One week after having an almost certain victory wiped out by some bad luck, 14-year-old Tyler Evans bounced back in a big way as he captured the AMRA modified feature at the Legendary Hilltop Speedway Friday night.
Evans passed none other than his own father Robbie on lap eight of the 20-lap race to grab the lead, and led the rest of the way to secure his fourth modified feature of the season and second at Hilltop.
"We had some bad luck last week but we came back out tonight and had a good night," said Tyler Evans, who was leading on the final lap last week before some last lap contact on the track left him third. "I got to battle with my Dad for the race win."
Photo courtesy of Zach Yost
Fourteen-year-old Tyler Evans poses with checkered flag after winning the AMRA modified feature at the Legendary Hilltop Speedway last Friday night.
The elder Evans started on the pole of the feature after claiming the first heat race of the night and grabbed the early lead from Joshua Spaur.
Tyler managed to get around Spaur for second on lap six before setting his sights on the lead.
The youngster spent a lap or two testing his father on the inside before finally powering around him on the outside to take the lead.
"I felt like my car was stronger on the outside and wasn't as strong on the bottom," said Tyler Evans. "It worked pretty good and I was able to get around him."
From that point on all Evans had to worry about was a whole bunch of caution flags and lapped traffic.
The young racer looked much more like a veteran as he weaved his way in and out of lapped traffic.
"Whenever I am dealing with lapped cars I keep an eye on them to see what they are doing and when they make a mistake that is when you jump and make your move," said Tyler Evans, whose younger brother Coleman also claimed the mini- wedge feature victory. "It seemed like with all the cautions it was taking forever."
Robbie Evans followed his son across the finish line in second place, while Spaur placed third with Terry Hinkle and Scott Chew rounding at the top five.
Dad is obviously quite proud of his young son both on the track and off.
"I had a pretty good car but I had the feeling that there was another strong number 17 out there as well," said Robbie Evans, who along with his sons all sport the number 17 on the side of their cars. "Its an incredible feeling and a true blessing from God to get to run second to your son."
In the steel block late model feature race, Jeremy Misel continued his dominating season with a hard fought victory over last weeks race winner Kevin Smith.
Misel started on the outside of the front row and quickly grabbed the lead in what would turn out to be a caution filled feature.
On each restart Misel would have a mirror full of Smith but was able to hold off the Belle Valley native for his eighth feature win at Hilltop on the season.
Joe Bowie, Levi Wright and John Vandale rounded out the top five.
Misel is pleased with the big crowds that have been filtering into the speedway in recent weeks.
"This place is packed and its great to see how much interest there is in racing in the valley," said Misel, who ran a strong fifth in the super late model race last week.
"I think a lot of people are just figuring out that they (Hilltop) are here and racing every week and they are taking advantage of it."
In the other feature races Chad Smith edged Darren Glover for the hot mod win and Dennis Adkins beat Chris Lauer to the finish line in the four cylinder class.
Racing is scheduled to resume at the speedway Friday night.