posted April 23, 2001 09:20 AM
Elkin, N.C. 28621
Story submitted by Jimmy Layell and Cynthia Allred
April 21, 2001
Loyal fans packed the stands at Friendship Speedway Saturday night eager
for another evening of nonstop Dirt Track Racing action.
A full schedule of events and perfect race weather set the stage as excited
fans and drivers experienced another night of thrills "Friendship Style".
Tommy Zachary of Yadkinville, NC in his Matthews Grading Chevrolet ran a
strong race to take home the victory in the Limited Late Model feature.
Zachary successfully challenged Jerry Farley, who led for much of the race,
and was right where he needed to be when Farley blew a tire late in the
feature. Darren Sipe held on to capture the second position after running a
steady race and maintaining good position for the duration. Other top five
finishers were Darryl Richardson in third, Tony Lowe in fourth and Steve
Kirkman in fifth.
In the very competitive Semi-Modified 4 event, Wilkesboro's Junior Welborn,
in his Mary's Restaurant, Hollar Racing Engines Ford, was back in the
driver's seat after suffering a back injury earlier in the season. Welborn
got underneath early leader Tim Wyatt and held on to take the checkers.
Wyatt, challenging Welborn all the way, took second with William Jones in
third, Steve Faw in fourth and Matthew Warden fifth.
Late Model action had Keith Holder, Mike Chilton and Ray Dockery all trying
for their first Friendship win of the 2001 season. Dockery, after leading
the first four laps, went high in turn two allowing Pilot Mountain's Holder,
in his Friendly Car Company, River Road Racing Monte Carlo, to get
underneath and go on for the win. Chilton successfully challenged Dockery to
take the second place finish, causing Dockery to settle for third. Noel
Tucker, the Friendship Speedway 2000 Late Model Champion, took fourth with
Tony Hicks finishing fifth.
In a "wild" Sportsman Feature, Daniel Moss of Elk Creek, VA, after being
involved in an early caution, came from the rear of the field to pass race
leader Greg Brown on the white flag lap and take the win. Brown had taken
the lead on lap 16 when leader Terry Zachary cut a tire down. Zachary got
by early leader John Stamper when Stamper suffered mechanical problems after
holding a strong lead for the first six laps of the feature. After the dust
settled on this action packed feature, Moss in his Cedar Springs Sportsman's
Lodge, Vaughan's Garage Chevelle found himself in Victory Lane with Brown
finishing second, Zachary in third, David Bunton and Stamper rounding out
the top five.
Traphill, NC's Marty Billings, in his Danny's Automotive, Cornerstone
Exteriors Chevrolet extended his winning streak in the Pure Stock Division
leading flag to flag. Jimmy Grimes, Paul West and Robert Marion, each
holding the second spot at some point in the feature, finished second, third
and fourth respectively with Andy Mathis completing the top five positions.
Gates will open Saturday evening at 4:00 PM with a full slate of racing
action beginning at 6:00 PM.
TOP FIVE FINISHERS
Limited Late Model Tommy Zachary Yadkinville, NC
Darren Sipe Taylorsville, NC
Darryl Richardson Tobaccoville, NC
Tony Lowe White Plains, NC
Steve Kirkman Mount Airy, NC
Semi-Modified 4 Junior Welborn Wilkesboro, NC
Tim Wyatt Millers Creek, NC William Jones Millers Creek, NC
Steve Faw Wilkesboro, NC
Matthew Warden Yadkinville, NC
Late Model Keith Holder Pilot Mountain, NC Mike Chilton White Plains,
Ray Dockery Cleveland, NC
Noel Tucker Mount Airy, NC
Tony Hicks Mount Airy, NC
Sportsman Daniel Moss Elk Creek, VA
Greg Brown Mountain City, TN
Terry Zachary Yadkinville, NC
David Bunton Mountain City, TN
John Stamper Mount Airy, NC
Pure Stock Marty Billings Traphill, NC
Jimmy Grimes Hayes, NC
Paul West Boomer, NC
Robert Marion Mount Airy, NC
Andy Mathis Wilkesboro, NC