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Phillips posts first Super Pro win

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

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Sikeston Drag Strip owner Ray Poirier, left, congratulates David Phillips after winning the Super Pro Class Saturday night
Here are the weekend results from local race tracks around the area.

SIKESTON DRAG STRIP

SIKESTON -- David Phillips posted his first Super Pro win of the season with a 6.11 dial. He ran 6.11 at 110 mph. His reaction time was .526. Runner up was Cecil Whitaker. He ran 6.23 on a 6.21 dial at 111 mph. His reaction time was .547.

Buddy Alberson won the Pro Class with a 7.32 dial. He ran 7.35 at 91 mph. His reaction time was .577. Don Hooker was runner up with a 8.10 dial. He ran 9.30 at 55 mph but red lit with a .488 giving Alberson the automatic win.

Jeff Hays won E.T. with a 8.22 dial. He ran 8.25 at 81 mph with a reaction time of .513. Josh Ames took second with a 7.58 dial. He ran 7.78 at 89 mph with a reaction time of .563.

The "Dixie Door Slammers" will take place on July 20.

SEMO MOTOR SPEEDWAY

SIKESTON -- Semo Motor Speedway was buzzing with a huge amount of motorsport activity Saturday night.

Witnessed before a packed house was some of the finest short track racing in the South when the Mara Midgets, Midwest Outlaw Lightening Sprints, Micro Sprints, and the Rams Mini Stocks took to the track and did battle in the "bull ring" that made the fans stand on their feet.

Jeff Mills, President of the Rams Mini Stock Association summed it up the best by saying, "If you missed this show, you really missed something."

Also on hand was Busch Grand National and Winston Cup Driver Mike Wallace, who for two solid hours signed autographs nonstop for the fans.

"This is really a nice facility and the grassroots of motorsports", Wallace said.

John Ferguson, of Cape Girardeau, a long time flat track motorcycle racer who was in attendance for his first time as a fan at Semo Saturday evening could not believe what he saw.

"What a super place, if a racer or a fan misses this type of show we better check on them and make sure they are alright, what a dynamite track, just a super short track facility", Ferguson said.

The racing action on the track was tense at times and some very close wheel to wheel battles in all the classes. Donnie Lehman was the Mara Midget feature winner followed by a hard charging Dave Camfield Jr and Tim Siner. Ryan Brewer of Salem Indiana captured the Midwest Outlaw Lightening Sprint main event followed by Bob Franklin second, and Danny Charles rounding out the top three. The Rams Mini Stock main event saw some very close racing battles all night long, with Jatson Cruse of Farmington capturing the second annual Driver's Seat 25 followed by Keith Buckley, and Carl Bellew.

The A-Class Micro Sprint feature went to Evan Lent of Calvert City, Kentucky with Korey Weyant finishing second followed by David Dejournett of Essex, Mo coming in third. Winning his first Restrictor Class Micro Sprint feature was Dylan Dejournett who no doubt had a huge fan following cheering him on to victory from the grandstands.

The next scheduled event at Semo Motor Speedway will be Friday night July 19th when the ATVs and Motorcycles take to the short track.

POTASHNICK UPDATE

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Sammy Potashnick is gearing up to be the driver of Jay Robinson's NASCAR Busch Series No. 49 car next weekend in the Charter Pipeline 250 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.

Potashnick, who will make his Busch Series debut, has been racing since 1996 in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, the USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the NASCAR Winston West Series, and the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series Late Model Division.