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Hulls wins battle with Short for first feature win

Wednesday, September 4, 2002

Here are last week's racing results from local tracks.

BENTON -- Sikeston racer Jerrod Hull picked up his first feature win on the year in the KFVS 12 Winged Sprint cars at the Auto Tire and Parts Racepark. The win netted Hull the $2,000 first place prize.

Hull mastered the tricky surface utilizing the low-line to earn another win, while fellow competitor Steve Short took the high-side next to the wall to finish second. Short made last lap charge on Hull and fell just a few feet short in his bid for the win.

Short started third in the feature and passed Jimmy Kite for the lead on the first lap. Short led the first eight laps on the ultra smooth surface, which found drivers choosing three lines to run. Hull started sixth and quickly moved into second at the end of the first lap. On the eighth circuit Hull moved his 12h sprinter under Short for the win.

Seventh place starter Alex Shanks moved into third by lap three and held the position for nine laps before Jason Evans motored around him for the position.

While Evans, Shanks, Kite and Chad Sauders were battling for the third through sixth position Hull and Short were checking out dicing through the lap traffic.

With five laps to go Short started to make strong bids for the leading getting the run of the second and fourth corners closing in on Hull in the final laps. Short last challenge for the lead came on the white flag lap coming out of turn four. Hull maintaining the bottom pulled out of four with a two car length lead and Short charged out of the final corner ending up just a couple feet shy at the line in efforts to pass Hull.

Evans was able to hold off Shanks for the third positions with Shanks finishing just behind Evans in fourth. Kite slid back to fifth in the final rundown with Jimmy Brewer finishing sixth, Lee Dunn and Sauders rounding out the top-eight finishers.

Kite, Evans and Short picked up heat race wins.

Miller Lite Modified competitor Terry Baker enjoyed his week off after picking up his first career modified win on August 18. The rest helped the Scott City racer recoup to be able to put on another dominating performance on Saturday night.

Baker led all 20-laps of the Miller Lite Modified feature event, which went all 20 laps without seeing one caution flag wave. Shawn Haynes jumped out to the lead on the start but could not hold off Baker very long. Haynes followed Baker the entire distance of the feature event.

Gary Geiler moved from his fifth place starting position to finish the night in third with Leo Kiefer finishing fourth. After running third throughout most of the event Karl Adams finished the night in fifth after Geiler and Kiefer made a late race move around the Perryville driver.

Baker and Haynes were winners in the first and second heat races. Dietrich Bollinger put on another dominating performance in the Pure Street division leading all 15-laps of the feature event to earn his fifth win on the year. Bollinger took the lead on the first lap of the race after three failed attempts to start the feature.

Picking up a career best finish of second, Deakon Bragg started fifth and marched his way forward to finish just behind Bollinger. Jeff Beeson held onto third place at the line after running second for most of the event. Cline Myers Jr. and Jason Mueller made out the fourth and fifth place positions in the final rundown.

Bollinger and Myers Jr. picked up heat race wins.

Once again the Scott City pair of Garrett Moll and Wesley Short were victorious in the Motorsports Unlimited Cruiser cars. Moll and Short led the entire distance of the event cruising to victory by a healthy margin over the second place team of Josh Southard and Shawn Koening.

Jason Gaurdian and Daniel Hancock ended up the evening in third with Wayne Bartels and Jeff Trankler finishing in fourth along with Rick and Gary Knight completing the fifth spot.

Southard and Koening won the first heat race with Moll and Short picking up the second heat race win.

MALDEN -- Dietrich Bollinger led all 15 laps, picking up his third feature win of the year. Bollinger pulled away from the field as he left quite a battle for second behind him. Nathan Rettig erased a bad start that saw him fall from the front row to 6th through turn 2 on the opening lap. Rettig climbed back through the field and took second from Eric Lacey on the 13th lap, coming out of turn two following a two lap back and forth race for the position. Chuck Tilley was a solid fourth. Justin Rojas edged track newcomer Aaron Darby for fifth.

Bollinger and Rettig won the heat races. Bollinger won the night's battle, but Rettig took the war in the season's point race. Both youngsters had 15 top 5 finishes in 15 points races to distance the field. Rettig's seven feature wins to Bollinger's three was the difference in the final standings. Chuck Tilley won an excellent Hobby Stock feature. 23 cars went the full 15 laps under green. Tilley, Gregg Layne, and Bruce Sutterfield swapped the lead back and forth during the opening five laps. As the leaders met lapped traffic, Tilley found an open spot on the topside of the track to extend his lead that reached over 5 seconds by the finish. Richard Greenway took second, with Derald Kelley edging out Sutterfield for third at the wire.

Jason Pennington rounded out the top five. Sutterfield, Greenway, and Layne won the heat races. Steve Martin had built a commanding lead in the points race and his appearence in the feature sewed up the season title. Greenway, who won three features during the season finished second.

Larry Hull grabbed the lead from the pole in the Modified feature and never trailed. Hull led a four wide group of cars out of turn two at the opening of the race, and then found a fast lane at the top of the track to build a sizeable lead. Greg King challenged Hull early but by lap 3, Hull was in command. This was Hull's first win of the season Shawn Haynes and King battled for the second spot, before Haynes won that race coming down the front straight on lap 14. Lannie Blake fell back to seventh early, but battled back to take third. King and Doug Moore rounded out the top five.

Hull, James Fowler, and King won the heat races. In the closest points race of the season, Robert Powers fought back from an early race spin to hold on to the 2002 championship.

Powers moved back up from the rear of the 22 car field to finish 6th, leaving him with an 8 point margin over King and 12 over last year's champ, Larry Hull.

Billy James picked up his first Late Model victory of the year, edging Alan Rettig to take the checkered. Rettig took the lead from the pole and built a comfortable lead by lap 8. James, Keith Adamson and Micah Gavin closed the gap in traffic over the next few laps.

James passed Rettig coming out of turn two on lap 17. Rettig mounted one last challenge, but James held him off to pick up the win.

James's win broke Rettig's seven race win streak. Adamson and Gavin battled for third to the final lap, with Adamson taking the position at the wire. Scott Tracer raced to fifth.

Rettig, Lyndon Moore, and Gavin won the heat races. Rettig's nine wins in 12 point's events gave him a commanding 80 point lead in the year's final standings. Keith Adamson took second.

Scott Austin & Darrell Ham picked up a double win Friday as they capped a season championship with their sixth feature win of the year. The end of the race was bittersweet as Austin & Ham got entagled with second place finishers Simpson & Spillman at the end of a mad dash to the wire. Austin & Ham's Z71 car careened into the wall resulting in sparks and damage. Doublin & Stevenson took third in the 545 car.

Heat winners were Marler & Busby #8, Smart & McChristian #23S and Simpson & Spillman in the 43. Austin & Ham's 126 points distanced themselves from the second place Doublin & Stevenson in the season standings.