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Father, son finish first, second

Wednesday, July 3, 2002

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Sikeston Drag Strip owner Ray Poirier (black hat) congratulates Mark Payne on his Super Pro Class win.
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Here are last week's results from racing at tracks around the area.

SIKESTON DRAG STRIP

SIKESTON -- Father and son took first and second in the Super Pro Class at the Sikeston Drag Strip on Saturday night. Mark Payne, of Steelville, won with a 6.11 dial. He ran 6.13 at 113 m.p.h. His reaction time was .512. Roy Payne, also from Steelville, took second. He dialed 6.86 and ran 6.87 at 98 m.p.h. His reaction time was .528.

In the Pro Class, Darrell Jones of Bertrand took top honors. With a 8.63 dial, he ran 8.64 at 77 m.p.h. His reaction time was .518. Allen Kettles of Sikeston took second. He dialed 7.51 and ran 7.48 at 90 m.p.h. His reaction time was .579.

In the E.T. Class, East Prairie's Trey Hammontree took first place. He dialed 8.15 and ran 8.20 at 82 m.p.h. His reaction time was .600. Second place went to Mark Tesson from Fredericktown. He dialed 7.98 and ran 8.04 at 84 m.p.h. His reaction time was .494.

SEMO MOTOR SPEEDWAY

SIKESTON -- When Ty Jones of Jackson, Tenn., arrived at Semo Motor Speedway Saturday night to compete in the Kart Summer Shootout he said one thing: "show me the money baby."

Well that comment became a reality because with some outstanding driving skills that Jones always shows when the heat is on came away with the stock medium feature win worth $1,000.00 and carried the checker flag around the track with pride. That big win was not good enough for Ty he came right back 30 minutes later to capture the stock light main event.

"Ty is a strong young aggressive driver and I was glad to see him win the big one our congratulations goes out to him and his race team", said Jerry Wolsey, general manager of Semo Motor Speedway.

The next schedule event at Semo Motor Speedway will be on Wednesday evening July 10 when the Karts and Micro Sprints will be back in action at the speedway. On July 13, one of the largest racing events at the speedway will take place when the Mara Midgets will return back for a second visit along with the Midwest Outlaw Lightening Sprints, Micro Sprints, Rams Mini Stocks, and the famous Legend Cars.

Also making a special appearance that evening at Semo will be Busch Grand National and Winston Cup Driver Mike Wallace who will meet the fans, drivers, and race teams and enjoy a great evening of racing in the Bootheel of Missouri.

ATP RACEPARK

BENTON -- Once again it was a Hall family weekend at the Auto Tire and Parts Racepark with Chris Hall picking up the Miller Lite Modified feature win and Alex Shanks copping the KFVS 12 Winged Sprint feature event in a sprinter owned by Chris' grandfather Jim.

If the old statement "sweating bullets" holds any truth then Alex Shanks probably had them pouring from the bottom of his helmet. After suffering through six caution flag and several attempts for the lead by the second place runner of Jason Evans these problems was the least of his worries.

After a caution flag thrown on the 21st lap, all the competitors were running close on fuel, Shanks was just a little too close.

"I would get on the gas and it would just sputter, I was hoping for a red-flag real bad." Noted Shanks in victory lane. "In the corners it was completely starving of fuel."

After a failed restart on the 23rd lap and a slowed racecar on the backstretch the 66 team got just what they needed a fuel stop.

Shanks led the entire distance of the race with Jason Evans chasing at his heels for the first 23 laps of the event. Evans would eventually fall victim to Robbie Standridge who closed in the on leader before the red flag but didn't have anything for him after the restart.

Daron Clayton moved to third at one point but couldn't maintain the position, finishing the night in fourth. Another young-gun, Jay Landolt of Wood River, Ill, piloted the Joe Reddick #12 to another solid finish of fifth.

Miller Lite Open-Wheel Modified action found Chris Hall of Sikeston stepping into victory lane for the second week in a row.

Jeff Parmer started on the front and led the first two laps before falling victim to a flat tire. Parmer left the track and his pit-crew made a quick tire change getting the Fenton racer back on the track in time for the restart.

Shawn Haynes took over the lead at the start, leading for the first five laps before Hall would slide around him for the top-spot. Haynes would also fall victim to a flat tire later in the event.

Hall led the next 13 laps for the feature win with Parmer coming from the back of the pack to finish second. Leo Kiefer moved closer to picking up his first feature win at the track finishing a respectable third with Matt James and Shane Moody rounding out the top-five places.

Dietrich Bollinger probably had one thing on his mind as he entered the Pure Street feature on Saturday night; end the streak. The win streak held by Cline Myers Jr. was up to eight consecutive and the competitors in the class were ready to give Myers Jr. winning a rest.

Bollinger started from the pole and would control the entire event picking up his first feature win on the year. The Kelly High School honor student held off the 01 car of Cline Myers Jr. for the win.

Behind Myers Jr. were Patrick Naeger and Matt Naeger both of Perryville with Jeff Beeson of Benton coming across the line in fourth.

The Pure Street results from second position on back are tentative at press time pending a protest on the Myers Jr. car. The results for the Pure Street class are completely unofficial at this time.

The Scheffer family gave new meaning to the old term "backseat driver" as the husband and wife teamed up for their first Motorsports Unlimited Cruiser feature win on the year.

With Chris handling the driving duties and Lisa concentrating on the gas and brake duties the pair slid around Jeff Trankler and Wayne Bartles for the lead and the eventual checker flag.

Trankler and Bartles dominated the early part of the event but would finish third behind the team of Curtis Hale and Doyle Nall. Hale and Nall closed in on the leaders in the final stages but could not overtake the husband and wife team.

Dana Rowland and Joan Mayberry cruised home with a fourth place run and Rodney Hurst and Edert Bowen scored another hard-earned top-five finish.

MALDEN SPEEDWAY

MALDEN -- In the first appearance of Sprint cars at the Malden Speedway in 2002, Jerrod Hull of Sikeston dominated the 17 car field. Hull was never challenged in either the heat or feature as he was able to pull away on each start. Tim Montgomery and Alex Shanks waged a battle for the second spot that ended on lap 17 in a collision on the front straight, eliminating both from the race.

Cape Girardeau's Shawn King moved up to take second, holding off Todd Rowland at the finish. Daron Clayton and Jim Brewer rounded out the top five. In the heat race, Clayton got sideways in turn three, but was able to regain control just as he went off the rim of the track. Clayton circled around and came flying over the banking to rejoin the race to the delight of the crowd.

Robert Powers picked up his fourth Modified feature in five weeks, outlasting Greg King in a dash to the finish line. King grabbed the early lead, moving up from the second row through the first turn. Powers dove low out of turn four on lap 3 to take the lead. Powers built a modest lead by lap 10, but was brought back to the pack by a lap 13 caution. King got a good restart, and pulled even with Powers on the back straight of lap 14, but Powers held on. King mounted a final challenge as the pair went side by side under the white flag.

The lead was swapped back and fourth down the back straight, with Powers taking the checkered by a half a car length. Jeff Davis drove right at the bottom of the track to pick up several positions to take third. Claudie Cook and Brad Buck rounded out the top five.

Richard Greenway grabbed the lead on the 13th of 15 laps to pick up his third feature win of the year, second of the point's season in the Hobby Stock class. Steve Martin grabbed the lead from the pole, but held it only one lap as Gregg Layne sped to the front. Martin hung tough and was joined by Greenway on lap 9, to race 3 wide for the lead with Layne.

Layne and Greenway came out of that battle best and were dueling into serious lapped traffic by lap 12. Greenway found a quicker path through turn one as he and Layne raced four wide with slower traffic on lap 13.

As the dust cleared on the back straight, Greenway had a four car length lead and held on for the feature win. Martin held on for third. Mark Williams picked up his first five finish of the year, followed by Alan Rettig, piloting the 43 car for the first time at Malden.

Nathan Rettig of Sikeston returned to victory lane for the fourth time this season in Pure Street. Rettig led all 15 laps but was strongly challenged by Jared Wagster. Rettig pulled to a modest early lead early before a caution for debris reset the field on lap 5. On the restart, Wagster, Dietrich Bollinger, and Scott Wicker got tangled in turn two bringing out a caution, sending that trio to the rear of the field. Wagster sped through the field and was challenging Rettig by lap 9. Bollinger was also soon back up front, battling Chuck Tilley for third. As Wagster made a lap 13 challenge for the lead on the back straight, the motor gave way in the 007 car, dropping him out of the top 10 for the first time this year. Bollinger won his duel with Tilley for second. Paul Reeder and Justin Rojas both picked up their first top five finishes of the year.

In an exciting Cruiser Feature, Redden & Redden drove to their first win of the year. The pair jumped out to the lead from the beginning and were never headed, although Austin & Ham in the Z71 were never very far off the pace. Dunlap and Faulk were a close third. By lap 5, there was 2 and 3 wide racing on both ends of the track as the field battled for positions.

Racing July 5th welcomes the return of the Late Models, along with points racing in Modified, Hobby, Pure Street, and Cruisers.