Allen Champ and Kelly Glass paced the Crate Late Model field to the green flag with Kelly Glass winning the drag race into turn one. With Champ’s nose under Glass’ bumper the first two laps, the first caution of the event was shown on lap two as Greg Burchett looped his ride around coming out of turn four causing Chris Manning to make contact with Burchett placing heavy damage to his ride sending Manning pit-side for the night.
The top-five on the restart were: Glass, Champ, Hall, Jeff Treece, and Warren McMahan.
Going back green, the battle for second started heating up as Champ was placing pressure on Glass for the lead, Champ edged his nose to the inside of Glass in turn two as Glass and Champ slipped up the race track, it opened up the door for Hall ease his way into the lead as Glass held onto second, McMahan worked his way around Champ to overtake the third running position.
Jeff Treece spun in turn two and went pit-side ending his stellar run on lap four, but the race remained under the green flag.
With Hall setting sail out front on lap five, Warren McMahan, Kelly Glass, Allen Champ, and Harry Cadmus filled out of the top five running positions. Glass and Champ quicky picked off McMahan on lap seven.
Hall looked to have ‘checked out’ on the field by lap nine as the battle behind him was heating up between Kelly Glass and Allen Champ, Champ went to the inside of Glass on lap ten and overtook second with McMahan and Cadmus filling in the final top-five running positions.
Hall continued to dominate the race as he had made his way through the field and was lapping the fifth place car of Cadmus on lap twenty, holding a straightaway lead over second placeman Allen Champ.
The caution flag was shown again on lap twenty-three for debris on the racing surface as Kelly Glass went pit-side with apparent mechanical issues. The top-five on the restart were: Brad Hall, Allen Champ, Warren McMahan, Harry Cadmus, and Ricky Moore.
Allen Champ wasted no time on the restart as he quickly went to the outside of Brad Hall vying to overtake the point in turn two before placing his nose under Hall’s bumper and riding it for the next two circuits. With the fans on their feet, Champ went for the lead again on lap twenty-seven as the two were running door to door at the line on lap twenty-seven as Champ lost some momentum coming out of turn two letting Hall place some distance between the two. Another caution was shown on lap twenty-eight for debris high in turn two.
The top-five on the restart were Hall, Champ, McMahan, Cadmus, and Ricky Moore
Allen Champ quickly drove to the inside of Hall on the restart as the duo battled the entire twenty-eighth and twenty-ninth circuits. With the Hall & Champ running side-by-side at the line to begin the thirtieth-lap, Champ went to the inside of Hall in turn two, and as the two made contact, Allen Champ maneuvered his way into the lead.
Brad Hall mounted several challenges on Champ during the last five laps of the feature, but it just wasn’t enough as Champ went on to capture the “Crate Late Model Special” piloting the Jerry’s Automotive/Airport Tire/MSD Ignition/Auto Meter Competition Instruments/R.J.S. Racing Equipment Inc/ Wilwood Disc Brakes/ TCI Circlematic/ Earl’s Performance Plumbing/Holley HP Carbs/ RaceFab/RaceGraphics/ No. 11c Chevy Monte Carlo GRT followed by: Brad Hall, Warren McMahan, Harry Cadmus, and Ricky Moore.
Jason Trammell and Eric Creech paced the stout nineteen car Limited Late Model field to the green as Trammell quickly jumped out to the lead going into turn one, Keith Chapman and Eric Creech swapped positions a couple of times during the second and third lap, with Brian Smith James England rounding out the top-five. Trammell held off teammate Keith Chapman leading every lap of the feature and went on to capture his second victory of the season followed by: Keith Chapman, Eric Creech, Kip Pearson, and Steve Carr.
With several cautions having to be shown before a lap could be completed during the Modified Street feature sending three of the top-five starters (pole sitter Craigg Moore, Billy Curl, and Jason Long) pit-side for the event. Tony Trent of Morristown quickly jumped into the lead at the drop of the green and led the first four laps of the feature before retiring his ride for the night with mechanical issues placing Jonathan Miracle on the point.
Miracle withstood several challenges from Brad Davis and Leonard Bray en-route to capturing his first Modified Street feature victory followed by: Leonard Bray, Tony Horton, Randy Davis, and Jackie Courtney.
The Pure Street feature was one of the most competitive and exciting of the 2006 racing season as Scott Gambrel and Dwight Creech made up the front row.
Dwight Creech showed the way until lap seventeen when seventh place starter Clyde Overholt made his way around Creech going into turn one to overtake the lead as Creech quickly started losing positions, Overholt went on to capture his first victory of his short career followed by: Richard Crosby, Steve Smith, Dusty Lay (who worked his way back from the rear of the field), and Jack England.
Jimmy Kerr made his first appearance of the season, and dominated the Four-Cylinder feature over Tim Miller, Bo Johnson, David Lovin, and Justin Duncan.
Next Saturday, April 29 Tazewell Speedway will hold a regular weekly racing program featuring Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Modified Street, Pure Street and Four-Cylinders. The pit gate will open at 4:00, with pit admission being $20.00. The Grandstand gate will open at 5:00 as General Admission will be a bargaining $8.00 with all children under the age of nine admitted free. For more information visit Tazewell Speedway online at www.TazewellSpeedway.net or call the race track at 423.626.2222.
Tazewell Speedway will host one of the nation’s top Dirt Late Model touring series, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for a $10,000 to win event featuring some of Dirt Late Model Racing’s biggest starts on Saturday, May 13th. More information on this event will be released soon.