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posted March 11, 2001 06:16 PM UIN: 16262997
High-Rollin` Holland Gives Champion Dill Opener Victory

The name Ricky Holland has been synonymous with the Cleveland Speedway opening night race for two years and Saturday night it seemed the black # 42 Super Late Model-er was enroute to a third "Season Opener" victory, …but track champion Andy Dill had another idea. The new track shape and some persistent hard work earned a new (career first) victory in the Claimer Late Model divisions for Kenneth Sweatt. And in the Hobby, Pony Stock, and Street divisions old familiar faces found their way to victory lane, including a 2000 Divisional Champion.

Ricky Holland timed in as the fast qualifier turning a 14:534 lap in "Budweiser – King of Speed" Time Trials. Holland from the pole position blew away the competition using the middle-to-high parts of the track to his advantage to earn the "A" Main pole by winning his heat. Second fastest qualifier Bear Patterson was deemed light at the scales after the second heat race, giving the outside front row start to runner-up of the heat race Lamar Scoggins. In the third and final heat race, third fastest qualifier Mike Weeks was defeated by reigning track champion Andy Dill which would give him occupancy to the third starting position in the feature.

As the field took the green flag to start the 30 lap "A" Main Super Late Model division feature, Holland wasted no time powering into the lead. Scoggins dipped into second, in front of Dill, with Brad Coffey and "2000 Rookie of the Year" John Owenby following. Dill would eventually pass Scoggins for second and set his sights on the distant leader. Fresh into back-marker traffic Dill began cutting into Holland’s lead and on the 12th circuit Dill moved under Holland in a pack of traffic to take the lead. Holland misjudged Ken Muse attempting to let the leaders pass and crashed hard in turn one with a couple cars including Muse. With Holland out of contention Dill in his familiar orange # 39 "Suttles Construction and Trucking, Renegade Trucking" racecar had only to deal with a hard chargin` Mike Tinker, who’d raced from ninth place to second. An engine fire ended the race for Owenby on lap 19, while his cousin Scoggins battled for third against Coffey. Keith Frazier showed a pair of 2001 rookie’s how to nab a top five finish as the checkers flew. Defending track champion Dill ended Holland’s opening night winning streak at two, with Tinker glued to his spoiler in the runners up position.

Super Late Model:
1. Andy Dill (# 39) of Georgetown TN
2.Mike Tinker (# 22) of Ringgold GA
3.Lamar Scoggins (# 32) of Georgetown TN
4.Brad Coffey (# 3) of Friendsville TN
5.Keith Frazier (# 11) of Cleveland TN
6.Chris Beavers * (# 03) of Cleveland TN
7.James Gamble * (# 27) of Ooltewah TN
8.Kent Hicks (# 15) of Cleveland TN
9.Dusty Carver (# 9) of Englewood TN
10.Tim Richardson (# 01) of Chattanooga TN

* 2001 Rookie of the Year Candidates

Claimer Late Model: Winner – Kenneth Sweatt (# 5) of Cleveland TN (CAREER 1ST VICTORY)
2.Bobby Doss (# 28), 3.Sam Parris (# 4), 4.Greg Tinker (# 1), 5.Alan Plemons (# 26)

Hobby: Winner – Kenneth Scroggins (# 34) of Cleveland TN
2.David Rogers (# 5), 3.Richard Dixon (# 3), 4.Doug Works (# 35), 5.Jon Woodard (# 37)

Pony Stock: Winner – Josh Doss (# B28) of Cleveland TN
2.Chad Elliott (# 38), 3.Jimmy Brown (# 10), 4.Barry Graves (# 47), 5.Mike Truelove (# 55)

Street: Winner – Anthony Hawkins (# 3) of Cleveland TN
2.Roy Nichols (# 00), 3.Herbert Chambers (# 31), 4.John Chambers (# 8), 5.Noel Rapoza (# 7)

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