On a night of looming threats from mother nature, track officials worked hard to bring the track to life. Home Federal Bank would be on hand as a sponsor of kids’ night by spreading 20,000 nickels on the front stretch. Track preparation had the track in good shape and slick for the night of the field inversion of the top four cars in each class. All conditions looked good for a great night of racing at the Taz.
Time trials would see Josh Henry take fast time in the Tazewell late models. Jordan Horton would win fast time in modified street. Robbie Sands Jr. was the fastest of the classics. Jason Long would take the top time in pure street. With the new top four inversion rule put in place by track officials, being the fastest qualifier doesn’t guarantee a win.
On the speedway first was the four cylinders. The green flag flew with a large field. Caution came on the first attempt. Mark Wallace took the lead showing the way through lap 5. The Brad Pressley would take over the lead with a slide on the bottom. Kurt Owens would begin to apply pressure as the caution flew on lap 7. The field would take the green flag with Brad Pressley leading the field once again with Owens in tow. The race to fill the top 5 was tight. Brad Pressley would take the checkered flag and dedicate his win to the passing of his father-in-law. In a later interview, Pressley stated that the track was good, it was a clean and fun race, and that he was glad to see a good car count. He also wanted to thank his sponsors which include Trammel Design & Sign, Carcare Muffler, Little Miracles Child Care, U Junk It, A+ racing, and his father, David Pressley.
The modified street class would then roll their machines to the front stretch. The invert would put Robbie Buchanan on the pole with Tony Horton along side in the front row. Robbie would be looking for a repeat win. The field would bunch up coming into the green with the first attempt being waved off. Tony Horton would take the point with his son, Jordan Horton, riding behind in second. A stiff battle between Buchanan and Jason Sizemore would begin for the 3rd spot. Caution would fly on lap 10 as Brad Davis took a spin in turn 1. Horton would show the way on the restart with pressure being applied by Jordan Horton in the runner up spot. Lap 15 would bring out the yellow flag for a spinning Gary Blanken. The field would come to the green flag in single file fashion with a hungry field looking for their opportunity. Once again, Tony Horton would lead the pack around the speedway on his way to the checkered flag. It was followed by a victory celebration on the front stretch.
After the modified street feature, Home Federal Bank would begin spreading nickels on the front stretch of the Tazewell Speedway. The first group of kids, 6 and under, would be accompanied by a parent to pick up nickels. The excitement could be seen on all faces. The other three age groups would be on their own to pick up nickels. A total of 20,000 nickels would be spread on the front stretch. The kid’s of Tazewell Speedway had a blast this week.
Tazewell Late Models
Tazewell late models would bring their cars to the track with the top 4 inversion making it anyone’s night. Keith Chapman would be the pole sitter sharing row 1 with Jason Trammel. Eighteen cars would make up the field with all drivers looking for the chance to put their machine in victory lane. Trammel would win the drag race to turn 1, leading the first circuit. A triangle of cars in turn 2 would slow the field as cars were separated. The field would reform with Trammel to trigger the restart. After several attempts to restart after cautions, the field would finally begin to find their groove and count away the laps. The top three of Trammel, Josh Henry, and Travis Fultz would begin to pull away on the restart with Trammel in charge. The crowd would come to their feet as the top two would bring it to turn 4 for a last ditch effort. Trammel would take the checkered by holding off a hard charging Josh Henry. This was Trammel’s first win in his new Bloomquist race chassis.
Classic cars would bring their show to the high banks. The green flag would fly followed by the yellow as Eli Keck would take a wild ride down the back stretch slamming the inside wall. Track officials would make the call to shorten the race to 12 laps for the remaining three cars. Robbie Sands would take over the top position and never look back. He would put his 17 in victory lane once more this season.
Rounding out the card for the night was pure street. Front row to start the feature would be Buster Cupp and Johnathan Miracle. Buster would take the holeshot and the lead. On lap 3, caution would bunch up the field. Cupp would let his experience lead the way to the green flag. The field would soon come to a stop for the red flag for Jason Long who rolled his machine in turn 3. Five cars would make up the field for the restart. Cupp would lead flag to flag for his second win of the season.
Tazewell speedway would like to thank all the drivers, sponsors, and fans for a great night of racing. Next week will be a regular line up with $1 hot dogs and kids’ toy scramble.