When the first of two dashes was lining up, Cale Conley, while warming up his motor, flipped his car at the turn three entrance. He would be scored in last place in the dash but still had a feature start locked up. He did return for the feature with a borrowed Lee Jacobs wing on top. The dash one finished with Helms at the front, who nursed a souring motor the last two laps, Martin, Paulker, Stambaugh and Conley. These cars would start on the inside row. The second dash got us Madsen at the front followed by Kemenah, Haudenschild, Bayston and Duncan. In the B main, Cap Henry forged to the front followed by Trevor Baker, Stuart Brubaker, Jordan Harble, T.J. Michaels, John Garvin and Brandon Matus.
Before the A main, pole sitter Helms was struggling with the motor back in the pits. I saw a valve cover off and one cylinder missing the rocker arms….only 6 rocker arms. Then parts were fished out of the head, (I think a pushrod) and then it looked like the spark plug was removed. Then the horn sounded and the valve cover went back on. This didn’t look promising! Conley was also thrashing to get ready. Both made it to the green as the All Stars were trying to hurry things because of some fast approaching weather.
As the A-main cars idled around the track, the Helms car was making some strange sounds. It sounded like a steam engine. You know, a really loud puffing sound…but the puffs were much faster than a steam locomotive….in cadence much like a baseball card slapping against the spokes of your bike wheels when you were a kid. When the green dropped, Helms grabbed the lead. As he went into turn three, he hopped in the swale and bounced up the track into the guardrail…but kept going after losing many spots. Helms got lucky because the yellow came out at the same time for Conley who had stopped on the track. Jordan Mackison pulled off too so Helms got to restart on the pole. On the restart, Helms doesn’t take off and cars get bunched up behind and some guys get shuffled back. Paulker loses spots and Kemenah gets pushed into the infield. On the next lap, Baker and Brubaker, who were in the back of the field, get together in turn one and tangle. At the same time, Armstrong flips it in turn three. Now the running order was Madsen, Helms, Haud, Bayston, Martin. It’s a red flag and Kemenah goes to work area and Helms leaves the track along with Brubaker. Baker gets a new tire and returns. Kemenah returns. Armstrong is done for the night. Now the running order is Madsen, Haud, Bayston, Martin, Stambaugh, Paulker, Duncan, Spithaler, Smith, Jacobs, Broughton, Bell, Mumaw, Chaney and Henry.