Local racers heading to Florence for big cash

Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky, will host one of the crown-jewel events in dirt late model racing tonight.

The Sunoco Race Fuels North/South 100 will pay $50,000 to win. Gates will open at 3 p.m. today, with racing at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit florencespeedway.com.

Among those expected to compete are Columbus racers Zak Blackwood, Devin Gilpin and Nathan Vawter, along with Edinburgh competitors Joe Godsey and Chad Stapleton.

Bland gets 1st win of season at Bloomington

Jeff Bland Jr. of Bedford scored his first Sprint Car feature win of the year on Aug. 5 at Bloomington Speedway. Defending USAC National Sprint Car Champion Robert Ballou finished second, followed by Jordan Kinser, Kevin Thomas Jr. and Thomas Meseraull.Ethan Barrow of Bloomington won the RaceSaver Sprint Car main event. Ryan Tusing finished second, followed by Jared Fox, Andy Bradley and Ethan Fleetwood.

Jacoby Hines of Nineveh went to Victory Lane in the Modified class at Bloomington. Bradley Sterrett was second, with Derek Groomer, Kenny Carmichael, Sr. and Jay Humphrey Jr. completing the top five.

Paragon’s Steve Peeden won the Super Stock feature over Josh Boller, Jack Frye, Steve Hawkins and Levi Ray Godsey.

Kinser gets first win at Lawrenceburg

Jordan Kinser of Bedford scored his first career Sprint Car feature win on Aug. 6 at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Nick Bilbee finished second, with Michael Fischesser, Jarett Andretti and Terry Babb completing the top five.David Webb of Nicholasville, Kentucky, won his first Lawrenceburg feature by winning the Modified feature. Kyle Herbert placed second, with Kyle Schornick, David Spille and Matt Hamilton rounding out the top five.

Josh Hammonds took top honors in the Hornet feature, and J.D. Largent of Dillsboro won the Pure Stock main event. Lawrenceburg will be idle tonight as racing returns on Aug. 20.

Twin Cities hosts five classes

Ted Nobbe of Batesville won the Crate Late Model feature on Aug. 6 at Twin Cities Raceway Park in Vernon. Brian Shewmaker of Columbus was second, followed by Brad Erwin, Dustin Nobbe and Trent Low of North Vernon.Tony Napier of North Vernon took home the win in the Hornet division. Todd Cain of Columbus was second, with Trent Adams of Elizabethtown placing third. Completing the top five were Andrew Roark and Andrew Jones.

Defending Pure Stock track champion Mark Bruce of Commiskey grabbed the main event for the class. Will McRoberts was second, with Ross Smith of Columbus garnering the third spot. William Burton of North Vernon was fourth, and Scott Williams was fifth.

Jeremy Owens of North Vernon was the top driver at the end of the night in the Modified division. Owens led Joe Mauller, Eric Sandlin, Bryson Clark of North Vernon and Andy Carver to the checkers.

Randy Petro of Columbus pocketed career win No. 305 in winning the Super Stock main at Twin Cities. Jeff Patterson of North Vernon was second. Branden Carr, Jeremy Helton and Ross Smith completed the top five cars.

Twin Cities will be back in action tonight with slate of 410 Sprints, Modifieds, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks and Hornets. For more info, visit twincities racewaypark.net.

Tennessee driver wins at Brownstown

Mike Marlar of Winfield, Tennessee, took the lead on lap nine and then dominated the rest of the 30-lap Late Model feature on Aug. 6 at Brownstown Speedway.The event sanctioned by the Battle of the Bluegrass Series paid $3,000 to win. Dustin Linville of Bryantsville, Kentucky, was second followed by Columbus native Derek Fisher, Jeremy Hines of Seymour and Chad Stapleton of Edinburgh.

Jamey Wilson of Seymour won the Super Stock feature race. Marty Cooper of Franklin was second, with Jason Hehman of Brownstown placing third. Completing the top five were Aubrey Eagan of Bedford and Matt Boknecht of Seymour.

James Essex writes a motorsports notebook for The Republic, a sister paper of The Tribune. Send comments to jmorey@tribtown.com.