Ben Watford And Bobby Gower Capture First Wins At Dillon Motor Speedway

Ben Watford And Bobby Gower Capture First Wins At Dillon Motor Speedway

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Dillon, S.C. (April 29, 2015): Dillon Motor Speedway’s Western Sizzlin 200 was originally scheduled for Saturday night, but Mother Nature pushed the event to Sunday, April 26.

Brian Thomas started on pole for the Street Stock feature, but as the field entered Turn 1 for the first time, Thomas’ car started leaking a significant amount of fuel, bringing out the caution. Sonny Schoffen inherited the lead and went on to lead all 26 laps en route to the victory. Brian Thomas made a comeback to finish second. Greg Barnett finished third, and Ricky Locklair Jr. and Charles Hutto rounded out the top-five. The event this past weekend was 26 laps in honor of John Schaak who lost his life to a heart attack at the speedway last season.

BJ Mackey led the first 26 laps in the Late Model feature, but it was Bobby Gower who led the final 34 laps to claim his first win at Dillon Motor Speedway. Randy Benson finished third, followed by Archie Adams Jr. and Alex Fleming.

Ben Watford captured his first career victory at the speedway after leading all 25 laps in Sunday’s Charger feature. Ricky Locklair Jr. was right on Watford’s back bumper, but in the end, he came up just a little short to finish second. Wayne Locklair rounded out the top-three. Chance Carpenter and Michael Elliott finished fourth and fifth respectively.

Ricky Locklair Jr. won the Mini Cup Stock feature. Logan Owens finished second, followed by Karen Melton, Tony Leviner and Trey Schuler.

JR Moore earned his second career win in the Pure Stock Four feature on Sunday.

Hunter Moody took the checkered flag in the Allison Legacy Series after the rains came after the halfway mark, ending the event. Jantzen Stirewalt finished second, Tim Niesen finished third and Colby White finished fourth.

Dillon Motor Speedway will host the Dillon County Relay for Life event on Friday May 1, as well as an American Cancer Society event.

On Sunday, May 3, the speedway will host open house for Little Dillon; a new 1/7th-mile section of the track that’ll be home to go-karts, bandeleroes and much more throughout the season.

The next stock car event will be the Black’s Tire Service 200 on Saturday, May 9. Late Models, Chargers, Street Stocks, Pure Stock Fours and Mini Cup Stocks will compete. Green flag is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

For more information, please visit Follow Dillon Motor Speedway on Facebook and on Twitter, @DillonSpeedway. You may also call the race hotline at 843.496.4790.

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

Follow Hunter Thomas on Twitter by following, @HunterThomas08

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