Renegades of Dirt
(Middlebourne, WV) After a winter of hyping up the largest payday in tour history the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sport Shirts got its 2014 season underway this weekend at the County Line Raceway’s “North Carolina Modified Nationals”. It didn’t take competitors or fans long to see that the highly anticipated and nationally recognized event would live up to the hype. Live for the County Line Crazies as well as an impressive nation wide audience on XSAN fifty Renegades of Dirt Modifieds from eleven states would sign in for the weekend finale with the ‘Buckeye State’ of Ohio and the host state of North Carolina the most represented states with thirteen cars each.
When action got underway with qualifying for the open wheel modifieds it would be track regular Russell Erwin of Beaverdam, VA who would take the top honors with a lap time of 15.914. Erwin would then draw a three for the five heat race lineup invert. When the heat races rolled to the track it was “The Hurricane” Hank Edwards who would take Slicker Graphics Heat Race #1. The Elite Chassis owner, Nick Hoffman would take control of DirtCast.com Heat Race #2 from his outside front row position and never look back taking the win. 2014 Rookie of the Year contender Chris Arnold of Matoaca, VA made an impressive comeback from a Thursday night wreck to win ModFury.com Heat Race #3. Kyle Stickler navigated around the low side of the track to go from his third starting spot to the lead in taking the Karsyns Krusaders Heat Race #4 victory. North Carolina native Ryan Ayers grabbed the early lead in American Racer Heat Race #5 and showed the way throughout setting himself up for a spot in the A-Main redraw. Results of the heat race draw: Nick Hoffman, Kyle Strickler, Ryan Ayers, Chris Arnold, Hank Edwards.
When the first of two B-Mains rolled on to the speedway it was the #01 of Patrick Lyon who would set a blistering pace and quickly pull out to a 1.5 second lead on the field. As the laps continued to click off it was Mineral Wells, WV Tyler Evans who worked the inside of the track to a transfer spot with Lyon taking the win. Bmain #2 was lead on to the track by Matt Emmerling of Hickory, NC who would jump out to an early lead but quickly found the 33M of Chris Meadows and the X of Chris Parker applying pressure for two spots. The trio battled for the entire eight laps before Emmerling crossed the stripe first followed by Friday nights winner, Chris Parker. The field of non-transfers was then distributed among the represented states with OH, NC, SC, VA, PA, MD, KY, and WV all among cars in the field for the Race of the States. The 20lap $750 to win Non-Qualifier witnessed Crab Orchard’s, Chris Meadows set sail and earn the win. In victory lane Meadows chose to tag the tail of the A-Main instead of the payout when the opportunity was presented to him.
Immediately following the Race of the States it was GO TIME for the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour presented by Arizona Sports Shirts A-Main event, twenty one of the east’s biggest and best made up the roster set to go forty laps to the checkered flag with $10,000 dollars on the line. A pair of Mooresville, NC residents would lead the field to the green with Strickler catching the lead on lap one. Strickler would continue to slowly distance himself from Hoffman as the laps clicked off, meanwhile the entire field from third on back was nose to tail and/or two wide battling for positioning. NASCAR competitor David Stremme was working the extreme high side of the speedway picking up positions at a rapid rate while youngster Tyler Evans was working the extreme low side of the speedway to perfection. At the halfway point it was still Strickler leading as the talented group of racers jockeyed for spots back through the pack.
With just ten to go the third caution of the event would wave for a spin in turn one between a 5th running Chris Arnold who got turned around by the #11 of Hank Edwards, both would exit the track as we went back green with Kyle again grabbing the point and leading the way. A large crowd on hand would then rise to their feet as the battle heated up throughout the field with Evans, Stremme, Workman, and several others dueling for spots seven through thirteen, all the while Hoffman continued to keep Strickler within striking distance. However when the dust settled and the black and white linen waved it was “The High Side Tickler” Kyle Strickler who would cross first followed by N. Hoffman, R. Erwin, R. Ayers, R. Michael, T. Dickson, T. Evans, B. Workman, D. Ramey, and D. Stremme rounding out your top ten. A rousing applause greeted the pilot of the all new BeakBuilt Chassis #8 Cedar Peaks Enterprises, JRI Shocks, American Racer, TomCat Performance, SRI, and Stock Car Steel sponsored machine in Lias Tire Victory Lane. The victory would mark the largest payday and biggest win of his illustrious dirt modified career which includes two Harris Clash wins and a Night of 1000 stars win in IMCA country.
An emotionally overjoyed winner would join tour announcer Michael Gibson in victory lane; “I can’t thank my crew enough, these guys work super hard to get us where we are. I also want to thank my entire family, my dad, my girlfriend, my daughter…wow this is just awesome” stated Strickler. “You picture yourself having a shot at winning it and when you actually you do its just so surreal and amazing” added Kyle. “I want to thank Steve Summerlin and County Line Raceway as well as the Renegades of Dirt. We are hoping to win the tour points this year so this is definitely a good start” finished Strickler.
Saturday March 22nd Results
County Line Raceway
“NORTH CAROLINA NATIONALS”
50 Total Modifieds signed in
Qualifying: #22 Russell Erwin / 15.914
Inversion Pill: 3
Slicker Graphics Heat #1 Finish: Hank Edwards, Russell Erwin, Mike McKinney, Partick Lyon, Chris Meadows, James Sparks, Leonard Enos, Steve Stover, Joe Meadows
DirtCast.com Heat #2 Finish: Nick Hoffman, Rich Michael Jr., Tanner Wilson, Matt Emmerling, Chad Boone, Paul Miles, Rick Aukland, Cody Parker, Billy Wilson, Gary Long
ModFury.com Heat #3 Finish: Chris Arnold, Taylor Cook, Jamie Major, Jesse Wisecarver, Greg Brown, Brandon White, Robbie Evans, Brian Skaggs, Ryan Toole, Tim Shulte
Karsyns Krusaders Heat #4 Finish: Kyle Strickler, Billy Workman Jr, Derrick Ramey, Chris Parker, Tyler Evans, Jon Sluka, Mark Dickson, DJ Cline, Scott Stiffler
Genesis Shocks Heat #5 Finish: Ryan Ayers, Travis Dickson, Tyler Nicely, David Stremme, Nathon Loney, Joe Cox, Lance Elson, Kurt Burge, Mike Conkle
Flag to Flag Consolation Transfers:
B-Main #1: Patrick Lyon & Tyler Evans
B-Main #2: Matt Emmerling & Chris Parker
Arizona Sport Shirts A-Main Finish:
Position, Starting Position, Number, Name
- (2) #8 Kyle Strickler
- (1) #2 Nick Hoffman
- (6) #22 Russell Erwin
- (3) #6 Ryan Ayers
- (7) #17x Rich Michael Jr.
- (10) #16 Travis Dickson
- (18) #17t Tyler Evans
- (9) #64 Billy Workman Jr.
- (14) #91 Derrick Ramey
- (20) #35 David Stremme
- (21) #33M Chris Meadows
- (13) #19F Jamie Major
- (11) #96M Mike McKinney
- (16) #01 Patrick Lyon
- (17) #98 Matt Emmerling
- (8) #21 Taylor Cook
- (5) #11 Hank Edwards
- (4) #99w Chris Arnold
- (15) #25 Tyler Nicely
- (19) #X Chris Parker
- (12) #17W Tanner Wilson
Race of the States: Chris Meadows, Greg Brown, Scott Stiffler, Ryan Toole, Brian Skaggs, Jesse Wisecarver, Nathon Loney, Brandon White, Paul Miles, Brian Anderson, Robbie Evans, Joe Cox, Steve Stover, Gary Long, Lenard Enos, Tim Shulte, Cody Parker, James Sparks
SOCIAL SUPERSTAR WINNERS:
Drivers – 1st) Mike McKinney, 2nd) Ryan Toole, 3rd) Tyler Nicely
Fan – Gene Lefler
Packages will be mailed to the winners.
2014 Official ‘Renegade of Dirt Touring’ Sponsors Include:
Arizona Sport Shirts – “The Official Apparel Provider” of the Renegades of Dirt
2Brothers Motorsports – Proud Presenter of the 2014 “Triple Crown”
The Hangout – “The Official Restaurant Partner” of the Renegades of Dirt
XSAN – “The Official Video Network” of the Renegades of Dirt
VP Race Fuels – “The Official Fuel Provider” of the Renegades of Dirt
Genesis Shocks – “The Xtreme Shock” of the Renegades of Dirt
FastShafts – “The Only Shafts Fast Enough for the Renegades of Dirt”
DirtCast.com – “The Official Interview Network” of the Renegades of Dirt
XFactor Bushings – “The XFACTOR” in the Renegades of Dirt
The Wanted – “The Official Radio Show” of the Renegades of Dirt
American Racer – “The Official Racing Tire” of the Renegades of Dirt
Tye Twarog – “The Official Parts Supplier” of the Renegades of Dirt
2014 Renegade of Dirt Touring Sponsors:
XSAN, The Hangout, Arizona Sport Shirts, GottaRace.com, American Racer, Lias Tire, Xtreme Chassis, VP Race Fuels, Outlaw Graphics and Automotive, Tye Twarog Racers, DirtCast.com, ModFury.com, OhioValleyDTR.com, 2Brothers Motorsports, FastShafts, XFactor Bushings, Gibbys DTRN, DTR Updates, Terror Race Cars, Genesis Shocks and Innovative Graphics.
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