Barger gets Black Rock cash after Hebing is disqualified

Kevin Cole
Justin Barger didn't get to celebrate the win in Black Rock Speedway's victory circle, but he took home the big check from the Aug. 8 ASCS Patriot sprint car race.

Chuck Hebing used brilliant timing and executed a daring pass in traffic exiting turn four to take the lead with 10 laps remaining and held off Justin Barger to take the checkered flag first in the ASCS Patriot Sprints event at the Black Rock Speedway Aug. 8.  However, after failing the post race technical inspection, Hebing was stripped of the victory and the win and prize money was handed to Barger.

Barger used his outside pole starting spot to take the lead from pole sitter Jessica Zemken.

Barger would lead the first seven laps comfortably. The first caution flag would fly on lap seven when Jared Fink slid over the turn three bank.

On the restart, Barger pulled out to a sizeable lead until he once again reached lapped traffic six laps later.  It would be two laps later that Hebing would make his move for the lead.

Meanwhile, the constant lapped traffic allowed other top five competitors Trevor Lewis, Kramer Williamson and Zemken to stay in contact with the leaders.

However, without a caution period to slow the pace, Hebing would work traffic perfectly to capture the feature over Barger who finished second.  Following the event, a failure to pass post race technical inspection would hand the victory to Barger.

Closely following Barger across the line in second was Trevor Lewis, who charged from the ninth starting spot. Third was Kramer Williamson while Bryan Howland and Zemken rounded out the top five.

Also of note, NASCAR Sprint Cup star Tony Stewart, piloting his #20 Old Spice car, finished sixth after starting from the fifth position.

The night’s activities also included a 25-lap 358 modified feature.

Ron Cartwright, who recently has battled through some extremely back luck, used his pole position start perfectly and led all 25 laps to score the victory.  However, it did not come without some drama as Steve Paine, as always, made his charge to the front.

However, Paine’s night and in all likelihood his chances at a track championship, went out the window as contract in turn three ended his night.

From there, Cartwright cruised to the victory and the $3,000 payday that waited.

While his 360-sprint car was disqualified, Chuck Hebing found some solace when he captured his second career New York Modified Midget feature victory.

In 4-cylinder action, Dundee’s Rich Sharpsteen II passed Del Cummings on lap seven and pulled away from all challengers to score the victory over Jon Wallenbeck.

With all the racing that took place on the evening, perhaps the best finish of the night came in the first race of the night.  Josh Wallenbeck was moments away from scoring his first career victory.  However, as the top three exited turn four, Jamie Eldrigde Jr. and Wallenbeck made contact, which allowed third place Courtney McMinds to pass both before to start finish line to steal the victory.