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Red light gives Egner first Super Pro victory

Wednesday, June 19, 2002

Local racing

Here are the local racing results from tracks around the area:

SIKESTON DRAG STRIP

SIKESTON -- Ronnie Egner took his first Super Pro win of the season. The Mayfield, Ky., native ran 10.06 on a 6.14 dial at 40 m.p.h. His reaction time was .504. Mike Buckley, of La Center Ky., took second with a .498 red light, giving Egner the automatic win. Buckley ran 5.81 on a 5.81 dial at 123 m.p.h.

PRO CLASS

Gerald Hopkins, from Paducah, won the Pro Class with a 6.24 dial. He ran 6.29 at 109 m.p.h. His reaction time was .588. Second place went to Greg Harty, from Dudley. Harty ran 7.13 on a 7.17 dial at 94 m.p.h. His reaction time was .552.

E.T. CLASS

Bertrand's Stanley Byrd won the E.T. Class with a 8.83 dial. He ran 8.83 at 76 m.p.h. with a reaction time of .544. Second place went to Van Buren's Colby Gossett. Gossett dialed 7.75 and ran 7.67 at 88 m.p.h. His reaction time was .611. Dixie Door Slammers will be at the Drag Strip this Saturday night.

ATP RACEPARK

BENTON -- The KFVS 12 Winged Sprint feature found a familiar name in victory as Alex Shanks dueled with Scott Simion during the final six laps of the feature event to earn the victory.

Scott Simion and Jason Evans shared the front-row starting positions. At the green Simion jumped to the advantage.

Simion held the position to lap four when Daron Clayton slid around for the lead. Simion would fall back to second with Shanks and Evans behind them.

On lap 12 Evans fell out with mechanical problems and the mechanical gremlins struck once again as Clayton fell out on the 19th circuit, handing the lead back to the 4f car of Simion.

From lap 19 to 23 Simion would hold off Shanks, but the Christopher, Ill driver couldn't hold of the 66 car any longer as Shanks motored around Simion for the lead.

Shanks would cross the finish line just ahead of Simion with Todd Rowland making his way through the field to finish third, Robbie Standridge finished fourth and Shawn King earned the fifth position.

In Pure Street action Cline Myers Jr. continued his winning ways by tying the record for consecutive victories by picking up his seventh straight feature win. Myers Jr. is unbeaten this year in the Pure Street division at the Auto Tire and Parts Racepark.

Polesitter Danny Hampton led the first six laps of the main event before being passed by the eventual winner. Hampton held on to the second position at the closing of the 15 lap event. Matt Naeger finished third followed by Barry Pender and Jeff Beeson rounded out the top-five.

A caution filled Miller Lite Modified event found Fenton, Mo. racer Jeff Parmer standing in victory lane at the end of the night. Nathan Higgins survived the wild night to finish in second while Jeff Hall Jr. courted another top-five finish with a third. The 2002 Miller Lite Modified Rookie of the Year Matt James finished fourth with Leo Kiefer of Perryville finishing in fifth.

Dana Rowland and Joan Mayberry dominated the Motorsports Unlimited Cruiser feature to pick up their first career feature win. The team of Jimmy Griffon and Jason Reddick finished second with Jason Gaurdian and Daniel Hancock earning the final podium spot.

MALDEN SPEEDWAY

MALDEN -- Alan Rettig led from green to checker in the Late Model feature Friday night at Malden. Rettig steadily pulled away from the field to pick up his third win of the season and extend his points lead to 22. Todd Hall came around the outside of Billy James on the final lap to take second. Scott Tracer took fourth. Keith Adamson, driving a backup car, moved up from the rear of the field to grab fifth.

The Modified feature went Green-White-Checkered with no interruption and so did Greg King to pick up his first win in the class. King has been Track Champion the past 3 years in Late Models and Super Street the year before that. King jumped out from the outside front row and pulled away from the field.

King extended his lead through lapped traffic from the 14th lap on to take a 7 second win over another excellent field. A five car pack behind King put on a whale of a show for the runner up spot. For much of the race the 5-pack raced in tandem before Claudie Cook took the position with four laps remaining. Brad Buck, Larry Hull, Todd Clifford, and Robert Powers settled into the 3rd to 6th positions respectfully.

After the first two features went Green to Checker, the Hobby Feature was slow developing with 6 caution flags the first 5 laps. The final 10 laps were run without further interruption and saw Claudie Cook pick up his second feature win of the year. Cook officially held the lead all 15 laps, but surrendered the point for a short period on lap 9 as he and Jamie Robards got together down the front straight allowing Demo Gambill to briefly take over through turns one and two. Cook regained his momentum and retook the lead going into turn three.

Robards took second as he found a fast lane on the top of the track late in the race to earn his best finish of the year following two third place finishes. Steve Martin moved up from 10th starting to take third. Gambill and Ronnie Tilley rounded out the top five.

Once again the trio of Nathan Rettig, Jared Wagster, and Dietrich Bollinger covered the top three spots in the Pure Street Class. Wagster picked up his third win of the year as he took the lead from Bollinger on lap 2 and was never headed. Rettig opened in the fourth row and caught Bollinger by lap 10. Wagster and Rettig dueled the final 3 laps through lapped traffic with an excellent show by both. Bollinger was close behind in third. Billy Hopkins failed tech inspection cost him the fourth spot, moving Kevin Holman and Dicky Jackson up to fourth and fifth.

In honor of America's advancement to the second round of the World Cup Soccer tournament, the Cruiser features were run European style - clockwise. Scott Austin and Darrell Ham in the Z71 car took top honors winning a three car battle with McChristian and Smart in the 23S and the Lucky 13 of Brown and Dunning. The 23S and Lucky 13 got into each other coming out of turn four on lap nine and eliminated any chance either car had of winning. The OOPS of Simpson and Simpson moved into to capture second. Calder & Martin grabbed third. This was Austin & Ham's third win of the season at the track.