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posted April 22, 2002 12:57 AM UIN: 16262997
Mike Tinker Lays Down Juvenile Law at Cleveland

As the laps wound down for the 30 lap Super Late Model "A" Main, "The
Lawman" Mike Tinker held off the threatening advances of 16 year old,
reigning Rookie of the Year Todd Morrow for his first win of the 2002 season
Saturday night at Cleveland Speedway. In the Claimer Late Model division
Justin Winters proved his domination of the Pony Stock would carry over to
the his new late model ride, by winning the "A" Main feature in only his
second effort in the division. In the Hobby division it was Richard Dixon
padding his points lead with his first trip to victory lane this season. In
the Pony Stock feature Jimmy Brown got the checkers and Roy Nichols doubled
up taking the final checkers of the night again in the Street division
"Championship Bash" special race.

As the Super Late Models took to the track for Budweiser "King of Speed"
Qualifying Time Trials Bobby Mayse turned the heads of the field setting the
fast time of the field in his "Mayse Construction, Elite, R&E Construction"
GRT Pontiac Gran Prix with a 14:858 lap around the TN Valley clay banked
dirt track. Mayse would be set against last weeks SLM winner Lamar Scoggins
the third fastest overall qualifier for the first of two heat races. Mayse
collected his first pole for the "A" Main feature by winning the heat with
Paul Tims getting by Scoggins for second. Eddie Benefield finished fourth in
the heat with 2002 rookie contender Chris Powell in fifth. Second fastest
qualifier Tinker (14:881) staged against fourth fastest qualifier Morrow for
their first of two battles on the night. Tinker took the lead as Morrow
slipped back to third momentarily. Morrow got back by Dewayne Smith and set
his sights on Tinker, who was checked out on the field. Morrow, Smith, Shawn
Chastain and another 2002 rookie contender P.D. Doss followed Tinker to the
checkers setting the field for the "A" Main feature.

As the field took the initial green flag, Benefield got crossed up on the
first circuit collecting Powell and Chuck Christopher. On the next start the
identical #22's of Mayse and Tinker took off and raced side by side with
Tinker taking the outside line advantage. Lap three slowed the field as
debris cluttered the track in turn two. Tinker, Mayse, Morrow, Tims and
Scoggins refired as the green waved again until lap 7 when Billy Mayo reared
a yellow flag. Mayse had a handful of Morrow as Tinker began to pull away.
Scoggins stepped up to the top of the track after a lap 18 caution for P.D.
Doss slowed the field yet again. Scoggins got by Tims and pulled even with
Morrow until Tims and Smith came racing back on the bottom. Tinker's "Hair
Tamers Port City Racing South, Tinkers Garage" GRT Chevrolet Monte Carlo
seemed untouchable as the final ten circuits approached, then Morrow
appeared. Morrow passed Mayse for second on lap 23 and quickly closed ground
(about ten car lengths) in an attempt to "break Tinker's law". Fans rose to
their feet when Morrow drew to Tinkers spoiler as the white flag flew.
Tinker kept the door open heading into turn three of the final lap and
Morrow put the noise of his mount up and under Tinker in turn four. It was
too little too late for Morrow (looking for his first Cleveland SLM victory)
as Tinker's line lead under the checkers in first. Follow the top two were
Mayse, Scoggins and Smith. Chastain, Benefield, Tims, rookie Powell and
James Gamble rounded out positions six thru ten.

Other Racing Results

2002 Street Division "Championship Bash Race" 20 Laps $200 to Win

1.Roy Nichols (# 00) of Cleveland TN - Two Wins in a Row, Started 4th
2.Herbert Chambers (# 31) - Early Race Leader, Second Place in Heat Race
3.Chad Holcomb (# T3) - Started 7th
4.Raymond Lowery (# 41) - The Patriot Car Finished 3rd in Heat Race
5.Jeff King (# K1) - Started 5th
6.Terry Graham (# 55)
7.Gary Stinnett (# 43)
8.Denny Nash (# 02) Winner Heat Race
9.Eric Kricht (# 79)
10.Jimmy Shields (# 10)

Claimer Late Model Division: Winner - Justin Winters (# J1) of Benton TN
2. Eric Wilson (# 101), 3.Kevin Cook (# 48), 4.Dewayne Powell (# P17),
5.Tim Gibson (# T3)

Hobby Division: Winner - Richard Dixon (# 3) of Cleveland TN
2. Glen Seaton Jr. (# 92) 3.Doug Works (# 35), 4.Dirk Carter (# 21),
5.Jim Twiggs (# 99)

Pony Stock Division: Winner - Jason Spraker (# 25) of Cleveland TN
2.Scott Ledford (# 32), 3.Jimmy Brown (# 10), 4.Roger Beaver (# 17),
5.Donald Forgey (# 71)

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