posted April 08, 2001 09:02 PM
Mitchell and Odom Take Trophies
CORDELE, GA - Look, fans, look. See Slyder and Troy run. See Slyder and
troy run. They can run fast. They can run fast. Oops, make that they could
run fast until mechanical problems during the second half of their
respective features cost Slyder Guthrie and Troy Talley potential victories
in Saturday night's competition at Cordele Motor Speedway.
Starting on the pole for the 30-lap late model feature via a 15.92 clocking
during time trials, Adel's Slyder Guthrie built himself an eighth-lap lead
over Sylvester's Richard Souther at the midway mark. Guthrie's car began
losing power at that point, though, and on lap 17 he yielded first place to
Souter, the No. 2 qualifier at 16.12. Souter's lead was a short-lived one,
though, as on lap 18 Cordele's Matt Mitchell, who had started fifth in a
field of 11 cars, forged ahead to stay. Mitchell, who moved into fourth on
lap four, took third on lap 11 and claimed second on lap 17, wound up
beating runner-up Souter by 4-5 car lengths. Valdosta's David Hodges Jr.,
the No. 3 qualifier at 16.16, also placed third in the feature. Earl Boyette
of Bainbridge and Bailey Harris of Cordele finished fourth and fifth,
Talley, meanwhile, experienced in the 20-lap super street show much the same
fate that Guthrie did. After running away from the field during the early
going, he, too, saw his lead slowly shrink and then vanish completely due
to mechanical problems. The race was eventually won by Macon's Sam Odom who
ran third for most of the evening behind Talley and Cordele's Wayne
Duckworth before putting on a strong finishing kick that enabled him to
record his second straight triumph. Valdosta's Jimmy Berube passed
Duckworth on lap 18 to finish second as neither had what it took to keep
Odom from winning by 4-5 car lengths. Duckworth wound up third while Macon
drivers Arty Bird and Jay Poss ran fourth and fifth.
With the field still off somewhat following last week's collision of several
cars and the front row entries getting together on the first start attempt
this night, track officials chose to officially begin the 20-lap hobby
feature single-file. Vienna's Shan Akin led throughout and was never
seriously challenged while recording his second win of the year. He beat
Albany's Greg Henry by an eighth-lap. Sylvester's Wayne Bradley, this year'
s class leader in wins (3), came in third. Randy Woodard of Perry took
In posting his fifth pure stock win in as many tries this year, Doerun's Tal
Etheridge turned in another dominating performance. Found legal when his car
was protested by Byron's Wayne Barfield the week before, Etheridge gradually
stretched his lead from 5-6 car lengths after five trips around the
three-eighths mile paved oval to one-fourth lap by the race's end. The real
battle was for second place. Barfield won it by a card length over Macon's
Pam Bird who had Warwick's Craig Shiver alongside her car when they crossed
the finish line a car length behind Barfield. Thomasville's T.C. Broadway
completed the top five.
Returning to the win column for the first time since the March 10 season
opener, Macon's Wayne Day led the 15-lap Enduro feature from flag to flag.
His lead was a relatively slim one for two-thirds of the race before he
pulled away in the final minutes to eventually win by an eighth lap over Ft.
Valley's Stanley Moye, who ran second throughout.
Lizella's Frank Johnson came in third, Albany's Don Brumbley took fourth and
Pavo's Myron Chastain placed fifth
The class leader in victories (7) during the 2000 season, Ft. Valley's
Justin Edwards seemingly recorded his first win of 2001. That victory was
protested by Bonaire's Josh Icard, the evening's runner-up who owns three
victories thus far this year. A Sunday afternoon inspection led to discovery
of ported heads in Edwards' car and his subsequent
disqualification. The two drivers put on a heated battle throughout the
15-lapper as seldom was Edwards able to pull away from Icard by more than
the two-car length margin he owned at the end. Rounding out the revised
order of finish were, in order, Leesburg's Tom Heldenburg, Americus' Gene
Self, Bonaire's Nick Nicholson and Sylvester's Mike Powell.
Special programs slated for April 14th
Track officials are holding special programs for the next two weeks.
On tap this Saturday is a special national late model sportsman race - "The
Easter Bunny Nationals." An Easter egg hunt featuring several prize eggs
also will be held for youngsters earlier in the evening. On the following
Saturday, a 50-lap enduro feature paying $1,000 to win is being sponsored by
Southwestern Chevrolet of Americus.