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Zero Is Number One At Columbus
By Jeff Nuckles

            In what was a homecoming of sorts for Donnie Hill Saturday night at Columbus Motor Speedway, the seven time track champion was back in victory lane. This time, however, it was as the winner of a Main Event Series super late model feature not the NASCAR Whelen All American Series action the central Ohio fans have come to expect. It was race number four of the Midwest based super late model series which competes on a variety of tracks all leading up to the Main Event finale held annually at Columbus Motor Speedway.
            Josh Smith and Doug Sommers lined up on the front row for the 75-lap super late model contest with the former taking control early on. Somers dropped into the runner-up position but that was short lived as Scott Baker joined a host of drivers moving in the outside lane of the third mile paved oval. Baker secured the second position five laps in, setting the stage for Hill and fast qualifier Jimmy Carter. Up from their fifth and sixth starting spots, respectively, it was actually Carter who was leading the charge. The fleet duo dispatched Somers and Baker as ten laps were completed and lowered their sites on race leader, Smith . He would present a bit more of a challenge but as lap-15 went up on the scoreboard it became obvious the win would be decided between the Carter and Hill as they relegated the early pacesetter to third spot. With Carter now showing the way and Hill shadowing, the first caution of the contest would fly on lap-31 with Tom Stankiewicz spinning in turn two. As the green flag flew again, local favorites Mike Stacy and Jamie Hunt began to make some noise. They joined the top five near the midpoint of the grind with Stacy pressuring Baker and Hunt hanging onto a loose race car. That car would prove to be Hunt's undoing with the Asheville, OH driver spinning with twenty laps remaining. The restart found Carter, Hill, Baker, Stacy and Don Mahaffey Jr giving chase through lap-70 when Hill slipped inside Carter for the lead. Unfortunately for him, the events next to last caution flew before a lap was completed. That put Carter back out front with the Hill following him back to the green but this time Hill went for the top shelve. He drew alongside of the leader and the pair ran side-by-side with Carter finding himself inside out in turn two. Main Event Series officials opined that Carter was to blame for his own undoing with the spin and Hill assumed the point for the final restart. From there, it was all Hill as the second generation drive outran Baker, Stacy, Mahaffey and Smith through the checkered flag.
            The Main Event Racing Series will next be in action at Midvale Speedway on Friday, July 2.  Event details are posted in the next event section.

Main Event Racing Series
            Top Qualifier - Jimmy Carter
            Lap Leaders - Josh Smith 1-17, Jimmy Carter 18-67, Donnie Hill 68-75
            Coyer Enterprises 75 - Donnie Hill, Scott Baker, Mike Stacy, Don Mahaffey, Jr., Josh Smith, Matthew Parsons, Drew Charlson, Brian Short, Jimmy Carter, Shawn Stroble, John Flynn, Burgess White, Jeremy Dennis, Tom Stankiewicz, Jamie Hunt, Brock Coyer, Doug Sommers, Bill Cantley, Kenny White

Main Event Racing Series #0 Donnie "Zero" Hill