posted March 25, 2001 11:11 PM
Bill Robertson Jr. Wins Wild One at Columbus Speedway
Columbus, MS-A large turnout of racing competitors once again invaded the home of Mississippi Mayhem, better know as Columbus Speedway for a night of door to door racing on the new high- banked brainchild of Johnny Stokes. Once again the racing was superb and the show was a well-run machine.
Action would get under way with Steve Russell taking the fast qualifier honors in www.midsouthracing.com Pole Qualifying with a fast lap of 14.507 on the 3/10's mile high-banked clay oval over the 31-car Pepsi Super Late Model field. Second quick qualifier was Rick Rickman with a 14.523-second lap.
Russell drew a zero, so there was no inversion for the feature. The 24 car field would start as qualified. There was one B-Main run for the Super Late Models because of the high car count with Todd Gray taking the checkers and Scott Shepherd finishing second.
The 30-lap Super Late Model Main Event was wild, to say the least, as Columbus home town driver Rick Rickman and Steve Russell swapped the lead numerous times as Russell used the tip top and Rickman in the middle. The two crossed the line as a dead heat on more than one occasion. While the two leaders went toe to toe, Florence, AL's Bill Robertson Jr was riding in third and was all in the leaderís business as well.
A lap 28 incident would cause Rick Rickman to be eliminated from action. Rickman and Steve Russell exited turn two side by side battling for the lead and a lapped car made contact with Rickman, causing Rickman to make an immediate right turn into the back straight away wall. Minor damage was inflicted on Steve Russellís mount but Rickman would have to retire for the evening with severe damage.
The subsequent restart would see the North Alabama visitor of Robertson pass Russell in turn one and continue to lead the final two laps of the 30 lap feature to victory. At the finish it was Florence's Bill Robertson Jr in his Greer's Auto Sales sponsored Jay ****ens powered Warrior Chassis Monte Carlo visiting Columbus Speedway Victory Lane and taking the $1,200 win. Pontotocís Steve Russell was second and third saw a super fine run for Louisville's Shawn Edwards in the Spec powered black #5. Defending Track Champion Mark Stokes of Columbus was fourth with Berry, ALís Scott Shepherd working his way from the B-Main to finish in the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Tony Gray, Joe D Hollis, Todd Gray, Greg Aldridge, and Ronny Hollingsworth in tenth.
Frank Cox of Detroit, AL captured the Pro Street checkers followed by a hard charging Millport resident Bill Sudduth, Paul Robinson in third place, Randy Bush fourth, and Jeremy Shaw completing the top five.
The heavy mist continued to cause deteriorating conditions of the racing surface and subsequent racing action was suspended until next Saturday night. Make up features next week for the classes that did not get to run their features due to track conditions. The classes include Mississippi Modifieds, Mini Stocks, Street Stocks, and Pro 4's. Plus, a Full Racing Program will be staged for all divisions.
Columbus Speedway information can be found at www.midsouthracing.com or call the Columbus Speedway event hot line at 662-241-5004.
Upcoming Columbus Speedway Events:
March 31: Full Racing Program
April 6-7: The 9th Annual James King Memorial
April 14: Full Racing Program