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posted April 28, 2001 10:04 AM UIN: 16262997
North Alabama Speedway, "Spring Fling" results from April 27

The "Decatur(Al) Raider", Mark Mears certainly lived up to his
moniker Friday night at North Alabama Speedway. Websters say's that a Raider
is one who makes a sudden assault or attack on something that is to be
seized. Well Mears assaulted NAS Friday night and seized the $1,500 that was
up for grabs in the first annual "Cornwell Tools Spring Fling".
Mears assault left twenty seven other late models drivers wondering,
what happened? During time trials Mears set quick time with a 14.792
clocking that was three tenths quicker than the number two qualifier Brandon
King. Eighteen Late Models were locked into the main event based on time
trials and the final spots would be determined by an 8 lap last chance race.
Chris Tays won the last chance race with the final transfer spot going to
Ocala, Florida's Craig Montesi.
The field was set and when the green flag dropped the Decatur,
Alabama native simply drove off from the field, leading all twenty five laps
on his way to a $1,500 payday. Just past the midway point, Nolan Smith
slipped by King for the runner-up position then gave chase to Mears. Nolan's
effort would be in vain as he did make some inroads into Mears margin of
victory but the laps would run out before any challenge ever materialized.
Brandon King held on to third as the "Dominator", Danny Peoples was on the
move the final 15 laps of the event. Peoples started tenth and was only up
to eighth with 15 laps remaining. Peoples climbed to seventh by the midway
point then slipped by Chris Ragan with 10 to go for sixth. Danny was on the
move and got by Mike Holloway for fifth with only seven laps left then
charged around Ricky Steen with four remaining. Danny closed on the lead
trio the final four laps, but just like Nolan Smith the Margerette, Alabama
native would run out of time and settled for fourth in the final rundown.
Ricky Steen's great run in a limited Late Model netted him the fifth spot.
Late Models
1) Mark Mears
2) Nolan Smith
3) Brandon King
4) Danny Peoples
5) Ricky Steen
6) Chris Ragan
7) Mike Holloway
8) Jay Brinkley
9) Johnny Peoples
10) William Burns
11) Mark Sartain
12) Chris Tays
13) Jason Steele(last car to finish main event)
14) Danny Christian
15) Stan Amacher
16) Eddie Houston
17) Ronald Dunn
18) Jerry Owens
19) Dwayne Oakley
20) Jerry Jackson
21) Michael Greer
22) Craig Montesi

In the Open Wheel main event it was a was a two car battle for most
of the way with Lewisburg, Tennessee's David Gentry leading start to finish
and holding off a determined Tim Parker for the win. Parker and Gentry ran
nose to tail and even side by side on occasion the entire twenty laps with
neither driver giving an inch. The battle was one of the best of the night
and yet in the closing laps Nick Hart came from a straight-a-way behind to
finish nose to tail with Gentry and Parker. Randy Todd and Gentry's teammate
Tommy Davis were fourth and fifth. Former winner Jason Sullivan was a strong
third in the early laps but broke on lap six. Parker won his heat race.
Open Wheel
1) David Gentry
2) Tim Parker
3) Nick Hart
4) Randy Todd
5) Tommy Davis

In the final tune up before next weekends "Speedplex, Indian Cycle
Renegade" special, Scotty Shaw served notice that he may be the man to beat
for next week's $500 prize, by winning his heat race and taking the measure
of perennial renegade stalwarts, Tim Nash, Dwayne Parsons, Paul Robinson and
Roger Brewer. Nash, Parsons(2) and Brewer(2) had won all five feature
events run in 2001, before tonight. Brewer won his heat race.
1) Scotty Shaw
2) Tim Nash
3) Dwayne Parsons
4) Paul Robinson
5) Roger Brewer

In Street Stock action, Len ****s led the first five laps of the
main event before Bobby Joe Robinson wrestled the lead from the current
points leader. Once in front Robinson drove away and appeared to have the
race clearly in hand. That is before ****s caught fire with three laps to go
then closed back up on the leader and virtually pushed Robinson across the
Chris Sims came back from an early spin to pass nine racers in just 8 laps
to take the third spot. Lynn Wallace and Randall Scott rounded out the Top
5. ****s and Sims were the heat winners.
Street Stocks
1) Bobby Joe Robinson
2) Len ****s
3) Chris Sims
4) Lynn Wallace
5) Randall Scott

Mr. Mini Stock, Shane Parker had been the scourge of North Alabama
Speedway until Tommy Wallace cooled him off last week but Friday night saw
Parker back out front and setting sail for the win. Logan Mize was the
runner-up with Wallace taking the third spot in the finishing order. Parker
and Mize were the heat race winners.
Mini Stocks
1) Shane Parker
2) Logan Mize
3) Tommy Wallace
4) Randall Mize
5) Cotton James

Racing continues this coming Friday night (May 4th) with a special
show for the Renegade class. Gates open at 4:00 PM with racing set for 8:00

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