CHILLICOTHE (OH) – Carmen Perigo would start on the pole and never look back to capture the $3000 payday at Atomic Speedway in Southern Ohio for the Rick’s Trucks and Equipment – Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) victory. A strong effort leading every lap, but the Pennsylvania native was under assault and pressure by both Dallas Hewitt and Michael Fischesser.
A 25 lap contest Perigo would muscle to the lead in turn one with second row starter Hewitt right on his bumper, at times rubbing and pushing through turn one and two. The first yellow flew on lap five when a car slid off track in turn three coming to rest against the tire barrier. Back under racing conditions and Hewitt was there. Showing a wheel lap after lap Perigo kept Hewitt at bay as behind Matt Cooley and Fischesser were having a battle of their own. Fischesser would move into third as a yellow at lap 14 flew. Just what the doctor ordered for Fischesser as he could now close the gap and regain some much needed track position. Back to green, but short lived another yellow at lap 17 with no changes in the running order. This restarts, however, payed good for Fischesser as he was able to travel past Hewitt and put pressure on race long leader Perigo. The pressure went away when Perigo took the Rick’s Trucks & Equipment BOSS tour checkers. Hewitt would survive for third.
“It was kind of tuff starting up front on this track, because I was not sure where to go,” stated Perigo. “I really paid attention to the winged feature earlier and looked to see where those guys were running and if the track took rubber. And it did, I think I ran in the rubber for 25 straight laps. Dallas Hewitt showed me the rubber started a little higher going into turn three when he got beside me. So, I decided to move up there and it worked out. The cautions came out at the right time because I was getting into lapped traffic and it was going to be tuff, everyone was running the same groove. This series is great, they really help out with all the special awards and such. You do not have to buy specific parts or anything, just get your car together and come race. This is great, it is a long haul over here, we put a lot of miles on this tow truck, but it is worth it,” finished Perigo.
“The car was really running good, hats off to the crew for giving me such a great car,” said Fischesser. “The track took rubber at the bottom late, up until then even at the top with rubber the track was racy. Hats off to this place, it does get dusty and slick but every time I have ever been here to race it is a really good race. It is just a fun place to run, the car was great all night long” finished Fischesser.
“The track was slick, rubber here and there,” said Hewitt. “It just got worse as the feature went on, we had a shot at it. But, he just did not make enough mistakes for us to get around. Atomic is always fun to race at, I was hoping we could be banging off the fence tonight, but it is the same track for everybody so we will settle for third. Those restarts, I just could not get the run I needed or into the corner like I wanted with him right there in front of me. I just needed to kind of shake him up, If I could have got around I think I would have been alright, just couldn’t get the urn I needed,” finished Hewitt.
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Atomic Speedway – Open Wheel Championship
BOSS Sprint Cars (31 Cars)
DRC Chassis – Heat Race #1 (Fastest 4 Inverted / Top 4 Transfer / Top 2 to Redraw): 1. 19-Matt Cooley ; 2. 54-Matt Westfall ; 3. 89-Shawn Westerfeld ; 4. 91x-Aaron Middaugh ; 5. 69R-Ryan Myers ; 6. 86-Rick Holley ; 7. 320-Bill Rose ; 8. 71-Dwyane Spille
Lias Tire / American Racer – Heat #2 (Fastest 4 Inverted / Top 4 Transfer / Top 2 to Redraw): 1. 4J-Justin Owen ; 2. 53-Steve Little ; 3. 80-Lance Webb ; 4. 24-Landon Simon ; 5. 96-Riley VanHise ; 6. 5-Bob McMillin ; 7. 08-Andy Feil ; 8. 3-Joe Butera
Hoosier Race Tire – Heat #3 (Fastest 4 Inverted / Top 4 Transfer / Top 2 to Redraw): 1. 44-Michael Fischesser ; 2. 14-Chad Wilson ; 3. 59J-Kirk Jeffries ; 4. 77-Dustin Smith ; 5. 99-Todd Kane ; 6. 9G-Cody Gardner ; 7. 40x-Adam Strausser ; 8. 31L-Buddy Lowther
TCB Speed – Heat #4 (Fastest 4 Inverted / Top 4 Transfer / Top 2 to Redraw): 1. 18K-Dallas Hewitt ; 2. 21-Carmen Perigo ; 3. 60-Kory Crabtree ; 4. 14c-Cooper Clouse ; 5. 3J-Dakota Jackson ; 6. 87-Paul Dues ; 7. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp
Griff’s Engines – B-Main (Top 6 Transfer): 1. 99-Todd Kane ; 2. 96-Riley VanHise ; 3. 3J-Dakota Jackson ; 4. 69R-Ryan Myers ; 5. 9G-Cody Gardner ; 6. 87-Paul Dues ; 7. 08-Andy Feil ; 8. 320-Bill Rose ; 9. 86-Rick Holley ; 10. 5-Bob McMillin ; 11. 51-Curtis Muhlenkamp ; 12. 71-Dwayne Spille ; 13. 31L-Buddy Lowther ; 14. 40x-Adam Strausser ; 15. 3-Joe Butera
Rick’s Trucks & Equipment / BOSS 25 Lap A-Main: 1. Carmen Perigo ; 2. 44-Michael Fischesser ; 3. 18K-Dallas Hewitt ; 4. 19-Matt Cooley ; 5. 89-Shawn Westerfeld ; 6. 4J-Justin Owen ; 7. 60-Kory Crabtree ; 8. 24-Landon Simon ; 9. 53-Steve Little ; 10. 77-Dustin Smith ; 11. 59J-Kirk Jeffries ; 12. 69R-Ryan Myers ; 13. 54-Matt Westfall ; 14. 14c-Cooper Clouse ; 15. 14-Chad Wilson ; 16. 87-Paul Dues ; 17. 91x-Aaron Middaugh ; 18. 80-Lance Webb ; 19. 99-Todd Kane ; 20. 96-Riley VanHise ; 21. 9G-Cody Gardner ; 22. 3J-Dakota Jackson
Bonus Award Winners:
Hoosier Race Tire Bonus (free tire) – Dallas Hewitt
American Racer Tire Bonus (free tire) – Carmen Perigo
The Bridge Restaurant – Hard Charger – Ryan Myers
Apple Metal Polishing – Lucky Pill Draw – Aaron Middaugh / Justin Owen
All Pro Cylinder Heads – Perseverance Award – Chad Wilson
J F Construction – Hard Luck Award – Cody Gardner
Cowen Truck Lines – Steel Block Award – Rick Holley
McMillin Apiaries – Sweet Move Award – Shawn Westerfeld