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Tanner English Switches to Crate, Gets $4,000 Victory!!!
(August 16, 2014) Hometown driver Tanner English, already a five-time winner in Late Model races at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, stepped down to the Pro (Crate) Late Model ranks for a special $4,000-to-win feature Saturday night and added that one to his list of victories. English caught up with dirt racing hall of famer Ronnie Johnson and took the lead on the 21st lap and led the rest of the way in the 35-lap event.

In other races on the program, Randy Sellars joined English as a five-time Late Model winner and Chase Estes took his second win in Stock Car, while Bryan Barber picked up his first victory in the Modified division feature. | full results


Nick Hoffman Stops Mevert's Streak, Wins Modified Special!
(August 2, 2014) Nick Hoffman put an end to Matt Mevert’s three-race streak of domination in high-paying Modified features at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Saturday night, leading from start to finish in the 35-lap main event and claiming the $4,000 first-place prize money. Other winners on the night’s program included Randy Sellars in Late Model, Tait Davenport in Pro (Crate) Late Model and Mike Hodges in Stock Car.

Hoffman, a St. Louis-area native, who now races out of Mooresville, North Carolina, for NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, took the lead from his outside front-row starting spot over Matt Cooper. Mevert, who started on the inside of the third row, quickly moved up to third and passed Cooper for second place on lap 4. | full results


Late Passes Lift 3 of 4 Feature Winners; Newman Takes Crate Special!
(July 26, 2014) On a night when late-lap passes were all the rage, Ashley Newman got the biggest reward when he overtook Troy English on the third turn of the final lap and won the $4,000 first-place prize in the 35-lap Pro (Crate) Late Model main event. Randy Sellars overtook Tim Brown on the next-to-last lap to win the Late Model feature, and Matt Cooper banged his way past Josh Tomlin on the white-flag lap and won the Modified main. In Stock Car, Chase Estes led from start to finish.

English, who was fast qualifier and won the first heat, led from the pole and built as much as a full straightaway lead over Newman and Tait Davenport, who spent most of the race in a furious battle for second. But the race took a toll on English’s right rear tire. | full results


Matt Mevert Claims $4,000 Modified Money at KLMS!
(July 19, 2014) For the third time in three appearances at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, Matt Mevert dominated the Modified feature Saturday night to claim big prize money.
The Steeleville, Ill., driver outran Nick Hoffman and added to the victories he scored on June 14 and June 28 in races that paid $3,000 to win. Saturday night’s win paid $4,000.

Other winners on the program included Tim Brown, who won for the second week in a row in Late Model; Jeff Walston in Pro (Crate) Late Model; and Mike Hodges in Stock Car.

Mevert started on the outside on the second of the second row and moved to the front when Bryce Jewell, who started in front of Mevert on the outside of the front row, spun between Turns 1-2, triggering a chain-reaction crash that brought out an immediate yellow flag. When the race resumed, Mevert moved ahead and although Hoffman nipped at his heels, he was never seriously challenged. Mevert won by 0.281 seconds, with third-place Tyler Nicely more than 4 seconds behind. Everett Bradham and Matt Cooper rounded out the top five. Forty-one cars were on hand for the race, with 30 cars taking the green flag for the 35-lap feature. | full results


Super Late Models Face Pay Cut for Short Fields...
(July 13, 2014) The top-tier Late Model division will race for a reduced payoff if there are fewer than 12 cars on hand, management of Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway announced Sunday. The new policy is effective with the next race, on Saturday, July 19.
The regular prize money structure pays $1,000 to the winner. If there are not at least a dozen cars, that will drop to the same purse as the Modified division, which pays $700 to the winner.

“It’s simple economics,” track co-owner Ronnie Jones said. “We can’t pay a bigger purse to a series that does not support our program as well as other series. Until they pick back up, we’ll cut it to the Modified-level purse.”

The field of potential entrants is slender for the most expensive of the cars that compete at KLMS, and many of those drivers travel to distant tracks to chase big prize money for special events rather than competing at their home track on a regular basis.Seven times in 12 races, there have been nine or fewer Late Models on hand at the 3/8-mile dirt oval. In the past five races, the county has shrunk to seven cars twice and six cars twice, with 17 cars on hand for a special race paying $3,000 to win and a minimum of $200 for every car that started the feature race.

There were 27 Late Models on hand for the $10,000-to-win Bluegrass Nationals feature on April 26. But for the regular show, single digits have been the norm. On three occasions, one or more Pro (Crate) Late Model drivers competed in both their own series and the Late Model division. KLMS has since prohibited drivers from racing the same car in more than one division.

The Modified division has been the most consistent draw, with an average of 20.3 cars per race, compared to 8.25 for the Late Models. The Crates have averaged 17.5 and the Stock Car division has averaged 14.9. The field for Saturday night’s race program had six Late Models, but only five started the feature after one car broke in practice.


Wendell Wallace 10 Pounds Light; Crate Payoff Goes to Davenport!
(July 12, 2014) Dirt late model veteran Wendell Wallace of Batesville, Arkansas, dominated the Pro (Crate) Late Model 35-lap special Saturday night at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, but his car weighed 10 pounds light in the post-race trip to the scales. That made local driver Tait Davenport the winner of the $4,000 first-place payoff. It was his fourth victory of the season at KLMS.

Davenport, of Benton, Kentucky, worked his way up from fifth starting spot in the 30-car field and took second from Brent Lewis on the final lap. He trailed Wallace by about a half-lap, 7.686 seconds, when the checkered flag waved. But he was a half-second in front of Lewis, and that was the margin that counted. Jeff Walston was third, Troy English fourth and Tyler Allen rounded out the top five. | full results


Billy Moyer, Jr. Goes 3-for-3 in KLMS Special Events!
(July 5, 2014) Billy Moyer Jr., a decisive winner in two previous appearances in special events at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway this year, led all the way and won Saturday night’s 35-lap Late Model feature and the $3,000 first-place prize money that went with it. Moyer won by more than four seconds over Terry English, a two-time winner at KLMS this season. In the Pro (Crate) Late Model 20-lap main event, Jeff Glisson scored a similarly dominant win, but in Modified and Stock Car, Bart Richardson and Mike Hodges had to fight for their victories.

Moyer, of Batesville, Arkansas, jumped ahead at the drop of the green flag. Kevin Cole squeezed inside outside-front-row starter Tanner English, and their side-by-side duel cost both them as Terry English, Tanner English’s father, got past both them and set out in pursuit of Moyer. Terry English, a veteran hometown driver from Benton, Kentucky, whittled Moyer’s lead from nearly three seconds down to just over two seconds at the midway point, and when Moyer encountered lapped traffic at lap 20, English narrowed the gap to 0.665 seconds. But that was as close as he got, and Moyer pulled away to win by more than four seconds. Terry English was second, and Cole got past Tanner English on the 10th lap and held onto third place to the finish. Jarryd Holshouser rounded out the top five. | full results


Mevert Repeats, Lewis Wins in $3K Specials at KLMS!
(June 28, 2014) Illinois drivers claimed a pair of $3,000-to-win features while a hometown standout won his fifth victory of the season Saturday night at at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. Matt Mevert of Steeleville, Illinois, repeated his victory in a June 14 Modified race and Brent Lewis of Harrisburg, Illinois, kept Tait Davenport from winning another $3,000 prize in Pro (Crate) Late Model action in a pair of 35-lap features.

In the 20-lap Late Model main, Tanner English of Benton, Kentucky, prevailed after a furious three-way fight for the lead on the first lap, took command from Randy Sellars on the second circuit and led the rest of the way. Mike Hodges won the Stock Car main event. | full results


Billy Moyer, Jr. Gets 2nd Victory at KLMS for $3,000!!!
(June 21, 2014) Billy Moyer Jr. took the lead on the 13th lap and led the rest of the way to win Saturday night’s 35-lap Late Model feature at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. It was the second win of the year at the 3/8-mile dirt oval and paid Moyer, of Batesville, Arkansas, $3,000. The second-generation star won $10,000 by taking the April 26 Bluegrass Nationals feature at KLMS. In the other special on the night’s program, J.R. Baize took the $1,500 prize in the 25-lap feature for UMP Stock Cars.

Moyer worked his way up from sixth starting spot in the 17-car Late Model field and was riding second by the 12th lap, when leader Dane Dacus slammed into the Turn 1 wall, bringing out the yellow flag. Rodney Melvin, who had been chasing Dacus until Moyer passed him, also dropped out during the caution-flag delay. On the restart Moyer pulled away from Tanner English and Terry English and won by a little more than five seconds over the Benton, Kentucky, son-and-father tandem. Randy Sellars, winner of the previous week’s feature, was fourth and Justin Asplin rounded out the top five. Dacus and Melvin ended up 14th and 15th. | full results


Mevert & Davenport Win $3,000 Specials at KLMS!!!
(June 14, 2014) Matt Mevert and Tait Davenport were the winners of Saturday night’s twin 35-lap features paying $3,000 first-place prize money at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway.
Mevert, of Steeleville, Illinois, led all the way to claim the UMP Modified feature, while Davenport, of Benton, Kentucky, had to fight side-by-side with Todd Coffman before taking the lead on the 11th lap and going on to claim the Pro (Crate) Late Model victory.

In other feature events on the program, Randy Sellars won the 25-lap Late Model main and Mike Lentz won for the second time this year in Stock Car. | full results


English and Young Become 4-Time KLMS Winners!
(May 31, 2014) Tanner English emerged from a furious three-car scramble at the start and led all the way to win his fourth Late Model feature of the year and second in a row Saturday night at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. English rode the high side in Turn 1 at the start and nosed ahead of pole starter Jason McBride as the two cars hit the backstretch. English led again off Turn 4 and never gave it up. The third car in the fight was English’s father, Terry, who started third and ran in that spot until the only caution flag of the 20-lap race, on the sixth lap. Starting on the inside of McBride on the restart, Terry English was able to take second from McBride. Jarryd Holshouser and Chris Shelton were fourth and fifth.

In other races on the program, Trent Young also became a four-time winner, taking the 15-lap Modified feature, while Jeff Glisson won for the first time in Pro (Crate) Late Model and Mike Hodges got his first Stock Car victory. Michael Watson won again in Mini Stock in the second race of the year for the four-cylinder cars. Young, who won the first three races of the year in the open-wheel class, took the lead at the outset and never gave it up. Dustin Rollins was second, followed by Steve Ladd, Todd Riley and David Esch.

Glisson pulled away for the Crate victory over Troy English, Creedence Mott, Kevin Poole and Jeff Patterson. Hodges got the Stock Car victory ahead of a dogfight for second between Rex Rutter and Kassidi Gibbs, with Rutter getting the edge for the runner-up spot. Mike Lentz and Brent Burnett were fourth and fifth. Watson, who survived an early tangle to win last week’s debut race on the 2/10-mile infield oval, led all the way for his second victory, with Donnie Whited second and Eli English third. | full results


Tanner English Gets Win No. 3; Walston Extends Streak!
(May 24, 2014) Tanner English and Jeff Walston added to their victory totals on the young season, two other drivers got personal first victories and Michael Watson won the debut race for four-cylinder Mini Stocks Saturday night at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. English led from start to finish to win the 20-lap Late Model feature over Dewayne Kiefer. English’s father, Terry English, was third. It was the third win in five races for English. In Pro (Crate) Late Model action, Walston got his fourth win of the year on the 3/8-mile dirt oval, outdistancing Jeff Glisson and Troy English.

First-time winners included J.R. Mason in Modified and Dale Nelson in Stock Car. Mason took the lead from Steve Ladd on the ninth lap and went on to win over Ladd and Jeff Elliott. Nelson got past pole starter Kassidi Gibbs on the first lap from the outside front-row starting spot and led the rest of the way. Gibbs was second and Mike Lentz third.

In the first races of the evening, the Mini Stocks raced on a new 2/10-mile oval in the infield of the KLMS track. Watson inherited the pole starting spot in the 12-lap feature after a three-car tangle on the first start attempt and led all the way. Kyle Clark was second and Gayle Edwards third. | full results


Matt Cooper Claims Big Modified Payoff at KLMS!
(May 17, 2014) Matt Cooper charged from his outside front-row starting spot and led all the way in the 20-lap UMP Modified feature Saturday night at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. He won $1,500, more than twice the usual $700 payoff for the open-wheel main event. He also snapped a three-race win streak by Trent Young, who started on the pole and finished second. Young had won features on May 12, 19 and 26, but skipped the fourth event of the season May 10 at the 3/8-mile dirt oval.

In other races on the program, Terry English won his second Late Model feature of the year at KLMS, Tait Davenport won the Pro (Crate) Late Model event and Mike Lentz won the Stock Car feature.

In the Modified main, Cooper and Timmy Hall, who started third behind Young, drew alongside the pole starter at the outset and raced into the top two spots coming off Turn 2. Cooper gradually drew away, maintaining a lead of about two seconds to the finish despite encountering lapped traffic in the final five laps. Bryce Jewell was third, Todd Miller fourth and Paul Miles fifth. Hill was sidelined in a lap 5 tangle with Bryan Barber, and ended up 18th in the 21-car field.

In the Late Model main, English got around pole starter Jason McBride on the second lap and pulled away to the win at his home track. Kevin Cole was third, followed by Jarryd Holshouser and Charles LaPlant.

Davenport also led from start to finish and snapped a three-race winning streak by Jeff Walston, who finished second. Jeff Glisson was third, followed by Troy English and Credence Mott.

Lentz took the lead on the next-to-last lap in a three-way fight with Ryan Humphrey and Robert Phillips, who finished second and third. Phillips led from the pole until lap 11, when Humphrey nosed ahead. The three drivers continued to duel before Lentz pulled away on lap 14. Mike Watson and Michael Hendrickson rounded out the top five. | full results


2nd Win for Tanner English; Walston Strings Third Crate Win in a Row!
(May 10, 2014) Tanner English and Kevin Cole waged a furious side-by-side battle for nine laps before Cole’s car faded and English went on to victory in the UMP Late Model feature Saturday night at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. It was the second win of the season at his hometown track for English, of Benton, Ky. Charles LaPlant of East Prairie, Mo., was second, Randy Sellars of Mayfield, Ky., third and Terry English of Benton, Ky., fourth. Only the top four cars were running at the finish, out of a slender starting field of six. Cole, of Benton, Ill., was fifth.

In the Modified feature, Rod Reed of Mayfield, Ky., survived a race-long battle for the lead and a crossover attempt by Steve Ladd that carried Ladd halfway past the leader at the finish line. Dustin Isom of Hopkinsville, Ky., was third. Trent Young of Hopkinsville, who had won all three previous Modified features since the track re-opened on April 12, did not compete.

In the Pro (Crate) Late Model main, Jeff Walston who his third race in a row. Walston finished in front of Jeff Glisson. The two Paducah, Ky., drivers finished 1-2 in the Aug. 26 Bluegrass Nationals feature. J.R. Baize of Central City, Ky., made his first appearance at KLMS and won the Stock Car main event over Robert Phillips of Clarksville, Tenn. Mike Lentz of Herrin, Ill., was third. | full results


Billy Moyer, Jr. Claims $10,000 Bluegrass Nationals Victory!
(April 26, 2014) Billy Moyer Jr. led from flag to flag to win the 40-lap UMP Late Model feature of the Bluegrass Nationals Saturday night at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway. Moyer won $10,000 for the triumph. He finished ahead of Kent Robinson, Randy Korte, Michael Kloos and Tanner English. (Heath Lawson Photo)

Trent Young continued his perfect streak at the newly reopened KLMS, winning the 25-lap Modified feature and $5,000 prize money. Young took the lead with three laps to go and finished in front of Kyle Strickler, Chad Kinder, Levi Kessinger and Tyler Nicely.

Jeff Walston passed Jeff Glisson with four laps to go and held on to win the 15-lap Pro (Crate) Late Model main event. Glisson was second, followed by Steve Lance Jr., Tait Davenport and Kolby Vandenbergh. Walston won $3,000 for his victory. Michael Worley won the 20-lap UMP Stock Car feature, claiming the $2,500 first-place prize money. Mike Lentz was second and Tony Cruse third. | full results


Second Program in the Books; Terry English Wins LM Money!
(April 19, 2014) Terry English and son Tanner English reversed their 1-2 finish of a week ago at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway, with the father winning the Late Model feature and the son taking second place Saturday night. In Modifieds, Trent Young won his second straight feature at the newly reopened 3/8-mile dirt oval. Jeff Walston won the Pro (Crate) Late Model main event, and David Cline survived a frantic green-white-checkered finish to win the Stock Car feature as KLMS presented its second race program of the 2014 season.

English, the veteran and former UMP national champion from Benton, Ky., jumped from his outside front-row starting position and led all the way to take the victory. His son overtook Dillan White for second place on lap 15 of the 20-lap race. Jason McBride of Carbondale, Ill., was third, followed by Tim Brown of Benton, Ky., and Chris Shelton of Paducah. White and Terry English were heat race winners. | full results


KLMS Back in Action; Tanner English Wins LM Feature!
(April 12, 2014) Hometown favorite Tanner English won the UMP Late Model feature race Saturday night as Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway reopened after three years of inactivity. English, of nearby Benton, Ky., led all the way in the 20-lap main event. His father, 2000 UMP national champion Terry English, made a last-lap pass of Clayton Miller to take second place. Terry English was the track’s first Late Model champion in 1998.

Another local driver from the racing family from Marshall County, Troy English of Calvert City, won the Pro (Crate) Late Model feature, with Tait Davenport of Benton, Ky., second and Jeff Walston of Paducah, Ky., third. Trent Young of Hopkinsville, Ky., won the Modified feature. He finished ahead of Clayton Miller, of Elkton, Ky., who did double-duty in the Late Model and open-wheel classes. Michael Turner was third.

Tony Cruse of Paducah, Ky., captured the Stock Car feature ahead of Michael Hendrickson and Kassidi Gibbs. The 3/8-mile dirt oval reopened under new ownership with a field of 64 cars in four divisions. A sizable crowd was on hand to watch the event. | full results


Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Secures UMP Sanction
(March 18, 2014) Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway is set to join the United Midwest Promoters (UMP) as a sanctioned track. General manager Tommy House announced Monday evening that negotiations had been finalized with UMP. The agreement links the speedway with Concord, N.C.-based DIRTcar Racing.

Drivers competing at the track will earn points for track and national UMP points and will be eligible for season championship prize money. KLMS will also be eligible for special events sanctioned by UMP.


Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway Names Announcer & Starter
(February 13, 2014) Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway has named Billy Egeler as track announcer and John Westerfield as starter. Both are from Owensboro, Ky. Egeler, 40, has worked as an announcer in various motor sports events at tracks such as Kentucky Motor Speedway in Owensboro, Beech Bend Park in Bowling Green, Soggy Bottom Raceway (now Cedar Ridge Speedway) in Morgantown, Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., and Paducah International Raceway. For the past nine years, he has worked as host of an auto racing radio program, Radio Goes Racing, on WKTG-FM in Madisonville. He has also promoted racing events and previously worked as a volunteer crew member for local racers.

Westerfield, 28, is following in the footsteps of his father, Les Westerfield, a 27-year veteran official with NASCAR who is presently race director of the K&N Pro East Series and also works with NASCAR’s Research and Development department.
He began work as a flagman in 2005 at Windy Hollow Speedway in Owensboro and has served in that job the past three years at Western Kentucky Speedway in Nebo in northern Hopkins County.

 

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