201 Speedway Article recapping the 10-1-05 event Oct 4, 2005 9:08:23 GMT -5
Post by Jamie on Oct 4, 2005 9:08:23 GMT -5
201 Speedway. Oct. 1st. Track Writer; Chris Belcher. “Double Purse Pays off for Adams, Johnson, Blackburn.
As a reward for a season of loyalty to the 201 Speedway, Drivers who finished in the top positions in the final points standings raced in seven straight extended feature races, each paying double for each position including a $2000.00 to win Late Model Feature. Sat. night’s Races at 201 were presented in part by the sponsorship of Anaconda Drilling of Salyersville, Home Furniture in the Highlands plaza Prestonsburg, and Lemaster’s Garage and Towing of Falcon. With the starting field set by the finish in the points, before the races got the green flag, Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby delivered the evening prayer, then as the National Anthem played, two year old Emily Grace Evans, who recently claimed the tiltle of Wee Miss East Kentucky carried the American Flag around the 201 Speedway in the #CD 17 Four Cylinder.
Modified Four Cylinders would be the 1st race to see the green flag with two drivers who had waged many wheel to wheel battles through out the season. 17 Year old Betsy Layne Jr. Jacob Ross who won the points championship, shared the front row of the 30 lap feature with his closest challenger in the championship, Kelly Neace of Isom. Neace took the lead on the start, while the #3 of Ross took pressure from the #00 of Jason Hall in the turns. Jason would send Ross to the 3rd spot on the 3rd lap, after diving to the bottom of the racetrack in turn two. By the 7th completed circuit, Ross got back to the 2nd spot and went searching for the leader, Neace. By the 13th lap, Ross had the inside line on Neace by the start finish line to lead the race for the 1st time, and brought the #00 of Hall with him, after completing the pass for the lead. On the next lap, Jacob had to chase his Grand Am up the hill in the 4th turn, while encountering lap traffic, but he managed to control his car and hold on to the lead. Hall’s car gave up on the Hindman driver after loosing all the water from the radiator, and Jason would watch the remaing laps pitside. From there to the Modified Four cylinder checkers, the 2005 Champion, Jacob Ross of Harold would hold on to collect the $500.00 feature win in his High Tech Racing engines powered, D & B Tire sponsored 1995 Grand Am. After leading the 1st 12 laps of the 30 lap feature, Kelly Neace, runner up in this season’s points would finish in the runner up spot of the race, with 3rd going to the #L8 of Leroy Newsome ahead of Stacy Hall, and Keith Anderson.
Two Veterans of Super Bomber racing at 201, would bring the Super Bomber feature race to the green flag. The 2000 Late Model Champion, and three time Super bomber champion, Glen Patton of Pikeville and Ulysess’s Beadie Blackburn racing in his 15th season led the race to the green flag. After trading paint just past the flag stand, Blackburn would win the race to the 1st left turn followed close by Patton and Dennis Deboard. Blackburn raced the outer lane of the track through the corners with Patton looking to make the shorter lane on the inside work to his advantage. Lap traffic by the 10th lap allowed Glen to get within three car lengths of Beadie Two laps later with clear track in front of them, Blackburn continued to lead as the #7A of Patton also found a lane around the lap traffic which had opened up the lane for the leaders. When the $1000.00 Super Bomber checkers hit the air, it would be the “D & G Auction”, “Bird Mills Racing”, Barbara’s Tropical Tanning & leather” sponsored #74 of Beadie Blackburn of Ulysess with the win by a half a straight a way over Pikeville’s Glen Patton. Tom Crabtree finished 3rd followed by Dennis Deboard of Prestonsburg.
$1000 also waited for the winner of the 30 lap Limited late Model Feature, with Scooter Lemaster on the outside pole with the 2005 champion, Tandy “Suicide” Spurlock to the inside. Lemaster got squeezed to the top of the track when they took the green flag, then Stambaugh’s Scott McCloud dove under the #88 of Spurlock and the #3 of Lemaster in the center of the 1st set of turns to take the lead on the opening circuit after starting 3rd. Scott opened up a two car length advantage on Spurlock down the backstretch, but got loose in the middle of turn four allowing Tandy to draw within a car length. McCloud lost the handle on his #5M in the center of the next set of turns, and looped his car around, forcing the former track champion to the rear of the running order for the re-start. Spurlock inherited the lead on the 3rd lap with the #3 of Lemaster challenging up to the door of the leader in the middle of turns one and two, but Spurlock found a line off the turn to extend his lead to three car lengths by the flag stand on the 4th lap. On the 5th lap, Lexington driver, Larry Gray Jr who had been sent to the rear of the starting order after being charged with a caution on an attempt for a start made an opening to the inside of Lemaster in the center of one and two to complete the pass for the 2nd spot with 25 laps to go. On the 6th lap, Gray got position to the inside of Spurlock and would take the lead off the 2nd turn. Coming to the 7th lap, Larry went wide off the 4th turn, and while he fought to re gain control of his car, Spurlock went to the inside to re gain the lead. By the 9th lap, Gray Jr worked all over the back of Spurlock at the entrance and exit of turn one and two, while McCloud had raced back through the field to challenge Larry to the inside. Scott’s #5M would make a run on Larry as they entered the turns, but McCloud’s machine kept pushing up the banking in the turns. On the 12th lap Gray Drove his #12 to the bottom of the racetrack off turn four and powered by the #88 of Spurlock to take the lead for the 1st time in the race, opening up a four car length lead on the early race leader. After 30 laps, 36 year old Lexington driver, Larry Gray Jr, driving the Dan Deaton Racing engine powered, “Bluegrass Radiator”, Quarter Horse Trucking”, “Yance Power Washing” sponsored 2001 C.J. Rayburn Chassis scored the $1000.00 Limited Late Model Feature win, getting to the finish line in front of this season’s Champion, Tandy “Suicide” Spurlock. Former Late Model and Super Bomber champion Scott McCloud of Stambaugh finished the race 3rd ahead of Viper’s Jamie Maggard, Scotter Lemaster, and Salyersville’s Scott Lemaster driving Charlie Jude’s #CJ1.
Just Before the 40 lap Late Model Feature 10 fairly untamed mules were brought to the track by Ben Montgomery, and after three laps of riders being sent to the racing surface, and some mules choosing to race through the inside pits, Hillsborough Ohio native 37 year old John Shuemake, who breaks horses and works at a Pallet factory would win the traditional Run for the daisy’s Ole Fashion Mule Race
In possibly the most anticipated race of the night, a $2000 to win 40 lap Late Model feature race, Four time Late Model Champion, including this season, David Powers of Salyersville shared the front row with Drift Ky’s Scott Hall. Right from the start they would stack up three wide in the 1st set of left handed turns with Chuckie May on the inside, Anthony Adams in the Center and Hall in the 3rd lane behind race leader Powers. Before they raced into the 3rd turn, Adams wisely backed off while running 3rd rather than take the three wide battle into the next set of turns. With Powers leading the opening circuit, Adams got back on the throttle to the outside of May off the 4th turn as they raced side by side to the flagstand. Adams got loose off the 2nd turn on the next lap, dropping back to the 4th position. On the 3rd lap, May found a lane to the inside of Scott Hall to take the 2nd spot with Powers still maintaining the lead. by nearly a half a straight a way. On the 4th lap, Adams would search for and find a lane to the inside of Hall in three and four, then completing the pass for 3rd with Hall keeping the nose of his #0 on the back bumper of Adams after loosing the position. By the 6th lap, May had narrowed Power’s lead to less than a car length, then on the next lap Powers and May would be wheel to wheel for the lead off the 4th turn. The side by side battle would be short lived however when the 1st caution of the 40 lap feature flew on the 7th lap and evolved both Powers and May.as they came up on lap traffic Powers was able to stay on the track, with slight damage to the right rear quarter, however, Chuckie was not as fortunate, as he had to leave the track with damage to the right front of the #28. Restarting on the 8th lap, Powers and Adams would separate from 3rd place Scott Hall and the rest of the field. Adams kept sticking the nose of his #8 under David’s #97, yet each lap, Powers would pull away from the challenge of Adams and continue to hold the advantage. With lap traffic ahead by the 15th lap, Powers found an easier line through and extended his lead to five car lengths. After the completion of 20 laps, ½ way to the finish, Adams started cutting his car hard to the left in the corners finally drawing even with David in the middle of turns three and four by the 23rd lap. On the next lap 24, Terry Hicks sent Hall back to 4th with a pass in turn four while Powers and Adams continued to hold a half a straight a way lead over the rest of the field. On the 31st lap Adams got his car right up to the number on the side of Powers car then dove to the bottom of turn two to complete the pass for the lead however a late race caution would return the field to the last scored lap putting Powers back in front. On the restart on lap 33 Adams quickly attacked David in the same turn two and completed the 2nd pass around the leader off the 4th turn for what would be a $2000 pass as Whitesburg’s Anthony Adams extended the lead to the payoff flag in his Cornett Thunder powered, Phillip Hall Trucking”, Neace Contracting”, Diane’s Cleaning service sponsored C.J. Rayburn chassis. After leading the 1st 32 laps, four time series champion, David Powers of Salyersville ended up five carlengths back for 2nd. Willard’s Terry Hicks, driving Tom Hall’s #6H crossed the stripe 3rd ahead of a good finish for Steve Stollings, Jamie Ferguson, Tom Hall, and Allen’s Paul Porter.
After several efforts for a double file start in Sat. night’s open wheel modified feature failed, the starting grid was set to a single file start, with Johnson setting down his right foot, and winning the race to the 1st turn, trailed by Arlie Daniels in #3. By the 3rd lap, former champion Tim Moore dropped to the bottom of the track completing the pass on Daniels and looking for the leader, Johnson. On the 6th lap, Moore’s #69 got out of shape in turn four, allowing Johnson to pull ahead of the pack before Moore regained control of his ride. With Johnson continuing to pull away the closest race on the track was for the 3rd spot between Greg Gibson and Walt Mayabb. After several laps of racing wheel to wheel Gibson cleared the #28 of Mayabb and held the 3rd spot At the ½ way point of the race, Moore started looking to the bottom of the track, yet one lap later the motor in Moore’s car gave up and he would watch the remaining laps of the race pitside. The final caution set up a green white and checkered finish, and crossing the finish line for the 8th time this season it would be the AJ’s engines powered , “Forestry & Land Reclamation”, Ranger Contracting”, “Fuel Transport”, “Mountian Top Hydroseeding sponsored #B17 of Salyersville’s Brandon Johnson with the $1000.00 checkered flag over fellow Magoffin Countian Greg Gibson in #J7. Campton’s Walt Mayabb finished 3rd ahead of South Williamson’s Keith Tincher, and 3rd generation driver, B.J. Osborne.
In only his 1st season, UPS driver, Pete Castle of Martin earned the pole position of Sat. night’s Claim Bomber feature beside of former champion Albert Butcher of Coldwater in Martin County Butcher led the field to the 1st scored lap followed by Castle and Dean Pennington who got together in the 4th turn while battling for the 2nd spot.. Bo Howard drove his #20 to the bottom of the racetrack looking to make a move towards the front but would fall back to the 3rd spot after getting a run on the leaders. By the 4th lap, Castle took to the bottom line of the corners getting up to the door of the leader, Butcher. A long green flag run would have the #25 of Butcher extend his lead over the next laps with Castle remaining in 2nd followed by Dean Pennington. On the 13th lap, Butcher had to leave the track with a right front flat and returned to the race from the back of the field, with the #11 of Castle now in the lead. On the re-start, Pete went to the outside cushion and found enough grip to keep the #P12 of Dean Pennington behind him as he nearly collected the outside wall off the 4th turn as the leader of the race. Pennington lost the 2nd spot to Don Risner on the 25th lap and when they raced to the $800.00 Bomber checkers, series champion Pete Castle held on for the win in his “Simpson Race Products”, “Steve Francis Racing”, Brit Char Trucking” sponsored 1983 Camaro. Nearly four car lengths back, Don Risner crossed the stripe in the runner up spot followed by Flat Gap driver Dean Pennington, Keith Tincher, and Lee Ross.
This year’s runner up in the regular four cylinder championship, Shawn Ousley of Goose Creek led all 30 laps of the four cylinder feature for the win in the “Mosley’s Video Plus”, Banks Machine”, Wayland Quick Mart sponsored #18S Mustang. Division champion Shawn Henson finished 2nd in front of the Ole #7 of Gary Whitt, Jason Hall, Pat Morris and Mudcreek’s Alerd “Junebug” Newsome.
After one of the most successful seasons of dirt track racing action in the mountains, track operater, Mike Osborne and the staff of the 201 Speedway extend our appreciation to the many fans, drivers and sponsors who made it possible and look forward to opening day next May. 201 will run this Sat. night with Open Wheel Modifieds, Claim Bombers and Stock Four Cylinders.