(Gerad Miller takes the win at Florence Speedway)
PEEBLES, OH : With the weather turning cooler, the signs of the end of racing season are coming fast. However a few more races still remain as drivers in the Ohio Valley Roofers Legend Car Series battle to be in the Top 4 in standings and Battle for a Championship. Saturday night at Union, Ky’s Florence Speedway was the final cutoff race to be in or out of the crucial Top 4. After Saturday, points collections will close for all those outside the Top 4 and for those in, they know they will be battling for a Championship in 2017. As the 18 Car field formed up in the lineup chute for their nights activities you could tell from the very first heat race that the action was going to be tight and exciting all night.
Josh Francis and Derek Minshew shared Heat Race wins in the early stages of the night. The standard invert draw was up Josh Francis who rolled a number 1 on the die which meant there would be no invert and the feature would line heads up from heat race finish! As drivers prepared for the night’s 15 Lap Feature Event, the talk was about first year dirt racer Gerad Miller who had a strong second place run in his heat race. Steve Duderstadt made a charge late in Heat Race #2 but was penalized for “passing before the cone” and would have to start the Feature from 8th instead of 4th where he thought he would be starting.
The 15 Lap Feature rolled out and at the drop of the flag Josh Francis and Gerad Miller made their presence known at the front. After several early cautions Gerad Miller jumped out front with the most dominating driver in 2017, Derek Minshew right behind him. Josh Francis would relegate himself to 3rd but wasnt happy riding there for long. As Miller fought to survive the caution filled event, Franics continue to help the leading 8G car by battling Derek Minshew’s Adams County Heating and Cooling #91 the entire race. When the checkered flag hung over the flag stand it was Gerad Miller in his BigMil Motorsports car taking the win, being his first win of his career on any racing surface. Miller had raced Legend Cars on Asphalt for several years and in 2017 made the switch to the dirt. Following Miller across the line was Josh Francis, Derek Minshew, John Gutman and Cole DeMint who rounded out the top 5.
The Championship Contenders are now locked in after Saturday’s event at Florence, unofficially racing for a championship will be John Gutman, Cole DeMint, Josh Francis and Derek Minshew. The Championship will be awarded to the highest finisher out of the 4 on Friday October 20th at Portsmouth Raceway Park during the Dirt Track World Championships. Gutman and Minshew are both looking for their first Championship in the series while Josh Francis won the 2014 Championship and Cole DeMint has won the past two championship battles. Should the event on October 20th be rained out, results from the October 7th event at Brushcreek Motorsports Complex will be used to decide the champion.
For more information on the 37th Annual Rhino Ag Dirt Track World Championships at Portsmouth Raceway Park on October 19th-21st visit www.thedtwc.com. To find out more about the Ohio Valley Roofers Legend Car Series visit www.nationallegendcars.com. Three more races remain this season for the series, October 7th at Brushcreek, October 20th at Portsmouth (Finale) and an Exhibition race at Brushcreek on November 4th.
– Ohio Valley Legend Cars Press Release