Grundy County Speedway 8-5 Goodaker Photos with recap

Baker and Weber split Welch Memorial 25 lappers

By Stan Kalwasinski

Morris, Ill., August 5—Ricky Baker and Jim Weber shared victory honors in Frank Welch Memorial twin 25s late model stock car feature races at Grundy County Speedway Friday night.

The event is held in honor of Welch, a former stock car driver, longtime race official and member of the Grundy County Fair board.

Baker, a two-time late model champion at the speedway, captured the first 25 lapper, taking the checkered flag in front of current points leader, DJ Weltmeyer.  Fast qualifier Dave Gentile Jr. finished third followed by seven-time track champion Eddie Hoffman, Stan Zolodz IV and Weber.  The victory was Baker’s third of the year a the third-mile paved oval.

Weber came back and won the second ‘25’ getting by Anthony Danta for the lead inside of 10 laps to go.  Danta finished 0.248-seconds at the checkered flag behind Weber, who also posted his third win of 2022.

Trailing Weber and Danta at the finish were Baker, Weltmeyer, Zolodz and Hoffman.

Baker was the overall Frank Welch Memorial winner based on his first and third place finishes.

Randy Weese was the winner of the Candyman 33 street stock special.  Weese, a two-time Grundy street stock titlist, raced to his third win of the campaign ahead of James Dean, Scotty Gardner, Michael Gerike, Rick Dawson and Renee Farren.

Timmy Stewart took home top honors in the sportsman division 25-lap headliner, scoring his first win of the year.  Stewart bested Kevin Murphy, David Einhaus, John McMahon and Tadd Labuda.  Another first-time winner this season, Dan Schmeissing raced to victory in the 20-lap four-cylinder main event, beating Kyle Brick and Danielle Dobczyk.

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