Conley shines at dusty Cannonball Speedway

There was a Cannonball Run Sunday night in St. Clairsville, but Burt Reynolds was not the featured actor.

That would be Wellsburg’s Corey Conley, who piloted the No. 14 Wheeling Auto Body Rocket to the checkered flag in the Late Model feature on the dust-filled Cannonball Speedway.

Conley, who started on the pole pocketed a cool $2,000 for the 30-lap victory.

“We’ve always liked this place. It’s close to home and we’ve got a lot of family and friends that come and watch us race here,” Conley said after defeating 18 other cars.

Conley, who finished third in the season’s debut three weeks ago, led from the start in the race that featured just two cautions despite the dusty conditions that made visibility nearly impossible.

St. Clairsville’s DJ Cline was in the hunt before spinning out. He finished back in the pack. Bobby Kitchens, of Columbus, who drives the “2 Brothers Motorsports” No. 13 out of St. Clairsville, also had a favorable showing.

In the EDGE Crate Late Model feature, Jacobsburg teen Brian Baumberger, 17, finished a respectable third in the 20-lap race. That’s a couple of spots better than opening night.

Baumberger, a junior at Union Local High School, started on the inside of the third row and ran in that position for the majority of the race. However, he was passed just past the halfway mark, but quickly re-gained the No. 3 spot a lap later.

Action continues in two weeks as the “Sunday Shootout Series” will host the Ohio All Star Sprint Speedweek, plus $1,500 to win Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour.

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