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jammin
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posted March 12, 2001 07:44 AM UIN: 16262997
Friendship Speedway
Elkin, N.C. 28621

Story submitted by Jimmy Layell and Cynthia Allred
March 10, 2001
Spring arrived for race fans Saturday afternoon as the
roar of finely
tuned
engines and a cloud of dust settled over this peaceful
Yadkin River
Valley
community. It's a new racing season at Friendship
Speedway in Elkin,
NC.
The 2001 season started with a full slate of racing
events as lots of
old
favorites and many new drivers came together to prove
their mettle and
enjoy
the thrill of Dirt Track Racing.
In the opening feature race Sportsman drivers Darryl
Wood (2000
Sportsman
track champion) and Ralph Bates dominated the action
up front, with
Wood, in
his Johnson Racing prepared Camaro, taking the win.
Bates held on for a
strong second place finish with David Bunton finishing
third. Starting
at
the tail of the field, Joel Bray came through the
field with a strong
fourth
place finish. Daniel Moss rounded out the top five
after experiencing
some
early problems.
Semi-Modified 4 action got off to a rough start when
Brent Johnson got
loose
coming off turn four in lap one and started a chain
reaction that
resulted
in an eight car crash on the front stretch. Jamie
Holcomb (the 2000
Semi-Modified 4 track champion) in his Donald's
Automotive Ford,
outlasted
the field to win his first feature of the new season.
Challenging him
for
top honors were second place finisher Matthew Warden,
Tim Wyatt in
third,
Eddie Blackburn (involved in that first lap incident)
finished fourth
with
Junior Welborn completing the top five.
Action was fast and furious in the Late Model feature,
with John
Pursley, in
his first season with the Duncan Logging and Chipping
Monte Carlo,
leading
flag to flag for the win. Noel Tucker (2000 Late
Model track champion)
and
Bobby Sands demonstrated their strength and powerful
driving ability in
challenging Pursley and finished second and third
respectively, with
Keith
Holder and veteran Mark Hicks finishing fourth and
fifth.
Bryan Nance (2000 Limited Late Model track champion)
driving The
Junction/Add Amusements Grand Prix, started on the
outside pole and
jumping
to an early lead, held on to start the new season with
a first place
finish.
Jerry Farley successfully challenged Steve Kirkman
to take second
with
Garvey Pennington and Darryl Richardson finishing
fourth and fifth
respectively behind Kirkman.
In Pure Stock competition, Marty Billings, in his
Danny's Automotive
Camaro,
led from the pole to the checkers. Otey Roberts, with
a strong
performance,
captured second over Robert Marion's Dodge with Fabian
Anderson
finishing
fourth and newcomer Paul West in fifth.
The gates at Friendship Speedway will open at 12:00 PM
Saturday with
racing
at 2:00 PM. This schedule will continue throughout
the month of March
with
the regular Saturday night schedule resuming on April
7.

Top Five Finishers:
Sportsman -
1.Darryl Wood
2.Ralph Bates
3.David Bunton
4.Joel Bray
5.Daniel Moss

Semi-Modified 4 -
1.Jamie Holcomb
2.Matthew Warden
3.Tim Wyatt
4.Eddie Blackburn
5.Junior Welborn

Late Model -
1.John Pursley
2.Noel Tucker
3.Bobby Sands
4.Keith Holder
5.Mark Hicks

Limited Late Models -
1.Bryan Nance
2.Jerry Farley
3.Steve Kirkman
4.Garvey Pennington
5.Darryl Richardson

Pure Stock -
1.Marty Billings
2.Otey Roberts
3.Robert Marion
4.Fabian Anderson
5.Paul West

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