The C.K.G. Billings Amateur Driving Series passed the halfway point this season en route to the Delvin Miller Gold and Silver Cup Championships which will be raced at Harrah's Philadelphia on Sunday, November 24
In the latest Eastern Region action, newcomer "Bullet Bob" Davis added another victory to his seasonal resume when he guided Jimmer to a 1:59.3 triumph over the five-eighths mile oval at Tioga Downs on August 24 in Eastern Region action and "Lawbook Larry" Farley scored his first Billings conquest of the season when he drove Good Friend to a 2:02 triumph at the Darke County Fair at Greenville, Ohio on the 23rd of August.
Davis,67, a self employed businessman from Saratoga Springs NY, resumed his driving career this season after a 12 year hiatus and has come back strong already driving four winners in Billings competition.
Once again, and without much wagering backing, Davis started from post six and he and Jimmer got away slowly some 12 lengths of the leader at the quarter in 29.2.
But gradually Davis moved his trotter toward the front but they were still eight lengths behind at the half in :59.3. Then, with a burst of speed, Jimmer ranged alongside the pace-setter Make It Hot and driver Harvey "Doc" Stein and then they drew off by four lengths. As they came to the wire Jimmer was an eased-up 1-1/2 length winner over Pierre Lavec in rein to Tony "the Capo" Verruso. Nowerland Nathan was third for Dave "Steady As" Yarock.
Sent off at odds of 11-1, Jimmer a 4-year-old gelding, paid $24.00 for win.
In Midwest Region action over the half-mile track in Greenville, Ohio on the previous afternoon, "Lawbook Larry" gunned his trotter Good Friend to the lead from the four-hole and took no prisoners as his 7 year oldgelding was never in doubt and went on to a four length victory in a time of 2:02 over the father-daughter team of George Bonomo and . Bonomo, up behind Cabo Blue, finished second, one length ahead of his daughter Michelle, who handled Life Long Hanover.
Farley, an attorney by trade who'll celebrate his 62nd birthday on August 29, participated in Monticello Raceway's Legal Eagle Pace-a race for lawyer drivers only-- back in the mid 1990's. His victory here was his 47th of his amateur driving career.
Next up in Billings action will a Midwest contest at Raceway Park on September 1.
by John Manzi