SIKESTON DRAG STRIP
SIKESTON - In the Super Pro class, Keith Overby won with a 5.47. He ran 5.48 at 122 mph. His reaction time was .520. Runner up went to Jack Maupin, who ran 5.93 on a 5.93 dial at 116 mph. His reaction time was .531.
In the Pro class, Greg Harty took honors with a 6.80 dial. He ran 6.81 at 95 mph with a reaction time of .540. Second place went to Chris Ritchie, who ran 7.13 on a 7.15 dial at 95 mph. His reaction time was .591.
In the E.T. class, Sikeston's own David Leonard continued his winning with an 11.23 dial. He ran 11.23 at 63 mph. His reaction time was .529. Last year's point champion Tre Hammontree was runner up. He ran 7.87 on a 7.89 dial at 85 mph. His reaction time was .564.
MALDEN -- With a break in the temperature, the Malden Speedway once again topped the century mark in cars with 110 on hand for Friday night's races.
The program featured double features due to the past week's rain out. Billy James made the most of this opportunity and picked up his fifth and sixth Late Model wins of the year. Bart Richardson extended his Modified point lead with a win and a third place finish. Jared Wagster won the opening Modified feature.
Doug Moore dominated the first Hobby Stock feature, with Tony Anglin taking the nightcap. Johnny Houart and Chuck Tilley split the Pure Street features. Scott Austin and Darrell Ham won the Cruiser opener with Steve McChristian and Terry Magouirk won the late race.
Billy James was dominating for the night but the opening Late Model feature was impressive indeed. James jumped to the lead from the second row on th opening turn of the race and never looked back. By the end of the race, only three cars remained on the lead lap as James led second by half a lap.
Todd Hall, Nathan Rettig and Scott Tracer took turns holding the second spot early in the race. Hall took the position with Rettig third. Tracer's handling went away late and he had to settle for a sixth place finish.
Kent Bailey and Scott Gibbs rounded out the top five. Heat winners were Rettig and Bailey.
In the regular scheduled Late Model feature, James had a tougher time of it, but once again returned to victory lane. The win is James's fourth in a row.
BLODGETT -- In an effort to provide more weekend family entertainment at an affordable price, SEMO Raceway in Sikeston has expanded its schedule of events of Kart Racing, ATVs and Motorcycles to include a new 300 foot Mud and Sand Drag Strip.
Owner, Sonny James said "I have been wanting to offer Sand Drags as a race option here at the raceway for some time now, so we finally decided to go for it."
Several local racers suggested he wet it down and make a Mud Drag in the same area.
James said "I am willing to try anything at least once." So Sunday, Sept. 14, SEMO Raceway will host it's first Mud Drags. Racing will begin at 2 p.m.
Sunday with a $5 gate admittance. Racing Classes will include: Stock, Super Stock, Modified, and ATV 4wd Classes.
SEMO Raceway is very excited to be bring the Mud & Sand Drag Racing to the Sikeston area and are planning on continuing these events for the 2004 racing season to cover a wider range of motorsport entertainment with High Powered Karts & Micro Sprints running alternating Saturdays with the ATV's & Motorcycles. And Mud & Sand Drags on Sundays.
This will be a big weekend of some very exciting racing entertainment starting out with the first ever 100 lap NASCAR style kart race that will be bringing contenders from all over the country to compete for the $500 payout on Saturday Sept 13th and the thrills will continue on to Sunday Sept 14th with the First event of MUD Drag racing in the new 300 foot mud pit.
SEMO Raceway is located on Hwy U, one mile west of Blodgett. For more information call (573) 471-8701.
ST. FRANCOIS CO. RACEWAY
FARMINGTON -- Jerrod Hull of Sikeston led from start to finish in the 25-lap sprint car feature Saturday night at the St. Francois County Raceway.
Joey Montgomery settled for second place with Timmy Montgomery third, Robbie Standridge fourth and Bob Thoman fifth. They were followed by Lee Dunn, Tommy Rockwell, Steve Short, A.J. Bruns and Todd Rowland. There were 35 sprint cars on hand for the event.
Timmy Montgomery won the first heat with Joey Montgomery winning the second heat, Jason Keith won the third heat and Tommy Worley Jr. captured the fourth heat. Hull won the dash.