Posts in 'Corbin Speedway' Track
June 10th, 2011
London’s Josh Brock picked up two Late Model main event victories at Corbin Speedway on Saturday evening, June 4, winning both the rescheduled feature from May 21 and the regularly scheduled 30-lapper. In the first feature, he pulled away at the drop of the green flag and built up a 2.1-second lead over Terry Smith of Bimble, only to have it erased when Jeremy Levenson of Lexington spun in the first turn on the 17th lap of the quarter-mile paved oval. Brock again took the lead on the double-file restart, and had his K&N Filters Chevrolet No. 17 about ten car lengths in front when the checkered flag came down.
Smith was second in the Southside Auto & Truck Sales Chevrolet No. 25, and Jared Smith of Stanford took third driving the Win Smith Racing Chevrolet No. 49. Levenson took fourth in the Win Smith Racing Chevrolet No. 94, and Teddy Gregory of Corbin was fifth with his Gregory Racing Chevrolet No. 51. Brock had set fast time at 13.900 seconds on May 21, and Terry Smith won the heat race before the program was rained out, forcing postponement of the feature race.
In the second feature, Brock again beat Terry Smith to the finish, but this one was much closer with some good racing action.
Brock got the lead at the start, with Terry Smith hot on his rear bumper and Brian Royalty of Cynthiana in third. Eugene Smith of Corbin got past Royalty on the inside on the fifth lap, but then spun in the second turn and brought out the caution flag. On the double file restart, Terry Smith managed to take the lead heading into the first turn, but Brock came back to take over the top spot a lap later. This time he beat Terry Smith to the finish by four car lengths, and Eugene Smith worked his way back up to finish third in the Thunder Sam’s Fireworks Chevrolet No. 5. “I’ve got a good crew,” Brock commented, ”and I have a lot of people supporting me in addition to Mom and Dad. I’m thankful for all of them.”
Terry Smith reflected that the younger driver was “…showing us older guys up.” Jared Smith was fourth, with Levenson fifth, Royalty sixth driving the Royalty Graphics Toyota No. 24, and Gregory seventh. Brock was again the fast qualifier, with a clocking of 13.793 seconds, and Terry Smith again won the heat race.
Taking the postponed main event from May 21 and the regular feature as well, Anthony Wagers of London got a pair of wins in the Pure Street series at Corbin Speedway on Saturday evening, June 4. Neither win was easy. In both races, he had competition from Kyle Parker, also of London, and Chris Smith of Williamsburg, plus in the first he was battling the heat. Parker took the lead at the start of the first feature from the outside of the front row, with Smith on his rear bumper for the first two laps. Wagers went to the outside in the first and second turns on the third lap to get past Smith, and set off after Parker.
He didn’t managed to get past until seven laps later, and went on to win by a car length in his Wagers Auto Parts Camaro No. 17. The 90-plus temperature, in combination with his engine heating up, gave him a problem late in the race, Wagers said.
“The motor got hot,” he remarked, “and I was falling out of the seat those last few laps.” Parker was second in the Burnin’ Rubber Camaro No. 0, with Smith third driving the SawZall Camaro No. 7. Ronnie Romines of Knoxville was fourth in the McKeehan Auto Body El Camino No. 67,
Clifford Wagers of Barbourville, in the Romines Racing Ventura No. 58 was unable to start the feature because of mechanical problems. The same thing applied to Dewayne Smith of Gray, whose Davis Racing Dodge No. 75 blew an engine in the heat race. Dewayne Smith had been the fast qualifier on May 21 at 14.757, and Anthony Wagers also won the heat race. The second feature of the evening saw Chris Smith and Wagers run three laps side-by-side before Smith pulled into the lead coming off the second turn.
On the ninth lap, Wagers managed to get inside coming off the fourth turn, and took over the lead coming off the second turn.
A lap later, Parker went to the inside to take over second from Smith, and the top three were virtually nose to tail for the remainder of the race. Track manager John Davis called it “…one of the most entertaining races we’ve had this year,” after the three went under the checkered flag. “It was hard on me in that first one,” Wagers commented, “this one was a little easier.” Romines finished fourth, and Dale Jones of London was fifth driving the Jones Racing Camaro NO. 18. Chris Smith was the fast qualifier at 14.927, and also won the heat race.
Switching race cars didn’t keep Jeff Chumley from continuing his streak of feature wins in the Modified Mini series at Corbin Speedway on Saturday evening, June 4. Instead of the Reelz Video & Tanning/Bandit Speedshop Nissan Sentra No. 4, Chumley brought out his “newer” car, the Dodge Neon with the same sponsorship and number. He set fast time at 15.507 seconds, and took the lead immediately at the start of the feature, going to record his ninth straight main event win over two seasons. “I have to thank Karl Jones for this,” Chumley said, “he’s the one that sets these things up.”
Mark Lester got his Smokey Bear’s Bar-B-Q Chevette No. 79 around Joseph Knuckles and the Rental Service Corp. Ford Escort No. 20 on the eight lap to take over second, and finished in that spot, with Knuckles third. Travis Travillian finished fourth driving the Burnin’ Rubber Radio Saturn No. 40, and Stacy Harrison was fifth in her Reelz Video & Tanning/Bandit Speed Shop Ford Escort No. 3. Harrison also won the heat race.
May 27th, 2011
Travis Page of Red Boiling Springs, Tenn. picked up his second consecutive main event victory in the Mini-Cup Division at Corbin Speedway on Saturday, May 21 in an abbreviated feature race. Only Page and Mike Lay of Williamsburg, driving the Fuson & Sons Heating and Cooling Chevrolet No. 18, were able to start the feature.
Dustin Lay of Williamsburg and his Lay Racing Chevrolet No. 20, as well as Scott Crusenberry of Corbin and the Tri-County Wood Toyota No. 8, were unable to start the feature after an incident in the pit area resulted in disqualification for both. Driving the Lucas Oil Products Dodge No. 10, Page set fast time of 15.800 in qualifying, and led every lap of the 10-lap main event.
Jeff Chumley of Keavy once again led all the way in the 25-lap feature for the Modified Mini Division at Corbin Speedway on Saturday evening, May 21, picking up his second main event victory of the year and his eighth straight over two seasons.
Chumley and his Reelz Video & Tanning Sentra No. 4 started on the outside of the front row, as Jeremy Sears of Corbin earned the pole with a clocking of 15.428 seconds in qualifying with the Southside Auto & Truck Sales Chevette No. 25x. When the green flag came out, Chumley managed to beat Sears into the first turn to take the lead he never gave up. The first caution flag came out on the second lap, when Travis Travillian spun in the Knuckles Racing Saturn No. 04 after contact from Bradley Abner of Heidrick, driving the Abner’s Boat Docks Toyota No. 71. Both cars were able to continue, but started at the rear of the pack.
Three laps later, the yellow light came on again when things got crowded on the front straightaway. Joseph Knuckles and his Rental Service Corp. Escort No. 20 and Steve Decker in the Decker Racing Escort No. 25 tangled, and Clifford Wagers got caught up in it with the Wagers Auto Parts Escort No. 37. Both Decker and Knuckles pulled off before the restart, but Wagers was able to continue after going to the rear.
Chumley built up a lead of 3.1 seconds before another caution flag erased it at 14 laps, when Travillian spun in the fourth turn with a flat right rear tire. Wagers had worked his way back to third by this point, and managed to take over second on the restart, but Chumley pulled away again and had a 5.3 second lead at the finish. In the final five laps, Sears got around Wagers to take second. Wagers was third, followed in order by Abner, Andy Delay of London in the Burning Rubber Radio Jetta No. 3x. Travillian was scored sixth on the basis of laps completed, with Knuckles seventh and Decker eighth.
May 12th, 2011
JOSH BROCK OPENS SEASON WITH LATE MODEL WIN
Taking the lead on the 15th lap, Josh Brock of Corbin drove his K&N Filters Chevrolet No. 17 to the checkered flag in the Late Model feature at Corbin Speedway on Saturday evening, May 7. Terry Smith of Bimble, who set fast time at 13.848 seconds in his Southside Auto Sales Chevrolet No. 25, started on the pole and took the lead at the start. After 13 laps, he had pulled to a lead of a full second before Brock began closing the gap.
On the 15th lap, the leader slipped slightly in the first turn and Brock drove to the inside to take over the front spot. A lap later, Smith pulled the No. 25 off with mechanical problems. Brock went on to lead by a margin of just over a second ahead of Jared Smith of Stanford, who was driving the Win Smith Racing Chevrolet No. 49. Jeremy Levinson of Lexington was third in the Win Smith Racing Chevrolet No. 94.
Eugene Smith of Corbin took fourth place after pulling out with mechanical problems in his Thunder Sam’s Fireworks Chevrolet No. 5 after 21 laps, and Terry Smith was scored fifth. “I have to thank my mom and dad for supporting me,” Brock said after the race. “I think Mom has only missed two races since we started in 2005. I want to say Happy Mother’s Day to her and all the moms here tonight.”
ANTHONY WAGERS GETS OPENING NIGHT PURE STREET WIN
Anthony Wagers of London led all the way to win the feature race for the Pure Street Series at Corbin Speedway on Saturday evening, May 7, but he had to hold off a fast-closing Dewayne Smith of Gray at the finish. Wagers set fast time for the Pure Streets with a clocking of 14.964 in his Wagers Auto Parts Camaro No. 17, while Smith and the Davis Racing Dodge Pickup No. 75 were quickest in the Super Street category at 14.747. As the only Super Street entrant on hand for opening night, Smith started near the rear of the field and raced with the Pure Streets.
Wagers had a lead of a little over one second after seven laps, but it was apparent that Smith had found the handle on his truck and was closing. Smith visibly gained ground going into the turns, while Wagers managed to pull out slightly coming off the corners. At the finish, Wagers was barely a car length in front, and Smith earned the trophy for his series. “I didn’t know if I was going to be able to keep him off or not,” Wagers said later, “but we did.”
Smith commented, “I just have to thank Papaw Smith for letting me drive his truck.” Wagers literally swept the program, with fast time, and a win in the heat race as well as the feature. Ronnie Romines of Knoxville, Tenn. was third in the McKeehan Auto Body El Camino No. 67, and Chris Smith of Williamsburg was fourth driving the SawZall Camaro No. 7. Kyle Parker of London and his Discount Tire Camaro No. 0 were unable to start because of a mechanical problem.
DEFENDING CHAMP TAKES MODIFIED MINI FEATURE WIN ON OPENING NIGHT
Driving his familiar Reelz Video & Tanning Nissan Sentra No. 4, Jeff Chumley of Keavy started on the pole and led every lap to win the 25-lap feature for the Modified Mini Series at Corbin Speedway on Saturday evening, May 7. Combined with the second half of the 2010 season, the win gave the defending champion seven straight feature wins in this series. Chumley got the pole start with a 15.518 qualifying time, and pulled away each time the green flag waved. He had a lead of about five car lengths when the first caution came out after five laps, and when the race again restarted he quickly built it up to that margin again. On the 15th lap of the paved quarter-mile oval, Michael Hale of Corbin skidded up against the front stretch wall in his MH Auto Repair Sentra No. 72, bringing out another caution flag.
At the drop of the green flag, Chumley once again began to pull away, this time picking up speed until he had a lead of a quarter-lap at the finish. “Once we got some heat in the tires, we were okay,” he said. “It was a good race.” Clifford Wagers of Barbourville was second, driving the Wagers Auto Parts Ford Escort No. 37. Third went to Mark Lester of London in the Smoky Bear’s Bar-B-Q Chevette No. 79, followed by Steve Decker of Williamsburg driving the Decker Racing Escort No. 25,
and Jeremy Sears of Corbin with the Southside Auto Sales Chevette No. 25x.
Finishing sixth was Nathaniel Harrison of Keavy in the Steve’s Tire & Auto Honda prelude No. 9. Rounding out the finish, in order by laps completed, were Hale, Austin Ferguson of Corbin in the Ferguson Racing Dodge Neon No. 41, and Stacy Harrison of Keavy driving the Reelz Video & Tanning Escort No. 3. Joseph Knuckles and his T&H Towing Escort No. 20, as well as Brandon Tussey and the Taylor Logging Honda Accord No. T22, were unable to compete because of mechanical problems. Wagers was the winner of the first heat race, and Nathaniel Harrison won the second.
TRAVIS PAGE WINS OPENING MINI-CUP FEATURE AT CORBIN SPEEDWAY
Travis Page of Red Boiling Springs, Tenn. opened the 2011 Mini-Cup Series season at Corbin Speedway in a big way, setting fast time and winning both the heat race and feature on Saturday evening, May 7. His fast time of 15.692 for the quarter-mile paved oval put him on the pole for the main event, and he managed to pull out to a 2.1 second margin over Dustin Lay of
Williamsburg, Ky. at the checkered flag.
“These are great cars,” he commented after the race. “This is the best way if you want to start out in racing. I have to thank everybody who works on these cars for us.” Page was driving his Lucas Oil Products Dodge No. 10, while Lay was in the Lay
Motorsports Chevrolet No. 20. Scott Crusenberry of Corbin was third, driving the Tri-County Wood Toyota No. 8, while Mike Lay of Williamsburg was unable to start the feature in his Fuson Heating & Cooling Chevrolet No. 18. The Mini-Cups will be back at Corbin Speedway on Saturday, May 21.
April 28th, 2011
>Corbin Speedway’s final pre-season Saturday practice session is planned for this Saturday, April 30, with a special “Meet & Greet” program for spectators. For the first time, spectators will be admitted to the pit area at no charge.
“Spectators will only have to sign the required waiver and release form,” track owner John E. Davis explained. “We think this will be a great opportunity for those who have never been in the pit area to meet their favorite drivers, and see the race teams preparing for our opening event.” The standard charge of $5.00 per car will be in effect for the practice session, he added, with drivers to be allowed at no charge along with spectators.
On the program for the first racing event of the year on Saturday evening, May 7 will be Late Models, Sportsmen, Pure Streets, Modified Minis, and Mini-Cups. Mini-Slammers, with drivers 16 years of age and under, will run as a separate category if their car count is sufficient. Otherwise, they will run with the Modified Minis.
The complete Corbin Speedway 2011 schedule can be reviewed on the track’s website, www.corbinspeedway.com.
April 16th, 2011
This is one of those commentaries that is awfully hard to write, but it needs to be written. We lost a dear friend this week, whose battle with cancer came to an end on Tuesday morning, April 12. It was someone folks outside the southeastern Kentucky area probably never heard of, but I have made this part of my usual weekly column on Frontstretch.com. I felt
it deserved some local distribution as well.
Her name was Leah Bargo, and she was the wife of Mike Bargo, a very talented racer in this area. She was one of the first drivers’ wives to welcome me when I moved back to Kentucky in 2002, and we became close friends, mostly through e-mail and phone contacts, and at the race track. My special reason? One of my favorite racing writers, Joyce Standridge (herself a driver’s wife) put it into words several years ago in Stock Car Racing magazine. I’ve used it several times at banquets in recognizing the wives and girl friends present and emphasized their role in the efforts of their men.
Forgive me if I don’t get the words exactly right, but Joyce said something to the effect that behind nearly every racer, or at his side, stands a woman who supports everything he does. She may never show her face at the track, but rest assured he
has her support. If he doesn’t, he either gets it, gets out of racing, or gets single. Leah was like that. Sometimes her own catering business, or activities with their children, would keep her from the track. But there was never any doubt that she was
supporting her man. In August of last year, Leah called after Mike had won a feature race at Corbin Speedway. She knew that when sending stories about the events to the local papers, and I usually included a photo of the winner. She also knew that our photographer, Derrick Strader, gave me a selection of photos, and she asked if I would mind using the one he took with her and Mike together. Mind? I was honored to do so. It showed the two of them together in a proud moment.
As it turned out, it was the last feature race she would see him win. Leah, to me, was the typical driver’s wife. She supported her husband wholeheartedly, and was a big part of his racing involvement.
We all know that local racers, all over this country are those who become involved because of their love for the sport. Their chances of making a living out of their racing range from slim to none. Leah is far from an isolated case, even here in our area. I could give name women like Leanell Foley, Marcy Lambert, Tammy Brown, Loretta Smith, Brenda Jones, and many more whose names folks away from here wouldn’t recognize, but I’ll stop there before I try to do too many and forget someone. These women go through all the heartbreaks their men endure, enjoy the glory of an occasional success, and watch their men put heart and soul – and a large portion of their bank account – into their racing.
My own wife, Joyce, has stood by me for more than 42 years now, and she knew when we were dating that I was crazy over racing. Nowadays she doesn’t go to the track, but I know her support is there. She took tickets at Indianapolis Raceway Park to be part of it, and she uprooted herself from Indianapolis and moved down here to show her support. My point is that racing could not survive without the support of these women, any more than it could survive without fuel or tires. We need to remember that, and appreciate them every moment there are with us. Love them for all you’re worth, guys.
Leah, you were a joy to know, and we know you’re in a better place now. We also know that all of us are better for having known you.
April 13th, 2011
Due to excessive rainfall and the grounds being too wet to allow work, in addition to slight storm damage, Corbin Speedway’s opening event for the 2011 season has been postponed by two weeks.
John E. Davis, owner of the facility, said the first racing program is now scheduled for Saturday evening, May 7.
The program will include Late Models, Sportsmen, Pure Streets, Modified Minis, and Mini-Cups. Mini-Slammers, with drivers 16 years of age and under, will run as a separate category if their car count is sufficient. Otherwise, they will run with the Modified Minis.
The final pre-season Saturday practice session is now set for April 30, as special “Meet & Greet” occasion for spectators.
For the first time, spectators will be admitted to the pit area at no charge. “Spectators will only have to sign the required waiver and release form,” Davis explained. “We think this will be a great opportunity for those who have never been in the pit area to meet their favorite drivers, and see the race teams preparing for our opening event on Saturday, May 7.”
The standard charge of $5.00 per car will be in effect for the practice session, he added, with drivers to be allowed at no charge along with spectators.
The complete Corbin Speedway 2011 schedule can be reviewed at www.corbinspeedway.com.
July 10th, 2010
Leading the last three laps, Brandon Moncrief won the scheduled 25-lap feature for the Smith Auto Service & Tire Center Super Street Series at Corbin Speedway on Saturday evening, July 3. It was his first win in the series for 2010. Ed Murray of Williamsburg, who had taken the lead after a complete restart, led the first 17 laps, with Moncrief second until Pherman Stewart of Manchester came up to challenge Murray.
That challenge after a restart from a caution period, and as Stewart tried to pass on the inside as they came out of the second turn, the two cars made contact and Murray’s Reed’s Transmission Camaro No. 62 crashed hard into the outside retaining wall. Stewart was also out of the race with damage to his Hibbard’s Fencing Camaro No. 1. The race was stopped as the wreckage was cleared. Murray complained of pain in one leg, but declined a trip to the hospital and walked back to the pits on his own. Because of earlier incidents, that left only Moncrief, Keith Lovett of Williamsburg, and Marvin Helton, also of Williamsburg, to finish the race. Officials decided to shorten the distance to 20 laps.
Moncrief and his Powerline Engines Dodge Charger No. 5 beat Lovett’s Mountain Men Beef Jerky Chevrolet No. 15 to the checkered flag by five car lengths, with Helton and his Helton Racing Camaro No. 71 close behind Lovett. “I’m glad to get this one in,” Moncrief said after the event, “and I’m sorry our first win had to come lhis way. I hope Ed’s okay – he’s good, and I like racing with him.”
Stewart was credited with fourth place, and Murray earned fifth spot. Gary Grant was sixth on the basis of laps completed, driving the Grant Racing Camaro No. 4g, followed in order by Kenny Huddleston of Williamsburg and the Frontier House of Jellico Camaro No. 48, Ronnie Romines of Knoxville, Tenn. in the Birp Recycling Dodge Ram No. 75, and David Walters of Corbin driving the Tony Hoffman Entertainment Camaro No. 80. Murray was the fast qualifier with a clocking of 14.159, and Stewart won the
four-lap trophy dash.
July 3rd, 2010
After a scheduled week off, racing returns in a big way to a Corbin Speedway this Saturday evening, July 3. The local quarter-mile paved oval will present two 100-lap races, five other main events, plus a big fireworks display to mark America’s 234th birthday.
The Bee Creek Recycling Late Model Series will be featured in the Pepsi 100, and the WKFC Modified Mini Series will be racing in the WKFC Quality Care Summer Shootout. The Summer Shootout for the Modified Minis will be a 100-lap affair, run in two 50-lap
Also on the program will be the Smith Auto Service & Tire Center Super Street Series, WhiplashGear.com Pure Street Series, Mitchell Foods Mini-Slammer Series for drivers 16 years of age and under, Randy Meadors Logging & Excavating Slammer
Series, and Mix 96-1 Mini-Cup Series. Corbin Speedway is located about 3.5 miles west of I-75 Exit 25 on the Cumberland
Qualifications will begin at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, with the first race scheduled to take the green flag at 7:00 p.m.
June 20th, 2010
Graduation from high school is always a big day for a teenager, but Josh Brock of Corbin made his even bigger on Saturday evening, June 12. After graduating from South Laurel High School, Brock brought the K&N Air Filters Chevrolet No. 17 to Corbin Speedway and held off a couple of stout challenges to post his second feature win of the year in the Bee Creek Recycling Late Model Series.
The roll of the dice prior to the event gave Brock the pole starting position, and for the first 19 laps of the 50-lap main event, he was hounded by Mike Bargo of Corbin and Jason Jones of London.
Bargo, after having problems with his own Leah’s Catering Chevrolet No. 22 in practice, was in at the wheel of the Sonny’s Auto Sales Chevrolet No. 3 normally driven by Brian Voiles of Knoxville, who was suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Bargo and Jones, in the Clayton Homes Chevrolet No. 8, were battling over second place while both were trying to get around Brock.
The first caution flag of the race came at 17 laps, when Eugene Smith of Corbin spun his Thunder Sam’s Fireworks Chevrolet No. 5 coming off the fourth turn after some contact with Tim Hollis of Pioneer, Tenn. and the WhiplashGear.com Ford No. 22x. Both cars went to the rear for the double file restart, which saw Bargo alongside Brock, with Jones and Marty Taylor’s Aaron’s Chevrolet No. 53 in the second row.
Brock again managed to get a car length lead, while Jones moved to the inside of Bargo in an attempt to take over second.
Two laps later, as they battled side-by-side down the backstretch, Jones suddenly veered out of control and crashed into the outside retaining wall near the pit exit. He was unable to continue, and was visibly upset about the situation.
That put Bargo on the outside of Brock again for the next restart, but this time something went wrong with his mount as the green flag came out, and he pulled to the outside and headed for the pits.
Over the next few laps, Brock pulled out to a lead of 1.9 seconds over Jim Foley and the Quality Care Auto Service & Towing Chevrolet No. 04.
With 20 laps remaining, Hollis had worked his way forward, and got past Foley for second. Brock pulled out to a lead of 3.1 seconds after 36 laps, then appeared to ease up, and Hollis was only 1.5 behind at the checkered flag. “The first half I knew it was going to be a good race,” Brock said in the winner’s interview. “I had both Jason and Brian (he apparently didn’t know at the time that Bargo had replaced Voiles) behind me. I saw Jason get in that wreck, and then something happened to Brian.”
He added, “I have to thank my parents (Steve & Melinda Brock) for supporting me, and K&N Air Filters, and so many people who came together to get this car ready.” The win came on a week off from Brock’s partipation in the 2010 NASCAR Grand American Modified Series on the west coast. Over the past off-season, he was the winner of the Ron Sutton’s Winner’s Circle Shoot Out for young drivers. That earned him a funded ten-race season with K&N sponsorship in the California-based series as well as a year-long driver development program, and he has been posting consistent top-five finishes. “We keep getting better, and maybe we’ll get a win before long,” he said of the NASCAR involvement.
Taylor got around Foley for third on the 26th lap, while Foley finished fourth and Smith crossing the line in fifth place. Kenny Andrews of Crossville, Tenn., driving the Andrews Chevrolet No. 27, was the sixth place finisher. Rounding out the field, on the basis of laps completed, were Bargo, Jones, and Wayne Jones of London in the D&J Performance Chevrolet No. 18. Brock also won the four-lap trophy dash. Jones was the fast qualifier with a quick lap of 13.582 second.