posted March 21, 2001 09:59 PM
Exciting Night at Cordele Motor Speedway
Article by Harvey Simpson March 17, 2001
CORDELE, GA - Race fans who like to see contact in that sport got their
money's worth and then some during Saturday night's program at Cordele Motor
Numerous collisions during the course of the evening sent one driver to the
hospital, caused another to overturn several times in his car and
necessitated a good bit of sheet metal work by pit crews for many of the
other 90 or so cars on hand before they can run again. And as far as the
actual racing went, there were plenty of position changes to spice the
competition on the three-eighths mile paved track even more. Tifton's Bud
Wilson was knocked unconscious in the hobby heat race when three cars got
together in a violent collision on the front straightaway. He regained
consciousness before being taken to Crisp Regional Hospital. Taking the
wild ride that saw him barrel-roll at least three times during the super
street feature was Macon's Sam Odom. He was unhurt in that mishap that also
involved Cordele's Gary Youngblood.
Carpenter finishes strong in National Late Model Sportsman
One of last year's biggest local winners when he scored five hobby and three
late model triumphs, Cordele's Jay Carpenter put on a strong finishing kick
to record his first 2001 victory in the 30-lap late model duel. He took
third on lap seven, moved into second on lap 11 and took the lead on lap 29.
Sylvester's Stacey Roberts, who led laps 10-28, finished 4-5 car lengths
behind him. Americus' Steve Lashley, who ran out front on laps 1-9, came in
a car length behind Roberts and the same margin in front of fourth place
finisher Gene Ross of Lake Park. Valdosta's David Hodges Jr. rounded out
the top five.
Akin logs first Hobby win
In recording his first win ever at the track, Vienna's Shan Akin led the
20-lap hobby feature from flag to flag and in the process held off Sylvester
's Wayne Bradley, who ran a close second throughout. Akin's biggest lead of
the night came during the early going when he held a 4-5 car length lead
after five trips around the three-eighths mile paved oval. The two were
separated only by a car length when the checkers waved. Finishing third,
fourth and fifth, respectively, were Macon's Donald Rumney, Fitzgerald's
Dwight Thompson and Baconton's Rex Stone.
Mullis scores protest win in Super Street
After leading the first half of the 15-lap super street race by only a yard
or so, Hawkinsville's Daniel Mullis yielded the point position to McRae's
Gator Berryhill for the next couple of laps. Mullis regained the lead on
lap 14 only to see Berryhill pass him again on lap 15 and stay out front the
rest of the way. Berryhill's apparent 4-5 car length win was voided,
though, when he refused to tear down his car for an inspection after Mullis
filed a post-race protest. Mullis was thus declared the winner. Valdosta's
Jimmy Berube, Gray's Brad Comer, Cordele's Wayne Duckworth and Macon's Jay
Poss rounded out the revised top five after Berryhill's disqualification.
Etheridge repeats in Pure Stock
In posting a second pure stock division win in as many races this season,
Doerun's Tal Etheridge took the lead from Sylvester's Leon Childs on lap two
and then ran away from the rest of the field. A nine-time victor last year,
Etheridge built an eighth-lap advantage over Thomasville's Alfred Weeks in
the first five trips around the track and retained it for the rest of the
night. Rounding out the top five were Warwick's Craig Shiver' Americus'
Paul York and Macon's Pam Bird.
Bird flies high in Enduro
In equaling his win total for all of the abbreviated 2000 season, Macon's
Arty Bird waited until almost the last possible moment to move out front in
the 15-lap enduro duel. Macon's Wayne Day, who won last week's season
opener, appeared to be headed to a repeat victory until getting snookered by
lapped traffic on the final lap. That's when both Bird and Ft. Valley's
Stanley Moye passed him, with the former winning a wild scramble to the
finish line by two car lengths. Day trailed Moye by a car length at the
wire. Myron Chastain of Pavo came in fourth and Buddy Hayslip Jr. of Cordele
came in fifth.
Icard makes it two straight in Mini Stock
Taking the lead from Americus' Jimmy Self on lap two, Bonaire's Josh Icard
held it the rest of the way in posting his second win in as many 2001
outings. Self ran second to him for most of the evening although he did
yield that spot to Ft. Valley's Justin Edwards from laps 9-12 before
regaining it when Edwards fell off the pace on lap 13. Icard, who won three
features last season, finished well ahead of Self and the rest of the field
that included Cordele's Jason Richardson in third place, Dahlonega's Banks
Perdue in fourth and Bonaire's Nick Nicholson in fifth.
Tidwell rules in Legends
In joining hobby class competitor Akin as a first-time winner here, Lizella'
s Jason Tidwell led the 15-lap legends feature from flag to flag but never
by much. Unadilla's Walt Brannan, last week's winner, stayed within a car
length of Tidwell for 10-plus laps and only trailed him by 2-3 car lengths
at the end. Completing the top five were, in order, Eastman's Keith Dennis,
Juliette's Bo Slocumb and Fitzgerald's Ralph Snowden.