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Archive for May, 2011

Trammell’s Wins at Tazewell

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

On this May night, Tazewell Speedway held the first of many planned special events for the kids. There was fireworks, foot races for bikes where all the kids that ran got a t-shirt and it was also the second night of dollar hotdogs in addition to a full night of fast weekly racing action. Summer appeared to be here right on time with high temperatures awaiting race fans as they entered the gates but as the sun fell so did the temps. The first order of business was getting the track ran in and after that was completed, the hot lap practice sessions began.

The track then qualified the Tazewell Late Models first with Travis Fultz continuing his great year by adding another pole to his 2011 resume with a lap time of 12.376 seconds but Jason Trammell’s lap of 12.453 had him looking good for the feature as well. The Modified Street class was next to qualify and only one car was in the 13-second range and that was Gary Blanken with a lap of 13.775 seconds. Next to battle the clock were the Classics and Robbie Sands rocketed to the top spot with his lap of 14.649 seconds.

At 9:00 PM, the track officials were placing the Modified Street cars in order for their feature event. Gary Blanken and Brad Davis made up row one and took the pack hard into turn one. Blanken and Horton sped off with Clyde Overholt and Davis in tow. It was side by side racing all through the pack but Blanken was able to hold off Horton for his third win in a row. The race for third was a close one but in the end it was deemed by track officials that Clyde Overholt had gotten to the line before Brad Davis. Chris Collinsworth finished in the fifth spot.

The pure street class hot lapped and then it was time to foot-race the kids. The girls ages 6-9 went first and Jayda Woods took the win. Next up were the boys 6-9 race and Trent Carr took that win. The third foot race were the girls 10-12 and Amanda Kuipers took the win in that one. The last foot race were the boys 10-12 with Triston Johnson taking the win. All the winners took home new bikes and all that ran got a Tazewell Speedway t-shirt donated by Tazewell Speedway, TVA Knoxville Credit Union, Petty Wrecker Service of Tazewell, City Smoke Shop of Tazewell and Virgil L. DeFord C.P.A. of Knoxville. In memorial Day activities Jessie Bean and Glen Fee our two oldest veterans that were in attendance were awarded two tickets each to the upcoming Lucas Oil race as thanks for their outstanding service. Mallory Tucker sang America the Beautiful first and then the National Anthem as one car from each class presented our Nations’ colors. Also Blaine Caylor and Hailey Sexton led the Pledge of Allegiance.

It was once again time to make the mud fly and this time it would be by the rubber on the Tazewell Late Model cars with Fultz and Trammell making up the first row. On the start Jason Trammell was first into turn one and as the leader had not yet crossed the stripe completing the first lap the nine car of Darrell Saylor was left stalled in turn four after contact and brought out the first yellow creating a complete restart. All cars were able to get back on the track to continue. On that attempted start, the two leaders made contact and both cars were left stopped just out of turn two. The fans were anxious to see who could restart and as it were both continued. Trammell got to turn one first again with Fultz in tow. Bryan Hendrix and Steve Smith began a side by side battle for third. A third caution slowed the pace but soon enough the race was on again. Trammell took the lead again and the pack was still chasing his 90J. Smith was looking low to get the advantage on Hendrix but he was thus far able to stay in third. After another yellow for Billy Gordon’s spin in turn two the race restarted yet again. Fultz and Hendrix were losing ground to Trammell and by lap twelve Trammell held nearly a two second lead on Fultz. On lap seventeen another yellow was displayed for Phillip Nichols and Allen Holt who made contact with each other in turn two. Neither driver was able to continue at that point. The field got the green and Hendrix wanted second but couldn’t clear. Trammell had a three second lead on Fultz on lap twenty-four. Greg Estes’ night ended on lap twenty-seven due to mechanical issues setting up a dash to the checkers that was won by Trammell. Smith and Hendrix went door to door for third with Hendrix getting the spot and Fultz finishing in second. In victory lane Trammell took care of any rivalry issues by saying, “At the start of the race me and Travis got together but it wasn’t his fault. I pushed up and we just got together.” Trammell went on to thank the fans and wished them all a Happy Memorial Day.

Pure Street class qualified next with Apaches Quinton grabbing the pole with a lap of 14.578 seconds.

The Classics raced next and Logan Dukes and Robbie Sands led them to green with Sands taking the point. Phillip Shockley nearly grabbed second away from Dukes on lap five but was not able to complete the move. At the front Sands was rolling on away from Dukes and Shockley. Sands took the win after having to hold the field off one last time following a late caution.

The four cylinders were next on the clay and the race belonged to Chuck McMahan as he won again over Allen Holloway , Mark Wallace and Bubby Braden.

The final race of the night belonged to the Pure Street class. It was “double-fifteens” on the front row with Apaches Quinon and Jason Long. Aaron Guinn had a good run going until contact left him with a flat. His tough luck was Jonathan Miracles good luck as he moved into third. Guinn would make a strong run back through the pack. The top three had some great racing going until Justin James broke and put fluids down on the track bringing out a yellow. The top three were still Quinton, Long and Miracle on the restart and they finished in that order with J.J. Green and Aaron Guinn rounding out the top five.

This Friday night Tazewell Speedway welcomes the Lucas Oil Series for a $ 10,000 to win, 75-lap feature sponsored once again by Toyota Knoxville. For more information on this event and all things Tazewell Speedway log on to www.tazewellspeedway.net.

Hay Wins Deerfield

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The Mod Lite Madness Race showcased on this Memorial Day Sunday Series event weekend at Deerfield Raceway was star studded. Qualifying, heats, Australian pursuit and a 30 lap feature event gave the fans laps upon laps of excitement.  Fastest qualifier was Mikey Hay at 16.47.  The track was dry slick on a day that tipped the thermometer at 90 degrees.  Fast eight qualifiers were showcased in their heat race which was taken by polesitter Hay.  The Australian pursuit event was claimed by Deerfield’s 2010 Hoosier Tire Point Champ Doug Stanley (Coen).

In the 30 lap feature event Hay sat on the pole with the next seven top qualifiers on his back bumper.  Kenny Meadows tailed him for the first 12 laps before Alan Knepper passed him on lap 13.  Those top 3 pretty much remained uncontested for the rest of the race, but behind them, that was a different story.  Seven cautions and dry slick conditions juggled 4th place back the entire race.  Jay Dye driving for Jay Dye took a trip to the rear early in the race but persevered and ended the race 4th.  Deerfield vet Kevin Nicolino started 13th advancing 8 spots.  Anthony Gillespie, Jim Gump, Paul Miller Jr., Lynn Knepper and Brian Stuhldreher completed the top 10.  Heats – Tracy Fritter, Doug Stanley

Feature – Hay, Knepper, Meadows, Tanner, Nicolino, Gillespie, Gump, Miller Jr., Knepper, Stuhldreher, Wagner, Logan, Innes, Lewis, Myers, Fritter, Stanley, Teeters, Walker, Wolbert, Salvino

Deerfield’s Raceway’s 100 lap Extreme Enduro brought in 17 cars.  The official winner was Jason Shaw in a strongly contested finish.  Tim Gillette, a former Enduro winner at Deerfield Raceway was sailing to another potential victory when on lap 97 caution his car overheated and blew up on the backstretch.  Jason Shaw and Eddie McLean were running 2nd and 3rd but were so close that review of the laps counted was inevitable.  One hour and 15 minutes after the checkered flew, Jason Shaw was declared the winner.

In one of the most exciting features of the Memorial Day weekend at Deerfield Raceway Todd Walker was victorious in the Summit Racing Charger division.  Todd Walker and Todd Canter battled it out for the last 6 laps of this 15 lap event.  Canter finished second followed by Jason Darocha, Ted Williams and Bill Johnson.  Heat – Darocha

In the Summit Racing Sportsman Classic division Joe Grezlak Jr. won his first ever feature on the Deerfield Raceway Sunday Series event.  Shaun Loy, Jason Myers, Greg Davis and Wayne Kintz completed the running order.  Heat – Myers

Derek Weisent crossed under the checkered first in the Mel’s Towing Compact division followed by Eddie McLean and Brady McLean. Heat – Weisent

In the Magrell’s Pizza Jr. Sprint Maranda Myers, Carson Miller and Jacob Cozadd-Teeters came out to race for the second night in a row.  All three kids from racing families also watched their dad’s on this sundrenched Sunday.  Myers won both feature and heat.

McAndrew Tops Deerfield

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Sean McAndrew, in the Demyan Towing/Knucklebuster Repair Micro Sprint division at Deerfield Raceway won his first feature in 2011, 4th place starter McAndrew grabbed the top spot from early race leader Tim Eakin on lap 8.  Runner up Todd Reusser took over 2nd on lap 11, wrestling his way past Eakin, and towing 3rd place finisher Greg Lazzara with him.  George Hobaugh moved into 4th on lap 13 to the end.  Eakin rounded out the top 5 in this 14 car, 15 lap event.  Heats – Hobaugh, JC Hay

Feature – McAndrew, Reusser, Lazzara, Hobaugh, Eakin, Furney, Borawiec, Haefke, Gagne, Hay, Robertson, Ries, Gomola, Marsh

In the Rudzik Excavating TUSA Mod Lite Division Kenny Meadows (Teague) made his first trip to the winner’s circle in 2011.  Polesitter Meadows led all 15 laps in this 18 car field.  Doug Stanley gained one spot and ended the race runner up while Paul Miller Jr. moved up one to claim 3rd.  Rob Debolt advanced 5 to take home 4th in this competitive division.  Josh Walker completed the top 5 for another good finish.  Heats – Chris Logan, Jay Dye, Miller Jr.

Feature – Meadows, Stanley, Miller Jr., Debolt, Walker, Dye, Logan, Nicolino, Johnston, Wolbert, McDonald, Gillespie, Stuhldreher, Gump, Santee, Stivenson, McClaine, Rhoads

Todd Walker in the Summit Racing Sportsman division took home the big win Saturday Night May 28th at Deerfield Raceway.  Walker took the lead from early race leader Bill Johnston on lap 3.  Todd Canter moved into second on lap 5 then spun on lap 12.  Bill Johnston ended the race 2nd followed by Ted Williams, Jason Darocha and last week’s feature winner Steve Mix Jr.  Heats – Art Williams, Walker

Feature – Walker, Johnston, Williams, Darocha, Mix Jr., Berger, Mix, Williams, Bevington, Walker

In the Summit Racing Sportsman Classic division first time feature winner Levi Walters led all 15 in this 11 car event.  Jason Myers snuck past Adam Buttermore who was running 2nd, on lap 13, to finish second.  Buttermore finished 3rd.  Followed by Paul Miller Jr. (Bays) and Deerfield vet Jeff Eboch.

Feature – Walters, Myers, Buttermore, Bays, Eboch, Loy, Platt, Davis, Lutton, Kintz, Harris

Charlie Summers filling in for  Carl Humphreys won the Malcolm Hydraulic feature.  Roger Hermann and Blake Wolfe were 2nd and 3rd.  Heat – Hermann

Chuck Magrell was the feature winner in the Mel’s Towing Compact division at Deerfield, starting outside pole and leading all 15 laps.  Derek Weisent came from the 7th slot to finish 2nd.  Dwayne Seabolt ended the race 3rd followed by Jennifer Moore and Darryl Justice.  Heats – Moore, Magrell

Feature – Magrell, Weisent, Seasbolt, Moore, Justice, Marshall, Wertz, Silvus, Simmons, Freed, Brown, Andrews

In the Magrell’s Pizza Jr. Sprint division Matt Haefke took the 15 lap feature.  Last week’s feature winner Maranda Myers took home 2nd after giving up the lead to Haefke on lap 3.  Brian Toto, Jacob Cozado-Teeters and Brandon Smith rounded out the top five.  Heats – Myers, Jacob Moore

Feature –  Haefke, Myers, Toto, Cozadd-Teeters, Smith, Moore, Borawiec Jr., Jones, Miller

Shayne Meadows claimed his second feature win of the year in the Hoosier Tire Jr. Mod division.  4th place starter Meadows took the lead on lap 3 from Tyler Frankenberry.  Jacob Eucker came from 5th to end the race 2nd.  Breyton Santee, Cameron Nastasi and Tyler Frankenberyy completed the running order.  Heat – Meadows

Feature – Meadows, Eucker, Santee, Nastasi, Frankenberry

Dave Innes, Rick Ament, Doug Peterman and Chris Frank finished the Mini Late Feature in that order Saturday night May 28th at Deerfield Raceway.  Heat – Innes

Neither Rain Nor The Lights Stop Action At Bubba Raceway Park

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

The rain out of turn 4 and even the frontstretch lights shutting off during the Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks feature couldn’t damper the night of 5 divisions. The Late Models and UMP Open-Wheel Modifieds headlined the night with the Mini Stocks, Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks, and Gladiators also racing for very important points in 2011.

The Mini Stocks were up first and Ray Folwell was looking for his 3rd consecutive win, but everyone else was looking at the target. On lap 1 the action stopped for Cody Kinsey who was stuck in turn 4. After the restart Ray Folwell made accidental contact with Chris Zimmermann, putting the 29 into a loop. The restart gave Brittany Yates her chance and she took it and put the 53 in position #1. On lap 13, Ray Rogers spun the 22 while running in the top 5 which cost him a shot at the point. With 4 laps to go, the Rays, Ethridge and Folwell, made contact and Folwell kept his spot at the back as Ethridge was given his position at the tail. Yates held off the challenges for the final 4 laps to take the win over Ray Rogers, Sean Babcock, Robert Morfin, Jr., and Ryan Babcock. However, in tech, Sean Babcock’s 9B was found under-weight and therefore deemed illegal moving Morfin to the podium, Ryan Babcock to 4th, and Ray Folwell went home 5th.

The UMP Open-Wheel Modifieds took to the clay 2nd and they used all 25 minutes. On lap 1 the 66 of Dale Murray and the 10 of Scott Mooers made contact and brought out the yellow. The lap 9 caution was very unfortunate as it was for pole-sitter and then-leader Kyle Owen in the 2. On the restart the 40B of Kyle Bronson and the 27 of Bruce Harvey spun in turn 1. The lap 12 wreck of Jason Davis, James Smith, Garland Spangler, Steve Whitener, and Scott Mooers colliding in turn 4. On lap 19 Jeff Bagent spun setting up a Green/White- Checkered for Jeff Mathews to hold off Ivedent Lloyd, Jr., in a rare appearance in Mathews car, and hold him off he did. Jeff Mathews took the yellow-filled race with Ivedent Lloyd, Jr. putting the team car 2nd, Jamie Carter in a come-from-behind 3rd, Kyle Bronson in 4th, and Steve Whitener took 5th.

Late Model racing with the likes of Lloyd, Ivey, Whitener, Cobb, and Nobles is always good and it was no exception this week. On lap 11 the 3 of Billy Boyd, 11 of Matthew Hartley, and 18 of J.O. Nobles made contact and spun. Lap 15 disappointed many fans as the 21 of Ivedent Loyd, Jr. pulled the 21 off for the night. Keith Nosbisch and Ken Monahan found the wall on lap 17, however, both did continue. As David Clegg pulled the 07 off the yellow flag came out setting up a 4-lap dash. They dashed and Darrell Padgett took the flag-to-flag win with Mark Whitener using the magic for 2nd, Johnny Collins in 3rd place, Tyler Ivey in a strong 4th, and Bo Allen took home a top 5 finish.

The lights may have gone out, but they came back on for the Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks. On lap 1, Brandon Tillander, Richard Calmes, and Mickey Jackson spun as the lights went off. After a red flag for nearly 20 minutes because of the lights, the Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks went to lap 10 before Mickey Jackson smacked the wall and Jonathan Appleby, Nathan Huffington, and Tim Mathieu crashed on the frontstretch. After the clean-up it was all Jason Gamble as Don Stroshal’s transmission failed him. Gamble held off the 121 of Gordon Cade in his best ever dirt finish, Brian Mullins, Jonathan Gillette, and Vaughn Woodall.

The Gladiators saw 12 enter the arena, but only 1 could emerge victorious. On lap 9 the amazing battle between Greg Boynge and Steve Cox ended when Boynge’s wheel fell off. Cox led the final 6 laps, but had to earn it. Michael Carr kept the car clean and took 2nd place home, Brandon Haseleu took another podium finish, Jerry Taylor put the 76 in 4th, and Jason Brown was the last in the money.

Next Friday and Staurday night is the Powell Memorial with racing at 8:00 on Friday and 7:00 on Saturday. The Late Models qualify and dash for cash and the other classes run heats and a dash for cash on Friday. Saturday will be A-mains for the Late Models, Mini Stocks, and Amsoil V-8 Thunderstocks. Gates open at 5:00 and racing at 8:00 on FRIDAY night for the first half of the Powell Memorial. For more information check out www.bubbaracewaypark.com or call the Speedway hotline.

Jimmy Owens Wins 19th Annual DART Show-Me 100! Richie Tosh and Tim Setzer Collect Pitt’s Homes A-Modified Wins

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

(Wheatland, MO)- Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN held off Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN at the finish line to win the 19th Annual DART Show-Me 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Products on Saturday Night at Lucas Oil Speedway. Owens took home $30,000 for the victory in his Mike Reece-owned entry. Owens nearly gave away the win on the final lap when he pushed up the track in turn four, barely managing to hold off Bloomquist at the line to win by one-half car length in the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt and Lucas Oil MLRA sanctioned event.”That was one tremendous race from start to finish, the car was great all 100 laps. When I got by O’Neal, I knew we had a real good chance to win, but I nearly gave it away there in turn four. The car pushed up the track and he (Bloomquist) was right there, and I was afraid I had just thrown the $30,000 out the window,” said the 39-year-old, who picked up his first win in the Memorial Day weekend crown jewel event.

Owens led three different times during the race; he led the first six laps of the race until Dan Schlieper took over the lead on a restart. Schlieper held the lead until Owens set up the veteran driver and maneuvered around him on lap 19. Don O’Neal then made the topside work to his advantage as he sailed around Owens to take over the lead on lap 38. O’Neal, Owens, and Bloomquist then pulled away from the field as the trio battled through heavy traffic. O’Neal continued to lead the field for most of the race as he held off several attempts from Owens. Owens was finally able to overhaul O’Neal for the lead on lap 83. With 12 laps to go, a caution came out for Jared Landers, who was running fourth, setting up a showdown between Owens, Bloomquist, and O’Neal. Owens darted away from the others, holding a two-car length lead over Bloomquist for most of the final circuits. It all came down to the last turn as Bloomquist made a final charge to overtake Owens; but it was Owens at the finish line after nearly slipping up in turn four on the final circuit. A late surge from Steve Casebolt vaulted the Rockstar Energy Drink/Makita Tools MasterSbilt into third place. Rounding out the top five were Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA in the J&J Steel MB Customs entry, and Chris Brown of Cleveland, TX in the Delta Flange, Bloomquist Race Cars entry.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the second time this season, an elated Owens thanked his sponsors; “We couldn’t do this without Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Red Line Oil, Ohlins and Hoosier Tires.” A Cornett Racing Engine powers his car. For Owens it was his 23rd career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory. Completing the top ten were: Don O’Neal of Martinsville; Steve Francis of Ashland, KY; Scott James of Lawrenceburg, IN; Ray Cook of Brasstown, NC; and Jared Landers of Batesville, AR.

On Friday Night, John Blankenship of Williamson, WV took the Red Buck Cigars Fast Time, of the 81 entrants. Chip Brindle of Chatsworth, GA; Jared Landers of Batesville, AR; Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, IA; Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; and Dan Schlieper captured the wins in heat race action. The night was capped off with the Ohlins Manufacturers Dash and ApplianceZone.com Race of Champions, both were taken by Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR. Make sure to catch the action-packed 19th Annual DART Show-Me 100 Presented by Lucas Oil Products, Inc. on the CBS Sports Spectacular, airing at 5 PM Eastern on Sunday, June 19th. Lucas Oil Studios was on hand to film the event for the broadcast. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will in action next weekend for three events at Cleveland (TN) Speedway on Thursday, June 2nd; Tazewell (TN) Speedway on Friday, June 3rd; and Florence Speedway in Union, KY on Saturday, June 4th. For more information about the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, please visit www.LucasDirt.com
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