BLANKENSHIP IS CROWNED KING OF THE CRATES AT MOUNTAIN VIEW RACEWAY
SPRING CITY, TN – King William I was crowned the Mountain View Raceway King of the Crates on Saturday night as William Blankenship of McMinnville, TN won the King of Crates 40 lap main event driving the Blankenship Farms & Nursery Excell. Blankenship took $3,100 to the bank with $2,000 for the win, $1,000 in Lap Prizes and $100 for the J2 Graphics Fast Time Award.
It was a dominant performance for Blankenship, as he swept the program for Late Models powered by Chevrolet Performance 604 and 602 Crate Engines, as the J2 Graphics Fast Qualifier, and he led all 40 laps of the race at $25 per lap in Lap Sponsorship money. Blankenship turned a lap around the ¼-mile high-banked clay oval in 12.528 seconds to earn the pole position.
Zach Shannon of Wartburg, TN finished second in the Shannon & Sons Trucking Rocket and third went to Oakley Johns of Hohenwald, TN driving the Johns Timber Rocket. Brandon Miller of Maryville, TN was fourth in the Maryville Nutrition CVR, and Tyler Price of Greenback k, TN rounded out the top five aboard the Bishop Construction Rocket.
Kelby Norwood of Etowah, TN finished sixth in the Exit Real Estate Rocket. Hayden Cardwell of Knoxville, TN drove the Hogan Racing Mastersbilt to a seventh-place finish to pocket the $200 TLD Truck Driving School Bonus for the highest finishing car powered by a 602 engine. Trevor Sise of Knoxville, TN took the eighth spot in the Sise Racing Special.
Jason Markewitz of Killen, AL drove the B&H Storm Shelters Domination Race Car to a ninth-place finish and tenth went to Steven Holcomb of Santa Fe, TN in the Holcomb Racing Special. Joey Bishop of Spring City, TN finished 13th to take the Phillips Racing $100 Bonus as the second highest finishing car with a 602 engine. In other preliminary action, the two eight lap Heat Races for the Inaugural Mountain View Raceway King of the Crates Race were won by Miller and Holcomb.
At the drop of the green flag to start the race, Blankenship took the lead from the pole position followed by Shannon, Johns, Miller and Norwood. Price passed Norwood for the fifth spot on lap two, and by lap five, Blankenship had pulled out to a 1.5 second lead over Shannon.
The leader caught the cars on tail end of the lead lap by the seventh lap, but the lapped cars went away after a lap 12 caution flag brought out after Seth Jolley of Spring City, TN spun the J2 Graphics CVR in turn two. Blankenship brought Shannon, Johns, Miller, and Price down for the restart
While Blankenship pulled away, Shannon was busy trying to hold off a challenge from Johns for the second spot. Shannon and Johns raced side-by-side for two laps, as Shannon prevailed, and Johns tucked back behind his rear bumper. Blankenship found himself mired in heavy lapped traffic on lap 16, but the only thing that would allow Shannon to close in was a lap 26 caution flag.
Jeremy Thurman of Rockwood, TN spun the Thurman Racing TNT in turn two, bringing out the second caution flag of the race. That bunched up the field for a restart with Blankenship leading Shannon, Johns, Miller, and Price back to green flag action on the restart.
The race would see its final caution flag on lap 30 when Dalton Dowdy of Madison, AL spun the Freedom Trax Rocket in turn three. Blankenship pulled out to a 1.137 lead over Shannon on the restart, and with five laps to go, he extended his lead to 2.707 seconds. Blankenship cruised to the checkered flag with a 2.722 second margin of victory over Shannon.
It was time for Blankenship to steer his dominant #32 into Victory Lane for the coronation. He was now the Mountain View Raceway King of the Crates. He climbed from the car, and removed his helmet. A regal crown was placed on his head and a robe placed over his shoulders.
It was also Race Gas Driver Appreciation Night for the Mountain View Raceway Weekly Racing Divisions. The Sportsman, Open-Wheel Modified, Thunder, Front-Wheel-Drive, and Junior Front-Wheel-Drive were also in action on Saturday night.
Hayden Cardwell pulled double duty in the Hogan Racing Mastersbilt and returned to the track to win the 20-lap Sportsman Feature Race. D.J. Shannon of Wartburg, TN finished second driving the Shannon Racing Special and the defending Mountain View Raceway Sportsman Champion Joe Bray of New Tazewell, TN was third in the Bray Roofing Rocket.
The best race of the night was the 20-lap Open-Wheel Modified race when Skylar Douglas of Clinton, TN took his Lisa’s Boutique Bandit to the high side of the Rhea County Speed Plant and rode the cushion from the fifth starting spot to the win.
Douglas sailed around Jimmy Dalton of Powell, TN and Matthew Hopper of Lancing, TN on the top shelf on the last lap for the victory. Hopper finished second in the Charlie Hopper Enterprises Trick Race Car and Dalton padded his Open-Wheel Modified point lead with a third-place showing driving the Willett Powder Coating Elite.
Lamar Hughes of Soddy Daisy, TN drove the Hughes Racing Camaro to victory in the 15-lap Thunder Main Event. Point leader Casey Cash of Spring City, TN took the second spot in the Duncan Family Automotive Camaro, and Eric Hughes of Graysville, TN was third driving the Hughes Poultry Monte Carlo.
Front-Wheel-Drive point leader Josh Scealf of Decatur, TN picked up his first win ever at Mountain View Raceway in the 15-lap A Feature Race driving the J&S Towing Honda. Marcus Huston of Niota, TN in the Graves Excavating Chevrolet and Ethan Johnson of Crossville, TN driving the Johnson Racing Chevrolet finished second and third respectively.
Matthew Sullivan of Cookeville, TN drove the Sullivan Racing Chevrolet to victory in the 12-lap Front-Wheel Drive B Feature Race. Marcus Smith of Spring City, TN took the second spot in the TN Trailers Honda and third went to Nick Romesburg of Sale Creek, TN driving the Tennessee Trailers Honda.
Nine-year-old Ronnie Sharp of Crossville, TN extended his point lead with a win in the ten-lap Junior Front-Wheel-Drive Main Event driving the Sharp Race Cars Chevrolet. Josiah Singleton of Oliver Springs, TN, who made a late-race charge in the closing laps, was second in the Singleton Racing Chevrolet. Breanna Huston of Ten Mile, TN finished third in the Huston Racing Special.
Mountain View Raceway will welcome the Cumberland Plateau Open-Wheel Modified Series with a $1,200-to-win Feature Race on Saturday night September 3. There will also be Regular Weekly Point Races for the Late Model, Sportsman, B-Hobby, Thunder, Front-Wheel-Drive, Junior Front-Wheel-Drive and Developmental Sportsman Divisions.
On Saturday night September 3, the Pit Gate opens at 3 p.m. and the Grandstand and Tier Parking Gates open at 4 p.m. The Mandatory Pre-Race Registration and Technical Inspection will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Drivers Meeting is set for 6:15 p.m. and Hot Laps are scheduled for 6:45 p.m.
Pit Passes are $30 for Adults, $15 for Children 6-11, and Children 5 and under are admitted Free. The General Admission and Tier Parking ticket prices are $10 for race fans 12 and older, Children 6-11 are $5. and Children 5 and under are admitted Free. All Children must be accompanied by an Adult.
Mountain View Raceway where you can get “Your Thrill By The Hill” is located at 20626 Rhea County Highway (U.S. Highway 27), Spring City, TN 37381. For more information, call 423-405-8490 or visit the track website at www.mountainviewraceway.com. You can also like the Mountain View Raceway Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/mountainviewraceway.
OFFICIAL RESULTS AT MOUNTAIN VIEW RACEWAY ON AUGUST 27, 2022:
CRATE LATE MODEL KING OF THE CRATES RACE – 40 Laps: 1. William Blankenship, McMinnville, TN; 2. Zach Shannon, Wartburg, TN; 3. Oakley Johns, Hohenwald, TN; 4. Brandon Miller, Maryville, TN; 5. Tyler Price, Greenback, TN; 6. Kelby Norwood, Etowah, TN; 7. Hayden Cardwell, Knoxville, TN; 8. Trevor Sise, Knoxville, TN; 9. Jason Markewitz, Killen, AL; 10. Steven Holcomb, Santa Fe, TN; 11. Dylan Morgan, White Pine, TN; 12. Sylvan Schuette, Blairsville, GA; 13. Joey Bishop, Spring City, TN; 14. Dalton Dowdy, Madison, AL; 15. Jeremy Thurman, Rockwood, TN; 16. Tyler Jolley, Spring City, TN; 17. Chris Whitted, Decatur, TN; 18. Jeff Jackson, Ooltewah, TN; 19. Seth Jolley, Spring City, TN.
SPORTSMAN – 20 Laps: 1. Hayden Cardwell, Knoxville, TN; 2. D.J. Shannon, Wartburg, TN; 3. Joe Bray, New Tazewell, TN; 4. Sylvan Schuette, Blairsville, GA; 5. Tyler Dennis, Dayton, TN; 6. Brandon Stanfield, Soddy Daisy, TN; 7. Warren McMahan. Dandridge, TN; 8. Joseph Bishop, Spring City, TN; 9. Bradley Goodman, Spring City, TN; 10. Donnie Van Winkle, Soddy Daisy, TN; 11. Gary Jones, Florence, AL; 12. David Beeler, Sevierville, TN; 13. Tyler Norwood, Athens, TN; 14. D.J. McMahan, Cedar Ridge, TN; 15. Adam Bishop, Riceville, TN; 16. Dwight Bevins, Madisonville, TN; 17. Crystal Harper, Decatur, TN; 18. Kevin Fisher, Ringgold, GA; 19. Christian James, Soddy Daisy, TN; 20. Eric Rossington, Gainesboro, TN; 21. Travis Sietsema, Crossville, TN; 22. Robert Creasman, Dayton, TN.
OPEN-WHEEL MODIFIED: 1. Skylar Douglas, Clinton, TN; 2. Matthew Hopper, Lancing, TN; 3. Jimmy Dalton, Powell, TN; 4. Jeff Cotterman, Rickman, TN; 5. Billy Palmer, Knoxville, TN; 6. Kyle Shadden, Dayton, TN; 7. David Lester, Rockwood, TN; 8. Scott Iles, Evensville, TN; 9. Jay Metcalfe, Rockwood, TN.
THUNDER – 15 Laps: 1. Lamar Hughes, Soddy Daisy, TN; 2. Casey Cash, Spring City, TN; 3. Eric Hughes, Graysville, TN; 4. Scott Smith, Soddy Daisy, TN; 5. Chris Williams, Soddy Daisy, TN; 6. Justin Turner, Crossville, TN; 7. Eric Honeycutt, Rockwood, TN.
FRONT-WHEEL-DRIVE – A Feature 15 Laps: 1. Josh Scealf, Decatur, TN; 2. Marcus Huston, Niota, TN; 3. Ethan Johnson, Crossville, TN; 4. Gene Clayton, Dayton, TN; 5. Rick Kilburn, Crossville, TN; 6. Carter Jolley, Spring City, TN; 7. Taylor Gregory, Decatur, TN; 8. Krystin Webb, Spring City, TN; 9. Cody McKeehan, Athens, TN; 10. Crystal Bates, Soddy Daisy, TN; 11. Jacob Sharp, Crossville, TN; 12. Lilly Qualls, Cleveland, TN; 13. Brandon Porstner, Niota, TN; 14. Ronald Daniels, Spring City, TN. B Feature 12 Laps: 1. Matthew Sullivan, Cookeville, TN; 2. Marcus Smith, Spring City, TN; 3. Nick Romesburg, Sale Creek, TN; 4. Andy Pilkey, Ten Mile, TN; 5. Kenneth Daniels, Spring City, TN; 6. Jon Pilkey, Ten Mile, TN; 7. Chris Gornik, Spring City, TN; 8. Jason Spivey, Sparta, TN; 9. J.D. Humphrey, Spring City, TN; 10. Christopher Gornik, Spring City, TN; 11. Allen Daniels, Decatur, TN; 12. Henry Cligan, Dayton, TN; 13. Bo Millsaps, Decatur, TN; 14. Chris Edwards, Knoxville, TN DNS; 15. Frankie Sharp, Crossville, TN DNS.
JUNIOR FRONT=WHEEL-DRIVE – 10 Laps: 1. Frankie Sharp, Crossville, TN; 2. Josiah Singleton, Oliver Springs, TN; 3. Breanna Huston, Ten Mile, TN; 4. Mason Spence, Spring City, TN; 5. Ronnie Sharp, Crossville, TN; 6. Addison Cross, Cleveland, TN; 7. Emma Qualls, Cleveland, TN.
PHOTO CUTLINE: IT’S GOOD TO BE KING!!! William Blankenship of McMinnville, TN dons the regal crown and robe to celebrate with Trophy Girl Tabatha Hufstetler on Saturday night after driving the #32 Blankenship Farms & Nursery Excell to a dominating victory in the King of the Crates Race at Mountain View Raceway in Spring City, TN. Blankenship set Fast Time and led all 40 Laps to earn $3,100 for the win. (Mountain View Raceway Media Photo by Young Gunz Photography)