SIKESTON DRAG STRIP
SIKESTON -- Here are the results from the Sikeston Drag Strip on Saturday.
In Super Pro, David Phillips won first place with a 5.99 dial. He ran 6.00 at 112 mph with a reaction time of .507. Runner up went to Donald Hills. He ran 6.11 on a 6.08 dial at 112 mph with a reaction time of .514.
In the Pro Class, Rusty Toll took honors with a 7.14 dial. He ran 7.14 at 93 mph with a reaction time of .532. Runner up and this year's points champion was Greg Harty. He ran 6.73 on a 6.73 dial at 99 mph with a reaction time of .540.
(Photo by Bill Tuttle)
In the E.Z. Street, Kerry Davis won first place with a 7.73 dial at 125 mph. Second place went to Wayne Joplin, who ran 126 mph with a 5.56 dial.
In the Outlaw Street, Rob Wagner won first with an 8.13 dial at 70 mph. Second place went to Mark Micke, who broke.
In the Jr. Dragster, first place went to Brooks Robinson, who ran 7.88 on a 7.84 dial at 84 mph. His reaction time was .532. Runner up went to Artie Maupin. He ran 9.91 on a 9.90 dial at 63 mph with a reaction time of .612.
(Photo by Bill Tuttle)
Sikeston Drag Strip owner Ray Poirier said, "racers go for a lifetime and never achieve this."
BENTON -- Paul May captured his first career series win Saturday night at Auto and Tire Parts Racepark in the Haulmark All Star sprint car 40 lap feature. With the win, the Terre Haute, Ind., resident became the 22nd All Star feature winner of 2004 out of 46 races.
May's No. 71 is a J&J Chassis with Gaerte power. May passed Randy Hannagan with only three laps remaining and held off Joey Montgomery for the win.
May and "The Hurricane" Hannagan brought the field down to the green and Hannagan got the jump into turn one and took the lead over May. By lap five, Hannagan was already in lapped traffic and by lap eight the leader had built a half straightaway lead on May.
The first yellow came out on lap 10 for Joey Moughan who half spun in turn two and headed toward the infield then drove to the inside of turn one and stops. The running order was now Hannagan, May, Joey Montgomery, Jason Johnson and quick qualifier Lee Dunn. On the restart Mike Ward uses the high line to move around Dunn and take fifth.
The next yellow on lap 12 was for All Star Champion Chad Kemenah, who stopped on bottom of turns three and four. Hannagan still led May, Montgomery, Johnson and Ward at this point. Hannagan opens up a five car length lead over May on the restarts but May slowly reels him in and is on his back bumper after only a few laps.
Action was slowed again just before the half-way mark with the running order Hannagan, May, Montgomery, Johnson, Ward, Dunn, Kelly Kinser, Dean Jacobs, Jerrod Hull and Tim Montgomery. With Hannagan and May still one-two, fourth place Johnson spins in turn two doing two 360s, smoking the tires, but he continues on with no yellow coming out. It was a perfectly executed 720 but Johnson fell back to 14th place.
The turning point of the race was lap 37 Hannagan was trying to lap a car in turns one and two and caught a bit of a rut and May got a run on the leader. May goes from top to bottom crossing over and shoots by Hannagan down the backstretch and leads into turns three and four. J. Montgomery follows May past Hannagan and moves into second while Hannagan falls to third. Once in the lead May drove away to his first career All Star win over J. Montgomery, Hannagan and Ward. Greg Wilson did awesome job working the top of the track after starting 15th and he finished fifth ahead of T. Montgomery, Jerrod Hull, Dunn, Kinser and Jacobs.
The Crown Battery heat fell to Chad Kemenah, the B&B Products heat went to Wilson, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Ricky Stenhouse and the TP Wings heat fell to Johnson. Tim Moss won the Outerwears Pre-filters C Main. The United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main fell to Jeremy Campbell and Johnson also captured the Haulmark Dash. Lee Dunn was the Huggins Cams Fast Time qualifier.
MALDEN -- A 135 car turnout, highlighted by a $2,000 to win Sprint Car race, made the "Night of Thunder" show at the Malden Speedway a success.
Sprint Cars from eight states including, California, Ohio, and Georgia made their appearance at the show. The main event feature was taken by Chad Kemenah of Newark, Ohio, in a fantastic finish over hard charging Tim Montgomery.
Montgomery had won the opening make-up feature of August 22. Season champ Bart Richardson picked up his ninth Modified feature win of the year. Paul Reeder made it two in a row in the Pure Street feature.
Gary Dunlap and Frankie Faulk won the Cruiser feature. The night cap Hobby Stock race was cut short by rain.
In their fourth and final appearance of the year at the speedway, the Sprint cars saved their best race for last. Chad Kemenah in the #15 car moved up from the second row to take the lead on the second lap from Randy Hannagan in the 1X.
In a race that went caution free, Kemenah built an impressive five second lead by lap 11. Tim Montgomery won a fierce battle with Hannagan, Tommy Worley, and Wade Oliver for second and set his sites on Kemenah.
Montgomery had cut the lead in half by lap 18, and was on the leader's rear bumper by lap 21. Kemenah held off Montgomery on the final lap as he crossed the finish line a half a car length ahead in an amazing dash to the flag. Worley held on for third. Hannagan took fourth, and Mike Ward moved up from the 11th starting position to grab fifth.
Heat winners were Lowe Cannell, Hannagan, Worley, and Kemenah. Jimmy Moss of Fredericktown won the B-Feature
Tim Montgomery led from start to finish in the make up feature of the 8-22-03 race. Montgomery grabbed the lead from the outside front row and never looked back.
Setting a torid pace, Montgomery was as smooth as silk as he manuevered through lapped traffic from lap 18 on. Lowe Cannell drove to a solid second. Todd Rowland won a furious back and forth battle for third with Steve Short. Jason Keith rounded out the top five.
Bart Richardson capped his season championship run with his ninth Modified feature win. Richardson led from start to finish to take the checkered flag.
The race opened with a three way battle between Richardson, Robby Arnold, and Jeff Cone for the lead, with Robert Powers and Greg King in a personal side by side duel the opening five laps for fourth. Richardson started pulling away mid race and left Arnold and Cone to fight it out for second.
Arnold and Cone swapped the position several times during the second half of the race before Arnold took it for good on lap 19. King held on to fourth, with Jared Wagster edging out Powers for fifth.
Heat winners were Richardson, Cone, Arnold, and King. Jeremy Conner won the B Feature, and moved up during the A Main to garner a top 10 finish.
Paul Reeder jumped out at start of the Pure Street feature and led all 12 laps. Just as the race began, the rains that would cancel the Hobby Stock feature began to mist, making for a slick racing condition. The drivers were up to the added challenge, as the only caution in the race was a lap 10 flag brought out by mechanical problems to the 38K of Chris Kelley.
Reeder had built a respectable three second lead when the caution fell, and had no problem maintaining his lead the final two laps. This was Reeder's second feature win in a row, and third overall. Chuck Tilley won an early duel with Eric Lacy to take second.
Greg Casey's apparent third place finish was wiped out for a post race tech failure. Lacy held on for third. Jared Wagster and Red Rice rounded out the top five.
Heat winners were Reeder, Lacy, Rice, and Aaron Darby. Chris Williams won the B-Main.
Gary Dunlap and Frankie Faulk won their second Cruiser feature of the year Friday night. They led all the way in the F-50 car. Austin and Ham moved up late to grab second. Stevenson and Larmie's apparent third place finish was disqualified for a post race tech failure.
Steve McChristian and Terry Magouirk moved up to take the spot. This change in the final race allowed McChristian and Magouirk to tie Dunlap and Faulk for second in the season points standings, with the tie breaker of feature wins going to McChristian and Magouirk 3 to 2. Chris and Jason Simpson had locked up the season championship last week.
Heat Winners were Dunlap & Faulk, and McChristian & Magouirk. The Hobby Stock feature was cut short by rains after three laps of racing. This ends the season for the Hobby Stocks also. Tony Anglin with his six wins takes the 2003 Championship.
ST. FRANCOIS RACEWAY
FARMINGTON -- Jumpin" Joey Montgomery, Kenny Kennedy, Matt Eaton and Christopher Massey picked up the feature wins at St. Francois County Raceway.
St. Francois County Raceway was full of racing excitement on Sept. 20. The night started with Steve Short flipping his car around hard in turn one during the hot laps.
During the hobby stock heat one, Matt Eaton led from the start to win followed by Jeremy Greenwalt. In heat two, Karl Francis jumped up front in the first lap to get the win followed by Nathan Gibson in second.
During heat one of the sprints, Chad Souders led from the start to win with Greg Burns in second. In heat two, Tommy Worley Jr. flipped his car around hard in turn four when he hit the wall. Daron Clayton led heat two from start to finish to win, with Timmy Moss getting second. In heat three, Joey Montgomery was up front to win from start to finish with a great race for second between Steve Short and Lee Dunn. Lee Dunn passed Steve in the last lap to get second. In heat four, Timmy Montgomery and Todd Rowland fought for first with Timmy taking charge to get the win and Todd getting second.
FREDERICKTOWN -- The final week of racing at the Fredericktown Raceway will take place Friday night with the Dwarf Cars and the 600cc Multis joining the Modifieds, Hobby Stocks/Sportsmen, RAMS Mini Stocks, and Pure Streets.
There will be a special payout for the RAMS Mini Stock class and all area mini stocks are urged to participate. Gates will open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7.
BIG RIVER SAND DRAGS
BONNE TERRE -- Kevin "Grape Ape" Sellers of Arnold and Rick Finney of St. Louis were crowned "Overall Track Champions" at Big River Sand Drags Saturday night.
Following the final night of points competition on Saturday, the track held it's annual "Tournament of Champions" where the overall track champions for both the ATV classes and the MSRA (Missouri Sand Racing Association) classes.
Sellers, the track champion of the Stock Buggy class, squared off against Steve Barton of Bonne Terre who was not only the champion of the Competition Elimiantor class he was also the champion of the Open 4x4 class, to decide the overall champion in the MSRA division. Sellers was able to pick up the victory and the huge overall track championship trophy.
In the ATV division, it all boiled down to Rick Finney, the champion of the Pro ATV class, squaring off again Allie Glatczak of Potosi, the champion of the ATV-1 class. Finney was able to pull out the victory with a late surge at the line.