Huffman takes prize in Challengers opener at Caraway Speedway

Landon Huffman celebrates winning the Challengers feature at Caraway Speedway. (Courtesy photo)

Controversy involved with feature in UCARs race

SOPHIA – Landon Huffman won the Challengers race in the season-opening competition in the division Sunday at Caraway Speedway.

He outdueled Daniel Schadt and Brody Duggins for the victory, which was accompanied with a $1,000 prize.

There were 16 cars entered in the 40-lap race. Daniel Schadt was in the pole position following qualifying ahead of Huffman, Mathew Smith, Brody Duggins and Jeremy Clay.

The race card came a week after the official opening race weekend at the track. The second “opener” was for classes that didn’t compete a week earlier. Some of these divisions were rained out earlier this month.

** There was unsettled business following the UCARs feature. Track promoter Darren Hackett said that after looking at several videos, track officials accessed additional penalties as well as looked at the penalties already handed out in the UCARs division.

The penalty of Jeremy Kidd’s car for deliberately wrecking the car of Josh Phillips was deemed appropriate by track officials. Race control’s penalty of black flagging Phillips for bumping Kidd’s car under caution resulting in a stop-and-go penalty was deemed appropriate. Race control’s penalty of holding Phillips for passing the pace car was deemed appropriate.

Sammy Bullins, Lisa Collins, Kidd, Allen Vance, Jamie Vance and Mason Vance will all receive a one-race suspension that will not allow them to attend or participate in the event as well as being placed on probation until Dec. 31. Phillips will be placed on probation until May 31 due to the involvement of his crew in the altercation.

The race winner was Caleb Allred, followed by Justin Smith, Jason Richmond and Ron Mock. The UCARs heats were won by Kidd and Richmond.

** The winner of the Bootleggers race was Bentley Black, an 11-year-old who had the pole position.

** The Renegades race was won by Dalton Ledbetter, who finished the 20-lap race ahead of Gary Ledbetter Jr., Tommy Raino, Blair Patterson and Joey Staley.

There’s another Sunday race card this weekend with the running of the Dogwood 200, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Scheduled classes for competitions are Late Models, Challengers, Modifieds, UCARs, Bootleggers, Legends and Bandoleros.

The track goes to its regular Saturday night racing March 30.

By Randolph Record