posted April 08, 2001 09:02 PM
Elkin, N.C. 28621
Story submitted by Jimmy Layell and Cynthia Allred
April 7, 2001
Excitement ran high as a multitude of enthusiastic fans and a packed
infield of drivers ushered in the first Saturday night of action in the new
season at Friendship Speedway. Beautiful weather and great track conditions
made for an "edge of your seat" night of competition that epitomized what
dirt track racing is all about.
Limited Late Model drivers Bryan Nance and Jerry Farley made it obvious
from the green flag that they were here to race. With Farley and Nance
tangling on the high side of turn two, Mount Airy's Steve Kirkman took
advantage of the opening down low to take the lead on the second lap.
Nance's battle scars sent him to the pits for the duration of the race,
leaving Kirkman and Farley in fierce competition for the win. Steve Kirkman
in his Airmont Florist, Ralph Puckett Trucking, Mayberry Models Camaro drove
an almost flawless race and held Farley to second place. John Eller
followed Farley in third with Jimmy Watson in fourth and Tommy Zachary in
Hamptonville's Jamie Holcomb, in his Donald's Automotive, Super Suds Car
Wash, Country Folks Café Ford, after starting 6th in the Semi-Modified 4
Feature, took down his third win of the season. Holcomb worked his way
through the field to capture the lead from William Jones late in the
race. Tim Wyatt and Matthew Warden also slipped by Jones late to finish
second and third. After leading much of the race, Jones finished in the
fourth spot followed by Jeffrey Moxley in fifth.
In the Late Model Feature, Kevin Gwyn and Ray Dockery took advantage of a
late slip up by race leader Mike Chilton, who had led since the outset, to
set up an unbelievable finish. Mount Airy's Kevin Gwyn in his Mount Airy
Meat Center, Gwyn's Auto Sales Monte Carlo, came out of turn four in the
lead on the checkered flag lap. His hopes of a win were momentarily dashed
as the rear end broke on his car yards from the finish line and he slowed to
a near stop. Ray Dockery, attempting to get past Gwyn's slowing car, caught
the rear of Gwyn's machine giving him enough forward momentum to roll across
the finish line and take the checkers. Mike Chilton finished third with
Alan Hicks and Larry Ramsey taking fourth and fifth respectively.
Daniel Moss of Elk Creek, Virginia, in his Cedar Springs Sportsman's
Lodge, Mickey's Body Shop Chevelle, took top honors in the Sportsman event
after holding off a strong challenge from Joel Bray who finished second.
Moss captured the lead early in the race and led to the checkers. Terry
Zachary in third, Greg Brown in fourth and Ralph Bates in fifth finished out
the top five.
Marty Billings chalked up his third Pure Stock feature win of the season in
his Danny's Automotive, Emily's Mary Kay Camaro. Jimmy Grimes, Tim Everson
and Paul West all with strong performances, but not enough to catch
Billings, finished second, third and fourth respectively. Ricky Meadows
finished in the fifth slot.
Friendship racing action resumes Saturday night with gates opening at 4:00
PM and racing starting at 6:00 PM. This week the Carolina Clash Super Late
Model Series will be here with a $3000.00 top prize up for grabs.
Semi-Modified 4 and Pure Stock divisions will complete the race programs.
Top Five Finishers
Limited Late Model - Steve Kirkman Sportsman - Daniel Moss
Jerry Farley Joel Bray
John Eller Terry Zachary
Jimmy Watson Greg Brown
Tommy Zachary Ralph Bates
Semi-Modified 4 - Jamie Holcomb Pure Stock - Marty Billings
Tim Wyatt Jimmy Grimes
Matthew Warden Tim Everson
William Jones Paul West
Jeffrey Moxley Ricky Meadows
Late Model - Kevin Gwyn