Godsey hangs on to claim Late Model title

For The Tribune

BROWNSTOWN

The points title in the E-Z Lift Super Late Model division came down to the final laps of the main event Saturday night at Brownstown Speedway.

Points leader Joe Godsey held a five-point lead over Chad Stapleton.

Godsey was campaigning for his first Late Model track championship at the speedway, while Stapleton aimed to defend his title and win his second straight championship.

In the closing laps of the 30-lap main event, the pair of Edinburgh drivers battled door to door, with Godsey holding a slight edge against Stapleton.

Stapleton’s efforts to make the pass on Godsey came up short, as Godsey went on to finish one spot ahead and clinch the E-Z Lift Super Late Model points championship.

“It’s been a roller-coaster year,” Godsey, a two-time and defending UMP Modified track champion at Brownstown. said. “We’ve hit and we’ve missed, but I guess we was there when it counted.”

Jacoby Hines came into the finale with the points title already wrapped up in the UMP Modified division, holding a 281-point lead over Tampico’s Rick Gumm.

Hines had one win on the season at Brownstown along with numerous top-five finishes which contributed to his first championship at the track.

Consistency paid off for Marty O’Neal in the P3 Graphix Indiana Pro Late Model Series as he took home the points championship, finishing the season with four wins and 16 top-five finishes.

Hudson O’Neal, who missed one event, finished the season with 11 wins in the series.

Seymour driver Jamey Wilson notched his name into the record books after picking up his first track championship in the “Woolston Automotive” Super Stock division.

Wilson took five wins on the season at Brownstown.

David Brewer, also of Seymour, finished second in points behind Wilson.

Seymour’s Jim Ruddick won his second career track championship in the Staff Management Pure Stock division. Ruddick concluded the season with two wins and multiple top five finishes.

The Pewter Hall Hornet division came into Saturday’s event with a one-point margin between points leader Wesley Napier and second-place John Mayer Jr.

Napier’s championship hopes were diminished after he was involved in an accident, forcing him out of the feature event.

Mayer Jr. went on to score the feature win and his second Hornet championship at the speedway.