6th Annual King of Compacts Held at Moler Raceway Park

6th Annual King of Compacts Held at Moler Raceway Park

6th Annual King of Compacts Held at Moler Raceway Park 8-21-15 Williamsburg, Ohio - The 6th annual event featuring the front-wheel-drive compact competitors would see a strong field of cars on hand to battle it out for the opportunity to be Crowned King. In heat #1 it was Dry Ridge, Ky's Blake Gibson taking the win over Villa Hills driver Kevin Pennick. In heat race #2 it was Kettering, Ohio's Nic Barrett with the win over “King Bubba”(Jerry Gibson III). The 3rd and final heat would see Chris Shelton Sr. of Maysville Ky take the win over Tony Reed of Florence,Ky. The top 6 cars in passing points would move on to the $200 to win Alsip Masonry dash event which would also set the order for the first 3 rows of the feature. The starting order of the dash was done by a blind draw on the front stretch immediately before the race and it was Tony Reed and Nic Barrett starting in row #1 of the dash. Reed would jump to the lead at the green flag with Chris Shelton Sr. in close pursuit. An accident on lap 3 would claim Blake Gibson as a victim and would end his evening. On the restart, it was Reed the leader but high point man and 6th place starter King Bubba up to 2nd position with Bloomington, Indiana's Greg Garrison charging to 3rd. With two laps remaining Garrison would take the lead and go on to claim the winning money and the pole position of the 20 lap feature event. 

At the drop of the green flag it was Garrison out front with “King Bubba” in pursuit. On lap #4 Gibson would make contact with Garrison spinning in the front stretch wall. Gibson was put on the tail and Garrison's night was over. On the restart, it was Tony Reed the leader with Chris Shelton Sr. in close pursuit. The top two would stay nose to tail throughout most of the features. Following a lap #14 caution for the stopped machine of Carson Freeman the battle up front became more intense. On the restart, the top cars would race side by side until a lap #17 caution for Zach Bandstutter. Shelton would take control of the top spot on the restart. As the green flag waved for the 3 lap shootout it was Nic Barrett taking over the second position and putting pressure on the leader but to no avail, as Chris Shelton Sr. would go on to claim the win in the prestigious event put on by crew. In addition to $1,000 in winnings, Shelton would also claim a 5ft trophy courtesy of Diamond Cut Lawn Care, A set of jack stands from Taterbuilt, a new George Foreman Grill, as well as the most prestigious item of all the Crown and the Title of King Chris VI. Barrett would come home in 2nd position with Reed, Bill Gibson, Ryan Eversole (who started 18th) completing the top 5 running order. 

Story by: Mike Goins 
Photo Credit: Steve Alcorn
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