobelli Jr, 8 Shawn Claar, 9 Mike Steck, 10 Doug Burkholder, 11 Wayne Johnson, 12 Gene Kain, 13 DJ Myers, 14 Bill Burns, 15 Larry Foor, 16 Chad Walter, 17 Lincoln Ritchey, DNS Chris Rhodes, Ron Bottenfield
SEMI LATE 20 LAP 1 Greg Cornell, 2 Jamie Kohan, 3 Jim Sayler, 4 George Beckett, 5 Tom Warren, 6 JJason Vangilder, 7 Dave Whetstone, 8 Bill Pluta, 9 Vigi Zuccolotto, 10 Dennis Collins, 11 Joe Pluta
PURE STOCK 18 LAP 1 Bill Replogle, 2 Mike Duck, 3 Brian Shaw, 4 Justin Milburn, 5 Jarrod Brown, 6 Ed Vogel, 7 Russ Hartman, 8 Jim Dearmitt, 9 Mark Shaffer, 10 Terry Mitchell, 11 Mike Shaffer, 12 Mike ott, 13 Ryan Beckett 14 Denny Norris 15 Dave Beahr, 16 Mark Field, 17 Brandon Fickes DNS Will y Ling
4 CYLINDER 15 LAPS 1 Dan Jackson, 2 Dustin Drake, 3 Jeremy Miller, 4 Nick Zborovancik, 5 Keith Deeter, 6 Tyler Beckett, 7 mike Hegins, 8 Dave Lambert, 9 Mike Meck, 10 Pat Breahm, 11 EJ Johnson 12 Steve Frederick