Hampshire Classic On Deck
Matt Westfall (33m) battles Luke Hall for the lead last year at Ohio's Waynesfield Raceway Park. (Mike Campbell photo)

Hampshire Classic On Deck At Waynesfield

WAYNESFIELD, Ohio – Waynesfield Raceway Park will host one of the final sprint car races in Ohio when the second annual Bob Hampshire Classic hits the track on Oct. 12.

The mega event will feature the winged FAST 410 Sprint Series, the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series non-winged stars and the USAC D2 Thunder Midgets joining forces with the AMSA Mini Sprints for another non-winged matchup.

Saturday’s program honors the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame car owner and mechanic who resides in nearby Alvada, Ohio. Hampshire has owned a race car since 1979 and has earned numerous feature victories with drivers like Jack Hewitt, Jac Haudenschild, Greg Wilson, Johnny Beaber, Keith Kaufman, Rick Ferkel and many others.

Recently, he teamed up with as a mechanic with driver Kody Swanson to win four USAC Silver Crown championships. Hewitt also drove Hampshire’s famous No. 63 to the 1985 All Star Circuit of Champions title and USAC Silver Crown titles in 1986 and 1987.

“We want to pay respect to one of the greatest sprint car mechanics ever. When I was growing up, Bob Hampshire’s cars were always the cars to beat around our region,” said Waynesfield Raceway Park promoter Shane Helms.

The event is the final race of the year for the FAST series, with Cole Duncan coming in as the point leader, having seven overall wins in 2019. Lee Jacobs, Tyler Gunn, Jordan Harble and Cody Bova round out the top five in series’ points.

FAST has appeared three times at Waynesfield in 2019, with Indiana’s Justin Peck, West Virginia’s Cale Conley and Texas’ T.J. Michael scoring the wins.

NASCAR star Christopher Bell, who won the inaugural Bob Hampshire Classic in 2018, has indicated he will be back to defend his title at Waynesfield on Oct. 12.

For the BOSS sprints, their only appearance at Waynesfield in 2019 came during the 11th annual Jack Hewitt Classic, where Ohio’s Cody Gardner scored his first ever sprint car win.

However, 2010 and 2011 Waynesfield champion Matt Westfall currently sits atop the series’ points and locked up the BOSS title by winning at Atomic Speedway this past Saturday.

Local driver Dustin Ingle, who cut his teeth racing at Waynesfield, sits third in BOSS points, with Kory Crabtree and Dustin Webber rounding out the top five. Waynesfield’s 2013 track champion, Dallas Hewitt, sits sixth in the standings.

The 50-lap FAST feature will reward the winner with $5,630 and just making the feature will earn a driver $630 – the significance being that all of Hampshire’s race cars carried the No. 63.

The BOSS feature winner will earn the series’ standard $1,500 to win. The USAC D2 Thunder Midges/AMSA Mini Sprints will pay $500 to win the feature.

Also, in the FAST feature, the hard charger – the driver who advances the most positions from their original starting spot – will earn an additional $63 for every position made.

The crew chief of the winning FAST feature car and the crew chief of the winning BOSS feature machine will each earn $630 in honor of Hampshire.

Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with general admission gates opening at 4 p.m.

Racing at Waynesfield will get underway at 6 p.m.

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