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Simmons posts Super win

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

Here are the weekend race results from tracks around the area:

SIKESTON -- Ron Simmons and current points leader won the Super Pro Class with a 6.28 dial. He ran 6.30 at 107 mph. His reaction time was .518. Runner up and third place points contender Mike Buckley ran 5.87 on a 5.85 dial at 122 mph with a reaction time of .527.

Bear Nichols won the Pro Class on a breakage of his competitor Greg Harty. No times were available.

Colby Gossett took E.T. honors with a 7.54 dial. He ran 7.59 at 84 mph. His reaction time was .651. Robert Barnett finished second with a 7.99 dial. He ran 7.97 at 86 mph. His reaction time was .845.

But the big news was in the Outlaw Pro-Mods billed as North vs. South.

With 15 cars battling for a start in an eight car field, Mississippi native Jason Scruggs won with a new track record of 4.03 at 181 mph. Zalma, Mo., native Randy Merick, the local favorite and many times over "Super Chevy Champion" battled hard but came up short. He ran 4.22 at 167 mph. This was his first time out in over two years.

BENTON -- Despite eight caution flags and three red-flag periods in the race, Memphis racer Mike Ward was able to hold off all challengers to earn the win in the KFVS 12 Winged Sprint car feature.

After three attempts to start the feature event, which include two red flags Ward took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Ward held onto the lead with Daron Clayton of Sikeston in hot pursuit of the leader. Lee Dunn, Steve Short and Robbie Standridge were behind the pair fighting for the next three positions.

Clayton passed Ward in the early stages of the race only to have a caution flag fly, which negated the pass. Scoring positions falls back to the last completed lap and Clayton had not held onto the lead for a complete lap before the caution waved.

When the race restarted once again Ward jumped out to the advantage with Clayton being in the catbert seat facing stiff challenges from Dunn and Standridge.

Dunn found the fastest grove on the track and moved around Clayton on the tenth circuit. Ward continued his dominating performance moving out to 10-car length advantage over Dunn.

In the final laps Dunn didn't pose a threat to take the win away from Ward. Dunn held onto second with Standridge making the move around Clayton on the final circuit to finish third. Clayton held the fourth position with Jeff Buckner moving up from his 14th starting position to finish fifth.

The Pure Street feature found a pair of drivers each looking for their first career feature wins at Auto Tire and Parts Racepark. Danny Hampton and Jeff Beeson fought throughout the fifteen-lap feature event, which was slowed by only one caution.

Hampton took the lead at the drop of the green with Beeson following behind. Beeson worked on the leader for 10 laps before making the pass for the lead on the 11th circuit.

The Benton racer held onto the lead for the final four laps of the feature event to take home the win. Hampton settled for second for the third time, in the last three races.

Beeson's win was his first career checkered flag in his six year career. Jason Mueller came from the back of the pack to finish in third just behind Beeson and Hampton. Mueller was eighth on the third lap and was able to work his way through the field to finish just ahead of Derek Despain and Patrick Naeger.

Jeff Parmer scored the win in the highly contested Miller Lite Open-Wheel Modified feature event which found four drivers vying for the win exciting the final turn.

Parmer chased Larry Hull for three laps before making the pass on the leader on the fourth circuit. Hull fell back to second and made strong late race challenges for the lead but couldn't make a return pass. Hull finished the night in the second position.

Malden driver Shawn Haynes battled his way through the field moving into the top-five on the third lap and eventually moving up to third, were he would finish. After an early race accident, Chris Hall was able to rebound to make a strong bid for the top-three but would be held off by Haynes on the final lap to finish fourth. Ben Gerdes secured a strong run by crossing the checkered flag in fifth.

Victory lane in the Motorsports Unlimited Cruiser feature found Jason Gaurdian and Daniel Hancock repeating the dominating performance they put on last week. The Jonesboro, Il pair picked up their second feature win on the year holding off Mark Henry and Jason Owens for the second week in-a-row.

Paul VanPool and Brian Hahs started the feature in the third position and finished in the same spot just ahead of Chris and Lisa Scheffer with Josh Southard and Shawn Koening finishing fifth.

MALDEN -- Alan Rettig continues to dominate the Late Model division at the Malden Speedway. Rettig picked up his 8th win in 10 weeks of points racing, his sixth win in a row. The trio of Rettig, Todd Hall, and Billy James quickly pulled away from the rest of the field. Rettig led the way all 20 laps with James in pursuit down low, and Hall chasing from the top of the track. The leaders encountered lapped traffic on lap 8 and Rettig started opening up his lead and was not challenged again. Hall nipped James at the finish line in a great battle for second. Scott Tracer, fourth and Keith Adamson, who moved up from the 12th starting position, rounded out the top five.

Rettig holds a commanding 74 point lead over Adamson for the season. Hall is four points behind Adamson.

Robert Powers picked up his sixth Modified Feature win of the year, using a late move to overtake Larry Hull for the win. Hull grabbed the lead from the outside front row and led for 17 of the 20 laps, with Powers in hot pursuit. Hull was racing on the top rim of the track and would see Powers, racing at the very bottom, pull even in the corners, but Hull had better momentum entering the straights. On lap 15 Powers, moved up mid track and completed the pass three laps later. The win moved Powers into the season's point lead, two ahead of Hull. Previous leader, Greg King got tangled with Jared Wagster in turn four on lap 11, with Wagster hitting the wall hard to ruin the J10 car. King suffered a flat and would come back to finish 13th, his second straight non top 10 finish. Jeremy Conner and Claudie Cook put on a good show in the battle for third, with Conner taking the position, his best finish of the year. Doug Moore moved up from the12th starting position to grab fifth.

Greg Layne inherited the pole position when Jason Pennington could not make the call for the Hobby Stock feature and never looked back. Layne jumped out at the start and led all 15 laps to take his second feature win of the year, first during the points season. Steve Martin hung close, but could never make a passing run at Layne. Richard Greenway led a pack of several cars to take third. Dee Kelley got his second straight top five finish in fourth. Gene Fowler finished fifth in his first return to the speedway since April. Steve Martin holds a commanding 52 point lead in the season standings.

Dietrich Bollinger picked up his second Pure Street win of the year, as he was the benefactor in a controversial call. Nathan Rettig grabbed the early lead with Bollinger in hot pursuit. The lead pair separated themselves from the pack and were up to traffic on lap 10. As the pair came out of turn four, one of the lapped cars slid down into Rettig. When the caution came out, both cars involved were relegated to the rear of the field, leaving the lead to Bollinger. Bollinger never looked back as he pulled away to the win. Chuck Tilley raced to second. Rettig moved back through the field to pick up third and maintain his point's standing lead. Paul Reeder and Justin Rojas rounded out the top five.

Adam Brown and Dustin Dunning picked up their fourth feature win of the year despite an apparent second place finish. Brown & Dunning's Lucky 13 were in a three wide race for second for a couple of laps before settling in behind the S23 car. Post race inspection disqualified the S23, leaving the Brown & Dunning the win.