Jon Whitten Captures His First Win of the Season in the STAR Super Truck Series

Alan Callaway Returns to Victory Lane in the Sportsman Division; Jason Plunkett, Jr., Wins Again in the Pure Stocks

By Kevin Neal

09/09/17

FAST TIME QUALIFIER

In Qualifying, Bryce Carver (14.464) in the STAR Super Trucks, Henry Wade (14.770) in the Sportsman, Jerry Hendrixson, Jr. in the Pure Stock, and Phillip Waters (17.138) in the Renegades were the fast time award winners.

STAR SUPER TRUCKS

In the STAR Super Trucks Series, Bryce Carver captured his first fast time qualifier award for the season, and followed up the fast time with an excellent inversion roll, rolling a two and placing him outside of the number 31 truck of Jon Whitten for the 50 lap feature. While Carver was the fast time qualifier, Jon Whitten of Harvest, AL was the STAR of the show, leading flag to flag to capture his first victory of the year. It would be no cakewalk for Whitten, who would be challenged multiple times throughout the event for the race lead. Early on, three time winner Michael Neely would knock firmly at the backdoor, but Neely would spin on his own in turn 4, kissing the inside wall and damaging the radiator, prematurely ending his evening. Bryce Carver would suffer his own issues as twice, his number 189 Window World machine would stop on the track with a fire under the hood. Carver was quickly tended to by Track Pro Safety Team and it would wind up being rubber on the header pipes, allowing Carver to continue, but moving to the rear of the field. As the laps wound down, a fierce battle erupted with Carver, the J5 of Jacob Stephens, and Andrew Whitaker, who also had a phenomenal run on the evening. The trio, along with Jody Anderson, battled in a cluster for second through fourth, with Carver just edging Whitaker at the line for the runner-up spot at the checkers. All of the action was in the rearview mirror for Jon Whitten, who was able to claim the win, followed by Bryce Carver, Andrew Whitaker, Jody Anderson, and Jacob Stephens to round out the top five.

SPORTSMAN

In the Sportsman Division, fast time qualifier Henry Wade rolled a three on the inversion die, placing the 316 of Jonathan Campbell on the pole alongside the 6A of Alan Callaway for the 30 lap feature. From the drop of the green, all eyes were on Jonathan Campbell who displayed impressive power from his Chevrolet as he held Alan Callaway and Henry Wade at bay. Callaway and Campbell battled side by side lap after lap before Callaway was finally able to close the door and capture the top spot. Wade would quickly follow and set his sights on Callaway. A scant four points separated Callaway and Wade in the championship points battle, and little changed as the duo finished first and second with Callaway taking the win, followed by Wade, Jonathan Campbell, Austin Evans, driving the David Jenkins number 16 car, Steven Shaw, and Jared James.

PURE STOCK

In the Pure Stock Division, fast time qualifier Jerry Hendrixson, Jr. rolled a six on the inversion, placing the number 38 of Jason Plunkett, Jr. on the pole alongside Nick Reed’s number 93. Plunkett, Jr., racing under duress after a significant injury to his right leg, which required his father, Jason Plunkett, Sr. to lift him into the car to compete, showed no signs of weakness as he led flag to flag to capture yet another win in the Pure Stock division, followed by Hendrixson, Jr., Plunkett, Sr., Nick Reed, Josh Pitt, and Kaylea Thornberry, making her debut in the division.

SUPER STOCK

In the Super Stock division, Noah Samples, making his debut in the division this season, started on the pole alongside veteran driver Guile Hornbuckle for their feature event. Hornbuckle would quickly assume the lead with Brandon Walker in tow. Corey Wood, another driver making his first start of the season in the division, would make his way to third, but at the end it was all Guile Hornbuckle, followed by Walker, Wood, Junior Jordan, driving the Thornberry machine, and Noah Samples.

POWDER PUFF

The annual Huntsville Speedway Powder Puff event was held Saturday night to honor the memories of both Cherita Jordan, wife of longtime Huntsville driver Junior Jordan who we lost earlier this year to breast cancer, and Gina Dean Bagwell, who was a perennial competitor in Powder Puff events in years past. Nicole Speegle looked early on to be the driver to beat as she escaped to an early lead, while the 02 and 01 cars from the Josh McElhone stable, driven by Paige Kennedy and Ashley MacKay respectively, both had issues early on and had to return to the pits under caution for repairs. Speegle would lose control of her car exiting turn two and make heavy contact with the outside wall in turn 4, ending her evening after a dominating performance. Courtney Williams, driving the number 38 Pure Stock of Jason Plunkett, Jr. would also fall victim to the turn 4 wall in a frightening collision that brought both Track Pro and HEMSI to her attention. Thankfully Williams was uninjured in the skirmish, but the number 38 car of Plunkett, Jr. was certainly worse for wear. Ashley MacKay would be the ultimate survivor after battling with Paige Kennedy and Julia Pitt for the win. Junior Jordan presented roses to the top three finishers in memory of his wife Cherita.

MINI MODIFIED

In the Mini Modified Division, Doug Emerson led flag to flag to capture the win in their 20 lap feature after fending off challenges from seven time race winner Jeremy Davis, and defending division champion Tommy Robinette. Adam Gunter, Wayne Pugh, making his debut in a brand new machine, and Will Crews rounded out the field.

RENEGADES

The Renegade division made their debut in a 20 lap feature that saw eight new drivers to Huntsville Speedway take to the high banks for what resulted in an exciting event that was won by Phillip Waters. Waters was the fast time qualifier and rolled a six on the inversion, placing the 58 car of Mike Martin on the pole alongside the 79 of Randy Speegle. Martin was able to command the lead for several laps before Waters made his way through the field to take the lead and the victory, followed by Steven Sullivan, Martin, Speegle, and David Joiner rounding out the top five.

PRO BUZZ

In the Pro Buzz Division, Courtney Gibbs took the early lead over a returning Sierra Thornton at the start of the race. Shane Jones, already a five time winner this season, was lurking however, and soon made his presence known as he charged to the point to capture his sixth Pro Buzz feature of the season, followed by Gibbs and Thornton.

AMATEUR BUZZ

In the 15 lap Amateur Buzz event, Danny Mason started on the pole alongside of the number 20 of Trey Yarbrough. Yarbrough would waste little time launching into the lead, leaving the remainder of the field to battle for second. Yarbrough would capture a commanding victory, followed by Dennis Lane, Danny Mason, and Steven Pate.

HOT SHOT

In the Hot Shot Division, the number 00 of Jeremy Price started alongside the number 15 of polesitter Allen Gunter. Price had struggled mightily with his car in practice and in pre-race, and ultimately was unable to make the start. Josh McElhone, a perennial winner in the division, was once again on fire as he paced the field to capture the win in the 15 lap feature event.

STAR SUPER TRUCKS

  1. Jon Whitten
  2. Bryce Carver
  3. Andrew Whitaker
  4. Jody Anderson
  5. Jacob Stephens
  6. Brian Lambert, Jr.
  7. Greg Sheppard
  8. Michael Neely

SPORTSMAN

  1. Alan Callaway
  2. Henry Wade
  3. Jonathan Campbell
  4. Austin Evans
  5. Steven Shaw
  6. Jared James

PURE STOCKS

  1. Jason Plunkett Jr.
  2. Jerry Hendrixson Jr.
  3. Jason Plunkett Sr.
  4. Nick Reed
  5. Josh Pitt
  6. Kaylea Thornberry

SUPER STOCK

  1. Guile Hornbuckle
  2. Brandon Walker
  3. Corey Wood
  4. Junior Jordan
  5. Noah Samples

POWDER PUFF

  1. Ashley MacKay
  2. Linda Taylor
  3. Julia Pitt
  4. Paige Kennedy
  5. Nicole Speegle
  6. Courtney Williams

MINI MODIFIED

  1. Doug Emerson
  2. Jeremy Davis
  3. Tommy Robinett
  4. Adam Gunter
  5. Wayne Pugh
  6. Will Crews

RENEGADES

  1. Phillip Waters
  2. Steven Sullivan
  3. Mike Martin
  4. Randy Speegle
  5. David Joiner
  6. Robert Davis
  7. Jeremy Guy
  8. Allen Gunter (DNS)

PRO BUZZ

  1. Shane Jones
  2. Courtney Gibbs
  3. Sierra Thornton

BUZZ

  1. Trey Yarbrough
  2. Dennis Lane
  3. Danny Mason
  4. Steven Pate (DNS)

HOT SHOT

  1. Josh McElhone
  2. Jamie Bradford
  3. Allen Gunter
  4. Joshua Rose
  5. Cassie Hayes
  6. William Maples
  7. Jeremy Price