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Simmons wins 2002 points championship

Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Sikeston Drag Strip owner Ray Poirier congratulates Super Pro Class winner Jack Camden Jr.
Here are the weekend race results from tracks around the area.


SIKESTON -- Jack Camden Jr., of Murphysboro, Ill., won the Super Pro Class on Saturday night. With a 6.02 dial, he ran 6.02 at 111 m.p.h. His reaction time was .506. Second place went to Liden Hills, of Fremont. Hills ran 5.23 on a 5.22 dial at 131 m.p.h. His reaction time was .505.

The 2002 Super Pro Points Champion is Ron Simmons.

Sikeston's Mike Ritchie top honors in the Pro Class. Ritchie ran 6.00 on a 5.96 dial at 116 m.p.h. His reaction time was .571. Second place went to Cecil Hammontree. He ran 7.31 on a 7.73 dial at 87 m.p.h. His reaction time was .546.

The 2002 Pro Points Champion is Darrell Jones.

Dexter's Paula White won the E.T. Class. With a 8.06 dial, she ran 8.11 at 85 m.p.h. Her reaction time was .521. Second went to Sikeston's David Leonard. Leonard ran 11.28 on a 11.35 dial at 62 m.p.h. His reaction time was .529.

The 2002 E.T. Points Champion is Tre Hammontree.

Naylor's Wayne Joplin took first place in the E-Z Street, while Campbell's Kerry Davis took second.

In the Outlaw Super Street, Quilin's Kevin Leutert took first and Donn Gingrich took second.


BENTON -- California resident Brad Sweet made it a perfect race weekend at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark, winning the preliminary night race and U.S. Outlaw Championship for 1200cc U.S. Outlaw Mini Sprints Saturday night.

The race for the 1200cc Mini Sprints is the Daytona 500 or Indy 500 for the racing organization. Jeff Harden scored a second place finish with Dan Van Dyke finishing the championship night in third. Doug Hunting and Mike Kertshcer rounded out the top-five finishers.

The Miller Lite Modified feature event sponsored by Cliff's Rent-to-own went down to the wire with Old Appleton resident Larry Hull picking up his second feature win at the Auto Tire and Parts Racepark.

Chris Hall paced the field for four laps but couldn't hold off Terry Baker who led for twice for five laps. Hull later passed Baker on the 11th circuit for the lead. Baker would never retake the lead, while Hall would grab the top-spot only for a short time on the 19th lap.

The front three drivers paced the field for the entire event, racing three-wide for most of the event with the lead exchanging hands six times in 25 laps between Baker, Hall and Hull.

Hull grabbed the frontrunner spot right back and led the final 6 laps for the win. Hall would pass Baker on the white flag lap to finish second, Baker crossed the line third. Shawn Haynes battled his way through the field to finish fourth with Greg Geiler scoring a finish in the top-five.

The $500 top-prize for the Pure Streets went to Nathan Retting of Sikeston. Retting, visiting the track for the first time, he led all 15 laps of the feature event. Greg Casey pursued Retting for sevens laps before getting passed by Kevin Holman for second. Casey would eventually finish fifth and Holman would end the night in second. Dietrich Bollinger and Leo Kiefer made their way through the field to finish third and fourth.

Garrett Moll and Wesley Short continued their winning ways in the Motorsports Unlimited Cruiser division winning the $300 top prize. The team of Bartles and Trankler finished second with Southard and Koening finishing third. Heery and Owens and Golightly and Despain rounded out the top-five finishing fourth and fifth.


BENTON -- Hurricane Isadore dropped the rain on Thursday and Hurricane Tommy Worley Jr. dropped the lightning on Kraig Kinser on Friday. Worley Jr. stole the thunder from Kinser on the 28th circuit after Kinser had led the Winged Sprints feature event for 14 laps and looked on his way to a $5,000 payday.

"All I know is that I am $5,000 richer," exclaimed Worley Jr. in victory lane.

Daron Clayton started on the pole and dominated the first six laps of the feature event before contacting a lap machine, breaking a wheel in the process and also sustaining front-end damage at the conclusion of the accident.

After the yellow Worley Jr. inherited the lead and paced Mike Ward and Kinser. Jerrod Hull and Jan Howard were behind the front three battling out for the top-five positions.

On the ninth circuit Kinser, who started 12th, passed Ward for the second spot and began to run down the lead car of Worley Jr. The caution was brought out once again on the 11th lap for Todd Rowland as he made contact with the third turn wall.

The front three stayed the same for the remaining laps at Kinser huge lead began to grow smaller to Worley Jr. as the leader dealt with lap traffic. On the 28th circuit Worley Jr. made the move around Kinser for the lead, leaving Kinser unable to make a clear attempt for the lead again.

Worley Jr. would storm around the final lap in route to his second victory on the year and a $5,000 payday. Kinser would hold onto second with Ward pacing third. Jerrod Hull secured the fourth place spot with Lowe Cannell scooping up the fifth place honors. Alex Shanks passed 14 cars to finish sixth with Marcellous Kronk running down the seventh spot after starting 10th.

Springfield, Ill., resident Craig Carey scored his first MARA Midget victory on the year beating another Springfield resident Chad Branson to the line. Branson led all 25 laps of the final MARA feature event on the year.

Chad Branson moved into the second spot on the 21st lap and maintained the spot for the final four laps to pick up a second place finish. Branson started the feature sixth.

Third place finisher Donnie Leuhman battled inside the top-five for the entire distance of the feature and finished the night in third just behind Branson.

Mike Hess ran in the second position for almost 20 laps of the event but couldn't hold off Branson or Leuhman, Hess finished fourth.

Seven time MARA Midget champion Steve Knepper fought his through the b-main to score a top-five finish. Preliminary action in the US Outlaw Mini Sprint National Championship found 16-year-old Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, CA leading all but one lap of the 25-lap adventure. Jeff Harden of Glenn Bedalin, WI finished second and led one lap of the event, Mike Kertsrher finished third in the final rundown.