XENIA — There’s been a bit of a pattern with the NASCAR Whelen All-American racing divisions’ outcomes over at Kil-Kare Raceway thus far this season. If your name happens to be Jamie Sites, Bill Honious, Bill Burba or Mike Carroll, you’ve been winning a few races on the famed 3/8-mile paved tri-oval.
Sites, in particular, has enjoyed a solid start to the 2014 racing season. Racing in the Sport Stock division, the veteran New Carlisle racer has won five of the series’ six races so far. Better yet, Sites has won the last four Sport Stock races consecutively.
He has yet to finish a race out of the top-5, and leads Xenia’s David Stump by 27 points in the current Sport Stock standings (295-268). Riverside’s Bo Hoelscher currently sits third in the points, just five points behind Stump’s total.
Miamisburg driver Bill Honious is perhaps the next most successful driver this season at Kil-Kare. Honious won Compact Division races on the track’s opening night on April 18, and he’s 2-and-0 for June with wins on June 6 and 13.
Kil-Kare’s points standings are a week behind, so they show Honious trailing Dayton’s Tony Cottrill by one point (284-283) on their website. Include his June 13 win and Honious is out in front of the Compact pack heading into tonight’s races. Through the June 6 race, Kil-Kare lists Amber Holley of Tipp City in third, just 10-points out of the series lead.
It’s probably the slowest series that races at the Raceway, but the C0mpact class often lends itself to be one of the more enjoyable events of the night.
Kettering native Mike Carroll is the only Modified Division driver to win more than one race this season. He has two wins, but drivers Zach Stacy (Springfield), Bob Sibila, John Donovan (Lebanon) and Mark Timmerman (Ft. Loramie) are all ahead of him in the points standings.
Stacy won his first race of the season last week to increase his points lead.
In the NASCAR Whelen All-American Racing Series’ Late Model division, veteran Germantown driver Bill Burba is the only competitor to win more than one race. Burba won the first three races of the season, but hasn’t won since May 30.
Beavercreek driver Brandon Oakley claimed the Late Model feature win on June 6 and Kettering driver Cody Robinson claimed the win last week.
Burba was in front of Robinson by three points (280-277), not including Robinson’s win last week. So, Robinson should be the Late Model points leader for tonight’s race.
Tonight’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series card of events is highlighted by a 40-lap Sport Stock Challenge event. Can Stites claim his fifth straight division win? If the weather holds off, he just might.
Attempts to reach a representative from Kil-Kare for comment were unsuccessful as of Thursday night’s press time.
Tonight could be a battle of streaks: Will Sites win his sixth feature of the year, or will Mother Nature rain out her fifth race weekend of the season?
Weather permitting, area students or teachers looking for an outlet to chase away the blahs of a long school year can find one tonight at Kil-Kare. A Figure-8 School Bus race is on tap tonight. Gates are scheduled to open at 6 p.m.
Tickets are $20 for adults. Seniors (ages 65 and up), active military, police, fire and EMS employees get in for half price, and kids 12 & under can get in for free with an accompanying adult.