MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Fairgoers were treated to some high-flying action Wednesday night as the Rough Truck Competition took over the grandstand. Eighty-two drivers competed for the top spot, including many local competitors.
In the end, Jason Daniels of Elida took the top prize — a trophy and the $300 check — after edging out Adam Blankenhorn and Ray Scoles, both of Mount Vernon. Daniels, who ran a lap time of 45.69 seconds in qualifying, raced out to a lap time of 39.75 seconds. He was the only driver to break the 40-second mark, and also finished second in the longest jump competition (63 1/2 feet).
“This feels really good,” said Daniels. “It took us almost three hours to get here, so it is great to beat all of the guys we run with every weekend. They are from here, and they were trying their hardest to win on this track.”
Blankenhorn had an off round for him in qualifying, recording a lap time of 47.25 seconds. He improved that by nearly seven seconds in the run-off (40.69 seconds) to take second. Blankenhorn also finished third in the longest jump competition, recording a leap of 62 1/2 feet.
“My first run, I ended up getting a little loose on the corner and bumped a couple of cones. I got penalized for those, but like every year here, if you keep your nose clean on the rest of the course, you know you’ve got a chance,” said Blankenhorn. “(On my second run) I pushed my foot on the pedal a little bit harder. I had a little better feel for the course after I had run it.”