Kil-Kare adds to hall of fame


Kil-Kare adds to hall of fame

Kil-Kare Speedway

Today: Old Time Reunion; NASCAR Whelen All-American late models, modifieds, sport stocks, compacts. Gates open at 6 p.m., racing at 8.

Kil-Kare Dragway

Saturday: Xtreme Outlaw Series, NHRA-sanctioned racing. Gates open a 10 a.m., time trials at 12:30 p.m.

Eldora Speedway

Saturday: Family Fun Night: UMP modifieds, stock cars, Midwest mini sprints. Gates open at 4 p.m., hot laps at 6:30, racing at 7:30.

Shadybowl Speedway

Saturday: Late models, tuners, compacts, dwarfs, Vintage Auto Race Club. Gates open at 4 p.m., racing at 7.

Waynesfield Raceway Park

Saturday: Nonwing sprints, UMP modifieds, stocks, trucks, compacts. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps at 6, racing at 7.

Edgewater Motorsports Park

Saturday: NHRA-sanctioned racing. Gates open at 2 p.m., racing at 7.

Dick Dunlevy Jr. crossed one item off his racing wish list last Friday, and adds another tonight. The New Carlisle driver, fresh off his Robbie Dean Memorial victory at Kil-Kare Speedway on Aug. 3, is one of 25 people to be inducted into the Kil-Kare Speedway Hall of Fame between tonight’s racing action.

Joining Dunlevy in the hall are Bernie Coppock, Bud St. Amant, Dick Dunlevy Jr., Donnie Pendleton, Gale Marshall, Jerry Pendleton, John Furrey, John Vallo, Mike Carroll, Robin Pendleton, Roger Robinson, Roger Winget, Russ Bobb, Sam Heckman, Wes Wilson, Buster Blackford, Hank Hoerner, Joe Raymond, Larry Pendleton, Sonny Pencil, Jerry Gara, Pete Fondong, Bill Eubank, Shorty Miller and Ralph Bray Jr.

Last week, Dunlevy joined Vallo (2008), Don Mahaffey Jr. (2009), Sloan Henderson (2010) and Brandon Oakley as Robbie Dean winners, taking the lead on lap nine and holding off Justin Alsip at the end of the 94-lap race. It was his 13th win in 18 features.

“I’d say this was on my bucket list,” Dunlevy said of the victory, one of many in his 45-year racing career.

“Getting away from the 26-week (season) … I don’t think I can get any better,” he said. “I know there are times in my life I’m still good enough to win, but I know there are times in my life when I was a better driver than I am today just because of Father Time. You gotta know your limitations. You gotta know when it’s time to call it quits. If I can call it quits going out as track champion, that’s my goal.”

NASCAR Whelen points update: Bobby Justus leads Chad Pendleton by 14 points in Ohio’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series standings. Justus, who races at Kil-Kare Speedway and Columbus Motor Speedway, has 361 points. Pendleton (Kil-Kare and Columbus), Dick Dunlevy Jr. (Kil-Kare), Terry Hull (Limaland) and Todd Sherman (Limaland) round out the top five. Dunlevy has 13 wins, the most in Ohio, but low car counts at Kil-Kare and running one track has hampered his points total.

Quarter-midget records fall: Three drivers set track records on the Miami Valley Quarter Midget Racing Association’s home track at Kil-Kare Speedway on Aug. 4. Aiden Young (8.112 in Red Rookie), Josh Vance (6.016 in Lt. World Formula) and Jacob Stickle (6.031 in Hvy. World Formula) all lowered the previous marks in their respective divisions. The track was resurfaced in the spring of 2011.

Oldies but goodies: Mel Kenyon serves as the grand marshall for Old Timers Weekend at Winchester Speedway on Aug. 18-19. Kenyon raced in eight Indianapolis 500s, won seven USAC midget championships and won more than 350 features in his career. Broadcaster Bob Jenkins will be honored as a special guest. Along with vintage race cars, the Xtreme Sprint Series will be in action. The last time the series visited Winchester, California driver JoJo Helberg set the world record for a half-mile speedway by turning a lap of 12.669 seconds.

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