posted March 25, 2001 11:11 PM
Green Valley Speedway Opens With Excitement Abound!
Glencoe, AL-Green Valley Speedway opened the door for the 2001 Weekly Racing Program with a pit full of race cars and some of the best talent assembled at the 3/8ís mile speedway for a Full racing Program in recent years.
Action got under way as 26 Kilpatrick Super Late Models engaged in Pole Qualifying with fast qualifier being Patrick Duggan of Lenoir City, TN with a 15.42-second lap on the wet 3/8's mile semi banked clay oval.
The next event for the Super Late Models was the Alabama Driverís Academy Quick Six Dash for Cash. Fast qualifier Duggan drew a 6; all Quick Six competitors were inverted in Dash. The Dash finish consisted of Joe Armistead Jr winning, Brandon King, Patrick Duggan, Greg Skinner, Danny Peoples, and Wren Turner
The 25 lap Super Late Model Main event would see Sharpsburg, GA's Joe Armistead Jr go flag to flag with Skinner chasing him down in the late stage of the event but was unable to pass Armistead. The Georgia hard charger to take his Transmission Parts Unlimited sponsored GRT Monte Carlo to Victory Lane.
The top ten consisted of Armistead, Skinner, Brandon King, Patrick Duggan, and Wren Turner completing the top five. Sixth place finisher was James Cline, followed Mark Bangs, Jody Summerville, Danny Peoples, and Ross Martin competing the top ten.
There was a strong field of Vinson Racing Engines Sportsman cars with 25 cars on hand. It was a wild night after Rome, GA's Jason Smith had altercations with two (2) different leaders which resulted in both of the afore mentioned leaders visiting the turn 1 wall. The first incident saw leader Ricky Stinson knocked into the wall and the second incident, which was for the lead, resulted with Smith and Don Templeton receiving severe damage after a hard hit to the wall and some nice wrestling moves that followed.
The Sportsman car that took the checkered flag was Greg Noah after the wild feature that had some great racing. But head tech man Paul Noah disqualified his brother for not going directly to tech. So, another Georgia product, Chad Smith of Rome, GA was the winner followed by a hard charging Shane Clanton from southern Atlanta suburbs, Gadsden's Dennis Collins, Dennis Kirkland, and Charlie Zebeau.
A nice field of Weese Precision Machine/Clausen Gulf Coast Region IMCA Modifieds was on hand. These IMCA Modified drivers put on a nice show, as there was not a single caution during their activities all night long. The winner of the Main Event was Scottie Gowers who had the field covered, with Gene Mince claiming a strong second, Eddie Brannon finishing third, David Griffin fourth, and Ryan Tolleson rounding out the top five.
Tony Fleming won the Mountain View Ice 15 lap Super Stock Main Event followed by Robert Hamilton, Jeff Moon, Joe Sims, and Daniel Johnson.
The Bomber Main saw the top three finishers disqualified after post race inspection. The #21 of Georgia's Jason Harvey was declared the winner after an initial 4th place finish. Jodi Free was second, followed by Jerry Greer, Glenn Starr, and Bobby Bartlett concluding the top five.
Pony winner was Brian Dodger followed by Chip Battles, Jay Schiller, James Smith, and Robert Knight.
A Full Racing Program is scheduled for next Friday night with racing at 8pm.
Donít forget any fan can have a Ride on The Wild Side at GVS. Rides in a two-seat Super Late Model are on sale and provided every Friday night with past GVS Track Champion Greg Skinner at the wheel.
For more information please visit www.greenvalleyspeedway.com or call the Green valley Speedway event hot line at 256-492-8550.