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Benson races to Super Pro honors at Sikeston Drag Strip

Wednesday, September 25, 2002

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Sikeston Drag Strip owner Ray Poirier, right, congratulates Rodney Benson after winning the Super Pro Class
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Here are the weekend's race results from tracks around the area. Look for more results in the scoreboard on page 10.

SIKESTON DRAG STRIP

SIKESTON -- Scott City's Rodney Benson posted his first win of the season in the Super Pro Class with a 5.26 dial. He ran 5.27 at 126 m.p.h. His reaction time was .507. Second place went to Cape Girardeau's Mark Murakami. He ran 6.23 on a 6.23 dial at 108 m.p.h. His reaction time was .526. Murakami finished second in the Sikeston Drag Strip points challenge. In the Pro Class, Jeff "Lunch Money" Hayes took first place and $1,000. With a 8.14 dial, he ran 8.14 at 83 m.p.h. His reaction time was .578. Second place went to William French from Perryville. French ran 7.48 on a 7.40 dial at 90 m.p.h. His reaction time was .615. In the E.T. Class, Josh Ames of Dongola, Ill, took first with a 7.31 dial. He ran 7.35 at 93 m.p.h. His reaction time was .516. Second place went to Jeff Hayes, of Herrin, Ill. Hayes ran 8.16 on a 8.13 dial at 83 m.p.h. His reaction time was 496 red.

ATP RACEPARK

BENTON -- The 1998 USCS national champion Eddie Gallagher from Memphis, Tennessee, won the 30 lap USCS "Show Me Shootout" at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark Saturday night. Gallagher who transferred to the main event with a win in the fourth heat race, beat a stellar field of 25 drivers from 7 states to pocket a $2000 first place paycheck. Gallagher, who is the all time feature win leader at the track, battled front row starters Jeff Buckner, then Paul Sides to take the lead on lap 18 and raced the rest of the way home to capture his 33rd career USCS main event.

Paul Sides from Bartlett, Tennessee, who won heat race number two, led laps 10-17 but succumbed to Gallagher's charge. Sides followed in second place at the finish line, followed in third place by 2002 Knoxville 360 Nationals champion, Jeff Swindell, also from Bartlett, who started 13th. First heat winner, Mike Ward also from Memphis, finished fourth after starting sixth and the second heat race winner, Ernie Ainsworth from Memphis, rounded out the top five. Buckner, who lead the first 9 laps and looked strong finished sixth, followed by USCS points leader, Terry Gray. 1999 champion, Marshall Skinner finished in eighth, Mike McElya finished ninth and Sonny Sayre rounded out the top ten. Terry Gray won the Airflow Research Power Dash. Swindell garnered the Huggins Cams "Hard charger" award for his drive past 10 cars. Shawn King from Cape Girardeau, Missouri captured the 12 lap B-main. Robert Powers took the Cliff's Rent-to-Own Miller Lite Modified special event at the 3/8th mile oval picking up $1,000 in the process. Gary Haynes jumped out to the lead for two laps when Powers jumped around him for the top-spot. Powers paced the field for ten laps until Danny Sissom got underneath him for the lead. Sissom would hold the lead until lap 15 when Powers would return to the point. The Campbell racer then cruised through the final five laps earning the big payday sponsored by Cliff's Rent to Own.

Greg Geiler ran in the top-three throughout the entire event moving up as high as second and settled for second after Sissom suffered a flat tire on the 18th lap. Chris Hall also moved around Sissom to take third with Larry Hull moving into fourth. Despite a flat-tire Sissom was able to turn in top-five finish in the 20-lap event.

Making his first trip to the racepark this year, Kevin Holman nailed down the victory in the Pure Street division. Holman took over the lead from Leo Kiefer on the seventh lap and paced the final eight laps of the event. Greg Casey finished the night in third with Therain Pearl cruising home in fourth and Ronnie Tilley rounding out the top-five.

Mark Henry and Jason Owens won the Motorsports Unlimited Cruiser feature. The pair led the entire 10-lap distance of the feature event. Josh Southard and Shawn Koening finished second with Scott Austin and John Austin finishing third. Dana Rowland and Joan Mayberry finished fourth with Jason Pennington and Jeff Ledbetter finishing in the fifth position.

MALDEN SPEEDWAY

MALDEN -- The Malden Speedway saw a tale of two tracks Sunday afternoon for the completion of the USCS Sprint Cars Fall Brawl - Missouri State Championships. Following wind and dusty conditions during the heat races, the track was reworked during an extended intermission, and the results were some of the best features the track has seen this season.

Memphis' Mike Ward made an impressive run to take the USCS Sprint Car feature. Terry Gray jumped out to a flying start and opened a sizable lead on the first lap. By lap three, Ward and Tim Montgomery had closed the gap. Montgomery took the lead on lap 14 coming high out of turn two and outracing Ward down the back straight. Ward took second five laps later. On lap 24, Ward found a lane down low through traffic in turn one to overtake Montgomery. Ward led the rest of the way to checkered flag. Jason Sides rested third away from Gray late, with Darron Clayton rounding out the top five. The 30 lap race went green-white-checkered and took less than 8 minutes to complete. After the sprint car race, the Modifieds had a hard act to follow, but went on to put on one of their best shows of the year. Shawn Haynes picked up the victory in a hard fought 20 lap affair. Shannon Brack grabbed the early lead, and held it until the fourth lap when Haynes made a move under him coming out of turn four. Haynes pulled away from the field, building a two and a half second lead by lap 11 before he got very loose in turn four. Although Haynes saved it before a 360 spin, Claudie Cook was able to grab the lead. Haynes regained control and the lead on the back straight a lap later. Haynes found a clearer path through traffic and built his lead back up. Cook held on to second. Robert Powers earned third following a late three lap side-by-side battle with Brack.

Jeremy Conner raced to fifth.

Chuck Tilley took his second Hobby Stock Feature of the year in another good race. Tilley jumped out to a quick lead from the front row with Tim Winchester in close pursuit. Winchester took the lead from Tilley on lap 2 and held it until lap five, when Tilley came charging back. Paul Betts Jr. moved up through the field to take third in his Malden Speedway debut. Zach Sentell held off late charger Doug Moore for fourth. Pole sitter Joe Strop suffered mechanical problems just as the green flag dropped on the race nullifying his best qualifying effort of the year.

Lee Redden was a first time winner at the Malden Speedway in the Pure Street division. Redden was the fourth and final leader in a hotly contested race. Ron Snider and Eric Lacey swapped the lead the opening laps. Lacey left the track following lap 5, with Snider suffering a flat tire to eliminate both from contention. Red Rice grabbed the lead following Snider's flat tire. Redden got a good jump on a lap 10 restart to take the lead away from Rice coming out of turn two. Aaron Darby, had hung close all race, made a late move and took second from Rice the final lap. Carl Wilson grabbed fourth in his track debut.

Snider fought back to pick up fifth. McChristian & Magourik made it two Cruiser feature victories in a row in the 23S Car. After an early battle, they built a comfortable lead and were not seriously challenged late for the win.

JERROD HULL UPDATE

JACKSONVILLE, Ill. -- On Sept. 13-14, Sikeston's Jerrod Hull competed in a two day outlaw sprint car special in Jacksonville, Ill., and Canton, Ill. Over 40 sprint cars from seven different states and Australia competed in the events.

Jerrod swept Friday night's show at Jacksonville by winning the heat race, dash, and feature in front of a sold out crowd.

The following night in Canton, Hull was able to win the 18th Annual Tom Knowles Memorial Race from the ninth starting position and became one of the few drivers to do this. Hull has won 14 features in 2002 in five different states. He is currently among the top 15 drivers nation wide for 2002 feature wins. Hull also picked up the heat race, dash and feature win at Farmington Sept. 21. He has won five out of the last seven races that he has competed in. Hull will be staying close to home to compete in the special spring car races at Benton on Sept. 27 and Farmington on Sept. 28.