Moran grabs Hilltop victory

Devin Moran grabbed the lead from Steve Lucas early on in the 30-lap AMRA late model feature Friday night and then pulled away from the field to claim his third career feature win in as many trips to the Legendary Hilltop Speedway.

Moran, the second generation racer from Dresden, started on the outside of the front row but wasted little time making his move on Lucas as he grabbed the lead on the races third lap.

Despite a very strong field that included Derek Doll, who had claimed the feature win the past three weeks at the speedway, as well as the likes of Chris Garnes and Tyler Carpenter, Moran was clearly the class of the field as he was barely challenged and pulled away on the restart after each of the races six cautions flags.

Lucas set fast time and went on to win his heat race as did Moran and Garnes, stocking the front of the field with some of the best late models in the area.

Lucas finished the race in second followed by Doll in third, Carpenter in fourth and Garnes in fifth with Newport’s Dan Morrison working his way to sixth.

Moran, whose father Donnie claimed many big victories in his hall-of-fame career, claimed a cool 1,500.00 with the win, an impressive number 15 on the 2014 season.

The AMRA modified feature had a familiar last name in victory lane, although this time he had a different first name.

One week after watching his son Tyler claim the AMRA modified feature at “The Top”, Robbie Evans led wire-to-wire to claim his first feature of the season at the quarter mile oval.

Robbie Evans started on the outside of the front row next to Parkersburg’s Kenny Johnson and quickly put his number R17 car in front with Johnson and his son Tyler in hot pursuit.

By lap three the younger Evans had gotten around Johnson for second and began to pressure his father for the top spot.

“I knew Tyler was back there and I knew I just couldn’t afford to make a mistake,” said Robbie Evans. “Just one bobble and I knew he would be passing me so I was glad to hold on.”

On a hot, humid evening that defied a weather forecast that called for an 80 percent chance of rain, Robbie Evans endured several caution flags and a rough race track to comfortably pull away from his son.

“There’s been a lot of rain in the past 24 hours and they did the best they could with the track but it was a little rough tonight,” said Robbie Evans. “We hit on a set up that was pretty good and the good Lord blessed us with a win .”

J.P. Roberts Jr. spoiled what would have been a one-two finish for the Evans family by edging out Tyler on the last lap for second place while Johnson and Jason Brookover rounded out the top five.

Darin Clark (Edge Hot Mods), Dennis Adkins (Four-Cylinder) and Jacob Ice (Mini-Wedges) were also feature winners in their respective classes.

The track will take a couple of weeks off before returning on September 12 with regular racing in all classes.