Dodson On Top Once Again in AVSS Action


By Duane Turner

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (June 18, 2005) –
16 year old Cameron Dodson from Greenfield, IN took his third victory of the season at the very fast Toledo Speedway. “We had another great car tonight”. Stated Dodson after his victory. “I really need to thank Judy Kouba Dominick for this one. She has been a huge help to this team, and she asked me to win this one for her tonight. Also need to thank our sponsors, Hoosier, Simpson, The Joie of Seating, Gaerte, Weld Wheels, NGK, K&N Filters, Auto Meter, and Fuller Life Water.”

Toledo, OH resident Jimmy McCune and Bill Tyler would lead field out of turn four and to the green flag for the start of the 30 lap contest. As the leaders emerged from turn two, disaster struck AVSS veteran Curt Shumaker. As Shumaker was passing cars on the high side of turns one and two, a car pushed up the race track in front of Shumaker. The Premium Truck and Auto Body, Bedrock Express number 71 had no place to go and jumped the right rear wheel of another car sending Shumaker hard in to the turn two wall. The driver emerged from his crippled sprinter under his own power, but the car suffered heavy damage to the right front corner.

The second attempt to start the race would be successful as McCune jumped out to an early lead heading in to turn one. Tyler, Mike Ling and Tommy Fedewa were left to battle for the second position as McCune set the early pace, increasing his lead. The early portion of the race, teams seemed content to save some tires and not take any chances. This would all change on lap five, as the ninth place starting Dodson made a move for the sixth position by using the high side of the track to get past fellow rookie Ryan Litt. Two laps later, Dodson made a pass for fifth, then into fourth on lap 11. The action up front was heating up as McCune entered lapped traffic, allowing the field to close in slightly. As McCune worked his way through lapped cars racing two wide, a three car battle was underway for the second position. Tyler, Fedewa and Dodson were racing one another while working the traffic that was one lap down.

On lap 13, McCune would clear the lapped cars and began to pull away once again. Dodson used the traffic like a veteran passing Fedewa in turn four on lap 13, then past Tyler in turn two one lap later. Dodson was still mired in heavy traffic as McCune continued to increased his lead. By the time Dodson cleared the traffic on lap 16, McCune had built up a 4.2 second lead over Dodson. On the next circuit as McCune crossed the start/ finish line, his lap times began to slow. Dodson quickly closed the gap, and pulled up on the rear bumper of the leader on lap 17. One lap later Dodson made the pass on the high side of turn one to take over the lead with the capacity crowd on their feet.

Within two laps, Dodson had built up a 1/4 lap lead over second place McCune. McCune would lose second, and third place on lap 23, then would retire from the event on lap 24 with ignition problems. With Dodson out front, the battle was for the second position between Tyler, Fedewa, Ling, Jason Blonde and Litt. The five cars all raced for the second position through lapped traffic. Once the cars cleared the traffic on lap 27, Tyler and Fedewa pulled away leaving a three car battle for the fourth position.

At the finish, Dodson would take his second consecutive AVSS points race victory with a 7.2 second margin over second place Tyler. Fedewa, Ling and Blonde completed the top five. Litt, John Hotchkiss (starting 13th), Dave Baumgartner (starting 14th), Jeff Bloom and Dennis Craft rounded out the top 10. Kevin Feeney set fast time with a lap of 12.996 around the high-banked 1/2 mile of Toledo Speedway. Troy Underwood, son Tyler Underwood, and Dodson claimed the heat race victories. Up next for the fastest short track cars in the world, a visit to the famed Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI on Saturday, June 25. Gates open at 11:00 am, and racing will be underway at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit the official AVSS website at www.supersprints.com

RESULTS

Hamilton Trucking Time Trials: 1) 98 Kevin Feeney 12.996 2) 50m Cameron Dodson 13.035 3) 71 Curt Shumaker 13.036 4) 61 Jason Blonde 13.155 5) 07 Ryan Litt 13.255 6) 35 Ryan Katz 13.302 7) 42 Tommy Fedewa 13.388 8) 20 Mike Ling 13.409 9) 24 Bill Tyler 13.429 10) 19 Jimmy McCune 13.454 11) 26 Jeff Bloom 13.489 12) 70 Dennis Craft 13.549 13) 75 John Hotchkiss 13.553 14) 14 Dave Baumgartner 13.586 15) 99 Dorman Snyder 13.658 16) 10 Bill Jacoby 13.722 17) 97 Ben Hidy 13.912 18) 7 Tyler Underwood 13.984 19) 4 Troy Underwood 14.058 20) 69 Tim Ryan 14.072 21) 34 Johnny Scherer 14.101 22) 8 Ryan Davis 14.573 23) 31 Harry Parish n/t

United Trailers Heat #1 (1:52.445): 1) 4 Troy Underwood 2) 42 Tommy Fedewa 3) 75 John Hotchkiss 4) 19 Jimmy McCune 5) 98 Kevin Feeney 6) 10 Bill Jacoby 7) 8 Ryan Davis 8) 61 Jason Blonde dns

Dowker Engines Heat #2 (1:53.085): 1) 50M Cameron Dodson 2) 97 Ben Hidy 3) 14 Dave Baumgartner 4) 20 Mike Ling 5) 26 Jeff Bloom 6) 07 Ryan Litt 7) 69 Tim Ryan 8) 31 Harry Parish

All Pro Cylinder Heads Heat #3 (No Time): 1) 7 Tyler Underwood 2) 70 Dennis Craft 3) 24 Bill Tyler 4) 71 Curt Shumaker 5) 34 Johnny Scherer 6) 99 Dorman Snyder 7) 35 Ryan Katz

Auto Value/ Bumper to Bumper Super Sprints A-Main, 30 Laps (7:15.573) 1) 50m Cameron Dodson 2) 24 Bill Tyler 3) 42 Tommy Fedewa 4) 20 Mike Ling 5) 61 Jason Blonde 6) 07 Ryan Litt 7) 75 John Hotchkiss 8) 14 Dave Baumgartner 9) 26 Jeff Bloom 10) 70 Dennis Craft 11) 10 Bill Jacoby 12) 99 Dorman Snyder 13) 34 Johnny Scherer 14) 7 Tyler Underwood 15) 8 Ryan Davis 16) 69 Tim Ryan 17) 97 Ben Hidy 18) 19 Jimmy McCune 19) 98 Kevin