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Archive for April, 2004

Bluegrass Speedway Announce 2004 Track Contingency Sponsors

Thursday, April 29th, 2004

AMS Race Engines of Elizabethtown, KY returns as the official sponsor of the
Late Model Quick Six Series. AMS owner Clyde Busch will be offering money
and gift certificates to the top six finishers in the final 2004 AMS Race
Engines Late Model Quick Six points, that will be contested at all Bluegrass
Speedway regular shows in 2004. Bryan Barber is the defending AMS Race
Engines Quick Six Series champion.

Parkway Service Center and Lightning Graphics, both of Hodgenville, KY, will
co-sponsor the Rookie of the Year awards in both the Late Model and Modified
divisions for the 2004 racing season. Both awards, which will be known as
the Parkway Service Center/ Lightning Graphics Rookie of the Year, will be
awarded to the highest finishing rookies in both the Late Model and Modified
divisions. Joey Kramer was the 2003 Late Model rookie and Adam Gootee was
the 2003 Modified rookie winner.

Also joining Bluegrass Speedway as a contingency sponsor in 2004 will be
Skillsaw Designs. Mr. Aaron Burnette of Willisburg, KY owns and operates and has websites for several drivers around the area and
will be providing a website and/or a decal package for the winner of the
Skillsaw Designs B-Main points chase, that will see drivers earn points from
the B-mains contested during the course of the 2004 racing season at
Bluegrass Speedway.

Bluegrass Speedway is also privileged to be involved with the 2004
Contingency Connection program and with the 2004 Hurst Cup program. Drivers
sign up and have to have the decals on their entries that they are using on
their race cars and the track picks certain divisions each week and a
certain place finisher eligible for gift certificates if they have the
proper decals on their entry and are signed up in the program.

Half Mountain Ready to Finish

Tuesday, April 27th, 2004

Half Mountain Speedway will be running 6 Feature events in 4 divisions on May 1st.

Last weekend David Lutrell took the lead on lap 7 of the Bomber feature and never gave it up taking the win, and Brandon Kinzer won his first ever Modified Feature at HMS in his new Bob Pierce Modified Chassis.

This coming weekend May 1st 2004 HMS will not be running Super Late Models, but HMS will be running double features in the Limited Late Model Division and also the 4-Cylinder division as well as a complete show in the Bomber, and Modified Divisions.

The Limited Late Model, and the 4-Cylinder opening night feature events were rained out so this weekend these two divisions will run their makeup features as well as a regular show feature

The Limited Late Model divisions is probably the fastest growing division in Eastern KY with little to no interest just a couple years ago this division is now one of the biggest and most competitive divisions in Eastern KY last weekend 19 Limited Late Models were on hand to compete for the $800 to win feature and these 19 Limited Late Models are locked into the make-up feature event this coming Saturday night May 1st and will also be looking to win a extra $800 later in the evening if they can pull off the double feature win, it will be possible for one driver to pick up a $1,600 payday in the Limited Late Model Division this Saturday night at Half Mountain Speedway.

The 4-Cylinder Division is another highly popular and competitive division with a lot of talent from as far away as Ohio competing at Half Mountain Speedway, this division will also be running double features this weekend because the rain washed the opening night feature out, then these same drivers and the new entries that wasn’t on hand last week will be competing in another feature event later in the evening.

The Modified division last weekend put on a good show as Kinzer lead flag to flag but Greg Gibson worked his way from as far back as fifth spot to post a strong second place finish at the end and Jason Perry making a late race charge from 6th spot to finish a impressive third place when the rains came and ended the race 3 laps early.

This weekend the Modified division will be back to put on another great show for the fans and the drivers will be looking for that feature win and that $650 payday waiting for them at the end of the night.

The Bomber Division has been drawing a lot of interest over the winter months because the quality of drivers in this division is remarkable with as many as 8-10 drivers capable of winning on any given night, the East KY race fans know these drivers and know the rivalry between many of these drivers and look forward to watching them compete each weekend on the fastest and widest track in Eastern KY.

Half Mountain Speedway Owner Jim Branham made the decision after this past weekend race that the Super Bomber and Road Hog divisions will be dropped from the weekly lineup of racing, this drops the number of divisions running on a weekly basis to five, and gives HMS some room to build, and reward these 5 divisons that have supported HMS in the past and well into the future.

On May 8th the Super Late Models will be back at Half Mountain Speedway and will be running double features, as their feature event on opening night was also rained out the this will be their makeup feature as well as a regular show feature, all totaled one Super Late Model Driver could walk away from HMS on May 8th with $2,400 in winnings if they can win both features. Also on May 8th all other divisions will be running a regular show.

Gates will open at 4PM, Drivers Meeting will be at 6:30PM and Hot Laps will begin at 7PM. Admission prices for HMS will be $10 General Admission and kids 5 and under admitted free on the spacious hill side with plenty of space for race fans that like to bring their lawn chairs, or race fans can take advantage of the bleacher seating that will hold several hundred race fans that is located directly behind the start finish line and right in front of Victory Lane and it also gives the race fans a wonderful view at the entire Half Mountain Speedway Complex, Pit admission is $20 with Kids 5 and under getting in free.

For more information about the latest happenings at Half Mountain Speedway log onto and go to the Half Mountain Speedway Forum from there you can access 2004 rules, a tentative schedule and also directions to the track and talk with other race fans or drivers from the region that have raced or been to the races at Half Mountain Speedway. Or if you need to call the track on race day call (606)884-RACE or if you have any questions about HMS you can email

Half Mountain Speedway would like to thank all the drivers and race fans for their support and looks forward to entertaining the race fans of Eastern KY and all other race fans that make the trip to Half Mountain for many years to come.

Smith Wins in Only Second Appearance

Sunday, April 25th, 2004

Smith qualified with a time of 15.635 seconds, while Ed Gibbons of Manning was only .001 second slower at 15.636. When the green flag finally fell at the start of the event, Smith broke away from the pack and would stretch his lead to as many as 12 car-lengths on long runs. Gibbons would be able to catch up on cautions, but Smith would pull away under green.

“This is only my second time here at Sumter and I found the track in great shape and very drivable. Why, heck, I set fast time and led all 50 laps, so why shouldn’t I like the track? In fact, right now I love it.” he added. Twenty-six cars started the event and the caution was displayed several times for spins and minor wrecks. On lap 18 the red flag was displayed as a four-car pile-up took place mid-way between the fourth turn and the flag stand. The car driven by Sumter’s Daren Griffin was pretty much demolished and the cars of Steve Harden, Gerald Mintz and Mo Gordy were damaged as well.

Gibbons managed a second place finish after winning three straight weekly events at the local track while Roger Pate was third and Kelly Guy, fourth. Ricky Weeks padded his lead in the season point standings with a fifth place finish and Mike Measamer was sisth. Veteran Doug Sanders was seventh with former Clash season champion, Scott Autry taking eighth, Roger Dale Hammond, ninth and Phil Hall, tenth.

Arthur Winn made his first appearance of the season in a new car a winner in a sense as he won the Thunder & Lightning main event, but cooked his engine in the process. Last week’s winner, Robbie Disher, put the pressure on Winn from the second lap until the finish, but it was Winn pushing his smoking car to the limit to take the win. Troy Hodge was the third place finisher with his brother, Brandon taking fourth. Woodie Cromartie finished fifth with Robert Pack crossing the finish line in sixth position as Randy Hill came back from a collision with the first turn wall in the heat race to finish seventh.

Frankie Frye made it two in a row as he drove the Tommy Willard-owned and prepared Mini Stock car to a win over Harry Pritchard. Ray Yates came home third as Shoes McAllister finished fourth and Tony Rabon collected fifth place money. Kevin Andrews was sixth and Zack Secor was seventh.

The race of the night took place in the Pure Stock division as J. D. Norton and Johnny Welch battled each other from start to finish, with Norton taking the win. Welch could pull alongside Norton, but could never get completely around and had to settle for second. Greg Anderson was the third driver to finish as Brian Welch was fourth and Kevin Turner collected fifth place money. William Disher took sisxth position as James Yost was seventh and Rock Lee was eighth. Mike Thompson was the ninth driver to finish and Gene Sellers was tenth.

John McKenzie was the winner of the Street class main event as Roger Horne was second and Adam Hill was third. Pete McKenzie finished fourth and Thomas Skinner was fifth. McIver McKenzie was sixth as Marty Horne was seventh and Michael Hodge grabbed eighth place. Mark Horne was the ninth place finisher.

The Street drivers will compete in a special event next Saturday night that offers double points and an added purse.

And on May 15, the Carolina Clash Series will return for a second appearance.

Jeff Smith won the 50-lap Carolina Clash event at Sumter Speedway Saturday night.

Jeff Smith was all smiles as he picked up his second win in as many nights Saturday night at Sumter Speedway.

Arthur Winn chalked up the win in the Thunder & Lightning main event at Sumter Speedway Saturday night.

Carolina Clash Series rundown at Sumter Speedway Saturday night – Race No. 3 for the season

1. Jeff Smith
2. Ed Gibbons
3. Roger Pate
4. Kelly Guy
5. Ricky Weeks
6. Mike Measamer
7. Doug Sanders
8. Scott Autry
9. Roger Dale Hammond
10. Phil Hall
11. Bodine Masssengill
12. Tim Christie
13. Brandon Ifft
14. Michael Massengill
15. Gregg Stutts
16. Frank Williams
17. Terry Caples
18. Shawn Beasley
19. Steve Hardren
20. Mo Gordy
21. Daren Griffin
22. Darryl Freeman
23. Gerald Mintz
24. Roger Lucas
25. Jack Pennington
26. Andy Floyd

Pierce Takes Second Modified Win of the Weekend at New Smyrna

Sunday, April 25th, 2004

New Smyrna’s Show Dolls added to the heat as they heated up the start/finish
line with two dance routines for the fans. Asphalt is not their usual dance
floor but the Show Dolls had a great performance and the crowd was very pleased
but it had to be a little rough on the feet and legs for the girls.

Chad Pierce, winner from Friday night at Orlando SpeedWorld, took his second
win of the weekend in the Open Wheel Modified division. Pierce had the pole
for the feature event and never faultered from the waving of the green.
Following Pierce on the start was Bobby Blake, Mark Vandevender, Larry Goolsby and
Matt Wheeler. On lap 11, Ed Kuhel brought out the yellow for a spin but Kuhel
quickly straightened and continue to race.

Pierce held the point on the restart with Blake close behind. Blake taps
Pierce just enough to get Pierce very squirelly but Blake backs off to let Pierce
collect himself and Blake finds himself in third with Vandevender in second.

Pierce holds the point and takes the checkered for his second win of the
weekend followed by Mark Vandevender, Bobby Blake, Matt Wheeler and Larry Goolsby.

Matt Wheeler took the heat win.

Eric Black had the pole for the Super Late Model feature but before a lap was
down, Black and Guy Thomas, returning for the first time idn 2004, got
together in turns 1 and 2 with Thomas backing into the wall. Thomas was towed into
the pits and the race restarted.

On the restart it is David Rogers who takes over the number one spot with
Black, McLeod, Morgan Hoover and Wayne McCall in the top five. McLeod quickly
puts the pedal down and passes Black for second reeling closer and closer to
Rogers. Rogers is able to hold strong keeping McLeod in second although B.J. tries
everything to shake Rogers. Rogers takes the checkered followed by B.J.
McLeod, Eric Black, Morgan Hoover, and Wayne McCall.

B.J. McLeod took the heat win.

Alli Owens had the pole for the Mini Stock feature but it was Brian Bellaw
who quickly took the point followed by Owens, Ted “Mr Mini Stock” Vulpius, Chad
Carpenter and Ron Dubeau.

Vulpius passes Owens and takes over second with Owens sliding back to fifth.
Bellaw takes the checkered followed by Ted “Mr Mini Stock” Vulpius, Ron
Dubeau, Chad Carpenter and Alli Owens.

Chad Carpenter took the heat win.

Chris Peludat had the pole for the 50 lap Sportsman event but had trouble on
the start sliding backwards and then out. Dale Clouser took the point followed
by Earl Beckner, Donny Williams, Cory Kaiser and John Nusbaum.

On lap 7, Kaiser hits the turns 1 and 2 wall hard but is okay but done for
the night although he tried to make it back. David Gibbs was blackflagged as he
had part of his car running under his tire. Gibbs went on to pit road but was
not able to return.

Clouser holds the point on the restart with Beckner, Williams, Tommy Johnson
(making his first appearance in two years at New Smyrna) and John Nusbaum in
the top five.

Lap 10, Williams takes over second as Beckner slides to third. Newcomer Frank
Buchanon moves into fifth with Nusbaum sliding to sixth. Lap 17 James Adams
brings out the yellow as he has spun on the backstretch and suffered frontend
damage. Beckner takes a quick dive on pit road with problems but is able to
come back out.

Clouser holds the point on the restart with Williams, Johnson, Buchanon and
now Danny Shearer in fifth. Lap 27, Ed Kennedy and Joe Gerard touch coming off
4 with Kennedy taking a dive into the pits for frontend repairs.

The race restarts with Clouser on the point. Lap 25, Beckner and Bob Hart get
together in turns 3 and 4 as Bruce McGonigal brought out the yellow for his
spin on the backstretch. Since Beckner and Hart did not cause the yellow, both
were given back their spots with McGonigal to the rear.

The race restarts but on lap 26, one lap later, Shearer brings out the
caution as he spins in fluid on the track. The leader is found to be leaking gear
lube and is blackflagged with Shearer getting back his spot due to track
conditions for the spin. After leading half the race, Clouser is done with Donny
Williams as the new leader.

On the restart it is Williams, Buchanon, Johnson, Shearer and Nusbaum in the
top five But it is not to be Johnson’s night as on lap 29 he develops
mechanical problems and is out of the race. On the restart it is now Williams,
Buchanon, Shearer, Nusbaum and Beckner in the top five.

Beckner passes Nusbaum and takes over fourth with Nusbaum going to fifth. Lap
33, Shearer spins in turns 3 and 4 bringing out the yellow. Since only five
cars are on the lead lap, Shearer starts in the fifth position for the restart.

Williams holds the point for the rest of the race and takes the checkered
followed by Frank Buchanon, Danny Shearer, John Nusbaum and Paul Hudson.

Josh Schmidt had the pole for the Late Model feature but it was young Troy
Atkins who quickly jumped to the point over Don Hess, Josh Schmidt, Mark Smith
and Alan Bruns.

Hess puts the pedal down and passes Atkins for the lead with Atkins going to
second. NO cautions with Hess taking the checkered followed by Troy Atkins,
Josh Schmidt, Mark Smith and Alan Bruns.

Nineteen Strictly Stocks lined the field for the 25 lap special with Dominic
Barbado on the pole. But it did not take Richard Renzi long to take the lead
over Mike Wofford, Jeremy Hovencamp, Bruce McGonigal Jr., and Derek Slade.
Hovencamp puts his moves on and first takes second and on lap 8 takes the point.
Alot of slippin and slidin but no cautions as Hovencamp wins the 25 lapper
followed by Bruce McGonigal Jr., Derek Slade, James Smith, and Mike Wofford.

Next week at New Smyrna Speedway – TBARA Winged Sprint

Official Race Results – April 24, 2004


1. #11 David Rogers
2. #78 B.J. McLeod
3. #10 Eric Black
4. #39 Morgan Hoover
5. #2x Wayne McCall
6. #8 Brent Hobbs
7. #4 Rick Bates
8. #2 Guy Thomas
9. #63 Joe Fidos DNS


1. #64 Don Hess
2. #14 Troy Atkins
3. #119 Josh Schmidt
4. #48 Mark Smith
5. #4b Alan Bruns
6. #63 Dewayne Bryan DNS
7. #2 A.J. Curreli DNS


1. #51 Chad Pierce
2. #7 Mark Vandevender
3. #75 Bobby Blake
4. #96 Matt Wheeler
5. #16 Larry Goolsby
6. #14 Glen Bradley
7. #20 Ed Kuhel
8. #19 Rick McGuire DNS


1. #111 Donny Williams
2. #07x Frank Buchanon
3. #77 Danny Shearer
4. #70 John Nusbaum
5. #08 Paul Hudson
6. #07 Ron Lufcy
7. #51 Ed Kennedy
8. #3 Earl Beckner
9. #18 Ken Lewton
10. #330 Joe Gerared
11. #82 Tommy Johnson
12. #30 Dale Clouser
13. #2h Bob Hart
14. #28 Mike Soukup
15. #6 Bruce McGonigal
16. #29 James Adams
17. #7 Tom Gamache
18. #26 Chris Peludat
19. #48 Cory Kaiser
20. #47 David Gibbs


1. #1 Brian Bellaw
2. #71 Ted “Mr Mini Stock” Vulipus
3. #4 Ron Dubeau
4. #31 Chad Carpenter
5. #22 Alli Owens
6. #23 Wayne Wells
7. #6 Mark Broat
8. #2 Ron Karto Jr.


1. #39 Jeremy Hovencamp
2. #22 Bruce McGonigal Jr.
3. #126 Derek Slade
4. #65 James Smith
5. #15 Mike Wofford
6. #73 Jose Rivera
7. #18 Dominic Barbado
8. #08 Matt Conway
9. #75 Tim Logue
10. #40 John Zimmerman
11. #26 Michelle Dyal
12. #91 Travis Scott
13. #X Richard Renzi
14. #99 Gordon Houck
15. #92 Curtis Smith
16. #151 Rick Langdon
17. #29 Aaron Garver
18. #4
19. #35 Steve Scurlock

Kinzer and Luttrell Big Winners on Opening Night at Half Mountain Speedway

Saturday, April 24th, 2004

Qualifying for the Late Models, Limited Late Models, and Modified divisions started off the nights activities with Paul Harris driving his brand new first time on the track Swartz Race Car setting the fast time in the Late Model Division in his Miller Brother Coal, Twin Bridge Auto Parts Merion Monument Harris Trucking American Racer Tires sponsored machine, with a time of 18.18, Whitesburg KY

In the Limited Late Model Division Greg Lucas driving a TNT race car sponsored by Kings Body Shop, M.A. Bate Masonry, Pine Top Motors, Day Racing Engine, E&J Tire, Bills Marathon, Isom Tire, J&J Communication, Gregs Bates Logging, Graphic Impressions set the fastest time of the 19 cars with a time of 19.13.

In the Modified Division the 82 of Randy Fouts drove his Lightning Chassis A&R Trucking sponsored to the fastest lap of the 9 Modified racers with a time of 20.00

After some heat races to set the feature events for the evening the Bomber Feature was the first feature to roll onto the track. With the 48 of Michael Paul Howard and the 21 of JJ Brock on the front row for the start, on the start Howard grabbed the lead with Brock settling into second but by lap two the 2 car of David Lutrell was all over Brock and took the lead at the end of lap two Howard would continue to lead the feature until lap 7 when the L38 of Elcaney Cline brought out the one and only caution of the event, during the caution laps the leader Howard went pitside with a flat right rear tire, but HMS rules give any driver that has a flat tire in the feature two courtesy laps to get in changed and rejoin the rear of the field. Howard’s bad luck was Lutrell’s good luck because Lutrell was now the leader of the feature, Lutrell would go on to lead the rest of the 12 lap feature event, but the action was watching the 48 of Howard charge through the field to take the second position as the white flag was being displayed to Luttrell, but Luttrell’s lead was to big for Howard to over come as the #2 car of David Luttrell fromHazard KY driving a Camero Sponsored by Pats Pest Control won his 4th feature event at the Speedway, followed by the hard charging 48 car of Michael Paul Howards from Salyersville KY, 3rd was the 21 of JJ Brock from TopMost KY, 4th was the 12 of Kevin Harkin from Viper KY, and 5th was the 36 of Eulis Combs from Hazard KY.

Modified Feature was next on the track with the 18 of Brandon Kinzer from Allen KY and the 82 of Randy Fouts leading the field to the green flag. On the start Kinzer jumped to the early lead with Fouts in second and the 1c of Robinson in third as the laps click off Kinzer continued to show the way, but after the last caution flew Fouts ran into problems and fell form the runner up position to the rear of the field moving the J7 of Greg Gibson up to second, then track officials started reporting rain around the track, and within minutes of the first sign of rain the sky opened up and rain began to fall harder so the Red Flag came out over the feature with 12 laps in the books with only three laps remaining in the race, after the rain let up the HMS official made the decision to try to get the track back in racing shape, but after trying for about 30 minutes it was clear that the track was not going to be in racing shape and so the Modified feature was deemed a official race with Brandon Kinzer taking his Bob Pierce Chassis in which he is a local deal in to victory lane in his first race in his Modified at HMS, Second was the J7 of Greg Gibson from Salyersville KY, third was the 20 of Jason Perry from Hunington West Virginia, fourth was the c1 of Chris Click from Prestonsburg KY, and fifth was the 4E of Ryan Risner from Salyersville KY.

With the rains washing the rest of the features out next weekend May 1st Half Mountain Speedway will provide some extra excitement for the fans that attend the race, the Limited Late Models and the 4-Cylinder Divisions will be running double features next weekend, the rain out feature is locked in and no new entries will be accepted for the rain out feature, but the regular show event that will follow the make up features will be open for drivers that wants to participate, all other divisions will be running a regular show except the Super Late Models which will not be racing this weekend, but will return May 8th for a double feature for them the rain out feature which is locked in, and also the regular show feature that will follow after the make up feature. May 8th will also be the beginning of the season long points battle at HMS.

Next weekend May 1st gates will open at 4PM, with drivers meeting at 6:30PM, hot laps will begin around 6:45 or 7PM with a complete show with qualifying, heat races, and features scheduled plus make up feature races in the Limited Late Model and 4-Cylinder divisions. Admission for the May 1st Event will be $10 for Grandstand Seating, and $20 for Pit Passes with kids 5 and under getting in free of charge in both the Grandstand area and the Pit area.

Half Mountain Speedway would like to thank all the drivers and race fans for supporting the track in the past and in the future several things are in the works for the track to make the racing better and reward the drivers for their support each and every weekend.


Bomber Feature Results:

1st David Luttrell

2nd Michael Paul Howard

3rd JJ Brock

4th Kevin Harkin

5th Eulis Combs

6th Don Risner

7th Bucky Collins

8th Scott LeMaster

9th Elcaney Cline

Steve Howard DNS the feature (Over Heating) JJ Terry DNS the feature (Oil Leak)

Modified Feature Results:

1st Brandon Kinzer

2nd Greg Gibson

3rd Jason Perry

4th Chris Click

5th Ryan Risner

6th Randy Fouts

7th Kevin Mayhabb

8th Todd Robinson

Also on hand but DNS the feature was the 28 of Walt Mayhabb