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McDonald pulls away from pack

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

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Sikeston Drag Strip owner Ray Poirier, left, congratulates Dave McDonald after winning the Super Pro Class on Saturday night
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Here are the weekend's race results from tracks around the area.

SIKESTON DRAG STRIP

SIKESTON -- Cape Girardeau's Dave McDonald separated himself from the pack by winning the Super Pro Class at the Sikeston Drag Strip on Saturday night.

With the victory, McDonald put himself in first place in the points race. McDonald ran 6.26 on a 6.26 dial at 107 m.p.h. His reaction time was .515.

Second place went to Cape's Jack Maupin. He ran 6.01 on a 6.00 dial at 115 m.p.h. His reaction time was .513.

In the Pro Class, East Prairie's Cecil Hammontree continued his winning ways by outlasting Matthews' Keith Hartlein. Hammontree ran 7.74 on a 7.75 dial at 86 m.p.h. His reaction time was .553. Hartlein ran 7.58 on a 7.53 dial at 83 m.p.h. He red lit with a .486 DQ.

In the E.T. Class, Diehlstadt's Dave Slayden took first place with a 7.95 dial. He ran 7.97 at 84 m.p.h. His reaction time was .546. Second place went to Floyd Foreman of Sikeston. Foreman ran 8.88 on a 8.90 dial at 71 m.p.h. His reaction time was .546.

Racing will be back in action on Saturday night with the Dixie Door Slammers.

ATP RACEPARK

BENTON -- MARA Midget Driver Tim Siner of Effingham, Ill., will tell anyone he likes racing in the Bootheel of Missouri. For the second time in less then a year, Siner has won a Midget main event in the south.

On June 22nd, 2002 he won his first ever feature event at the Semo Motor Speedway located near Sikeston, Missouri and on Saturday night June 14th, five miles from where he won his first feature in 2002, he drove his Midget directly to victory lane at the Auto Tire and Parts NAPA RacePark.

"I like racing down here the track tonight was extremely fast" Siner said during a interview before the fans after his victory. The Midget feature did not go without a mishap when Jim Siner the twin brother of Tim took a nasty flip between turns one and two. "I just shut my eyes tight and hung on" Siner said. Siner walked away without any injuries. The Outlaw Wing Sprint Feature was won for the second time in a row by Springfield, Ill., native Robbie Stanridge.

In the Pure Street feature Billy Hopkins took the honors for the night and captured the Pure Street main event. The Modified feature was won by Josh Cherry who was being chased by a hard charging Danny Sissom who finished second. In the Cruiser division Josh Southard and his team mate Shawn Koenig won the main event in the Cruiser class.

Racing action will resume this Saturday at the Auto Tire and Parts NAPA RacePark when Indy 500 Driver Jimmy Kite will be honored at the RacePark. Kite when not racing an Indy Car or Silver Crown Car can be found at ATPR on a Saturday night driving an Outlaw Wing Sprint for the Reddick Motorsports Racing Team.

Kite will be signing autographs for the fans from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in front of the grandstands and will be honored at intermission during the evening.

"We are proud to have Jimmy at our facility, he is such a professional and a outstanding young man, who now has a total of four Indy starts under his belt," promoter Jerry Wolsey said.

Kite finished 13th this year at the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500 out of a field of 33 cars.

MALDEN SPEEDWAY

MALDEN -- The Malden Speedway got a break from Mother Nature Friday night and put on another excellent show. The night cap Modified feature was a race to remember with side by side racing all over the track. Jared Wagster outlasted 19 challengers to take the flag.

Terry English won the Late Models. Daniel Basset took his first Hobby feature of the year. Chuck Tilley returned to the Pure Street victory Lane. Chris and Jason Simpson made it three in a row in the cruisers.

Terry English of Benton, Ky., made his first appearance at the Malden Speedway a victorious one. English grabbed the lead from the pole and threatened to run away and hide early. Billy James was in hot pursuit and closed the gap to English's back bumper by lap nine, but could never mount a passing threat. English reestablished a comfortable lead by lap 13 and went on to take the checkered flag. In a race that went green-white-checkered without any caution flags, there were only six cars left on the lead lap by the finish.

Nathan Rettig looked like the Nathan of 2002 as he drove to a solid third place finish. Charles Laplant and Todd Hall rounded out the top five. Heat winners were English and James.

Friday night's Modified feature will long be remembered for its three and four wide battles. The top nine cars battled as a pack for the first 13 laps, giving and taking positions cleanly in a tremendous race. A lap 13 caution reset the field with Claudie Cook holding the point position to start the 7 lap dash to the finish.

Jared Wagster and Bart Richardson raced as a triangle with Cook for a pair of laps before Wagster took the lead coming on to the front straight. Richardson took second from Cook a lap later. Greg King challenged late for third but encountered trouble in turn two on the final lap and settled for sixth. Joe Giesler took fourth in his first trip of the year to Malden. Last year's Modified Champion, Robert Powers took fifth.

Todd Clifford, Cook, and Powers won the Heat races. Larry Hull won the B-Main.

Daniel Basset took his first Hobby Stock feature win of the year in another great race. On the first try to get the race started a three car tangle in turn two brought out caution. The race then went caution free for 15 laps of racing. Scott Tracer grabbed the early lead but could not shake a pack of three cars battling for second. After swapping the second position back and forth on lap nine, Bassett pulled clear and set his sites on Tracer.

On lap 13, Bassett moved under Tracer on the front straight for the lead and at the same time a couple of car lengths back, Gene Fowler grabbed third from Jamie Robards. Doug Moore moved up steadily through the race to take fifth after starting 11th. Tracer and Bassett won the heat races.

Chuck Tilley picked up his second Pure Street feature win of the year with a dramatic last lap pass. Greg Casey grabbed the lead and threatened to run away while his closest challengers raced three wide for second. Tilley came out of that battle with second and had closed to Casey's bumper by lap 10. Casey held off Tilley's lap 10 challenge, but as the pair came out of turn two side by side on the final lap, Tilley outrun Casey down the back straight to take the win. Paul Reeder edged John Houart for third with Greg Sparks lurking right behind in fifth.

Casey, Jason Palmer, and Houart won the heat races. Kyle Berry of Poplar Bluff carried the checkered flag in his first trip to the Malden Speedway, as he took the B Feature. Chris and Jason Simpson of Piggott won their third Cruiser feature in a row. Scott Austin and Brian Williams grabbed the early lead and built a small cushion only to suffer a spin on lap four and left an opening for the Simpsons.

Frankie Faulk and Gary Dunlap then began a duel with the Simpson's as they swapped the lead back and fourth on laps 8 and 9. The Simpsons took over for good on lap nine and earned the checkered flag.

Austin and Williams came back to grab third. Heat winners were McChristian and Magouirk in the 23S and Austin and Williams in the BS19.

ST. FRANCOIS CO. RACEWAY

FARMINGTON -- Timmy Montgomery of Fredericktown picked up the checkered flag and the $2,000 first place check Saturday night at the St. Francois County Raceway for winning the final leg of the Missouri/Illinois Challenge.

The previous three legs (at I-55, Godfrey and Jacksonville) were all rained out. Terry Babb captured second place in the feature with Jason Keith taking third, Jimmy Moughan fourth and Jim Hurley fifth. They were followed by Kurt Trainer, Steve Short, Jason Hunt, Jerrod Hull and Rod Crabdree.

Keith won the first heat with Timmy Moss second and Hunt third. Trainer won the second heat. Babb won heat three with Timmy Montgomery second and Crabdree third. Short won the fourth heat with Hurley second and Lee Dunn third. Joey Montgomery won the "B" main with Ronnie Standridge second and Hull third.