breaking news

Unemployment up slightly in Clark County, job growth slow in Ohio

Robbie Dean title decided tonight at Kil-Kare


After an accident took out Justin Alsip in the second late model race of the season at Kil-Kare Speedway, the late model points championship was almost decided before it had a chance to begin.

Almost.

Alsip and the crew wrenching the No. 28 had two options: They could work around the clock to repair the late model in time for the following week’s show or forget the Kil-Kare points and race around the region.

The Germantown driver returned to Kil-Kare the following week to score the first of his five late model victories this season. He goes for number six, and attempts to close the gap on points leader Don Mahaffey of Dayton, when Kil-Kare hosts the Robbie Dean 94.

The 94-lap memorial race is the final leg in a three-race series honoring the Grove City fan favorite who competed at Kil-Kare, Shadybowl Speedway and Columbus Motor Speedway. Troy’s Greg Stapleton leads the series with a five-point lead over Mahaffey. Chad Pendleton of Columbus and Brandon Oakley of Beavercreek are both tied for third, 23 points behind. Alsip is fifth and trails by 33.

Stapleton won the first race at Shadybowl. Oakley claimed the win at Columbus.

The Robbie Dean also counts as a points race for Kil-Kare. That means Alsip has to beat a tough field of drivers to make up ground on Mahaffey. Counting tonight there are seven points races left on Kil-Kare’s schedule.

“This Friday night is the big one and that’s one I’ve had marked on my calendar for awhile,” Alsip said. “If we could get the win Friday night and still not end up getting the championship, I’d be thrilled with the season.”

While Alsip has those five wins in 11 starts, he also has a ninth-place finish after that early-season accident and a fifth. Mahaffey hasn’t finished out of the top three in his 11 starts at Kil-Kare, including his three wins. After Alsip no other driver is within 126 points of Mahaffey.

“Between me and Don, as far as being there every week, it’d be nice for one of us to win it. I’d rather it’d be me than him,” Alsip said with a good-natured laugh.

“It’s a Catch-22 for us,” Alsip said of racing for the Robbie Dean title, but also keeping the Kil-Kare points in mind. “If he has a bad night and we have a good night, then the more cars that are there that’s a good thing and vice versa. But you don’t wish bad luck on anybody. The racing between me and Don, I think that’s been some of the best racing in the area.”



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Sports Today: Ohio State shows growth in gutty home win
Sports Today: Ohio State shows growth in gutty home win

Dayton basketball is back in action tonight, so Ohio State was the center of attention Monday.  A Buckeye basketball double feature included a big hit and a big dud.  The men’s team improved to 9-0 in the Big Ten with a gutty 64-59 win over Nebraska.  It was the kind of game where having veterans really paid off, especially since...
Wittenberg basketball: Ten things to know about 17-game win streak
Wittenberg basketball: Ten things to know about 17-game win streak

Coach Matt Croci never envisioned a season like this for the Wittenberg Tigers. No one did. North Coast Athletic Conference coaches voted the team third in the preseason poll. The Tigers didn’t enter the national rankings until Jan. 1. Since then, they’ve climbed from No. 17 to No. 10 to No. 5 to No. 3 in the most recent poll released...
Report: Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly interviewed for Chicago Bears head coaching vacancy
Report: Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly interviewed for Chicago Bears head coaching vacancy

Notre Dame football has seen several coaches jettison for other opportunities. According to reports, head coach Brian Kelly considered a similar move. According to Rosterwatch.com, Kelly has been “looking for a way out” and interviewed for the Chicago Bears head coaching vacancy this month. The Bears ended up hiring former...
Report: WVU QB Will Grier cleared to begin throwing after surgery
Report: WVU QB Will Grier cleared to begin throwing after surgery

West Virginia quarterback Will Grier has been cleared to start throwing again after having surgery on a broken bone in his hand, according to ESPN’s Jake Trotter. Grier underwent surgery to repair the broken middle metacarpal in his right hand, per Trotter. He suffered the injury against Texas in November...
Baker Mayfield could be ‘quality’ NFL starter early in career, draft analyst says
Baker Mayfield could be ‘quality’ NFL starter early in career, draft analyst says

Baker Mayfield might not take very long to become a good NFL starting quarterback, according to NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah. Jeremiah ranked Mayfield No. 13 overall among the prospects in 2018 NFL Draft, and said Mayfield has the skill set to be a starter and have success early. Mayfield ranked behind only USC&rsquo...
More Stories