Three first-time winners graced victory lane on 'Wild Wednesday' at Rockford Speedway, making this particular Wednesday in July a night of 'firsts.'
In the Roadrunner Division, Stillman Valley's Kyle McQuality raced to the front of a 17-car starting field en route to his first ever win in the Super Summer Series 25 lap feature. The win came in McQuality's second full year behind the wheel of a Roadrunner car. McQuality raced into the top three during the races early stages, and benefited from a mid-race yellow which put him on the bumper of early leader Austin Fowler. McQuality, along with Gene Marocco, would pressure Fowler on the restart. McQuality stole second on lap 14 and one lap later found himself in front of the pack. McQuality pulled away and was never seriously challenged before the checkered flag. Fowler held on for the runner up finish, matching his career best finish. Marocco came home in third.
In only her second year of racing, Tabatha Bennett has shown great improvement. For the second time in as many weeks, Bennett found herself in contention for a feature win in the Racer Girl Winged Women on Wheels 12 lap feature. And for the second time in as many weeks, Bennett was trying to outrun multi-time champion Wanda Dobbs. On this night, Bennett would have enough to outrun Dobbs, beating the veteran to the line and claiming her first ever Rockford Speedway feature win. Bennett led all 12 laps after starting the race on the front row. Dobbs settled for second spot, while a hard-charging Cassidy Frisch finished in third.
The Super Cup division saw just two entrants on this night, but when the final checkered flag flew for the quarter scale racers, Machesney Park's Amanda Bohn stood in victory lane as the third first-time winner of the night. Bohn led the 10 lap feature wire-to-wire despite pressure from Trevor Addams. Addams, a winner two weeks ago in the Super Cup class, made several attempts on Bohn, but could never complete a pass for the lead.
"Chargin" Charlie Frisch lived up to his nickname in the Bandit class on Wednesday, surging from deep in the field on the way to the win in the division's 20 lap main event. The victory was Frisch's second of the season, making him the first repeat winner on Wild Wednesday for the four cylinder class. Frisch made the winning pass with three laps to go on Justin Pearson, who had led the race since the drop of the green flag. Pearson came home in second, while Tracy Wallin claimed third.
Vernon Brown stayed hot in the MisFit division, winning his fourth feature of the year in the "Winged" category. Dwight Dunlap made a late race pass of Michigan's Corey Cootware to claim the trophy in the "Fendered" MisFit category.
The evening's nightcap, the 10 lap Figure 8 extravaganza, was claimed by Adam Cartwright. Cartwright made the winning pass at the midway point of the race, slipping by Daniel Opsahl out of turn two. The win was Cartwright's fifth Figure 8 win in six races this season.
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