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Chucke May Rides the Rim at Half Mountain to Pick Up $1,500 Victory

Monday, May 31st, 2004

That brought up some rough spots which forced the drivers to search for grooves never ran at Half Mountain before, but after this past Saturday night many drivers have found the secret groove the track official new was there but many racers was not familiar with running right against the outside wall at speeds well over 100MPH.

The drivers meeting was delayed about 30 minutes due to the amount of cars still in line to enter the track at 6:30PM, but after all the cars had entered, the car count totaled 74 cars in 5 divisions from 3 different states the largest car count of the young season. At the drivers meeting it was announced that the Super Late Model feature purse had been raised from $1,200 to win to $1,500 to win and it will remain $1,500 to win for the rest of the season with the start money raised to $100 to start.

Qualifying for the Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, and Modified divisions was the first order of business. In the Super Late Model divisions the 28 of Chuckie May set fast time of the 12 cars on hand with a time of 17.44.

In the Limited Late Model Division the 32 of Greg Lucas continued to show his muscle by setting the fast time of the 20 Limited Late Models on hand with a time of 19.10

In the Modified Divisions the J7 of Greg Gibson was the fastest of the 15 Modified cars on hand with a time of 19.91.

After Heat Races to set the Feature Races starting grid the Super Late Model Feature rolled out on the track just before the 11PM hour with the 28 of Chuckie May and veteran Late Model driver 33 of Joe Meadows from Crab Orchard WVA lead the 12 car field to the green flag for the start of the 20 lap feature.

On the start May jumped to the early lead, but after the completion of lap one the outside pole sitter Meadows pulled up when he blew a right rear tire sending him to the pits with extensive damage from the blowout. On the restart May jumped back to the lead with the 87 David Smith also from the state of West Virginia running second with the 10 of Paul Harris from Prestonsburg KY hot on his heels in third. On lap two Harris was able to work his way around Smith for second, but the story of the race was developing back in the pack as the 1 of Audie Swartz builder of the Swartz race cars that many of the racers drive weekly was on the move coming to the front using the good second groove that had been working all night long, Swartz started the feature in 9th position, but by lap two he had worked his way to 4th and by lap six he was in third, meanwhile up front May was holding onto a comfortable lead but during the middle stages of the race it appeared the Harris and Swartz was inching closer, but the laps ran out and at the end of the 20 lap feature the 28 of Chuckie May from Allen KY became the first repeat winner of the season in the Super Late Model division in 2004, second was the 10 of Paul Harris from Prestonsburg KY sponsored by Twin Bridge Auto Parts and Miller Brother Coal, third was the 1 of Audie Swartz from Ohio, fourth was the 87 of David Smith from St Albans WV sponsored by Daivd Smith’s Frame and Body Shop, and fifth was the 38 of Raymond Nichols from Jeremiah KY Sponsored by Nannan Mining, Pine Top Motors, Kings Body Shop and Days Engine.

The Limited Late Model Division had the 32 of Greg Lucas and the 19 of Jamie Slone on the front row in what is quickly turning into a very interesting rivalry between these two talented drivers. On the start Slone and Lucas battled into turn one to control of the race but the two drivers never exited turn two as both drivers ended up in the outside wall with major damage to both the cars, both cars were forced to make pit stops, but both made it back out for the restart of the race. This moved the second row to the front with the 12 of Larry Grey JR from Lexington KY and the 88 of Tandy Spurlock from Printer KY, on the restart Grey and Spurlock battled for the lead with Grey taking the lead but by lap 4 the 47 of Chris Combs from Isom KY who started the feature in sixth, Combs would continue to lead the race but the positions behind Combs were changing almost every lap with plenty of side by side racing all the way back through the field. The man on the move was the 19 of Jamie Slone who after the problems on the start was patiently working his way back to the front even with all the damage from the incident including the lack of a spoiler which had to really affect the handle of the car, Slone had worked his way from the rear up to 4th by the half way point of the race, meanwhile back up front the 15 car of Brandon Mason had picked his way up from his 17th starting position and was working on Grey for second and would take second on lap 7 and would set his sights on the leader, but the 47 of Chris Combs from Isom KY sponsored by Combs Trucking, Combs Transport, Coal Train Trucking Weststar, and SEBCO. Combs who has had some really strong runs at HMS already this season finally got what he has been working for winning his first feature event of the season, Combs also stopped a 6 race win streak Greg Lucas had built, Lucas finished 13th never able to recover from the incident at the start of the race. Second was the 15 of Brandon Mason from Whiteburg Ky sponsored by Mason & Hogg Trucking Mtn Truck Parts P&P Construction, Pinetop Motors, D&D Construction and Johnny Wheels, third wasLarry Grey JR from Lexington KY sponsored by Quater Horse Trucking, Yantz Pressure Washing and Larry Yantz Racing, fourth was the 19 of Jamie Slone from Holly Bush KY sponsored by Weststar Industries, SEBCO INC, American Racing Tires, Mobil1 Racing, Tim Short Auto, and Mtn Dental Service and fifth was the 1 of Ralph Francis from Fisty KY sponsored by Miller Brothers Coal and Hawkeye Trucking.

The Modified Division over the past few weeks have entertained the race fans with some of the best side by side clean racing of the night and last night was no exception with the c1 of Chris Click and the 28 of Walt Mayhabb leading the 15 cars to the start of the race. On the start Click grabbed the early lead with Mayhabb hungry for a taste of the lead, but Mayhabb would continue to battle for the lead also joining this battle for the lead was the 82 of Randy Fouts as all three cars danced a three way dance for the lead, as the laps began to wind down the drivers knew if they were going to make a move and it stick they had to do it soon as Mayhabb was able to wrestle the lead from Click on lap 12 of the 15 lap feature event. On lap 13 Fouts was able to work by Click dropping him to third spot as the three way dance for the lead continued, but on lap 14 the 28 hit the outside wall coming out of turn 4 and Fouts drove over his exposed front tire sending him airborne flying through the air with all four tire off the ground, but luckily for Fouts he came down on all 4 wheels and continued on, but the C1 of Chris Click took advantage of the incident between the two drivers and made a dash for the lead as the white flag was displayed to the field. The C1 if Chris Click from Martin KY was able to hold on to the lead over the final lap to pick up his second win of the season at Half Mountain Speedway Click is sponsored by TEM Equiptment, Clicks Logging, and Harmon Trucking, second was the 82 of Randy Fouts from Kite KY Sponsored by A&R Trucking, third was the 28 of Walt Mayhabb from Campton KY sponsored by Floyd Anderson Chevy and Buick, fourth was the J7 of Greg Gibson from Salyersville KY sponsored by Gibson Auto Supply, Keith Automotive Machine, Standfers Builders INC, Go-Go Drive Thru, Salyer Trucking, Haddix Race Cars, Sandra Kay Beauty Salon, Performance Signs & Graphics, and fifth was the 20 Jason Perry from Hunington WVA his sponsors are Eagle Race Cars, Hallmark Motors, Waterworks Industrial Supply and Thomas Concrete.

The Bomber Feature had the 36 of Eulis Combs and the 2 of David Luttrell on the front row for the start of the feature race. On the start Luttrell jumped to the early lead with Combs in second and JJ Brock in third the three leaders would trade positions several times through out the race with Luttrell leading the first 7 laps before falling back to fourth and later out of the top five this handed the lead over to the 21 of JJ Brock who was able to take second from Combs on lap three, but the 36 of Eulis Combs from Hazard KY was able to take the lead from Brock on lap 10 and would go on to lead the rest of the race picking up his first ever win at Half Mountain Speedway Combs is sponsored by Godsey & Auto Sales, Makayla Candles, second was the 21 of JJ Brock from TopMost KY, third was the 7 of Allen Adams from Viper KY, fourth was the 20 of Lowell Bailey and fifth was the R17 of Don Risner from Salyersville KY sponsored by Don’s Super Lube.

The 4-Cylinder Feature was the last feature of the night with the 41 of Mike Howard and the 10 of Jacob Ross leading the field to the green flag. On the start Howard grabbed the early lead with the 48 of Greg Anderson in second followed by the 1* of Oscar McCown, Ross dropped back to 5th on the start, but on lap 6 the second place running car of Anderson spun bringing out the caution and sending him to the rear of the field and moving the 1* of Oscar McCown to second. McCown would make a run on Howard on the restart but the 41 of Mike Howard from Hazard KY was smooth and strong all feature long and would hold off the challenge of McCown and pick up his second win in a row, second was the 1* of Oscar McCown from Isom KY Sponsored by Bills Marathon, Larry Wright Trucking, LOCO Enterprise, Mates Masonry, and High Tech Automotive, third was the 88 of William Kirk from Viper KY, fourth was the 10 of Jacob Ross from Harold KY sponsored by Hi-Tech Racing Engines, and D&D Tire and fifth was the 48 of Greg Anderson from Lucasville Ohio.

Next weekend Half Mountain Speedway will present a regular show in all five divisions, starting this coming weekend the payout for the Super Late Model division will be $1,500 to win and $100 to start which met with a round of applause from the drivers in the drivers meeting when it was announced.

Half Mountain Speedway would like to think all the drivers and race fans that continue to make Half Mountain Speedway the place to race in Eastern KY this past weekend the track had a average of almost 15 cars in five divisions and the hillside of fans witnessed one of the best races of the year in the Mountains of Eastern KY with the complete show over at 12:30 with the Late Models and Limited Late Models over well before the Midnight hour, next weekend expect much of the same type action at Eastern Kentucky’s biggest and fastest track.

Half Mountain Speedway 8-29-04 Complete Results:
Late Model: (12 cars)
Fast time the 28 of Chuckie May 17.44 sec.
Feature Results: 3 States Represented Feature was over just after 11PM
Chuckie May
Paul Harris
Audie Swartz
David Smith
Raymond Nichols
Shannon Thornsberry
Nick BoCook
Josh BoCook
Jeff Napper
Scott Hall
Joe Meadows

Limited Late Model: (20 Cars)
Fast Time: Greg Lucas 19.10
Feature Results:
Chris Combs
Brandon Mason
Larry Grey JR
Jamie Slone
Ralph Francis
Jamie Maggard
Tandy Spurlock
Steve Dillow
Danny Bates
Paul Doug Porter
Kevin Hall
Randy Fields
Greg Lucas
Tim Mason
DJ Wells
Jack Fields
Anton
James Grisby
Johnathan Wright (DNS)

Modifieds: (14 Cars)
Fast Time: Greg Gibson 19.91
Feature Results:
Chris Click
Randy Fouts
Walt Mayhabb
Greg Gibson
Jason Perry
Kevin Mayhabb
Tony Stone
Leslie Johnson
Mike Hall
Bryan Salisbury
Jason Ball
Ed Shepherd (DNS)
Steve Martin (DNS)
Brad Hensley (DNS)

Bomber (13 Cars)
Bomber Feature:
Eulis Combs
JJ Brock
Allen Adams
Lowell Bailey
Don Risner
David Lutrell
Bucky Collins
Justin Gamble
ElCaney Cline
JJ Terry
Justin Risner
Greg Hensley (DNS)
Darren Damron (DNS)

4-Cylinder: (15 Cars) Last race was over at 12:30AM
Mike Howard
OsCar McCown
William Kirk
Jacob Ross
Greg Anderson
Eric Hall
Jeremy Hayes
Trenton Frazier
Ricky Combs
Dustin Stanley
Chad Hall
Jeff Land (DNS)
Willie McIntyre (DNS)
Larry McRoberts (DNS)
Richard Mullins (DNS)

Also announced that since Big Jim still does not have the track the way he wants it the Special event that was on the schedule for next weekend will be rescheduled for a later date, also Modified drivers will be competing at HMS next week. It is listed on the shedule that they may not be competing but Jim said that they have supported us very well and we are running them next weekend.

Next weekend will be a regular show for all divisions:
Late Models: $1,500 to win $100 to start
Limited Late Models: $800 to win $75 to start
Modified: $650 to win $50 to start
Bombers: $400 to win paying back 8 spots
4-Cylinders $200 to win paying back 8 spots

Jim Branham and the entire HMS staff would like to thank each and every Driver and Racefans that made the trip to HMS this past weekend, its because of you that the track continues to crank out some of the best shows you will see, and its because of you that Big Jim is increasing the payouts and more could be coming as the support continues to grow.

Wild Double Points Night at New Smyrna

Saturday, May 29th, 2004

Super Lates saw Eric Black take the heat win but it was Dick “King of the Short Tracks” Anderson on the pole for their 20 lap feature. Anderson, who led from green to checkers.

On the green, Anderson quickly jumped to the lead over David Rogers, B.J. McLeod, Eric Black and Guy Thomas. But it did not take long before it was the Anderson, Rogers, and McLeod show as they left the rest of the field – Black, Thomas and David Frohlich to battle among themselves.

By lap 8, McLeod passed Rogers and had taken the second spot aiming his guns now towards Anderson. But by lap 12, it was McLeod and Rogers going side-by-side again for the second spot with Rogers taking over on lap 13.

Lap 17 Scott Reeves brought out the yellow as he spun on the backstretch. On the restart it was Anderson, Rogers, McLeod, Black, Thomas, Frohlich, and Reeves.

On the last lap going for the checkered, Thomas and Frohlich got alittle too hot and heavy touching and both spinning as Scott Reeves went on by and took fifth place at the checkered. Anderson took his first feature win at NSS for 2004 with David Rogers, B.J. McLeod, Eric Black and Scott Reeves in the top five.

Watch several of these drivers as they race the Powell Memorial on Friday, June 4, at Citrus County Speedway. The Powell Memorial will be 150 laps, $5,000 to win.

Sportsman saw Dale Clouser and Donny Williams take the heat wins. Donny Williams had the pole for the 15 lap feature but it did not take long for Dale Clouser to take the points from Williams. Following Closuer was Williams, Earl Beckner, Chris Peludat, and Cory Kaiser.

On lap 14 the only caution of the race came out for Joe Gerard and John Nusbaum who got together in turns 3 and 4 and spun. The race went back green with Clouser taking the checkers followed by Donny Williams, Earl Beckner, Chris Peludat and Cory Kaiser.

Clouser was protested after the race and a full teardown was done. Clouser was found illegal in the bottom end and the win was given to Donny Williams followed by new finishing order Earl Beckner, Chris Peludat, Cory Kaiser, and Ken Lewton.

Brian Bellaw won the Mini Stock heat but it was Chad Carpenter on the pole for their
15 lap feature. But on lap 1, Carpenter, Ron Karto Jr., and Ted “Mr Mini Stock” Vulpius all got together in turn 4 as Carpenter spun and Karto ran over Vulpius avoiding Carpenter.
All three retired to the pits for the night.

The race was restarted again as Robbie Storer, Alli Owens, Brian Bellaw, Ron Dubeau, and Jamie Dixon were the top five. By lap five, Owens found herself going side-by-side with Brian Bellaw for the second spot with Bellaw taking it by lap 6 as Owens settled into fourth.

Storer took the checkered followed by Brian Bellaw, Ron Dubeau, Alli Owens and Jamie Dixon.

Brad May won the heat race for the Open Wheel Modifieds but it was Bobby Blake on the pole for their 15 lap feature. On the green, it was Blake and May going side-by-side for the point followed by Matt Wheeler, Max Mock and Ed Kuhel. The #7 of Mark Vandevender had problems and had to retire from the race.

Blake took the lead and it was May doing everything he could to pass Blake. On the last lap, Blake and May came upon Kuhel, who was running fifth, with Blake having to check up and May passing for the point. May took the win followed by Blake, Matt Wheeler, Max Mock, and Ed Kuhel.

After the race, Blake hit the back-end of Kuhel twice showing his disgust with Kuhel.
Kuhel ended up with a large amount of rear-end damage and not very happy since nothing was done on purpose to make Blake loose the lead. And by the way, the moon was kindof full.

Jeff Colburn and Mark Smith won the heat races for the Late Models. But in the first heat, three cars were destroyed before they could even run the feature. Chuck Burkhalter, Chuck Abell, and Troy Atkins. Atkins was leading the heat with Burkhalter going on his outside to pass for the lead when Atkins moved up the track and pushed Burkhalter straight into the turn 1 wall. Chuck Abell, who was behind Atkins and Burkhalter, had no place to go and went into them destroying his new car. Atkins complained of a headache after the EMT’s were called in.

Phillip Bessette had the pole for the 15 lap Late Model feature and found himself going side-by-side with Jeff Colburn for the lead on the green followed by Mark Smith, Don Hess, and Dewayne Barrus. Colburn manages to take the point as Bessette slides to third and Don Hess takes over second when on lap 2, Colburn spins on the backstretch in front of the whole field charging down on him. Luckily everyone was able to miss Colburn and he rejoined the field in the rear.

On the restart, it was Don Hess, Bessette, Smith, Chad Pierce, and Dwayne Barrus.
Pierce passes Smith then Bessette taking over second and trying to catch Hess for first. But Hess is strong and Pierce remains second followed by Smith, Bessette, Colburn, and Barrus.

On lap 13, Colburn makes his move on Bessette to take over fourth as Bessette spins and brings out the caution flag in turns 1 and 2. The race goes back green for two more laps as Hess takes the checkered followed by Chad Pierce, Mark Smith, Jeff Colburn, and Josh Schmidt.

Ron Whaley won the heat race for the Super Stocks but on the pole for their 15 lap feature was Jeff Colburn driving the #23 of Charlie Collins. But it was Josh Wronkowski who took the lead on the green followed by Colburn, James Adams, Barry Parks and Ron Whaley.

Colburn passes Wronkowski for the lead as Whaley passes Adams and takes over third with Adams sliding to fourth and Stephen Dembinsky in fifth. On lap 7, Dembinsky spins in turns 3 and 4 bringing out the yellow. Whaley holds the point on the restart followed by Colburn, Wronkowski, Adams, and Barry Parks. Colburn’s car seems to slow as Adams passes Colburn for third. Whaley takes the checkered followed by Josh Wronkowski, James Adams, Jeff Colburn, and Barry Parks.

Richard Renzi took the heat race with John Poltz on the pole for their 12 lap feature. But it was Curtis Smith who took the lead and led to the checkered followed by Bruce Muh, John Poltz, Richard Renzi and Derek Slade.

OFFICIAL RESULTS:
NEW SMYRNA SPEEDWAY, MAY 29, 2004

SUPER LATE MODEL

1. #92 Dick Anderson
2. #11 David Rogers
3. #78 B.J. McLeod
4. #10 Eric Black
5. #21 Scott Reeves
6. #22 David Frohlich
7. #2 Guy Thomas

LATE MODEL

1. #64 Don Hess
2. #57 Chad Pierce
3. #48 Mark Smith
4. #31 Jeff Colburn
5. #119 Josh Schmidt
6. #17 Phillip Bessette
7. #3 Dewayne Barrus
8. #82 Alan Davis
9. #59 Ernest Worley
10. #91 Don Roberts
11. #05 Brian Shubert
12. #1X Chuck Burkhalter DNS
13. #19 Chuck Abell DNS
14. #14 Troy Akins DNS
15. #55 Sam Watts DNS

OPEN WHEEL MODIFIED

1. #00 Brad May
2. #75 Bobby Blake
3. #95 Matt Wheeler
4. #44 Max Mock
5. #20 Ed Kuhel
6. #7 Mark Vandevender

SPORTSMAN

1. #111 Donny Williams
2. #3 Earl Beckner
3. #27 Chris Peludat
4. #48 Cory Kaiser
5. #18 Ken Lewton
6. #6 Bruce McGonigal
7. #08 Paul Hudson
8. #70 John Nusbaum
9. #330 Joe Gerard
10. #45 Mike Soukup
11. #51 Ed Kennedy
12. #30 Dale Clouser DQ’D

SUPER STOCK

1. #2 Ron Whaley
2. #21 Josh Wronkowski
3. #29 James Adams
4. #23 Jeff Colburn
5. #27 Barry Parks
6. #01 Chuck Smith
7. #90 Rob Watford
8. #50 Stephen Dembinsky

MINI STOCK

1. #9 Robbie Storer
2. #1 Brian Bellaw
3. #4 Ron Dubeau
4. #22 Alli Owens
5. #6x Jamie Dixon
6. #61 Rick Gamache
7. #6 Mark Broat
8. #31 Chad Carpenter
9. #71 Ted “Mr Mini Stock” Vulpius
10. #2 Ron Karto, Jr.

STRICTLY STOCK
1. #92 Curtis Smith
2. #60 Bruce Muh
3. #28 John Poltz
4. #X Richard Renzi
5. #126 Derek Slade

Good Weather Brings Cars and Fans to Varney

Saturday, May 29th, 2004

For the 2004 season, there have been some changes put into place along the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway. The sound system in the grandstand and pit areas has been upgraded and is now among the best in the province. As well, new mufflers are being used by all divisions to limit the noise from the racing machines. With many new and returning staff now ready to put away their rain coats, this season should be one of the best ever!

During the intermission break, the Cops for Cancer fundraiser was held in victory lane. Volunteers had fundraised money for this worth cause to have their heads shaved in front of the entire speedway audience! The amount of hair cut off was almost as amazing as the amount of donations that these volunteers had raised.

The Kids Club is back in force for 2004, with another great line up of events including bike races, racecar rides, soap box derbies, roller blade races and much, much more! Naturally, the weekly bike draw is still quite popular with the under twelve crowd. The lucky bike winner on this night was three year old Austin Subject from Moncton.

The Mini Trucks division rolled out for their first feature race of the year with a full field of competitors. Earlier in the night, #7 Trevor Thompson of Elmira recorded the first roll over of the season with a nasty looking crash down the back stretch. Thankfully, Thompson and his Mini Truck survived the crash intact and started the feature race. From the drop of the green flag, #9 Mitch Fletcher of Hanover took the lead with the rest of the competitors chasing him. Thompson made a surprising late charge and dogged Fletcher all the way to the finish line. In the end, Fletcher recorded the victory with Thompson in second and #13 Matt Brouwer of Waterloo in third. The heat races were won by Fletcher and #77 Stephen Clark of Waterloo.

The CASCAR Juniors were also on hand this night and put on another exciting show. These little racers really like the high banks of Varney Motor Speedway and are often racing three or four wide when in a pack. Their feature race was won by #97 Jessie Pontello with #5 Brady Bice in second and #53 Matt Schneider in third. The heat races were won by Pontello and #38 Kyle Batty.

The Stock Four division ran the first official TD Smith Transport Racing Series event on this evening. This special series allows drivers to really showcase their talents as they run two full feature races, as opposed to two shorter qualifying heat races and then a feature race. This series is very popular with the drivers and creates some great racing action. In the first feature race, #19 Dennis Cremasco of Arthur let the other competitors know that he was back in form with a solid win. The race for second was won by #74 James Woods of Acton with #27 Jason Ahlborn of Grand Valley in third. In the second feature race, it was Ahlborn who took control and took the checkered flag first. In second place was #58 Jason Tremble of Durham with Cremasco in third.

For the first time in many years, Enduro races are back at Varney Motor Speedway for 2004. These long, endurance style races typically feature all sorts of insane racing not normally seen in a feature race. The rules are the same as the Street Stock division to allow competitors to race both in they like. Although scheduled for two hundred laps, the race for this night was shortened to only 75 laps with a lower than expected car count. However, the racing was still interesting to watch as leader #53 Bill Cole of Hanover and last year’s rookie sensation Chris Van Dusen battled for over twenty laps. In the end, Cole was the winner with #33 John Cole of Hanover in second and Van Dusen in third.

The Super Street Stock division was also running the first of their TD Smith Transport Racing Series events on this night, with a combination of new and old drivers all in the hunt. In the first feature race, perennial division favourite #86 Bill Clarke of Arthur simply took off and left the other drivers in his dust. Without a serious challenge, Clarke cruised to the finish line with #24 Pam Chagnon of Clinton in second and #89 Jim Mannan of Platsville in third. In the second feature race, #0 Scott Way of Fergus had his hands full with an ill handling new racecar, but still managed to hold onto the lead. Late in the race, Clarke caught up to Way and tried almost everything to make the pass. However, Way wrestled his way to the checkered flag for the win, with Clarke a very close second and #48 Dwight Roxburgh of Grand Valley in third place.

The Challenger division is waiting on several more competitors to fill up the field, but those on hand still did a remarkable job in entertaining the crowd in their feature race. The main battle for the lead was between #19 Brian Wilson and #35 Tim Tolton, both from Guelph. With Wilson out front, Tolton followed patiently and made several attempts for a quick sling shot pass to the inside. When that didn’t work, Tolton looked to the outside, but to no avail. Wilson took his first feature race of the season with Tolton only a few feet behind for second. Back in third place was #11 Don Winter of Guelph. The heat races were won by Wilson and Tolton.

The All Pro Modified division is again one of the top attractions at Varney Motor Speedway with their radical designs and fast racing action! Their feature race proved to be showdown of sorts as #2 Steve Filsinger of Arthur chased down #4 Aaron McLean of Conn. Although McLean had built up a sizable lead, Filsinger made short work of closing the gap. The two drivers ended up racing side by side for the last part of this race, with Filsinger edging ahead with only one lap remaining. At the line, Filsinger and McLean crossed in first and second, with #19 Dean Scott of Ingersoll not far behind in third. The heat races were won by Filsinger and #92 Roger Bowden of Schomberg.

The management and staff are looking forward to another great racing season and hope you will join us for the most exciting high banked oval in the province! A complete schedule, driver profiles and much more is available at our website, www.varneymotorspeedway.com .

Half Mountain Beats Weather

Saturday, May 29th, 2004

After the hot laps sessions for all divisions all five divisions Qualifying for the Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, and Modifieds were first on the speedway.

In the Super Late Model division the 17 of Shannon Thornsberry set fast time of the small but star studded field at the track, with a time of 18.09.

In the Limited Late Model division Greg Lucas and Jamie Slone showed just how competitive this divisions really is when both drivers set identical fast times with a time of 19.09 of the 16 Cars on hand

In the Modified Division the J7 of Greg Gibson set fast time of the 12 cars on hand with a time of 20.46

After heat races for all divisions the first of five feature races hit the track, as the Super Late Models rolled onto the track with the 17 of Shannon Thornsberry and the 10 of Paul Harris leading the field to the green flag. At the drop of the green Thornsberry and Harris locked up in a battle for the lead, with Thornsberry holding the top spot and Harris applying some strong pressure looking for a opening to get by, but then on lap 4 Thornsberry pulled up with some type of Mechanical problem sending him to the pits and handing the lead over to Harris and Half Mountain Speedway Super Late Model divisions the 38 of Raymond Nichols to the second spot. On the restart Harris showed why he is one of the most popular drivers in Eastern KY, but pulling out to a incredible lead during the rest of the race. Harris by lap 13 of the 20 lap feature had over a half lap lead on the second place car of Nichols who was locked in a battle with the 28 of Chuckie May for the second spot and by the time the checkers flew at 10:05PM the 10 car of Paul Harris from Prestonsburg KY driving the Miller Brothers Coal, Twin Bridge Auto Parts, Merion Brother Monument, Harris Trucking, Swartz Race Cars, American Race Tires sponsored had won the race but the real story was the 3/4th lap lead in which he won it by completely dominating the race like many had never seen someone do at Half Mountain before, also this win pulled Harris into a tie with the 38 car of Raymond Nichols in the season point standings. Second was the 28 of Chuckie May who was able to take second from Raymond Nichols on lap 18, third was the 38 of Raymond Nichols from Jeremiah KY driving the Kannan Mining Pinetop Motors, Kings Body Shop, Days Engine entry to another impressive finish, fourth was the 62k of Joel Jenson from Auxier KY sponsored by East KY Vulcainizing, Maynards Parts& Restoration, and fifth was the 65 of Bucky Jackson from Morehead KY sponsored by Jackson Builders, Ken-Mor Trucking, GEM Mart Sunoco, GEM Mart BP, Creekside Reality.

The Limited Late Model hit the track next with the 32 of Greg Lucas and the 19 of Jamie Slone on the front row for a wild 15 lap feature event that saw several cautions and bent up sheet metal at the end of the race. On the start Lucas jumped to the early lead with the 47 of Chris Combs coming from third up to second dropping the 19 of Jamie Slone making his first start of the season to third. Lucas and Combs continued to show the way but by the half way point the 15 of Brandon Mason was challenging Slone for third and would take over the third spot on lap 8, the several cautions through out the event kept the cars bunched up and the dry slick conditions that the drivers were racing under kept them skating all over the track and at the same time trying to pickup positions at speeds over 90MPH on the straightaways, but the track conditions didn’t slow down the momentum that Lucas is carrying at Half Mountain Picking up another victory in the Limited Late Model Divisions the 32 Greg Lucas from Whitesburg KY sponsors are Kings Body Shop, M.A.Bates Masonary, Pinetop Motors, Days Racing Engine, E&J Tire, Bills Marathon, Isom Tire, J&J Communication, Greg Bates Logging, Graphic Impression, the 47 of Chris Combs from Isom KY ran another strong second his sponsors are Combs Trucking, Combs Transport, Coal Train Trucking, WestStar, SEBCO, Mountaineer Kartway, Evertt Shepherd Trucking, Breeding Heavy Haulers, AC2 Graphics, CBM Motorsports, third was the 15 Brandon Mason from Whitesburg KY sponsored by Mason & Hogg Trucking, Pinetop Motorsports, P&P Construction, D&M Construction, Mountain Truck Parts, and Johnny Wheels, fourth was the 19 of Jamie Slone from Holly Bush KY sponsored by Weststar Indutries, SEBCO INC, American Racers Tires, Mobil 1 Racing, Tim Short Auto, Mountain Dental Service, and rounding out the top five was the 88 of Tandy “Suicide” Spurlock from Printer KY sponsored by TEM Equpitment,Kenny’s Florist, Mat Truck Parts, May Block and Concrete.

The Modified Division had a little bit of everything from great side by side racing to spin outs which made for a very entertaining and competitive event. On the pole was the J7 of Greg Gibson and along side was the 3H of Hubie Hatfield from Milton West Virginia. On the start Hatfield jumped to the lead but Hatfield was not alone, because Gibson was there to challenge for the lead, but by lap two is when the fun really started with a series of caution flags over the next few laps that kept the cars in a pack that provided some great exciting racing including a pass for the lead as the C1 of Chris Click on one of the restarts moved from third position to the lead, but unfortunately for Click the caution flew before the lap was completed and was placed back in third for the next restart, on the next restart the second running Gibson looped his car and brought out another caution sending Gibson to the rear and moving Click to second. On the restart Click was able to finally grab the lead he had been searching for over the past few restarts, but it was short lived as the 82 of Randy Fouts who had also been involved in one of the cautions over the first few cautions had worked his way back through the field thanks to people spinning in front of him moving him up a position under the cautions and also some good hard driving on his part Fouts was able to take advantage a mistake Click made in turn four to take the lead the mishap would drop Click to fourth, but on the very next lap the second running Hatfield brought out the caution sending him to rear of the field this would move the 28A of Bill Arnold from Sanders KY to second with Fouts still the leader. The last half of the race would see some good racing lap after lap racing between the drivers with only two cautions thrown in for spins by the 32 of Tony Stone, but the 82 of Randy Fouts from Kite KY was able to hold the lead over the last half of the race to pick up the win Fouts is sponsored by A&R Trucking, second was the 28A of Bill Arnold from Sanders KY, the C1 of Chris Click from Martin KY was able to pick up two positions on the final lap to take third, fourth was the 3H of Hubie Hatfield from Milton WVA who battled back from a spin at the halfway point to collect a very impressive fourth place finish after leading at the beginning of the race Hatfield is sponsored by Eagle Race Cars, Hubies Auto Repair, Oak Wood Mobil Homes, Milton Trucking and Equiptment, A-1 Wrecker Service, Dawson Thompson Oil Co, and T&H Racing Engine. And fifth was the 28 of Walt Mayhabb from Campton KY sponsored by Floyd Anderson Chevy Buick.

Bomber Feature was next out with the 2 of David Luttrell and the 88 of Steve Howard on the front row at the start of the race. Luttrell grabbed the early lead but Howard was able to stay within striking distance for the entire race, but the 2 of David Luttrell from Hazard KY has found the setup for Half Mountain and was able to take the win Luttrell is sponsored by Pats Pest Control, Salyersville’s Steve “Frito” Howard finished a strong second Howard is sponsored by True Value, Perfomance Tire, SpeedSeeker, Pucketts Truck Stop, Jim Arnett Crew Chief. Third was the TT7of Troy Teegarden from Morning View KY Teegarden is sponsored by Schmidt Plumbing, Lawson Motorsports, JW Excavating, Bobcat, Diehard Paintball, Straightline Sawing, and Underground Detective. Fourth was the R17 of Don Risner from Royalton KY sponsored by Don Super Lube, JD Carty Graham Martin Law Offices and fifth was the 17R of Justin Risner from Royalton KY.

4-Cylinder Feature was the last feature of the night with 1* of Oscar McCown and the 41 of Mike Howard on the front row. On the start Howard took the early lead with McCown in second but the racing was close and side by side as Greg Anderson was coming working his way from his fourth starting position to take second by lap five, but Mike Howard from Hazard KY was able to keep the action behind him and pick up the win Howard is sponsored by Howards Delivery Service, second was the 48 of Greg Anderson from Lucasville Ohio, third was the 1* of Oscar McCown from Isom KY McCown is sponsored by Bills Marathon, Larry Wright Trucking, Loco Enterprise, Bares Masonry, High Tech Automotive. Fourth was the 35 of Jeremy Hayes from Langley KY Hayes is sponsored by Merion Brothers Momument, Downtown Drug, Smoke Shack Tobacco, Kenny’s Florist, K Blevins Trucking, Parkway Tobacco, and fifth was the 14f of Trenton Frazier from Salyersville KY Fraziers is sponsored by Fraziers Prater Drug & Radio Shack, James E Ratliff II DMD.

Next weekend May 29th is Memorial Day Weekend all across the nation and Half Mountain Speedway will observe the Holiday with a Regular show in all five divisions. Jim Branham also announced that starting on May 29th the Super Late Models and the Limited Late Models Payout’s have been increased and if things go well and the race fans and drivers continue to show the track the type of support it has so far this season more increases could be made in other divisions as well. The Half Mountain Speedway Website is scheduled to be updated this week as well so people with internet access can log onto the official website of Half Mountain Speedway at www.halfmountainspeedway.com for all the latest information about the track.

Next weekend gates will open at 4PM with drivers meeting at 6:30PM and hot laps at 7PM. Admission prices at Half Mountain Speedway are $10 for Hillside Grandstand and Lawn Chair seating and $20 for Pit Admission with kids 5 and younger 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 their support, thanks to your support the pay outs for the drivers are improving and as the support continues things will only get better as we head into the summer months at Half Mountain Speedway.

Mother Nature Wins at Half Mountain Speedway

Saturday, May 29th, 2004

Next weekend Half Mountain Speedway will back in action with all 5 divisions racing for regular show purses, Super Late Models, $1,200 to win , Limited Late Models $800 to win, Modified $650 to win, Bombers $400 to win, and 4-Cylinders $200 to win, in all over $10,000 will be paid out in the five divisions.

Gates will open on May 22nd at 4PM with Drivers Meeting set for 6:30PM, and Hot Laps set to begin at 7PM , with a Time Trials for the Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, and Modified, and Heat Races for all divisions, and Feature Races for all divisions to be ran making for a complete action packed show for the racers and fans in attendance.

Admission prices are:

$10 for General Admission

$20 for Pit Admission

With Kids 5 and under getting in free of charge in both the Grandstand area and the Pit area.