posted April 30, 2001 08:24 PM
Steve Russell Claims First Columbus Speedway Victory of the Year!
Columbus, MS-Another large contingent of cars were on hand at Columbus
Speedway for a Full Racing Program along with motorcycle stuntman Sky
Lungston for the fans delight. The number of participants at Johnny Stokes'
Columbus Speedway remains strong including having an average of 40 Super
Late Models per event and 100 total cars in 2001 at what is quickly becoming
one of the premier short track venues in the Southeast.
Action got underway in the Super Late Model division with MidSouthRacing.com
"The Weir Wildman" Tombo Callahan claiming his first Pole Award of the year.
Tupelo area racer Jason Steele was second fast claiming the outside front
Action began in the 30 lap Super Late Model Main event with Tombo Callahan
jumping to the topside of the raceway and pulling out to an early lead.
Callahan would soon have a race on his hands as Pontotoc ace Steve Russell
was challenging for the lead. As lead duo worked lap traffic, Callahan would
have an altercation with a lapped car exiting the track, causing Callahan to
have to retire from the evening's action only seven laps form his first
Columbus Speedway victory. Russell would go on to lead the remainder of the
$1,200 to win event claiming his first Columbus Speedway victory of the
year. Russell was making a guest appearance in Paul and Susan Ware's TNT
Monte Carlo, as he took the coveted checkers over a fine twenty eight car
field at Columbus Speedway.
Following Russell across the finish line was North East Mississippi driver
Jason Steele in only is third race of the year at Columbus, with Northport's
Tony Gray in tow, new Columbus Speedway Super Late Model point's leader
Shawn Edwards, and 1999 Track Champion Joe D Hollis. Completing the top ten
were Ronny Hollingsworth, Stacy Caldwell, Todd Gray, Randy Mayfield, and
The Pro Street win went to Northport's Toby Nichols as he claimed his first
ever Columbus Speedway Pro Street win in the ultra competitive class.
Following the orange number 56 of Nichols were Paul Robinson, Bill Sudduth,
Steve Smith, and Thaxton's Billy Tedford.
The domination continues in the Mississippi Modified class of Jason "Hot
Shoe" Hollis won another feature. Track promoter Johnny Stokes has placed a
bounty on Hollis with the bounty rolling up to a $100 bonus this week.
Following Hollis were Randal Reedwood, Dr. Robert Eaton, Brian Hollis, and
"Midnight" Matt Price.
The always exciting Street Stock win went to defending Street Stock Champion
Lee Ray of Columbus followed by Jason Sanders, Marvin Beard, Steve
Maykowski, and Kevin Elfring. The Pro 4 feature went to a different winner
as David Goins was the winner with Jimmy Beachler, James Blakney, Steve
Lowe, Ray Taylor.
The Mini Stock win went to Buddy Glover of Vernon followed by Marty Oliver,
new point's leader Tim Ritter of Amory, Greg Glover, and Nick Deese. The
quickly growing two person Cruiser division saw the team of Brad Fortner and
Chad Fortner take the big win with Jamie Sudduth and Randall Barton in
second, and the family team of Lance Wilson and Jimmy Wilson finishing of
Columbus Speedway will play host to the Mississippi State Super Late State
Championship Challenge Series this Saturday Night May 5th. The big event
will also be the 2nd Annual John L Cliett Tribute. Another large field of
cars and packed house is expected to be on hand at the thrilling 3/10's mile
high banked clay oval. For more information please call the Columbus
Speedway event hotline at 662-241-5004 or visit the Columbus Speedway
Internet home at www.MidSouthRacing.com.