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Summers wins Super Pro Class

Wednesday, July 9, 2003

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Sikeston Drag Strip track official Earl Norfleet, far right, stands with Gary Summers and family after Summers won the Super Pro Class on Saturday night
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Local Racing News

Here are the weekend race results from tracks around the area.

SIKESTON DRAG STRIP

SIKESTON -- Dexter's Gary Summers took first place in the Super Pro Class at the Sikeston Drag Strip on Saturday night. Summers outlasted current points leader Dave McDonald, of Cape Girardeau, for the victory.

No other information was available.

ATP RACEPARK

BENTON -- Rusty Griffaw of Festus drove his UMP Modified to victory lane Saturday night at the Auto Tire and Parts NAPA RacePark.

Griffaw drove an impressive race in the Modified main event of the evening holding off the 2002 defending ATPR Modified Champion Chris Hall of Sikeston. Griffaw and Hall were followed by Brent Thompson, Steve Gaertner, and Tim Walker rounding out the top five.

A good crowd of fans turned out Saturday night at ATPR to witness some outstanding and exciting racing plus a nice fireworks display. A total of 95 cars entered Saturday's program at the Benton facility.

"We were very pleased with the number of fans that apparently decided to stay at home this holiday weekend and take in the racing program at our RacePark", Promoter Jerry Wolsey said.

A very familiar face once again returned to the winners circle in the Outlaw Wing Sprint Division 38 year old Robbie Stanridge of Springfield, Ill., orchestrated a very impressive "Sling Shot" out of turn four in the late laps of the feature which put him out front of the 17 car field.

He never looked back. Stanridge flipped his Sprinter in his heat race between turns one and two earlier in the evening but that didn't stop his crew from working non-stop and getting the 2002 defending champion back on the track and in time for the 25 lap Sprint feature.

Their efforts paid off as the Reddick Motorsports Sprinter ended up in victory lane for the fourth time this season with Stanridge at the controls. The Sprint main event was lead for several laps by second year driver Jason Evans of Arnold, who came so close to winning the finale for the evening but veteran driver Robbie Stanridge did not allow that to happen.

"Jason drove a very good race and was in full control of the field but when Stanridge made that move coming out of four late in the feature, that basically put the race in the books", Wolsey said.

In the Pure Street Stock Division 16 year old Dietrich Bollinger of Benton, Missouri lead all 15 laps and won the event plus a bonus $1,000.00 compliments of C&H Trailer Sales of Sikeston, Missouri who sponsored the Pure Street Feature for the evening. Bollinger who has now won two Pure Street Main Events for the 2003 season was nothing but excited in victory lane as he thanked his classmates of Kelly High School of Benton and his fans and family who all turned out for the evening in support of him.

"I just want to thank all my sponsors, friends, and family for supporting me this year without them this couldn't have happen", Bollinger said. During the interview with Bollinger in victory lane the 2002 Defending Pure Street Champion Jeff Beeson presented Bollinger with the winners trophy. In the Cruiser class the team of Southard/Koenig won the main event followed by the Trankler/Bartels team. This Saturday July 12th, an All Outlaw Demolition Derby will be held at the RacePark with a $1,250.00 to win feature, and a $250.00 to win in the four cylinder class.

Racing action on the oval will return back on July 19 with the Outlaw Wing Sprints, UMP Modifieds, Pure Street Stock, and Cruisers. For further information call (573) 887-3003.

MALDEN SPEEDWAY

MALDEN -- The Malden Speedway's 4th of July spectacular was highlighted by a 28 car MARS Late Model field. Drivers from eight states were represented at the event. Terry Phillips picked up his third MARS win at the speedway in the three years they have made their appearance in Malden. Brandon Smith of Floral, Ark., topped an excellent 39 car modified field. Jason Pennington and Aaron Darby won their first features of the year in Hobby Stock and Pure Street respectfully. Austin and Hamm took cruiser honors to cap a great night of racing.

Terry Phillips earned an outside front row start in the MARS feature and used it to lead from green to checkered. The race started slowly with four caution flags the first six laps, but then proceeded the final 34 laps caution free with exciting bumper to bumper and side by side action. Phillip's main challengers were Bill Frye and Jeff Floyd who pursued in tow through the first half of the race. When the leaders met lapped traffic, Phillips was able to extend his lead as he would pass first on the inside of the track then move high to pick off the next car. Phillips built his lead to three and a half seconds by the finish to take the checkered flag. Frye outlasted Floyd in an intense duel for second. Joey Mack took fourth. Local points leader Billy James took fifth.

Heat winners were Phillips, Gary Stolba, Floyd, and Frye. Barry Barkley took the last chance qualifier race.

Brandon Smith led 24 of the 25 lap Modified feature to take the checkered flag and the $1,500 top prize. Brandon Maxwell moved under Smith on the front straight of lap 2 to take a temporary lead. Smith regained the top spot on the back straight and never trailed again. Smith encountered lapped traffic on lap 20, but this only allowed him to build on his lead. Maxwell held on for second. Peyton Taylor's bid for a three day modified sweep ended with his third place finish.

Local point's leader Bart Richardson took fourth and Jason Wilkey rounded out the top five. Heat winners were Smith, Taylor, Maxwell, Wilkey, and Greg King. Mark Norris and Jess Short won the B-Mains. No local track points were awarded for this event.

Jason Pennington won an early duel with Tony Anglin and held off the late challenge of Doug Moore to pick up his first Hobby Stock win of the year. Pennington is the sixth consecutive different winner in the very competitive Hobby Stock class in Malden. Pennington came around Anglin on the outside down the front stretch on lap five to take the lead. Doug Moore took second from Anglin a lap later. Moore pulled even with Pennington on laps 10 and 11, but Pennington was able to hold on for the win. Glenn Griffin moved up from the 13th starting position to take fourth. Paul Keena rounded out the top five. Heat winners were Pennington and Anglin. No points were awarded for this race.

Aaron Darby of Portageville, who had been challenging the leaders the past few weeks, took the final step to victory lane in a convincing Pure Street feature win. Darby took the lead from Greg Casey on lap two and led the rest of the way. Darby was pulling away at the finish while battles for position behind him were being settled. Casey swapped second back and fourth with Jimmy Cornell before taking the position for good on lap 11. The final top five was rearranged due to tech failures by Cornell and Rick Watkins in fourth. Chuck Tilley moved up to third, followed by Greg Sparks and Jason Palmer.

Heat winners were Sparks, Casey, and Darby. Steve Henley won the B-Main, and then moved up through the field to garner a sixth place finish in the A-Feature. No points were awarded for this race.

Scott Austin and Darrell Hamm picked up their second win of the year in the BS-19 Cruiser. They took the lead on the front straight from Dunning & Dunning on lap three and pulled away for the win. The battles for second and fourth were both side by side at the finish, with Simpson & Simpson edging Dunlap & Faulk for second, and the 38K of Kelly & McMillian outlasted Conway and Parish for fourth. The lone heat winner was Dunning & Dunning. No points were awarded in this race.

ST. FRANCOIS CO. RACEWAY

FARMINGTON -- Jerrod Hull of Sikeston had a holiday weekend to remember Friday and Saturday night at the St. Francois County Raceway as he captured both night's sprint car feature.

On Friday night (July 4), Hull out dueled both Timmy and Joey Montgomery to pick up the checkered flag. Timmy settled for second place with Joey third, Tommy Worley Jr. was fourth and Steve Short was fifth. They were followed by Lee Dunn, Ronnie Standridge, Jason Hunt, Jason Keith and Keith Burch.

Jeff Davis won the first heat race with Bob Thoman second and Hunt third. Hull won the second heat with Standridge second and Worley third. Jason Evans won the third heat with Timmy Montgomery second and Short third. Joey Montgomery won the fourth heat with Dunn second and Greg Burns third. Hull won the dash with Timmy Montgomery second and Dunn third. Danny Long won the "B" main with Kenny Hambrick second and John Epperson third.

In the Modified feature, Jeff LeBaube was the winner with Timmy Hill taking second, Brent Thompson third, Billy "The Kid" Smith fourth and Mike Crader fifth. They were followed by Jeremy Stevens, Tony Palmer, Lou Dreimier, Butch Lyons and Steve Smith.

LeBaube won the first heat with Smith second and Stevens third. Kenny Kennedy won the second heat with Thompson second and Smith third. Hill won the third heat with Pete Koenig second and Crader third.

In the Hobby Stock class, Jeremy Greenwalt drove his #18 car to victory lane with Matt Eaton taking second place, Chris Boyd was third, Randy Forster fourth and Kasey Nations fifth. They were followed by Danny Mosier, Kenny Harris, Nathan Gibson, Kevin Mosier and Jim Abshier.

Greenwalt won the first heat with Doug Savage second and Boyd third. Chuck Adams won the second heat with Eaton second and Forster third.

In the 600cc Multi, Derek O'Dell was the feature winner with Dustin Barks second, Casey Barnhouse third, Kent Buckley fourth and Tyler Robbins fifth. They were followed by Joey Boyd, Junior Ferguson, Tommy Boyd, Rodney Williams and Jeremy Boyer. O'Dell won the first heat with Jimmy Bridgeman second and Joey Boyd third. Robbins won the second heat with Barks second and Ferguson third. Barnhouse won heat #3 with Buckley second and Tyler Thompson third. Conner Thompson won the "B" main with Ray Statler second and Dave Chilton third.

On Saturday night (July 5) in the Sprint feature, once again it was Hull first, Timmy Montgomery second and Joey Montgomery third. Jimmy Moughan settled for fourth place with fifth going to Worley Jr. They were followed by Terry Babb, Ronnie Standridge, Steve Short, Jeff Davis and Bob Thoman.

Davis won the first heat with Keith Burch second and Short third. Worley Jr. won the second heat with Greg Burns second and Standridge third. Moughan won the third heat with Joey Montgomery second and Babb third. Davis won the dash with Hull second and Timmy Montgomery third. Timmy Moss won the "B" main with Bryan Matthews second and Kenny Hambrick third.

In the Modified class feature, Pete Koenig visited victory lane with Tim Radford second, Jeff LeBaube third, Butch Lyons fourth and Matt Zimmerly fifth. They were followed by Mike Crader, Timmy Hill, R.C. Hovis, # B3 (sorry, no name) and Tommy Worley Sr. Dr. Chris Sloan won the first heat race with Lyons second and Hovis third. Koenig won the second heat with Radford second and Zimmerly third. Kenny Kennedy won the third heat with LeBaube second and Billy Smith third. Worley Sr. won the "B" main with Glen Miller second.

In the Hobby Stock class feature it was Chris Boyd of Park Hills picking up the victory with Chuck Adams settling for second place,Randy Forster third, Matt Eaton fourth and Jeremy Greenwalt fifth. They were followed by Kasey Nations, Doug Savage, Danny Mosier and Leonard Betch.

Savage won the first heat with Nathan Gibson second and Joe Clark third. Boyd won the second heat with Kevin Mosier second and Eaton third. In the 600cc Multi class, Lance McKinney held off the charge of Derek O'Dell to win the feature. Brad Loyet settled for third with Junior Ferguson fourth and Tyler Robbins fifth. They were followed by Casey Barnhouse, Dustin Barks, Jimmy Bridgeman, Mat Dotson and Jeremy Boyer.

McKinney won the first heat with O'Dell second and Josh Kennedy third. Loyet won heat number two with Bridgeman second and Art Knepper third. Ferguson won the third heat with Barnhouse second and Robbins third. Tommy Boyd won the "B" main with Boyer second and Jake Bess third.

This Saturday night at the St. Francois County Raceway is $5 Night. For more information call (573) 756-1734.